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Thursday, June 13th, 2002
3:04a - On Madness -- An Unnamed NaNo Novelist

Madness takes its toll... please have exact change.

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4:02a - It's Magic -- Sammy Cahn


How else can I explain those rainbows when there is no rain, it’s magic.
    -- Sammy Cahn, (1913–1993), U.S. songwriter. “It’s Magic,” Romance on the High Seas, M. Witmark & Sons (1948).

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5:00a - On Magic -- Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth


Mistress, there are portents abroad of magic and might,
And things that are yet to be done. Open the door!

    -- Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth (b. 1893), U.S. poet. "On a Night of Snow" (l. 13–14)... The Oxford Book of Children’s Verse in America Donald Hall, ed. (1985) Oxford University Press.

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5:03a - On Magic -- Mason Cooley


Magic lives in curves, not angles.
    -- Mason Cooley, (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).

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5:52a - On Magic -- Germaine Greer

Why not walk in the aura of magic that gives to the small things of life their uniqueness and importance?  Why not befriend a toad today?
    ~ Germaine Greer, (b. 1939), Australian feminist, writer. The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause, ch. 16 (1991).

current mood: serene

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5:54a - On Magic -- Danielle Steel


If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future.
    -- Danielle Steel, Family Album Delacorte 1985

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5:56a - On Magic -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson


There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.

    -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, (1809–1892), British poet. "The Lady of Shalott" (l. 37–38)

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5:57a - On Magic and Princes -- Unknown

So many frogs, so few princes.
                      ~ Unknown

current mood: laughing

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5:59a - A Magic Trick -- Mason Cooley


Magic trick: to make people disappear, ask them to fulfill their promises.
    -- Mason Cooley, (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).

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6:15a - On Majesty -- William Cavendish


A prince is never surrounded by as much majesty on his throne as he is on a beautiful horse.
    -- William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle

current mood: cheerful

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6:30a - On Making Mistakes


Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

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6:58a - On Making Money -- Phineas T. Barnum


Every crowd has a silver lining.
    -- Phineas T. Barnum

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6:59a - On Making the World Better -- Abbie Hoffman


(Gacked from acoolsecretary)

We are here to make a better world. No amount of rationalization or blaming can preempt the moment of choice each of us brings to our situation here on this planet. The lesson of the '60s is that people who cared enough to do right could change history. We didn't end racism but we ended legal segregation. We ended the idea that you could send half-a-million soldiers around the world to fight a war that people do not support. We ended the idea that women are second-class citizens. We made the environment an issue that couldn't be avoided. The big battles that we won cannot be reversed. We were young, self-righteous, reckless, hypocritical, brave, silly, headstrong and scared half to death.

And we were right.
    -- Abbie Hoffman

current mood: artistic

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7:00a - Man's Best Friend -- Groucho Marks


"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read."
    -- Groucho Marx

current mood: amused

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7:10a - On a Man's Measure -- Tex Cobb


The measure of a man is what happens when nothing works and you got the guts to go on.
    -- Tex Cobb, boxer and actor

(Which, I suppose, accounts for the poor English.)

current mood: punch drunk

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7:15a - On a Man's Work -- Samuel Butler


Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
    -- Samuel Butler (1835-1902) British writer.

current mood: artistic

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7:20a - On a Man's Worth -- Martin Luther King, Jr.


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
    -- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

current mood: noble

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7:30a - On Martha Stewart -- Click and Clack


Even though Martha Stewart throws hand-painted easter eggs at her radio every time we say it, this is NPR. National Public Radio.
    -- Click and Clack: The Tappet Brothers on "Car Talk" on NPR, broadcast 4/20/03 (at least, that's when it aired here).

current mood: aggravated

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7:45a - On Marriage -- Greta Garbo


There are some who want to get married and others who don't. I have never had an impulse to go to the altar. I am a difficult person to lead.
    -- Greta Garbo

current mood: cynical

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7:50a - On Marriage — Arnold Schwarzenegger, #10 from "10 Dumbest 2003 Quotes"

I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.
    — Arnold Schwarzenegger, during the California recall campaign

current mood: bitchy

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8:34a - On the Meaning of Life -- C. G. Jung


As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.
    -- C.G. Jung

current mood: wise

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9:10a - On Meanness -- Anonymous

Meanness don't happen overnight.
    -- Anonymous

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9:15a - On Memory -- Charles Lutwidge Dodson


It's a poor sort of memory that only works backward.
    -- Charles Lutwidge Dodson, (1832-1898)

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9:20a - On Memory Size -- Bill Gates

640 Kbytes should to be enough for anybody.
    -- Bill Gates, 1981

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9:25a - On Memories -- James Matthew Barrie or -- Italo Svevo?


God created memories so that we would have roses in December.

If you recognize this quote, please tip Annieo and I off! Who said it first?

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9:45a - Men Are All Alike Department


Men are alike; they just express themselves differently. Example: each time I got a perm when your Dad was living, he would look at my hair and say, "Bird nest."

Since living with George, he looks and says, "Skull cap."


current mood: amused

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2:16p - Of Mice and Men -- Robert Burns


The best laid schemes of mice and men

gang aft a-gley

And leaves naught but grief and pain

for promised joy.
    -- Robert Burns

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2:30p - On Militant Attacks — President George W. Bush, #3 from "10 Dumbest 2003 Quotes"

My answer is bring 'em on.
    -— President George W. Bush, challenging militants attacking U.S. forces in Iraq

current mood: accomplished

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2:44p - On Minds -- Webb


Give me a mind that is not bound
That does not whimper, whine, or sigh.
    -- Webb

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2:50p - On Miracles -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


A deep man believes in miracles, waits for them, believes in magic, believes that the orator will decompose his adversary; believes that the evil eye can wither, that the heart’s blessing can heal; that love can exalt talent; can overcome all odds.
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. “Beauty,” The Conduct of Life (1860).

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2:59p - On Misfortune -- Ambrose Bierce


Misfortune: The kind of fortune that never misses.
    -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

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3:27p - On Missed Chances -- Donna G. Albrecht in "The Tao of Sticky-note Quotes"


You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
    -- Donna G. Albrecht in "The Tao of Sticky-note Quotes", Wrtier's Digest, Sept. 2004

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3:30p - On Missing the Boat -- Good Ol' Mark the Sarcastic


Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.
    ~ Mark Twain

current mood: anxious

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3:34p - On Mistakes -- Wang Yang-Ming


The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing. They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself.
    -- Wang Yang-Ming

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3:54p - On Moderation -- William Lloyd Garrison


Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation in a case like the present.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison (1805–1879), U.S. abolitionist. The Liberator (Jan. 1, 1831). Editorial; this launched Garrison’s newspaper in his antislavery campaign.

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5:30p - On Money -- AARGH!


There is nothing so comfortable as money, - but nothing so defiling if it be come by unworthily; nothing so comfortable, but nothing so noxious if the mind be allowed to dwell upon it constantly. If a man have enough, let him spend it freely. If he wants it, let him earn it honestly.
    -- Anonymous

current mood: collecting

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7:21p - On Money -- Anonymous


There is nothing so comfortable as money, - but nothing so defiling if it be come by unworthily; nothing so comfortable, but nothing so noxious if the mind be allowed to dwell upon it constantly. If a man have enough, let him spend it freely. If he wants it, let him earn it honestly.
    -- Anonymous

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7:35p - On Morals -- Lewis Carroll

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
    -- Lewis Carroll

current mood: serene

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7:45p - On Morality -- Derek Jarman

Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea.  Understand that your morality is not law.  Understand that we are you.  Understand that if we decide to have sex, whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision, and you have no rights in our lovemaking.

~ Derek Jarman

current mood: serene

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7:50p - On Morality -- Immanuel Kant

Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.

~ Immanuel Kant

current mood: serene

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7:55p - On Morality -- H. L. Mencken

Honor is simply the morality of superior men.

~ H. L. Mencken

current mood: serene

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8:20p - On Morality -- Oscar Wilde


Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.
    -- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 2

current mood: apathetic

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9:25p - On Motherhood -- Jane Lazarre


The only thing that seems natural and eternal in motherhood is ambivalence.
    -- Jane Lazarre, mother of color, author of The Mother Knot

current mood: annoyed

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9:30p - On Motherhood -- Edna Pontellier in "The Awakening" by Katie Chopin


I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children, but I wouldn't give myself. I can't make it more clear; it's only something which I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me.
    -- Edna Pontellier in The Awakening by Katie Chopin

current mood: anxious

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10:15p - On Mothers


God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.
    -- Jewish proverb

current mood: amused

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10:20p - On Mothers -- Jewish proverb


God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.
    -- Jewish proverb

current mood: accomplished

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10:27p - On Mothers and Daughters -- Victoria Secunda


The Depression era generation of mothers, reared on the values of flag, Mom, and apple pie, believed in self-sacrifice and commitment to others. For them, the worst fate was to be independent: a spinster, or married to a man who couldn't support his family on his salary alone, and have to work. Their daughters, jolted by Vietnam, the sexual revolution, and feminism, were largely committed to themselves. For them, the worst fate was to be dependent.
    -- Victoria Secunda (20th century), U.S. psychologist and author, in When You and Your Mother Can't Be Friends

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10:28p - On Motivation -- Peter F. Drucker

We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it.
    -- Peter F. Drucker

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10:29p - On Motivation -- Norman Mailer


I was now at a university in New York, a professor of existential psychology with the not inconsiderable thesis that magic, dread, and the perception of death were the roots of motivation.
    -- Norman Mailer, (b. 1923), U.S. author. Stephen Rojack, in An American Dream, ch. 1, Dial (1965).

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10:33p - On Motivation -- Zig Ziglar

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
    -- Zig Ziglar

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