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Tuesday, June 4th, 2002
2:00a - On Damage Control -- Aesop


The mice voted to bell the cat.
    -- Aesop, (c.620-c. 560 B.C.)

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2:35a - On Dappled Greys -- Arabian Saying


Of the dappled grey the Arabs say, "If he is like the stones in a river, he will refill the camp when it becomes empty, and he will save us in combat on the day when the firearms clash."

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2:40a - On Daring -- Lucan


The best mask for demoralization is daring.
    -- Lucan

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2:45a - On Daring -- Eudora Welty/Thoughts and Rambles Sparked By Her Idea

All serious daring starts from within.
                                          ~ Eudora Welty

"I've heard it said that all serious daring starts from within.  I have to agree; at least, all my troubles seem to start with serious daring and be inseparable from ME, the essence of my personality, my..."

Okay, so now it is YEARS later, and I stumble on this while I'm trying to organize my stacks of quotes, get them on the computer, mark which ones were used in The Saga of Travels' Far Woman, even dividing them into ones used at the head of chapters in Book I, SummerCircles, Book II, Mountain Lover, etc.

But, at this point, I am unsure if I created the longer sentence, (which is certainly true, and possible), or I cribbed it from someone else.  Google was not very helpful.  I did discover who came up with the first part, a writer whose books I have here in the house and have known of for years.

When do ideas you were exposed to in your youth meld so fully with who you turned into as to become indistinguishable?

I think I've reached that point... Or maybe it's just the early onset of Alzheimer's...

Last updated 11/19/14 Located base quote, expanded on the idea of the original post.

Word Count: 198

current mood: confused

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2:50a - On Dawn -- Kate Chopin


The stillest hour of the night had come, the hour before dawn, when the world seems to hold its breath.
    -- Kate Chopin, in The Awakening

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3:00a - On Deadlines -- Douglas Adams


I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    -- Douglas Adams

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3:02a - On Dealing With Handicaps -- Helen Keller


The one resolution, which was in my mind long before it took the form of a resolution, is the key-note of my life. It is this, always to regard as mere impertinences of fate the handicaps which were placed upon my life almost at the beginning. I resolved that they should not crush or dwarf my soul, but rather be made to blossom, like Aaron's rod, with flowers.
    -- Helen Keller

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3:40a - On Death


The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire lives is ourselves. Be alive while you are alive; don't put out a mailbox on the highway of death and just wait in residence for your mail.

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3:42a - On Death -- Isaac Asimov


Although the time of death is approaching me, I am not afraid of dying and going to Hell or (what would be considerably worse) going to the popularized version of Heaven. I expect death to be nothingness and, for removing me from all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism.
    -- Isaac Asimov

One of my all-time favorite authors... along with Twain and Dorothy Parker.

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3:47a - On Death -- Vivian Vande Velde


Until the part where I died, my day had been going pretty well.
    -- First lines of the last story in Being Dead by Vivian Vande Velde

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4:04a - On Deceit --William Shakespeare


For I have sworn thee fair,
and thought thee bright,
Who art as black as hell,
as dark as night.

    --William Shakespeare

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4:06a - On Deck Pants -- Stanley Sanders


I have "deck pants." Every time I stand up, they hit the deck.

    -- Stanley Sanders ... who had lost a lot of weight as the result of having a part of a brain tumor that survived the operation and had limited his life expectancy to less than eight months... He still kept his sense of humor, amazingly enough, and his marvelous outlook on life.

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4:07a - On Decisions -- Fools Crow

If I decide with my mind,
I am influenced by all kinds of thoughts that fight against one another.

If I try to decide with my eyes,
even though I see with love,
it is hard not to be influenced by what I actually see...
how people look,
and what they are doing.

If I decide with my heart,
my judgments are never harsh.
My heart takes into account the things that have hurt people...
what they have had to deal with just to stay sane and alive.
My heart thinks about fairness,
and hope.

    -- Fools Crow

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4:09a - On Defeat -- Napoleon Hill


When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound. Rebuild those plans and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
    -- Napoleon Hill

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4:10a - On Defeat -- Darrell Royal


As long as a person doesn't admit he is defeated, he is not defeated -- he's just a little behind and isn't through fighting.
    -- Darrell Royal, Texas football coach

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4:13a - On Defense -- Ovid


Happy is he who dares courageously to defend what he loves.
    -- Ovid

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4:15a - On Defending the Truth -- Ruth McKenney


Man has no nobler function than to defend the truth.
    -- Ruth McKenney

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4:45a - On Deficiencies - Helen Keller


Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
    -- Helen Keller

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5:00a - Definition of Love -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary


Love, n. -- A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. This disease is prevalent only among civilized races living under artificial conditions; barbarous nations breathing pure air and eating simple food enjoy immunity from its ravages. It is sometimes fatal, but more frequently to the physician than to the patient.
    -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

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5:12a - On Delight -- Washington Irving


So teasing!
So pleasing!
    -- Washington Irving

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5:22a - On Demoralization -- Lucan


The best mask for demoralization is daring.
    -- Lucan

current mood: energetic

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5:30a - On Departures - Robert Frost

The only certain freedom's in departure.

      • ~ Robert Frost

    current mood: serene

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    6:03a - On Depression -- Anonymous


    "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." The devil's name is Depression.

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    6:05a - On Depression --Jean Baudrillard


    Depression moods lead, almost invariably, to accidents. But, when they occur, our mood changes again, since the accident shows we can draw the world in our wake, and that we still retain some degree of power even when our spirits are low. A series of accidents creates a positively light-hearted state, out of consideration for this strange power.
      --Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist, in Cool Memories</i>

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    6:20a - On Depression --Leonard Cohen


    The term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape.
      --Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. International Herald Tribune, (Paris, Nov. 4, 1988).

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    6:25a - On Depression --Mason Cooley


    I cling to depression, thinking it a form of truth.
      --Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms

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    6:30a - On Depression --Judith Guest


    Geez, if I could get through to you, kiddo, that depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling. Reduction, see? Of all feeling. People who keep stiff upper lips find that it's damn hard to smile.
      --Judith Guest (b. 1936), U.S. author. The psychiatrist Berger to Conrad Jarrett, in Ordinary People

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    6:38a - On Depression -- Lesley Hazelton


    When depression is stigmatized as illness and weakness, a double bind is created: If we admit to depression, we will be stigmatized by others; if we feel it but do not admit it, we stigmatize ourselves, internalizing the social judgment …. The only remaining choice may be truly sick behavior: to experience no emotion at all.
      -- Lesley Hazelton in The Right to Feel Bad

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    6:39a - On Depression -- Ernest Hemingway


    That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.
      --Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), U.S. author. letter, Sept. 13, 1929, to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).

      Biographer and critic Leon Edel observed, in a 1988 interview, “The greatest enemy of writers is depression, which they can't avoid.”

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    6:42a - On Depression -- Dr. Rollo May


    If we admit our depression openly and freely, those around us get from it an experience of freedom rather than the depression itself.
      --Dr. Rollo May in Paulus

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    7:00a - On Depression -- Kate Millett


    During depression the world disappears. Language itself. One has nothing to say. Nothing. No small talk, no anecdotes. Nothing can be risked on the board of talk. Because the inner voice is so urgent in its own discourse: How shall I live? How shall I manage the future? Why should I go on?
      -- Kate Millett (b. 1934), U.S. feminist theorist, literary critic, essayist, autobiographer, sculptor. The Loony-Bin Trip

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    7:32a - On Depression -- Dr. R. W. Shepherd


    If depression is creeping up and must be faced, learn something about the nature of the beast: You may escape without a mauling.
      -- Dr. R. W. Shepherd in Vogue, Jul 78

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    7:45a - On Depression --Susan Sontag


    Depression is melancholy minus its charms-the animation, the fits.
      --Susan Sontag (b. 1933)

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    7:48a - On the Depression --Agnes E. Meyer


    The chief lesson of the Depression should never be forgotten. Even our liberty-loving American people will sacrifice their freedom and their democratic principles if their security and their very lives are threatened by another breakdown of our free enterprise system. We can no more afford another general depression than we can afford another total war, if democracy is to survive.
      --Agnes E. Meyer (1887–1970), U.S. journalist, in Out of These Roots

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    8:14a - On Desire -- Omar Khayyám


    Ah Love! could you and I with Him conspire
    To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire,
    Would we not shatter it to bits -- and then
    Re-mould it nearer to the Heart's Desire!

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    8:15a - On Desires -- Randolph Bourne


    Our real duty is always found running in the direction of our worthiest desires.
      -- Randolph Bourne

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      8:20a - On Desires -- Cher


      If you really want something, you can figure out how to make it happen.
        -- Cher

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      8:22a - On Destiny -- William Jennings Bryan


      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

      current mood: determined

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      8:24a - On Dying With Honor -- Emiliano Zapata


      It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
        -- Emiliano Zapata

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      8:48a - On Destinations -- David Starr Jordan


      The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.
        -- David Starr Jordan

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      9:09a - On Destiny -- Roman Bishop Hippolytus


      When a dog is tied to a cart, if it wants to follow, it is pulled and follows, making its spontaneous act coincide with necessity. But if the dog does not follow, it will be compelled in any case. So it is with men too: even if they don't want to, they will be compelled to follow what is destined.
        -- Roman Bishop Hippolytus

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      9:12a - On Destroying Enemies -- Abraham Lincoln


      Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
        -- Abraham Lincoln

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      9:26a - On Determination -- Mike Ditka


      I don't think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it. I think if you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done.
        -- Mike Ditka

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      9:30a - On Determination -- Mark Twain


      It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
        -- Mark Twain

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      10:38a - On Diaries -- Tallulah Bankhead

      It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have time.

      current mood: chipper

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      12:01p - On Difficulties -- Anonymous


      Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength.
        -- Anonymous

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      12:08p - On Difficulties -- Spurgeon


      Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.
        -- Spurgeon

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      1:15p - On Diminishing Faults -- John Ruskin


      In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.
        -- John Ruskin

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      1:22p - On Disabilities and Determination - Sir Douglas Bader


      Don't listen to anyone who tells you that you can't do this or that. That's nonsense. Make up your mind, you'll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.
        -- Sir Douglas Bader, a British fighter pilot who lost both legs in a flying accident, but still fought in World War II. He was knighted for his work with the disabled, and the quote above is from his talk to a 14-year-old boy who had lost a leg in a car accident.

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      1:25p - On Discoveries -- Francis Bacon


      They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
        -- Francis Bacon

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      1:29p - On Discoveries --Bernhard Haisch


      Advances are made by answering questions; discoveries are made by questioning answers.
        --Bernhard Haisch

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      1:34p - On Discoveries -- Isaac Newton


      If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.
        -- Isaac Newton

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      1:35p - On Disuse -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson


      How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
      To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!
        -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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      1:36p - On Distruction -- Mahatma Gandhi


      What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
        -- Mahatma Gandhi

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      2:16p - On Distructive Things -- Mahatma Ghandi


      The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.
        -- Mahatma Ghandi

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      2:20p - On Diving -- Robert Browning


      Are there not... Two points in the adventure of the diver: One -- when a beggar, he prepares to plunge? Two -- when a prince, he rises with his pearl? I plunge!
        -- Robert Browning

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      2:25p - On Dogs -- Roger Carras


      Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.
        -- Roger Carras

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      2:30p - On Doing Good -- Alexander Pope


      Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.
        -- Alexander Pope

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      2:30p - On Dog Talk


      You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, "Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!"

      current mood: chipper

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      3:47p - On Doing the Impossible -- Arthur C. Clarke


      When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
        -- Arthur C. Clarke (b.1917) British science fiction writer

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      3:51p - On Doing the Impossible -- Hans Eric Hellberg


      Nothing is impossible; the impossible just requires a little more time.
        -- Hans Eric Hellberg, Swedish author :-)</i>

        Contributed by leeneh... with such better flow! I have to un-bury it so I can spot it when I'm looking for it.

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      4:03p - On Doing Right -- Tyron Edwards


      Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past.
        -- Tyron Edwards

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      4:10p - On Doing Things -- Washington Gladden


      It is better to say, "This one thing I do" than to say,"These forty things I dabble in."
        -- Washington Gladden

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      4:15p - On Doing Things Well -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


      The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
        -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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      4:34p - On Doing What You Love


      Love what you do with a passion! And do what you love!

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      4:40p - On Doing Your Best -- William Feather


      If you do the best you can, you will find, nine times out of ten, that you have done as well as or better than anyone else.
        -- William Feather

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      4:45p - On Doing Your Best -- Helen Keller


      When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
        -- Helen Keller

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      4:50p - On Doing Your Own Work -- Mother Teresa


      No matter who says what, you should accept it with a smile and do your own work.

      -- Mother Teresa</ul>

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      4:55p - On Door Knobs -- Paul E. Galanti


      There is no such thing as a bad day when there is a door knob on the inside.
        -- Paul E. Galanti, former Vietnam prisoner-of-war

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      5:15p - On Dreaming -- Daily Fortune

      Boy, Am I In Trouble If This Is True:

      Daily Fortune

      Your fortune for today...

      Your dreams are your best guide to the future.

      (Guess I'm REALLY screwed, then, huh?)

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      5:17p - On Dreams -- Pam Brown


      A horse is the projection of people's dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.
        -- Pam Brown

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      5:20p - On Dreams -- Eleanor Roosevelt


      The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
        -- Eleanor Roosevelt

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      6:06p - On Drinking -- Anonymous

      Don't go huntin' with a fellow named Chug-A-Lug.
        -- Anonymous

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