June 19th, 2002


On Science -- D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence


The great pagan world of which Egypt and Greece were the last living terms ... once had a vast and perhaps perfect science of its own, a science in terms of life. In our era this science crumbled into magic and charlatanry. But even wisdom crumbles.
    -- D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence, (1885–1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1922). Fantasia of the Unconscious, foreword, Viking Compass (1960).

The Sea Scouts Pun


In a New Jersey Sea Scout camp situated right on the shore, the tradition was to throw the remains of the supper into the sea to feed the porpoises.

This nightly ritual was begun with the cook ringing the dinner bell, summoning the campers with the phrase, "For all intents and purposes."

(Best if read out loud in a strong "Joisy" accent.)
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On Serendipity -- Horace Walpole


The word serendipity was formed by English author Horace Walpole (1717-1797) from Serendip (also Serendib), an old name for Sri Lanka, in reference to a Persian tale, The Three Princes of Serendip, whose heroes "discovered, quite unexpectedly, great and wonderful good in the most unlikely of situations, places and people."
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Some Will Rogers Sayings

1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.
2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
3. There are 2 theories to arguing with a woman . .. neither works.
4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
5. Always drink upstream from the herd.
6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.
8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.
9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.
11. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.
12. AND FINALLY: After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him .
The moral : When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.


1) Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
2) The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
3) Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know why I look this way: I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't
4) When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
5) You know you are getting old when every thing either dries up or leaks.
6) I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
7) One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.
8) One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
9) Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
10) Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf.
11) And finally, If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.

On the Stars -- Walt Whitman


When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with such applause in the lecture room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

    -- Walt Whitman
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On Strength of Character -- James Buckham


Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fibre of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
    -- James Buckham

On Stupid Speak — Former California Gov. Gray Davis, #6 from "10 Dumbest 2003 Quotes"

My vision is to make the most diverse state on earth, and we have people from every planet on the earth in this state.  We have the sons and daughters of every, of people from every planet, of every country on earth.
    -— Former California Gov. Gray Davis, during the recall campaign
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On Success -- Walter Annenberg


I want to remind you that success in life is based on hard slogging. There will be periods when discouragement is great and upsetting, and the antidote for this is calmness and fortitude and a modest yet firm belief in your competence. Be sure that your priorities are in order so that you can proceed in a logical manner, and be ever mindful that nothing will take the place of persistence.
    -- Publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in a letter to his son.