Quotes of the day: Thomas Sowell
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Published Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 2:37 PM EDT
Jun 29 2015

Thomas Sowell (b. June 30, 1930) is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher, and author. He is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Sowell was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Harlem, New York. He dropped out of high school and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He received a Bachelor's degree, graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1958 and earned a Master's degree from Columbia University in 1959. In 1968, he received his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Chicago. Sowell has served on the faculties of several universities, including Cornell University and University of California, Los Angeles. He has also worked for think tanks such as the Urban Institute. Since 1980, he has worked at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He writes from a conservative and classical liberal perspective, advocating free market economics, and has written more than thirty books. He is a National Humanities Medal recipient. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.

Facts do not 'speak for themselves.' They speak for or against competing theories. Facts divorced from theory or visions are mere isolated curiosities.

For every expert there is an equal and opposite expert; but for every fact there is not necessarily an equal and opposite fact.

Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.

If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win.

If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.

If you don't believe in the innate unreasonableness of human beings, just try raising children.

It has long been my belief that the sight of a good-looking woman lowers a man's IQ by at least 20 points. A man who doesn't happen to have 20 points to spare can be in big trouble.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.

Life has many good things. The problem is that most of these good things can be gotten only by sacrificing other good things. We all recognize this in our daily lives. It is only in politics that this simple, common sense fact is routinely ignored.

Maturity is not a matter of age. You have matured when you are no longer concerned with showing how clever you are, and give your full attention to getting the job done right. Many never reach that stage, no matter how old they get.

Most problems do not get solved. They get superceded by other concerns.

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.

One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be and how dangerous it is to trust them.

One of the most fashionable notions of our times is that social problems like poverty and oppression breed wars. Most wars, however, are started by well-fed people with time on their hands to dream up half-baked ideologies or grandiose ambitions, and to nurse real or imagined grievances.

One of the painful signs of years of dumbed-down education is how many people are unable to make a coherent argument. They can vent their emotions, question other people's motives, make bold assertions, repeat slogans- anything except reason.

One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.

People who pride themselves on their 'complexity' and deride others for being 'simplistic' should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.

People who think that they are being 'exploited' should ask themselves whether they would be missed if they left, or whether people would say: 'Good riddance'?

Racism has never done this country any good, and it needs to be fought against, not put under new management for different groups.

Some full professors could more accurately be described as empty professors.

Some of the most vocal critics of the way things are being done are people who have done nothing themselves, and whose only contributions to society are their complaints and moral exhibitionism.

Sound bites are usually very unsound.

The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy.

The most basic question is not what is best but who shall decide what is best.

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth: anonymously and posthumously.

Time was when people used to brag about how old they were- and I am old enough to remember it.

Too much of what is called 'education' is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.

Whatever you may think about the death penalty, it has the lowest recidivism rate of any of the ways of fighting crime.

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.

You can call yourself anything you want, including the queen of Sheba, but that does not give you the right to force other people to call you the queen of Sheba.

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(June 30 is also the birthday of Lena Horne.)


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Quotes of the day: Gary Busey
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Published Sunday, June 28, 2015 @ 10:59 PM EDT
Jun 28 2015

William Gary Busey (b. June 29, 1944) is an American actor. He has appeared the films Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Gumball Rally (1976), The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Big Wednesday (1978), Silver Bullet (1985), Eye of the Tiger (1986), Lethal Weapon (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Point Break (1991), Under Siege (1992), The Firm (1993), Rookie of the Year (1994), Surviving the Game (1994), Drop Zone (1994), Black Sheep (1996), Lost Highway (1997), Soldier (1998), and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). He made guest appearances on shows such as Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, Scrubs, and Entourage. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1978 for his role in The Buddy Holly Story. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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Five parts of my brain contain alien power, whatever I do or say cannot be denied on the intergalactic highway of existence.

Fun stands for 'Finally Understanding Nothing'. And that's what's fun about fun, you don't have to get it.

Great things... only happen for the first time once.

Have a mind that's open to everything, get attached to nothing.

I don't know where I come from but I'm here now so deal with it.

I've been told by doctors and surgeons that I have the energy of ten men who have normal jobs.

If you take shortcuts, you get cut short.

It's a very strange silence that I'm living in right now. It's a silence that has a lot of activity and noise in it from a zone that I don't live in on this earth.

It's good for everyone to understand that they are to love their enemies, simply because your enemies show you things about yourself you need to change. So in actuality enemies are friends in reverse.

Men are failed women at birth.

Never dip lower than you can dip.

Nothing changes like changes, because nothing changes but the changes.

There has got to be more to life than being a really, really, ridiculously good actor.

When you don't know, you know. When you know, you don't know but you don't know it. When you don't know you know, so you really don't know you don't know, which means you really know if it is authentic.

Winners do what losers don't want to do.

You have to remember to chase and catch your dreams, because if you don't, your imagination will live in empty spaces, and that's nowhere land.

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(June 29 is also the birthday of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Oriana Fallaci.)


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Quotes of the day: John Wesley
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Published Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 6:32 PM EDT
Jun 27 2015

John Wesley (June 28, 1703 - March 2, 1791) was an Anglican divine and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. His work and writings also played a leading role in the development of the Holiness movement and Pentecostalism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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As to matters of dress, I would recommend one never to be first in the fashion nor the last out of it.

Be not so positive; especially with regard to things which are neither easy nor necessary to be determined.

Beware you are not a fiery, persecuting enthusiast. Do not imagine that God has called you... to destroy men’s lives, and not to save them.

Beware, lastly, of imagining you shall obtain the end without using the means conducive to it. God can give the end without any means at all; but you have no reason to think He will.

Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then give all you can.

I am always in haste, but never in a hurry.

In all cases, the Church is to be judged by the Scripture, not the Scripture by the Church.

Let it be observed, that slovenliness is no part of religion; that neither this, nor any text of Scripture, condemns neatness of apparel. Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.

Lord, let me not live to be useless!

Never dream of forcing men into the ways of God. Think yourself, and let think. Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other means than reason, truth, and love.

Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason. It is our part, by religion and reason joined, to counteract them all we can.

The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities. I exact more from myself, and less from others. Go thou and do likewise!

Think not the bigotry of another is any excuse for your own.

Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.

Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may.

Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other means than reason, truth, and love.


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Published Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 12:17 AM EDT
Jun 27 2015

History can’t be a sword to justify injustice or a shield against progress. It must be a manual for how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, how to break the cycle, a roadway toward a better world.
-Barack Obama


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Quotes of the day: Grace Lee Boggs
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Published Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 9:42 PM EDT
Jun 26 2015

Grace Lee Boggs (b. June 27, 1915) is an American author, social activist, philosopher, and feminist. She is known for her years of political collaboration with C.L.R. James and Raya Dunayevskaya in the 1940s and 1950s. She eventually went off in her own political direction in the 1960s with her husband of some forty years, James Boggs, until his death in 1993. By 1998, she had written four books, including an autobiography. In 2011, still active at the age of 95, she wrote a fifth book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, co-written by Scott Kurashige and published by the University of California Press. Her life is the subject of the documentary film American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs released in 2013, produced and directed by the American filmmaker Grace Lee. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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Activism can be the journey rather than the arrival.

Building community is to the collective as spiritual practice is to the individual.

Don't get stuck in old ideas. Keep recognizing that reality is changing and that your ideas have to change.

History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past. How we tell these stories- triumphantly or self-critically, metaphysically or dialectally- has a lot to do with whether we cut short or advance our evolution as human beings.

I believe that we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is beginning to emerge.

Love isn't about what we did yesterday; it's about what we do today and tomorrow and the day after.

Our challenge, as we enter the new millennium, is to deepen the commonalities and the bonds between these tens of millions, while at the same time continuing to address the issues within our local communities by two-sided struggles that not only say "No" to the existing power structure but also empower our constituencies to embrace the power within each of us to crease the world anew.

People are aware that they cannot continue in the same old way but are immobilized because they cannot imagine an alternative. We need a vision that recognizes that we are at one of the great turning points in human history when the survival of our planet and the restoration of our humanity require a great sea change in our ecological, economic, political, and spiritual values.

Real poverty is the belief that the purpose of life is acquiring wealth and owning things. Real wealth is not the possession of property but the recognition that our deepest need, as human beings, is to keep developing our natural and acquired powers to relate to other human beings.

Talk and write in a way that encourages the mutual exchange of ideas and acts like a midwife to people birthing their own ideas.

The main reason why Western civilization lacks Spirituality, or an awareness of our interconnectedness with one another and the universe, according to Gandhi, is that it has given priority to economic and technological development over human and community development.

The struggle we're dealing with these days, which, I think, is part of what the 60s represented, is how do we define our humanity?

We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it's never a question of 'critical mass.' It's always about critical connections.

We urgently need to bring to our communities the limitless capacity to love, serve, and create for and with each other. We urgently need to bring the neighbor back into our hoods, not only in our inner cities but also in our suburbs, our gated communities, on Main Street and Wall Street, and on Ivy League campuses.

What time is it on the clock of the world?

When you read Marx (or Jesus) this way, you come to see that real wealth is not material wealth and real poverty is not just the lack of food, shelter, and clothing. Real poverty is the belief that the purpose of life is acquiring wealth and owning things. Real wealth is not the possession of property but the recognition that our deepest need, as human beings, is to keep developing our natural and acquired powers to relate to other human beings.

You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.

You don't choose the times you live in, but you do choose who you want to be. And you do choose how you think.

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(June 27 is also the birthday of Emma Goldman, H. Ross Perot, and Helen Keller.)


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Quotes of the day: Bernard Berenson
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Published Thursday, June 25, 2015 @ 8:38 PM EDT
Jun 25 2015

Bernard Berenson (June 26, 1865 – October 6, 1959) was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. He was a major figure in pioneering art attribution and therefore establishing the market for paintings by the "Old Masters". (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the oneself that there is no self left to die.

Between truth and the search for it, I choose the second.

Boast is always a cry of despair, except in the young it is a cry of hope.

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.

Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one's training.

Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed.

I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.

International affairs will be placed on a better footing when it is understood that there is no way of punishing a people for the crimes of its rulers.

Life has taught me that it is not for our faults that we are disliked and even hated but for our qualities.

Miracles happen to those who believe in them.

Psychoanalysts are not occupied with the minds of their patients; they do not believe in the mind but in a cerebral intestine.

Taste begins when appetite is satisfied.

The average European does not seem to feel free until he succeeds in enslaving and oppressing others.

When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish, the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.

You can parody and make fun of almost anything, but that does not turn the universe into a caricature.

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(June 26 is also the birthday of Pearl S. Buck.)


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Quotes of the day: Sonia Sotomayor
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Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 9:50 PM EDT
Jun 24 2015

Sonia Maria Sotomayor (b. June 25, 1954) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving since August 2009. She is the 111th appointment to the Court, has the distinction of being its first justice of Hispanic heritage, its third female justice, and its twelfth Roman Catholic justice. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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I am a New Yorker, and 7 am is a civilized hour to finish the day, not to start it.

I am a product of affirmative action. I am the perfect affirmative action baby. I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in the south Bronx. My test scores were not comparable to my colleagues at Princeton and Yale. Not so far off so that I wasn't able to succeed at those institutions.

I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences.

I came to accept during my freshman year that many of the gaps in my knowledge and understanding were simply limits of class and cultural background, not lack of aptitude or application as I'd feared.

I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge regardless of their background or life experiences.

I do not believe that any racial, ethnic or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge, regardless of their background or life experiences.

I don't believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstance. It says what it says. We should do honor to it.

I don't measure myself by others' expectations or let others define my worth.

I firmly believe in the rule of law as the foundation for all of our basic rights.

I had no need to apologize that the look-wider, search-more affirmative action that Princeton and Yale practiced had opened doors for me. That was its purpose: to create the conditions whereby students from disadvantaged backgrounds could be brought to the starting line of a race many were unaware was even being run.

I think it's important to move people beyond just dreaming into doing. They have to be able to see that you are just like them, and you made it.

I think that the day a justice forgets that each decision comes at a cost to someone, then I think you start losing your humanity.

If your child marches to a different beat, a different drummer, you might just have to go along with that music. Help them achieve what's important to them.

It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand.

Much of the uncertainty of law is not an unfortunate accident: it is of immense social value.

Sometimes, idealistic people are put off the whole business of networking as something tainted by flattery and the pursuit of selfish advantage. But virtue in obscurity is rewarded only in Heaven. To succeed in this world you have to be known to people.

There are uses to adversity, and they don't reveal themselves until tested. Whether it's serious illness, financial hardship, or the simple constraint of parents who speak limited English, difficulty can tap unexpected strengths.

Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society.

We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice.

Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.

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(June 25 is also the birthday of George Orwell and Ricky Gervais.)


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Quotes of the day: Norman Cousins
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Published Tuesday, June 23, 2015 @ 8:21 PM EDT
Jun 23 2015

Norman Cousins (June 24, 1915 – November 30, 1990) was an American political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.

Cynicism is intellectual treason.

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies within us while we live.

Death is not the ultimate tragedy in life. The ultimate tragedy is to die without discovering the possibilities of full growth.

Governments are not built to perceive large truths. Only people can perceive great truths. Governments specialize in small and intermediate truths. They have to be instructed by their people in great truths.

He who keeps his cool best wins.

Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.

History is a vast early-warning system.

If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.

If the United Nations is to survive, those who represent it must bolster it; those who advocate it must submit to it; and those who believe in it must fight for it.

Inevitably, an individual is measured by his or her largest concerns.

It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete.

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.

Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis- once that crisis can be recognized and understood.

Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.

People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams.

People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time.

Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man.

The biggest and most pertinent lesson in history-at least for democracies-is that they cannot take their existence for granted.

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.

The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.

The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient's hopes are the physician's secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.

The main failure of education is that it has not prepared people to comprehend matters concerning human destiny.

The message from the moon which we have flashed to the far corners of this planet is that no problem need any longer be considered insoluble.

The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives- the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.

There is a tendency to mistake data for wisdom, just as there has always been a tendency to confuse logic with values, intelligence with insight.

War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.

We will not have peace by afterthought.

What a man really says when he says that someone else can be persuaded by force, is that he himself is incapable of more rational means of communication.

What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that men set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth.

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.

Your heaviest artillery will be your will to live. Keep that big gun going.

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(June 24 is also the birthday of Ambrose Bierce and Henry Ward Beecher.)


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Quotes of the day: Jean Anouilh
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Published Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 1:29 PM EDT
Jun 22 2015

Jean Marie Lucien Pierre Anouilh (June 23, 1910 – October 3, 1987) was a French dramatist whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, Anouilh is best known for his 1943 play Antigone, an adaptation of Sophocles' classical drama, that was seen as an attack on Marshal Pétain's Vichy government. One of France's most prolific writers after World War II, much of Anouilh's work deals with themes of maintaining integrity in a world of moral compromise. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A genius knows how to make himself easily understood without being obvious about it.

A good actor must never be in love with anyone but himself.

All evil comes from the old. They grow fat on ideas and young men die of them.

An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.

Effective action is always unjust.

God is on everyone's side... and in the last analysis, he is on the side with plenty of money and large armies.

Have you noticed that life, with murders and catastrophes and fabulous inheritances, happens almost exclusively in newspapers?

I like reality. It tastes like bread.

Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance.

It takes a certain courage and a certain greatness to be truly base.

Life has a way of setting things in order and leaving them be. Very tidy, is life.

Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it.

Life is very nice, but it lacks form. It's the aim of art to give it some.

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.

Men create real miracles when they use their God-given courage and intelligence.

Nothing is irreparable in politics.

Oh, love is real enough; you will find it someday, but it has one archenemy- and that is life.

One cannot weep for the entire world, it is beyond human strength. One must choose.

Our entire life- consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.

Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.

Some men like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path.

Talent is like a faucet, while it is open, one must write.

The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it.

There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.

Things are beautiful if you love them.

To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It is easy to say no, even if saying no means death.

Tragedy is restful: and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it.

Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.

We poison our lives with fear of burglary and shipwreck, and, ask anyone, the house is never burgled, and the ship never goes down.

What fun it would be to be poor, as long as one was excessively poor! Anything in excess is most exhilarating.

What you get free costs too much.

When you are forty, half of you belongs to the past... And when you are seventy, nearly all of you.

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(June 23 is also the birthday of Alan Turing and Joss Whedon.)


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Quotes of the day: Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Published Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 7:55 PM EDT
Jun 21 2015

Anne Spencer Lindbergh (née Morrow; June 22, 1906 – February 7, 2001) was an American author, aviator, and the wife of fellow aviator Charles Lindbergh. She was an acclaimed author whose books and articles spanned the genres of poetry to non-fiction, touching upon topics as diverse as youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment, as well as the role of women in the 20th century. Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea is a popular inspirational book, reflecting on the lives of American women. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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America, which has the most glorious present still existing in the world today, hardly stops to enjoy it, in her insatiable appetite for the future.

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day- like writing a poem or saying a prayer.

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.

Certain springs are tapped only when we are alone. Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves; that firm strand which will be the indispensable center of a whole web of human relationships.

Don't wish me happiness- I don't expect to be happy it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor- I will need them all.

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.

For sleep, one needs endless depths of blackness to sink into; daylight is too shallow, it will not cover one.

Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.

Grief can't be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.

How hard it is to have the beautiful interdependence of marriage and yet be strong in oneself alone.

How one hates to think of oneself as alone. How one avoids it. It seems to imply rejection or unpopularity.

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.

I feel we are all islands- in a common sea.

I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.

If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.

It is only in solitude that I ever find my own core.

It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.

Life is a gift, given in trust- like a child.

Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.

One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life.

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.

Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.

Only when a tree has fallen can you take a measure of it. It is the same with a man.

Perhaps middle-age is, or should be, a period of shedding shells; the shell of ambition, the shell of material accumulations and possessions, the shell of the ego.

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.

The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was, nor forward to what it might be, but living in the present and accepting it as it is now.

The punctuation of anniversaries is terrible, like the closing of doors, one after another between you and what you want to hold on to.

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach- waiting for a gift from the sea.

The wave of the future is coming and there is no fighting it.

There is no sin punished more implacably by nature than the sin of resistance to change.

To be deeply in love is, of course, a great liberating force.

To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.

Travelers are always discoverers, especially those who travel by air. There are no signposts in the sky to show a man has passed that way before. There are no channels marked. The flier breaks each second into new uncharted seas.

What a circus act we women perform every day of our lives. Look at us. We run a tightrope daily, balancing a pile of books on the head. Baby-carriage, parasol, kitchen chair, still under control. Steady now! This is not the life of simplicity but the life of multiplicity that the wise men warn us of.

When the wedding march sounds the resolute approach, the clock no longer ticks, it tolls the hour. The figures in the aisle are no longer individuals, they symbolize the human race.


Categories: Anne Morrow Lindbergh; Quotes of the day


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