Every day in Africa a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle.
When the sun comes up, you better be running.
Ethiopia, circa 1974
As recited to me by a cab driver in Washington DC
If there’s someone you love but you haven’t said so in a while, say it now. Always, always say it now.
Chicago Tribune, 1979 after his first wife died of a brain aneurysm
Be Yourself…because those who matter, don’t mind–and those who mind, don’t matter!
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No God, no peace
Know God, know peace.
Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom.
Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.
They stay in our lives for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.
You do not really understand something . . . until you can explain it to your grandmother.
“There is a tide in the affairs of man, which
taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
is bound in shallows and miseries;
We must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.”
“When you come to a fork in the road . . . . Take it.”
“Trust Everyone… BUT Cut the Cards”
I can sing like no one is listening, dance like no one is watching and love like I have never been hurt. I’m not looking for a man I can live with. I am looking for that man that I can’t live without.
–Profile for Tenderhearted on AOL 4/20/98
based on the famous quote by Mark Twain
The reputation of a thousand years can be determined by the conduct of one hour.
A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.
–1574-1656 British Clergyman Writer
Vision without action is a daydream.
Action without vision is a nightmare.
The day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with truth.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
(pronounced Tick-Naught-Han) a Vietnamese Buddhist monk
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.
Everyone wants to be Carry Grant.
Even I want to be Carry Grant.
Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
“My dad taught me, in the way he lived, that life is more than personal gain,”
–George W. Bush
The grandest of these ideals is an unfolding American promise: that everyone belongs, that everyone deserves a chance, that no insignificant person was ever born.
America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens.
A civil society demands from each of us good will and respect, fair dealing and forgiveness.
Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment. It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos. And this commitment, if kept, is a way to shared accomplishment.
America at its best is a place where personal responsibility is valued and expected. Encouraging responsibility is not a search for scapegoats, it is a call to conscience. And though it requires sacrifice, it brings a deeper fulfillment. We find the fullness of life, not only in options, but in commitments. And we find that children and community are the commitments that set us free.
…every day we are called to do small things with great love.
Americans are generous and strong and decent, not because we believe in ourselves, but because we hold beliefs beyond ourselves.
–Quotes from George W. Bush’s First Inauguration speech, 1/20/01
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”
The basic rules of bridge building are:
Never build a bridge when a trestle will do,
Never build a trestle when a fill will do, and
God loves a culvert.
“A man younger than 30 who’s not a liberal has no heart and a man older than 30 who’s not a conservative has no brain.”
President Bush’s plan for a provisional Palestinian state will not bring peace to the Middle East. Peace will come only when Palestinians love their children more than they hate Jews.
–Linda Chavez (6/27/02)
G.B. Shaw noted how you ought properly to spell “fish” in English — “goti” (“g” as in “laugh,” “o” as in “women,” and “ti” and “dictionary”).
Do you remember the hit song by the Marvelettes called “Too Many Goti in the Sea?
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.
How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you’re on.
Minoo Koutal, Los Angeles, USA
“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true
“The trouble with the world
is that the stupid are cocksure
and the intelligent
are full of doubt.”
“I have throughout been curious about how much we can be said to know and with what degree of certainty or doubtfulness.”
“In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car.”
27th president of Harvard University
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
“Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.”
–Congressman JC Watts (R. Oklahoma)
“It’s not what we don’t know that hurts us, it’s what we know for certain that just ain’t so.”
…….(She) He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week, my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong,
The stars are not wanted now; put out every one
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood,
For nothing now can ever come to any good..
–excerpt from a poem by W. H. Auden
“Predictions are tough, particularly when they involve the future”
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
–Theodore Roosevelt (at the Sorbonne!) in 1910