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I despise quotations -- tell me what you know. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. -- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Every path has its puddle.-- English Proverb

Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted, than when we read it in the original author?-- Philip G. Harmerton, 1834-1894, English artist and essayist

A tune is more lasting than the song of the birds, and a word more lasting than the wealth of the world. -- Irish Proverb

To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind. -- Theophile Gautier

Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning. -- John Henry Newman

Words must be weighed, not counted. -- Polish Proverb 7,01

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today -- Chinese Proverb

We shall not cease from exploration, And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. -- T.S. Eliot

There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method. -- Herman Melville

... The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. -- John Muir

To travel hopefully is better than to arrive. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. -- Aristotle

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain. -- Shakespeare

The ends of the earth stand in awe at the sight of Your wonders. The lands of sunrise and sunset You fill with Your joy. -- Psalm 65

Happy is he who has the power to gather wisdom from a flower. -- Medieval Saying

There is very little success where there is very little laughter. -- Andrew Carnegie

The question is not what you look at but what you see. -- Thoreau

Let your life dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf. -- Tagore

Time flies, suns rise, And shadows fall. Let time go by, Love is forever over all. -- Old English Saying

It's possible, possible, possible. It must be possible. -- Wallace Stevens

Love consists in this: That two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. -- Rainer Maria Rilke

May your laughter be from God. -- Irish Proverb

A change in the weather is enough to renew the world and ourselves. -- Marcel Proust

Life must be understood backwards. must be lived forwards. -- Kierkegaard

The thing is, not to stop questioning. -- Albert Einstein

This time, like all other times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagination is the beginning of creation. -- George Bernard Shaw

The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything. -- Julian of Norwich

The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter and that is everything. -- Anatole France

The best thing one can do is to cultivate one's garden. -- Voltaire

See everything. Overlook a great deal, improve a little. -- Pope John 23rd

We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are. -- The Talmud

Great floods have flown from simple sources. -- Shakespeare

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people. -- Shopenhauer

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one. -- Ben Franklin

Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing. -- Lao-Tse

Wonder is the desire for knowledge. -- St. Thomas Aquinas

Nature is the art of God. -- Dante

Worry gives a small thing a big shadow. -- Swedish Proverb

The feet find the road easy when the heart walks with them. -- Russian Proverb

And still I am learning. -- Michelangelo Buonarroti

Silence is power. -- Albert Schweitzer

Solitude is full of God. -- Serbian Proverb

When the student is ready, the master will appear. -- Zen Saying

Be ahead of all farewells as if they were behind you, like the winter that is just departing. -- Rainer Maria Rilke

Be praised, O my Lord by Brother Wind, By air and cloud and every clime To whom Thou givest sustenance unto their kind. -- St. Francis of Assisi

We see things not as they are, but as we are. -- H. J. Tomlinson

Invited or not, God is present. -- Inscription over Carl Jung's doorway

The most wasted of all days is that during which one has not laughed. -- Sebastian Chamfort

The first wealth is health. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We may with advantage at times forget what we know. -- Publius Syries (or Synes)

Good luck beats early rising. -- Irish Proverb

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock in a thunderstorm. -- Robert Lewis Stevenson

I had rather live with cheese and garlic in a windmill. -- Shakespeare

Show yourself more human than critical and your pleasure will increase. -- Domenico Scarlatti

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. -- Ovid

Honor the Lord with what goods you have and with the first fruits of all your returns; then your barns will be filled with wheat, and your vats overflowing with new wine. -- Proverbs 3:9-10

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. -- Mark Twain

Talents are best nurtured in solitude; but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world. -- Goethe

Old and new make the warp and woof of every moment. There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands. -- Emerson

To drift is to be in hell. To be in heaven is to steer. -- George Bernard Shaw

We are on this globe like insects in a garden; those who live on an oak seldom meet those who pass their short lives on an ash. -- Voltaire

All noise is waste. So cultivate quietness in your speech, in your thoughts, in your emotions. -- Elbert Hubbard

Lay hold of today's task and you will not depend so much upon tomorrow's. -- Seneca

With maturity comes the wish to economize - to be more simple. Maturity is the period when one finds the just measure. -- Bela Bartok

In the woods we return to reason and faith. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

God does not charge time spent fishing against a man's allotted life span. -- American Indian Proverb

When it is dark enough you can see the stars. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything has it wonders, even darkness and silence. -- Helen Keller

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

This joy you feel is life. -- Gertrude Stein

God's precepts are light to the loving, heavy to the fearful. -- Thomas Aquinas

We must do small things for one another with great love. -- Mother Teresa

A prudent question is one half of wisdom. -- Francis Bacon

Time is the most valuable thing a person can spend. -- Diogenes

There is no place in the world but contains some trace of God. -- Jacques Maritain

Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes silk. -- Chinese Proverb

One kind word can warm three winter months. -- Japanese Proverb

We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon. -- K. Adenauer

Frank and explicit : That is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your mind and confuse the minds of others. -- Benjamin Disraeli

Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. Ben Franklin

What you cannot say briefly, you do not know. -- Danish Proverb

There is no happiness for people at the expense of other people. -- Anwar el-Sadat

From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever. -- Chief Joseph

Whether women are better than men I cannot say -- But I can say they are certainly no worse. -- Golda Meir

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. -- Muriel Rukeyser

Waste is a tax on the whole people. -- Albert Atwood

Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure. -- Petrarch

The whole universe is but the footprint of the Divine goodness. -- Dante

The secret of success -- get up when you fall down. -- Yiddish Proverb

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Where words fail, music speaks. -- Hans Christian Andersen

Freedom rings where opinions clash. -- Adlai Stevenson

Love turns work into rest. -- St. Teresa of Avila

God did not create hurry. -- Finnish Proverb

Every parting gives us a foretaste of death, and every reunion a foretaste of resurrection. -- Schopenhauer

Learning without thought is useless, thought without learning is dangerous. -- Confucius

The things that we love tell us what we are. -- St. Thomas Aquinas

Absence is for friendship what the wind is for fire: it extinguishes the small and reinforces the strong. -- adapted from a French Quatrain

All that is incomprehensible does not cease to be. -- Blaise Pascal

I have always learned to distinguish the important from the urgent. -- Antoine de St. Exupery

We may attack systems. We must not attack men. -- Mohandas Gandhi

When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that in itself is a choice. -- William James

Worry is like a rocking chair--it gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere. -- Dorothy Galyean

When I die I'm going to dance first in all the galaxies... I'm gonna play and dance and sing -- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, On Death and Dying

Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever. -- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, On Death and Dying

Let me not understand you then. Speak it in Welsh. -- Hotspur, from Henry IV, Part I, W. Shakespeare

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see. -- Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, 1943.

The optimist sees the glass as half-full;
The pessimist sees the glass as half-empty.
The opportunist is the one who drank the water,
Fulfilling the cynic's prediction of him stealing the water.
The idealist is the one who's certain there's more to be found.
While I, the realist, get stuck washing the damn glass.
-- Robert J. Hansen

Westron wynde when wyll thow blow
the smalle rayne down can rayne
Chryst yf my love wer in my armys
and I yn my bed agayne.
-- "Western Wind", anonymous, C.1500 C.E.

Yo' ideas need to be thinked befo' they are say'd --Ian Lamb, age 3.5

Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. --Karen Horney, Self-Analysis, 1942

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It is not a day when you lounge around doing nothing: it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it. -- Margaret Thatcher

There is a great deal of difference between the eager man who wants to read a book, and the tired man who wants a book to read. -- G.K. Chesterton

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. -- Francis Bacon

At the Day of Judgment, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done. -- Thomas a Kempis

Books do not make life easier or more simple, but harder and more interesting. -- Harry Golden, _So What Else Is New?_, 1964

God be thanked for books! They are the voices of the distant and the dead. -- James Baldwin, _The Book-Lover_, 1888

It is good fiction, so largely ignored now, that brings us so much closer to the real facts. -- J. B. Priestley, 1967

A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hand will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away. -- (Arabian Proverb)

You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians. -- Monty Python skit

The bagpipes sound exactly the same when you have finished as when you started -- Sir Thomas Beecham

I got to try the bagpipes. It was like trying to blow an octopus. -- Sir Thomas Beecham

I find brass bands have a melancholy sound. All right out of doors, of course - fifty miles away. Like bagpipes, they turn what had been a dream into a public nuisance. -- Sir Thomas Beecham

Modern poets are bells of lead. They should tinkle melodiously but usually they just klunk. -- Lord Dunsay, Irish poet in news summaries, Jan. 11, 1954.

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It is not a day when you lounge around doing nothing: it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it. -- Margaret Thatcher

The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. -- Mark Twain

Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun -- Noel Coward, Words and Music

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease
No comfortable feel in any member
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,--November!
-- George Cowling, p.32

The Great British Summer: Three fine days and a thunderstorm -- George Cowling, p.31 in The Great British Obsession, The BBC TV Weatherman Francis Wilson (ISBN 0711705232, @1990, Jarrold Publishing, 1990, Norwich)

June: I was in Britain for the whole summer but it rained on both days -- George Cowling, p.29

The spring, the summer,
The chiding autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries and the mazed world
By their increase, now know not which is which
--Shakespeare, A Midsummer's Night's Dream

In his lone course the shepherd oft will pause
And strive to fathom the mysterious laws
By which the clouds, arranged in light or gloom
On Mona settle and slopes assume
Of all her peaks and ridges
-- Traditional [Isle of Man]

Somebody has to do something, and it's incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. -- Jerry Garcia

The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn't need its brain any more so it eats it. It's rather like getting tenure. -- Daniel C. Dennet, "Consciousness Explained"

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. -- Mitch Ratliffe

As a confirmed melancholiac
I can testify that the best
and maybe the only antidote
for melancholia is action.
However, like most melancholiacs,
I suffer from sloth.
-- Edward Abbey

Try a thing you haven't done three times.
Once, to get over the fear of doing it.
Twice, to learn how to do it.
And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.
-- Virgil Thompson, advice given at age 93

Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God. -- Karl Barth

It would be a good thing if young people were wise and old people were strong, but God has arranged things better. -- Martin Luther

Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives. -- Sue Murphy

He who sits in the heavens shall laugh. -- Psalm 2:4 NKJV

It is pleasing to God whenever thou rejoicest or laughest from the bottom of thy heart -- Martin Luther

If you are not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there. -- Martin Luther

If any cleric or monk speaks jocular words, such as provoke laughter, let him be anathema. -- Ordinance, Second Council of Constance [1418]

But if you really love your friends, they're never gone. Somewhere they're watching over you and they're always inside your heart. -- Martin the Warrior to Chugg the Squirrel, in Brian Jacques' "The Legend of Luke"

Hair matters. Pay attention to your hair -- because everyone else will. -- Hillary Clinton

All I can say is that writing is very painful, although I rather like having written. -- Leo F. Laporte

There's one beneficial effect of going to Moscow. You come home waving the American flag with all your might. -- Mary Tyler Moore

Utah is the only place in the world where Jews are Gentiles -- Anonymous

Usenet is essentially a HUGE group of people passing notes in class. -- R. Kadel

What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books. -- Thomas Carlyle

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. -- Jerry Seinfeld

I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by. -- Douglas and/or Scott Adams

I know people who read and read, and for all the good it does them, they might as well cut bread and butter. Unless you give at least 45 minutes of careful, fatiguing reflection upon what you are reading, your minutes are chiefly wasted. -- Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

Ain't nothin' in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos. -- Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower

And now, will y'all stand and be recognized? -- Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis to a group of handicapped people in wheelchairs

Oh good. Now he'll be bi-ignorant. -- Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower when told that Texas Governor Bill Clements had been studying Spanish.

If it's dangerous to talk to yourself, it's probably even dicier to listen..." Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower

Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea - massive, mind-boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it. -- Gene "spaf" Spafford (1992)

Thread drift. -- The Sanity Inspector

To keep marriage brimming with love in the marriage cup,
Whenever you're wrong, admit it;
Whenever you're right, shut up.
-- Ogden Nash, "Everyone but Thee and Me", 1962

Suffering makes you deep. Travel makes you broad. In case I get my pick, I'd rather travel. -- Judith Viorst, Love and Guilt and the Meaning of Life, Etc. (1979)

America is a country that doesn't know where it's going but is determined to set a speed record getting there. -- Laurence J. Peter

When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London. -- Bette Midler, 1978

The English are always ready to admire anything so long as they can queue up. -- George Mikes, "How to Be An Alien"

What distinguishes Cambridge from Oxford, broadly speaking, is that nobody who has been to Cambridge feels impelled to write about it. -- A. A. Milne

The English are mentioned in the Bible : "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth." -- Mark Twain

The English, the English, The English are best: So Up with the English and Down with the Rest! -- Michael Flanders

If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience. -- Woodrow Wilson

Millions of Americans own dogs, because they are good-natured, simple, and easily amused. I am referring here to the Americans. The dogs are not exactly Mensa members either, but they definitely make better pets than tropical fish. -- Dave Barry

In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him. -- Dereke Bruce

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. -- Ben Williams

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. -- Unknown

Friends, Romans, Country Boys, lend me your guitars. -- Billy Bob Shakespeare

Silly customer, you cannot hurt a Twinkie! -- Apu

The difference between America and England is that Americans think 100 years is a long time, while the English think 100 miles is a long way. -- Earle Hitchner

Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain -- which is to say, all of it. Every last bit of it, good and bad -- old churches, country lanes, people saying 'Mustn't grumble,' and 'I'm terribly sorry but,' people apologizing to ME when I conk them with a careless elbow, milk in bottles, beans on toast, haymaking in June, seaside piers, Ordnance Survey maps, tea and crumpets, summer showers and foggy winter evenings -- every bit of it. -- Bill Bryson, Notes from a Small Island

People will get used to almost anything, "Unsettling Effects in the Room at the Top," London Engineering News, 18 May 1967, 446, as quoted in A. Gillespie, Twin Towers, p. 81,

For example, classical music was piped into the bus terminal, and for reasons that no one fully understands, it drove the homeless out. Gillespie, Twin Towers, p. 231 , possible "Tina Rosenberg, "Helping Them Make It Through The Night," New York Times 12 July 1998.

The four horsemen of the prairie are tornado, locust, drought, and fire, and the greatest of these is fire, a rider with two faces because for everything taken, it makes a return in equal measure. -- William Least Heat-Moon, PrairyErth, p.77

For me, writing is not a search for explanations but a ramble in quest of what informs a place, a hunt for equivalents. -- William Least Heat-Moon, PrairyErth, p. 440.

It is not what you are nor what you have been that God sees with his all-merciful eyes, but what you desire to be. -- The Cloud of Unknowing

If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague. -- Anonymous

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement. -- Anonymous

Quoting one is plagiarism; Quoting many is research -- Anonymous

Ever stop to think, and forget to start again? -- Anonymous

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance -- Anonymous

The original point and click interface was a Smith and Wesson -- Anonymous

I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together. -- George W. Bush, Bartlett, TN, Aug.18, 2000

It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it." George W. Bush, Reuters, May 5, 2000

I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question. -- George W. Bush, Reynoldsburg, OH, October 4, 2000

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. -- Norman Cousins

Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things. -- Governor George W. Bush, 11/30/1996

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history. -- Governor George W. Bush

For NASA, space is still a high priority. -- Governor George W. Bush, 9/5/93

We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made. -- Governor George W. Bush

It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it. -- Governor George W. Bush

...[It's] time for the human race to enter the solar system. -- Governor George W. Bush

How, after all, do you trace the wind on paper? -- Paul Mariani, Thirty Days

'Using other people to think with'; that is, using them as symbols for points on your map. values in your scheme of things. When you get used to imposing meanings in this way, you silence the stranger's account of who they are; and that can mean both metaphorical and literal death. Death as the undermining of a culture, language, or faith, and at the extreme, the death of tyranny and genocide. -- Rowan Williams, Writing in the Dust, 2002, p.64-65

You can fix it on the drawing board with an eraser or you can fix it on the site with the sledgehammer. -- Frank Lloyd Wright

Without my morning coffee I'm just like a dried up piece of roast goat. -- Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750

A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up a thousand times the memory. -- Anonymous

In the 1900s American cereal Orange Meat was launched as a competitor to Grape Nuts. Ironically, Grape Nuts had no grapes and no nuts, and Orange Meat had no oranges and no meat. -- BBC Food Website Team

No dejes que se termine asi. Diles que dije algo. -- Pancho Villa, (Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something.)

I would pick my topic on Monday and spend the day researching it... On Tuesday I'd type two for two and a half pages, all my arthritis would allow me. I'd type the rest, another three pages, on Wednesday, 1700 words total - 13 minutes 30 second air time. Then I'd beat the hell out of it, getting rid of all the adverbs, all the adjectives, all the hackneyed words. Do you know what Mark Twain said about the perfect word? The difference between a perfect word and a near-perfect word is like the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." -- Alistair Cooke, New York Times, 3/31/2004.

A degree in English language is not a prerequisite for caring about where a bracket is preferred to a dash, or a comma needs to be replaced by a semicolon." -- p. 32, Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves : The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, 2003

Well, start waving and yelling, because it is the so-called Oxford comma (also known as the serial comma) and it is a lot more dangerous than its exclusive, ivory-tower moniker might suggest. There are people who embrace the Oxford comma and people who don't, and I'll just say this: never get between these people when drink has been taken. Oh, the Oxford comma. Here, in case you don't know what it is yet, is the perennial example, as espoused by Harold Ross: "The flag is red, white, and blue." So what do you think of it? (It's the comma after "white".) Are you for or against it? Do you hover in between? -- p. 84, Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, 2003

It should come as no surprise that writers take an interest in punctuation. I have been told that the dying words of one famous 20th-century writer were, "I should have used fewer semicolons" -- and although I have spent months fruitlessly trying to track down the chap responsible, I believe it none the less. If it turns out that no one actually did say this on their deathbed, I shall certainly save it up for my own. -- p. 127, Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, 2003.

Where else can you pick up a telephone, avoid an enormously lengthy phone tree, talk to a live person with a beating heart, ask a question, and get an answer, all in less than five minutes? I'm not taken to nostalgia, but this is the equivalent of a home-baked meal. -- Mike Kilen, "Our Librarians, Our Heroes," Des Moines (Iowa) Register, October 23, 2005.

I know I'm a person who squeezes juice out of a buffalo on a nickel... -- Doris Baker, on finding funding for the Orcutt Museum, Chanute Tribune, Tuesday, June 20, 2006.

The English language, complete with irony, satire, and sarcasm, has survived for centuries without smilies. Only the new crop of modern computer geeks finds it impossible to detect a joke that is not clearly labeled as such. :) -- Ray Shea

The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.
-- T. S. Eliot

Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything. -- Charles Kuralt

Mass transportation is doomed to failure in North America because a person's car is the only place where he can be alone and think.
-- Marshall McCluhan

You know you are a NASCAR FAN if ... you can't balance your checkbook, but CAN explain the point system. -- The NASCAR Joke Page

Our national flower is the concrete clover-leaf. -- Lewis Mumford

Racecar spelled backwards is racecar. -- Chuck Scampoli

Let's see the world from the left hand side of the road! -- from a Mini advertisement on the BBC World News

Whenever God closes one door he always opens another, even though sometimes it's hell in the hallway!-- Anonymous Email

We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed. -- Thomas Fuller

The most effective way to do it, is to do it. -- Amelia Earhart

I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity. -- Tom Stoppard

Failing to plan is like planning to fail! -- Alan Lakein

I am putting real plumbs into an imaginary cake. -- Mary McCarthy

The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof. -- Mary McCarthy

Life for the European is a career; for the American it is a hazard. -- Mary McCarthy

In violence, we forget who we are. -- Mary McCarthy

We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story. -- Mary McCarthy

The suspense of a novel is not only in the reader, but in the novelist, who is intensely curious about what will happen to the hero. -- Mary McCarthy

You mustn't force sex to do the work of love or love to do the work of sex. -- Mary McCarthy

To be disesteemed by people you don't have much respect for is not the worst fate. -- Mary McCarthy

Common sense is not so common. -- Voltaire

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. -- Goethe

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past and the present are certain to miss the future. -- John F. Kennedy

We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction. -- Malcolm Gladwell

Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. -- Vince Lombardi

It's about management and change first; measurement and technology are second. -- Howard Rohm

To every cow its calf, and to every book its copy. -- High King Diarmid, who denied the right of Columba to copy a psalter of Finnian's in 561 A.D. -- Shirley Toulson, Celtic Journeys

Money Talks. Chocolate Sings. -- David Batista

Put "Eat Chocolate!" at the top of your list of things to do today.
That way, at least you'll get one thing done.
-- David Batista

I eat for my country. -- Philip Lader, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom

The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.
In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.
-- Julia Child, BBC< /p>

Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian
Wine and tarragon make it French
Sour cream makes it Russian
Lemon and cinnamon make it Greek.
Soy sauce makes it Chinese.
Garlic makes it good.
-- Alice May Brock

The older you get, the better you get. Unless you're a banana. -- Keven G. Barkes

"Croissant": However you choose to pronounce it at home, it is perhaps worth nothing that outside the United States, the closer you can come to saying "kwass-ohn," the sooner you can expect to be presented with one. -- Bill Bryson, "Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words", p. 49 (2002).

I'm a man. Men cook outside. Women make the three-bean salad. That's the way it is and always has been. That outdoor grilling is a manly pursuit has long been beyond question. If this wasn't firmly understood, you'd never get grown m en to put on those aprons with pictures of dancing wienies and things on the front... -- William Geist, New York Times Magazine, cited in the BBC Food Newsletter, 27 May 2004

I hear heaven has a great breakfast bar and that hell is all high fiber an d skim milk. -- Bobby Winters, 2005

What the British call chicory the North Americans call endive, and just to return the favour and compound the confusion, what the North Americans call chicory we call endive. Don't even start with biscuits! -- BBC Food Newsletter , February 2, 2006

Rarebit, n. A Welsh rabbit, in the speech of the humourless, who point out that it is not a rabbit. To whom it may be solemnly explained that the comestible known as toad-in-the-hole is really not a toad, and that "riz-de-veau a la financiere" is not the smile of a calf prepared after the recipe of a she banker. -- Ambrose Bierce, American writer (1842-1914) The Devil's Dictionary (1906 ) via BBC Food, February 23, 2006

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. -- Judith Viorst, via BBC Food, August 21, 2006

Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how t o laugh, either. -- Golda Meir

If nobody makes you do it, it counts as fun. -- Hobbes (Calvin's Tiger , not Thomas)

There is no such thing, incidentally, as one kudo. -- Bill Bryson, "Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words," p. 116 (2002).

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"... if you don't read good books you will read bad ones." -- C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

If it is a good book, it is out of stock. If it's an excellent book, it is out of print.
--Reveyrand's Library Laws

All of us can think of a book... that we hope none of our children or any other children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf - that work I abhor - then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us. -- Katherine Paterson

How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not, for more than sixty years, had enough to eat and escaped being eaten? -- Logan Pearsall Smith, on BBC Food Oct 9 2008

I do not know how bad a life has to break in order to kill.
I have never been so hungry that I willed hunger.
I have never been so angry as to want to control a gun over a pen.
Not really. Even as a woman, as a Palestinian, as a broken human being.
Never this broken.
-- Suheir Hammad, written one week after September 11, 20 01.

You know you're getting old... when things you grew up with start popping up on "Antiques Roadshow" ! -- Gladys, the Born Loser 5/4/2002

A woman with a mind is fit for all tasks.--Christine de Pizan (c.1363- 1431)

Oriadur yw meddwl dyn, a rhaid ei ddirwyn bob dydd.*
* Man's mind is a watch that needs winding daily.
-- Seren

The Welsh are the only nation in the world that has produced no graphic or plastic art, no architecture, no drama. They just sing. Sing and blow down wind instruments of plated silver. -- Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall, 1928

The English men understand almost better than any other people the art of properly roasting a joint. -- Per Kalm, BBC Food Newsletter, 11/06/2008.

Maps are a way of organizing wonder. -- Peter Steinhart, "Names on a Map" (1986)

To me the noise of the flag is [sic] the voices of everyone who's died for this country. -- Ray Saelens, whose next door neighbor reported him to police because the flag he erected after 9-11 was "too noisy" -- Chanute (KS) Tribune, Tuesday, February 11, 2003, p. 4

I don't worry about long-term history. I won't be around to read it. -- George W. Bush, 2008

A word... is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in colour and content according to the circumstances and time in whch it is used. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Libraries remind us that truth isn't about who yells the loudest but who has the right information. -- Barack Obama, American Library Association, June 27, 2005

Perhaps the most striking thing about Canada is that it is not part of the United States. -- J. Bartlet Brebner

Canada could have enjoyed: English government, French culture, and American know-how. Instead it ended up with: English know-how, French government, and American culture. -- John R. Columbo, "Oh Canada", 1965

Canadians are generally indistinguishable from Americans, and the surest way of telling the two apart is to make the observation to a Canadian -- Richard Staines

Christ be with me, Christ before me,
Christ be after me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
-- Breastplate of Saint Patrick

Tend the garden of your mind. You can take total responsibility for what thoughts and emotions grow there." Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight, A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey

In ten years, if it isn't digital, it will be invisible.-- OLE Project

A leader which no one is following is simply taking a walk... or is lot -- Dani Loving Cartwright

Each day we have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss. -- paulocoelho

We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. -- Salvador Dali

What I like in a good author isn't what he says, but what he whispers. -- Logan P. Smith

The golden guess is morning-star to the full round of truth. -- Alfred Lord Tennyson

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything. -- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

The important thing is not to stop questioning. -- Albert Einstein

The answers aren't important really... What's important is -- knowing all the questions. -- Zilpha Keatley Snyder

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. -- James Thurber

Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse. -- African proverb

In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information -- Anthony J. D'Angelo

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. -- Morrie Schwartz

Anyone wishing to communicate with Americans should do so by e-mail, which has been specially invented for the purpose, involving neither physical proximi ty nor speech. -- Auberon Waugh

Stay the patient course
Of little worth is your ire
The network is down.
-- David Ansel

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them. -- Albert Einstein

The computer of today is remarkably human, except that it hasn't learned yet how to stop for coffee breaks. -- Anonymous

All knowledge is gained through an orderly loss of information.
-- Kenneth Boulding

Search engines, with their half-baked algorithms, are closer to slot machines than to library catalogues.
--David Rothenberg, "How the Web Destroys the Quality of Students' Research Pape rs", Chronicle of Higher Education, August 15, 1997

If you have a good search question, Google is great for answering it. If you don't have a good question, you will get 17 million responses and you will w ish you hadn't asked. -- Paul Duguid, UC Berkeley

I0f t2s t3d c7s, t2n w3e w2l w0e b0e?
(If this trend continues, then where will we be?)

-- Edward Wardill

Z39.50 is like pointing a howitzer at a fly. -- Roy Tennant, Wired Wet , v.6, no. 4

In theory, there isn't any difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is. -- Yogi Berra

For there is a music wherever there is a harmony, order, or proportion, and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres.-- Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, 1643

When I hear music, I fear no danger... I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.-- Henry David Thoreau, 1857

We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.-- Decca Recording Co., rejecting the Beatles, 1962

Never forget that music is much too important to be left entirely in the hands of professionals.-- Robert Fulghum

Sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left.-- Itzhak Perlman

Music is the art of thinking with sounds. -- Jules Combarieu

blue pawprint gifHeaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. -- Mark Twain

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

I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives
and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion for the human race;
for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years,
what would it be if they were to live double that time?
-- Sir Walter Scott

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
-- Unknown

When the sun came up with a shout and a leap
In the lonely streets unseen by man, a little dog danced
And the day began.
-- Rupert Brooke

Christ was born in a manager surrounded by animals.
Surely if he picked that spot to come into this world, then animals do have a place in heaven.
-- David Verville

The dog writes on the window with his nose. -- Philip Whalen, "Early Spring"

Millions of Americans own dogs, because they are good-natured, simple, and easily amused. I am referring here to the Americans. The dogs are not exactly Mensa members either, but they definitely make better pets than tropical fish. -- Dave Barry

A squirrel a squirrel so nimble,
Can climb most anywhere,
A tail in a tree is a symbol,
That I'm at home up there!
-- Lady Amber, from Brian Jacques' "The Legend of Luke"

The language of birds is very ancient, and like other ancient modes of speech, very elliptical : little is said, but much is meant and understood. -- Gilbert White, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1778)

"A righteous man regards the life of his animal." -- Proverbs 12:10

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -- Will Rogers

purple butterflyIf I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come. -- Chinese Proverb

This weeding out process is always related to prayer
because to pray is to make free time for God...
Every time you make free time for God, you clear up a bit of the descending path,
and you see where you can plant your feet on the way of love.

-- Henri J. M. Nouwen, "Show Me The Way"

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting system,
through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
-- George Washington Carver

It is in the nature of volcanoes to create as they destroy. -- National Geographic Explorer, "Montserrat"

So don't step on any live volcanoes! -- Kaiping Zhang

Wind is a plant's only chance to make music. -- Peter Steinhart, "Tracks of the Wind" (1988)

God does not charge time spent fishing against a man's allotted life span. -- American Indian Proverb

The Kiowas reckoned their stature by the distance they could see. -- N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain (1969)

In a literary light, if UNIX is the Great Novel,
Perl is the Cliffs Notes
-- Thomas Scoville, The Elements of Style: UNIX as Literature

Design twice, code once. -- From the Software Program Managers Network

No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up. -- Lily Tomlin

Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master. -- UN Commissioner Pravin Lal (fictional character, "Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri")

It would help if you learned to accept "yes" as an answer. -- Steven Heywood

I saw God before me because I saw this smile that a million people have seen around the world. -- Jacques Boudon, owner of Paris' La Fontaine de Mars bistro, after President Barack Obama and his family ate at his restaurant during their trip abroad. (New York Times, Monday, Jun 8, 2009)

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. -- Jane Wagner

It's amazing how busy we are trying to get our wish list fulfilled by God that we often forget the "small" things He does because He love us. Always remember that it's the little things that matter. God is a God of details. -- T. D. Jakes Ministries

The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history." -- Carl T. Rowan

We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same Horizon. -- K. Adenauer

The greatest problem in communication is the illusion it has been accompli shed. -- attributed to George Bernard Shaw

If you can speak three languages -- you're trilingual. If you can speak t wo languages -- you're bilingual. If you can only speak one language -- you're an American. -- Anonymous

The American has no language. He has dialect, slang, provincialism, accen t, and so forth. -- Rudyard Kipling

Making a work is not thinking thoughts
but accomplishing an actual journey.
There are the same tediums:
struggling with awkward shapes that won't fit into the bag,
the same mislayings, as of tickets,
the missings of connections, the long waits, the misdirections,
the packing of this that you don't need and
the forgetting of that which you do, and
all such botherations,
not to speak of more serious mishaps.
-- David Jones, preface to The Anathema ta

Intellectually, I know America is no better than any other country. Emoti onally I know she is better than every other country. -- Sinclair Lewis

Our destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things -- Henry Miller, quoted in Blue Highways, William Least Heat-Moon, p. 359

This is the place! -- Brigham Young

I got lost, unable to follow the inadequate signs and unable to read the m ap by the dim cowl light. -- Wallace Stegner, Crossing to Safety

A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles. -- Tim Cahill

Were I not a king, I would be a university man; and, if it were so that I must be made a prisoner, I would have no other prison than this library and be chained together with all these goodly authors. -- King James I

A teacher affects eternity; no one can tell where his influence stops. -- Henry Adams

There is no better friend in the world than the book; In the house of grief in this time there is no better consoler, Every moment a hundred kinds of peace come from it, In the corner of loneliness and it never hurts the heart. -- Molla Jami (d.1492), of Herat (Schimmel, 1995)

The book is not only a vehicle of communication, it is first and foremost the outstanding expression and reflection of a culture. -- Atiyeh, 1995

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." - Charles Dickens

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another." -- G. K. Chesterton

Words are the daughters of earth, and things are the sons of heaven. -- Samuel Johnson (paraphrasing Samuel Madden), A Dictionary of the English Lan guage (1755)

It is better to read a little and ponder a lot than to read a lot and pond er a little. -- Denis Parsons Burkitt (1911-1993)

... a book without a reader is nothing more than bound-up paper. -- Wi lliam Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways, p. 420

In a literary light, if UNIX is the Great Novel,
Perl is the Cliffs Notes
-- Thomas Scoville, The Elements of Style: UNIX as Literature

Design twice, code once. -- From the Software Program Managers Network

Many warriors own the glory
But the saying in Redwall is
"This is the bellmaker's story
Because the dream was his."
-- Brian Jacques, "The Bellmaker"

But more and more bells were joining in - single bells, peals of bells, tolling and clanging with that manly clamour that only the bells of England can make. For the glory of English bell-ringing is not as in other countries its tunefulness, but on the contrary, the stern order of the permutations, as the bells are led through their changes, as strict as the mathematics of the heavens. Louder and louder now their mighty ringing grew, clanging and crashing down the major scale, drowning out every puny tune, until even the dome of St. Paul's itself seemed to be resonating in the din. -- Edward Rutherfurd, "London"

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
-- Leonard Cohen, "Anthem"

Ring them bells, sweet Martha,
For the poor man's son.
Ring them bells so the world will know
That God is One.
-- Bob Dylan

Oxford is a city where too many bells are always ringing in the rain. -- Elmer Davies, quoted in James Morris, Oxford, 1965.

The work of God's presence among us goes on in a great round, ourselves th e bells ringing out God's goodness. -- Paul Mariani, p. 245, Thirty Days (20 02)

The Bells of LAL

Bells are an important part of daily life in India. In the rural areas of India bells are not considered a luxury but rather a necessity. Listed below are just a few bells with their authentic Indian names as well as uses.

Tonga Bell

A Tonga is the Indian version of a one horse carriage capable of seating up to four passengers. It is used in many parts of India as a principal means of transportation. A garland, consisting of bells attached to a leather band, is placed around the horse's neck. As the horse trots, the bells sweet sound not only warns pedestrians but also helps it keep pace.

Elephant Bells

Gay and colourful processions are common sights in Indian; but they are never complete without beautifully decorated elephant! The elephant is covered with embroidered silk fabric and has a a garland of bells around its neck. The sound of bells ringing in the air adds to the festive pageantry.

Bhisthee Bells

The Bhisthee is a person who collects water from wells and then delivers it to individual houses for consumption. The water is collected in sacks made of goat skin with a bell attached. The Bhisthee rings the bell to signal his arrival to the occupants of each house.

Camel Bell

The camel, also know as "the ship of the desert", is an almost exclusive means of transportation in the desert of Asian countries like India. The light twinkling sounds of the bells attached to the camel's neck inspires the animal to endure the burning heat of the desert.

Wedding Bells

Weddings are particularly festive celebrations in India. Lots of people, music, food, and dance are the main ingredients. Ceremonies, sometime stretching over more than one day, make use of bells. Sacred vows are recited while the wind blows against the bells which are attached to the wedding tent. The priest adds to the solemn occasion by ringing a bell while the bride and groom are taking their oaths.

From India Arts Brochure, 2000

As the height of heaven above earth,
So strong is His faithful love for those who fear him.
As the distance of east from west,
So far from us does He put our faults.
-- Psalm 103:8-12

I seek for God that he may find me because I have learned, empirically, that this is how it works. I seek: He finds.-- Madeleine L'En gle, The Irrational Season

Be comforted. You would not be seeking Me if you had not found Me.-- Blaise Pascall, Pensees, VII, 552

I will lie down and sleep in peace
For you alone, O Lord,
make me dwell in safety.
-- Psalm 4:8

Pray, and let God worry.-- Martin Luther

God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill all his promi ses . . . leading us along the best and straightest paths to himself. -- Die trich Bonhoeffer

"I just think God wanted somebody to lead the guys to heaven." -- spok en of "Father Mychal Judge, An Authentic American Hero", by Michael Ford, p. 195 .

"Just hold on one second, sir," a police operator said to a man on the 105 th floor. "Hold on. I hear the fire alarm. They're coming. They're on their way. They're working on it. My God, this -- don't worry. God is there. God i s there. God is -- don't worry about it. God is -- don't worry." -- from t he 9/11 tapes released 2006

Home On The Range

flag of Kansas

At the light of early dawn flaming in the way,
I would roll my blanket up, rub my sleeping eyes;
boil my coffee in a can, make it good 'n strong,
start another happy day with a cowboy song.

Goin' home, goin' home, where the coyotes howl and cattle roam,
goin' home to stay.
Where the skies are always blue,
Where the friends are always true,
Goin' home, going, goin' home... yo d'lay de hooo....

-- Cowboy Poetry, Anonymous

We listen to winds over the grasslands: once through this country is enou gh.
-- Diane Glancy, "Black Kettle National Grasslands, Western Oklahoma", in Of fering : Poetry and Prose, Holy Cow! Press, 1988

The stranger [to Kansas], if he listened to the voice of experience, would not start upon his pilgrimage at any season of the year without an overcoat, a fan, a lightning rod, and an umbrella.
-- John James Ingalls, In Praise of Blue Grass, 1875

Kansas, in sum, is one of our finest states and lives a sane, peaceful, an d prosperous life. -- Pearl S. Buck

If I went West, I think I would go to Kansas. -- Abraham Lincoln

Since the world beyond Kansas has been so well guidebooked, the only trip left us is inward. -- John Krich, New York Times Book Review, 1989

They call Kansas the "Sunflower State", not because it is overrun with the noxious weed, but because, as the sunflower turns on its stem to catch the firs t beams of the morning sun, and with its broad disk and yellow rays follows the great orb of the day, so Kansas turns to catch the first rays of every advancing thought or civilized agency, and with her broad prairies and golden fields welc omes and follows the light. -- Editorial, Burlington (Kansas Nonpareil (1887 ), related by William Least Heat-Moon, PrairyErth, p. 419.

A Missourian gets used to Southerners thinking him a Yankee, a Northerner considering him a cracker, a Westerner sneering at his effete Easternness, and t he Easterner taking him for a cowhand. -- Blue Highways, William Least Heat- Moon, p. 27

To understand why people say 'Dear old Kansas!' is to understand that Kans as is no mere geographical expression, but a state of mind, a religion, and a ph ilosophy in one. -- Carl Becker, from Bill Sowers

Some people say Kansas is flat... it's not. -- Chuck Richeson, Topeka, on finishing the Biking Across America, Saturday June 16, 2006, quoted in the C hanute Tribune, Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Very few people in the whole of England ever reach Q... -- Virginia Wo olf, "To the Lighthouse"

The difference between an American and an Englishman... [is that] An Engli shman thinks a hundred miles is a long way; an American thinks a hundred years i s a long time.-- Diana Gabaldon, "Drums of Autumn"

Stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea ? --Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)

I rode over the mountains to Huddersfield. A wilder people I never saw in England. The men, women and children filled the streets and seemed just ready to devour us. -- John Wesley, June 1757

Grey towers of Durham!. . . Well yet I love thy mixed and massive piles. Half church of God, half castle 'gainst the Scot; And long to roam these venerab le aisles, With records stored of deeds long since forgot. -- Sir Walter S cott, _Harold the Dauntless_, 1817

Eee bah gum lad, what's up? Weer are we? -- Graham J. Weeks

No doubt I was experiencing some kind of inherited British need to play fa ir with regard to queuing. I think its roots are in the colonial thing. The wh ole raison d'etre for a vast British Empire had been the desire to teach the ignorant peoples of the world how to queue correctly. We Br itish lead the world in queuing. (Well, we used to, until a few other countries pushed in front of us.) -- Tony Hawks, "Round Ireland With a Fridge", 1998< /p>

I'm not from these parts... I'm from a little place called England. We us ed to run the world before you. -- Ricky Gervais, January 24, 2004, upon bei ng the first British actor to win a TV comedy acting award at the Golden Globe C eremony (BBC)

Perhaps the purest dose of pleasure on movie screens this year was provide d by Nick Park and his comrades at Aardman Animations, makers of "Wallace and Gr omit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit." Bringing their jug-eared English inventor and his local pooch to the big screen after three short adventures, the Aardmani tes staked out a place of honor for old-fashioned stop-motion animation in a wor ld dominated by digital technology. It is good to know that such solid virtues as localty, hands-on ingenuity, absolute silliness and the love of cheese still have a place in modern cinema. -- A. O. Scott, New York Times Best Films o f the Year, December 25, 2005

Mushy peas? How could a people who ate something called mushy peas have c onquered half the known world? Spotted dick? I don't want to know... Toast? T he English knew how to toast bread, but they served it in a rack designed to ens ure the toast would get as cold as possible as fast as possible. I imagined Eng lish engineers perfecting the design of those toast racks. "Let's see, we lost an empire, now how can we screw up toast?" -- p. 35, Linda Ellerbee, Take Bi g Bites, 2005

If you can't chase a cheese down a steep hill after a few drinks, what's t he point of being British? -- p. 4, told to J. R. Daeschner, True Brits

To eat well in England, you should have a breakfast three times a day. -- W. Somerset Maugham, from BBC Food Newsletter, 09/18/2008

We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same Horizon. -- K. Adenauer

The greatest problem in communication is the illusion it has been accompli shed. -- attributed to George Bernard Shaw

Many difficulties had to be surmounted before the screw was a practicable thing. -- H. G. Wells, The Outline of History

We have not succeeded in answering all of your problems.
The answers we have found only serve to raise a whole set of new questions.
In some ways we feel we are as confused as ever, but
We believe we are confused on a higher level and about more important things.
-- Anonymous

All the reindeer flying about the world should be checked carefully for si gns of fatigue. -- Nevil Shute, No Highway

The Web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.
-- William Shakespeare

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. We did not weave the web of life; We are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves...
-- Chief Seattle

I bet, with my net, I can get those Things yet!
--Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat, Random House, 1957, p.50

One of the best features of the Web is that it allows individuals to "trav el through the online world along paths of whim and intuition".
--Gary Wolf, Wired, 2.10, p. 116

sunSo finally and controversially - tomorrow's weather forecast. It's a veritable smorgasbord . Sun. Rain. Thunder. Hail. Snow. Cold. Wind. Not worth going to work really." -- Jeremy Paxman, BBC Newsnight's Weather Forecast

It's not the weather I am worried about. It's the cold inside my he art. -- Attributed to a survivor of the Twin Towers Disaster, as reported on NBC, October 2001

Let a smile be your umbrella, and you'll end up with a face full of rain.< /b> -- George Carlin

There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.-- Lord Avebury

The other day in Kilmarnock, it was blustery, rainy day, cold. Two men pa ssed one another. One said, "Weather!" and the other replied, "Yes!" --David W. McFadden, An Innocent in Scotland

Oh the weather's cold outside outside,
But we're all snug in here,
With thee an' me, good company,
An' lots o' barley beer!

Oh the snow comes down outside outside,
An' winter winds do moan,
But sit us by a roarin' fire,
An' you'll not hear one groan!

Oh the night is dark outside outside,
But the soup is good an' hot,
Good food, fine friends an' happy hearts,
I'd say we've got the lot!
-- Old Twoola, from Brian Jacques' "The Legend of Luke"

Whether the weather be hot, or whether the weather be not, the world will still sorely enjoy a sorbet... -- BBC Food Newsletter, July 19, 2007

The sky, ice blue through the encroaching willows and cottonwoods, flares up, a brief rose, before collapsing to indigo. -- Richard Powers, Echo Maker

q block graphic The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up. -- Odgen' s Law

q block graphicPerhaps if I knew the right questions, I could find a simpler way. That's the key : what is the question? -- F. Robert Walczak

q block graphic The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we beha ve when we don't know what to do. -- John Holt

q block graphicLearning is remembering what you're interested in.-- Richard Saul Wurman

q block graphic Bond: And what might this be, Q?
Q:007! Put that down! ... that's my lunch!
-- Rest in Peace, Desmond Llewelyn, 1914-1999

q block graphicI bet that blond hair is flying. They are messing with the wrong chick!-- Vivian McCain

q block graphic Je suis heureuse de faire votre connaisance.

q block graphic Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter an d those who matter don't mind. -- Dr. Seuss

q block graphicThe Legend of Q : Based on a lead by my friend Michael Anne Haywood, the original "q" quote, concerning Mr. Ramsay, from Virginia Woolf's To the Lig hthouse:

For if thought is like the keyboard of a piano, divided into so many notes, o r like the alphabet is ranged in twenty-six letters all in order, then his splen did mind had no sort of difficulty in running over those letters one by one, fir mly and accurately, until it had reached, say, the letter Q. He reached Q. Very few people in the whole of England ever reach Q. ... But after Q? Wh at comes next? After Q there are a number of letters the last of which is scarc ely visible to mortal eyes, but glimmers red in the distance. Z is only reached once by one man in a generation. Still, if he could reach R it would be someth ing. Here at least was Q. He dug his heels in at Q. Q he was sur e of. Q he could demonstrate. If Q then is Q--R-- ... Then R... ... R is then--what is R ... ... He would never reach R. ... How many men in a thousand million, he asked himself, reach Z after all?

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