Category Archives: Favorite Quotes

Excitement and Terror in July, Part 3

As lots of people since at least Chaucer have said, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” For absolute sure, I can’t earn a living as a writer if I’m too afraid to try. The chances of success are higher if I try. … Continue reading

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Competence without an Overinflated Ego

“Have more than thou showest; Speak less than thou knowest,” wrote Shakespeare in King Lear.   First, I’m all about inconspicuous consumption. I like having nice things, but I just don’t go around showing them off. Why make myself a … Continue reading

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What People Say You Cannot Do

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do,” according to Walter Bagehot.   This could be all about what’s forbidden or contrary, but this also applies to the dreams or new ideas that the nay-sayers … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“What this country needs is more people to inspire others with confidence, and fewer people to discourage any initiative in the right direction,” mused Father James Keller.   He may have been writing some time ago, but it seems like … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so,” wrote Douglas Adams.   Sometimes I have to remind myself to keep my … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened,” quipped Winston Churchill.   I like the snarkiness of a lot of Winston Churchill’s quips, but several contain some … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“I am not young enough to know everything,” said Oscar Wilde.   Most of the times when I’ve messed up the worst have included me feeling like I already know everything.  On the other hand, almost every breakthrough moment of … Continue reading

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Favorite Quote

“Reputation is what others know about you.  Honor is what you know about yourself,” said Lois McMaster Bujold.   No one can take away someone’s honor, unless that person stops believing in him or herself.   Also, there is value in … Continue reading

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“Dream Big, But Take Small Steps”

Still thinking about the quote from last time.   I can’t remember who said, “Dream big, but take small steps.”  People need both.  With action but no dream, people just drift aimlessly through life.  Cynicism, nihilism, or hedonism abound.  With a … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Go as far as you can see. When you get there, you’ll be able to see farther,” said J.P. Morgan.   Good advice. It’s intimidating to try to plan everything out, and some things seem too big to tackle. But … Continue reading

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