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Sunday, June 9th, 2002
1:35a - I Am Living -- Anna Lee Walters, Pawnee/Otoe


I Am Living

My name is "I am living."
My home is all directions and is everlasting.
Instructed and carried to you by the wind,
I have felt the feathers in pale blue clouds and bowed before the Sun
Who watches me from a blanket of faded blue.
In a gentle whirlwind I was shaken,
Made to see on earth in many ways,
And when in awe my mouth fell open,
I tasted a fine red clay.
Its flavor has remained after uncounted days.
This gave me cause to drink from a crystal stream
That only I have seen.
So I listened to all it's flowing wisdom
And learned from it a Song---
This song the wind and I
Have since sung together.
Unknowing, I was encircled by its water and cleansed.
Naked and damp, I was embraced and dried
By the warmth of your presence.
Dressed forever in the scent of dry cedar.
I am purified and free.
And I will not allow you to ignore me.
I have brought to you a gift.
It is all I have but it is yours.
You may reach out and enfold it.
It is only the strength in the caress of a gentle breeze,
But it will carry you to meet the eagle in the sky.
My name is "I am living," I am here.
My name is "I am living," I am here.

    -- Anna Lee Walters, Pawnee/Otoe

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5:34a - On the Ideal Life --Mark Twain


Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this it the ideal life.
    --Mark Twain

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7:28a - "If Aristotle Ran General Motors" -- Tom Morris


The meaning of life is creative love. Not love as an inner feeling, as a private sentimental emotion, but love as a dynamic power moving out into the world and doing something original.
    -- Tom Morris, from his book If Aristotle Ran General Motors

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7:47a - If the Sun is in the Heavens, All's Right in the World -- Ernest L. Woodward


So great has been the endurance, so incredible the achievement, that, as long as the sun keeps a set course in heaven, it would be foolish to despair of the human race.
    -- Ernest L. Woodward

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7:49a - IMHO -- Joan Baez


I've never had a humble opinion. If you've got an opinion, why be humble about it?
    -- Joan Baez

current mood: hyper

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7:50a - On Illiteracy -- Alvin Toffler


The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
    -- Alvin Toffler

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8:00a - On Imagination -- Harlan Ellison


Anything is possible through imagination.
    --Harlan Ellison

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8:04a - On Imagination -- Charles Sanders Peirce


It is not too much to say that next after the passion to learn there is no quality so indispensable to the successful prosecution of science as imagination. Find me a people whose early medicine is not mixed up with magic and incantations, and I will find you a people devoid of all scientific ability.
    -- Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914), U.S. philosopher, logician. From notes for a projected history of science c. 1896. Collected Papers, vol. 1, para. 47, Harvard University Press (1934).


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8:05a - On Imagination -- W. Somerset Maugham


Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
    -- W. Somerset Maugham

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8:06a - On Importance -- Euripides


Slight not what is near though aiming at what is far.
    -- Euripides

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8:07a - On the Importance of Participation -- Baron de Coubertin


The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.
    -- Baron de Coubertin, The Olympic Creed

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8:34a - On Important Things -- Robert M. Hutchins


It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things.
    -- Robert M. Hutchins

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8:45a - On Impossibilities -- Werner von Braun


I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution.
    -- Werner von Braun

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9:38a - On Improvements -- H. H. Munro


He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.
    -- H. H. Munro, 1870-1916

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12:16p - On Indulgence -- Rumi


Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absent-minded.
Someone sober will worry about events going badly.
Let the lover be.

    -- Rumi

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1:08p - On Inner Strength -- Vincent Van Gogh


As we advanced in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.
    -- Vincent Van Gogh

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1:30p - On Insanity -- Unknown

Insanity doesn't run in my family; it's more like a couch potato that doesn't ever leave.

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2:10p - On Insults


You know any blockheads? Brickheads? Plain stupid idjits? Or are you one yourself?

A mental midget with the IQ of a fence post.
- Tom Waits

A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits.
- Alexander Pope

Differently clued.
- Dave Clark

Doesn't know much, but leads the league in nostril hair.
- Josh Billing

End of season sale at the cerebral department.
- Gareth Blackstock

Has the mathematical abilities of a Clydesdale.
- David Letterman

He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.
- Abraham Lincoln

He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.
- Robert Redford

He has Van Gogh's ear for music.
- Billy Wilder

He is brilliant - to the top of his boots.
- David Lloyd George

He is so stupid you can't trust him with an idea.
- John Steinbeck

He is useless on top of the ground; he aught to be under it, inspiring the cabbages.
- Mark Twain

He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.
- Joseph Heller

He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
- George Bernard Shaw

He knows so little and knows it so fluently.
- Ellen Glasgow

He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.
- Groucho Marx

He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
- Leo Tolstoy

He thinks by infection, catching an opinion like a cold.
- John Ruskin

He used statistics the way a drunkard uses lampposts - for support, not illumination.
- Andrew Lang

He was born stupid, and greatly increased his birthright.
- Samuel Butler

He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea and that was wrong.
- Benjamin Disraeli

His golf bag does not contain a full set of irons.
- Robin Williams

His ignorance covers the world like a blanket, and there's scarcely a hole in it anywhere.
- Mark Twain

His ignorance is encyclopedic.
- Abba Eban

His mind is so open - so open that ideas simply pass through it.
- F. H. Bradley

His mind is so open that the wind whistles through it.
- Heywood Braun

I want to reach your mind - where is it currently located?
- Ashleigh Brilliant

I would not want to put him in charge of snake control in Ireland.
- Eugene McCarthy

Next-day delivery in a nanosecond world.
- Van Jacobson

No more sense of direction than a bunch of firecrackers.
- Rob Wagner

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
- W. Somerset Maugham

She's descended from a long line her mother listened to.
- Gypsy Rose Lee

Stay with me; I want to be alone.
- Joey Adams

Teflon brain (nothing sticks.)
- Lily Tomlin

That young girl is one of the least benightedly unintelligent organic life forms it has been my profound lack of pleasure not to be able to avoid meeting.
- Douglas Adams

They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.
- Thomas Brackett Reed

Useless as a pulled tooth.
- Mary Roberts Rinehart

What's on your mind? If you'll forgive the overstatement.
- Fred Allen

When you go to the mind reader, do you get half price?
- David Letterman

You look into his eyes, and you get the feeling someone else is driving.
- David Letterman

You've got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it.
    -- Groucho Marx

You're not an asshole... you're the entire ass.

Ignoranus: A person who is both stupid and an asshole.

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2:15p - Intellectual vs Artist -- Charles Bukowski


An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
    -- Charles Bukowski

current mood: impressed

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2:29p - On Intelligence -- Albert Einstein


Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.

-- Albert Einstein</ul>

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2:45p - On Intelligent People -- Marya Mannes


The sign of intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.
    -- Marya Mannes

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3:15p - On Intelligence Testing -- Jonah Goldberg


The simple fact is, whether we admit it or not, there's never been an "intelligence" or "achievement" test on which the smart and industrious have not done better than the dumb and the lackadaisical.
    -- Jonah Goldberg, "Stupid Aptitude Test", National Review, July 1, 2002


current mood: truthful

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4:05p - On Interests -- Anonymous


Many things in life may catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. . . Pursue those!
    -- Anonymous

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4:09p - On Interests - Janet Erskine Stuart


The great thing and the hard thing is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest, and not yet got the second, which comes with a sort of mastery.
    -- Janet Erskine Stuart

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4:12p - On Intentions --Douglas Adams


I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
    --Douglas Adams

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4:15p - In What Context? -- Aleister Crowley


Do what thou wilt.
    -- Aleister Crowley

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4:20p - On Investments -- Just As True Today...


In a delightful circumlocution, the Fed chairman said that "investors are probably revisiting expectations of domestic earnings growth".
    -- "US exuberance is proven 'irrational'", Irish Times, October 31, 1997

current mood: amused

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7:14p - An Irish Friendship Wish



May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

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