Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Monday, June 25, 2012

Robbie Burns: To A Mouse

A sculpture of a mouse in the garden of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway
by: Robert Burns (1759-1796)
      EE, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie,
      Oh, what a panic's in thy breastie!
      Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
      Wi' bickering brattle!
      I was be laith to rin an' chase thee,
      Wi' murd'ring pattle!
      I'm truly sorry man's dominion
      Has broken Nature's social union,
      An' justifies that ill opinion
      Which makes thee startle
      At me, thy poor, earth-born companion
      An' fellow-mortal!
      I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
      What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
      A daimen-icker in a thrave
      'S a sma' request;
      I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
      And never miss't!
      Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!
      Its silly wa's the win's are strewin!
      An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
      O' foggage green!
      An' bleak December's winds ensuin,
      Baith snell an' keen!
      Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,
      An' weary winter comin fast,
      An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
      Thou thought to dwell,
      Till crash! the cruel coulter past
      Out thro' thy cell.
      That wee bit heap o' leaves an stibble,
      Has cost thee mony a weary nibble!
      Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
      But house or hald,
      To thole the winter's sleety dribble,
      An' cranreuch cauld!
      But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
      In proving foresight may be vain:
      The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
      Gang aft a-gley,
      An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
      For promis'd joy!
      Still thou art blest, compared wi' me!
      The present only toucheth thee:
      But och! I backward cast my e'e,
      On prospects drear!
      An' forward, tho' I cannot see,
      I guess an' fear!
"To a Mouse" is reprinted from English Poems. Ed. Edward Chauncey Baldwin & Harry G. Paul. New York: American Book Company, 1908.


 Portrait of Robert Burns 
 Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth
(By permission of the National Galleries of Scotland) 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Ken Robinson - The Element Speech - the point at which natural talent meets personal passion.

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Sir Ken Robinson returns to the RSA to  share new thinking on 'The Element' - the point at which natural talent  meets personal passion.




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Ken Robinson - The Element

 Education and Human Possibility:

 “If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.”
Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed -- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”
Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
“Creativity is as important as literacy”
― Ken Robinson

“Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement."
"And it's the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves.”
― Ken Robinson
“Our task is to educate their (our students) whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it.”
Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
“I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology, one in which we start to reconstitute our concept of the richness in human capacity.”
― Ken Robinson
“Human resources are like natural resources; they're often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they're not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.”
― Ken Robinson

“We have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education, and it's impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.”
― Ken Robinson

“We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it's an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.”
― Ken Robinson

“When my son, James, was doing homework for school, he would have five or six windows open on his computer, Instant Messenger was flashing continuously, his cell phone was constantly ringing, and he was downloading music and watching the TV over his shoulder. I don’t know if he was doing any homework, but he was running an empire as far as I could see, so I didn’t really care.”
 Source:Ken Robinson Quotes (Author of The Element)


Friday, June 22, 2012

Let's Get Motivated

"Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others' lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment."
Elizabeth Hailey, "A Woman of Independent Means"
"One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness."
Josh Billings
"The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own."
Benjamin Disraeli
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
Mark Twain
"I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: 'Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.' I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have - When he gives everything that is in him to do the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do."
Harry S. Truman
"Be not afraid of greatness: some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them."
William Shakespeare, "Twelfth Night"
"Live well. It is the greatest revenge."
The Talmud
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  • Good AdviceHardcover by William Safire, Leonard Safir (Compiler) - Many quotes from the Motivational Quote of the Day page are from this book. There is no better place to find good advice about life, business dealings and fear than from people who have gone through it before. This small little book is organized by subject. I really like this book and have read the entire thing a few times, but there are two things that go against it: the attributes are simple, and there are many Unknowns or Proverbs. I don't really like to use quotes by Unknown because I suspect that someone said them, but they aren't getting credit for it. Aside from those minor problems, this book is a lot of fun with cute pictures and great organization.
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Ayn Rand

"Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men."
The Fountainhead, 1943
"Great men can't be ruled."
The Fountainhead, 1943
"Kill reverence and you've killed the hero in man."
The Fountainhead, 1943
"It had to be said: the world is perishing from an orgy of self-sacrifice."
The Fountainhead, 1943
"'We never make assertions, Miss Taggart,' said Hugh Akston. 'That is the moral crime peculiar to our enemies. We do not tell - we show. We do not claim - we prove.'"
Atlas Shrugged
"I swear - by my life and my love for it -- that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
Atlas Shrugged
"To deal with men by force is as impractical as to deal with nature by persuasion."
"The Metaphysical Versus the Man-Made," Philosophy: Who Needs It
"Intellectual freedom cannot exist without political freedom; political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries."
For The New Intellectual
"What objectivity and the study of philosophy requires is not an 'open mind,' but an active mind - a mind able and eagerly willing to examine ideas, but to examine them critically. "
"Philosophical Detection," Philosophy: Who Needs It
"Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. "
The Moratorium on Brains
"An emotion as such tells you nothing about reality, beyond the fact that something makes you feel something."
"Philosophical Detection," Philosophy: Who Needs It
"It is not justice or equal treatment that you grant to men when you abstain equally from praising men's virtues and from condemning men's vices. When your impartial attitude declares, in effect, that neither the good nor the evil may expect anything from you - whom do you betray and whom do you encourage?"
"How Does One Lead A Rational Life in An Irrational Society," The Virtue of Selfishness

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Martin Luther king

"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live."
Speech in Detroit, June 23, 1963
"Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"
Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963
"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."
Strength to Love, 1963
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
Speech at St. Louis, March 22, 1964
"...And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man."
Speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968, the day before King was assassinated
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Don't Worry, Be Happy


"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia."
Charles Schultz
"If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep."
Dale Carnegie
"This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men."
Captain J. A. Hadfield
"Don't worry about things that you have no control over, because you have no control over them. Don't worry about things that you have control over, because you have control over them."
Mickey Rivers
"You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do."
Olin Miller
"When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves."
Henry Ford
"The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done."
G. C. Lichtenberg
"There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them."
Henry Wheeler Shaw
"Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all."
"When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness. Our enemies would dance with joy if only they knew how they were worrying us, lacerating us, and getting even with us! Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate is turning our own days and nights into a hellish turmoil."
Dale Carnegie
"Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything."
Mary Hemingway
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  • Life 101 Quote Book Paperback by Peter McWilliams - If you are just interested in the quotes from Life 101 (and several other books by Mr. McWilliams), this is the book for you. None of the positive discourses here, just the quotes he uses to back them up.
  • How to Stop Worrying and Start Living Paperback by Dale Carnegie - I haven't read this book, but many of the quotes I've found are from Dale Carnegie. The site has tons of reviews of this book, and none seem displeased. Plus, with a title like that, the book must be good (how's that for shallow?).
  • Meditations for People Who (May) Worry Too Much Paperback by Anne Wilson Schaef (Editor), Cheryl Woodruff (Editor) - If meditation helps you, this book might just do the trick. Instead of imagining your most comfortable place, these meditations get to the root of why you're not comfortable.
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  • The Bobby McFerrin Page - The official page for Bobby McFerrin (of "Don't Worry, Be Happy" fame). If you liked the song (I still don't, but no matter), here is the page where you can find out what the artist is still doing.

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"Do not let what you cannot do interfere
with what you can do."
- John Wooden

Back to school for Adults


"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,/ And all the sweet serenity of books."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Morituri Salutamus," 1875
"What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers."
Martina Horner, President of Radcliffe College
"Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient."
Eugene S. Wilson
"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence."
Abigail Adams, 1780
"Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival."
W. Edwards Deming
"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."
Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
"There are three ingredients to the good life; learning, earning, and yearning."
Christopher Morley
"Never stop learning; knowledge doubles every fourteen months."
Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
"LEARNING, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious."
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), "The Devil's Dictionary", 1911
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  • The Adult Student's Guide to Survival & Success Paperback by Al Siebert, Bernadine Gilpin - Not sold on the joys of learning after you receive your diploma? Check out this book that helps you rid yourself of the fears of returning to school after the absence we call life.
  • Back in School : A Guide for Adult Learners Paperback by Charles J. Shields - Yet another book to help you through this process of re-training yourself for study, learning and knowledge. The more you learn about learning, the less fear you will have.
For more information about Adult Learning, try these links:
  • Yahoo Adult and Continuing Education - Inspired to go back to school? DO IT! Here are some institutions that provide education specifically for adults! Don't wait one more day, or you'll regret it.
  • Stringham Real Estate School - If you live in Utah and are interested in being a real estate agent, don't choose any other school but this one. You get tons of information, study aids and great classes. Math phobic? They make the required calculations so easy, you'll be praying for math questions on your licensing exam.

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Soren Kierkegaard


"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
"Most people are subjective toward themselves and objective toward all others, frightfully objective sometimes--but the task is precisely to be objective toward oneself and subjective toward all others."
Works of Love
"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."
"The man who can really stand alone in the world, only taking counsel from his conscience--that man is a hero."
The Journals, 1850
"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced."
"Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living."
"I have no single connection with a single other person: I am the most solitary of persons, the (understood in a worldly sense) most powerless."
The Journals, 1850
"Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays."
"This is all that I've known for certain, that God is love. Even if I have been mistaken on this or that point: God is nevertheless love."
The Journals, 1850
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  • Concept of Irony by Soren Kierkegaard Paperback
  • Short Life of Kierkegaard Paperback by J.A. Lowrie, Walter Lowrie - A biography of Soren Kierkegaard. The original publication date of this book was 1942, and they are still printing it today.
For more information about Soren Kierkegaard, try these links:
  • The Kierkegaarden - A site which includes a collection of quotations, links to other sites and a detailed biography.
  • D. Anthony Storm's Site on Kierkegaard - Another site dedicated to Kierkegaard. Check out the Gallery (includes portraits of him, his family, his tomb, etc.). It takes a little while to download, but is very professionally displayed.
  • Kierkegaard - A simple site which includes background information on Existentialism.

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Winston Churchill

"I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
Speech made to House of Commons on May 13, 1940, three days after becoming Prime Minister.
"Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb."
"Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened."
"A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward."
Speech in the House of Commons, November 29, 1944
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."
"When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber."
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it."
Speech in the House of Commons, July 14, 1940
"Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'"
Speech delivered to the House of Commons on June 18, 1940 following the collapse of France
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."
"This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
Speech given at the Lord Mayor's Luncheon, Mansion House, London, November 10, 1942.
"The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes."
"To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day."
"We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire...Give us the tools and we will finish the job."
BBC radio broadcast, Feb 9, 1941
"Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all."
"The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself."
"It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary."
"There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result."
"Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed."
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
"For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else."
Speech at the Lord Mayor's banquet, London, November 9, 1954
"The price of greatness is responsibility."
"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations."
My Early Life - 1930
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Tax Time

"The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward."
John Maynard Keynes
"OUT-OF-DOORS, n. That part of one's environment upon which no government has been able to collect taxes."
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), The Devil's Dictionary, 1911
"Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today."
Herman Wouk
"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf."
Will Rogers
"If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep."
Will Rogers
"Giving money and power to the government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."
P. J. O'Rourke
"Save a little money each month and at the end of the year you'll be surprised at how little you have."
Ernest Haskins
"What we should have fought for was representation without taxation."
Sam Levenson, You Don't Have to Be in `Who's Who' to Know What's What
"A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money."
Senator Everett Dirksen (1896-1969)
"The only thing that hurts more than paying an income tax is not having to pay an income tax."
Thomas Robert Dewar (1864-1930)
"I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart."
e e cummings
"Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages."
H. L. Mencken

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Will Rogers

"Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else."
Illiterate Digest (1924),
"In Hollywood the woods are full of people that learned to write but evidently can't read; if they could read their stuff, they'd stop writing."
"When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad ones you did do - well, that's Memoirs."
The Autobiography of Will Rogers (1949)
"The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them."
"You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way."
New York Times, 23 Dec 1929
"Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock."
"Let Wall Street have a nightmare and the whole country has to help get them back in bed again."
The Autobiography of Will Rogers (1949)
"Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save."
New York Times, 29 Apr 1930
"Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing -- and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even."
"Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth."
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Mark Twain

"The report of my death was an exaggeration."
Note to London corresondent of the New York Journal, June 1, 1897
"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."
"Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it."
Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894
"Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid."
Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894
"Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example."
Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894
"I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him."
"Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits."
Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894
"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
"I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know."
Letter to William Dean Howells, December, 1877
"Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer."
"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
Card sent to the Young People's Society, Greenpoint Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, February 16, 1901
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Malcolm X

Power never takes a back step - only in the face of more power."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
"A jungle is only a place that's heavily vegetated - the soil is so rich and the climate is so good that everything grows, and it doesn't grow in season - it grows all the time."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"If you're born in America with a black skin, you're born in prison."
Interview, June 1963
"Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"You show me a capitalist, I'll show you a bloodsucker."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"We are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as human beings. We are fighting for...human rights."
Speech, Black Revolution, New York, 1964
"It's easy to become a satellite today without even being aware of it. This country can seduce God. Yes, it has that seductive power of dollarism."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"Uncle Sam has no conscience. They don't know what morals are. They don't try and eliminate an evil because it's evil, or because it's illegal, or because it's immoral; they eliminate it only when it threatens their existence."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"The day that the black man takes an uncompromising step and realizes that he's within his rights, when his own freedom is being jeopardized, to use any means necessary to bring about his freedom or put a halt to that injustice, I don't think he'll be by himself."
Oxford Union Society debate, December 3, 1964
"If being a communist or being a capitalist or being a socialist is a crime, first you have to study which of those systems is the most criminal. And then you'll be slow to say which one should be in jail."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
[On the assassination of President John F. Kennedy:] "It was, as I saw it, a case of 'the chickens coming home to roost.' I said that the hate in white men had not stopped with the killing of defenseless black people, but that hate, allowed to spread unchecked, had finally struck down this country's Chief Magistrate."
Autobiography (as told to Alex Haley), Chapter 16, 1964
"A segregated school system produces children who, when they graduate, graduate with crippled minds."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it."
Malcolm X Speaks, 1965

Walt Whitman


"The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing."
"A child said What is grass? fetching it to one with full hands
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he.
I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of the hopeful green stuff woven.
of I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord,
A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropt,
Bearing the owner's name someway in the corners,
that we may see and remark, and say Whose?...
And now it seems to me the beautiful uncut hair of graves."
Song of Myself, 1855
"Nothing endures but personal qualities."
"Come lovely and soothing death,
Undulate round the world, serenely arriving, arriving,
In the day, in the night, to all, to each,
Sooner or later, delicate death."
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd, 1865-1866
"Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth."
Song of the Open Road
"I celebrate myself, and sing myself."
Song of Myself, 1855
"I dream'd in a dream I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the whole of the rest of the earth,
I dream'd that was the new city of Friends."
I Dream'd in a Dream
"Full of life now, compact, visible,
I, forty year old the eighty-third year of the States,
To one a century hence or any number of centuries hence,
To you yet unborn these, seeking you."
Full of life now

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Marilyn Optical Illusion

Revealing Marilyn Optical Illusionn

By on June 22, 2012

Marilyn Monroe Optical Illusion
© Gianni A. Sarcone,
Gianni always comes up with such wonderful optical illusions! Just check some of his earlier works to see what I mean. “Revealing Marilyn” is another gem in his opus. Just look how simple these yellow and blue stripes you see on your right seem at first.
But if you step few feet away from your monitor (or simply squint your eyes – that should do the trick), detailed portrait of Marilyn Monroe surprisingly appears! If I’m not mistaken, I think Mona Lisa has already played this very same trick on us!
Hope you like this one as much as I did! Don’t forget to submit all those quality illusions you have created or stumbled upon while browsing the web. Theres a great chance the next one we feature could be the one you sent in for our consideration! Email link for submissions can be found in the footer of this site.


Dave Barry Week of July 5, 1998

The man who has earned the title "The Funniest Man In America" from The New York Times, Dave Barry has been writing for The Miami Herald since 1983. He also won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1988.  Here is some of the best from Dave Barry.

"Look, in particular, at the people who, like you, are making average incomes for doing average jobs--bank vice presidents, insurance salesman, auditors, secretaries of defense--and you'll realize they all dress the same way, essentially the way the mannequins in the Sears mens wear department dress. Now look at the real successes, the people who make a lot more money than you--Elton John, Captain Kangaroo, anybody from Saudi Arabia, Big Bird, and so on. They all dress funny--and they all succeed. Are you catching on?"
 Dave Barry, "How to Dress for Real Success"

"In fact, most home projects are impossible, which is why you should do them yourself. There is no point in paying other people to screw things up when you can easily screw them up yourself for far less money."

Dave Barry, "The Taming of the Screw"

"Then along came the first Electrical Pioneer, Benjamin Franklin, who flew a kite in a lighting storm and received a serious electrical shock. This proved that lighting was powered by the same force as carpets, but it also damaged Franklin's brain so severely that he started speaking only in incomprehensible maxims, such as 'A penny saved is a penny earned.' Eventually he had to be given a job running the post office."

Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"

"I realize that the MX missile is none of our concern. I realize that the whole point of living in a democracy is that we pay professional congresspersons to concern themselves with things like the MX missile so we can be free to concern ourselves with getting hold of the plumber. But from time to time, I feel I must address major public issues such as this, because in a free and open society, where the very future of the world hinges on decisions made by our elected leaders, you never win large cash journalism awards if you stick to the topics I usually write about, such as nose-picking."
Dave Barry, "At Last, the Ultimate Deterrent Against Political Fallout"

"I disapprove of the F-word, not because it's dirty, but because we use it as a substitute for thoughtful insults, and it frequently leads to violence. What we ought to do, when we anger each other, say, in traffic, is exchange phone numbers, so that later on, when we've had time to think of witty and learned insults or look them up in the library, we could call each other up: You: Hello? Bob? Bob: Yes? You: This is Ed. Remember? The person whose parking space you took last Thursday? Outside of Sears? Bob: Oh yes! Sure! How are you, Ed? You: Fine, thanks. Listen, Bob, the reason I'm calling is: 'Madam, you may be drunk, but I am ugly, and ...' No, wait. I mean: 'you may be ugly, but I am Winston Churchill and ...' No, wait. (Sound of reference book thudding onto the floor.) S-word. Excuse me. Look, Bob, I'm going to have to get back to you. Bob: Fine."
Dave Barry, "$#$##^#!^#&@#@!"

"I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me." Dave Barry

"Ever since prehistoric times, wise men have tried to understand what, exactly, make people laugh. That's why they were called 'wise men.' All the other pre- historic people were out puncturing each other with spears, and the wise men were back in the cave saying: 'How about: Would you please take my wife? No. How about: Here is my wife, please take her right now. No How about: Would you like to take something? My wife is available. No. How about ...'"

Dave Barry, "Why Humor is Funny"

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Dave Barry in Cyberspace Paperback by Dave Barry - Don't expect to learn a lot about computers and the Internet from this book, but do expect to laugh and enjoy the humor.

Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus Hardcover by Dave Barry - With a title clearly stolen from the popular love-help book, one would think that this book was a parody of the John Gray series, but they have nothing in common. Enjoy the fun anyway.

Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need Paperback by Dave Barry - This summer, travel the Dave Barry way. Even better, buy it to read on the plane, and you'll suddenly notice irritating things that you never noticed before.

Dave Barry Slept Here : A Sort of History of the United States Paperback by Dave Barry - Dave won a Pulitzer with this one. If you can only afford to buy one, this is it. For more information about Dave Barry, try these links:

Dave Barry at the Miami Herald - Dave Barry himself. An archive of his articles at the Miami Herald Online.

Quotes by Dave Barry - This is not the same collection as we have (it seems to be edited for content more than ours), but you can just sit down and read through the entire thing. This is an activity I don't recommend. The reason we limit the number of quotations that you can see at one time is because we don't want you to die laughing.

Altered States - My favorite of the Dave Barry articles available at the Miami Herald Archive. Dave Barry attends a Success Seminar. Considering my love for motivational quotes, you would think that I would be offended by this sort of thing. Instead, I laughed all the way through it.


All things have sprung from nothing and are borne forward to infinity. Who can follow out such an astonishing career? The Author of these wonders, and He alone, can comprehend them.
-- Blaise Pascal

"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions"
- Albert Einstein

"Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them,
we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them."
- Orison Swett Marden

Rejoice not at thine enemy's fall - but don't rush to pick him up either.
-- Jewish Proverb

I am in earnest; I will not equivocate; I will not excuse; I will not retreat a single inch; and I will be heard.
- William Lloyd Garrison
US abolitionist & editor (1805 - 1879)

Nothing is gained, everything is lost, by subordinating principle to expediency.
- William Lloyd Garrison, The Purpose of Education, Maroon Tiger, January-February 1947

With reasonable men I will reason; with humane men I will plea; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.
- William Lloyd Garrison

Thursday, June 21, 2012


What is The Work?
"The Work is for those who are looking for something, who are not satisfied with what they have found in life, and who feel that there must be something else besides success or failure in life, besides what they have been taught at school and college and by their upbringing in general."

— G.I. Gurdjieff —

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A presentation on the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff and the Fourth Way system of self-awareness and transformation of consciousness.

Additional material on these teachings can be found in the books:
"The Wisdom of the Fourth Way: Origins and Applications of a Perennial Teaching"

"The Fourth Way and Esoteric Christianity: An Introduction to the Teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff"   for those who undertake "The Work".

This is the full lecture running 14:40 minutes which was initially available as a three minute clip.


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Monday, June 18, 2012


The week's best photojournalism - The Week

Dance of the red beards

Feed us!

An Indian Myna, with a praying mantis gripped in its beak, prepares to feed its chicks in a nest built inside the wall of an underpass in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi.
PHOTO: REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Rules to live by

At the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama issued eighteen rules for living:

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Drucker's management classics reviewed

Management: Revised Edition by Peter F. Drucker with Joseph A. Maciariello; Collins, 568 pages, $29.95.

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter F. Drucker, Jim Collins, Philip Kotler, et al.; Leader to Leader Institute/Jossey-Bass, 119 pages, $14.95.

Drucker's Management Classics

By Bruce Rosenstein, USA TODAY

In this era of soaring food and gas prices, lost homes and the virtual overnight collapse of once-powerful companies, a return to fundamentals is in order. 

That's what makes the publication of Peter Drucker's Management: Revised Edition so timely.

It's a revised and updated edition of his 1973 classic Management:
Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, which is also relevant for non-managers who care about where our institutions are headed and what roles they'll play as their careers inevitably change. 

Joseph Maciariello. — of the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University, in California — has collaborated on the last several Drucker books.

Drucker considered management to be a blend of action and contemplation. 

The words "think" and "thinking through" appear often.  Managers must take the time to consider what they are doing and just as important, why they are doing it.

Drucker produced a vast body of work, nearly 40 books and countless articles, before he died in 2005 at 95.

Many of his classic themes are on display, including:

•Management by objectives.

 Your organization's strategy for the present and future, converted into targets and assignments in such areas as marketing, innovation, human resources, productivity and social responsibility.

•The theory of the business.
Collectively, it's the assumptions an organization makes about markets, customers, competitors, technology and other factors that make up its reason for being, or as he bluntly puts it, "what a company gets paid for." If your theory is outdated or no longer valid, you're headed for trouble.

•Management revolving around people.

  A manager's job is defined by relationships with colleagues, "upwards, downwards and sideways."

•Information responsibility.

  You must ask yourself what information you need to do your job and where you will find it. Related questions are what information you owe to others and what they owe to you.

•Getting out of the office.
 The key areas affecting your organization will inevitably take place in the outside world. Go out and talk to customers and find out who your non-customers are. Become a volunteer in a non-profit agency, not only for personal growth and helping others, but to work with and learn from people who don't necessarily see things as you do.

Drucker drew super-achievers as followers, such as Jack Welch (retired CEO of General Electric and now a best-selling author), Rick Warren (pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., author of The Purpose-Driven Life, one of the best-selling books of all time), and Jim Collins, author of the modern leadership classic Good to Great.

Collins wrote "Peter Drucker's Legacy," the foreword to Management: Revised Edition. He also contributed to The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization. While you'll want to keep the former (568 pages) on your bookshelf for ready reference, you can keep the latter (at 119 pages) in your briefcase. It may be a slim book, but it's thought-provoking and has the potential for profound impact in your workplace.

It is built around the following self-assessment questions: What is Our Mission? Who Is Our Customer? What Does the Customer Value? What Are Our Results? What is Our Plan?

Drucker's writings about each question are followed by a brief reflection from the likes of Collins, Northwestern University marketing guru Philip Kotler and Leader to Leader Institute Chairman Frances Hesselbein.

Drucker's spirit lives on. His compassion and humor are illustrated in one particular passage from Management: Revised Edition. In describing why people may succeed when given a second chance in a job after failing the first time, he warns they should receive "only one second chance. The person who does not perform twice in a row better go to work for your competition!"


Drucker's management classic is back again, updated -

Friday, June 15, 2012



"The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask Your Organization"

By Peter Drucker


Peter F. Drucker: "The Five Most Important Questions..."


Great Ideas! Peter Dr ucker's "The Five Most Importa

The Five Most Important Questions: You will ever ask your organization.

What is our mission?

Who is our customer?

 What does the customer value?

What are the results?

What is our plan?

 Strategy was his specialty with focus on the role and responsibility of senior management.

He was born in Vienna in 1909, left in 1933 and arrived in the U.S in ’37

 In 1942 he wrote The Concept of the Corporation about GM

 In 1971 he moved to California and helped establish the first Executive MBA program

Strategy was his specialty with a focus on the role -- and responsibility -- of senior management

Drucker published 31 books, which have been translated into more than 20 languages

Peter Drucker died in 2005 at the age of 95, having observed and advised organizations for nearly 75 years

People are the organization’s most valuable resource Management’s job is to prepare and free people to perform.

He put the customer at the center of business strategy.

The Knowledge Worker “Planned abandonment”

Peter Drucker is generally regarded as the godfather of modern management


Peter Drucker’s "The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask Your Organization"

This book offers 5 simple questions :

What is our mission?
Who is our customer?
What does the customer value?
What are our results?
What is our plan? 

People are the organization’s most valuable resource.

Management’s job is to prepare and free people to perform.

He put the customer at the center of business strategy.

Organizations do not fail to achieve their objectives for lack of effort; they work really hard

They lack focus and tool competence to “succeed in a turbulent and exacting environment, organizations must focus on mission, demonstrate accountability and achieve results.”

 “You cannot arrive at the right definition of results without significant input from your customers.”

“The danger is in acting on what you believe satisfies the customer. You will inevitably make wrong assumptions.”


 Question 1 What is our Mission?

“A fundamental responsibility of leadership is to make sure everybody knows the mission, understands it, lives it.”

It’s why you do what you do.  Not how

Opportunities, Competence, Commitment “An exacting match”

“The dynamic interplay between continuity and change”

So what changes? Strategies, tactics, processes, structures, methods

  Very importantly Mission also guides you in what not to do

Question 2 Who is our Customer?

Whoever must be satisfied for the organization to achieve results

Customers are never static:
They will become more diverse
Their needs, wants and aspirations will evolve

Being clear about who the customer is provides the jumping off point for the remaining questions

Customers are often one step ahead of you

 “The purpose of a company is to create a customer.”

  The best companies don’t create customers. They create fans.

Old thinking about customers: They hear about us and, hopefully, choose our products

New thinking: We choose, and refuse, our customers

Our business is not to casually please everyone, but to deeply please our target customers  by the quality of the customer experience.

Success depends on your contribution to the success of your customers.

Question 3 What does the customer Value?


“This question is so complicated and important that it can only be answered by customers themselves.” 

Rule #1  There are no irrational customers.  At least in terms of their own reality and situation

Leaders tend to answer this for themselves Which is often more about the value they want to deliver

So what is it that customers value?

For one thing: An organization that seeks their feedback, is capable of solving their problems and meeting their needs

This may be the most important question ? And the one least often asked

Question 4 What are our Results?   


Think in terms of both Quantitative and Qualitative measures

Make them wide- ranging, relevant and hard to game

A key question: Do we -- or can we -- produce sufficiently outstanding results to justify putting resources in this area?

Can lead to “organized abandonment”

If results are the goal They must also be the test

Question 5 What is our Plan?


“Planning is not masterminding the future.” “In the face of uncertainties, planning defines the particular place you want to be and how you intend to get there.”

Never set more than five goals

Five elements of effective plans:  Abandonment, Concentration, Innovation, Risk Taking, and Analysis

Action steps and a budget should be outcomes of planning

Back to the beginning: Why do a self-assessment?

Simple questions can be profound

Answers are important, but the most important thing is to ask the right questions The ultimate beneficiary should be the customer

There are, however, significant benefits to you and your organization

You will:
Look within yourself and your organization
Accept and respond to customer feedback
Embrace change
Foster innovation
Encourage planned abandonment and
Demand measurable results



Quotes by famous Folks

“Imagination is more important than knowledge”
- Albert Einstein

“To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge”
- Henry David Thoreau

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand”
- Albert Einstein

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will”
- Vince Lombardi

“Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people”
- John Adams

“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge”
- Daniel J. Boorstin

American King James Version
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.
- Ecclesiastes 1:18

“Three passions simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life; the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind”
- Bertrand Russell

“There is no knowledge that is not power”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful”
- Samuel Johnson

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination”
- Albert Einstein

“The only source of knowledge is experience”
- Albert Einstein

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge”
- Albert Einstein

“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle”
- Khalil Gibran

“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information”
- T. S. Eliot

“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child”
- George Bernard Shaw

“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance”
- Socrates

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life”
- Emmanuel Kant

“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers”
- Plato

“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness”
- George Santayana

“All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education”
- Theodore Roosevelt

“Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it”
- Thomas Fuller M.D.

“When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it--this is knowledge”
- Confucius

“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives”
- James Madison

“The great end of life is not knowledge but action”
- Thomas Henry Huxley

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest”
- Benjamin Franklin

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers”
- Alfred Tennyson

“It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen”

“A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms—it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man”
- Albert Einstein