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Quotes of the day: Walter Cronkite

Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014 @ 8:52 PM EDT
Jul 16 2014

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 - July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchor of the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). He was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll. He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including World War II; the Nuremberg trials; the Vietnam War; Watergate; the Iran hostage crisis; and the murders of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon. He was also known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A lack of good news? What do they want us to do? Cover all the cats that didn't get stuck in trees today?

America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.

And that's the way it is.

For how many thousands of years now have we humans been what we insist on calling 'civilized?' And yet, in total contradiction, we also persist in the savage belief that we must occasionally, at least, settle our arguments by killing one another.

Freedom is a package deal- with it comes responsibilities and consequences

I regret that, in our attempt to establish some standards, we didn't make them stick. We couldn't find a way to pass them on to another generation, really.

I think being a liberal, in the true sense, is being nondoctrinaire, nondogmatic, non-committed to a cause - but examining each case on its merits. Being left of center is another thing; it's a political position. I think most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they're not liberal, by my definition of it, then they can hardly be good newspapermen. If they're preordained dogmatists for a cause, then they can't be very good journalists; that is, if they carry it into their journalism.

I think it is absolutely essential in a democracy to have competition in the media, a lot of competition, and we seem to be moving away from that.

I think somebody ought to do a survey as to how many great, important men have quit to spend time with their families who spent any more time with their family.

In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.

It is not the reporter's job to be a patriot or to presume to determine where patriotism lies. His job is to relate the facts.

Justice was born outside the home and a long way from it; and it has never been adopted there.

Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine

Television... is not a substitute for print.

The battle for the airwaves cannot be limited to only those who have the bank accounts to pay for the battle and win it.

The first priority of humankind in this era is to establish an effective system of world law that will assure peace with justice among the peoples of the world.

There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.

Those advocates who work for world peace by urging a system of world government are called impractical dreamers. Those impractical dreamers are entitled to ask their critics what is so practical about war.

We are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders.

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.

While we spend much of our time and a great deal of our treasure in preparing for war, we see no comparable effort to establish a lasting peace.

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Quotes of the day: John P. Marquand

Published Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 10:06 PM EDT
Jul 15 2014

John Phillips Marquand (November 10, 1893 – July 16, 1960) was an American writer. Originally best known for his Mr. Moto spy stories, he achieved popular success and critical respect for his satirical novels, winning a Pulitzer Prize for The Late George Apley in 1938. One of his abiding themes was the confining nature of life in America's upper class and among those who aspired to join it. Marquand treated those whose lives were bound by these unwritten codes with a characteristic mix of respect and satire. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Distrust the book which reads too easily because such writing appeals more to the senses than to the intellect. Hard reading exercises the mind

I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday.

I know a fellow who's as broke as the Ten Commandments.

If you have one strong idea, you can't help repeating it and embroidering it. Sometimes I think that authors should write one novel and then be put in a gas chamber.

It is worthwhile for anyone to have behind him a few generations of honest, hard-working ancestry.

Nothing which is worth while is easy, nor in my experience is the actual doing of it particularly pleasant. The pleasure arises from completion and from the knowledge that one has done the right thing and has stood by one's convictions

Some day you will know that there is a beauty of the soul that is more important than worldly beauty. Remember this when you see worldly beauty.

The best thing about Unitarianism was that there was no compulsion about attending its services.

There is a certain phase in the life of the aged when the warmth of the heart seems to increase in direct proportion with the years.

When everything is totalled up we have evolved a fine variety of flushing toilets but not a very good world.

When you are dead, you are very dead, intellectually and artistically.

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Quotes of the day: Iris Murdoch

Published Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 9:14 PM EDT
Jul 14 2014

Dame Iris Murdoch DBE (July 15, 1919 - February 8, 1999) was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her first published novel, Under the Net, was selected in 1998 as one of Modern Library's 100 best English- language novels of the 20th century. In 1987, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All art is the struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.

Almost anything that consoles us is a fake.

Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.

Being good is just a matter of temperament in the end.

Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.

Emotions really exist at the bottom of the personality or at the top. In the middle they are acted. This is why all the world is a stage.

Every artist is an unhappy lover. And unhappy lovers want to tell their story.

Every man needs two women, a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.

Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.

Falling out of love is very enlightening. For a short while you see the world with new eyes.

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonizing preoccupation with self.

Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously.

I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.

I think being a woman is like being Irish... Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the same.

In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible, of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way.

Jealousy is the most dreadfully involuntary of all sins.

Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real. Love, and so art and morals, is the discovery of reality.

No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.

One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.

Only lies and evil come from letting people off.

Our actions are like ships which we may watch set out to sea, and not know when or with what cargo they will return to port.

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.

Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.

Perhaps when distant people on other planets pick up some wave- length of ours all they hear is a continuous scream.

Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!

Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.

The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life's major mysteries.

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.

The chief requirement of the good life... is to live without any image of oneself.

The cry of equality pulls everyone down.

The notion that one will not survive a particular catastrophe is, in general terms, a comfort since it is equivalent to abolishing the catastrophe.

The sin of pride may be a small or a great thing in someone's life, and hurt vanity a passing pinprick or a self-destroying or even murderous obsession.

There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.

Time, like the sea, unties all knots.

We can only learn to love by loving.

We defend ourselves with descriptions and tame the world by generalizing.

We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.

We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible, how doomed the present is.

Youth is a marvelous garment.

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Product of the day

Published Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 1:39 PM EDT
Jul 14 2014

Categories: Dogs, Product of the day, Sex, WTF?

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Quotes of the day: Jerry Rubin

Published Sunday, July 13, 2014 @ 10:13 PM EDT
Jul 13 2014

Jerry Rubin (July 14, 1938 – November 28, 1994) was an American social activist, anti-war leader, and counterculture icon during the 1960s and 1970s. During the 1980s, he became a successful businessman.

On November 14, 1994, Rubin jaywalked on Wilshire Boulevard, in front of his penthouse apartment in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, California. It was a Monday evening and weekday traffic was heavy, with three lanes moving in each direction. A car swerved to miss Rubin but a second car, immediately behind the first, was unable to avoid him. He was taken to the UCLA Medical Center, where he died of a heart attack two weeks later. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A life without surrender is a life without commitment.

Don't trust anyone over thirty.

Every person on the streets of New York is a type. The city is one big theater where everyone is on display.

I am a child of America. If ever I'm sent to Death Row for my revolutionary 'crimes,' I'll order as my last meal: a hamburger, french fries, and a coke.

I didn't get my ideas from Mao, Lenin, or Ho. I got my ideas from the Lone Ranger.

I'm famous. That's my job.

Most men act so tough and strong on the outside because on the inside, we are scared, weak, and fragile. Men, not women, are the weaker sex.

Nothing is more American than revolution.

Our message: Don't grow up. Growing up means giving up your dreams.

Politics is how you live your life, not whom you vote for.

Smoking pot makes you a criminal and a revolutionary. As soon as you take you first puff, you are an enemy of society.

Some of the greatest social reformers of our time were wealthy.

The back seat produced the sexual revolution.

The individual who signs the check has the ultimate power.

The power to define the situation is the ultimate power.

The problem with fame is that you get frozen in one frame and nothing you can do can alter the nature.

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Passion, Purple and otherwise

Published Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 10:31 PM EDT
Jul 12 2014

Purple Passion was a rather unremarkable carbonated soft drink marketed by Canada Dry in the 1960s and 1970s. The flavor varied from bottling plant to bottling plant; what was consistent was the purple food coloring. I remember drinking it regularly in 1971 when I was a senior in high school. The mom and pop store we frequented at lunch time priced it a nickel less than Coke and Pepsi.

Its name and quasi-psychedelic packaging were primarily responsible for its success. Canada Dry presciently registered "Purple Passion" as a trademark in 1965, two years before San Francisco's 'Summer of Love'. Most reports indicate the brand disappeared in the late 70s. The trademark expired in the late '80s.

Collectors rate the cans as neither particularly rare nor valuable; the going rate for a specimen in good condition is about $5.


A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind, and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility.
-Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

A man is to be cheated into passion, but reasoned into truth.
-John Dryden

A man without passion is only a latent force, only a possibility, like a stone waiting for the blow from the iron to give forth sparks.
-Henri Frédéric Amiel

All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
-John Locke

Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.
-G.M. Trevelyan

Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.
-Francis Ford Coppola

Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
-Rita Mae Brown

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
-D.H. Lawrence

Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people; before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children; before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I'm not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and give.
-Cory Booker

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
-Oscar Wilde

Chase your passion, not your pension.
-Denis Waitley

Desire to know how and why,-curiosity: so that man is distinguished not only by his reason, but also by this singular passion, from all other animals.
-Thomas Hobbes

Endurance is the crowning quality, and patience all the passion of great hearts.
-James Russell Lowell

Even though much provoked, let us do nothing through passion and ill temper.
-Abraham Lincoln

Every great wave of popular passion that rolls up on the prairies is dashed to spray when it strikes the hard rocks of Manhattan.
-H.L. Mencken

Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.
-John Adams

Good sex and good fishing both require passion.
-Paul Quinnett

If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In America the absence of honest passion is a distinguishing feature of both professional wrestling and politics.
-Murray Kempton

In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers, always on trial for their political lives, always required to court their restless constituents.
-Walter Lippmann

Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.
-Leonardo da Vinci

Man is free; yet we must not suppose that he is at liberty to do everything he pleases, for he becomes a slave the moment he allows his actions to be ruled by passion.
-Giovanni Casanova

Man is not a rational animal. He is only truly good or great when he acts from passion.
-Benjamin Disraeli

Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste, nor condemn him, if we are just, for knowing so human a passion.
-George Santayana

Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals, for the most part governed by the impulse of passion.
-Alexander Hamilton

Modesty is the artifice of actors, similar to passion in call girls.
-Jackie Gleason

Most marriages recognize this paradox: Passion destroys passion; we want what puts an end to wanting what we want.
-John Fowles

Nature has introduced great variety into the landscape, but man has displayed a passion for simplifying it. Thus he undoes the built-in checks and balances by which nature holds the species within bounds.
-Rachel Carson

No passion is stronger in the breast of a man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.
-Virginia Woolf

Our passion for form expresses our yearning to make the world adequate to our needs and desires, and, more important, to experience ourselves as having significance.
-Rollo May

Passion gives me moments of wholeness.
-Anaïs Nin

Passion goes, Boredom remains.
-Coco Chanel

Passion is a rather frightening thing because if you have passion you don't know where it will take you.
-Jiddu Krishnamurti

Passion is destructive; if it does not destroy, it dies.
-W. Somerset Maugham

Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.
-Jean Iris Murdoch

Reason and intelligence are the most effective instruments that humankind possesses. There is no substitute: neither faith nor passion suffices in itself.
-Paul Kurtz

The capacity for passion is both cruel and divine.
-George Sand

The fact is that love is of two kinds- one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other.
-Honoré de Balzac

The fault lieth altogether in the dogmatics, that is to say, those that are imperfectly learned, and with passion press to have their opinion pass everywhere for truth.
-Thomas Hobbes

The free expression of opinion, as experience has taught us, is the safety-valve of passion. The noise of the rushing steam, when it escapes, alarms the timid; but it is the sign that we are safe.
-William Gladstone

The introduction of religious passion into politics is the end of honest politics, and the introduction of politics into religion is the prostitution of true religion.
-Lord Hailsham

The passion to interpret as madness that with which we disagree seems to have infected the best of contemporary minds.
-Thomas Szasz

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.
-Frederico Fellini

There is no passion like that of a functionary for his function.
-Georges Clemenceau

To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion.
-Albert Camus

We must act out passion before we can feel it.
-Jean-Paul Sartre

What passion cannot Music raise and quell?
-John Dryden

When one great passion seizes possession of the soul all other feelings are crowded out.
-Lucy Maud Montgomery

Where men are the most sure and arrogant, they are commonly the most mistaken, and have there given reins to passion, without that proper deliberation and suspense, which can alone secure them from the grossest absurdities.
-David Hume

Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion.

You will in due season have wars entered into from passion and not from reason; and you will in due season submit to peace ignominiously sought and ignominiously obtained, which will diminish your authority and perhaps endanger your independence. You will in due season find your property is less valuable, and your freedom less complete.
-Benjamin Disraeli

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Quotes of the day: Harvey Pekar

Published Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 7:39 PM EDT
Jul 11 2014

Harvey Lawrence Pekar (October 8, 1939 - July 12, 2010) was an American underground comic book writer, music critic and media personality, best known for his autobiographical American Splendor comic series. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Although a security guard is ostensibly there to provide security, his actual role is to give the illusion of safety to suburban women.

Every day is a brand new deal, right? Just keep on working and something's bound to turn up.

Everybody's like everybody else, and everybody's different from everybody else.

Happy workers are much more productive workers and hence contribute to profit, but no organization is formed for the idea of pleasing its employees.

I think that the so-called average person often exhibits a great deal of heroism in getting through an ordinary day, and yet the reading public takes this heroism for granted.

I think you can find all the elements that you can find in great literature in mundane experiences.

I try and write the way things happen. I don't try and fulfill people's wishes.

I'm from Cleveland. We don't drink sparkling water in Cleveland.

It makes you feel good to know that there's other people afflicted like you.

Life is a war of attrition. You have to stay active on all fronts. It's one thing after another. I've tried to control a chaotic universe. And it's a losing battle. But I can't let go. I've tried, but I can't.

Misery loves company. There's a lot to that.

Money is a terrible barometer of a person's worth.

Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.

Superman doesn't get upset at the people who shoot bullets at him. I get why, now. (On his relationship with his mother and grandparents)

The most influential things that happen to virtually all of us are the things that happen on a daily basis. Not the traumas.

There’s not too many people you see who are reading James Joyce’s stuff, just for kicks.

You do not pursue potential conflict unless you hold power over your foe.

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Photo of the day

Published Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 6:46 PM EDT
Jul 11 2014

Pixie, the strange, insane, dog-like creature:

1. Communicates telepathically with her masters from deep space, the Dark Overlords of the Universe;

2. Really likes having her butt scratched.

"Ah. Familiar that pose is."

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Now THIS is an error message

Published Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 3:48 PM EDT
Jul 11 2014

(Mediocre Laboratories' web form error message.)

From the guy who invented and sold Woot!,

Categories: Computers,, Music, Video, WTF?, YouTube

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Oh, Canada...

Published Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 7:47 AM EDT
Jul 11 2014

(via Reddit)

Categories: Canada, Church and State, Reddit, Religion

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Quotes of the day: John Quincy Adams

Published Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 10:28 PM EDT
Jul 10 2014

John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 - February 23, 1848) was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a Senator and member of the House of Representatives. He was a member of the Federalist, Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and later Anti-Masonic and Whig parties. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.

All the public business in Congress now connects itself with intrigues, and there is great danger that the whole government will degenerate into a struggle of cabals.

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.

(America) goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.

And say not thou 'My country right or wrong,' nor shed thy blood for an unhallowed cause.

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

Death fixes forever the relation existing between the departed spirit and the survivors upon earth.

I inhabit a week, frail, decayed tenement; battered by the winds and broken in on by the storms, and, from all I can learn, the landlord does not intend to repair. (on his advanced age)

Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel.

If your action inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

In charity to all mankind, bearing no malice or ill will to any human being, and even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow men, not knowing what they do.

Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation.

It is among the evils of slavery that it taints the very sources of moral principle. It establishes false estimates of virtue and vice: for what can be more false and heartless than this doctrine which makes the first and holiest rights of humanity to depend upon the color of the skin?

The great problem of legislation is, so to organize the civil government of a community... that in the operation of human institutions upon social action, self-love and social may be made the same.

The manners of women are the surest criterion by which to determine whether a republican government is practicable in a nation or not.

This is the last of Earth! I am content. (last words)

To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is... the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind. It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence

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Quotes of the day: Jean Kerr

Published Wednesday, July 09, 2014 @ 9:17 PM EDT
Jul 09 2014

Jean Kerr (July 10, 1922 - January 5, 2003) was an Irish-American author and playwright born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and best known for her humorous bestseller, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, and the plays King of Hearts and Mary, Mary. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier's office.

A lawyer is never entirely comfortable with a friendly divorce, anymore than a good mortician wants to finish his job and then have the patient sit up on the table.

Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.

Do you know how helpless you feel if you have a full cup of coffee in your hand and you start to sneeze?

Even though a number of people have tried, no one has ever found a way to drink for a living.

Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent.

I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me they are wonderful things for other people to go on.

I make mistakes; I'll be the second to admit it.

I think success has no rules, but you can learn a great deal from failure.

I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want- an adorable pancreas?

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation.

It was hard to communicate with you. You were always communicating with yourself. The line was busy.

Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.

Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house.

Now the thing about having a baby- and I can't be the first person to have noticed this- is that thereafter you have it.

Partying is such sweet sorrow.

Some people have such a talent for making the best of a bad situation that they go around creating bad situations so they can make the best of them.

The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.

The only reason that they say, 'Women and children first' is to test the strength of the lifeboats.

The only thing worse than a man you can't control is a man you can.

The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old.

Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speech by something outside himself- like, for instance, he can't find any clean socks.

You don't seem to realize that a poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy. Because the poor person has hope. He thinks money would help.

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Signs of the Apocalypse, #911...

Published Wednesday, July 09, 2014 @ 9:30 AM EDT
Jul 09 2014

... when Jesse Ventura is the voice of reason:

This is simply the protection of religion, again, to gain its foothold into our state houses, and to inflict their beliefs on people like me that don't want to believe what they believe.

You listening to me out there? I don't want to believe what you believe, and you can't make me. And you never will. Enough of this.

You have your religion, you're free to practice it, but stop bringing it into the state house and stop trying to pass now federal laws that protect you.

When the churches start paying taxes, then the church can have a say so."

Categories: Church and State, First Amendment, Jesse Ventura, Religion, Signs of the Apocalypse, Supreme Court, Video, YouTube

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Quotes of the day: Dean Koontz

Published Tuesday, July 08, 2014 @ 8:18 PM EDT
Jul 08 2014

Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, science fiction, mystery, and satire. Several of his books have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, with 14 hardcovers and 14 paperbacks reaching the number one position. Koontz wrote under a number of pen names earlier in his career, including "David Axton", "Leigh Nichols" and "Brian Coffey". He has sold over 450 million copies as reported on his official site. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they evoke in us. The disappointments of life, the injustices, the battering events that are beyond our control, and the betrayals we endure, from those we befriended and loved, can make us cynical and turn our hearts into flint– on which only the matches of anger and bitterness can be struck into flame. By their delight in being with us, the reliable sunniness of their disposition, the joy they bring to playtime, the curiosity with which they embrace each new experience, dogs can melt cynicism, and sweeten the bitter heart.

No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish- consciously or unconsciously- that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.

Dogs' lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There's such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions.

When you have dogs, you witness their uncomplaining acceptance of suffering, their bright desire to make the most of life in spite of the limitations of age and disease, their calm awareness of the approaching end when their final hours come. They accept death with a grace that I hope I will one day be brave enough to muster.
-from "A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog"


A fanatic is a nut who has something to believe in.

Blizzards, floods, volcanos, hurricanes, earthquakes: They fascinate because they nakedly reveal that Mother Nature, afflicted with bipolar disorder, is as likely to snuff us as she is to succor us.

Fate cannot be sidestepped or outrun.

Hatred and anger are only scars upon a beach, while love is the rolling surf that ceaselessly smooths the sand.

Human beings can always be relied upon to assert, with vigor, their God-given right to be stupid.

If dogs talked, one of them would be president by now. Everybody likes dogs.

Ignorance isn't bliss, but sometimes ignorance makes it possible for us to sleep at night.

In a crunch a man's reputation never counts for as much as it ought to.

In a world that daily disconnects further from truth, more and more people accept the virtual in place of the real, and all things virtual are also malleable.

Loneliness comes in two basic varieties. When it results from a desire for solitude, loneliness is a door we close against the world. When the world instead rejects us, loneliness is an open door, unused.

Love isn't enough. Your parents have to know how to relate to you, and to each other. They have to want to be with you more than with anyone else.

One of the greatest sorrows of human existence is that some people aren't happy merely to be alive but find their happiness only in the misery of others.

Pain is a gift. Humanity, without pain, would know neither fear nor pity. Without fear, there could be no humility, and every man would be a monster. The recognition of pain and fear in others give rise in us to pity, and in our pity is our humanity, our redemption

Recognizing the structure of your psychology doesn't mean that you can easily rebuild it.

The sane understand that human beings are incapable of sustaining conspiracies on a grand scale, because some of our most defining qualities as a species are inattention to detail, a tendency to panic, and an inability to keep our mouths shut.

There's lots of law these days, but not much justice.

When we don't allow ourselves to hope, we don't allow ourselves to have purpose. Without purpose, without meaning, life is dark. We've no light within, and we're just living to die.

Where there's cake, there's hope. And there's always cake.

Your sense of responsibility to others can never be excessive.

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Website update

Published Tuesday, July 08, 2014 @ 12:57 PM EDT
Jul 08 2014

Yeah, I'm still limping along with Thingamablog, the now-ophaned blogging software that creates scads of individual .html pages instead of depending upon host-based applications to produce on-demand SQL-generated output. Call me old fashioned.

Anyway, Thingamablog takes about two minutes to generate the files associated with a new post. But a post containing a new category? It was absurd. The other day it hit the wall, as far as I was concerned- nearly three hours to completely regenerate every file on the website.

Fortunately, I discovered the cause of the problem: the "Latest Posts" entry over on the right column, which lists the most recent blog entries. It appears the software needs to scan the entire database to produce that list. For every page that contains the "Latest Posts" code.

And if your website has over 4,600 pages...

So, "Latest Posts" now appears only on the front page and the archive index page.


Some other configuration notes:

Hotlinking to images on the site has been re-dis-enabled. Perhaps re-dis-enabled isn't a word, but it's accurate.

We've blocked a bunch of Russian and Asian scrapers, scammers, and would-be hackers by blocking access from a lot of sites in those areas. is a text file that contains the single line

"This isn't a wordpress site. Sorry."

So give it up, willya?

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Quotes of the day: Anna Quindlen

Published Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 8:15 PM EDT
Jul 07 2014

Anna Marie Quindlen (b July 8, 1952) is an American author, journalist, and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992. She began her journalism career in 1974 as a reporter for the New York Post. Between 1977 and 1994 she held several posts at The New York Times. (Click for full Wikipedia article.)


A finished person is a boring person.

Acts of bravery don't always take place on battlefields. They can take place in your heart, when you have the courage to honor your character, your intellect, your inclinations, and yes, your soul by listening to its clean, clear voice of direction instead of following the muddied messages of a timid world.

And sometimes you do everything right and something bad just happens. It's as simple, and as scary, as that.

But never fear, gentlemen; castration was really not the point of feminism, and we women are too busy eviscerating one another to take you on.

Catastrophe is numerical. Loss is singular, one beloved at a time.

Control is a nice concept, little more.

[Dr. Seuss] is remembered for the murder of Dick and Jane, which was a mercy killing of the highest order.

For the young the days go fast and the years go slow; for the old the days go slow and the years go fast.

Guilt is what separates humans from animals.

Have you ever noticed that what passes as a terrific man would only be an adequate woman?

Here is one of the worst things about having someone you love die: It happens again every single morning.

I conveniently forgot to remember that people only have two hands, or, as another parent once said of having a third child, it's time for a zone defense instead of man-to-man.

I have a cat, the pet that ranks just above a throw pillow in terms of required responsibility.

I know from experience that those least capable of truly assessing any marriage are the children who come out of it. We style them as we need them, to excuse our faults, to insulate ourselves from our own expendability or indispensability.

I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.

It's only before realities set in that we can treasure our delusions.

Maybe crazy is just the word we use for feelings that will not be contained.

New York City has finally hired women to pick up the garbage, which makes sense to me, since, as I've discovered, a good bit of being a woman consists of picking up garbage.

One of the useful things about age is realizing conventional wisdom is often simply inertia with a candy coating of conformity.

Our lives, so settled, so specific, are built on happenstance.

People who wish to salute the free and independent side of their evolutionary character acquire cats. People who wish to pay homage to their servile and salivating roots own dogs.

The life of a good dog is like the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed.

The voices of conformity speak so loudly. Don't listen to them. No one does the right thing out of fear.

There's something undeniable about the posture of a person trying not to acknowledge your existance.

This is how I learn most of what I know about my children and their friends: by sitting in the driver's seat and keeping quiet.

We're part of a mixed marriage: he's male, I'm female.

What I expect from my male friends is that they are polite and clean. What I expect from my female friends is unconditional love, the ability to finish my sentences for me when I am sobbing, a complete and total willingness to pour their hearts out to me, and the ability to tell me why the meat thermometer isn't supposed to touch the bone.

What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.

When you really want to say no, say no. You can't do everything- or at least not well.

You can tell a really wonderful quote by the fact that it's attributed to a whole raft of wits.

You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.

Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They're its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones.

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Kids and animals

Published Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 12:38 PM EDT
Jul 07 2014

A picture of granddaughters Joelle and Leanna from their vacation cabin.


Pixie the Shih Tzu (Klingon for "small, insane, dog-like creature") attacks: a) invisible bunnies under the comforter; b) my socks; and c) her older "sister," Sassy.

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Quotes of the day: Robert Heinlein

Published Sunday, July 06, 2014 @ 8:00 PM EDT
Jul 06 2014

Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 - May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers," he was one of the most influential and controversial authors of the genre in his time. He set a standard for scientific and engineering plausibility, and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A committee is the only known form of life with a hundred bellies and no brain.

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

A government-supported artist is an incompetent whore!

A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain, then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system?

A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.

A reverence for life does not require one to respect nature's obvious mistakes.

A zygote is a gamete's way of producing more gametes. This may be the purpose of the universe.

Age does not bring wisdom. Often it merely changes simple stupidity into arrogant conceit.

Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin.

All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children.

Almost everything about a human creature is ridiculous, except its ability to suffer bravely and die gallantly for whatever it loves and believes in.

Always listen to the experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.

Always tell her she's beautiful, especially if she isn't.

An armed society is a polite society.

An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions.

Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.

Aside from a cold appreciation of my own genius I felt that I was a modest man.

Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.

Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor.

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.

Belief gets in the way of learning.

Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil.

Cats have no sense of humor, they have terribly inflated egos, and they are very touchy.

Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you get.

Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth.

Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.

Don't explain computers to laymen. Simpler to explain sex to virgins.

Early rising may not be a vice... but it is certainly no virtue. The old saw about the early bird just goes to show that the worm should have stayed in bed.

Easy times for individuals are bad times for the race. Adversity is a strainer which refuses to pass the ill equipped.

Every law that was ever written opened up a new way to graft.

Everybody lies about sex.

Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.

Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.

Evolution is a process that never stops. Baboons who fail to exhibit moral behavior do not survive; they wind up as meat for leopards.

Free will is a golden thread running through the frozen matrix of fixed events.

Fulfillment in life is loving a good woman and killing a bad man.

Getting up early does not get more work done... any more than you can make a piece of string longer by cutting off one end and tying it onto the other.

Government is an inescapable disease of human beings.

History has the relation to truth that theology has to religion- i.e., none to speak of.

How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven.

I believe in the honest craft of workmen. Take a look around you. There never were enough bosses to check up on all that work. From Independence Hall to the Grand Coulee Dam, these things were built level and square by craftsmen who were honest in their bones.

I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he is picking my pocket.

I usually read the obituaries first as there is always the happy chance that one of them will make my day.

If a country can't save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say: Let the damned thing go down the drain!

If you don't like yourself, you can't like other people.

If you would know a man, observe how he treats a cat.

In a society in which it is a moral offense to be different from your neighbor your only escape is to never let them find out.

In all matters of government the correct answer is usually: Do nothing.

In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.

Intangibles are the most honest merchandise anyone can sell. They are always worth whatever you are willing to pay for them and they never wear out.

It is better to copulate than never.

It never does any good to warn a man about his wife.

It's amazing how much mature wisdom resembles being too tired.

Life is short, but the years are long.

Little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse.

Logic is a way of saying that anything that didn't happen yesterday won't happen tomorrow.

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Love your country, but never trust its government.

Man can be chained but he cannot be domesticated, and eventually he always breaks his chains.

Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal.

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.

Morals- all correct moral laws- derive from the instinct to survive. Moral behavior is survival behavior above the individual level.

Most women are damn fools and children. But they've got more range than we've got. The brave ones are braver, the good ones are better- and the vile ones are viler, for that matter.

Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.

Never appeal to a man's better nature. He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage.

Never frighten a little man. He'll kill you.

Never try to outstubborn a cat.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and annoys the pig.

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do.

No matter where or what, there are makers, takers, and fakers.

Nobody ever wins a lawsuit but the lawyers.

Obscurity is the refuge of incompetence.

Old age is not an accomplishment; it is just something that happens to you despite yourself, like falling downstairs.

One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.

People don’t really want change, any change at all- and xenophobia is very deep-rooted. But we progress, as we must- if we are to go out to the stars.

Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.

Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men.

Revolutions are not won by enlisting the masses. Revolution is a science only a few are competent to practice. It depends on correct organization and, above all, on communications.

Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.

Self-awareness is not just a bunch of amino acids bumping together.

Sex should be friendly. Otherwise stick to mechanical toys; it's more sanitary.

Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.

Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other sins are invented nonsense.

Specialization is for insects.

Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation.

Stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.

Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong- but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.

Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.

Television leaves no external scars.

The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed.

The death rate is the same for us as for anybody... one person, one death, sooner or later.

The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning, while those other subjects merely require scholarship.

The future is better than the past. Despite the crepehangers, romanticists, and anti-intellectuals, the world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes it better. With hands...with tools...with horse sense and science and engineering.

The less respect an older person deserves the more certain he is to demand it from anyone younger.

The nice thing about citing god as an authority is that you can prove anything you set out to prove.

The three-legged stool of understanding is held up by history, languages, and mathematics. Equipped with these three you can learn anything you want to learn. But if you lack any one of them you are just another ignorant peasant with dung on your boots.

The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa.

The United States has become a place where entertainers and professional athletes are mistaken for people of importance.

The whole principle is wrong (censorship); it's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't eat steak.

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.

There is no conclusive evidence of life after death. But there is no evidence of any sort against it. Soon enough you will know. So why fret about it?

There is no such thing as luck; there is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe.

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.

There is nothing wrong with writing, so long as you do it in private and wash your hands afterward.

Was there ever a time when the majority was right?

We lived like that 'Happy Family' you sometimes see in traveling zoos: a lion caged with a lamb. It is a startling exhibit but the lamb has to be replaced frequently.

What are the marks of a sick culture? It is a bad sign when the people of a country stop identifying themselves with the country and start identifying with a group. A racial group. Or a religion. Or a language. Anything, as long as it isn't the whole population.

Widows are far better than brides. They don't tell, they won't yell, they don't swell, they rarely smell, and they're grateful as hell.

Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs had better get used to it.

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.

You don't pay back, you pay forward.

You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.

You're in bad shape when your emotions force you into acts which you know are foolish.

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Winding down

Published Sunday, July 06, 2014 @ 3:54 PM EDT
Jul 06 2014

Appropriately attired granddaughter Joelle hopes you all had a great Independence Day weekend.

Now get back to work.

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I think I see the problem here...

Published Sunday, July 06, 2014 @ 3:44 PM EDT
Jul 06 2014

Categories: Church and State, First Amendment, Religion, Supreme Court

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Cleaning off the desktop

Published Sunday, July 06, 2014 @ 12:59 PM EDT
Jul 06 2014

"They told me there would be hot dogs."


"There. That should fix it."


Conversation of the week:


Exchange of the week:


I was going to, but I forgot. Right after I forgot to renew my membership.


Obscure cartoons of the week:


Current events and commentary

Diversity: Fox News hosts and anchors:

And... the desktop is clean.

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Quotes of the day: George W. Bush

Published Saturday, July 05, 2014 @ 8:13 PM EDT
Jul 05 2014

George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara and George H. W. Bush, he was born in New Haven, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale University in 1968 and Harvard Business School in 1975, Bush worked in oil businesses. He married Laura Welch in 1977 and ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives shortly thereafter. He later co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team before defeating Ann Richards in the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election. Bush was elected president in 2000 after a close and controversial election, becoming the fourth president to be elected while receiving fewer popular votes nationwide than his opponent. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Make The Pie Higher
by George W. Bush

I think we all agree
The past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen
And uncertainty
And potential mental losses.
Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet
Become more few?
How many hands
Have I shaked?
They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pant leg
Of opportunity.
I know that the human being
And the fish
Can coexist.
Families is where our nation
Finds hope
Where our wings take dream.
Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize Society!
Make the pie higher!
Make the pie higher!
Major league.

(Actual GWB quotations, aesthetically arranged by Washington Post writer Richard Thompson in observance of National Poetry Month.)


A surplus means there'll be money left over. Otherwise, it wouldn't be called a surplus.

A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness.

A vampire is a- a- cell deal you can plug in the wall to charge your cell phone.

An equal society begins with an equally excellent schools.

Border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better.

But I also made it clear to (Vladimir Putin) that it's important to think beyond the old days of when we had the concept that if we blew each other up, the world would be safe.

Do as I say and not as I did.
(When governor of Texas, Dubya proposed a $9 million initiative to persuade young Texans to hold off on sex until marriage. This was Dubya's answer when asked whether he had abstained from pre-marital sex.)

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

Fathers have a unique and irreplaceable role in the lives of children.

For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It's just unacceptable. And we're going to do something about it.

How do you know if you don't measure if you have a system that simply suckles kids through?

I am a person who recognizes the fallacy of humans.

I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.

I come from a different generation from my Dad.

I do know I'm ready for the job (the presidency). And if not, that's just the way it goes.

I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the President. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation.
(on 60 Minutes)

I don't think we need to be subliminable (sic) about the differences between our views on prescription drugs.

I don't want nations feeling like that they can bully ourselves and our allies. I want to have a ballistic defense system so that we can make the world more peaceful, and at the same time I want to reduce our own nuclear capacities to the level commiserate with keeping the peace.

I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.

I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.

I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe- I believe what I believe is right.

I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here.

I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.

I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun.

I want the folks to see me sitting in the same kind of seat they sit in, eating the same popcorn, peeing in the same urinal.

I was raised in the West. The west of Texas. It's pretty close to California. In more ways than Washington, D.C., is close to California.

I will have a foreign-handed foreign policy.

I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war.

I've got a record, a record that is conservative and a record that is compassionated.

If affirmative action means what I just described, what I'm for, then I'm for it.

If elected president I'll make sure that dyslexics will have an emergency 119 number.

If I answer questions every time you ask one, expectations would be high. And as you know, I like to keep expectations low.

If people could judge me by the company I keep, they would judge me for keeping really good company.

If you don't stand for anything, you don't stand for anything.

If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign.

In the corporate world, sometimes things aren't exactly black and white when it comes to accounting practices.

It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas.

It is white. (Response to a London child who asked him to describe the White House.)

It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.

It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet.

It's negative to think about blowing each other up. That's not a positive thought. That's a Cold War thought. That's a thought when people were enemies with each other.

It's very important for folks to understand that when there's more trade, there's more commerce

One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above that which is expected.

Our nation must come together to unite.

Our priorities is our faith.

Over the long term, the most effective way to conserve energy is by using energy more efficiently.

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?

Reading is the basics for all learning.

Sometimes when I sleep at night I think of 'Hop on Pop'.

States should have the right to enact reasonable laws and restrictions particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise could live.

The benefits of helping somebody is beneficial.

The California crunch really is the result of not enough power- generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants.

The good news is I'm leading in the polls. The bad news is the election isn't tomorrow.

Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling.

There is a lot of speculation and I guess there is going to continue to be a lot of speculation until the speculation ends.

There needs to be debates, like we're going through. There needs to be town-hall meetings. There needs to be travel. This is a huge country.

There ought to be limits to freedom.

There's an old saying in Tennessee- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee- that says, fool me once, shame on- shame on you. Fool me- you can't get fooled again.

They have miscalculated me as a leader.

They misunderestimated me.

They said, 'You know, this issue doesn't seem to resignate with the people.' And I said, you know something? Whether it resignates or not doesn't matter to me, because I stand for doing what's the right thing, and what the right thing is hearing the voices of people who work.

They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.

This campaign not only hears the voices of the entrepreneurs and the farmers and the entrepreneurs, we hear the voices of those struggling to get head.

This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot. I understand the emotionality of death penalty cases.

This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mential losses.

We cannot let terriers and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.

We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans.

We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself.

We must have the attitude that every child in America- regardless of where they're raised or how they're born- can learn.

We ought to make the pie higher.

We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.

We want our teachers to be trained so they can meet the obligations, their obligations as teachers. We want them to know how to teach the science of reading. In order to make sure there's not this kind of federal- federal cufflink.

We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers.

Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness.

Will the highways on the Internet become more few?

You know I could run for governor but I'm basically a media creation. I've never done anything. I've worked for my dad. I worked in the oil business. But that's not the kind of profile you have to have to get elected to public office.
(In 1989)

You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.

You're the kind of guy I like to have in a foxhole with me.
(Interesting comment made to Russian President Putin, White House, Nov. 13, 2001)

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Quotes of the day: P.T. Barnum

Published Friday, July 04, 2014 @ 7:58 PM EDT
Jul 04 2014

Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, 'I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me,' and his personal aims were 'to put money in his own coffers.' Barnum is widely, but erroneously, credited with coining the phrase 'There's a sucker born every minute.' (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Ask Bailey what the box office was at the Garden last night. (reported last words)

But however mysterious is nature, however ignorant the doctor, however imperfect the present state of physical science, the patronage and the success of quacks and quackeries are infinitely more wonderful than those of honest and laborious men of science and their careful experiments.

Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.

Every crowd has a silver lining.

I am a showman by profession... and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me.

Men, women, and children who cannot live on gravity alone need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is, in my opinion, in a business established by the Creator of our nature. If he worthily fulfills his mission and amuses without corrupting, he need never feel that he has lived in vain.

Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.

Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business.

The best kind of charity is to help those who are willing to help themselves.

The common man, no matter how sharp and tough, actually enjoys having the wool pulled over his eyes, and makes it easier for the puller.

The desire for wealth is nearly universal, and none can say it is not laudable, provided the possessor of it accepts its responsibilities, and uses it as a friend to humanity.

The plan of 'counting the chickens before they are hatched' is an error of ancient date, but it does not seem to improve by age.

The public is a very strange animal, and although a good knowledge of human nature will generally lead a caterer of amusement to hit the people right, they are fickle and ofttimes perverse.

The public is wiser than many imagine.

Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.


"There's a sucker born every minute."
Commonly attributed to Barnum, there is much testimony of contemporaries that he never actually said this, and in P.T. Barnum Never Did Say 'There's a Sucker Born Every Minute,' R.J. Brown asserts that it actually originated with a banker named David Hannum, in regard to one of Barnum's hoaxes: a replica of the Cardiff Giant.

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Happy Independence Day from Bizarro World

Published Friday, July 04, 2014 @ 3:20 PM EDT
Jul 04 2014

Where men are people, corporations are people, and women apparently just don't make the judicial cut...

Corporations are people, my friend. Women? Not so much.
-Erin Gloria Ryan


This is the kind of ruling where you look at the dissent and you think, 'Oh yeah, this is definitely going to get overturned on appeal,' and then you realize 'Oh God, there's no appeal.'
-Rachel Maddow


Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
-Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (dissenting):

In the Court’s view, RFRA demands accommodation of a for-profit corporation’s religious beliefs no matter the impact that accommodation may have on third parties who do not share the corporation owners’ religious faith- in these cases, thousands of women employed by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga or dependents of persons those corporations employ. Persuaded that Congress enacted RFRA to serve a far less radical purpose, and mindful of the havoc the Court’s judgment can introduce, I dissent...

...Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith. Not so of for-profit corporations. Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community. Indeed, by law, no religion-based criterion can restrict the work force of for-profit corporations... The distinction between a community made up of believers in the same religion and one embracing persons of diverse beliefs, clear as it is, constantly escapes the Court’s attention. One can only wonder why the Court shuts this key difference from sight...

The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.



Justice Sonia Sotomayor (dissenting):

Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today.

Let me be absolutely clear: I do not doubt that Wheaton genuinely believes that signing the self-certification form is contrary to its religious beliefs. But thinking one's religious beliefs are substantially burdened... does not make it so. Not every sincerely felt 'burden' is a 'substantial' one, and it is for courts, not litigants, to identify which are.

The Court's actions in this case create unnecessary costs and layers of bureaucracy, and they ignore a simple truth: The Government must be allowed to handle the basic tasks of public administration in a manner that comports with common sense.



The men who wrote this decision on behalf of the Supreme Court have entered into a war on women. They have become a blatantly political activist anti-women political organization. There are some [religious] beliefs that are so heinous that government should not respect them… Withholding basic health care from women is bigotry, plain and simple. We should not accept it, no matter how ‘sincerely’ the belief is held.
-Terry O'Neill, President, National Organization of Women


Guess which justices supported corporations' refusal to pay for female contraceptives?


It's good to know that the Supreme Court is dominated by the town elders from "Footloose."
-Frank Conniff


John Fugelsang:

Supreme Court rules in #HobbyLobby case that religious preferences don't have to follow laws.
Your move, Rastafarians.

Hobby Lobby covers Viagra, not IUD; because a fertilized egg is clearly God's will but impotency clearly isn't.


It may be time for some personal sidewalk counseling by liberals outside of Hobby Lobby doors.
-Susan Gardner



The U.S. Constitution and the Bible have a lot in common. Few people have read them in their entirety; they are quoted out of context and cherry-picked; their official interpreters wear robes and issue pronouncements that sometimes benefit an entitled few or discriminate against women and minorities; and their decrees and commandments are simply ignored when they interfere with the interests of those in power.

The Roberts court has certainly made history. Does the name Dred Scott ring a bell?

Let me see if I understand this: the Supreme Court upheld the Religion Freedom Restoration Act by allowing corporations, which the Court considers to be people, to force their religious beliefs upon those who do not share those beliefs. Ok. Got it. (facepalm)


Re: today's Supreme Court cases: How many 2000 Nader voters still think it made no difference whether Bush or Gore won?


Pastafarian business owners free to deny coverage of celiac disease.


My corporation was Wiccan for 1-2 yrs after college and would only cover hyssop for purification and yarrow flower to dispel negative energy.


Take away our sex ed, contraception, and access to abortions, then condemn us for having children, then make sure we get unfair wages so we can't support the children we have. Then take away the social safety net so we're totally screwed. Then call us irresponsible sluts.
-@Kelly Fineman



Closely held 21,000 employee, 572 store $2.28 billion dollar retail craft store chains are people, my friend.

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray my Boss my benefits keep
He watches me through day and night
Telling me what's wrong and right


Religious freedom is your freedom to live according to the dictates of my religion's misconceptions, no matter how wrong.
=Mary W. Matthews



Conservatives are fierce defenders of your freedom to practice their religion.

It's just a coincidence my religious liberty concerns only target women and gays. And you pointing that out violates my religious liberty.

A Christian business that takes a stand against divorcees would impress since Jesus actually, you know, mentioned divorce.

If corporations could have abortions, abortion would be tax deductible.

Work's tough now that my boss decided that coffee breaks actually cause abortions.

This birth control mandate violates my religious belief that Obama shouldn't be president.

If forcing you to provide a resource to your employees that they could use in way you find wrong is immoral, only slavery would be moral.

Be back in a few hours. Boss is making me get circumcised.

Newt Gingrich can now object to your birth control coverage on moral grounds. Rush Limbaugh. Donald Trump.
On moral grounds.

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Published Friday, July 04, 2014 @ 1:57 AM EDT
Jul 04 2014

Who's drunk enough for fireworks?
(from The New Yorker)

Remember: The combination of sun, beer and fireworks makes July 4th the Final Four weekend of Darwin Awards. Make wise choices.

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Temporal displacement

Published Thursday, July 03, 2014 @ 8:17 PM EDT
Jul 03 2014

To accommodate advancing age and the fact that I'm usually a lot sharper in the evening than I am at 6 a.m., beginning today the usual quotes of the day or daily post will show up on or after 8 p.m., instead of at midnight or some other ungodly hour.

"Quotes" is usually tied to someone's birth or death date. For example, the "Quotes of the day: Marie Curie" post below is tied to tomorrow, July 4. But "tomorrow" is relative. In Sydney, Australia it's been tomorrow already for 13 hours.

For you old fogies, just think of this as the bulldog.

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Quotes of the day: Marie Curie

Published Thursday, July 03, 2014 @ 8:01 PM EDT
Jul 03 2014

Marie Sklodowska-Curie (November 7, 1867 - July 4, 1934) was a Polish and naturalized French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.

All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.

Humanity needs practical men, who get the most out of their work, and, without forgetting the general good, safeguard their own interests. But humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit.

I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.

There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth.

We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.

We cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.

After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it.

We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something.


It was my good fortune to be linked with Mme. Curie through twenty years of sublime and unclouded friendship. I came to admire her human grandeur to an ever growing degree. Her strength, her purity of will, her austerity toward herself, her objectivity, her incorruptible judgement- all these were of a kind seldom found joined in a single individual... The greatest scientific deed of her life— proving the existence of radioactive elements and isolating them— owes its accomplishment not merely to bold intuition but to a devotion and tenacity in execution under the most extreme hardships imaginable, such as the history of experimental science has not often witnessed.

Marie Curie is, of all celebrated beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted.
-Albert Einstein

Pierre Curie, a brilliant scientist, happened to marry a still more brilliant one- Marie, the famous Madame Curie- and is the only great scientist in history who is consistently identified as the husband of someone else.
-Isaac Asimov

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Quotes of the day: Dave Barry

Published Thursday, July 03, 2014 @ 12:01 AM EDT
Jul 03 2014

David McAlister "Dave" Barry (born July 3, 1947) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and columnist, who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. He has also written numerous books of humor and parody, as well as comedic novels. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.

A sense of humor is a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge.

By today's beauty standards, Marilyn Monroe was an oil tanker.

Everybody- by which I mean not you- is getting rich off the Internet.

Florida's number three industry, behind tourism and skin cancer, is voter fraud.

Gradually, without noticing it, you turn into a Republican and judge everything on the basis of whether or not it will increase your taxes.

I bet that if you actually read the entire vastness of the U.S. Tax Code, you'd find at least one sex scene.

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball or saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.

If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and He decides to deliver a message to humanity, He will not use, as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle.

If you asked me to name the three scariest threats facing the human race, I'd give the same answer that most people would: nuclear war, global warming and Windows.

If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not and never will achieve its full potential, that word would be: 'meetings.'

If you have a big enough dictionary, just about everything is a word.

If you should open up a baby's head- and I am not for a moment suggesting that you should-you would find nothing but an enormous drool gland.

If you surveyed a hundred typical middle-aged Americans, I bet you'd find that only two of them could tell you their blood types, but every last one of them would know the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies.

In a democracy, you say what you like and do what you're told.

In fact, when you get right down to it, almost every explanation Man came up with for anything until about 1926 was stupid.

Internet investors have the brains of grapefruit. If you started a company called Set Fire to Piles of, they'd be beating down your door.

It's income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta.

Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.

Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it.

Magnetism is one of the Six Fundamental Forces of the Universe, with the other five being Gravity, Duct Tape, Whining, Remote Control, and The Force That Pulls Dogs Toward The Groins Of Strangers.

Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other large organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate.

No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

People who feel the need to tell you that they have an excellent sense of humor are telling you that they have no sense of humor.

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

Probably the question asked most often is: Do one-celled animals have orgasms? The answer is yes, they have orgasms almost constantly, which is why they don't mind living in pools of warm slime.

Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.

Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.

The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it.

The high rate of teen-age suicide might be due to those seeing all those Old Milwaukee ads with the rednecks in the pick-up truck saying, 'It doesn't get any better than this!'

The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.

The metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet.

The most valuable function performed by the federal government is entertainment.

The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes.

The word aerobics comes from two Greek words: aero, meaning 'ability to,' and bics, meaning 'withstand tremendous boredom.'

There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness.'

They can hold all the peace talks they want, but there will never be peace in the Middle East. Billions of years from now, when Earth is hurtling toward the Sun and there is nothing left alive on the planet except a few microorganisms, the microorganisms living in the Middle East will be bitter enemies.

We Americans live in a nation where the medical-care system is second to none in the world, unless you count maybe 25 or 30 little scuzzball countries like Scotland that we could vaporize in seconds if we felt like it.

We don't know where the digital revolution is taking us, only that when we get there we will not have enough RAM.

We have an old saying in journalism: If you don't understand something, it must be important.

What happens if an asteroid hits the Earth? Judging from realistic simulations involving a sledge hammer and a common laboratory frog, we can assume it will be pretty bad.

What I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death.

When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.

Williamsburg is an authentic colonial restored place in Virginia where people in authentic uncomfortable clothing demonstrate how horrible it was to live in historical colonial times.

Without software, a computer is just a lump of plastic- whereas with software, it's a lump of plastic that can permanently destroy critical data.

You have to be a real stud hombre cybermuffin to handle Windows.

You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.


(Today is also the birthday of Tom Stoppard and Franz Kafka.)

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Quotes of the day: Thurgood Marshall

Published Wednesday, July 02, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jul 02 2014

Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African American justice. Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education, a decision that desegregated public schools. He served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after being appointed by President John F. Kennedy and then served as the Solicitor General after being appointed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. President Johnson nominated him to the United States Supreme Court in 1967. (Click for full Wikipedia article)


A child born to a black mother in a state like Mississippi... has the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for.

Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely.

Even if all parties approach the court's mandate with the best of conscious intentions... that mandate requires them to confront and overcome their own racism on all levels- a challenge I doubt all of them can meet.

History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.

I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110, shot by a jealous husband.

I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust... We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.

I'm the world's original gradualist. I just think ninety-odd years is gradual enough.

If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.

Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy.

Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process.

None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody- a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony, or a few nuns- bent down and helped us pick up our boots.

Nothing can be more notorious than the calumnies and invectives with which the wisest measures and most virtuous characters of The United States have been pursued and traduced (by American newspapers).

Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds.

Some may more quietly commemorate the suffering, struggle, and sacrifice that has triumphed over much of what was wrong with the original document, and observe the anniversary with hopes not realized and promises not fulfilled. I plan to celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution as a living document, including the Bill of Rights and the other amendments protecting individual freedoms and human rights.

Sometimes history takes things into its own hands.

Surely the fact that a uniformed police officer is wearing his hair below his collar will make him no less identifiable as a policeman.

The government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war, and major social transformations to attain the system of constitutional government and its respect for the freedoms and individual rights, we hold as fundamental today.

The measure of a country's greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.

The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down.

Today's Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other blacks cherish.

We can always stick together when we are losing, but tend to find means of breaking up when we're winning.

What is the quality of your intent? Certain people have a way of saying things that shake us at the core. Even when the words do not seem harsh or offensive, the impact is shattering. What we could be experiencing is the intent behind the words. When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us must come to realize is that our intent always comes through.


(Today is also the birthday of Hermann Hesse.)

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Quotes of the day: George Sand

Published Tuesday, July 01, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jul 01 2014

Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin (July 1, 1804 – June 8, 1876), best known by her pseudonym George Sand, was a French novelist and memoirist. She is equally well known for her much publicized romantic affairs with a number of celebrities including Frédéric Chopin and Alfred de Musset. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Art for the sake of art itself is an idle sentence. Art for the sake of truth, for the sake of what is beautiful and good- that is the creed I seek.

Art is a demonstration of which nature is the proof.

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.

Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.

Happiness lies in the consciousness we have of it.

It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.

Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views.

Life is a long ache which rarely sleeps and can never be cured.

Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.

Masterpieces are only lucky attempts.

My profession is to be free.

One is happy once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.

Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.

The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul.

The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes... is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul.

The capacity for passion is both cruel and divine.

The truth is too simple: one must always get there by a complicated route.

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.

We cannot tear a single page from our life, but we can throw the whole book into the fire.

Which of us has not some sorrow to dull, or some yoke to cast off?

Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.

You must treat your heart as aging libertines treat their bodies- hide it beneath the disguise of paint and subterfuge.

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