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Thursday, June 20th, 2002
1:08a - On Tact


Tact is the art of making a point without developing an enemy.

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4:25a - On Taking Chances


Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?

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4:29a - On Taking Risks -- Cher


I've always taken risks, and never worried what the world might really think of me.
    -- Cher

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4:30a - On Taking Risks -- T. S. Elliott


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
    -- T. S. Elliott (1888-1965)

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4:31a - On Talent -- Joan Baez


It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
    -- Joan Baez

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4:32a - On Talent -- Peter Benchley


It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give up because by that time I was too famous.
    -- Peter Benchley

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4:35a - On Talent -- Cher


Maybe I'm not talented. Maybe I'm just the Dinah Shore of the sixties. The square people think I'm too hip, and the hip people think I'm too square. And nobody likes my choice of men - everybody thinks I'm fucking the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
    -- Cher

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4:45a - On Talent -- Henry Van Dyke


Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
    -- Henry Van Dyke

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4:48a - On Talents -- Mark Twain


We may not pay Satan reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents.
    -- Mark Twain

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4:50a - On Talk


Talk is cheap because the supply still far exceeds the demand.

current mood: amused

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5:26a - On Taking a Man's Measure -- Ann Landers


The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
    -- Ann Landers

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9:00a - On Telling -- Greta Garbo


Your joys and sorrows. You can never tell them. You cheapen the inside of yourself if you do tell them.
    -- Greta Garbo

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9:30a - On Temptation -- Matthew 6:13, King James Version/Apocryphal Addition

Lead us not into temptation; we're perfectly capable of finding it ourselves.
~ Matthew 6:13, King James Version (up to semicolon, thereafter) Apocryphal

current mood: contemplative

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10:33a - Thank You -- Evelyn Waugh


His courtesy was somewhat extravagant. He would write and thank people who wrote to thank him for wedding presents and when he encountered anyone as punctilious as himself the correspondence ended only with death.
    -- Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966), British novelist. Life (New York, April 8, 1946).

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10:40a - On Thanks -- Eighteenth-century English proverb


A blind man will not thank you for a looking-glass.
    -- Eighteenth-century English proverb. Collected in Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia (1732).

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10:43a - On Things that Count -- Albert Einstein


Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
    -- Albert Einstein

current mood: confused

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10:45a - On Thinking Logically


Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.

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10:47a - On Thoughtfulness -- Thomas H. Huxley


Thoughtfulness for others, generosity, modesty and self-respect are the qualities which make a real gentleman or lady.
    -- Thomas H. Huxley

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10:50a - On Thoughts -- Buddha


All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
    -- Buddha

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11:13a - On Thoughts -- Susanna Kaysen


There is thought, and then there is thinking about thoughts, and they don't feel the same.
    -- Susanna Kaysen in Girl Interrupted

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11:36a - On Thrillers -- Alfred Hitchcock


"There is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it."
    — Alfred Hitchcock

current mood: accomplished

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12:11p - On Time -- Mary Blake


We each have all the time there is; our mental and moral status is determined by what we do with it.
    -- Mary Blake

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12:21p - On Time -- Benjamin Franklin


Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
    -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Just when I have a day off and plan to laze around, here's old Bennie, the guy with the square glasses, giving me a guilt complex over it!

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12:30p - On Titles -- Love That Title! -- Erik Tarloff


Aficionados of spy fiction may find the plot by itself enough to keep them reading -- the book is certainly never boring.

current mood: amused

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12:55p - On Trying --Spencer W. Kimball


To try is weak. To do the best I can is not strong. We must always do better than we can. --Spencer W. Kimball

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1:19p - On Time to Write -- Barbara Kingsolver


There is no good time to write. There is only now.
    -- Barbara Kingsolver

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5:23p - On Tolerance -- Frank Knox


I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced nothing finer than a man or woman who thinks and practices true tolerance.
    -- Frank Knox

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5:56p - Touching the Blarney Stone


Her tongue, so voluble and kind,
It always runs before her mind.
    -- Matthew Prior, "Truth and Falsehood"

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5:58p - On Toughness -- Robert Schuller


Tough times never last. Tough people do.
    -- Robert Schuller

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6:30p - On Tradition -- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.

      • ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

current mood: serene

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7:00p - On Treasures --An Old Arab Proverb


"My treasures do not chink together or glitter. They gleam in the sun and neigh in the night."
    --An Old Arab Proverb

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7:05p - Tribal Wisdom


Tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians (so legend has it), passed on from generation to generation, says that, "When you discover that you are
riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount."

However, in government, education and the corporate world, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1.Buying a stronger whip.
2.Changing riders.
3.Giving horse and rider a good bollocking.
4.Re-structuring the dead horse's reward scale to contain a performance-related element.
5.Suspending the horse's access to the executive grassy meadow until performance targets are met.
6.Making the horse work late shifts and weekends.
7.Scrutising and clawing back a percentage of the horse's past 12 months expenses payments.
8.Appointing a committee to study the horse.
9.Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride horses.
10.Convening a dead horse productivity improvement workshop.
11.Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.
12.Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.
13.Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
14.Outsourcing the management of the dead horse.
15.Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.
16.Providing additional funding and/or training to increase dead horse's performance.
17.Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.
18.Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.
19.Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses. And the highly effective...
20.Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

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7:15p - On Trivialities -- Benjamin Franklin


For want of a Nail the Shoe was lost;

for want of a Shoe the Horse was lost;

and for want of a Horse the Rider was was lost;

being overtaken and slain by the Enemy,

all for want of Care about the Horse-shoe Nail.
    -- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac, June 1758, The Complete Poor Richards Almanacs, facsimile ed., vol.. 2. 375, 377 [1970]

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7:22p - On True Education -- Felix Emmanuel Schelling


True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success; the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of the world.
    -- Felix Emmanuel Schelling, American educator and scholar (1858-1945).

current mood: Delighted

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7:25p - On True Friendship -- Unknown


A true friend knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
    -- Unknown

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7:30p - On True Happiness -- W. L. Shirer


Most true happiness comes from one's inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good inner life is hard to achieve, especially in these trying times. It takes reflection and contemplation and self-discipline.
    -- W. L. Shirer

I don't know. That sounds like an awful tough way to be happy. I seem to remember just sort of falling into it unexpectedly...

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8:07p - On the True Poetry of Life -- Sir William Osler

Nothing will sustain you more potently than the power to recognize in your humdrum routine, as perhaps it may be thought, the true poetry of life.
    -- Sir William Osler

current mood: serene

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8:08p - Much Needed Quote On Trials, Temptations, Disappointments -- 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

I guess I am hoping that strengthening is true tonight. What can I possibly say? How will I keep from crying while I do it?

The superintendent's wife just called me with the news that we would be holding an emergency teacher's meeting 15 minutes before the normal start of school.

We have to decide how to help the students deal with a tragedy that occurred over the weekend. One of my students and her father were killed in an automobile accident. Not in a busy intersection -- on a road crossing that is nearly always the kind where you can count one car, then the next, as they pass you in the other lane, maybe getting to five before you hit the crossroads where it joins a bigger road.

I was too stunned to ask anything about how it could have happened at such an untraveled spot. In truth, I don't think I am up to dealing with the details.

We have to deal with our own grief first. This young girl was a bright and talented freshman. She was good looking, upbeat, charming, and had just in the last few weeks moved her seat to be beside one of the nicer young men in the school. Each morning, she would tell me how the speech contest went, etc. and before others came in, I would inquire if her ploy was yielding results yet, Laughing with her as she gave me her enthusiastic version of events. He was now talking to her more, not oblivious to her as before... He's one of my special favorites, as was his father before him.

It is a small class. A close class. Now one fewer. I certainly hope they have a GOOD PLAN for us to follow, as I get to do it first. She was in my room first hour. I'm still numb. As we as a nation mourn our war dead, shuddering as the bombs drop, here is yet another vital young life senselessly wiped out. Whatever will we say to them?

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8:10p - On Truth -- Francis Bacon


Truth comes out of error more easily than out of confusion.
    -- Francis Bacon

current mood: confused

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8:15p - On Truth -- Honore De Balzac


To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals - that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him.
    -- Honore De Balzac

current mood: hopeful

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8:20p - On Truth -- William Blake


A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent
    -- William Blake

current mood: aggravated

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8:25p - On Truth -- Chick Corea


I searched through rebellion, drugs, diets, mysticism, religions, intellectualism and much more, only to begin to find that truth is basically simple - and feels good, clean and right.
    -- Chick Corea

current mood: anxious

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8:30p - On Truth -- Charles Silvester de Fort


"To me truth is precious...I should rather be right and stand alone than to run with a multitude and be wrong...I'm looked upon as being odd, strange, peculiar...BUT truth is truth and though all the world reject it and turn against me, I will (try) cling to the truth still!"
    -- Charles Silvester de Fort, 1931

current mood: accomplished

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8:35p - On Truth -- Oliver Wendell Holmes


Truth is tough. It will not break like a bubble at a touch. Nay, you may kick it about all day, and it will be round and full at evening.
    -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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8:40p - On Truth -- John Locke


It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.
    -- John Locke

current mood: noble

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8:45p - On Truth -- Ruth McKenney


Man has no nobler function than to defend the truth.
    -- Ruth McKenney

current mood: contemplative

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8:55p - On Truth -- Baron Munchausen


If anyone doubts my veracity, I can only say that I pity his lack of faith.
    -- Baron Munchausen, (1737-1794)

current mood: annoyed

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9:00p - On Truth -- Novalis


To know a truth well, one must have fought it out.
    -- Novalis

current mood: ecstatic

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9:05p - On Truth -- Flannery O'Connor


The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
    -- Flannery O'Connor

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9:10p - On Truth -- George Bernard Shaw


The truth is the one thing that nobody will believe.
    -- George Bernard Shaw, (1856-1950)

current mood: cynical

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9:15p - On Truth -- Mark Twain


When in doubt, tell the truth.
    -- Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

current mood: honest

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10:45p - On Truth -- Oscar Wilde


The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
    -- Oscar Wilde

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11:00p - On Trying -- George P. Burnham


"I can't do it" never yet accomplished anything: "I will try" has accomplished wonders.
    -- George P. Burnham

current mood: forceful

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11:15p - Turkeys Away! -- Arthur Carlson, WKRP in Cincinnati


"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!"
    -- Arthur Carlson, WKRP in Cincinnati

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11:17p - On Turning Off the Heat -- Nelson Mandela


When the water starts boiling, it is foolish to turn off the heat.
    -- Nelson Mandela

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11:21p - On Turtles -- Stephen King


See the turtle of enormous girth!
On his shell he holds the earth.
His thoughts are slow and kind;
He holds us all in his mind.
On his back all vows are made;
He sees the truth but mayn't aid.
He loves the land he loves the sea.
And even loves a child like me.
    --Stephen King

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