Sunday, July 25, 2010

Laura Day on Crisis

When you evolve, so do your opportunities - as does your capacity for joy and success.

Laura Day
Welcome to Your Crisis
©2006, Little Brown and Company

Sunday, July 11, 2010

House on Percentages

If her DNA were off by one percentage point, she'd be a dolphin.

House (Hugh Laurie) to Dr. Foreman (Omar Epps) as to whether or not a 1% dip in normal blood oxygen levels that is considered within range is a symptom of something more for a 9-year-old girl who had a hallucinogenic episode. 

Autopsy, 2005
Laurence Caplow
Heel & Toe Films

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Og Mandino on Living

Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find ''tomorrow'' on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, ''If I had my life to live over again.'' Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day! Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

Og Mandino


Agnes De Mille on Dance

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.

Agnes De Mille

Thanks to Janet Davis and all my fellow dancers (especially Donna, Judy, Shawna, and Emily) in the Flash Mob at the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce 37th Annual Music and Arts Festival.


Tony Robbins on Living

Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.

Tony Robbins


Leo Buscaglia on Play

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.

Leo Buscaglia


Friday, July 9, 2010

Warren Buffett on Transcendence

Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.

Warren Buffett


Martin Luther King, Jr. on Beginning

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Burn Notice on Contempt

Larry (Tim Matheson): Sam....Wow. It's been a while... been a while.  You look great.

Sam (Bruce Campbell): You, too, Larry.  Very youthful.... still drinking the blood of children?

Burn Notice
Double Booked
Written by Craig S. O'Neill & Jason Tracey
USA Network, 2008

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Forgiveness

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Malcolm Forbes on Forgiveness

Keeping score of old scores and scars, getting even and one-upping, always makes you less than you are.

Malcolm Forbes


Confucius on Forgiveness

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.



Dimitri Martin on Geography

I've learned something on the road, traveling around: state shapes. The easier it is to draw the shape of the state, the harder it is to live in that state. So, if you live in a regular polygon, get the hell outta there. You gotta move to a squiggly area.

Dimitri Martin


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Carl N. Degler on America

The metaphor of the melting pot is unfortunate and misleading. A more accurate analogy would be a salad bowl, for, though the salad is an entity, the lettuce can still be distinguished from the chicory, the tomatoes from the cabbage.

Carl N. Degler


Charles Francis Adams on America

The American experiment is the most tremendous and far reaching engine of social change which has ever either blessed or cursed mankind.

Charles Francis Adams


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Albert Camus on Freedom

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.

Albert Camus


George Washington on Being American

It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity, but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.

George Washington


Thomas Jefferson on Responsibility

Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.

Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson on Progress

We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a feather-bed.

Thomas Jefferson