June 8th, 2002


On 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

On Happiness -- Dale Carnegie


Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that has the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.
    -- Dale Carnegie

To answer his first question, actually, yes, I have, but they tend to resolve their issues quickly by dumping them, running from them, biting them if the flick of an ear or tail does not warn them off, or pasting them one with a handy hoof, and then they are not unhappy any more.

On Heroes -- Big Bird


My heroes are Larry Bird, Admiral Byrd, Lady Bird, Sheryl Crow, Chick Corea, the inventor of birdseed, and anyone who reads to you even if she is tired.
                                                                                                    ~ Big Bird
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On the Horse -- H. H. Eisenbart


Where in all the world is nobility found without conceit? Where is there friendship without envy? Where is beauty without vanity? Here one finds gracefulness coupled with power, and strength tempered with gentleness. A constant servant, yet no slave. A fighter, ever without hostility. Our history was written on his back. We are his heirs. But he is his own heritage, the horse.
    -- H. H. Eisenbart, in Eisenbart and Buhrer: The Kingdom of the Horse (1969)

On Horses -- Publius Virgilius Maro


And the hoofs of the horses as they run shake the crumbling field....
    -- Publius Virgilius Maro, Roman poet (70-19 B.C.)

I have several video segments where I stood and filmed as the herd thundered toward me. It IS impressive, and you can FEEL the noise in your bones. They DO thunder. The ground DOES shake. And I don't have a whole army of them... but 20+ is ENOUGH. You get the effect.

On Horses -- Greg Darnall

People ought to quit worrying so much about whispering to their horses and just start listening to them.
    -- Greg Darnall (As quoted in the AQHA America's Horse Magazine: wording may not be exact)

On Horses -- Prince Philip


Horses and dogs have been man's most intimate and faithful companions since the dawn of history, but the horse has certainly been the most useful. In sport, agriculture, transport and warfare, the horse has contributed more to human pleasure, ambition and progress than any other animal.
    -- Prince Philip (1921-), foreword to Monique and Hans B. Dossenbach, The Noble Horse (1987).

On Horses -- Job 39:19-25, NIV Compact Bible


Do you give the horse his strength
or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?

Do you make him leap like a locust,
striking terror with his proud snorting?

He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength,
and charges into the fray.

He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing:
he does not shy away from the sword.

The quiver rattles against his side,
along with the flashing spear and lance.

In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground;
he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.

At the blast of the trumpet he snorts,
'Aha!' He catches the scent of battle from afar,
the shout of commanders and the battle cry.
    -- Job 39:19-25, from the NIV Compact Bible,

On Horses -- Mrs. Patrick Campbell, and others with variations


Does it really matter what these affectionate people do -- so long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses!
    -- Mrs. Patrick Campbell, rebuke to a young actress reporting that an old actress in the company was too fond of the young and the handsome leading-man.

variation on above

I don't mind where people make love so long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses!
    -- The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 3d ed., p. 128 [1970]


My dear, I don't care what they do so long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses!
    -- Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 15th ed., p. 706, no. 16 [1982]