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  • #1
    John  Adams
    “I sometimes, in my sprightly moments, consider myself, in my great chair at school, as some dictator at the head of a common-wealth. In this little state I can discover all the great geniuses, all the surprising actions and revolutions of the great world in miniature. I have several renowned generals but three feet high, and several deep-projecting politicians in petticoats. I have others catching and dissecting flies, accumulating remarkable pebbles, cockleshells, etc., with as ardent curiosity as any virtuoso in the Royal Society …. At one table sits Mr. Insipid foppling and fluttering, spinning his whirligig, or playing with his fingers as gaily and wittily as any Frenchified coxcomb brandishes his cane and rattles his snuff box. At another sits the polemical divine, plodding and wrangling in his mind about Adam’s fall in which we sinned, all as his primer has it.”
    John Adams

  • #2
    Alan Alda
    “The difference between listening and pretending to listen, I discovered, is enormous. One is fluid, the other is rigid. One is alive, the other is stuffed. Eventually, I found a radical way of thinking about listening. Real listening is a willingness to let the other person change you. When I’m willing to let them change me, something happens between us that’s more interesting than a pair of dueling monologues.”
    Alan Alda, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned

  • #3
    William Wordsworth
    “The world is too much with us; late and soon,
    Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
    Little we see in Nature that is ours;
    We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
    This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
    The winds that will be howling at all hours,
    And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
    For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
    It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
    A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
    So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
    Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
    Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
    Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.”
    William Wordsworth, The Major Works

  • #4
    Firoozeh Dumas
    “...The more modest and impractical the kitchen, the more likely one will be invited to stay for a meal. Show me a fancy house with a top-of-the-line gourmet kitchen, and I'll show you a family that eats out a lot.”
    Firoozeh Dumas, Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

  • #5
    Michael  Hughes
    “Everyone collects souvenirs, whether they call them that or not. They're evidence that we’ve taken part in the great dance of life – been places, seen things. They’re connections between us and something grander and more eternal than we are. And they belong to us. Tourists shooting blurry mobile-phone-camera snapshots of the ‘Mona Lisa’ or Niagara Falls want to prove they were there, not to have art to hang on their walls.”
    Michael Hughes

  • #6
    M.F.K. Fisher
    “No yoga exercise, no meditation in a chapel filled with music will rid you of your blues better than the humble task of making your own bread.”
    M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating

  • #7
    Eleanor H. Porter
    “It'll be just lovely for you to play -- it'll be so hard. And there's so much more fun when it is hard!”
    Eleanor H. Porter, Pollyanna

  • #8
    Helen Keller
    “Thus I came up out of Egypt and stood before Sinai, and a power divine touched my spirit and gave it sight, so that I beheld many wonders. And from the sacred mountain I heard a voice which said, ‘Knowledge is love and light and vision.”
    Helen Keller

  • #9
    Oscar Wilde
    “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #10
    The Seven Social Sins are: Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce
    “The Seven Social Sins are:

    Wealth without work.
    Pleasure without conscience.
    Knowledge without character.
    Commerce without morality.
    Science without humanity.
    Worship without sacrifice.
    Politics without principle.

    From a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.”
    Frederick Lewis Donaldson

  • #11
    Albert Einstein
    “Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #12
    P.G. Wodehouse
    “There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”
    P.G. Wodehouse

  • #13
    P.G. Wodehouse
    “What ho!" I said.
    "What ho!" said Motty.
    "What ho! What ho!"
    "What ho! What ho! What ho!"
    After that it seemed rather difficult to go on with the conversation.”
    P.G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves

  • #14
    “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”

  • #15
    Claude Lévi-Strauss
    “The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.”
    Claude Lévi-Strauss

  • #16
    Ellen Hopkins
    “Grandma once told me it's easy to overthink love, to dissect it and question it until it is no more.”
    Ellen Hopkins, Impulse

  • #17
    “The essence of America lies not in the headlined heroes ... but in the everyday folds who live and die unknown, yet leave their dreams as legacies.”
    Alan Lomax

  • #18
    Mark Twain
    “After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.”
    Mark Twain, Diaries of Adam & Eve

  • #19
    Helen Keller
    “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”
    Helen Keller

  • #20
    Helen Keller
    “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
    Helen Keller

  • #21
    Helen Keller
    “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”
    Helen Keller

  • #22
    Helen Keller
    “When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”
    Helen Keller

  • #23
    Helen Keller
    “For three things I thank God every day of my life: thanks that he has vouchsafed me knowledge of his works; deep thanks that he has set in my darkness the lamp of faith; deep, deepest thanks that I have another life to look forward to--a life joyous with light and flowers and heavenly song.”
    Helen Keller

  • #24
    Helen Keller
    “Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
    Helen Keller

  • #25
    Helen Keller
    “Life is a succesion of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
    Helen Keller

  • #26
    Helen Keller
    “For, after all, every one who wishes to gain true knowledge must climb the Hill Difficulty alone, and since there is no royal road to the summit, I must zigzag it in my own way. I slip back many times, I fall, I stand still, I run against the edge of hidden obstacles, I lose my temper and find it again and keep it better, I trudge on, I gain a little, I feel encouraged, I get more eager and climb higher and begin to see the widening horizon. Every struggle is a victory. One more effort and I reach the luminous cloud, the blue depths of the sky, the uplands of my desire.”
    Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

  • #27
    Helen Keller
    “The one I felt and still feel most is lack of time. I used to have time to think, to reflect, my mind and I. We would sit together of an evening and listen to the inner melodies of the spirit, which one hears only in leisure moments when the words of
    some loved poet touch a deep, sweet chord in the soul that until then had been silent. But in college there is no time to commune with one's thoughts. One goes to college to learn, it seems, not to think. When one enters the portals of learning, one leaves the dearest pleasures--solitude, books and imagination--outside with the whispering pines. I suppose I ought to find some comfort in the thought that I am laying up treasures for future enjoyment, but I am improvident enough to prefer present joy to hoarding riches against a rainy day.”
    Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

  • #28
    L.M. Montgomery
    “I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.”
    L.M. Montgomery

  • #29
    L.M. Montgomery
    “I'd like to add some beauty to life," said Anne dreamily. "I don't exactly want to make people KNOW more... though I know that IS the noblest ambition... but I'd love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me... to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn't been born.”
    L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams

  • #30
    Gordon B. Hinckley
    “Life is to be enjoyed, not endured”
    Gordon B. Hinckley

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