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Month / 2002





Imlac, by Samuel Johnson



George Burns



William James



Muhammad Ali






Henry David Thoreau

Month / 2001




Second Annual Message to Congress

Abraham Lincoln


The Decent of Man, Chapter 21

Charles Darwin



Judith Viorst


The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost


Know the Difference 




William Lyon Phelps 



W.H. Murray 

Month / 2000




Purple Cow

Gelett Burgess


The Black Riders-XX

Stephen Crane 



James Stewart 








Dialogue xiv. Le Chapon et la Poularde (1763).

Francis M. Voltaire


May 2004

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

-Albert Einstein
(Thanks Trevor!)

November 2003

Madam, what is the use of a newborn baby?

-Michael Faraday
(When asked of the use of discoveries in electromagnetic induction)

June 2003


Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.

-George Bernard Shaw

April 2003

Anti-wrinkle cream there may be, but anti- fat-bastard cream there is not.

-Dave (The Full Monty)

December 2002

"In this world, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. And you may quote me.

- Elfwood P Dowd (Harvey)

November 2002

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

- Bene Gesserit Littainy
(Pg 19 of Dune)

October 2002


I can picture in my mind a world without war, and a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.

- Jack Handey

September 2002



You don't love a woman because she's beautiful. She is beautiful because you love her.


August 2002



Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.

-Oscar Wilde

July 2002



Why should we be in such desperate haste to
succeed, and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace
with his companions, perhaps
it is because he hears a different drummer.

-Henry David Thoreau

June 2002



It is better to live one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep.

(Saw it in the Red Wings locker room)

May 2002


Destiny is not what is already made; Destiny is what we are making. Many people think that we are in the hands of destiny, driven in whatever direction life desires or wills, but really, we are the masters of our destiny, especially from the moment we realize this fact. Man is responsible for his rise and fall.

-Muhammad Ali

April 2002


The greatest discovery of my generation
is that human beings, by changing
the inner attitudes of their minds,
can change the outer aspects of their lives.

-William James

March 2002


Too bad that all the people
who know how to run the country
are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.

-George Burns

February 2002


Great works are performed not by strength,
but perseverance; yonder palace was raised by single stones, yet you see its height and spaciousness. He that shall walk with vigor three hours a day, will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe.

 -Imlac, by Samuel Johnson

July 2001


Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative - and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect of one of Goethe's couplets: "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."

-- W.H. Murray



June 2001


This is the final test of the gentleman:
his respect for those who can be of no
possible service to him.

 -William Lyon Phelps

May 2001

Know the Difference

Work hard when it truly matters;
 unplug and let go when it doesn't.
 Become an expert at knowing the difference.

-- Anon.

April 2001

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that. the passing there
Had worn them really about the same;

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I ---
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

-- Robert Frost


March 2001


Infatuation is when you think he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissinger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen, and as athletic as Jimmy Connors. Love is when you realize that he's as sexy as Woody Allen, as smart as Jimmy Connors, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger and nothing like Robert Redford -but you'll take him anyway.

-- Judith Viorst

February 2001

The Decent of Man, Chapter 21

Man scans with scrupulous care the
character and pedigree of his horses,
cattle, and dogs before he matches them;
but when he comes to his own marriage
he rarely, or never, takes any such care.

-- Charles Darwin

January 2001

 Second Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862

In giving freedom to the slave
we assure freedom to the free,
--honorable alike in what we
give and what we preserve.

-- Abraham Lincoln

December 2000

Le Chapon et la Pourlade-- Dialogue XIV

Men use thought only as authority for their
injustice, and employ speech only to
conceal their thoughts.

-- Francis M. Voltaire

November 2000


(A Haiku)

Benath the bright moon
I walked round and round the lake
All night Long

-- Matsuo Munefusa (Basho)

October 2000


(A Haiku)

The great Eagle flew
He is here for no longer
The future is dim

-- Jesse


September 2000


He never came to me when I would call Unless I had a tennis ball,
Or he felt like it,
But mostly he didn't come at all.

When he was young
He never learned to heel
Or sit or stay,
He did things his way.

Discipline was not his bag
But when you were with him things sure didn't drag.
He'd dig up a rosebush just to spite me,
And when I'd grab him, he'd turn and bite me.

He bit lots of folks from day to day,
The delivery boy was his favorite prey.
The gas man wouldn't read our meter,
He said we owned a real man-eater.

He set the house on fire
But the story's long to tell.
Suffice it to say that he survived
And the house survived as well.
On the evening walks, and Gloria took him,
He was always first out the door.
The Old One and I brought up the rear Because our bones were sore.
He would charge up the street with Mom hanging on,
What a beautiful pair they were!
And if it was still light and the tourists were out,
They created a bit of a stir.

But every once in a while, he would stop in his tracks
And with a frown on his face look around.
It was just to make sure that the Old One was there
And would follow him where he was bound.

We are early-to-bedders at our house-
I guess I'm the first to retire.
And as I'd leave the room he'd look at me
And get up from his place by the fire.

He knew where the tennis balls were upstairs,
And I'd give him one for a while.
He would push it under the bed with his nose
And I'd fish it out with a smile.

And before very long
He'd tire of the ball
And be asleep in his corner
In no time at all.

And there were nights when I'd feel him
Climb upon our bed
And lie between us,
And I'd pat his head.

And there were nights when I'd feel this stare
And I'd wake up and he'd be sitting there
And I reach out my hand and stroke his hair.
And sometimes I'd feel him sigh
and I think I know the reason why.

He would wake up at night
And he would have this fear
Of the dark, of life, of lots of things,
And he'd be glad to have me near.

And now he's dead.
And there are nights when I think I feel him
Climb upon our bed and lie between us,
And I pat his head.

And there are nights when I think
I feel that stare
And I reach out my hand to stroke his hair,
But he's not there.

Oh, how I wish that wasn't so,
I'll always love a dog named Beau.


-- James Stewart

August 2000

The Black Riders---XX

A learned man came to me once.
He said, "I know the way, -- come."
And I was overjoyed at this.
Together we hastened.
Soon, too soon, were we
Where my eyes were useless,
And I knew not the ways of my feet.
I clung to the hand of my friend;
But at last he cried, "I am lost."

-- Stephen Crane


July 2000

Purple Cow

I've never seen a purple cow,
I never hope to see one;
but I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one.

-- Gelett Burgess



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