Friday, December 10, 2004

Weekend Thoughts

* It is respectable to have no illusions, and [be] safe, and profitable, and dull.

* You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.

* All a man can betray is his conscience.

* The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims.

-Joseph Conrad, 1857 - 1924

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human
misery rather than avenge it?

-Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962

Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts;
but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science.

-Jules Henri Poincare, 1854 - 1912


* Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself,
I have failed three times, and what happens when he says, I'm a failure.

-Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa, 1906 - 1992

* Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.

-William Saroyan, 1908 - 1981

Robert Louis Stevenson:

* Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.

* The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

* The world has no room for cowards. We must all be ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die. And yours is not the less noble because no drum beats before you when you go out into your daily battle fields, and no crowds shout about your coming when you return from your daily victory or defeat.

The stream of thought flows on; but most of its segments fall into the bottomless abyss of oblivion. Of some, no memory survives the instant of their passage. Of others, it is confined to a few moments, hours or days. Others, again, leave vestiges which are indestructible and by means of which they may be recalled as long as life endures.

-William James

The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.

-Henri F. Amiel

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island . . . to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.

-Baltasar Gracian

Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of man - the balance wheel of the social machinery.

-Horace Mann


* I know of no pursuit in which more real and important service can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture.

-George Washington

* When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.

-Daniel Webster

Freedom is not the sole prerogative of a lucky few, but the inalienable and universal right of all human beings.

-Ronald Reagan

Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes.

-Louisa May Alcott, 1832 - 1888

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.

-Woody Allen


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