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Month March 2011

The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition. ~ W. H. Auden

Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop. ~ Usman B. Asif

God is not a cosmic bell-boy for whom we can press a button to get things done. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

At very best, a person wrapped up in himself makes a small package. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.  Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it.  Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it.  Bitterness sickens life; love heals it.  Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. ~ Anatole France

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

Life comes with an expiration date.

Tact is the art of convincing people that they know more than you do. ~ Raymond Mortimer    ++

Everyone who ever walked barefoot into his child’s room late at night hates Lego’s.  ~  Tony Kornheiser

Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome. ~ Oscar Levant

The trouble with a kitten is that it eventually becomes a cat. ~ Ogden Nash

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status. ~ Laurence J. Peter

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot. ~ Mark Twain

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. ~ Henry David Thoreau

In a mad world, only the mad are sane. ~ Akiro Kurosawa

Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase…the human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive. ~ Frank Herbert, “Dune”

Nothing endures but change. ~ Heraclitus

I don’t wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone. ~ Katherine Kurtz

Never buy a portable TV set on the sidewalk from a man who’s out of breath.

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession.  I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first. ~ Ronald Reagan  ++

The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program. ~ Ronald Reagan

There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. ~ Mother Teresa

Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice. ~ H.L. Mencken

One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to Hell without perspiring. ~ H.L. Mencken

It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull. ~ H.L. Mencken

Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do. ~ Jose Ortega y Gasset

There are two insults which no human will endure:  the assertion that he hasn’t a sense of humor, and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble. ~ Sinclair Lewis

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. ~ Will Durant

The first duty of love is to listen. ~ Paul Tillich

It’s not love’s going hurts my days / But that it went in little ways. ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you. ~ Malcolm Cowley

It is difficult to give children a sense of security unless you have it yourself.  If you have it, they catch it from you. ~ William C. Menninger

Middle age snuffs out more talent than ever wars or sudden deaths do. ~ Richard Hughes

You can always spot a well-informed man–his views are the same as yours. ~ Ilka Chase

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. ~ James Michener

A man is only as good as what he loves. ~ Saul Bellow

Dancing is a vertical manifestation of a horizontal desire. ~ Harry Westcott

The amount of sleep required by the average person is just five minutes more.

I’ve been seduced by the chocolate side of the force.

Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest. ~ Laurence Sterne

My middle finger gets a boner when I think of you.

The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence but you still have to mow it. ~ Anonymous

An economic forecaster is like a cross-eyed javelin thrower:  they don’t win many accuracy contests, but they keep the crowd’s attention. ~ Anonymous

Of course there’s a lot of knowledge in universities:  the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don’t take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates… ~ Anonymous

Mother-in-law:  A woman who destroys her son-in-law’s peace of mind by giving him a piece of hers. ~ Anonymous

Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears. ~ Barbara Johnson

The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul. ~ George Sand

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them. ~ David Hume

Beauty is an ecstasy;  it is as simple as hunger.  There is really nothing to be said about it.  It is like the perfume of a rose:  you can smell it and that is all.  ~ W. Somerset Maugham