How To Stay Young -- Grow Old Gracefully

As I continue to age, I have become much more sensitive to issues of aging. I focus on what we can do to develop grace in the process.

Whatever your age, I hope this compilation will help you to continue
your good start in the aging process.

Twelve Positive Recommendations

A. Throw out non-essential numbers
B. Keep only cheerful friends
C. Keep learning
D. Enjoy the simple things
E. Laugh often, long and loud
F. Tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on.
G. Be ALIVE while you are alive -- 19 sub-topics on Aging
H. Surround yourself with what you love
I. Cherish your health
J. Don't Take Guilt Trips
K. Tell the people you love that you love them
L. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take

How To Stay Young -- Grow Old Gracefully

Harvey Bingham begun February 26, 2003 and frequently updated.


I received twelve positive recommendations on anti-aging (prefixed by
capital letters below) from Carmen Delo on February 24, 2003.
These so motivated me that I immediately captured my reactions.
These are shown in unindented paragraphs below.
I later learned that these should be attributed to George Carlin,
from his Suddenly Senior site:
I also include many pertinent quotations from others,
further indented
-- with source.

The admonition Be ALIVE while you are alive has encouraged me to
organize most of the quotations under 19 sub-topics on Aging.

On June 13, 2004 I learned that these should be credited to
George Carlin on his Suddenly Senior site,
called A place for everyone who's become senior before their time.
These are included in his views on aging. That source has
many valuable insights and links to other resources.

A positive outlook is important to all stages of life, not just
to the later stages which was my original intent and focus.

I remind us that not all need be serious.

Therefore, I have collected some humorous treatments of Aging,
which I have categorized into five topics:

  1. General Topics
  2. Aging Topics
  3. Lessons from Children
  4. Cold Weather Conditions
  5. Music

In Appendix 1: Recommended Books are references
to three groupings of books that have helped me understand
more about the process of aging:

  1. simple secrets of living
  2. on memory
  3. on aging

In Appendix 2: Quotation Collections I have identified many web sources
for quotations including sections on aging. Books of Quotations

In Appendix 3: Sites on Aging I have noted links to sites on aging.

This is a living document:
I revise it often as I learn more that I feel helpful.
Please send me your suggestions.

A. Throw out non-essential numbers

This includes age, weight and height.
Let the doctor worry about them.
That is why you pay him/her.

I've shrunk two inches, so that's seven more pounds to lose
to reach my recommended maximum healthy weight!
I've lost 45 pounds so far -- a good start, I'd say.

Remember the important ones: dates of birthdays and anniversaries.

[These recommendations were numbered in the original, there is an alternative!]

By magic numbers and persuasive sound
-- William Congreve, 1697
My age should not matter, but my maturity should.
-- anonymous.
Age is only a number.
-- Lexi Starling
The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.
-- Richard Hamming
It is unworthy of excellent men to lose hours like slaves
in the labor of calculation.
-- Gottfried Wilhelm Liebniz
Communication is not about the number of things we say;
it's about the number of things that are understood.
-- David Brinkley
The most important thing in communication is
to hear what isn't being said.
-- Peter Drucker
Teaching without words and work without doing
are understood by very few.
-- Lao Tzu
Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
-- Marie Curie
Man's loneliness is but his fear of life.
-- Eugene O'Neill
The man who will go down to posterity
is the man who paints his own time and
the scenes of everyday life around him.
-- Childe Hasaam
With affection beaming in our eye,
and calculation shining out of the other.
-- Charles Dickens
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies,
and statistics.
-- Mark Twain
It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble,
its what you know for sure that just ain't so.
-- Mark Twain

Go back to the recommendations.

B. Keep only cheerful friends

The grouches pull you down.

But those (few) grouches may benefit
from our friendship and praise;
they may need us more than we realize.

Collect friends, not things.
-- Yuri Rubinsky
The better part of one's life consists of friendships.
-- Abraham Lincoln
Reason -- cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason--
must furnish all the materials for our future suppport and defense.
Let those materials be moulded nto general intelligence, sound morality
and in particular a reverence for the Constitution and laws.
-- Abraham Lincoln
The general spread of the light of science has already
laid open to every view of palpable truth, that the mass of mankind
has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few
honored and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately
by the grace of God. -- Thomas Jefferson
A real friend is one who walks in
when the rest of the world walks out.
-- Walter Winchell
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have
friends at a distance. they make the latitudes and longitudes.
-- Henry David Thoreau
Every man takes the limits of his own field
of vision for the limits of the world.
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
The world is before you,
and you need not take it or leave it
as it was when you came in.
-- James Baldwin
If all men pulled in one direction,
the world would topple over.
-- Yiddish Proverb
To the world you may be one person,
but to one person, you may be the world.
-- Bill Wilson
The most important single influence in the life
of a person is another person ... who is worthy of emulation
-- Paul D. Shafer
The sweetest of all sounds is praise.
-- Xenophon, circa 380 BC
Children learn to smile from their parents.
-- Shinichi Suzuki
Your smile increases your face value.
-- anonymous
Generosity is always putting other people's
wants and needs before your own.
-- anonymous
Count your life by smiles, not tears.
Count your age by friends, not years.
-- anonymous
Children learn to smile from their parents.
-- Shinichi Suzuki
Tolerate the foibles of others.
Set an example for them to tolerate yours.
-- adapted from a suggestion by Charles Tidball
The only ones among you who will be really
happy are those who will have sought
and found how to serve.
-- Albert Schweitzer
If only we'd stop trying to be happy
we could have a pretty good time.
-- Edith Wharton
To be happy is to be wise.
-- George Ogle
The two powers which in my opinion constitute
a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
-- Epictetus
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
The Desiderata
It counsels those virtues I felt myself most in need of.
-- Max Ehrmann
Most folks are about as happy as they
make up their minds to be.
-- Abraham Lincoln
Decide for Happiness
A 92-year old, petite, well poised and proud lady, is fully dressed
each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and
makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind. ...
Meaning of FAMILY: FAMILY = (F)ather (A)nd (M)other (I) (L)ove (Y)ou.
Happiness consists in the full employment of our faculties
in some pursuit.
-- Harriet Martineau
For as he thinketh in his heart,
so is he.
-- Proverbs 23:7
Happiness is when what you think, what you say,
and what you do are in harmony.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something
complete and great.
-- Willa Cather
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life,
the whole aim and end of human existence.
-- Aristotle
Happiness depends, as nature shows, less on
exterior things than most suppose.
-- William Cowper
Do what you can, for who you can,
with what you have, and where you are.
-- anonymous
I think I can, I think I can ...
I thought I could, I thought I could.
-- Little Engine That Could
A man of action forced into a state of thought
is unhppy until he can get out of it.
-- John Galsworthy
Sooner or later, those who win are those who
think they can.
-- Richard Bach
I think, therefore I am.
-- Renee Descarte
Uplift yourself by doing some good for others.
Dedicate yourself to making a contribution to society.
-- Mahoney and Restak Chapter 19
The whole art of teaching is only the art of
awakening the natural curiosity of young minds
for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
-- Anatole France
Learning by doing teaches non-connscious knowledge.
-- Roger C. Schank
You've got to accentuate the positive,
Eliminate the negative,
Latch on to the affirmative,
Don't mess with Mister In-Between.
-- Lyrics by Johnny Mercer,
Music by Harold Arlen, 1944
A thinker sees his own actions as experiments
and questions; as attempts to find out something.
Success and failure are for him answers after all.
-- Friedrich Nietzsche
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
-- John Locke
Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.
-- Herbert Hoover
A failure is not always a mistake
It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances.
-- B.F.Skinner
No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing
because he could only do a little.
-- Edmund Burke
Dissolving stitch or not,
Each ready off the shelf.
Which one's best for you?
Said I, "Doc, suture self
Many of life's failures are people who did not
realize how close they were to success when
when they gave up.
-- Thomas Eddison
The people united, will never be defeated.
-- Aristotle
When bad things happen to good people
-- Harold Kirshner
A failure is a man who has blundered,
but is not able to cash in on the experience.
-- Elbert Hubbard
Experience is what you get while looking
for something else.
-- Federico Fellini
You always pass failure on the way to success.
-- Mickey Rooney
Eighty percent of success is showing up.
-- Woody Allen
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be,
and you help them to become what they are capable
of being.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Go back to the recommendations.

C. Keep learning

Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening,
whatever. Never let the brain idle.
"An idle mind is the devil's workshop."
And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

A precept I use in my work, and ask every six months or so:

"Am I doing work that I have already learned
all that I need, or care to know about?
If so, and I'm not still enjoying it, then I should
seek ways to expand its scope, or change
to work where I can continue to learn."

Retirement isn't about:

  1. departing from, but rather
  2. leading into the opportunity to help others.

My retirement has lead me into working to assure
information access for all, particularly on the internet.

Don't simply retire from something;
have something to retire into.
-- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Most anything should provide opportunities for learning;
don't miss them. Some organizations provide these:

Elderhostel provides adventures in lifelong learning.

The Nature Conservancy acts to protect natural wonders.
There are world-wide programs,
many of which encourage volunteer participation.

Passport in Time provides opportunities for archeological
site work throughout the country. It is a program of
the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Go back to the recommendations.

D. Enjoy the simple things

Gardening is great for that.

Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness
is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener,
I'm convinced of the opposite.
-- Bertrand Russell
Gardens are the result of a collaboration between art and nature.
-- Penelope Hobhouse
If you have integrity, nothing else matters.
If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.
-- Alan Simpson
If you have integrity, nothing else matters.
If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.
-- Alan Simpson
The liberally educated person is one who is able
to resist the easy and preferred answers not because
he is obstinate but because he knows others worthy
worthy of consideration.
-- Allan Bloom
I've learned from experience that the greater part
of our happiness or misery depends on our
dispositions and not on our circumstances.
-- Martha Washington
Never resist a generous impulse.
-- Jeffrey Bernhard
What I admire and love is the generous and spontaneous
[New England] soil which flowers and fruits in all seasons.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, undated journal entry
An old man loved is winter with flowers.
-- Edgar Z. Friedenberg
The day the Lord created hope was probably
the same day he created Spring.
-- Bern Williams
The garden grows more than what the gardener sows.
-- Spanish saying
Won't you come into my garden?
I would like my roses to see you.
-- Richard Sheridan

Our Flowers During 2003

Spring: new beginnings in the garden.

In another month I look forward to doing more, assuming the snow melts
by then. [We had two feet of snow on President's day, February 17, 2003,
shortly before I began this. The last of that snow melted March 29.]
Soon thereafter we enjoyed the snowdrops, japanese iris, chinodoxia,
grape hyacynth, crocus, and pansies that bloomed in our garden.
Later came the tulips, pussy willow and forsythia.
Then the azalia and mountain laurel. A joyful parade!

Summer: In 2003 we've had over sixty perennials abloom in our yard.
They've been a joy to admire. Also we have shared from that bounty
of plants and flowers with many friends, as something to remember us,
much as we remember from whom we received the originals.

Fall: Summer's glorious flowers continue,
now with many mums. By mid-Octoper we have potted and brought
] in the dozen plants we want to replant next spring.
One lantana is ten years old. We picked a boquet of a dozen
still unfrozen flowers on November 4, 2003.

Winter: February 2004 the begonias continue to bloom indoors.
Forsythia cuttings have cheery yellow flowers and green leaves.
A beautiful birthday present is a red cyclomen with dozens of
blossoms on Valentines Day.

Go back to the recommendations.

E. Laugh often, long and loud

Laugh until you gasp for breath.
Take a deep breath, count to ten,
and tackle each task one step at a time.
-- Linda Shalaway, teacher and author.
To what shall we compare an author who cannot ever
arrive at a conclusion?
-- Soren Kierkegaard
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
-- Bertrand Russell
He who laughs, lasts.
-- anonymous
Laughter is the fullfillment of happiness.
-- Sarah Marie
Laughter helps people learn better,
become more creative,
and resolve conflicts.
-- Dr. David Niven
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
-- Victor Borge
Remember: You don't stop laughing because you grow old;
You grow old because you stop laughing.
-- Benjamin Franklin
A merry heart goes all the day.
-- Cdr Edgar Balzallai Howell
What will a child learn sooner than a song?
-- anonymous
It takes a villiage to raise a child.
-- Hillary Clinton
The world would be much poorer if no birds would sing.
-- Chinese Proverb
It is the best of all trades, to make songs,
and the second best to sing them.
-- Hilaire Belloc

In phone calls to our granddaughter Gwyneth,
I enjoy vocalising a silly thought,
to hear her spontaneous, joyful laughter.
She sometimes vocalizes in return,
improvising a tune to go with her thoughts,
which is sure to get us laughing too.

I've enjoyed giving harmonicas to all four grandchildren.
Gwyneth and David, the oldest grandson, at different times
requested the first piece to learn: Amazing Grace.
Amazing to me is how quickly they learn;
and how much laughter and pleasure they have gotten
from this way to make music.

Andy Rooney suscinctly shares what he's learned:

Wisdom of Andy Rooney -- Andy Rooney

For many years I had on my office wall a poster that daughter Wilma
gave me, with the sage advice, often immediately offered to me;
often thought of and shared with others:

If you see someone that needs a smile,
give them yours!

-- anonomous

Cooperation is doing with a smile
what you have to do anyway.
-- Anonymous

Go back to the recommendations.

F. Tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on.

The only person who is with us our entire life is ourself.

There's no better time for this.

My recollection of last crying was when I lay in the front yard of our just-sold home
we were leaving near Valley Forge in Pennsylvania. On that last day I was there in August 1978,
I realized how many of the trees and plants we had grown there would no longer
get our care. [In December 2004 we noticed that many of our plantings were still there,
grown significantly, and presumably still enjoyed by the current owners.]

I am glad that I had transplanted many to Massachusetts. We are still enjoying their descendents.

The funeral service for President Ronald W. Reagan on June 14, 2004
in Washington Cathedral brought tears to my eyes. So much that he achieved,
particularly in freeing the countries of eastern Europe, is among his important legacies.

Go back to the recommendations.


Quotations on Nineteen Aging Topics

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages
are perpetuated by quotations.
-- Benjamin Disraeli
On Living
On Aging
On Wisdom
On Mind
On Memory
On Education
On Teaching
On Life-Long Learning
On Means For Learning
On Knowledge
On Applying the Power of Knowledge
On the Future
On Excellence
On Giving
On Outreach
On Growing Older
On Mentoring
On Clutter
On Writing

On Living

Give me your tired, your poor
your huddled masses yearning to breath free.
The wretched refuse of your teaming shore
Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
-- Statue of Liberty
The dedicated life is the life worth living.
You must give with your whole heart.
-- Annie Dillard
If you haven't any charity in your heart,
you have the worst kind of heart.
-- Bob Hope
Pessimism of the intelligence,
optimism of the will.
-- Antonio Gramsci
We love those who know the worst in us
and don't turn their faces away.
-- Walker Percy
To love it so admire with the heart:
to admire is to love with the mind.
-- Theophile Gauth
And so I am giving a new commandment to you now
"Love each other just as much as I love you."
-- John 14:34
The mind is restless, turbulent, strong and
unyielding as difficult to subdue as the wind.
-- Bhagavad-Gita
To handle yourself use your head,
to handle others use your heart.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
I firmly believe that nature brings solace
in all troubles.
-- Anne Frank
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
-- Anne Frank
We all live with an objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
-- Anne Frank
Commonsense and good nature will do a lot
to make the pilgrimage of life not to difficult.
-- W. Somerset Maugham
To meet life as it is means:
to trust in the mystery of each experience, and
to permit the unknown and unpredictable
to guide the process.
-- Mary Fox, December 2000
The unexamined life is not worth living.
-- Socrates
The point in life is to do good and to leave
the place better than when you showed up.
-- Steve Lukasik
Don't be humble, You're not that great.
-- Golda Meir
A moment's inspiration is often worth
a life's experience.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
The art of living is always to make
a good thing out of a bad thing.
-- E.F.Schumacher
The art of living is the art of giving.
-- Lawrence S. Rockefeller
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance
you must keep learning.
-- Albert Einstein
What is important is to keep learning,
to enjoy challenge,
and to tolerate ambiguity.
In the end there are no certain answers.
-- Martina Horner
I am still learning.
-- Michelangelo, in his eighties
Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is about discovery, surprise,
and blazing your own trail.
`We must be the change we want to see in the world.'
-- Mahatma Gandhi
Become the change you want to see;
those are words I live by.
-- Oprah Winfrey
An optimistic point of view
will always look much better on you!
-- Susan Librener
Stick with the optimists. It's going to be tough
enough even if they're right.
-- James Reston
We are caught in an inescapable network of
mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
-- Martin Luther King
We are not permitted to choose the frame
of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.
-- Dag Hammarskjold
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny,
but in ourselves.
-- William Shakespeare
One meets his destiny often in the road
he takes to avoid it.
-- French Proverb
Kindness gives birth to kindness.
-- Sophocles
No act of kindness;
no matter how small, is ever wasted
-- Aesop, The Lion and the Mouse
When one inspects the history of a language
one soon discovers that change is not the exception
but the rule.
-- Guy Deutcher
Kindness is the language which the
deaf can hear and the blind can see.
-- Mark Twain
Be outstanding in your field.
Sow seeds of kindness.
Listen to sage advice.
Don't let the little things bug you.
Cultivate lasting friendships.
Take thyme for yourself.
No Vining!
-- EarthSunMoon T-shirt
Kindness consists of loving people
more than they deserve.
-- Joseph Joubert
Search for the loving, O you who loves me,
-- Old Saint
Kind words are easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
-- Mother Teresa
The measure of a life, after all,
is not its duration, but its donation.
-- Peter Marshall
Your joy comes from what you give,
not from what you accumulate.
-- Frank Laubach
Do onto others as you wish they would do unto you.
-- Golden Rule, Matthew 7:12
A thousand words do not leave so deep an
impression as one deed.
-- Henrick Ibsen
Every day is a great day; if you don't believe it ...
try missing one!
-- anonymous
Live as if you are to live forever.
-- Benjamin Franklin
May you live as long as you want and not want
as long as you live.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow;
Learn as if you were to live forever.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
No date on the calendar is as important as tomorrow.
-- Roy W. Howard
One must always maintain one's connection to the past
and yet ceaselessly pull away from it.
-- Gaston Bachelard
The glory of each geeration is to make its own precedents.
-- Belva Lockwood
Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown.
-- Chinese Proverb
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap,
but by the seeds you plant.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson
If you would reap praise you must sow the seeds,
gentle Words and useful deeds.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes
also a matter of opportunity.
-- Hippocrates
One must pass throught the circumference of time
before arriving at the center of opportunity. -- Baltasar Gracian
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap,
but by the seeds you plant.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson
If you are planning for a year, plant rice;
If you are planning for a decade, plant trees;
If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
-- Chinese Proverb
I have been underestimating for decades.
I've done very well that way.
-- Helmut Kold
It is in our lives, and not in our words
that our religion must be read.
-- Thomas Jefferson

On Flattery

Let those flatter who fear:
it is not an American art.
-- Thomas Jefferson
A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.
-- James Monroe
The aim of flattery is to soothe and encourage us
by assuring us of the truth of an opionion we have already formed.
-- Edith Sitwell
The flattery of posterity is not worth much more
than contem;porary flattery,
which is worth knoting.
-- Jorge Luis Borges
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility
against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
-- Thomas Jefferson
He that plants trees loves others beside himself.
-- Thomas Fuller
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
-- Chinese Proverb
Man is a social animal.
-- Benedict De Spinoza
The biggest fish in all Creation
are caught on lines of Conservation.
-- Herm Albright
The future depends on what we do in the present.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
Those who cannot remember the past are
condemned to repeat it.
-- George Santayana
Education is the transmission of civilization.
-- Will Durant
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind
with an open one.
-- Malcolm Forbes
Education is not the filling of a bucket,
but the lighting of a fire.
-- W.B.Yeats
Education without values, as useful as it is,
seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
-- C.S.Lewis
Education is the process of living
and not a preparation for the future.
-- John Dewey
Education is hanging around until you've caught on.
-- Robert Frost
Education is a balance of effort and delight.
-- Kenneth Clark
The world is so overflowing with absurdity
that it is difficult for the humorist to compete.
-- Malcolm Muggeridge
Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive
long after your good health has vanished.
-- Og Mandino
Two reasons for living:
  1. make use of the tools one has been given,
  2. love someone.
-- Willa Cather
Men have become the tools of their tools.
-- Henry David Thoreau
I eat to live, to serve, and also, if it so happens,
to enjoy, but I do not eat for the sake of enjoyment.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
Eat to live, live not to eat.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Return to aging-topics

On Aging

Wherever you are, be there.
-- Jim Rohn
You may delay, but time will not.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Delay is preferable to error.
-- Thomas Jefferson
To err is human, to forgive devine.
-- Alexander Pope
Life is an adventure in foregiveness.
-- Norman Cousins
A task, any task, is an adventurous spirit
acquires the merit of romance.
-- Joseph Conrad
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
-- Alfred Hitchcock
We don't stop playing because we grow old;
We grow old because we stop playing.
-- George Bernard Shaw
Decay comes from giving up on life or failing to engage.
Aging is up to nature, but decay is up to you.
-- Jemru S Lodge
While we may not be able to control all
that happens to us we can control what happens inside us.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Life is 10% what happens to us and 90%
how we rect to it.
-- Dennis P. Kimbro
Do not grow old, no matter how long you live.
-- Albert Einstein
It takes a long time to grow young.
-- Pablo Picasso
Ask the young. They know everything.
-- Joseph Joubert
All children are artists. The problem is
how to remain an artist once he grows up.
-- Pablo Picasso
Ansal Adams is perhaps among the last of those
romantic artists who have seen the great spaces of the
wilderness as a metaphor for freedom and heroic aspirations
-- John Szarkowski
Idealism increases in direct proportion
to one's distance from the problem.
-- John Galsworthy
If you want to see what children can do,
you must stop giving them things.
-- Norman Douglas
When they tell you to grow up,
they mean stop growing.
-- Pablo Picasso
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more
cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
Growing whole is a much better way to describe
aging than Growing old.
-- Mark Gerzon
Examples are better than descriptions.
-- William James
Example isn't another way to teach,
It is the only way to teach.
-- Albert Einstein
What lies behind us and what lies before us are
small matters compared to what lies within us.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Build a better mousetrap and the world will
beat a path to your door.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Can Wisdom survive amiod the hazards of power?
-- Soren Kierkegaard
To know how to grow old is the masterwork of
wisdom and one of the most difficult chapters
in the great art of living.
-- Henri Amiel
These Hands
The old man contemplated all his hands had done.
"Have you ever looked at your hands?," he asked.
I mean REALLY looked at your hands?
To acquire knowledge, one must study
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
-- Marilyn vos Savant
All knowledge is but remembrance.
-- Plato
In theory there is no difference between theory
and practice, In practice, there is.
-- Yogi Berra
You can observe a lot by watching.
-- Yogi Berra
You see, but you do not observe.
-- Arthur Conan Doyle
The power of accurate observation is often
called cynicism by those that do not have it.
-- George Bernard Shaw
If you have knowledge, let others light
their candles at it.
-- Margaret Fuller
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
-- Chinese Proverb
You know you are getting old when the
candles cost more than the cake.
-- Bob Hope
In the field of observation, chance favors only
the prepared mind.
-- Louis Pasteur
Inaction saps the vigor of the mind.
-- Leonardo da Vinci
The great thing about getting older is that you
don't lose all the other ages you've been.
-- Madeleine L'Engle
You know you are getting old when you bend over
to tie your shoe and think:
What else can I do while I'm down here?
-- George Burns
On Feb 12, 1983 American Jazz great Eubie Blake
dies five days after his 100th birthday.
"If I knew I was going to live so long,"
he once said,
"I'd have taken better care of myself."
-- Eubie Blake
The secret to creativity is knowing how
to hide your sources.
-- Albert Einstein
Whenever you fall,
pick something up.
-- Oswald Avery
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up
enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
-- Samuel Ullman
Enthusiasm is the great hill climber.
-- Elbert Hubbard
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
-- Mark Twain
They gave each other a smile with a future in it.
-- Ring Lardner
We should be carful with each other,
we should be kissed while there is still time.
-- Philip Larkin
Most people are bothered by those passages
of Scripture they don't understand,
but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.
-- Mark Twain
If wrinkles must be written upon our brows,
let them not be written upon our heart.
The spirit should never grow old.
-- John Kenneth Galbraith
Let us knock gently at each other's heart
Glad of the change to took within --
-- Carol Haynes
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
-- Victor Hugo
Age is important only when one is choosing wine or cheese.
-- anonomous
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly,
cheerful, reverent --that is to triumph over old age.
-- Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Growing old is a case of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
-- Jack Benny
Seven Ages of Man:
spills, drills, thrills, bills, ills, pills, wills.
-- Traditional
Seven Ages of Man:
  6 weeks:-- all systems go
  6 years: -- all systems "No"
16 years; -- all systems know
26 years; -- all systems glow
36 years; -- all systems owe
56 years; -- all systems status quo
76 years; -- all systems slow
-- R.M. Cornelius in The Rotarian.
Success at:
age 0-3 is not pooping in your diaper
age 4-15 is making friends
age 16-25 is having sex
age 26-50 is making money
age 51-70 is having sex
age 71-90 is making friends
age 91+ is not pooping in your diaper
If you're going to keep on living,
you better keep on growing.
-- Erik H. Erikson
Vital Involvement in Old Age, pg 62

Erikson examines eight stages of living:

Life StageSystemicDystemicMemnonic
Infancybasic trustbasic mistrustHOPE
Early Childhoodautonomyshame,doubt WILL
Play AgeInitiativeGuilt PURPOSE
School AgeIndustryInferiority COMPETENCE
AdolescenceIdentityConfusion FIDELITY
Young AdulthoodIntimacyIsolation LOVE
Old AgeIntegrityDespairWISDOM

Old age begins and middle age ends the day your
descendents outnumber your friends.
-- Ogden Nash
Old age is the most unexpected of all that happens to man.
-- Leon Trotsky
ABCs of Aging Gracefully
Avoid collagen
Bloom late
Dance at weddings
Eat more chocolate
Fall in love again
Go grey
Hold hands
Jettison grudges
Kiss like you mean it
Mend fences
Nurture friendships
Open doors
Perspire with aplomb
Quit whining
Rekindle romance
Spoil babies
Teach someone to read
Upset convention
Wear red
eXpect joy
Yield gracefully
-- from plaque available several places on the web.
Alphabet for Life Plaque
Accept differences
Be kind
Count your blessings
Express thanks
Give freely
Harm no one
Imagine more
Jettison anger
Keep confidences
Love truly
Master something
Nurture hope
Open your mind
Pack lightly
Quell rumors
Seek wisdom
Touch hearts
Value truth
Win graciously
Yearn for peace
Zealously support a worth cause

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On Wisdom

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of
listening when you'd rather have been talking.
-- Aristotle
I assure you that you can pick up more information
when you are listening than when you are talking.
-- E.B.White
It wasn't until late in life that I discovered
how easy it is to say "I don't know."
-- Somersett Maugham
The second-set of three words in English are
"I don't know"
-- Carol Tavris
We spend the first half of our lives learning
what we love; we should find a way to do those things.
in the second half.
-- David Whyte
We get too soon old, and too late smart.
-- Pennsylvania Dutch Proverb.
I'd like to think I'm smarter than I was yesterday.
-- Abraham Lincoln
Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
--Don Marquis
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon
and wise too late.
-- Benjamin Franklin
I acted, and my action made me wise.
-- Thom Gunn
The state of your life is nothing more than
a reflection of your state of mind.
-- Dr. Wayne Dyer
Enrich yourself so you can enrich the lives of others.
-- Gary Coxe
No wise man ever wished to be younger.
-- Jonathan Swift
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
-- Lord Alfred Tennyson
The first step to wisdom is getting things
by their right names.
-- Chinese Proverb
Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.
-- Chinese Proverb
Exercise your mind as well as your body.
-- Dr. Andrew Weil
Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.
-- John Finley
All uncertainty is long as it is accompanied
by the wish to understand.
-- Antonio Machado
Understanding is, itself, a memory aid to learning.
-- Harry Lorayne
Wisdom is knowing what to do next;
virture is doing it.
-- David Starr Jordan
Go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is.
-- Jimmy Carter
Wisdom is the ability to exercise good judgement
about important but uncertain matters of life.
-- Jimmy Carter
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself --
and you are the easiest person to fool.
-- Richard Feynman
Think of others twice as much as you think of yourself.
-- Anthony Gatto
The further back you can look,
the futher forward you are likeley to see
-- Winston Churchill
Never in the field of human conflict were
so much owed by so many to so few.
-- Winston Churchill about the Royal Air Force
Everybody thinks of change in humanity
ad nobody thinks of change in himself.
-- Leo Tolstoy
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves.
-- Marcel Proust
They are ill discoverers that think there is
no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
-- Francis Bacon
By three methods we may learn wisdom:
  1. by reflection, which is noblest
  2. by imitation, which is easiest;
  3. by experience, which is bitterest.
-- Confucius
It is possible to design computers so that learning to
communicate with them can be a natural process,
more like learning French by living in France than like
trying to learn it through the unnatural process of
American foreign-language instruction in classrooms.
-- Seymour Pappert
Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.
-- Pablo Picasso
Good Design means not leaving traces of the designer.
-- Nasto Fukasawa
Anything computable is Turing machine computable
-- Church's Thesis
I begin by describing one example of a constructed
computational "object-to-think-with" in the LOGO environment.
-- Seymour Pappert Mindstorms pg 11
Leaning to communicate with a computer
may change the way other learning takes place.
We are beginning to make computers with which
children love to communicate.
-- Seymour Pappert
Experience is not what happens to a man;
it is what a man does with what happens to him.
-- Adous Huxly
Good judgement comes from experience,
and experience comes from poor judgement.
-- Cousin Woodman
One ought to examine himself for a very long time
before thinking of condemning others.
-- Moliere
How good can we expect a person to be?
As good as he or she is cabable of being, and much
of the time that turns out to be very good indeed.
-- Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
Spoken words are the symbols of mental experience,
and written words are the symbols of spoken words.
-- Aristotle
Above all else, people seek personal happiness
and pleasure.
-- Aristotle
If only you had been alert to my commandments,
your happiness would have been like a river,
your integrity like the waves of the sea.
Isaiah 48:18
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring
some of it with you.
-- Joseph Joubert
But, the natural world is the old river that
runs through everything, and I think poets will forever fish
along its shores.
-- Mary Oliver
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought
and the thought has found words.
-- Robert Frost
Everything that can be thought of
can be thought of clearly.
Everything that can be said can be said clearly.
-- Ludwig Wittgenstein.
You don't write because you want to say something,
you write because you have something to say.
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald
The pen is the tongue of the mind.
-- Miguel Cervantes
Exercise your mind as well as your body.
-- Andrew Weil
If you can't say something nice,
don't say anything at all.
-- Thumper's father (Bambi 1942)
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend
to the death your right to say it.
-- Voltaire
The maintenance of the right of criticism
in the long run will do the country maintaining it a great
deal more good than it will do the enemy and will prevent
mistakes which might otherwise occur.
-- Robert Taft
The greatest good fortune for the old is to have
projects, to have days filled with useful and interesting work,
to never be bored.
-- Helen Nearing
Don't let your life be steril. Be useful.
Blaze a new trail. Shine forth with the light of your faith.
and your love
-- Jose Maria Eschiva
Can genuine faith exist without self-sacrificial struggle?
-- Soren Kierkegaard
Here comes the orator, with his flood of words,
and his drop of reason.
-- Ben Franklin
To achieve greatness, start where you are,
use what you have, do what you can.
-- Theodore Roosevelt
There is only one step; from the sublime
to the rediculous.
-- Napoleon Bonaparte
It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
-- Edmund Burke
Speak softly and carry a big stick.
-- Theodore Roosevelt (1901)
It's not the load that breaks you down,
it's the way you carry it.
-- Lena Horne
If you're in a hole, stop digging.
-- Will Rogers
You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
-- David Lloyd George
Preparation, I have often said, is rightly
two-thirds of any venture.
-- Amelia Earhart
Competence starts with feeling competent.
-- David Niven, Successful People.
As much as we try, we do not control
how we feel or what we think.
-- Gordon Livingston
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us,
we can control what happens inside us.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.
-- Gordon Livingston

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On Mind

A mind once stretched by a new idea
never regains its original dimension.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
Every important new idea, when it first appears
is ridiculed.
-- Schopenhauer
An idea can turn to dust or magic,
depending on the talent that rubs against it.
-- Bill Bernbach
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain
characteristics of a vigorous mind.
-- Samuel Johnson
Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
-- Thomas Hobbes
I would rather make my name than inherit it.
-- William Makepece Thackeray
Until modern time, when technique itself learned to make
use of symbolism of the most refined order
invention was a slow piecemeal process.
-- Lewis Mumford
The present time has one advantage over every other--
it is our own.
-- Charles Caleb Coulton
An idea is salvation by imagination.
-- Frank Lloyd Wright
Imagination is worth more than knowledge.
-- Albert Einstein
If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free
to follow wherever that search may lead us.
-- Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.
The greatest obstacle to dicovery is not ignorance:
it is the illusion of knowledge.
-- Daniel J. Boorstin
He who has imagination without learning
has wings but no feet.
-- Joseph Joubert
Let your mind be as the horizon,
forever expanding and rising.
-- anonymous
Oh the mind, mind has mountains.
-- Gerard Manley Hopkins
The mountains share quality of majesty and craggy
exaltation that suggest Beethoven to me.
-- Leonard Bernstein
Chance favors the prepared mind.
-- Louis Pasteur
Life's a voyage that's homeward bound.
-- Herman Mellville
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe,
it can achieve.
-- Napoleon Hill
A mind is a fire to be kindled,
not a vessel to be filled.
-- Plutarch
I always prefer to believe the best of everybody:
it saves so much trouble.
-- Rudyard Kipling
Sometimes best is the enemy of better.
-- Steve Jobs
Minds are like parachutes;
they only function when open.
-- Thomas Dewar
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind
and won't change the subject.
-- Winston Churchill
Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
-- Washington Irving
Small minds are much distressed by little things.
Great minds see them all but are not upset by them.
-- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The true way to render age vigorous is
to prolong the youth of the mind.
-- Mortimer Collins
I think, therefore I am.
-- Rene Descartes
When all think alike, no one thinks much.
-- Walter Lippman
When the mind is thinking, it is talking to itself.
-- Plato
Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.
-- Plato
Thinking is the hardest work there is.
That is why so few people engage in it.
-- Henry Ford
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't
do a thing, you're right.
-- Henry Ford
Mindfulness is a kind of light
that shines upon your thoughts.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
Our thoughts are so fleeting no dreams for trapping
them up should be overlooked.
-- Henry Hazlett
We cannot hold a torch to light another's path
without brightening our own.
-- Ben Sweetland
You are today what your thoughts have brought you;
you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
-- James Allen
We all do no end of feeling,
and we mistake it for thinking.
-- Mark Twain
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind.
It takes as much as a week to make it up.
-- Mark Twain
Creative thinking may mean simply the realization
that there's no particular virtue in doing things the way
they have always been done.
-- Rudolph Flesch
The greatest waste of our natural resources is the
number of people who do not live up to their potential.
-- Charles Swindel
The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation.
What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.
-- Henry David Thoreau
A man without ambition is dead.
A man with ambition but no love is dead.
A man with ambition and love for his blessings
here on earth is ever so alive.
-- Pearl Bailey
What comes over men, is it soul or mind,
that to no limits or bounds he can stay confined.
-- Robert Frost
There are no limits on our future
if we don't put limits on our people.
-- Jack Kemp
Never interrupt someone doing something
you said couldn't be done.
-- Amelia Earhart
The person who says it cannot be done
should not interrupt the person doing it.
-- Chinese Proverb
There's nothing so strong or safe,
in any emergency of life, as simple truth.
-- Charles Dickens
Only fulness leads to clarity
and truth lies in the abyss.
-- Neils Bohr
The truth is that you can spend your life any
way you want but can spend it only once.
-- John C. Maxwell
Every man has a right to utter what he thinks is truth,
and every other man has the right to knock him down for it.
-- Samuel Johnson
To every complex question there is a
simple answer and it is always wrong.
-- H. L. Mencken
Always a beautiful answer who can make
more beautiful question.
--E. E. Cummings
A liar will not be believed,
even when he speaks the truth.
-- Aesop
When I was a little boy, they called me a liar,
but now that I am grown up, they all me a writer.
-- Isaac Bashevis Singer
The main difference between a cat and a lie is that
the cat has only nine lives.
-- Mark Twain
Truth is an anvil that wears out the hammerings
of opinion and belief.
-- Voltaire
If the only tool you have is a hammer,
you tend to see every problem as a nail.
-- Abraham Maslow
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
When in doubt, tell the truth.
-- Mark Twain
Doubt thou the stars are fire,
Doubt that the sun doth move.
Doubt truth to be a liar,
But never doubt I love.
-- Hamlet
For where thou art, there is the world itself...
And where thou art not, desolation.
-- Henry VI
The painters have no copyright on art.
-- anonymous
Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The secret of eternal youth is arrested development.
-- Alice Roosevelt Longworth
The last of human freedoms is to chose one's attitude
-- Victor Frankl
Circumstances do not make the man,
they reveal him.
-- James Allen
Freedom is participation in power.
-- Cicero
Freedom of teaching and of opinion in book or press
is the foundation for the sound and natural development.
of any people.
-- Albert Einstein
If you would be a real seeker after truth,
it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt,
as far as possible, all things.
-- Rene Descartes
Hofstadter's Law:
It always takes longer than you expect,
even when you take into account Hofstadter's law.
-- Douglas Hofstadter
Reality is that which, when you don't believe in it,
doesn't go away.
-- Peter Viereck
Remember: how quickly you get through material
is not as important as how much of the material gets through to you.
-- Harry Larayne
What is remembered is what becomes reality.
-- Patricia Hampl
The most pathetic person in the world is
someone who has sight but has no vision.
-- Helen Keller
I long to accomplish a great and noble taks;
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they
were great and noble.
-- Helen Keller
Some things have to be believed to be seen.
Vision is the art of seeing invisible things.
-- Max Stein
A person who wants to be a leader must turn
his back to the crowd.
-- Ty Underwood
The ear of the leader must ring with the voices
of the people.
-- Woodrow Wilson
The funciont of leadership is to produce more leaders.
-- Ralph Nader
You cannot be a leader and ask other people
to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.
-- Sam Rayburn
Treat each individual as a subject, not an object.
-- Yuri Rubinsky
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Seek the wisdom of the ages. but look at the world
through the eyes of a child.
-- Ron Wild
To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists,
manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most
radiant beauty.
-- Albert Einstein
A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
-- Jean Rostand
A strong body makes the mind strong ...
It is of little consequence to store the mind with science
if the body be permitted to become debilitated.
If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.
-- Thomas Jefferson
May the roads rise before you,
may the wind be always at your back,
May the lord hold you in the palm of his hand,
-- Henry David Thoreau
Only that people can thrive that
love its lord and swears to make it beautiful.
-- Edward Carpenter
Go, seeker, if you will, throughout the land
and you will find us burning in the night.
-- Thomas Wolfe
Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.
-- Abraham Lincoln
My heart is in the highlands, wherever I go.
-- Robert Burns
For the cares of tomorrow must wait
till this day is done.
-- Come By The Hills, Irish folksong
Who, Me Worry?
-- Alfred E. Newman
I am what I am.
-- Popeye the Sailor Man

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On Memory

A man's real possession is his memory.
In nothing else is he rich,
in nothing else is he poor.
-- Alexander Smith
The more intelligible a thing is,
the more easily it is retained in memory,
and contrariwise, the less intelligible it is
the more easily we forget it.
-- Benedict Spinoza
Pessimism of the intelligence,
optimiksm of the will
-- Antonio Gransci
It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
-- Lewis Carrol
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
-- Samual Johnson
The memory is a treasure to whom we must give funds,
if we are to draw the assistance we need.
-- Nicholas Rowe
A man's real posession is his memory.
In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
-- Alexander Smith
What I hear I forget. What I see, I remember.
What I do, I understand.
-- Confucius
At my age, I've seen it all, I've heard it all,
I've done it all, I just can't remember it all.
-- Starcrest T-shirt
Memory is the thing you forget with.
-- Alexander Chase
Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.
-- Santayana
Old human beings can -- and must -- learn new facts
and insights as long as they live.
-- The Mature Mind, H. A. Overstreet
Get your facts first,
then you can distort them as you please.
-- Mark Twain
The new electronic interdependence recreates
the world in the image of a global village.
-- Marshall McLuhan, 1962
Positive mental thoughts are the cords that
bind us to the future of our choosing.
-- Bill Bartz
Good mental health for all of us is not a matter of being
independent or dependent, but rather of accepting
the stage we are in with grace and dignity.
-- Another Country, Mary Pipher, pg 318
The greatest discovery of my generation is that
the human being can alter his life by altering
his attitudes of mind.
-- William James
He can who thinks he can.
and he can't who thinks he can't.
This is an inexorable, indisputable law.
-- Pablo Picasso
Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as
everyone else does and thinking something different.
-- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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On Education

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.
-- Garrison Keilor
The highest result of education is tolerance.
-- Helen Keller
Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
-- Clarence Thomas
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
-- Benjamin Franklin
The principal mark of genius is not> perfection but originality.
-- Arthur Koestler
Out of timber as crooked as that which man
is made of, nothing perfectly straight can be carved.
-- Immanuel Kant
Maybe what we are able to fashion,
with its curves and knotholes,
will be more interesting more satisfying.
-- Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
The true secret to genius is in creativity
not in technical mechanics.
-- Al Seckel
The secret of genius is:
to carry the spirit of the child into old age,
which means never losing your enthusiasm.
-- Aldous Leonard Huxley
To control and sort young people for the sake of
institutional efficiency is to crush the human spirit.
-- Ron Miller
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful
men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost
And education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alonw are omnipotent.
-- Calvin Coolidge
Your talent is God's gift to you.
What you do with it is your gift back to God.
-- Leo Buscaglia
Necessity is the mother of invention.
-- Pluto
The best way to predict the future
is to invent it.
-- Alan Kay
Necessity has no law; I know some attorneys of the same.
-- Benjamin Franklin
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation,
the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows
at 20 are no longer true at 40 -- and half the things he knows
at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20?
-- Arthur C Clarke
The true secret to genius is in creativity,
not in technical mechanics.
-- Al Seckel
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything
without losing your temper or your self confidence.
-- Robert Frost
No one who deserves confidence ever solicits it.
-- John Churton Collins
The secret of education is respecting the pupil.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I believe that education is all about being excited
about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an
educational message.
-- Steve Irwin
Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult
to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
-- William Blake
To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.
-- Charles de Gaulle
There comes a moment when you have to stop revving
up the car and shove it into gear.
-- David J. Mahoney
Sometimes the best things are right in front of you
it just takes some time to see them.
-- Gladys Knight
Time gives good advice.
-- Maltese Proverb
The purpose of time is to prevent everything happening
happening at once.
-- X.J.Kennedy
Difficulties are things that show what men are.
-- Epictetus
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not
thus handicapped.
-- Elbert Hubbard
Never attribute to malice what can be explained
by stupidity, or human fraility and imperfection.
-- Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
If you accept your limitations, you go beyond them.
-- Brendan Behan
It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear
stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
-- Mark Twain
The most effective kind of education is that
a child should play among lovely things.
-- Plato
The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.
-- Dorothy Parker
I never let myself to be bored, because boredom is aging.
If you live in the past you grow old, and dull, and dusty.
-- Marie Tempest
It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.
-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Education is the art of making man ethical.
-- Georg Hegel
Education is a better safeguard of liberty
than a standing army.
-- Edward Everett
He that won't be counselled can't be helped.
-- Benjamin Franklin
I find television very educating.
Every time somebody turns on the set
I go into the other room and read a book.
-- Groucho Marx
OUtside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside a dog, it's too dark to read.
-- Groucho Marx
A book tightly shut is but a block of paper.
-- Chinese Proverb
What sculpture is to a block of marble,
education is to the soul.
-- Joseph Addison
The faster you speak,
the less people will understand you.
-- David Brinkley

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On Teaching

Teaching is not a profession; it's a passion.
-- Unknown
Teaching is helping someone else learn.
-- L. Dee Fink
The job of an educator is to teach students
to see vitality in themselves.
-- Joseph Campbell
Education is so vital because it defines future society.
-- Michael Detouzos
Earth and sky, woods and fields,
all are excellent schoolmasters,
and teach some of us more than we can ever
learn from books.
-- Sir John Lubbock
When I get a little money I buy books;
and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
-- Erasmus
The object of education is to prepare the young
to educate themselves throughout their lives.
-- Robert Maynard Hutchins
You will not teach them what to think, but how to think,
and they will then know how to act.
-- Abagail Adams
Home computers are being called upon to perform
many new functions, including the consumption
of homework formerly eaten by the dog.
-- Doug Larson
When computers were human!
-- David Alan Grier
Teaching is the achievement of shared meaning.
-- D.B.Gowin
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind
with an open one.
-- Malcolm Forbes
It must be remembered that the purpose of
education is not to fill the minds of students with
facts... it is to teach them think.
-- Robert Hutchins
A nation's treasure is in its scholars.
-- Chinese Proverb
The main hope of a nation lies in the
proper education of its youth.
-- Erasmus
It's not what is poured into a student
that counts but what is planted.
-- Linda Conway
Education is the ability to think clearly,
act well in the world of work,
and to appreciate life.
-- Brigham Young
Your world is as big as you make it.
-- Georgia Douglas Johnson
I would rather be able to appreciate things I can
have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
-- Elbert Hubbard
Upon the subject of education ... I can only say
that I view it as the most important subject
which we as a people may be engaged in.
-- Abraham Lincoln
Do not train children to learning by force
and harshness, but direct them to it by
what amuses their minds.
-- Plato 427 BC-348 BC
If you want your children to keep their feet on the ground
put some responsibility on their shoulders.
-- Abigail Van Buren
The important thing is not so much
that every child should be taught,
as that every child should be given
the wish to learn.
-- John Lubbock
You know that children are growing up when they start
asking questions that have answers.
-- John J. Plomp
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge,
and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
-- George Bernard Shaw
Curiosity in children is but an appetite for knowledge.
-- John Locke
I teach therefore I am.
-- anonymous
Educating the mind without educating the heart
is no education at all.
-- Aristotle
A word as to the education of the heart.
We don't believe that this can be imparted
through books; it can only be imparted
through the loving touch of the teacher.
-- Cesar Chavez
Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.
-- Susan Sontag
Example isn't another way to teach,
it is the only way to teach.
-- Albert Einstein
You can teach a student a lesson for a day,
but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity,
he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.
-- Clay P. Bedford
Every student can learn. Just not on the same day
or in the same way.
-- George Evans
Instead of treating education as a task of transferring
knowledge from teacher to student, the LOGO approach
comes to help students strengthen their ability to discover
knowledge on their own. [the LOGO turtle is an
-- Seymour Papert
Is the task of becoming a self ever completed?
To teach is to learn twice.
-- Joseph Joubert
To teach is to touch a life forever.
-- Tracy Smith Bradley
The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow
where only one grew before.
-- Elbert Hubbard
We are the prisoners of ideas.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Economists are economical of many other things,
of ideas; most make those of their graduate days
last a lifetime!
-- John Kenneth Galbraith
A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work
than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers
are among them, as comets amongst the stars.
-- Linnaeus
Behold this and always love it!
It is very sacrificed, and you must treat it as such.
-- Souix Indians
I will love the light for it shows me the way.
Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
-- Og Mandino
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Creativity is a type of learning process where
the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
-- Arthur Koestlera
Education comes from within; you get it by struggle
and effort and thought.
-- Napoleon Hill
No one could make a greater mistake than he who
did nothing because he could do only a little.
-- Edmund Burke
Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
-- Scott Adams
Teachers open the door.
You enter by yourself.
-- Chinese Proverb
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell
where his influence stops.
-- Henry B. Adams
The most important single influence in
the life of a person is another person ...
who is worthy of emulation.
-- Paul D. Shafer
An education isn't how much you have committed
to memory, or even how much you know.
It's being able to differentate between what
you know and what you don't.
-- Anatole France
It must be remembered that the purpose of education
is not to fill the minds of students with facts,
It is to teach them to think.
-- Robert Hutchins
I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
-- Socrates
You can educate a fool,
but you cannot make him think.
-- The Talmud
It is impossible for a man to learn
what he thinks he already knows.
-- Epictetus
Only the educated are free.
-- Epictetus
The first need of a free people is to define their own terms.
-- Kwame Ture
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening
the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose
of satisfying it afterwards.
-- Anatole France
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in
creative expression and knowledge.
-- Albert Einstein
What is freedom of expression?
Without the freedom to offend, it cedases to exist.
-- Solomon Rushdie
A teacher is one who makes himself progressively
-- Thomas Carruthers
The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
-- William Arthur Ward
A great teacher never strives to explain her vision:
she simply invites you to stand beside her and see
for yourself.
-- Rev. R. Inman
The lasting measure of good teaching is what the
individual student learns and carries away.
-- Barbara Harrell Carson
They may forget what you said but they will remember
how you made them feel.
-- Carl W. Buechner
To kindle a fire and leave it burning -
that is the aim of all great teachers.
-- G. Wallace Woodworth
Who shall kindle others must himself glow.
--Italian Proverb
Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.
-- William Butler Yeats
I know no safe depository of the ultimate
powers of society but the people themselves.
-- Thomas Jefferson
I cannot live without books.
-- Thomas Jefferson
In a completely rational society,
the best of us would aspire to be teachers
and the rest of us would have to settle for
something less.
-- Lee Iacocca
A gifted teacher is as rare as a gifted doctor,
and makes far less money.
-- Author unknown
If all your money seems to be hair today and gone
tomorrow, we'll try to make it make it grow by giving you
the bald facts on how to get your investments topee.
-- Louis Rukeyser
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
-- Derek Bok
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is:
be satisfied with your opinions and content
with your knowledge.
-- Elbert Hubbard
Our knowledge is a receding mirage
in an expanding desert of ignorance.
-- Will Durant
Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.
-- Claus Moser
The greater the ignorance,
the greater the dogmatism.
-- William Osler
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is:
be satisfied with your opinions
and content with your knowledge.
-- Elbert Hubbard
Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason
is left free to combat it.
-- Thomas Jefferson
Education is what survives when what has
been learned has been forgotten.
-- B.F.Skinner
We shouldn't teach great books;
we should teach the love of reading.
-- B.F.Skinner
The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.
-- Mary McLeod Bethune
I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.
-- Wilson Mizner
Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.
-- Paul Tillich
Religion must be a leap of faith.
-- Soren Kierkegaard
Talents for the education of youth are a gift of God.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Fear is proof that God loves us
and wants us to be happy.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Fear and anxiety have always been a part of life
and always will be. Fear is ubiquitous and always will be.
Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.
-- Lactantius
The happiest people seem to be those who are producing
something; the bored people are those who are consuming
much and producing nothing.
-- William Ralph Inge
I never allow myself to be bored, because boredom is aging.
If you live in the past you grow old, and dull, and dusty.
-- Marie Tempest
God loves you anyway!
-- bumper sticker
To control and sort young people for the sake of
institutional efficiency is to crush the human spirit.
-- Ron Miller
How much time may we justifiably spend on the
education of the human spirit?
-- Soren Kierkegaard
The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious,
to have one idea spark another.
-- Marva Collins
The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
You will not teach them what to think, but how to think,
and they will then know how to act.
-- Abagail Adams

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On Life-Long Learning

Opportunities will always be plentiful for anybody
who is committed to being a life-long learner.
-- Thomas Friedman
I am still learning.
-- Michelangelo
The beautiful thng about learning is
that no one fan take it away from you.
-- B.B.King
I am not young enough to know everything.
-- Oscar Wilde
When it comes to staying young,
a mind lift beats a face lift any day.
-- Marty Bucella
If you want to lift yourself up,
lift up soeone else
-- Dorothy Parker
One good thing about being young is that you are not
experienced enough to know you cannot possibly do
the things you are doing.
-- Gene Brown
Experiece is not what happens to a man;
it is what a man does with what happens to him.
The capacity to sympathize or to identify with the experience
of others is a most preecious human attribute.
-- Louise Rosenblatt
Education is the best provision for old age.
-- Aristotle
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
-- Aristotle
My country is the world; my countrymen are mankind.
-- William Lloyd Garrison
All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind
have been convinced that the fate of empires depends
on the education of youth.
-- Aristotle
My coutry is the world;
my countrymen are mankind.
-- Joe Tye
Define your future by your dreams and not your
memories by your hopes and not by your fears.
-- Joe Tye
We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.
-- Harry Edwards
Dreams are real while they last;
can we say more of life?
-- Havelock Ellis
Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
-- Mark Twain
Music is the universal language of mankind.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing,
while others judge us by what we have already done.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When schools flourish, all flourishes.
-- Martin Luther
Out of the public schools grows the greatness of a nation.
-- Mark Twain
Always do right. This will gratify some people
and astonish the rest.
-- Mark Twain
I have never let my schooling interfere
with my education. -- Mark Twain
The man who does not read good books has no
advantage over the man who cannot read them.
-- Mark Twain
There are books ... which take rank in our life with
parents and lovers and passionate experiences.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper,
but minds alive on the shelves.
-- Gilbert Highet
I cannot live without books.
-- Thomas Jefferson, founder of the Library of Congress
A real book is not one that we read,
but one that reads us.
-- W. H. Auden
If I know nothing except what everyone knows
if then when Grace dances, I should dance.
-- W. H. Auden
There is more treasure in books than all the
pirate's loot on Treasure Island.
-- Walt Disney
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
-- Chinese Proverb
To repeat what others have said, requires education;
to challenge it requires brains.
-- Mary Pettibone Poole
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient of living,
it's a way of looking at life through the wrong
end of a telescope.
-- Dr. Seuss
Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins.
Which of the two has the grandest view.
-- Victor Hugo
Apply yourself. Get all the education you can,
but then ... do something.
Don't just stand there, make it happen.
-- Lee Iacocca
The function of education is to help you
from childhood not to imitate anybody,
but be yourself all the time.
-- Jiddu Krishnamurthi
Business offers all sorts of opportunities
to learn new things every day.
-- Michael Dell
I'm always doing what I cannot do yet,
in order to learn how to do it.
-- Vincent Van Gogh
In these days, a man who says a thing cannot be done
is quite apt to be interrupted by some idiot doing it.
-- Elbert Hubbard
When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
-- Henry J. Kaiser
What is commonly believed is almost always wrong.
I look forward to doing something new each day.
You only learn if you're conscious of the need to learn.
There's so much one doesn't yet know.
-- Ken Olson
I don't understand you,
You don't understand me,
What else do we have in common?
--Ashleigh Brilliant
Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
We were put on this earth to make things.
-- W. H. Auden
Nothing on earth consumes a man
more quickly than the passion of resentment.
-- Friedrick Nietzche
What region of the earth is not full of our calamities?
-- Virgil
Live as long as you like,
the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.
-- Robert Southey
I am learning all the time.
The tombstone will be my diploma.
-- Ertha Kitt
We must be the change we want to see in the world.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
Less is more.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
As a child lives today, he will live tomorrow.
-- John Dewey
Vision: the art of seeing the invisible.
-- Jonathan Swift
Creating shared meaning and vision is at the
crux of successful organizational change.
-- Charmane K. Corcoran 1997
Personally, I'm always ready to learn,
although I do not always like being taught.
-- Winston Churchill
What is important is to keep learning,
to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity.
In the end there are no certain answers.
-- Martina Horner
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
The greatest thing in life is to keep you mind young.
-- Henry Ford
Learning is work.
Work is about learning,
and both are social.
-- John Seely Brown

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On Means For Learning

Tell me and I forget,
Show me and I may not remember.
Involve me, and I'll understand.
-- Confucous
What we learn to do, we learn by doing.
-- Thomas Jefferson
Learning is not a spectator sport.
-- anonymous
Life is a team sport.
Sometimes you give and sometimes you get.
-- Ann Pearson
The more we know, the more we know that we
don't know.
-- Aristotle
What you know is merely a point of departure. so let's move.
-- Keorapetse Kgositsile
The beautiful thing about learning is that
no one can take it away from you.
-- B.B.King
If we encounter a man of rare intellect,
we should ask him what books he reads.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Maintain social and intellectual connections
as you go through life.
-- Dr. Andrew Weil
The invention of something new is not accomplished
by the intellect, but by the play instinct.
-- Carl Jung
What lies behind us and what lies before us
are small matters compared to what lies within us.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
What really matters is what you do
with what you have.
-- H. G. Wells
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
-- Albert Einstein
I have never in my life learned anything from any
man who agreed with me.
-- Dudley Field Malone
Who questions much, shall learn much,
and retain much.
-- Francis Bacon
To every complex question there is a simple answer,
and it is always wrong.
-- H.L Menken
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able
to entertain a thought without accepting it.
-- Aristotlei
It is not good enough to have a good mind;
the main thing is to use it well.
-- Rene Descartes
Freedom of mind is the beginning of all other freedoms.
-- Clinton Lee Scott
Great things are done by a series of small things
brought together.
-- Vincent van Gough
Courage is the first of human qualities because
it is the quality which guarantees the others.
-- Aristotle
To bear failure with courage is the best proof
of characteri that anyone can give.
-- Somerset Maugham
Confidence is courage at ease.
-- Daniel Maher
Courage is the price life exacts for granting peace.
-- Amelia Earhart
When the power of love overcomes the love of power
the world will know peace.
-- Jimi Hendrix
Joy go with you
Peace stay behind.
-- In Memory of Albert B. Lester 9/26/1960 -- 6/7/1992
Joy is not a thing,
It is in us.
-- Ben Franklin
Nature taught me a lesson.
Nature is the best teacher.
-- Theresa Heinz Kerry
In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.
Nature will hot forgive those who fail to fulfill
the law of their being. The law of human beings is
wisdom and goodness, not unlimited acquisition.
-- Robert Maynard Hutchins
Art is not essential when nature is sufficient.
-- Baltasar Gracian
Experience is a hard teacher
because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
-- Vernon Saunders Law
Experience is something you don't get until
just after you need it.
-- Steven Wright
To people of any age who aren't afraid to make
conscious choices to be the best they can be
and get the best from others.
-- Gary Null: dedication in Power Aging.
I am always ready to learn, but I do not always
like being taught.
-- Winston Churchill
Experience is not what happens to you.
It is what you do with what happens to you.
-- Aldous Huxley
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us,
we can control what happens inside us.
-- Ben Franklin
Everything is funny as long as it happens to someone else.
-- Will Rogers
There are no small parts;
Only small actors.
-- Will Rogers
Experience is simply the name we give to our mistakes.
-- Oscar Wilde
Live simply that others may simply live.
-- Elizabeth Seton
The big print giveth, and the small print taketh away.
-- Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Anyone who has never made a mistake
has never tried anything new.
-- Albert Einstein
Oh dear, what shall I do?
For every year brings something new.
-- Trapp Family Singers
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be
continually fearing you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
-- John Powell
Experience is a dear teacher,
but fools will learn at no other.
-- Benjamin Franklin
The prudent person profits from personal experience,
a wise one from the experience of others
-- Joseph Collins
The only thing that keeps a man going is energy.
And what is energy but liking life?
-- Louie Auchincloss
Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.
-- Thomas Babington
In this world nothing can be said to be certain,
except death and taxes.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Give me Liberty, or give me death.
-- Patrick Henry in 1775 made his famous call for American
Independence from Britain, telling the Virginia Provincial
The whole problem with the world is that fools
and fanatics are always certain of themselves,
but wiser people so full of doubts.
-- Bertrand Russell
He who asks is a fool for five minutes,
but he who does not ask remains a fool forever
-- Chinese Proverb
Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
-- Scott Adams
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable,
but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
-- George Bernard Shaw
The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement
-- George Will
THe problem with perfectionists and their preoccupation
with control is that the qualities that make them effective
can render them insufferable in their personal lives.
Now is the only time anything happens.
-- Sylvia Boorstein
If the fish had stuck to its gills,
there would have been no movement
up to the land
-- Cynthia Ozick
The noblest question in the world;
what good may I do in it?
-- Benjamin Franklin
Well done is better than well-said.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Assert your right to make a few mistakes.
If people can't accept your imperfections,
that's their fault.
-- David M. Burns
Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.
--Salvador Dali
Man's reach should exeed his grasp,
or what's a heaven for?
Robert Browning
Surely there is something in the unruffled calm
of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts;
the sight of the deep-blue and the clustering of stars above
seem to impart a quiet to the mind.
-- Jonathan Edwards
When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get them,
but you won't come with a handfull of mud either.
-- Leo Burnett
Man's reach should exceed his grasp,
or what's a heaven for?
-- Robert Browning
To live a creative life we must lose the fear
of being wrong.
-- Joseph Chilton Pearce
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
-- Theodore Roosevelt
The monotony and solitude of a quiet life
stimulates the creative mind.
-- Albert Einstein
The ancestor of every action is a thought.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps
pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.
-- Henry D. Thoreau
In Wildness is the preservation of the World.
-- Henry D. Thoreau
There is only one good, knowledge,
and one evil, ignorance.
-- Socrates
All that is necessary for triumph of evil
is that good men do nothing
-- Edmund Burke
Nothing is more frightening than ignorance in action.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
Know thyself, and to thine own self be true.
-- Socrates
To thine own self be true,
you cannot be false to any man.
Polonius (Hamlet) Referenced in
Character is Destiny
-- John McCain
Character is perfectly educated will.
-- Novalis
Character is power.
-- Booker T. Washington
The really important thing is not to live,
but to live well.
-- Socrates
Only the educated are free.
-- Epictetus
Destiny: a tyrant's authority for crime
and a fool's excuse for failure.
-- Ambrose Bierce
The past, the present and the future
are really one: they are today.
-- Harriet Beecher Stowe
If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free
to follow wherever that search may lead us.
-- Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.
The larger the island of knowledge,
the longer the shoreline of wonder.
-- Huston Smith
Every sort of mastery is an increase of one's freedom.
-- Henri Frederic Amiel
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility
that comes with his freedom.
-- Bob Dylan
In mathematics you don't understand things.
You just get used to them.
-- John Von Neumann
Responsibility comes to one who is prepared for it
as certainly as harvest follows seed time.
-- Robert H. Jackson
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap,
but by the seeds you plant.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson
The ignorant man always adores what he cannot understand.
-- Cesare Lombroso
Everybody is ignorant,
only on different subjects.
-- Will Rogers
All would live long, but none would be old.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Life is not a having and a getting,
but a being and a becoming.
-- Myrna Lay
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include
the freedom to make mistakes.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
The ability to focus attention on important things
is a defining characteristic of intelligence.
-- Robert J. Shiller
Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
-- Malcolm Forbes

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On Knowledge

Knowledge is power.
-- Sir Francis Bacon
Knowledge is virtue.
-- Socrates
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
The more we study, the more we discover our ignorance.
-- Percy Blsshe Shelly
He who leaveth home in search of knowledge
walketh in the path of God.
-- Mohammed
The churches have to feed the hungry, clothe the naked,
and shelter the homeless. But they also have to remember
that the answer to homelessness is homes, not shelters. What the poor
and downtrodden need is not piecemeal charity but wholesale justice.
-- William Sloane Coffin
Ah, you that turn justice into wormwood, and bring righteousness
to the ground. You who trample on the poor and take from them
levies of grain. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice
in the gate. Let Justice roll down like waters, and righteousness
like an overflowing stream.
-- Book of Amos; William Sloane Coffin
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is dispair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
-- St Frances
A house is not a home unless it contains
food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
-- Margaret Fuller
Mosses from an Old Manse.
-- Nathaniel Hawthorne
There's no place like home.
-- Dorothy from Wizard of Oz
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it;
not having it, to confess your ignorance.
-- Confucius 551-479 BC
Knowledge is of two kinds.
We know a subject ourselves, or
we know where we can find information on it.
-- Samuel Johnson
Information cannot replace education.
-- Imparato and Itarari
If I have seen further than others, it is because
I have stood on the shoulders of giants.
-- Sir Isaac Newton
In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat;
but in the evolution of real knowledge, it marks the
first step in progress towards a victory.
-- Alfred North Whitehead
By relieving the brain of all unnecessary work,
a good nation gets to free its concentration on more advanced problems,
and in effect increases the mental power of the peace.
-- Alfred North Whitehead
Our mental life is governed mainly by a cauldron
of emotions, motives and desires
which we are barely conscious of, and what we call our conscious life
is usually an elaborate post hoc rationalization of things
really do for other reasons.
-- Dr Vilayanur s. Ramachandran
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
-- Plato
Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy
of your time and talent.
-- Alice Noble
Hide not your talents, they for use were made.
What's a sun dial in the shade?
-- Benjamin Franklin
All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should
have an equal opportunity to develop our talent.
-- John F. Kennedy
One can present people with opportunities.
One cannot make them equal to them.
-- Rosamond Lehmann
There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment
of unequal people.
-- Thomas Jefferson
Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard
against absurdities the most monstrous,
and like a ship without ruddewr, is the sport of every wind.
-- Thomas Jefferson
Opportunity is missed by most people because
it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
-- Thomas Edison
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work,
so most poeple don't recognize them.
-- Ann Landers
Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
-- Henry David Thoreau
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things
which escape those who dream only by night.
-- Edgar Allan Poe
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
-- Henry David Thoreau
It is today that we create the world of the future.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
Government is not reason;
It is not eloquence, it is force!
It is a dangerous reward and a terrible monster.
-- George Washington
Is love, in the Christian sense, dangerous?
-- Soren Kierkegaard
Love is its own reward.
-- Helmet Thielicke
Those who forget the future
are doomed to repeat it.
-- Santayana
The future belongs to the beauty of their dreams.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
The past, the present and the future are really one:
they are today.
-- Harriet Beecher Stowe
I predict future hapiness for Americans if they can prevent
the government from wasting the labors of the people
under the pretext of taking care of them.
-- Thomas Jefferson
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
-- Henry David Thoreau
Quality is never an accident.
It is always the result of intelligent effort.
-- John Ruskin
Wherever there is knowledge,
Wherever there is virtue,
Wherever there is beauty,
He will find a home.
Eulogy to Henry David Thoreau
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson -- 1862
Knowledge is power, and power is the key to
changing things.
-- Jill Nelson
Everyone thinks of changing the world,
but no one thinks of changing himself.
-- Leo Tolstoy
Ideas without action are worthless.
-- Harvey Mackay
Action makes more fortune than caution.
-- Luc DeClapiers
The best way to get a good idea is to get lots of ideas.
-- Linus Pauling
If you want to get across an idea,
wrap it up in a person.
-- Ralph Bunch
There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world;
and that is an idea whose time has come.
-- Victor Hugo
Our free, self-governing society requires an open exchange
of ideas, which in turn requires a civility rooted in mutual
respect for each other's opinions and viewpoints.
-- Ed Feulner
Deal with yourself as an individual woprthy of respect
and make everyone else deal with you the same way.
-- Nikki Giovanni
Initiative is doing the right thing without being told
-- Victor Hugo
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the
mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.
-- Albert Einstein
Perhaps it would be better for science,
that all criticism should be avowed.
-- Charles Babbage
I must go down to the sea again,
to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship
and a star to steer her by.
-- John Masefield
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten,
either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
-- Benjamin Franklin
If we would be a reader, read;
if a writer, write.
-- Epictetus
Those who write clearly have readers,
Those who write obscurely have commentators.
-- Albert Camus
If you would be a reader, read
if a writer, write.
-- Epictetus
Experience is something you don't get until
just after you need it.
-- Steven Wright
Science is what you know,
philosophy is what you don't know.
-- Albert Einstein
Philosophy begins in wonder.
-- Plato
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over
again and expecting different results.
-- Albert Einstein
It is what we think we know already that
often prevents us from learning.
-- Clyde Bernard
Belief tests in the way of learning.
-- Robert A. Heinline
Before you can think out of the box,
you have to start with a box.
-- Twyla Tharp
Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
-- Harriet Beecher Stowe
It is possible to store the mind with a million
facts and still be entirely uneducated.
-- Alec Bourne
The reason universities are so full of knowledge
is that the student comes in with so much
and they leave with so little.
-- Marshall McLuhan
There is absolutely no inevitability,
so long as there is a willingness to contemplate
what is happening.
-- Marshall McLuhan
Every technology has a philosophy which is given expression
in how techology makes people use their minds, in what it makes us do
with our bodies, in what it makes us do with our bodies,
in how it codifies the world in which our senses are amplified,
in what our emotional and intellecvtual tendencies it disregards.
-- Neil Postman
Knowledge of what is possible is
the beginning of happiness.
-- George Santayana
Knowledge rests upon knowledge;
what is new is meaningful because it departs
slightly from what was known before.
-- Robert Oppenheimer
Nothing is more powerful and liberating than knowledge.
-- William H. Gray III
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge;
argument is an exchange of ignorance.
-- Robert Quillen
In any argument, examine the assumptions.
-- Eric Temple Bell
The great challenge in argument is really
finding one's own opinion, not other peoples.
-- Evelyn Waugh
There are no great people in this world,
only great challengers which ordinary people rise to meet.
-- William Frederick Halsey
The greatest obstacle to dicovery is not ignorance;
it is the illusion of knowlege.
-- Daniel Boorstin
Sixty years ago I knew everything;
now I know nothing. Education is the progressive
discovery of our own ignorance.
-- Will Durant
A great deal of intelligence can be invested
in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
-- Saul Bellow
Silence is the unbearable repartee.
-- C. G. Chesterton
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
-- Hannah More
The arts are the science of enjoying life.
-- John Maeda
In science the credit goes to the man who convinces
the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.
-- Charles Darwyn
When you talk, you repeat what you already know;
when you listen, you often learn something.
-- Jared Sparks
You have learned something. That always feels at first
as if you had lost something.
-- George Bernard Shaw
Till a voice, /as bad as Conscience, rang interminable
changes on one everlasting Whisper day and night repeated -- so;
"Something hidden. Go and find iot. Go and look behind the Ranges
"Something lost behind the Ranges.
Lost and waiting for you. "Go!"
-- Rudyard Kipling
Some may see things as they are and say "What?"
I dream things that mean well, and say "Why Not."
-- George Bernard Shaw
You learn something every day if you pay attention.
-- Ray LeBlond
If people are having trouble communicating,
the least they could do is shut up about it.
-- Tom Lehrer
A wise old owl sat upon an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
"Why aren't we like that wise old bird?"
-- Edward Hersey Richards
The art of being wise is the art
of knowing what to overlook.
-- William James
Knowledge and timber shouldn't be
much used until they are seasoned.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
You don't understand anything until you
learn it more than one way.
-- Marvin Minskyi
You cannot teach anybody anything, you can
only help him discover it within themselves.
-- Galileo
I teach, therefore I am.
-- anonymous
Man will become better only when you will make
him see what he is like.
-- Anton Chekhov
Man -- a creation made after a week's work,
when God was tired.
-- Mark Twain
Every act of creation is first of all
an act of destruction.
-- Pablo Picasso
Man is the measure of all things.
-- Protagoras
Man is the only animal that blushes; or needs to.
-- Mark Twain
People who need people are
the luckiest people in the world.
-- Barbara Streisand
You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
-- Will Rogers
It's only in our minds that we are separate
from the rest of the world.
-- Gay Luce
The excitement of learning separates youth
from old age. As long as you're learning you're not old.
-- Rosalyn S. Yalow
An enormous amout of other learing must take place
before one can write worth-while essays of ideas
-- James moffett
The beautiful thing about learning is that
no one can take it away from you.
-- B.B. King
The joy of learning is as indispensable in study
as breathing is in running.
-- Simone Weil
At a certain age some people's minds close up;
they live on their intellectual fat.
-- Irish saying
Maintain social and intellectual connections
as you go through life.
-- Dr. Andrew Weil
Inspiration is the source of creativity,
determination and perseverence
are the ingredients of achievement.
-- anonymous
The starting pont of all achievement is desire.
Keep this constantly in mind.
Weak desires bring weak results,
just as a small amount of ifre makes a small amount of heat.
-- Napoleon Hill
Information is the oxygen of the modern age.
It seeps through walls topped by barbed wire,
it wafts across the electrified borders.
-- Ronald Wilson Reagan
The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy
appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
-- Ronald Reagan
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings.
The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
-- Winston Churchill
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist
is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
-- Mark Twain
There is no distinctly Native American criminal class.
... save Congress
-- Mark Twain
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
-- Edward Langley
I am not as politician, and my other
habits are good also.
-- Artemis Ward 1859
I only regret that I havwe but one life to lose for
for my country.
-- Nathan Hale
If you're not big enough to lose,
you're not big enough to win.
-- Walter Reuther
A politician is an acrobat and keeps his balance
by saying the opposite of what he does.
-- Lilian Hellman
A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence
and yet keep both ears to the ground.
-- H.L.Menken
My political philosophy is based on the premise that
you can fool some of the people all of the time.
and I intend to concentrate on those people.
-- George W. Bush
A government big enough to give you everything you want,
is strong enough to take everything you have.
-- Thomas Jefferson
It is not my intention to do away with government,
It is, rather, to make it work with us, not over us;
to stand on your side, not riede on our back.
-- Ronald Reagan
Information cannot replace education.
-- Earl Kiole
Education is not preparation for life,
education is life itself.
-- John Dewey
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
If you can find a path with no obstacles,
it probably doesn't lead anywhere.
-- Frank A. Clark
The greatest gift is the passion for reading.
It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites,
it gives you knowledge of the world and
experience of a wide kind.
It is a moral illumination.
-- Elizabeth Hardwick
Experience, which destroys innocence,
also leads on back to it.
-- James Baldwin
Experience is something you don't get until
just after you need it.
-- Steven Wright
Reading makes a full man,
Meditation a profound man,
discourse a clear man.
-- Benjamin Franklin
What goes on between the speaker and the hearer
in a genuine edifying discoures?
-- Soren Kierkegaard

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On Applying the Power of Knowledge

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
-- Lord Acton
a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
-- Mark Twain
Those in a position to impose rules naturally want them
to be obeyed. But be careful what you ask for. You might get it.
-- Paul Graham
We are what we pretend to be, so we must
be very careful about what we pretend to be.
-- Kurt Vonnegut
Those who don't learn from history
are doomed to repeat it.
-- George Santayana
Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
-- Benjamin Franklin
It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy
to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the
supposition he may abuse it.
-- George Washington
Americans must remain firmly bound together
by fraternal affection.
-- George Washington
We shall prove in a few years that we are indeed
the treasury of the world.
-- Abraham Lincoln
This too shall pass. Let us hope that is not true
of America.
-- Abraham Lincoln
America is more than a nation or state or superpower;
it is an idea and one which has transformed
and continues to transform us all.
-- Margaret Thatcher
Cary Hall A memorial to Isaac Harris
born in Boston Nov 3, 1803
Died May 22, 1881
This Building, the testamentary gift
of his daughters, Susanna E. Cary and
Eliza Cary Karnaham
to the town.
His assistance to young men can improve their condition
in life and his desire to prompt the intellectural and morals
of this community, which both the daughters loved.
Every man beareth the whole stamp of the human condition.
-- Montaigne
And this too shall pass
-- King Solomon
There never was a good war or a bad peace.
-- Benjamin Franklin
We shall prove in a few years that we are indeed
the treasury of the world.
-- Abraham Lincoln
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
-- Chinese Proverb
Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance
is to drop back.
-- Chinese Proverb
Whatever you can do, or dream, you can begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
-- Goethe
We are shaped and fashioned by what we live.
-- Goethe
It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the
submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
-- Virginia Woolf
To do great work, a man must be very idle
as well as very industrious.
-- Samuel Butler
It's never too late to do nothing at all.
-- Alan Ginsberg
To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.
-- Hippocrates
If you can dream it, you can do it.
-- Walt Disney
Any sufficiently advanced technology is
indistinguishable from magic.
-- Max Stein
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
-- Napoleon Hill
Fine-tune your goals:
Why not spend some time in determining
what is worthwhile for us and then go after that?
-- William Ross
You are never to old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
-- C.S.Lewis
A happy marriage is the union of two good caregivers.
-- Robert Quillen
The true measure of a career is to be able to be content,
even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors.
-- Alan Greenspan
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed
is more important than any other one thing.
-- Abraham Lincoln
When a man seriouusly reflects on the precariousness
of human affairs, he will become convinced that it is infinitely
wiser and safer to form a constitution of our own in a cool,
deliberatemanner, while we habe it in our power.
-- Thomas Pain, in "Common Sense"
When reflection has passed through
into infinitude, innocence is reestablished.
Heinrich von Heise
Goals without deadlines are little more than wishes.
-- Henry David Thoreau
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow,
it only saps today of its joy.
-- Leo Buscaglia
Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved.
If it is, stop worrying.
-- Amelia Earhart
Only by taking the risk of going too far
can you determine how far you can go.
-- Joe Heuer
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out
how far one can go.
-- TS Elliot
You are today where your thoughts have brought you;
you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
-- James Allen
I have no riches but my thoughts.
Yet these are weath enough for me.
-- Sara Teasdale
Learning without thought is labor lost,
thought without learning is perilous.
-- Confucius
You learn something every day if you pay attention.
-- Ray LeBlond
The true art of memorey is the art of attention.
-- Samuel Johnson
People learn something every day, and a lot
of the times it's that what they learned
the day before was wrong.
-- Bill Vaughan

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On The Future

My interest is in the future, because I'm going
to spend the rest of my life there.
-- Charles F. Kettering
Today we are witnessing an almost uncontained
hyper-use of force in international relations - military force.
-- Vladimir V. Putin, President of Russia, on the USA
It is not the length of life, but the depth of life.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
When all is said and done,
more is said than done
-- Gordon Livingston
War is a coward's escape from the problems of peace.
-- Thomas Mann
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
-- Henry David Thoreau
We cannot always build the future for our youth,
but we can build our youth for the future.
x -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Planning for the future without a sense of history
is like planting dead flowers.
-- Daniel Boorstin
When we inspects the history of a language,
one soon discovers that change is not the exception, but the rule.
-- Guy Deutcher
There is nobody who totally lacks the courage
to change.
-- Rollo May
The most effective way to ensure the future
is to confront the present courageously and constructively.
-- Rollo May
They haven't done anything to control
any spending -- zero, zip and nada.
--John Kasich,
a former chairman of the House Budget Committee,
on the Senate's additional spending in the budget.
The future depends on what we do in the present.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
He who plants trees loves others beside himself.
-- Thomas Fuller
Always do your best. What you plant now,
you will harvest later.
-- Og Mandino
Nothing fruitful ever comes when plants are forced
to flower in the wrong season.
-- Bette Baoford
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
-- Mahatma Ghandi
The future depends on what we do in the present.
-- Mahatma Ghandi
A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers
-- Chinese Proverb
Learning is like rowing upstream:
not to advance is to drop back.
-- Chinese proverb
My life flows on in endless song above earth's lamentation
I hear the real, tho' far off hymn that hails the new foundation
And how the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing,
It sounds on earth by my Soul
How can I keep from singing.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
-- Chinese Proverb
One ought every day at least to hear a little song,
read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were
possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
-- Ishann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The difference between the right word
and the almost right word is the difference between
lightning and a lightning bug.
-- Mark Twain
Watch the Fuschia unfolding,
Listen to the birds chirping,
Relish the moment,
It's the "little things" in life,
Take notice,
Don't let daily delights slip by.
-- Florence Price Kinnear
Make no little plans; they have no magic
to stir men's blood.
-- Daniel Burnham
The past, the present and the future are really one:
they are today.
-- Harriet Beecher Stowe
The present is the past biting into the future.
-- Edwin Land
How we spend our days is,
of course, how we spend our lives.
-- Annie Dillard
Nobody spends sombody else's money as carefully as he spends his own.
Nobody uses somebody else's resources as carefuly as he uses his own.
-- Milton Friedman
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
-- Henry David Thoreau
There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
-- Victor Hugo
I tell people I'm too stupid to know what's impossible.
I have rediculously large dreams,
and half the time they come true.
-- Debi Thomas
Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
-- Bette Davis
There are no problems,
only opportunities for more work.
-- Mark Hakkinen
I look for problems to solve and for needs to fulfill.
-- Dick Grace
If the only tool you have is a hammer,
you tend to see every problem as a nail.
-- Abraham Maslow
Man must make his opportunity as often as find it.
-- Francis Bacon
Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it;
foster productivity, no stifle it.
-- Ronald Reagan
It is not my intention to do away with government.
It is, rather, to make it work: work with us, not over us;
to stand by our side, not ride on our back.
-- Ronald Reagan
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent
the government from wasting the labors of the people under
the pretense of taking care of them.
-- Thomas Jefferson.
The three components of happiness are something to do,
someone to love, and something to look forward to.
-- Gordon Livingston
Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force!
It is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.
-- George Washington
You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.
-- Henry Ford
It's never too late to be what you could have been.
-- George Eliot
There are no such things as limits to growth,
because there are no limits on the human capacity
for intelligence, imagination and wonder.
-- Ronald Reagan
It appears that the infant universe had a kind
of growth spurt that would alarm any mom or dad.
-- Charles L. Bennett
There's no limit to what man can do
if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
-- Ronald Reagan
For America there is a great dawn ahead.
-- Ronald Reagan

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On Excellence

If we did all the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.
-- Thomas Edison.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence therefore is not an act but a habit.
-- Aristotle
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
-- Aristotle
All art, all education can be merely a
supplement to nature
-- aristotle
Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.
Autograph your work with excellence."
-- Unknown
If you want to get across an idea;
wrap it up in a person.
-- Ralph Bunche
The hardest and most significant work is going
to be the work each one of us does on ourselves.
-- Elizabeth Lesser
Excellence is the gradual result of always striving
to do better.
-- Pat Riley
Excellence is rarely found,
more rarely valued.
-- Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth
What convinces is conviction.
-- Lyndon Baines Johnson
Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em
"Certainly I can!"
and get busy and find out how to do it.
-- Theodore Roosevelt
It's not enough to be busy
the question is: what are we busy about?
-- Henry David Thoreau
I am only an average man, but by George,
I work harder at it than the average man.
-- Theodore Roosevelt
Speak softly and carry a big stick;
you will go far.
-- Theodore Roosevelt
I shall pass through this world just once,
so let me do it now,
for I shall not pass this way again.
-- Lawrence Campbell
It's not enough to be busy. The question is:
what are we busy about?
-- Henry David Thoreau
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
-- Henry David Thoreau
The future belongs to those who believe in
the beauty of their dreams.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
It it today that we create the world of the future.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil
is that good men do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke
Dreams are necessary to life.
-- Anais Nin
In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they better aim high.
-- Henry David Thoreau
There is no such thing as an accident.
What we call by that name is the effect
of something that we do not see.
-- Voltaire
All great work is preparing yourself
for the accident to happen.
-- Sidney Lamet
You don't stop laughing because you grow old;
You grow old because you stop laughing.
-- Michael Pritchard
Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it
nothing great was ever achieved.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
-- Theodore Roosevelt
Do things right, and have fun doing them.
-- Yuri Rubinsky
Patriotism means to stand by the country.
It does not mean to stand by the President.
-- Theodore Roosevelt
The spirit of resistance to government is
so valuable on certain occasions,
that I wish it always to be kept alive.
-- Thomas Jefferson
There is no distinctively native American criminal
class except Congress.
-- Mark Twain
Society is produced by our wants,
and government by our wickedness.
-- Thomas Paine, in Common Sense
Political parties are likely in the course of time and things,
to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious,
and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the
people and to usurp for themselves therein of the government.
--George Washington, from his 1796 farewell address
Accomplishments will prove to be a journey not a destination.
-- Dwight D. Eisenehower, 1957
Life for every person should be a journey in jubilance!
-- Charles Fillmore
Nothing great has ever been accomplished
without rational exhuberance.
-- Tom Evslin
To accomplish great things,
we must dream as well as act.
-- Anatole France
You are never to old to set another goal or
to dream a new dream.
-- C.S.Lewis
Behold, this dreamer cometh
-- Genesis 37:19
Don't let the fact that you cannot do everything
prevent you from doing everything you can.
-- Jussi
We cannot do everything at once,
but we can do something at once.
-- Calvin Coolidge
What you do speaks so loud
that I cannot hear what you say.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
-- Henry Ford
Achievement is largely the product of steadily
raising one's level of aspirations and expectations.
-- Jack Nicklaus lies in the joy of achievement,
in the thrill of creative effort.
-- Vincent van Gogh
Happiness is made up of those tiny successes ...
And if you don't collect all the tiny successes,
the big ones don't really mean anything.
-- Norman Lear
A lie can travel halfway around the world
while the truth is putting on its shoes.
-- Mark Twain
To stay 9in one place and watch the seasons
come and go is tantamount to constant travel:
One is traveling with the earty.
-- Marguerite Yourcenar
The secret of happiness is freedom,
and the secret of freedom is a brave heart.
-- Thucydides
I am alone with the beating of my heart.
-- Lui Chi
Freedom lies in being bold.
-- Robert Frost
Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
-- Jean Paul Sarte
Any activity becomes creative when the doer
cares about doing it right, or doing it better.
-- John Updike
The secret of happiness is freedom,
and the secret of freedom is a brave heart.
-- Thucydides
Happiness is a by-product of what we share
with others.
-- Douglas M. Lawson
Freedom lies in being bold.
-- Robert Frost

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On Giving

Your joy comes from what you give,
not from what you accumulate.
-- Frank Laubach
This joy you feel is life.
-- Pamela Peal-Sanchez
A book is a gift you can open again and again.
-- Garrison Keillor
A classic is a book that doesn't have too be
written again.
-- Carl Van Doren
You may give a Man an office,
but you cannot give himn discretion.
-- Ben Franklin
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow,
it only spares today of its joy.
-- Leo Buscaglia
Worry not that no one knows of you:
seek to be worth knowing.
-- Confucius
Seize from every moment its unique novelty,
and do not prepare your joys.
-- Anonymous
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always
depend upon the support of Paul.
-- George Bernard Shaw
A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man
which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
-- G. Gordon Liddy
Democracy must be something more than two wolves
and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
-- James Bovard
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor
people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
-- Douglas Casey
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey
and car keys to teenage boys.
-- P.J.O'Rourke
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody
endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
-- Fredereic Bastiat
Government's view of the economy could be summed up
in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it.
If it keeps moving, regulate it.
And if it stops moving,
subsidize it.
-- Ronald Reagan 1986
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
-- Will Rogers
If you think health care is expensive now,
wait until you see what it costs when it's free!
-- P.J. O'Rourke
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money
as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
-- Voltaire (1764)
Just because you do not take an interest in politics
doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!
-- Pericles (430 B.C.)
There are only two kinds of politics.
They're not radicl and reactionary or conservative and liberal
or even Democratic and Republican.
There are only the politifcs of fear and the politics of trust.
One says you are encircled by monstrous dangers.
Give us power over your freedom so we we may protect you.
The other says the world is a baffling and hazardous place,
but it fan be shaped to the will of man.
-- Senator Ed Muskie of Maine
No man's life, liberty, or property is safe
while the legislature is in session.
-- Mark Twain (1866)
But such is the irrestible nature of truth
that all it asks and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
-- Thomas Paine
Talk is cheap .. except when Congress does it.
-- Anon
Your life and mine shall be valued not by what we take,
but what we give.
-- Edgar Allen Poe
If there be any truer measure of a man than
by what he does, it must by what he gives.
-- Bishop Robert South
The hightest reward from your working is not
what you get for it but what you become by it.
-- Sydney Harris
A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.
-- William Bennett
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand,
you'll find one at the end of your arm. ...
As you grow older you will discover that you
have two hands. One for helping yourself,
the other for helping others.
-- Audrey Hepburn
Remember: how quickly you get through material
is not as important as how much of the material gets through to you.
-- Harry Loraine
You cannot teach anybody anything.
You can only help them discover it within themselves.
-- Galileo
I teach therefore I am.
-- anonymous
We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give.
-- Winston Churchill
The unexamined life is not worth living.
-- Plato
The only reason they come to see me is that
I know that life is great, and they know I know it.
-- Clarke Gable
I take a simple view of living.
It is to keep your eyes open and get on with the job.
-- Laurence Olivier
You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled
then something has been lost.
-- Martha Graham
In service we are fulfilled.
-- Country Bulk Store
Men are rich only as they give. He who gives
great service gets great rewards.
-- Elbert Hubbard
No act of kindness, no matter how small,
is ever wasted.
-- Aesop
Sometimes you have to be silent to be heard.
-- Stanislaw Lem
Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper
of God
-- Ralph Waldo Emersion
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our every act has a universal dimension.
-- Dalai Lama
The highest reward for a man's toil is not what
he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.
-- John Ruskin
You can easily judge the character of a man by
the way he treats those who can do nothing for him.
-- Goeth
The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
-- Benjamin Disraeli
As a techer I feel I have a moral obligation to help the
children in my classroom grow toward becoming full human beings and to
feel successful.
-- Jean Medick
Success is the best revenge.
-- Michele Jolivette
Sometimes success is due less to ability than to zeal.
-- Charles Buxton
We are not here to be successful,
we are here to be faithful.
-- Mother Theresa
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
-- Victor Borga
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much.
-- Mother Teresa

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On Outreach

Two roads diverged in the 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; ...
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewere 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.
-- Robert Frost
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead
where there is no path and leave a trail.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is the path you beat while you walk it.
-- Antonio Machado
You can't stay in your corner of the forest
waiting for others to come to you.
You have to go to them sometimes.
-- A. A. Milne
It's odd how people waiting for you stand out
far less clearly than people who you are waiting for.
-- Jean Giradeaux
If you don't know where you are going,
how can you expect to get there?
-- Basil S. Walsh
Travel is fatal to prejudice.
-- Mark Twain
I have thought about the land while traveling through
it and observing its precarious status quo's beautiful
yet on the verge of disaster.
-- Ansel Adams
I want a picture to reflect not only the forms
but what I have seen and felt at the moment of exposure
-- Ansel Adams
The higher we go, the further we see.
-- Tracy Kidder, inspired by Mountains Beyond Mountains
You have to climb the mountain to appreciate the view.
-- Grace E. Easley
Nothing is too high for a man to reach but he must climb
with care and confidence.
-- Hans Christian Andersen
Going to the mountains is going home.
-- John Muir
When we try to pick out anything by itself,
we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
-- John Muir
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, overcivilized people
are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home,
that wilderness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations
are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers,
but as fountains of life.
-- John Muir
My Heart's in the highlands, wherever I go.
-- Robert Burns
In every walk with nature one receives far more
than he seeks.
-- John Muir
The Last Leaf

"And if I should live to be
the last leaf upon the tree
in the spring,

let them smile; as I do now;
as the old forsaken bough
where I cling."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
the last leaf
In the silence of the woods, you will not be alone.
-- Chief Sealth (Seattle)
Never close your lips to those to whom you have
opened your heart.
-- Charles Dickens
The larger the island of knowledge,
the longer the shoreline of wonder.
-- Ralph W. Sockman
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is:
be satisfied with your opinions
and content with your knowledge.
-- Elbert Hubbard
A thing is right only when it tends to preserve
the integrity, stability and beauty of the community;
and the community includes the soil, water,
fauna and flora, as well as the people.
-- Aldo Leopold
If you have integrity, nothing else matters.
If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.
-- Alan Simpson
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
-- Margaret Mead
The ancestor of every action is a thought.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
You must do the things you think you cannot do.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
If you can think it, you can do it.
-- anonymous
Now is the only time anything happens.
-- Sylvia Boorstein

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On Growing Older

The biology of aging is not
for the faint-hearted.
-- Ann D. Gross, Charles Tidball.
The years slip by on fleeting wing.
-- Horace
As you grow older, you'll find the only things
you regret are the things you didn't do.
-- Zachary Scott
In five years we will have regrets and remorse for
the things we did not do,
rather than the things we did do.
-- Mark Twain
If I'd known I was going to live this long,
I'd have taken better care of myself.
-- Eubie Blake
No one is so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
-- Henry David Thoreau
I fell like an aeroplane at the end of a long flight,
in the dusk ... in search of a safe landing.
-- Winston Churchill, on retirement
Don't wait 'till people die to tell them you love them.
-- David Brudnoy.
How we decide to behave as elders will be
the most important challenge we face.
-- Ken Dychtwald, Age Wave
To have courage for whatever comes in life
everything lies in that.
-- Mother Teresa
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is
the quality which guarantees all others.
-- Winston Churchill
Doing what is right is no guarantee against misfortune.
-- William McFee
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
-- Anais Nin
We don't see things as they are,
We see them as we are.
-- Anais Nin

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On Mentoring

We have special responsibilities in mentoring others:
I suggest that you:
start where they are,
motivate them to expand their understanding,
even beyond yours.
We all need someone who inspires us
to do better than we know how.
-- anonymous

Yuri Rubinski was a special motivator and mentor to me. See

Wait, There's More.

for an indication of his influence on so many others
throughout the world as well.

At the World-Wide-Web V conference which Yuri was co-chair,
on December 11, 1995 Yuri said to me at the first coffee break:

"Harvey, I invite you to the accessibility for everyone
workshop that was just about to start."
I'm grateful to Yuri that I have been able to take his sage advice.

That introduction has motivated and affected all that I've done since,
most importantly working with many others to make the Internet accessible
for everyone:
See: World Wide Web Web Accessibility Initiative See: Evaluating Web sites for Accessibility

There are identified many tools that allow you to supply a web address and receive an assessment of potential problem areas.

Information Accessibility for Everyone Everywhere

Yuri died the next month, too young in January 1996 at age 43.
I've tried to carry on with what he was doing, quite timely as I retired
from Interleaf then into focusing on accessibility for everyone.

For tributes from many for the man who was a friend
and inspiration for all who had the privilege of knowing him.

The fine Tribute to Yuri Rubinsky, SGML and the man,
by Ian F. Darwin provides much insight about Yuri.

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On Clutter

Yuri Rubinskry had above his desk a print, which is now above my desk.

memos: current, recent, ancient, memozoic, coal







Somewhere at the bottom of your desk,
old memos are being pressed into coal.

A higher-resolution version is available at

That work has no copyright mark. Thanks, Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich.

One of Yuri's suggestions for his desk in anticipating
his office move: "Can't we just shrink-wrap it?"

If a cluttered desk is an indication of a cluttered mind,
What is indicated by an empty desk?
-- Lawrence J. Peter
Our life is frittered away by detail ... Simplify, simplify.
-- Henry David Thoreau
There are three periods in life:
youth, middle age, and how well you look!
-- Nelson A. Rockefeller
My mind must be clean, I change it so often. -- anonymous
If I'm out of my mind, please leave a message.
-- anonymous
Perhaps there is nothing in nature more pleasing
than the study of the human mind.
-- John Hunter (1728-1793)
One of the advantages of being disorderly is
that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
-- A. A. Milne

Gladys and I have now adjusted to moving into some other
dwelling while we are still able.

One possibility is a retirement community.

Don't wait too long.
-- Si Gluck

But first we need to unclutter and clean out our house.

The easiest way I've come up with is to move a
dumpster into the back yard and just tip the house
and let its contents slide into it!

As part of uncluttering our house, we have been reviewing
clippings and trip literature saved from long ago
[many bring nice memories]. We've discarded some books,
artifacts and articles accumulated for well over half a century,
including some our parents returned to us years ago
when they were in this uncluttering process.

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On Writing

A telling comment by my nephew when visiting my office in 1988,
and finding no cleared horizontal surface above the floor:

"Uncle Harvey, where do you write?"
-- Thomas Matthew Seidel

That perceptive observation made me realise that I wrote only
through a keyboard, then and now. Fortunately the occasional
office changes did clear those cluttered surfaces.

I have been reflecting and writing about periods of my life,
and recollections of my ancestors, which I share with our descendents.
I am including photos I take of old pictures.

I have begun to use speech-to-text technology to capture my thoughts,
or to transcribe old materials, and use the keyboard to make corrections.

The best writing is rewriting.
-- E. B. White
We are the hero of our own story.
-- Mary McCarthy

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Go back to the recommendations.

H. Surround yourself with what you love

Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

We still enjoy much in our community, home and yard.

Caring for the Minuteman Bikeway that passes behind our house,
Greeting and meeting its many users whenever I'm on it,
Enjoying the squirrels and birds in the adjacent woods
that I can watch through the window by my computer.
Sharing with neighbors and their families,
Admiring the abundance of plants -- that we enjoy sharing with many others.
[I photographed sixty different perennials in bloom during June, 2003.]
When the photograph is a mirror of the man
and the man is a mirror of the world through the spirit. -- Minor White

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I. Cherish your health

If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable,
improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
-- Ben Franklin.
Be careful about reading health books.
you may die of a misprint.
-- Mark Twain.
Effective reading is a search
a search for ideas, insight, and more.
-- Harry Lorayne.
A lean horse runs a long race.
-- Cdr Edgar Barzellai Howell.

I've been working on accessibility to information on the internet for 12 years now in retirement, as an invited expert for the World Wide Web -- Web Accessibility Initiative. There I've enjoyed working with and learning from some 400 persons world-wide who share my concern for making the information on the web accessible to everyone so they can have:

"the ability to find, manipulate, and use information
in an efficient and comprehensive manner."
-- National Science Foundation.
My blindness cuts me off from things,
My deafness cuts me off from people.
-- Helen Keller.
We could never learn to be brave and patient
if there were only joy in the world.
-- Helen Keller
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear
and the blind can see.
-- Mark Twain.

Preparing for the Future

Some of my focus on accessibility is foresight:
I'm getting prepared for a more challenging future.
As the years pass I keep adding reasons

my eyes don't see so clearly -- glasses help so far,
my ears don't hear so high -- hearing aids won't help;
guess I should learn to read lips,
my fingers don't work so well -- arthritis prevents me from making a fist,
I don't taste so sensitively -- I've never had much taste,
I don't smell so good -- I miss smelling the roses,
and I forget -- what is that last reason?
Rage and frenzy will pull down more in half an hour
than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in a hundred years.
-- Edmund Burke

Go back to the recommendations.

J. Don't take guilt trips

Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

Guilt trips are not on my schedule. Rather:
I enjoy trips to unfamiliar places, where I can learn.

I have gained a better appreciation for aging, from many writers.

I share Stress Remedies that have been widely distributed as sage advice.

Go back to the recommendations.

K. Tell the people you love

that you love them at every opportunity.

Our Christian faith is based on love. Jesus Christ admonishes us to love one another.

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
-- Romans 13:9
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three
and the greatest of these is love.
1 Cor 13:13
I love the recklessness of faith.
First you leap, and then you grow wings.
-- William Sloane Coffin
Never put a period where God has put a comma.
- Gracie Allen
God has two dwellings: one in heaven,
and the other in the meek and thankful heart.
-- Isaac Walton
Not truth, but faith it is that keeps the world alive.
-- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Over the years the many friends of all ages in our family,
our church families, and neighbors have enriched our lives
immeasurably by sharing their love.

Make new friends, but keep the old.
One is silver, the other gold.
-- anonymous
What is new is only new to us.
-- Pearl S. Buck
My glory was that I had such friends.
-- W. B. Yeats
A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have
friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
-- Henry David Thoreau
The qauestion is not what we look at,
but what you see.
-- Henry David Thoreau
If you can think of it, you can do it.
-- Andrew Totolos
Where all think alike, no one thinks much.
-- Walter Lippmann
Give and take make good friends.
-- Scottish proverb
Be true to your work, your word, and your friends.
-- Henry David Thoreau
You can make more friends in a month by being
interested in them than in ten years by trying to get
them interested in you.
--Charles L. Allen, Roads to Radiant Living
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
-- Abraham Lincoln
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
-- Henry David Thoreau
Wishing to be friends is quick work,
but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
-- Aristotle
Good friends, good books,
and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
-- Mark Twain
Eighty percent of life is showing up.
-- Woody Allen
Conscience warns us before it reproaches us.
-- Comtesse Diane
Friends who take the time to care,
are really angels unaware.
-- anonymous
They always say time changes things,
but you actually have to change them yourself.
-- Andy Warhol
Friendship is Love,
without either flowers or veil.
-- Julius and Augustus Hare
Blessings come in many ways, nd the nicest come from friends.
-- anonymous
Strive to make something of yourself:
then strive to make the most of yourself.
-- Alexander Crummell
Friends are relatives you make for yourself.
-- Eustache Deschamps
With all beings and all things we shall be as relatives.
-- Sioux Indians
Friendship is Love,
without either flowers or veil.
-- Julius and Augustus Hare
For all the ways you've helped me grow I want to say
I love you so.
-- anonymous
We love someone when the importance of his or her
needs and desires rises to the level of our own.
-- Gordon Livingston
Love is not finding someone you can live with.
It's finding someone you can't live without.
-- Raphiel Ortez
We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence,
and its only end.
-- Benjamin Disraeli
A world to be born under your footsteps...
-- St John Perse
Where there is love there is life.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
Change is the essence of life.
-- Gordon Livingston
Love is the strongest force the world possesses.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do,
but how much love we put in that action.
-- Mother Teresa
Love conquers all.
-- Virgil
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our task is to widen our circle of compassion to embrase
all living beings and all of nature.
-- Albert Einstein
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to
get; only with what you are expecting to give. which is everything.
-- Katherine Hepburn
Do all things with love.
-- Og Mandino
A hug is a great gift. One size fits all,
it can be given for any occasioan,
and it's easy to exchange.
-- anonymous
The most beautiful things in life are not seen or heard.
They are felt with the heart.
-- anonymous
Great secrets of life:
Find good work and people to love,
focus on the positives, and
appreciate small things.
-- Another Country Mary Pipher, pg 115.
To be positive is to be mistaken at the top of one's voice.
-- Ambrose Bierce
Happy memories never wear out.
Relive them as often as you want.
-- anonymous
People are still alive so long as they are alive
in the memories of those who love them.
-- Boris Pasternak
If I Knew
it would be the last time ... But just in case I might be wrong
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you,
and I hope we never forget.
I love you: for your wisdom that you share, your humor,
your talent, and your concern for others.
-- 2 Corinthians 8b
Managing to have a sense of humor
makes it a lot easier to manage people.
-- Steve Wilson
Doing what is right is no guarantee against misfortune.
-- William McFee
Life's most persistent and urgent question is
'What are you doing for others?'
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Humor allows one to bear
what cannot be borne.
-- Abraham Lincoln
Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
-- Mark Twain
Any song of joy and love is a song worth singing.
-- Joe Mazzella
Sing, sweetness, to the last palpitation
of the evening and the breeze.
-- St. John Perse
Music and rhythm find their way into the secret
places of the soul.
-- Plato
How Can I Keep From Singing
My life flows on in endless song above earth's lamentation;
I hear the real, tho' far off hymn that hails the new creation.
Above the tumult and the strife I hear its music ringing.
It sounds an echo in my soul;
hoiw can I keep from singing?
-- Robert Lowrey
If music be the food of love, play on.
-- William Shakespeare
A love song is just a caress set to music
-- Sigmund Romberg
Love llooks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
but with the mind
-- William Shakespeare from Midsummer Night's Dream
Dieting is just a matter of following the path
of feast resistance
-- Tom R. Kovach
To study music we must learn the rules.
To create music we must forget them.
-- Nadia Boulanger
Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very
silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
-- Henry Van Dyke
Life is one grand song, so start the music.
-- Ronald Reagan
Wolfram Tones -- Music synthesis A random music systhesis technique with examples.
A New Kind Of Science A visually stunning example of pattern evolution from varying initial
Music is the sole art which evokes nostalgia for the future.
-- Ned Rorem
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart
and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
-- anonymous
We have fallen into the place where everything is music.
-- Rumi
My music is best understood by children and animals.
-- Igor Stravinsky
In memory, everything seems to happen to music.
-- Tennessee Williams
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
-- Samuel Johnson
Without memory, a person could not have the sense
of continuity even to know whose he or she was.
Without a doubt, memory is central to being human.
-- Elizabeth Loftus
The true art of memory without the frustration
-- Henry Corraine
A man's real posession is his memory
In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor
-- Alexander Smith
Memory is the one paradise out of which we cannot be driven.
-- Sacha Guttry
The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand
that does not grasp.
-- John Berry
I am the light of the world. Whomsoever follows me
will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
-- John 8:12
Boasting of glory does not make glory,
and singing in the drk does not dispell fear.
-- King Hussein
My heart is singing for joy this morning.
A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone
upon my little pupil's mind, and behold, all things are changed.
-- Anne Sullivan
Today is yesterday's pupil.
-- Benjamin Franklin
Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.
-- Mother Teresa
The surest sign of wisdom is constant cheerfulness.
-- Montaigne
The two powers which in my opinion
constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
-- Epictus
Can anything be constant in a world that is eternally changing?
-- Benjamin Franklin
Grey hair is a small price to pay
for all this wisdom.
-- Tee-shirt by High Cotton Inc.
I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
-- Tom Stoppard

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood provides thoughtful admonitions:

Love a child every day, nurture self-esteem, be there.
I'm proud of you; I hope that you are proud of you too.
You're the only one and nobody will be exactly like you. -- Fred Rogers

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L. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take
but by the moments that take our breath away.

Yes, we should always be open to be

Surprised by Joy
-- C.S.Lewis

Grow old along with me!

The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in his hand
Who saith, "A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!"
-- Robert Browning (1864) from Rabbi Ben Ezra
Youth is not a time in life, it is a state of mind.
-- Bob Phillips
The secret of eternal youth is
arrested development.
-- Alice Roosevelt Longworth
Youth is a gift of nature; age is a work of art.
--Bob Phillips
If I did not work,
these worlds would perish
-- Bhagavad-Gita
To go too far is as bad as to fall short.
Excessive work is as undesirable as laziness.
-- Confucius
Bless thee in all the work of thy hand which thou doest.
-- Deuteronomy 14:29
We grow old not so much by living
but by losing interest in living.
-- Bob Phillips
Please don't MAKE FUN of our coffee...
Some day you'll be OLD and WEAK yourself!
-- Building 19 1/2 coffee cup.
To know how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom;
and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
-- Henri Amiel 1874
Old friends are best
They know everything about you
(but they can't remember it).
-- t-shirt text from Starquest of California
Senility Prayer: Grant me the senility to forget the
people I never liked anyway: the good fortune to reunite with the
ones I did like, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
-- Andrew Weil
The shortest and best way to make your fortune is to let
people see clearly that it is in their interests to promote yourself.
-- Jean De La Bruyere
...The arms best adapted to old age are
culture and the active exercise of the virtues. ...
On Old Age
-- Cicero (106 B.C.--43 B.C.
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
-- Ray Bradbury
Exercise your mind as well as your body.
-- Dr. Andrew Weil
Be flexible in mind and body.
Learn to adapt ot losses and let go of behaviors no longer
appropriate for your age.
-- Dr. Andrew Weill
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
-- popularized by Reinhold Niebuhr
extended version. A historical trace of the Serenity Prayer goes back
as far as the fourteenth century.
You will find as you look back upon your life that the
moments when you have truly lived are the moments
when you have done things in the spirit of love.
-- Henry Drummond
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
-- Old Irish blessing
Old age is the most unexpected
aspect of all things that happen to man.
-- Leon Trotsky
If your will power doesn't work, try your "Won't" power.
-- anon
Every intersection in the road of life
is an opportunity to make a decision.
-- Duke Ellington
After you understand about the sun and the stars
and the rotation of the earth,
you may still miss the radiance of the sunset.
-- Alfred North Whitehead
I will love the light for it shows me the way.
Yet I will endure the darkenss for it shows me the stars.
-- Og Mandino
Your face is a book, where men may read strange matters.
-- William Shakespeare

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Thanks, Carmen Delo, for the inspiration to reflect on these.

Thanks, Charles Tidball, for your graceful, perceptive comments that augmented the title.

Thanks, Sareen Gerson, for suggesting that opportunities are what some organizations provide,
some quotes, and pointers that have lead to Appendix 3: Sites on Aging.

Thanks, Ed Blachman, for noting that these recommendations are appropriate at all stages of life.

  1. The Home Book of Quotations
  2. Book of Great Thoughts and funny sayings
  3. The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations

Thanks, Barbara J. Feldman, for your Quote of the Day. You can get your free daily educational quote of the day. You can also have membership in her Printables educational resource, which provides broader coverage than in the quote of the day.

Harvey Bingham; /onaging.htm

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Appendix 1: Recommended Books

I enjoy reading. I've made and annotated book lists on my site: Book Recommendations

Three that are particularly appropriate to the aging process are:

100 Simple Secrets
Five inspiring books by David Niven, each with 100 simple secrets on aspects of living, including happy people, happy families, great relationships, successful people, and healthy people.
Books on Memory
Books that address aspects of memory
Books on Aging
Books on different aspects of the changes in life due to aging.

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Appendix 2: Quotation Resources

I have identified several pertinent sources of quotations, which I have gathered in a separate page:

Quotation Books

  1. The Home Book of Quotations
  2. Book of Great Thoughts and funny sayings
  3. The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations

I also have some Summaries of Books on Words including:

  • Words Ancient and Modern
  • Words at Play
  • Saying What You Mean
  • The Synonym Finder

I have sought sources for quotations on the web, and have found many.

Humorous Quotes about Aging
Source for Quotations on many topics Including source by authors
Motivational Quotes
Aroma Molotoma's Goal Setting Guide organized in 18 categories.

Famous Quotes by Subject

It is a good thing for an uneducated man
to read books of quotations.
-- Winston Churchell
Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919 -- Compiled by John Bartlett
A collection of passages, phrase, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature. Over 11,000 searchable quotations, chronologic and alphabetic index of authors, and concordance with alphabetical index of quotations,
The Columbia World of Quotations
-- Edited by Robert Andrews, Mary Biggs, and Michael Seidel
The 65,000 essential quotations that constitute this authoritative collection repesent the research of 154 experts. Entries from more than 5,000 authors and speakers are multiply-classified into 6,500 subjects.
The Quote Verifier, Who Said What, Where, and When
Copyright © 2006 by Ralph Keyes
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-34004-9 ?hardcover?
ISBN 0-312-34004-4 (paper) Contents:
  • Introduction -- 21 pgs
  • Reader's Guide -- 1 pg
  • The Quotes -- 258 pgs
  • Bibliography -- 8 pgs
  • Source Notes -- 78 pgs
  • Acknowledgements -- 2 pgs
  • Key Word Index -- 28 pgs
  • Name Index -- 14 pgs
  • Sidebar Index -- 1 pg

Although intended primarily as a reference work, The Quote Verifier
can also be browsed or read straight through. The quotes are alphabeticly
according to the capitalized key word in each quotation. This book is written with all such possibilities in mind.

another collection of quotes, has no, or minimal, overlap with any I included above. This site has quotations on some 140 other topics as well. The source of each quote is linked to their collection of quotes in the various topics. Many quotations: organized by Subject, Author, Fortunes, Collection, Proverbs, Origin
Reflection for the Day
by T.B.Fitzpatrick, appears in the Boston Globe.
Simpson's Contemporary Quotations
1950-1988, over 9000 quotations from 4000 sources in 25 categories and 60 sections.
QuoteDB -- the Quotations Database
5878 quotes by 612 authors appear in 115 categories.
"Age" has 55 entries..
Has 39 Quotation topics with many under each.
Growing Old Gracefully
has many biblical examples.
Historic Quotes
(32767 Quotes in 1399 Topics)
and Proverbs (17331 proverbs in 349 categories.)
47 Quotes for "Thought"

190 quotes for "Age"

Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations
Summary of an extensive collection of nearly 6,000 quotations,
organized under more than 500 topics.
Quotations on Teaching, Learning, and Education
Great Books Online The preeminent Internet publisher of literature,
reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually
curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.
Included are the Harvard Classics (which I bought my senior year in college,
expecting to broaden my engineering education.
A Dictionary of Aids to Reflection
Quotations of Maxims, Metaphors, Counsels, Cautions,
Aphorisms, Proverbs, etc.
from Writers of all Ages and both Hemispheres
Great Truths by Great Authors was published in 1853
by American Book Exchange, New York City.
It has thousands of interesting quotes,
[42 topics, 92 quotes herein]
which "I" ?who? will be adding here as time permits.
I update my pages daily and will add new quotes at least once a week.
The Quotations Page

"The oldest quotation site on the Web, established 1994.
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Appendix 3: Sites on Aging

The web provides many resources for Seniors. Some of them are noted here.

Old Age
Much wisdom, humorously expressed.
One favorite is But Not Today
-- Grace E. Easley, who has other significant insights.
Graypow Network
Identifies six of the world's best websites for senior citizens
from the Graypow Network.
Eric Shackle is a leader of this. Life begins at 50!
[This site has some inaccessible content.]
Ten Top Web sites for seniors
This list was prepared by the
Elder Law Task Force in Louisiana in August 2003.
Suddenly Senior
A place for everyone who's become senior before their time.
Links to the 222 best senior sites, and growing.
Up to date! Daily we add useful new sites
and delete those that disappoint.
[This site has much inaccessible content.]
George Carlin's views on aging
includes How To Stay Young
American Association of Retired People
AARP -- the power to make it better.
AARP Internet Resources on Aging
Older Wiser Wired
More and more U.S. adults over 50 have computer access (approximately 36 million), with most of those using their computers to go online. They bank, they buy, they search, they read, they contribute. But how hard is it for them to find what they need? AARP is convening a community of those who use the web to provided information and services to older adults, those who write about this subject, or those who develop web content for clients with older adult audiences.
Growing Old Gracefully ... it doesn't happen by accident.
Contains many Biblical references.
Quotations on the future

An excellent collection of resources including some links to other resources.

quotations organized by subject into 146 categories.

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