June 3rd, 2002

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On Cell Phones -- Garrison Keillor



Last Saturday, on the Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor as Guy Noir, Private Eye, said, "I don't like cell phones. If God meant us to have loud, one-sided conversations in public, He'd have made us crazy people."
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On Ceremony -- Confucius (Kongzi) (551-479 BC)

Confucius relished the idea of ceremony and promoted it as a means to serve as a visual and behavioral reminder of rank.  The external signs or rituals of society were to regulate both day to day exchanges as well as the ceremonies of State.  Rank was dignified by rituals as well as privilege.  Each rank would have specific roles in religious and political ceremonies and would be limited to certain ceremonies they could conduct.  Included in the idea of ceremony were the clothes that you were to wear, the insignias on the clothing or your carriage, the style of hat worn on special occasions, where you could and could not walk, and even the colors you were allowed to use in clothing and decoration.  Only the Emperor was to use and wear certain colors of gold, crimson, and purple.

http://hua.umf.maine.edu/Reading_Revolutions/Confucius.html
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On Challenges -- Rudy Giuliani

http://pandemo.livejournal.com/73761.html

I love the challenge of doing things people say can't be done.  The minute somebody says, "That can't be done," I respond by thinking it would be interesting, exciting and fulfilling to prove it can be done.
                                                                                                          ~ Rudy Giuliani
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On Changing Opinions -- Cicero

http://pandemo.livejournal.com/127860.html

No liberal man would impute a charge of unsteadiness to another for having changed his opinion.
                                                                                                                                                      ~ Cicero
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On Character -- Phillips Brooks

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Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life.  But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks.  Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer.  Character cannot be made except by a steady, long continued process.
                                                                                                          ~ Phillips Brooks
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On Character -- James Buckham

http://pandemo.livejournal.com/359957.html

Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly.  They not only test the fibre of a character, but strengthen it.  Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy.  Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
                                                                                                                                        ~ James Buckham
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On Character -- Joan Didion

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Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life—is the source from which self-respect springs.
                                                                                                                    ~ Joan Didion
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On Chivalry -- Charles Kingsley

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Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead.  The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth.
                                                ~ Charles Kingsley (1819-75), British writer and clergyman.
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On Choices -- Joan Baez

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You don't get to choose how you're going to die.  Or when.  You can only decide how you're going to live.  Now.
                                                                                                                        ~ Joan Baez
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On Choices -- Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Eleanor Roosevelt understood that every one of us every day has choices to make about the kind of person we are and what we wish to become.  You can decide to be someone who brings people together, or you can fall prey to those who wish to divide us.  You can be someone who educates yourself, or you can believe that being negative is clever and being cynical is fashionable.  You have a choice.
                                                                                                                ~ Hillary Rodham Clinton
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On Choices -- dlp

http://pandemo.livejournal.com/252021.html

There comes a time in your adult life when you don't want to ride the horse that fits - you want to ride the horse that you choose.
                                                                                                                      ~ dlp


I was looking too low in her journal...
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On Comfort -- Elizabeth T. King

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I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit in which we face them, that constitutes our comfort.
                                                                                                                                  ~ Elizabeth T. King
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On Commitment -- Orison Sweet Marden

http://pandemo.livejournal.com/118207.html

Who would have ever heard of Theodore Roosevelt outside of his immediate community if he had only half committed himself to what he had undertaken, if he had brought only a part of himself to his task?  The great secret of his career has been that he has flung his whole life, not a part of it, with all the determination and energy and power he could muster, into everything he has undertaken.  No dillydallying, no faint-hearted efforts, no lukewarm purpose for him!
                                                                                                                    ~ Orison Sweet Marden
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On Confusion -- Salvador Dali

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I believe that the moment is near when by a procedure of active paranoiac thought, it will be possible to systematize confusion and contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality.
                                                                                ~ Salvador Dali
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On Our Connection to Nature -- D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence



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Oh, what a catastrophe for man when he cut himself off from the rhythm of the year, from his unison with the sun and the earth. Oh, what a catastrophe, what a maiming of love when it was a personal, merely personal feeling, taken away from the rising and the setting of the sun, and cut off from the magic connection of the solstice and the equinox!
    -- D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885–1930), British author. Published by Mandrake Press (1930). A Propos of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” Bantam Books (1980).

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On Contradiction -- Barry Lopez

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How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself?  If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox.  One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse.  There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions.  You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.
                                                ~ Barry Lopez
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On Contradictions -- Barbra Streisand

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I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.
                                                                                                            ~ Barbra Streisand
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On Controlling Emotions -- Marya Mannes

http://pandemo.livejournal.com/301876.html

The sign of intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.
                                                                                                                              ~ Marya Mannes
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On Copenhagen -- Connie Nielsen

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If Copenhagen were a person, that person would be generous, beautiful, elderly, but with a flair.  A human being that has certain propensities for quarreling, filled with imagination and with appetite for the new and with respect for the old - somebody who takes good care of things and of people.
                                                            ~ Connie Nielsen
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    On Correcting Faults -- Francois Fenelon

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    We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs.
                                                                                                            ~ Francois Fenelon
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    On Courage -- Unknown

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    The courage to begin separates dreamers from achievers.  Starting is the key, because if we want to be successful ... we must start sometime.
                                                                                                                        ~ Unknown
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    On Courage -- From the Decathlete

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    Ask not for victory, ask for courage.  For if you can endure you bring honor to us all, even more you bring honor to yourself.
                                                                                                                                                ~ from the Decathlete
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    On Courage -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Whatever you do, you need courage.  Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you you are wrong.  There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right.  To map out a course of action and follow it to the end, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs.  Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men to win them.
                                                                                                                      ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    On Courage -- Rudy Giuliani

    http://pandemo.livejournal.com/73536.html

    My father said, "I was always afraid.  Courage is doing what you have to do even though you are afraid."  Then he added, "If you're not afraid at times, you're crazy."  ...  I've always understood that courage is about the management of fear, not the absence of fear.
                                                                                                                  ~ Rudy Giuliani
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    On Courage -- George MacDonald

    http://pandemo.livejournal.com/141708.html

    The direst foe of courage is the fear itself, not the object of it, and the man who can overcome his own terror is a hero and more.
                                                                                                                        ~ George MacDonald
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    On Courtesty

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    Courtesy is simply doing unto others what you would like them to do unto you.
                                                                                                                    ~ Anonymous
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    On Creating the Horse -- Ancient Legend

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    When Allah created the horse, he said to the wind, "I will that a creature proceed from thee...  Condense thyself."

    And the wind condensed itself, and the result was the horse.
                                                                                        ~ Ancient Legend
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    On Creativity -- Glen Seaborg

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    I believe that one of the characteristics of the human race - possibly the one that is primarily responsible for its course of evolution - is that it has grown by creatively responding to failure.
                                                                                          ~ Glen Seaborg
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    On Creativity -- Alice Walker

    http://pandemo.livejournal.com/305493.html

    Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.
                                                                      ~ Alice Walker, Temple of my Familiar, 1989
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    On Criticism -- Teddy Roosevelt

    http://pandemo.livejournal.com/607024.html

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    To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
                                    ~ Teddy Roosevelt (a Republican back when that mean something a great deal more than it does today)
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