Saturday, May 30, 2009

John Oliver on Economics

Economics is like the Dutch language; I’m told that it makes sense but I seriously have my doubts.

John Oliver

From the very funny Terrifying Times
Dakota Pictures, 2008
Comedy Central

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

David Angell and Peter Casey on Communication

Niles: He's clearly the one dealing with repressed material, not to mention the obvious Oedipal issues.
Martin: Argle, gargle, gooble, goop.
Niles: What?
Martin: Now you know how it feels. What are you talking about?

Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce) and Martin Crane (John Mahoney) talk about Frasier Crane dating a woman who is a doppelganger of his mother.

Momma Mia, 1999
Written by David Angell and Peter Casey
Grubb Street Productions


Susan B. Anthony on the Journey

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.

Susan B. Anthony


Art Linkletter on Perspective

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

Art Linkletter


Tom Brokaw on Commencement

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.

Tom Brokaw


Saturday, May 23, 2009

John F. Kennedy on America

We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution.

John F. Kennedy


Don Marquis on Effort

If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you. If you really make them think, they'll hate you.

Don Marquis


James Baldwin on America

I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

James Baldwin


Barack Obama on Never Forgetting

...It’s about remembering each and every one of those moments when our survival as a nation came down not simply to the wisdom of our leaders or the resilience of our people, but to the courage and valor of our fighting men and women. For it is only by remembering these moments that we can truly appreciate a simple lesson of American life – that what makes all we are and all we aspire to be possible are the sacrifices of an unbroken line of Americans that stretches back to our nation’s founding.

That is the meaning of this holiday. That is a truth at the heart of our history. And that is a lesson I hope all Americans will carry with them this Memorial Day weekend and beyond.

Barack Obama


Abraham Lincoln on Never Forgetting

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate... we can not consecrate... we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government : of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg Address
November, 1863


Tacitus on Courage

In valor, there is hope.

Tacitus, Roman senator, lived 56 to 117 AD

Never forget.


Thucydides on Courage

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.

Thucydides, Greek author lived 460 to 404 BC

Never forget.


Monday, May 4, 2009

Anthony Robbins on Resolve

I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.

Anthony Robbins


Despair Inc. on Pressure

Pressure: It can turn a lump of coal into a flawless diamond, or an average person into a perfect basketcase.

Despair Inc.


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Linda Foor on Perspective

You cannot expect rational behavior from an irrational person.

Linda Foor

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Dale Carnegie on Perseverence

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

Dale Carnegie


Dorothy Thompson on Perspective

Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.

Dorothy Thompson


Dorothy Thompson on Courage

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.

Dorothy Thompson

Dorothy Thompson was the the first American journalist to be expelled from Nazi Germany in 1934.


Clare Booth Luce on Courage

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.

Clare Booth Luce


Ivy Baker Priest on Transitions

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.

Ivy Baker Priest


Gustave Flaubert on Boundaries

Earth has its boundaries, but human stupidity is limitless.

Gustave Flaubert


Daisy De La Hoya on Etiquette

Finally, I find "London" passed out on the floor like a frickin' crime scene. This is Daisy of Love not I Love Liquor.

Daisy De La Hoya
about one of her guests/suitors on
Daisy of Love
April 26, 2009

Ralph Waldo Emerson on Transition

Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson