Category Quotes

Words To Create By: “The more you Learn …”

“The more you learn, the more you have a framework for that knowledge to fit into.” Bill Gates, 60 minutes interview ~~~ William Henry Gates III (1955 – ) Co-founder of Microsoft Father, husband, programmer, inventor, investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, billionaire

Words To Live By: An Unquenchable Spirit of Adventure…

“There is no experience from which you can’t learn something. When you stop learning you stop living in any vital and meaningful sense…”

Martin Luther King Jr. - Creator of change

Words To Live By: “Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness …”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction… The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or we […]

Words To Create By: “The creative Person …”

“The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth-century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging, and hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later or six months, or six […]

Words To Live By: “Let There Be Justice For All …”

Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves. ~~ NELSON MANDELA, speech, May 10, 1994 

Words to Live By: “It Is Not Enough To Understand …”

It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task. ~~ Robert Kennedy

In Remembrance

 … Rest, comrades, rest and sleep! The thoughts of men shall be As sentinels to keep Your rest from danger free. Your silent tents of green We deck with fragrant flowers Yours has the suffering been, The memory shall be ours. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from Decoration Day poem

Words To Live By: “The True Sign of Intellegence …”

“The true sign

of intelligence

is not knowledge

but …”

Words To Live By: “Eyes Blinded By The Fog Of Things …”

“Eyes blinded by the fog of Things cannot see Truth. Ears deafened by the din of Things cannot hear Truth. Brains bewildered by the whirl of Things cannot think Truth. Hearts deadened by the weight of Things cannot feel Truth. Throats choked by the dust of Things cannot speak Truth.”    ~~ Harold Bell Wright, […]

Words To Live By: “Once You See It …”

“… once you see it,

you can’t unsee it.

And once you’ve seen it,

keeping quiet,

saying nothing…”

Gratitude to First Responders & Courageous Bystanders

To the first responders who ran toward danger without a thought for their own safety, to bystanders and neighbors who dropped everything to help, tearing off clothing to make tourniquets, to offer food and open their homes to strangers, and to the exhausted marathoners who just kept running straight to the hospital to donate blood […]

Words To Live By: “The Secret of Change …”

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~~ Socrates

Words To Live By: “The Duty of Criticism”

“The duty of criticism is neither to depreciate nor dignify by partial representations, but to hold out the light of reason, whatever it may discover; and to promulgate the determinations of truth, whatever she shall dictate.” ~~ Samuel Johnson, The Rambler #93, February 5, 1751

Words To Live By: “An Unquenchable Spirit Of Adventure…”

“There is no experience  from which  you can’t learn something. When you stop learning you stop living in any vital and meaningful sense. And the purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear  for newer and richer experience. You can do […]

~ Principles of Our Government and the Congressional Reform Act of 2011

The further the departure from direct and constant control by the citizens, the less has the government of the ingredient of republicanism… —Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson wrote those words in a letter, dated May 28, 1816, to writer, Virginia delegate, and U.S. Senator,  John Taylor. They were in response to receiving and reading Taylor’s book […]

~ Elections Are Messy Business

The presidential election of 1800 between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson was particularly rough. And during the Great Depression, the American people were particularly discouraged by politics and angry with their elected officials.  As Will Rogers complained: There ought to be one day — just one — where there is open season on senators. ~~ […]

~ Presidential Quotes

A few presidential quotes in honor of Presidents day: “On this view of the import of the term republic, instead of saying, as has been said, “that it may mean anything or nothing,” we may say with truth and meaning, that governments are more or less republican as they have more or less of the […]

~ Words to Stir a Nation (And a President?)

In a strange confluence, between doing a book feature on The True Patriot last week and research for an upcoming book feature on The Elements of Journalism, I came across a quote on presidential criticism by President Theodore Roosevelt. It is one he made in 1918, during WWI and after he left office. The quote […]