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Sunday, June 16th, 2002
2:27a - On Parenthood -- Madeline Cox

Parenthood: that state of being better chaperoned than you were before marriage.
    -- Madeline Cox

current mood: aggravated

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2:45a - On Parenting -- Benjamin Spock


The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is best after all.
    -- Benjamin Spock

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2:50a - On the Past -- Percy Bysshe Shelley


Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
    -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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3:30a - On Patience -- Lyman Abbott


Patience is passion tamed.
    -- Lyman Abbott

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3:45a - On Patience -- Ambrose Bierce


"Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue."
    -- Ambrose Bierce

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3:47a - On Patience -- Horace


Patience makes lighter what sorrow may not heal.
    -- Horace

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4:05a - On Pearl 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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4:10a - Oops, Waited Too Long To Post -- I Forgot Where From & Can't Find It Again!

Soldiers are issued armour for their flesh and bones, but they must fashion their own for their souls. Piece by piece.
    ~ Itkovian, to Velbara

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4:15a - On Perfection -- H. G. Wells


Nothing endures; nothing is precise and certain (except the mind of a pedant); perfection is the mere repudiation of that ineluctable marginal inexactitude which is the mysterious inmost quality of Being.
    -- H. G. Wells

If you're feeling sassy because you can say "Rubber baby buggy bumpers" rapidly five times in a row, reglue your dentures and try reading that quote from Wells aloud without error... Profound, but unpronuncable...

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4:20a - Perhaps Love -- Antoine De Saint-Exupery


Perhaps love is the process of my leading you gently back to yourself.
    -- Antoine De Saint-Exupery

current mood: Romantic

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4:30a - On Perpetual Motion -- Anonymous


Trouble with a milk cow is she won't stay milked.
    -- Anonymous

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4:32a - On Perseverance -- Mary Kay Ash


If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.
    -- Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

current mood: determined

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4:34a - On Perseverance -- Goodrich


PERSEVERANCE gives power to weakness, and opens to poverty the world's wealth. It spreads fertility over the barren landscape, and bids the choicest flowers and fruits sprint up and flourish in the desert abode with thorns and briars.
    -- Goodrich

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4:35a - On Perseverance -- Ayn Rand


Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.
    -- Ayn Rand, Russian born American writer, 1905-1982

current mood: artistic

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4:36a - On Perseverence -- Nora Roberts

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.
    -- Nora Roberts

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4:38a - On Persistance -- Earl Douglas Haig


Every position must be held to the last man: there must be no retirement. With our backs to the wall, and believing in the justice of our cause, each one of us must fight on to the end.
    -- Earl Douglas Haig (1861-1928), British general and commander of the Expeditionary Force in World War I

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5:20a - Philosophy of Life -- Sir Winston Churchill


In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill.
    -- Sir Winston Churchill

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5:32a - New Philosophy to Get Me Through - David O. McKay


As long as the day lasts, let's give it all we've got.
    -- David O. McKay

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5:40p - On the Phone Company -- Lily Tomlin

We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company.
    -- Lily Tomlin’s Ernestine

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6:10p - On Pleasure -- Benjamin Franklin


Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself a slave to it.
    -- Benjamin Franklin

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6:15p - On Pleasure (Doing Good)-- Charles Lamb


The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
    -- Charles Lamb

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6:22p - On Pluck


A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.
    -- Anonymous

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6:25p - On Poetry -- Robert Peel


mot juste \moh-ZHOOST\, noun: a word or phrase that exacts fits the case

The poet's concern for the mot juste nearly always makes his prose a thing of interest and beauty.

current mood: impressed

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6:30p - On Poetry -- E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White


A poem compresses much in a small space and adds music, thus heightening its meaning. The city is like poetry: it compresses all life, all races and breeds into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines. The island of Manhattan is without any doubt the greatest human concentrate on earth, the poem whose magic is comprehensible to millions of permanent residents but whose full meaning will always remain elusive. At the feet of the tallest and plushest offices lie the crummiest slums. The genteel mysteries housed in the Riverside Church are only a few blocks from the voodoo charms of Harlem. The merchant princes, riding to Wall Street in their limousines down the East River Drive, pass within a few hundred yards of the gypsy kings; but the princes do not know they are passing the kings, and the kings are not up yet anyway—they live a more leisurely life than the princes and get drunk more consistently.
    -- E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899–1985), U.S. author, editor. “Here Is New York,” Essays of E.B. White, Harper & Row (1977).

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6:45p - On Point-of-View -- Anonymous


Remember, point-of-view is not the same as point-of-fact.
    -- Anonymous

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7:30p - On Polishing -- Chinese proverb


The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
    -- Chinese proverb

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7:38p - Dumbest Quote of 2003 - About.com


I triple guarantee you. There are no American infidels in Baghdad.
    — Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf (AKA "Baghdad Bob")

current mood: aggravated

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7:45p - On Politicians -- George Kirk


Your politicians are only as good as their advisors.
    -- George Kirk

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7:50p - On Politicians -- Wendell Philips


Politicians are like the bones of a horse's foreshoulder-not a straight one in it.
    -- Wendell Philips, speech, July 1864

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7:55p - A Pony's Prayer -- Anonymous


A Pony's Prayer

I pray that gentle hands may guide my feet;

I ask for kind commands from voices sweet;

At night a stable warm with scented hay,

Where, safe from every harm, I'll sleep till day.
    -- Anonymous

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8:18p - On Possession -- Don Forsling


He who fails to pay his exorcist risks repossession.
    -- Don Forsling, host of the "Morning Report" on WOI-fm, "Thought for the Day" given at 7 am on 8/8/02

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8:20p - On Possibilities -- Harry Emerson Fosdick


One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world – making the most of one's best.
    -- Harry Emerson Fosdick

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8:25p - On Possible Actions -- Unknown


When in Danger or in Doubt,
Run in Circles, Scream and Shout.

    -- Unknown, but quoted in Robert Anson Heinlein's The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

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8:30p - On Poverty -- Go For It -- Rodney Dangerfield


When I was a kid we were so poor, if I hadn't been a boy I wouldn't have had anything to play with.
    -- Rodney Dangerfield

current mood: embarrassed, but laughing

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8:35p - On Power -- Edward Grey


The United States is like a gigantic boiler. Once the fire is lighted under it there is no limit to the power it can generate.
    -- Edward Grey (1862-1933), British statesman

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8:37p - On Power — Rep. Peter Stark, #8 from "10 Dumbest 2003 Quotes"

You think you are big enough to make me, you little wimp? Come on, come over here and make me, I dare you…You little fruitcake. You little fruitcake. I said you are a fruitcake.
    -—Rep. Peter Stark (D-Calif.) to Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.), after McInnis told him to "shut up" during a legislative dispute

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8:38p - On Power -- Lord Alfred Tennyson


Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead to sovereign power.
    -- Lord Alfred Tennyson

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8:40p - On the Power of God (Cool, I Thought Of You Today)


If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

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8:47p - On the Power of Gossip


The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

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8:51p - On the Power of Reason -- Anton Chekhov


Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given.
    -- Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) Russian dramatist and writer

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8:54p - On the Power of Speech --Maxims of Ptahhotep

Be a craftsman in speech that thou mayest be strong, for the strength of one is the tongue, and speech is mightier than all fighting.
    --Maxims of Ptahhotep

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8:56p - On the Power of Words -- Lewis Carroll


Without, the frost, the blinding snow,
The storm-wind’s moody madness—
Within, the firelight’s ruddy glow,
And childhood’s nest of gladness.
The magic words shall hold thee fast:
Thou shalt not heed the raving blast.
    -- Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Through the Looking-Glass, epigraph, Macmillan (1872).

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8:58p - On Practice -- Kurt Vonnegut


The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one's soul to grow.
    -- Kurt Vonnegut

current mood: wise

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9:00p - On Princes -- Unknown


So many frogs, so few princes.
    -- Unknown

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9:05p - On Principle -- Edward R. Lyman


Principle -- particularly moral principle -- can never be a weather vane, spinning around this way and that with the shifting winds of expediency. Moral principle is a compass forever fixed and forever true.
    -- Edward R. Lyman

current mood: determined

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9:10p - On Principles -- Thomas Paine


Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
    -- Thomas Paine

current mood: steadfast

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9:15p - On Problems -- Charles F. Kettering


The only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution.
    -- Charles F. Kettering

current mood: smartalec

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9:17p - On Problems -- Norman Vincent Peale


Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles, they toughen and make strong.
    -- Norman Vincent Peale

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9:18p - On Problems -- Charles Schulz


No problem is so big or so complicated that it can't be run away from.
    -- Charles Schulz

current mood: discontent

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9:20p - On Procrastination


Procrastination is the art of keeping up with YESTERDAY.

current mood: philosophical

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9:21p - On Procrastination -- George Eliot


It's never too late to become what you might have been.
    -- George Eliot

So, I could still become Miss America??? Not!

current mood: cynical

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9:22p - On Professionals -- Alistair Cooke


A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.
    -- Alistair Cooke

current mood: determined

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9:24p - On Professors -- W. H. Auden


A professor is someone who talks in someone else's sleep.
    -- W. H. Auden

current mood: chipper

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9:25p - On Progress -- Russell W. Davenport


Progress in every age results only from the fact that there are some men and women who refuse to believe that what they know to be right cannot be done.
    -- Russell W. Davenport

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9:26p - On Progress -- Thomas A. Edison


Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.
    -- Thomas A. Edison

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9:27p - On Progress -- John F. Kennedy


Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
    -- John F. Kennedy

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9:31p - On Progress -- Clare Booth Luce


In the final analysis there is no solution to man's progress but the day's honest work, the day's honest decisions, the day's generous utterances and the day's good deed.
    -- Clare Booth Luce

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9:33p - On Progress -- Debbie Macomber

Don't confuse activity with progress.
    -- Debbie Macomber, folk saying attributed to granny in Texas Two Step

current mood: trenchant

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9:35p - On Progress -- Norbert Wiener


Progress imposes not only new possibilities for the future, but new restrictions.
    -- Norbert Wiener

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9:45p - On Prospects -- Irene Kassorla


Don't wait for your "ship to come in" and feel angry and cheated when it doesn't. Get going with something small.
    -- Irene Kassorla

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9:47p - On Protections Against Temptation -- Mark Twain


There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.
    -- Mark Twain

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9:50p - On Provincialism


Anymore, no one is doomed to being thought provincial simply because of living in the provinces.

current mood: Reflective

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9:55p - On Provocations -- Mao Tse-Tung


In waking a tiger, use a long stick.
    -- Mao Tse-Tung, 1893-1976

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10:00p - On Pulling Together -- Henry Ford, II

You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don't seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
    -- Henry Ford, II

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10:03p - Oh, Pun! (Pasta)


Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it.

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10:05p - On Purpose -- Unknown

I believe that God has a purpose in each of us being here; otherwise, we would be at home with Him.
    -- Unknown

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10:10p - On Purpose -- Thomas A. Kempis


A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; Every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught!
    -- Thomas A. Kempis

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