Wednesday, 31 May 2017

A Can of Worms Won't Open Itself

Please excuse me from work yesterday due to a vision problem. I just couldn't see myself coming to work. ~ #quote on the web

Sabotage ~ Supposed to derive from the tendency of striking workers to damage machinery by throwing shoes into it - sabot being an old French word for a wooden shoe. ~ #ENGwordorigins

In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival. ~ Noam Chomsky #quote

Until I came to Canada I never knew 'snow' was a four letter word. ~ Alberto Manguel #quote

Eat an orange every morning.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. ~ Mark Twain #quote

A can of worms won't open itself. #oneliner

If you want the rainbow you have to put up with the rain ~ Dolly Parton #quote

The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self-awareness. ~ Annie Savoy, Bull Durham #quote

Some people skip through life. Others are dragged through it. I sometimes wonder if we are moving through time, or whether time is moving through us. Light, unlike anything else in the universe is not affected by time. Light exists outside of time.. It is still a mystery to physicists. ~ Donald Miller #quote

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. ~ Joseph Campbell #quote

If you disown a part of your personality, it'll materialize as an unexpected detour. ~ Rob Brezney #quote

The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor ~ Stephen King #quote

Be who you are and say what you want because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~ Dr. Seuss #quote

May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields. ~ #IrishBlessing

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so. ~ Douglas Adams #quote

The capitalist system of coordination by trade seems to be largely populated by indigestible lumps of socialism called corporations ~ Kevin Carson #quote

He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which. ~ Douglas Adams #quote

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence #quote

Do not inhale smoke.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

Cycology -- The science of propelling one's self through the environment to enhance well-being. ~ Unknown #quote

It’s not that we have to quit this life one day, it’s how many things we have to quit all at once: holding hands, hotel rooms, music, the physics of falling leaves, vanilla and jasmine, poppies, smiling, anthills, the colour of the sky, coffee and cashmere, literature, sparks and subway trains... If only one could leave this life slowly! ~ Roman Payne #quote

You know you're getting old when it takes too much effort to procrastinate. ~ Unknown #quote

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. ~ Stephen Covey #quote

The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going. ~ Unknown #quote

Dachshund ~ a compound of the German Dachs (''badger") and Hund (''dog"). Originally the breed was known in Germany as Dachs Krieger, or ''badger warrior". ~ #ENGwordorigins

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. ~ Greg Anderson #quote

You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.~ Bonnie Prudden #quote

Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself. ~ Henry Miller #quote

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton #quote

Saturday, 27 May 2017

But We Need the Electricity

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything #cleverquotes

Duality: it's not just for breakfast, lunch, and dinner any more. ~ Faisal N. Jawdat #quote

Take a deep breath.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

Enthusiasm:  From the Greek entheos, which means ''to be within energy", suggesting being spiritually ''possessed". ~ #ENGwordorigins

Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener. ~ Quoted by Paula Deen on the Food Network #quote

The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else~we are the busiest people in the world. ~ Eric Hoffer #quote

Sometimes silence is golden, and other times it's just a plain yellow. ~ Unknown #quote

A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles. ~ Tim Cahill #quote

Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance. ~ Unknown #quote

It is not for me to change you. The question is, how can I be of service to you without diminishing your degrees of freedom? ~ R. Buckminster Fuller #quote

Never make anything simple and efficient when a way can be found to make it complex and wonderful. ~ Unknown #quote

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo #quote

You don't have to be a 'person of influence' to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they've taught me.~ Scott Adams #quote

Here is Edward Bear, coming down the stairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. ~ A. A. Milne #quote

All power corrupts, but we need the electricity. ~ Unknown #quote

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~  Buddha #quote

If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away. ~ Rev. Jim Ignatowski (Taxi) #quote

Bonsai - Although we think the tree-cultivating art is Japanese, it originated in China. ~ #ENGwordorigins

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. #ModernObservations

Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance. ~  Oprah Winfrey #quote

A novel is a piece of prose of a certain length with something wrong with it. ~ Unknown #quote

If you hate your lot but wouldn't trade it, it's not your lot you hate. ~ Mignon McLaughlin #Quote

A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears. ~ Montaigne #Quote

How many legs does a dog have, if you call the tail a leg?  Four.  Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg. ~ Abraham Lincoln #Quote

Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time ⏳, made new. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin #Quote

Barnum was wrong - it's more like every 30 seconds. ~ Unknown #quote

Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky  #quote

Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first woman she meets and then teams up with three complete strangers to kill again. ~ (TV listing for the movie The Wizard of Oz in the Marin Independent Journal. ~ #quote)

Zeg - Translates as "the day after tomorrow."  #WordsWeNeed

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. ~ Douglas Adams #quote

Unnecessary laws are not good laws, but traps for money. ~Thomas Hobbes #quote

I believe in dragons, good men, and other fantasy creatures. ~ Unknown #quote

Yoko meshi ~ Is the Japanese term for the stress felt when speaking a foreign language. #WordsWe

It doesn't take a lot of muscle to give the heart a lift. ~ Unknown #quote

How it is we have so much information, but know so little? ~ Noam Chomsky #quote

Hope for everything. Expect nothing.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

There is probably an element of malice in our readiness to overestimate people - we are, as it were, laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size. ~ Eric Hoffer #quote

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson #quote

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. ~ Norman B. Rice #quote

Immortality lies not in the things you leave behind, but in the people your life has touched. ~ Unknown #quote

You are not the child of the people you call mother and father, but their fellow-adventurer on a bright journey to understand the things that are. ~ Richard Bach #quote

Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes. ~ Abraham Lincoln #quote

Astronomers say the universe is finite, which is a comforting thought for those people who can't remember where they leave things. ~ Unknown #quote

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. ~ Aristotle Onassis #quote

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~  Helen Keller #quote

Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is. #ModernObservations

It's amazing how nice people are to you when they know you're going away. #cleverquotes

Don't knock on Death's door. Ring the bell and run - he hates that. ~ Unknown #quote

Saturday, 20 May 2017

...For all that is Life

Not all scars show, not all wounds heal. Sometimes you can't always see the pain someone feels. ~ Unknown #quote

Dedication is not what others expect of you, it is what you can give to others. ~ Unknown #quote

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. ~ Noam Chomsky #quote

I used up all my sick days, so I'm calling in dead. ~ #PearlsOfWisdom

Be yourself, everyone else is taken. ~ Unknown #quote

Male puppies, when playing with female puppies, will intentionally let the female win. #factoid

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other? ~ George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) #quote

Don’t automatically reply, “I know” every time someone points out you’re wrong. You just come off as insecure. #thingsthatshouldberules

I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty.  Actually, I'm more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.  ~ Jerry Garcia #quote

Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first woman she meets and then teams up with three complete to kill again. ~ Marin Paper TV listing for The Wizard of Oz #quote

Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt. ~ Mahatma Gandhi #quote

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.~ Mark Twain #quote

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~ Ronald Reagan #quote

We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. #factoid

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. ~ Vernon Sanders Law #quote

Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt. ~ George Sewell #quote

No, life cannot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath... We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn't it? ~ Donald Miller #quote

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. ~ Chinese #Proverb

If you spell out numbers in order, the first time you get to the letter “a” is at one-thousand. #factoid

Smile -- It's the second best thing you can do with your lips. ~ Unknown #quote

We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. ~ Noam Chomsky #quote

Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening all at once. ~ Unknown #quote

Most people rust out due to lack of challenge. Few people rust out due to overuse. ~ Unknown #quote

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. ~ Marilyn vos Savant #quote

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions, all life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote

That tax is theoretically best which interferes least with business. ~ Calvin Coolidge #quote

Many people go far in life because someone else thought they could. ~ John C. Maxwell #quote

Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love. ~ Rumi #quote

Donuts - Is there anything they can't do? ~ Homer Simpson (Matt Groening's creation) #quote

Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask "Where have I gone wrong?" Then a voice says to me "This is going to take more than one night". ~ Unknown #quote

With our horseless carriages, flying robots, space travel, long-distance communication at the speed of light, cloning, lasers, connection to people all over the world, we are living in the future people dreamed of. #factoid

You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day. #ModernObservations

A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you. ~ Bert Leston Taylor #quote

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti #quote

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses. ~ George Eliot #quote

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind. ~ Leonardo da Vinci #quote

The individual's most vital need is to prove his worth, and this usually means an insatiable hunger for action. For it is only the few who can acquire a sense of worth by developing and employing their capacities and talents. The majority prove their worth by keeping busy. ~ Eric Hoffer #quote

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Do Not Go Crazy a Lot

We had no use for the policy of the Gospels, 'if someone slaps you, just turn the other cheek.' We had shown that anyone who slapped us on our cheek would get his head kicked off. ~ Nikita Khrushchev #quote

As a computer, I find your faith in technology amusing. ~ #PearlsOfWisdom

How do you spell school? P-R-I-S-O-N. ~ Unknown #quote

For marriage to be success, every woman and every man should have her and his own bathroom. The end. ~ Catherine Zeta-Jones in InStyle #quote

Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it. ~ Christopher Hitchens #quote

Every day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer #quote

Anyone who uses the phrase "easy as taking candy from a baby" has never tried taking candy from a baby. #cleverquotes

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~ Bill Cosby #quote

Thought-crime does not entail death: thought-crime is death. ~ George Orwell, 1984 #quote

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust. #wordorigins

An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible. ~ Unknown #quote

The majority of European children born in 2013 will live to see the year 2100. #factoid

Everything that is wonderful about life doesn’t cost a penny, and the rest is way cheaper than you think it is. ~ Benny Lewis #quote

We are never more discontented than when we are discontented with ourselves. ~ Unknown #quote

One of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them: It is a well known fact, that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. Anyone who is capable of getting themselves into a position of power should on no account be allowed to do the job. Another problem with governing people is people. ~ Douglas Adams #quote

The really happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery when on a detour. ~ Unknown #quote

Resistentialism ~ n. The theory that certain inanimate objects hate humans. #ExquisiteWords

As a rule, dictatorships guarantee safe streets and terror of the doorbell. In democracy the streets may be unsafe after dark, but the most likely visitor in the early hours will be the milkman. ~ Adam Michnik #quote

Confessions may be good for the soul, but they are bad for the reputation. #cleverquotes

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. ~ Unknown #quote

I can hire half the working class to kill the other half. ~ Jay Gould #quote

Joy is one of the only emotions you can't contrive. ~ BONO in USA Today #quote

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become. ~ Carl Jung #quote

Do not go crazy a lot.  It's a waste of time.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

Confidence in nonsense is a requirement for the creative process. ~ Unknown #quote

There is nothing more to be said or to be done to-night, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellow men. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle #quote

You are so young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as judge of the highest matters.~ Plato #quote

Oh, why should the spirit of mortal be proud? Like a fast-flitting meteor, a fast-flying cloud, A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave, He passes from life to his rest in the grave. ~ William Knox #quote

The best evidence of a mind is when you change it ~ Roger Scruton #quote

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith #quote

Lilac, which comes from the Persian nilak, meaning ''of a bluish shade". ~ #ENGwordorigins

The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.~ Oliver Wendell Holmes #quote

Whatever is rejected from the self appears in the world as an event. ~ Carl Jung #quote

There are things man was not meant to know and, alas, I already know too many of them. ~ Dan Lyke #quote

Some people say I have a bad attitude; Those people are stupid. ~ Unknown #quote

Gigil ~ The urge you get to pinch cheeks or cuddle things has a Filipino name: gigil. #WordsWeNeedInEnglish

True friendship is seen through the heart not through the eyes. ~ Unknown #quote

The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius is limited. ~ Unknown #quote

Success always occurs in private and failure in full public view. ~ Unknown #quote

Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret. ~ Laurence J. Peter #quote

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. ~ Gerry Spence #quote

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~ Swami Sivananda  #quote

What doesn't kill us will only require short hospitalization. ~ Unknown #quote

The ageing process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. ~ Doug Larson #quote

I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity. ~ Tom Stoppard #quote