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Saturday, June 15th, 2002
1:18a - On Obedience -- King Edward VIII


The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
    -- King Edward VIII, Look 5th March, 1957

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1:21a - On Obstacles -- Henry Ford


Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
    -- Henry Ford

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1:45a - On Obstacles -- J. P. Morgan


No obstacles fell in his way that seemed to him insurmountable. He might be defeated, as he sometimes was, but he shrank from no hardship through impatience, he fled from no danger through cowardice.
    -- J. P. Morgan, writing about Napoleon Bonaparte

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6:05a - On One's Place in History - Robert F. Kennedy


Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each one of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
    -- Robert F. Kennedy

current mood: inspired

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8:22a - On Openmindedness -- Phuong Tran


The hardest thing about being open-minded is that you have to be open-minded about closed-minded people.
    -- Phuong Tran

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8:55a - On Opportunities -- Grenville Kleiser


To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities.
    -- Grenville Kleiser

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9:00a - On Opportunity -- Maltbie Babcock


A day dawns, quite like other days; in it, a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us.
    -- Maltbie Babcock

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9:15a - On Opportunity -- Alexander Graham Bell


When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
    -- Alexander Graham Bell

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9:20a - On Opportunity -- Benjamin Disraeli


Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forgo an advantage.
    -- Benjamin Disraeli

Curt Snook is reading a biography of Benjamin Disraeli translated from the French, published in 1929, on WOI-fm, at 6:30 each night, available from their web site via streaming video. Cool, but not footnoted, huge bibliography. Lots of quotable stuff.

So, is that where I got today's neat quote? Nope. I am reading along in a light, fluffhead summer romance my sister sent me, and BANG, right in the middle of it, here's this quote, credited. It is even well-used and apropos in the story.

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9:30a - On Opportunity -- Dr. Seuss


You have brains in your head, feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
    -- Dr. Seuss

current mood: amused

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9:32a - On Opportunity -- Thomas Wolfe


So, then, to every man his chance -- to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining golden opportunity -- to every man his right to live, to work, to be himself, to become whatever his manhood and his vision can combine to make him -- this, seeker, is the promise of America.
    -- Thomas Wolfe

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9:40a - On Optimism -- James Branch Cabell


The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears that this is true.
    -- James Branch Cabell, (1879-1958)

current mood: quixotic

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9:45a - On Optimism -- Nicholas Murray Butler


Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.
    -- Nicholas Murray Butler

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9:47a - On Optimism -- Helen Keller


Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
    -- Helen Keller

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9:50a - On Optimism -- O'Toole


Murphy was an optimist.
    -- O'Toole's commentary on Murphy's Law, as cited by A. Bloch.

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12:45p - On Origins -- Gerald Jonas


In a world awash in information of dubious provenance, whom can you trust to tell you the truth?
    -- Gerald Jonas, review of The Jazz, by Melissa Scott, New York Times, June 18, 2000

current mood: enraged

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8:00p - On Overcoming Demoralization -- Lucan


The best mask for demoralization is daring.
    -- Lucan

current mood: accomplished

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8:35p - On Overcoming Difficulties -- Spurgeon


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

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8:40p - On Overcoming Objections -- Samuel Johnson


Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome.
    -- Samuel Johnson

current mood: aggravated

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9:16p - Overheard -- Jack Nicholson

We learn how to kiss, or to drink, talk to our buddies -- all the things that you can't really teach in social studies or history -- we all learn them at the movies.
    -- Jack Nicholson

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11:45p - On Ownership -- William Shakespeare


And I have found Demetrius, like a jewel,
Mine own, and not mine own.

    -- William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 191-2.

She has “found” him by chance or magic, and so, like a jewel found by accident, he may be claimed by someone else.

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11:50p - On Ownership -- Tshunka Witko


My lands are where my dead lie buried.
    -- Tshunka Witko "Crazy Horse"

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11:55p - On Ownership II -- Tshunka Witko


One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.
    -- Tshunka Witko 'Crazy Horse'

current mood: touched

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