Of the TFTDs…

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. – John Muir (here in New Brunswick, if you go to the right place along the river, you can see the foothills–amazing that the biggest city in the country is 45 minutes away, as is the beach)

With love and patience, nothing is impossible. – Daisaku Ikeda

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety. – Isaac Asimov (guilty as charged)

Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him. – John Barrymore (heh.)

Without oars, a boat drifts. – Chinese proverb

All great achievements require time. – Maya Angelou

There comes a time in the seeker’s life when he discovers that he is at once the lover and the beloved. – Sri Chinmoy

But why should I read what somebody else thinks of my life when I know the real story? – Jimmy Connors (one reason to blog…)

Always remember that the future comes one day at a time. – Dean Acheson (but we forget)

All noble things are as difficult as they are rare. – Baruch Spinoza

There is nothing more erotic than a good conversation. –Unknown

Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. – Elbert Hubbard

I was getting old, man. I was staring 27 in the face. – Charlie Bell (Dude, I’m 39–shut up)

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. – Emile Zola

Humor is just another defense against the universe. – Mel Brooks

Education is the movement from darkness to light. – Allan Bloom

I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world. –  Georges Duhamel

What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful. -Brené Brown

We are all, in a sense, experts on secrecy. From earliest childhood we feel its mystery and attraction. We know both the power it confers and the burden it imposes. We learn how it can delight, give breathing space and protect. – Sissela Bok

While all deception requires secrecy, all secrecy is not meant to deceive. – Sissela Bok

All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams. – Elias Canetti (What was that dream about London a scream for?)

The solutions all are simple – after you have arrived at them. But they’re simple only when you know already what they are. – Robert M. Pirsig

To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs. – Sri Aurobindo

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. – John W. Gardner

It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind. – Branch Rickey

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. – Aristotle

Our accepting what we are must always inhibit our being what we ought to be. – John Fowles

Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don’t swallow it. – Hank Ketcham

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water. – Carl Reiner (not me, but after this winter…)

I can, therefore I am. – Simone Weil

Always desire to learn something useful. – Sophocles

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We read to know that we are not alone. – C.S. Lewis (Read, damnit!)

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy. – E. B. White

I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. – Simone de Beauvoir

Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness. – David Bohm


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