It is with the saddest heart that I pass on the following news. Please join me in remembering a great icon - the veteran Pillsbury Spokesman. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.
Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies and Captain Crunch. The gravesite was piled high with flours.
Long time friend Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy, describing Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very "smart" cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still, as a crusty old man, was considered a roll model for millions. Toward the end it was thought he would rise again, but alas, he was no tart.
Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough, two children, John Dough and Jane Dough, plus one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.
Reply #481. Sep 12 11, 7:31 AM
Proverbs for 2001:
· Never be afraid to try something new. Remember: Amateurs built the Ark, Professionals built the Titanic
· Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels good.
· Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly and for the same reason.
· An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world. A pessimist fears that this is true.
· In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.
· I always wanted to be a procrastinator; I never get around to it.
· I am having an out of money experience.
· A day without sunshine is like night.
· I have kleptomania, but when it gets back, I take something for it.
· Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.
· Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.
· Age doesn’t always bring wisdom, sometimes age comes alone.
· Life not only begins at forty, it begins to show.
· You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stopped laughing.
Reply #482. Sep 12 11, 7:32 AM
What is greater than God?
More evil than the Devil?
The poor have it.
The rich need it.
And if you eat it, you will die!?!
Reply #483. Sep 12 11, 7:34 AM
Wisdom from the Hi-Tech version of Confucius (Bill Gates)
To anyone with kids of any age,
or anyone who has ever been a kid,
here's some advice Bill Gates recently dished
out at a high school speech about 11 things they
did not and will not learn in school.
He talks about how feel-good, politically correct
teachings created a generation of kids with no
concept of reality and how this concept set them up
for failure in the real world.
Life is not fair - get used to it.
The world won't care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect you to accomplish
something BEFORE you feel good about
You will NOT make $40,000 a year
right out of high school.
You won't be a vice-president
with a car phone until you earn both.
If you think your teacher is tough ...
wait till you get a boss.
Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your grandparents had a different word
for burger flipping ...
they called it opportunity.
If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault,
so don't whine about your mistakes ...
learn from them.
Before you were born, your parents
weren't as boring as they are now.
They got that way from paying your bills,
cleaning your clothes and ...
listening to you talk about how cool you are.
So before you save the rain forest
from the parasites of your parents' generation,
try delousing the closet in your own room.
Your school may have done away with
winners and losers ... but life has not.
In some schools they have abolished failing grades
and they'll give you as many times as you want to
get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest
resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Life is not divided into semesters.
You don't get summers off
and very few employers are inte! rested in
helping you find yourself.
Do that on your own time.
Television is NOT real life.
In real life people actually have to
leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Be nice to nerds.
Chances are, you'll end up working for one!
Reply #484. Sep 12 11, 7:35 AM
Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the making of action in spite of fear, the moving out against the resistance engendered by fear into the unknown and into the future. On some level spiritual growth, and therefore love, always requires courage and involves risk.
-- M. Scott Peck/ The Road Less Traveled
Reply #485. Sep 12 11, 7:37 AM
Look to this day…
In our modern society, we are so caught up in our day-to-day events. We’re very fortunate to be alive at this exciting time in history. It’s the age of technology. We have information. We’re connected. It’s amazing to think of the significant advances in the technology field over the past 50 years. From cell phones to laptop computers, the technology is a ubiquitous element in our lives.
This quote is a reminder to me keep things in perspective. It’s a reminder to take heed to what is taking place in my life and around me. It’s a reminder to keep things in perspective. We’re so caught up in our day-to-day struggles and conquests. We’re seemingly never satisfied. This quote reminds me that I need to be careful not to lose sight of what’s really important in this life.
We see today: we don’t see tomorrow. Life has it’s twists and turns and in one moment, everything can change. Therein lies the significance of today. If we approach today with this mindset, we cannot help but treat it with great care. Today may be the only chance we have to tell someone how much we care about him or her. Today may be the last opportunity we have make amends with someone we’ve hurt. Today may be the last time you ..
That’s not to say that one should be looking over his or her shoulder or take on a paranoid state. No, not at all.
Nor am I suggesting that life is a bed of roses. There will be obstacles. I think the key lies in making a concentrated effort not to take anything for granted, including tomorrow.
Reply #486. Sep 12 11, 7:37 AM
Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendor of achievement,
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation to the dawn.
From the Sanskrit
Reply #487. Sep 12 11, 7:38 AM
Theodore Roosevelt once said:
It is not the critic who counts… the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat; who stives valiantly… who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion; who spends himself in a worthy cause; and at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…”
Reply #488. Sep 12 11, 7:40 AM
State of the Union address
As delivered by President George W. Bush January 28, 2003
Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, distinguished citizens, and fellow citizens: Every year, by law and by custom, we meet here to consider the state of the union. This year, we gather in this chamber deeply aware of decisive days that lie ahead. You and I serve our country in a time of great consequence. During this session of Congress, we have the duty to reform domestic programs vital to our country … we have the opportunity to save millions of lives abroad from a terrible disease. We will work for a prosperity that is broadly shared … and we will answer every danger and every enemy that threatens the American people. In all these days of promise and days of reckoning, we can be confident. In a whirlwind of change, and hope, and peril, our faith is sure, our resolve is firm, and our union is strong. This country has many challenges. We will not deny, we will not ignore, we will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, to other presidents, and other generations. We will confront them with focus, and clarity, and courage. During the last two years, we have seen what can be accomplished when we work together. To lift the standards of our public schools, we achieved historic education reform - which must now be carried out in every school, and every classroom, so that every child in America can read, and learn, and succeed in life. To protect our country, we reorganized our government and created the Department of Homeland Security - which is mobilizing against the threats of a new era. To bring our economy out of recession, we delivered the largest tax relief in a generation. To insist on integrity in American business, we passed tough reforms, and we are holding corporate criminals to account. Some might call this a good record. I call it a good start. Tonight I ask the House and Senate to join me in the next bold steps to serve our fellow citizens. Our first goal is clear: We must have an economy that grows fast enough to employ every man and woman who seeks a job. After recession, terrorist attacks, corporate scandals, and stock market declines, our economy is recovering - yet it’s not growing fast enough, or strongly enough. With unemployment rising, our Nation needs more small businesses to open, more companies to invest and expand, more employers to put up the sign that says, “Help Wanted.” Jobs are created when the economy grows; the economy grows when Americans have more money to spend and invest; and the best, fairest way to make sure Americans have that money is not to tax it away in the first place. I am proposing that all the income tax reductions set for 2004 and 2006 be made permanent and effective this year. And under my plan, as soon as I have signed the bill, this extra money will start showing up in workers’ paychecks. Instead of gradually reducing the marriage penalty, we should do it now. Instead of slowly raising the child credit to a thousand dollars, we should send the checks to American families now. This tax relief is for everyone who pays income taxes - and it will help our economy immediately. Ninety-two million Americans will keep - this year - an average of almost 1,100 dollars more of their own money. A family of four with an income of 40,000 dollars would see their federal income taxes fall from 1,178 dollars to 45 dollars per year. And our plan will improve the bottom line for more than 23 million small businesses. You, the Congress, have already passed all these reductions, and promised them for future years. If this tax relief is good for Americans three, or five, or seven years from now, it is even better for Americans today. We should also strengthen the economy by treating investors equally in our tax laws. It is fair to tax a company’s profits. It is not fair to again tax the shareholder on the same profits. To boost investor confidence, and to help the nearly 10 million seniors who receive dividend income, I ask you to end the unfair double taxation of dividends. Lower taxes and greater investment will help this economy expand. More jobs mean more taxpayers - and higher revenues to our government. The best way to address the deficit and move toward a balanced budget is to encourage economic growth - and to show some spending discipline in Washington, D.C. We must work together to fund only our most important priorities. I will send you a budget that increases discretionary spending by four percent next year - about as much as the average family’s income is expected to grow. And that is a good benchmark for us: Federal spending should not rise any faster than the paychecks of American families. A growing economy, and a focus on essential priorities, will also be crucial to the future of Social Security. As we continue to work together to keep Social Security sound and reliable, we must offer younger workers a chance to invest in retirement accounts that they will control and they will own. Our second goal is high quality, affordable health care for all Americans. The American system of medicine is a model of skill and innovation - with a pace of discovery that is adding good years to our lives. Yet for many people, medical care costs too much - and many have no coverage at all. These problems will not be solved with a nationalized health care system that dictates coverage and rations care. Instead, we must work toward a system in which all Americans have a good insurance policy … choose their own doctors … and seniors and low-income Americans receive the help they need. Instead of bureaucrats, and trial lawyers, and HMOs, we must put doctors, and nurses, and patients back in charge of American medicine. Health care reform must begin with Medicare, Medicare is the binding commitment of a caring society. We must renew that commitment by giving seniors access to the preventive medicine and new drugs that are transforming health care in America. Seniors happy with the current Medicare system should be able to keep their coverage just the way it is. And just like you, the members of Congress, and your staffs, and other federal employees, all seniors should have the choice of a health care plan that provides prescription drugs. My budget will commit an additional 400 billion dollars over the next decade to reform and strengthen Medicare. Leaders of both political parties have talked for years about strengthening Medicare - I urge the members of this new Congress to act this year. To improve our health care system, we must address one of the prime causes of higher costs - the constant threat that physicians and hospitals will be unfairly sued. Because of excessive litigation, everybody pays more for health care - and many parts of America are losing fine doctors. No one has ever been healed by a frivolous lawsuit - I urge the Congress to pass medical liability reform. Our third goal is to promote energy independence for our country, while dramatically improving the environment. I have sent you a comprehensive energy plan to promote energy efficiency and conservation, to develop cleaner technology, and to produce more energy at home. I have sent you Clear Skies legislation that mandates a 70 percent cut in air pollution from power plants over the next 15 years. I have sent you a Healthy Forests Initiative, to help prevent the catastrophic fires that devastate communities, kill wildlife, and burn away millions of acres of treasured forest. I urge you to pass these measures, for the good of both our environment and our economy. Even more, I ask you to take a crucial step, and protect our environment in ways that generations before us could not have imagined. In this century, the greatest environmental progress will come about, not through endless lawsuits or command and control regulations, but through technology and innovation. Tonight I am proposing 1.2 billion dollars in research funding so that America can lead the world in developing clean, hydrogen-powered automobiles. A simple chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen generates energy, which can be used to power a car - producing only water, not exhaust fumes. With a new national commitment, our scientists and engineers will overcome obstacles to taking these cars from laboratory to showroom - so that the first car driven by a child born today could be powered by hydrogen, and pollution-free. Join me in this important innovation - to make our air significantly cleaner, and our country much less dependent on foreign sources of energy. Our fourth goal is to apply the compassion of America to the deepest problems of America. For so many in our country - the homeless and the fatherless, the addicted - the need is great. Yet there is power - wonder-working power - in the goodness, and idealism, and faith of the American people. Americans are doing the work of compassion every day - visiting prisoners, providing shelter for battered women, bringing companionship to lonely seniors. These good works deserve our praise … they deserve our personal support … and, when appropriate, they deserve the assistance of our government. I urge you to pass both my faith-based initiative and the Citizen Service Act - to encourage acts of compassion that can transform America, one heart and one soul at a time. Last year, I called on my fellow citizens to participate in USA Freedom Corps, which is enlisting tens of thousands of new volunteers across America. Tonight I ask Congress and the American people to focus the spirit of service and the resources of government on the needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens - boys and girls trying to grow up without guidance and attention … and children who have to go through a prison gate to be hugged by their mom or dad. I propose a 450 million dollar initiative to bring mentors to more than a million disadvantaged junior high students and children of prisoners. Government will support the training and recruiting of mentors, yet it is the men and women of America who will fill the need. One mentor, one person, can change a life forever - and I urge you to be that one person. Another cause of hopelessness is addiction to drugs. Addiction crowds out friendship, ambition, moral conviction, and reduces all the richness of life to a single destructive desire. As a government, we are fighting illegal drugs by cutting off supplies, and reducing demand through anti-drug education programs. Yet for those already addicted, the fight against drugs is a fight for their own lives. Too many Americans in search of treatment cannot get it. So tonight I propose a new 600 million dollar program to help an additional 300,000 Americans receive treatment over the next three years. Our Nation is blessed with recovery programs that do amazing work. One of them is found at the Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A man in the program said, “God does miracles in people’s lives, and you never think it could be you.” Tonight, let us bring to all Americans who struggle with drug addiction this message of hope: The miracle of recovery is possible, and it could be you. By caring for children who need mentors, and for addicted men and women who need treatment, we are building a more welcoming society - a culture that values every life. And in this work we must not overlook the weakest among us. I ask you to protect infants at the very hour of their birth, and end the practice of partial-birth abortion. And because no human life should be started or ended as the object of an experiment, I ask you to set a high standard for humanity and pass a law against all human cloning. The qualities of courage and compassion that we strive for in America also determine our conduct abroad. The American flag stands for more than our power and our interests. Our Founders dedicated this country to the cause of human dignity - the rights of every person and the possibilities of every life. This conviction leads us into the world to help the afflicted, and defend the peace, and confound the designs of evil men. In Afghanistan, we helped to liberate an oppressed people … and we will continue helping them secure their country, rebuild their society, and educate all their children - boys and girls. In the Middle East, we will continue to seek peace between a secure Israel and a democratic Palestine. Across the earth, America is feeding the hungry; more than 60 percent of international food aid comes as a gift from the people of the United States. As our Nation moves troops and builds alliances to make our world safer, we must also remember our calling, as a blessed country, is to make the world better. Today, on the continent of Africa, nearly 30 million people have the AIDS virus - including three million children under the age 15. There are whole countries in Africa where more than one-third of the adult population carries the infection. More than four million require immediate drug treatment. Yet across that continent, only 50,000 AIDS victims - only 50,000 - are receiving the medicine they need. Because the AIDS diagnosis is considered a death sentence, many do not seek treatment. Almost all who do are turned away. A doctor in rural South Africa describes his frustration. He says, “We have no medicines … many hospitals tell [people], ‘You’ve got AIDS. We can’t help you. Go home and die.’” In an age of miraculous medicines, no person should have to hear those words. AIDS can be prevented. Anti-retroviral drugs can extend life for many years. And the cost of those drugs has dropped from 12,000 dollars a year to under 300 dollars a year - which places a tremendous possibility within our grasp. Ladies and gentlemen, seldom has history offered a greater opportunity to do so much for so many. We have confronted, and will continue to confront, HIV/AIDS in our own country. And to meet a severe and urgent crisis abroad, tonight I propose the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief - a work of mercy beyond all current international efforts to help the people of Africa. This comprehensive plan will prevent seven million new AIDS infections … treat at least two million people with life-extending drugs … and provide humane care for millions of people suffering from AIDS, and for children orphaned by AIDS. I ask the Congress to commit 15 billion dollars over the next five years, including nearly ten billion dollars in new money, to turn the tide against AIDS in the most afflicted nations of Africa and the Caribbean. This Nation can lead the world in sparing innocent people from a plague of nature. And this Nation is leading the world in confronting and defeating the man-made evil of international terrorism. There are days when the American people do not hear news about the war on terror. There is never a day when I do not learn of another threat, or receive reports of operations in progress, or give an order in this global war against a scattered network of killers. The war goes on, and we are winning. To date we have arrested, or otherwise dealt with, many key commanders of al-Qaida. They include a man who directed logistics and funding for the September 11th attacks … the chief of al-Qaida operations in the Persian Gulf who planned the bombings of our embassies in East Africa and the USS Cole … an al-Qaida operations chief from Southeast Asia … a former director of al-Qaida’s training camps in Afghanistan … a key al-Qaida operative in Europe … and a major al-Qaida leader in Yemen. All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries. And many others have met a different fate. Put it this way... they are no longer a problem for the United States and our friends and allies. We are working closely with other nations to prevent further attacks. America and coalition countries have uncovered and stopped terrorist conspiracies targeting the embassy in Yemen … the American embassy in Singapore … Saudi military base … ships in the straits of Hormuz, and the straits of Gibraltar. We have broken al-Qaida cells in Hamburg, Milan, Madrid, London, Paris - as well as Buffalo, New York. We have the terrorists on the run. We are keeping them on the run. One by one, the terrorists are learning the meaning of American justice. As we fight this war, we will remember where it began - here, in our own country. This government is taking unprecedented measures to protect our people and defend our homeland. We have intensified security at the borders and ports of entry … posted more than 50,000 newly trained federal screeners in airports … begun inoculating troops and first responders against smallpox … and are deploying the Nation’s first early warning network of sensors to detect biological attack. And this year, for the first time, we are beginning to field a defense to protect this Nation against ballistic missiles. I thank the Congress for supporting these measures. I ask you tonight to add to our future security with a major research and production effort to guard our people against bio-terrorism, called Project Bioshield. The budget I send you will propose almost six billion dollars to quickly make available effective vaccines and treatments against agents like anthrax, botulinum toxin, Ebola, and plague. We must assume that our enemies would use these diseases as weapons, and we must act before the dangers are upon us. Since September 11th, our intelligence and law enforcement agencies have worked more closely than ever to track and disrupt the terrorists. The FBI is improving its ability to analyze intelligence, and is transforming itself to meet new threats. Tonight, I am instructing the leaders of the FBI, the CIA, Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense to develop a Terrorist Threat Integration Center, to merge and analyze all threat information in a single location. Our government must have the very best information possible, and we will use it to make sure the right people are in the right places to protect our citizens. Our war against terror is a contest of will, in which perseverance is power. In the ruins of two towers, at the western wall of the Pentagon, on a field in Pennsylvania, this Nation made a pledge, and we renew that pledge tonight: Whatever the duration of this struggle, and whatever the difficulties, we will not permit the triumph of violence in the affairs of men - free people will set the course of history. Today, the gravest danger in the war on terror … the gravest danger facing America and the world … is outlaw regimes that seek and possess nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. These regimes could use such weapons for blackmail, terror, and mass murder. They could also give or sell those weapons to their terrorist allies, who would use them without the least hesitation. This threat is new; America’s duty is familiar. Throughout the 20th century, small groups of men seized control of great nations … built armies and arsenals … and set out to dominate the weak and intimidate the world. In each case, their ambitions of cruelty and murder had no limit. In each case, the ambitions of Hitlerism, militarism, and communism were defeated by the will of free peoples, by the strength of great alliances, and by the might of the United States of America. Now, in this century, the ideology of power and domination has appeared again, and seeks to gain the ultimate weapons of terror. Once again, this Nation and all our friends are all that stand between a world at peace, and a world of chaos and constant alarm. Once again, we are called to defend the safety of our people, and the hopes of all mankind. And we accept this responsibility. America is making a broad and determined effort to confront these dangers. We have called on the United Nations to fulfill its charter, and stand by its demand that Iraq disarm. We are strongly supporting the International Atomic Energy Agency in its mission to track and control nuclear materials around the world. We are working with other governments to secure nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union, and to strengthen global treaties banning the production and shipment of missile technologies and weapons of mass destruction. In all of these efforts, however, America’s purpose is more than to follow a process - it is to achieve a result: the end of terrible threats to the civilized world. All free nations have a stake in preventing sudden and catastrophic attack. And we are asking them to join us, and many are doing so. Yet the course of this Nation does not depend on the decisions of others. Whatever action is required, whenever action is necessary, I will defend the freedom and security of the American people. Different threats require different strategies. In Iran, we continue to see a government that represses its people, pursues weapons of mass destruction, and supports terror. We also see Iranian citizens risking intimidation and death as they speak out for liberty, human rights, and democracy. Iranians, like all people, have a right to choose their own government, and determine their own destiny - and the United States supports their aspirations to live in freedom. On the Korean peninsula, an oppressive regime rules a people living in fear and starvation. Throughout the 1990s, the United States relied on a negotiated framework to keep North Korea from gaining nuclear weapons. We now know that the regime was deceiving the world, and developing those weapons all along. And today the North Korean regime is using its nuclear program to incite fear and seek concessions. America and the world will not be blackmailed. America is working with the countries of the region - South Korea, Japan, China, and Russia - to find a peaceful solution, and to show the North Korean government that nuclear weapons will bring only isolation, economic stagnation, and continued hardship. The North Korean regime will find respect in the world, and revival for its people, only when it turns away from its nuclear ambitions. Our Nation and the world must learn the lessons of the Korean peninsula, and not allow an even greater threat to rise up in Iraq. A brutal dictator, with a history of reckless aggression … with ties to terrorism … with great potential wealth … will not be permitted to dominate a vital region and threaten the United States. Twelve years ago, Saddam Hussein faced the prospect of being the last casualty in a war he had started and lost. To spare himself, he agreed to disarm of all weapons of mass destruction. For the next 12 years, he systematically violated that agreement. He pursued chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons even while inspectors were in his country. Nothing to date has restrained him from his pursuit of these weapons - not economic sanctions, not isolation from the civilized world, not even cruise missile strikes on his military facilities. Almost three months ago, the United Nations Security Council gave Saddam Hussein his final chance to disarm. He has shown instead utter contempt for the United Nations, and for the opinion of the world. The 108 UN weapons inspectors were not sent to conduct a scavenger hunt for hidden materials across a country the size of California. The job of the inspectors is to verify that Iraq’s regime is disarming. It is up to Iraq to show exactly where it is hiding its banned weapons … lay those weapons out for the world to see … and destroy them as directed. Nothing like this has happened. The United Nations concluded in 1999 that Saddam Hussein had biological weapons materials sufficient to produce over 25,000 liters of anthrax - enough doses to kill several million people. He hasn’t accounted for that material. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed it. The United Nations concluded that Saddam Hussein had materials sufficient to produce more than 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin - enough to subject millions of people to death by respiratory failure. He has not accounted for that material. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed it. Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard, and VX nerve agent. In such quantities, these chemical agents also could kill untold thousands. He has not accounted for these materials. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed them. U.S. intelligence indicates that Saddam Hussein had upwards of 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents. Inspectors recently turned up 16 of them, despite Iraq’s recent declaration denying their existence. Saddam Hussein has not accounted for the remaining 29,984 of these prohibited munitions. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed them. From three Iraqi defectors we know that Iraq, in the late 1990s, had several mobile biological weapons labs. These are designed to produce germ warfare agents, and can be moved from place to place to evade inspectors. Saddam Hussein has not disclosed these facilities. He’s given no evidence that he has destroyed them. The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed in the 1990s that Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program, had a design for a nuclear weapon, and was working on five different methods of enriching uranium for a bomb. The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production. Saddam Hussein has not credibly explained these activities. He clearly has much to hide. The dictator of Iraq is not disarming. To the contrary, he is deceiving. From intelligence sources, we know, for instance, that thousands of Iraqi security personnel are at work hiding documents and materials from the UN inspectors - sanitizing inspection sites, and monitoring the inspectors themselves. Iraqi officials accompany the inspectors in order to intimidate witnesses. Iraq is blocking U-2 surveillance flights requested by the United Nations. Iraqi intelligence officers are posing as the scientists inspectors are supposed to interview. Real scientists have been coached by Iraqi officials on what to say. And intelligence sources indicate that Saddam Hussein has ordered that scientists who cooperate with UN inspectors in disarming Iraq will be killed, along with their families. Year after year, Saddam Hussein has gone to elaborate lengths, spent enormous sums, taken great risks, to build and keep weapons of mass destruction - but why? The only possible explanation, the only possible use he could have for those weapons, is to dominate, intimidate, or attack. With nuclear arms or a full arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, Saddam Hussein could resume his ambitions of conquest in the Middle East, and create deadly havoc in that region. And this Congress and the American people must recognize another threat. Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications, and statements by people now in custody, reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of al Qaida. Secretly, and without fingerprints, he could provide one of his hidden weapons to terrorists, or help them develop their own. Before September 11, 2001, many in the world believed that Saddam Hussein could be contained. But chemical agents and lethal viruses and shadowy terrorist networks are not easily contained. Imagine those 19 hijackers with other weapons, and other plans - this time armed by Saddam Hussein. It would take one vial, one canister, one crate slipped into this country to bring a day of horror like none we have ever known. We will do everything in our power to make sure that that day never comes. Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike? If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words, and all recriminations would come too late. Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option. The dictator, who is assembling the world’s most dangerous weapons, has already used them on whole villages - leaving thousands of his own citizens dead, blind, or disfigured. Iraqi refugees tell us how forced confessions are obtained - by torturing children while their parents are made to watch. International human rights groups have catalogued other methods used in the torture chambers of Iraq: electric shock, burning with hot irons, dripping acid on the skin, mutilation with electric drills, cutting out tongues, and rape. If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning. And tonight I have a message for the brave and oppressed people of Iraq: Your enemy is not surrounding your country - your enemy is ruling your country. And the day he and his regime are removed from power will be the day of your liberation. The world has waited 12 years for Iraq to disarm. America will not accept a serious and mounting threat to our country, and our friends, and our allies. The United States will ask the UN Security Council to convene on February 5th to consider the facts of Iraq’s ongoing defiance of the world. Secretary of State Powell will present information and intelligence about Iraq’s illegal weapons programs; its attempts to hide those weapons from inspectors; and its links to terrorist groups. We will consult, but let there be no misunderstanding: If Saddam Hussein does not fully disarm, for the safety of our people, and for the peace of the world, we will lead a coalition to disarm him. Tonight I also have a message for the men and women who will keep the peace, members of the American Armed Forces: Many of you are assembling in or near the Middle East, and some crucial hours may lay ahead. In those hours, the success of our cause will depend on you. Your training has prepared you. Your honor will guide you. You believe in America, and America believes in you. Sending Americans into battle is the most profound decision a president can make. The technologies of war have changed. The risks and suffering of war have not. For the brave Americans who bear the risk, no victory is free from sorrow. This Nation fights reluctantly, because we know the cost, and we dread the days of mourning that always come. We seek peace. We strive for peace. And sometimes peace must be defended. A future lived at the mercy of terrible threats is no peace at all. If war is forced upon us, we will fight in a just cause and by just means - sparing, in every way we can, the innocent. And if war is forced upon us, we will fight with the full force and might of the United States military - and we will prevail. And as we and our coalition partners are doing in Afghanistan, we will bring to the Iraqi people food, and medicines, and supplies … and freedom. Many challenges, abroad and at home, have arrived in a single season. In two years, America has gone from a sense of invulnerability to an awareness of peril … from bitter division in small matters to calm unity in great causes. And we go forward with confidence, because this call of history has come to the right country. Americans are a resolute people, who have risen to every test of our time. Adversity has revealed the character of our country, to the world, and to ourselves. America is a strong Nation, and honorable in the use of our strength. We exercise power without conquest, and we sacrifice for the liberty of strangers. Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America’s gift to the world, it is God’s gift to humanity. We Americans have faith in ourselves - but not in ourselves alone. We do not claim to know all the ways of Providence, yet we can trust in them, placing our confidence in the loving God behind all of life, and all of history. May He guide us now, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.
Reply #489. Sep 12 11, 7:40 AM
Summary of Bill Gates Speech Mt. Whitney High School, Visalia, California.
Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!
Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect
you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $40,000 a year right out of high
school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents
had a different word for burger flipping -- they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't
whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as
they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes
and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you
save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents' generation, try
delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers,
but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and
they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't
bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get
summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.
Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people
actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working
Reply #490. Sep 12 11, 7:41 AM
"How DO you compare apples and
By their nutritional value"
"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I
live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly
used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. Life is no 'brief
candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a
moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on
to future generations."
George Bernard Shaw
"Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not
relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you."
Stewart E. White
"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you get rained out."
"Do every act of your life as if it were your last."
"The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit."
"Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
"Even if you're on the right track, if you stand still you'll get run over by
the next train."
"It always surprises me that some things are so surprising that they even
surprise people that nothing surprises any more."
"Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph
of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Mistakes are the portals of discovery."
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who
dream only by night"
Edgar Allen Poe
"Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to
"Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the
Earl of Chesterfield
"The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth."
"Every thought is a seed. If you plant 'Crab' apples don't count on
harvesting 'Golden Delicious'."
"As for disappointing them, I should not so much mind; but I can't abide to
"Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly."
"Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?"
"A team which has become a winner has done so by individuals setting and
reaching goals for themselves."
"The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to
confess your ignorance."
"You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better
than you think you can."
"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight--it's
the size of the fight in the dog."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Success tends to go not to the person who is error-free, because he
also tends to be risk-averse. Rather it goes to the person who
recognizes that life is pretty much a percentage business. It isn't
making mistakes that's critical; it's correcting them and getting on
with the principal task".
Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
"Don't count the days, make the days count."
"To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice."
"It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not
what is said, nor yet entirely what is done."
Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward
together in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-ExupŽry
There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is
love, the only survival, the only meaning.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the
"The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there's
only one other choice."
"The only person I control in the entire world is me. People work in
their own best interests, not mine. It used to be that my people were
responsible to me. Now I am responsible to them."
Ralph Stayer, principal owner, Johnsonville Foods
"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"
"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"What lies beyond us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared
to what lies within us."
Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"We pay just as dearly for our triumphs as we do for our defeats. Go
ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. A
mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace
failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any
of us will ever be free."
"The opposite of a fact is a falsehood, but the opposite of one profound
truth may very well be another profound truth."
Niels Bohr, physicist
"Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing."
"Too bad all the people who know how to run this country are busy
running taxicabs or cutting hair."
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which
you really stop to look fear in the face."
"Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch
John De Paola
"Look to this day...for yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a
vision...but today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope."
"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."
"The man who does not read good books is at no advantage over the man
who can't read them."
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
"Tact is the ability to tell a man he's open-minded when he has a hole
in his head."
F. G. Kernan
"Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
"Diamonds are only chunks of coal
That stuck to their jobs, you see."
Minnie Richard Smith
"A lot of words get spilled as the urge to be understood clashes with an
aversion to being understood too well."
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly
"How will we solve crime, poverty, homelessness? By acting
collectively. How do we act collectively? Through government."
David Osborne & Ted Gaebler
"There will always be new ideas to be tried out, better ways of doing
things to be found. There will always be new challenges to be met as
Government is called on to serve...under new conditions."
Harry S Truman,1951
"Nothing is more wasteful than doing with great efficiency that which
should not be done."
Theodore Levitt in Harvard Business Review
"Let us be thankful for the fools; but for them the rest of us could not
"No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions."
"For forms of government, let fools contest... what e're's best
administered, is best."
"Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing."
"Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against
cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will
have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience
when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your
Leonardo da Vinci
"One who looks for a friend without faults will have none."
"If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor
in the other direction."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Way to Freedom
"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that
matters, in the end."
Ursula K. LeGuin
"Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects."
"People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do
something, and those who sit still and inquire, 'Why wasn't it done the
0liver Wendell Holmes
"Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can."
"Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think."
"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they
will surprise you with their ingenuity."
George S. Patton
"Contentment: The smother of invention."
"Those who do not plan for the future will have to live through it
"We are going to have to find ways of organizing ourselves
cooperatively,sanely, scientifically, harmonically and in regenerative
spontaneity with the rest of humanity around the earth.... We are not
going to be able to operate our spaceship earth successfully nor for
much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as
"We need to make the world safe for creativity and intuition, for it is
creativity and intuition that will make the world safe for us."
Edgar Mitchell, Apollo astronaut
"Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds."
"The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom--they are the pillars of
society." Henrik Ibsen
"Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job."
"The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only
if we make ourselves responsible for that future."
"It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are
comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and
developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn
eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the
world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing
it that way through a particular set of lenses. Today, however, we need
new lenses. And we need to throw the old ones away."
Kenich Ohmae, "The Borderless World"
"Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings."
C. D. Jackson
"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the
opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth."
"We have all come here in different ships, but we're in the same boat
Dr. Martin Luther King
"In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is
not always an easy sacrifice."
Richard Bach, Illusions
"Education is what you get from reading the fine print. Experience is
what you get from not reading it."
"Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. it is not
a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved."
William Jennings Bryan
"An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much
easier to give up than the bad ones."
W. Somerset Maugham
"There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of
thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or
spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of
our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success."
George Matthew Adams
"Some people make things happen, some watch while things happen, and
some wonder 'What happened?'"
"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
"Thought is the blossom, language the bud, action the fruit behind."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A man learns to skate by staggering about making a fool of himself;
indeed, he progresses in all things by making a fool of himself."
George Bernard Shaw
"When you pray for potatoes, grab a hoe."
David Jamieson's Mom
"It's always the rug you've been sweeping things under that gets pulled
out from under you."
"The worth of the state, in the long run, is the worth of the
individuals composing it."
John Stuart Mill
"A democracy--that is a government of all the people, by all the people,
for all the people, of course, a government of the principles of eternal
justice, the unchanging law of God, for shortness sake I will call it
the idea of freedom."
Theodore Parker, The American Idea
"People don't ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather
have one good soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts."
Robert Keith Leavitt
"Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing."
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
"Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just
below the conscious level."
Dr. Joyce Brothers
"Sometimes being pushed to the wall gives you the momentum necessary to
get over it!"
Peter de Jaeger
"There is more simplicity in the man who eats caviar on impulse than in
the man who eats Grapenuts on principle."
"When a feller says 'It ain't the money, it's the principle of the
thing,' it's the money.
"That's something I've noticed about food: whenever there's a crisis if
you can get people to eating normally things get better."
"Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the
slave of your model."
Vincent van Gogh
"I looked more widely around me, I studied the lives of the masses of
humanity, and I saw that not two, or three, or ten, but hundreds,
thousands, millions, had so understood the meaning of life that they
were both able to live and to die. All these men were well acquainted
with the meaning of life and death, quietly labored, endured privation
and suffering, lived and died, and saw in all this, not a vain, but a
"The person and society are yoked, like mind and body. Arguing which is
more important is like debating whether oxygen or hydrogen is the more
essential property of water."
"I had an immense advantage over many others dealing with the problem
inasmuch as I had no fixed ideas derived from long-established practice
to control and bias my mind, and did not suffer from the general belief
that whatever is, is right."
Sir Henry Bessemer (on his discovery of a new method of producing
"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."
That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and were
it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions."
"Pay attention to minute particulars. Take care of the little ones.
Generalization and abstraction are the plea of the hypocrite, scoundrel,
"Visible goodwill is the strongest negotiation strategy. Don't let
somebody else determine your behavior."
Dr. S. U. Sunrei, Sony Corp.
"A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can
do, nothing else."
"The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And
Lazarus Long (R. A. Heinlein)
"Quality isn't about not making mistakes; it's about not making the same
Clair Eberhart, custom builder in Boise, Idaho
"Forbid a man to think for himself or to act for himself and you may add
the joy of piracy and the zest of smuggling to his life."
"You can plan events. But if they go according to your plan, they are
"If I could only remember that the days were not bricks to be laid row
on row, to be built into a solid house, where one might dwell in safety
and peace, but only food for the fires of the heart."
"You can't hold someone down without staying down with them."
Booker T. Washington
"Eating words has never given me indigestion."
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."
"You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must
make it." Charles Buxton
"Love of country is like love of woman--he loves her best who seeks to
bestow on her the highest good."
"Who has not sat before his own heart's curtain? It lifts: and the
scenery is falling apart."
Rainer Maria Rilke
"Perhaps the efforts of the true poets, founders, religions,
literatures, all ages, have been, and ever will be, our time and times
to come, essentially the same--to bring people back from their present
strayings and sickly abstractions, to the costless, average, divine,
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its
worst state, an intolerable one. Government, like dress, is the badge
of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the
bowers of paradise."
"Love not what you are, but what you may become."
"The oneness of human beings is the basic ethical thread that holds us
Muhammad Yunus, Director, Grameen Bank, Bangladesh
"Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society
"I never practice, I always play."
Wanda Landowska, internationally recorded keyboardist
"To stay young requires the unceasing ability to unlearn old
Lazarus Long (R.A. Heinlein)
"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."
"I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know
what can't be done."
"True silence is the rest of the mind. It is to the spirit what sleep
is to the body--nourishment and refreshment."
"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always
"To change your life;
-Do it flamboyantly
"Life's fulfillment finds constant obstacles in its path; but those are
necessary for the sake of its advance. The stream is saved from the
sluggishness of its current by the perpetual opposition of the soil
through which it must cut its way. It is the soil which forms its
banks. The spirit of Fight belongs to the genius of Life."
"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together."
"There is one thing stronger than all the armies of the world, and that
is an idea whose time has come."
"Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor
Thomas a' Kempis
"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, and most fools do."
"Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as it is
"It does not astonish or make us angry that it takes a whole year to
bring into the house three great white peonies and two pale blue iris.
It seems altogether right and appropriate that these glories are earned
with long patience and faith,...and also that it is altogether right and
appropriate that they cannot last. Yet in our human relations we are
outraged when the supreme moments, the moments of flowering, must be
waited for...and then cannot last. We reach a summit, and then have to
go down again.
"Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
"One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the
shore for a very long time."
"Why must the phrase 'It's none of my business...' always be followed by
the word 'but'?"
"The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them."
"Everything, absolutely everything we see about us is the end result of
decisions made, or not made, in all our yesterdays."
"A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is
constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A
solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one
of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every
room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating
heart in the thousands of breasts there is, in some of its imaginings, a
secret to the heart nearest it."
"Believing ourselves to be possessors of absolute truth degrades us: we
regard every person whose way of thinking is different from ours as a
monster and a threat and by so doing turn our own selves into monsters
and threats to our fellows."
"Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile."
"He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human
institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."
"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent
to the dark place where it leads."
"Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not
one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on
one's ideas, to take a calculated risk--and to act."
"Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress."
"Only those who attempt the absurd achieve the impossible."
"There are spots even on the sun."
"Something we were withholding made us weak
Until we found it was ourselves."
"You thought, as a boy, that a mage is one who can do anything. So I
thought, once. So did we all. And the truth is that as a man's real
power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows
narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly
what he must do."
Ursula K. LeGuin, A Wizard of Earthsea
"Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by
deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up
enthusiasm wrinkles the soul."
"My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said
that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard
and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others.
That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for
achievement and forget about success."
"There are risks and costs to a programme of action, but they are far
less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."
John F. Kennedy
"Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties,
passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and
seeing them gratified."
"Those who agree with us may not be right, but we admire their
"Obstacles are things a person sees when they take their mind off their
E. Joseph Cossman
"What the hell--you might be right, you might be wrong...but don't just
"Nobody can be exactly like me...sometimes even I have trouble doing
"When they tell you to grow up, they mean to stop growing."
"No matter what happens, there's always someone who knew it would."
"Few explanations ever explained the necessity of making one."
"Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly
"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after
"Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a
good leader. Don't fall victim to what I call the Ready-Aim-Aim-Aim
Syndrome. You must be willing to fire."
T. Boone Pickens
"There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real
great man is the man who makes every man feel great."
G. K. Chesterton
"When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting."
"Beware of the person who can't be bothered by details."
William Feather, Sr.
"Every private citizen has a public responsibility."
Myra Janco Daniels
"The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute
with vigor; to sketch out a map of possibilities; and then to treat them
"The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but
that he cannot believe anyone else."
George Bernard Shaw
"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from
the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent
disinclination to do so."
"It is only by feeling your love that the poor will forgive you for the
gifts of bread."
St. Vincent de Paul
"A tree growing out of the ground is as wonderful today as it ever was.
It does not need to adopt new and startling methods."
"The world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest
willing to let them."
"The world is governed more by appearance than by realities, so that it
is fully as necessary to seem to know something as it is to know it."
"If you don't follow through on your creative ideas, someone else will
pick them up and use them. When you get an idea of this sort, jump in
with both feet, don't just stick your toe in the water....
Be daring, be fearless, and don't be afraid that somebody is going to
criticize you or laugh at you. If your ego is not involved, no one can
R. H. H.
"Assume nothing. Pursue everything."
"Information's pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience."
"True myth may serve for thousands of years as an inexhaustible source
of intellectual speculation, religious joy, ethical inquiry, and
artistic renewal. The real mystery is not destroyed by reason. The
fake one is. You look at it and it vanishes. You look at the Blonde
Hero--really look--and he turns into a gerbil. But you look at Apollo,
and he looks back at you. The poet Rilke looked at a statue of Apollo
about fifty years ago, and Apollo spoke to him. 'You must change your
life,' he said. When the true myth rises into consciousness, that is
always its message. You must change your life."
Ursula K. LeGuin
"Everyone wants to understand painting. Why don't they try to
understand the song of the birds? Why do they love a night, a flower,
everything which surrounds man, without attempting to understand them?
Whereas where painting is concerned, they want to understand."
"Man is what he believes."
"They can because they think they can."
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
"To be persuasive, we must be believable. To be believable, we must be
credible. To be credible, we must be truthful."
Edward R. Murrow
"If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish
"Average isn't awful, but it is as close to the bottom as it is to the
"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some
poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning,
middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking
the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to
happen next. Delicious ambiguity."
Gilda Radner, 1946-1989
"If you haven't any charity in your heart, then you have the worst kind
of heart trouble."
"Far away up there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may
not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them,
and try to follow where they lead."
Louisa May Alcott
"Truth is completely spontaneous. Lies have to be taught."
R. Buckminster Fuller
"We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn
that it is God who is shaking them."
Charles C. West
"The most exhausting thing in my life is being insincere."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"Each small task of everyday life is part of the total harmony of the
St. Theresa of Lisieux
"The wise learn many things from their enemies."
Aristophanes, The Birds
"In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays
"We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing
"It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."
"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than
a life spent doing nothing."
George Bernard Shaw
"Lord, deliver me from the person who never makes a mistake, and also from the
one who makes the same mistake twice."
Dr. William J. Mayo
"This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life
and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind,
or whether to act, and in acting, to live."
Gen. Omar Bradley
"The graveyards are full of indispensable men."
Charles De Gaulle
"All warfare is based on deception. Therefore, when capable, feign
incapacity; when active, inactivity. When near, make it appear that you are
far away; when far away, that you are to lure
him; feign disorder and strike him. When he concentrates, prepare against him;
where he is strong, avoid him. Anger his general and confuse him. Pretend
inferiority and encourage his arrogance."
"There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity."
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to
excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."
"People forget how fast you did a job--but they remember how well you did it."
Howard W. Newton
"Production is not the application of tools to material, but of logic to work."
"If two men agree on everything, you can be sure one of them is doing the
Lyndon Baines Johnson
"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed
ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Oh, you who are trying to learn the marvel of Love through the copy book of
Reason, I'm very much afraid you will never really see the point."
Hafiz of Shiraz
"He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils, for time is the
Francis Bacon, Essays
"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly
because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have
acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act
but a habit."
Aristotle [384-322 B.C.]
"Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny
successes--the big ones come too infrequently. If you don't have all of those
zillions of tiny successes, the big ones don't mean anything.
"As we come around and take our places at the table,
a moment to remember & reflect upon our wealth.
Here's to loving friends and family, here's to being able
to gather here together in good company and health.
And may the light of Love be shining deep within your spirit,
May the torch of Mercy clear the path and show the way,
May the horn of Plenty sound so everyone can hear it,
May the light of Love be with you every day."
---from "May the Light of Love" by David Roth (this exceptional album
is available from the composer at PO Box 1174, Old Chelsea Station, NY, NY,
10011-0910for $10 + $1 s&h. Highly recommended.)
"Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English
language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and
enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in
having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things."
"All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to
make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take
root in our personal experience."
"We say that we cannot bear our troubles but when we get to them we bear them."
Ning Lao T'ai-t'ai
"No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern; no idea is so modern
that it will not someday be antiquated."
"General notions are generally wrong."
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
"One who finds no satisfaction in himself seeks for it in vain elsewhere."
"Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks."
"I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not
looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea.
Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week,
if there is anything to be got by it."
"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be
"If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any
fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall
not pass this way again."
"Too often we...enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of
John F. Kennedy
"The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our
neighbors, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes
the property of all."
"In creating, the only hard thing's to begin;
A grass-blade's no easier to make than an oak."
James Russell Lowell
"In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments--there are
Robert G. Ingersoll
"It isn't so astonishing the number of things I can remember, as the
number of things I can remember that aren't so."
"Just throw away all that computerized garbage listing all human data. No
one knows anything about human beings. You have to love the people
because they always lose."
Leslie Woolf Hedley
"We do not remember days, we remember moments."
"A task becomes a duty from the moment you suspect it to be an essential
part of that integrity which alone entitles a man to assume
"While I am busy with little things, I m not required to do greater
St. Francis de Sales
"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only
he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road."
"He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind,
and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles."
Henry David Thoreau
"Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose
"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just
the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well."
"The gulf between knowledge and truth is infinite."
"The shortest way to do many things is to do one thing at once."
"Men trust their ears less than their eyes."
"Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do
we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?"
"Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important
"Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and
have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal
happiness." Leo Tolstoy
"If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be
by what he gives."
"The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless,
unremembered acts of kindness and of love."
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it
with us or we find it not."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Reply #491. Sep 12 11, 7:44 AM
What is Inner Strength?
n By Emily Matthews
We may not know we have it
Till we’re well into the race,
Or feel we’re nearly overwhelmed
By challenges we face—
But then we look much deeper
For the power to succeed,
And find we have an inner strength
The meets our greatest need.
Wishing you the inner strength
To see a brighter day
And the wisdom that will guide you
Every step along the way,
And in time, when you look back
From new horizons, may you find
You’ve been blessed with greater courage
And a deeper peace of mind.
Reply #492. Sep 12 11, 7:45 AM
Morning, Jazmee. How are you today?|
Reply #493. Sep 12 11, 7:46 AM
I expect to pass through this life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.
William Penn was an English Quaker and the founder of Pennsylvania. I don’t know much about him beyond that and this quote.
This quote inspires me for several reasons. It reminds me that no man is an island. As we travel this journey of life, we all struggle at one time or another. We all find ourselves in situations where we need assistance. Sometimes we need money or resources. Sometimes we need a shoulder to cry on. Sometimes we just need a hug. We need people in our lives
Reply #494. Sep 12 11, 7:46 AM
Subject: FW: God's Alphabet
Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
Joy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of "Camp Complaining"
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To "thank" is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We'll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
Z ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!
"I AM Too blessed to be stressed!" The shortest distance between a problem
and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor.
The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything. Love and peace be
with you forever, Amen.
Reply #495. Sep 12 11, 7:54 AM
|These are cards I received when I graduated high school:|
For a Special Graduate on her Special Day
What a happy time it is
When graduation day is here—
You must feel really wonderful inside—
And what a special time it is
For those who share you happiness,
Whose thoughts of you
Are filled with warmth and pride.
Congratulations! On all you hard work
Best wishes and lots of luck!
Cara, Zied, Matt and Alex
(Gift: Stuffed graduation teddy-bear)
Reply #496. Sep 12 11, 7:57 AM
Life’s blessings come from heaven above….
All freely given in God’s love.
May your life always be a blessing—
To your family,
To your friends,
To those who love you…
And most of all
May life always be a blessing to you
Congratulations on your Graduation
Reply #497. Sep 12 11, 7:57 AM
Your High School Graduation….
A time for new beginnings,
A time for great memories
A time for close friends
A time for big plans
A time for good-byes
A time for laughter
A time to remember
A time to celebrate…
It’s your time to shine!
Bust a Move—Enjoy your new found freedom—
Sincerely, Charlie & Anita (A.K.A. Cupcake)
Reply #498. Sep 12 11, 7:58 AM
May you have Faith
To inspire you….
Hope to sustain you….
Love to bless you…
… throughout a lifetime filled
with happiness and success.
Good luck! Darlene, Ashley, & Kira
Sorry this is so late. I hope you have a great summer, enjoy it, it goes so fast. Good luck with the rest of your school programs. Take care.
Reply #499. Sep 12 11, 7:59 AM
Wishing a Happy Graduation to the best Niece on Earth!
And if they have Nieces on the Moon, you’re probably nicer than any of them, too!
We are proud of you!
We love you! Michael & Jodie
(Gift: Helium balloon with stuffed graduation dog, $60. cash)
Reply #500. Sep 12 11, 7:59 AM
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