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Today's Quotes - Patterns

posted May 29, 2009, 5:07 AM by Banzai Ben

Ebenezer Butterick was born at Sterling, Massachusetts on this day in 1826. With his wife Ellen he developed printed dress patterns that could be cut for different dress sizes, first selling them to home sewers in 1863. One way or another, we all create or follow patterns; some of us tend to cut a little further from the lines than others.

Today's Quotes:

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
     - Edward de Bono

Love is a canvas pattern furnished by Nature, and embroidered by imagination.
     - François Marie Arouet (Voltaire), 1694 - 1778

A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns.
     - G. H. Hardy

Ideology is a form of illiteracy. Those addicted to it are unable to understand anything other than what fits their pattern.
     - John Saul

If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives.... But close up a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.
     - Ursula K. LeGuin

Success is following the pattern of life one enjoys most.
     - Al Capp, 1909 - 1979

Today's Quotes - Amateur or Professional

posted May 29, 2009, 5:00 AM by Banzai Ben

Wa-Tho-Huk was born in Indian Territory near what is now Prague, Oklahoma on May 28th in 1888. In 1907 he went to the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania and led the school's football team to great success. He played a little minor-league baseball, then represented the US in the 1912 Olympic Games at Stockholm taking the gold for both the pentathlon and decathlon. The world knew him as Jim Thorpe rather than by his given name. Alas, that minor-league baseball career had been played under this name and when that was discovered he was stripped of his medals. The winners of the silver medals refused to accept Thorpe's gold medals, the IOC finally restored his medals and his place in the record book in 1983, thirty years after his death. Despite Thorpe's outstanding football career after the Olympics, his name will always conjure up the confusion over who is an amateur, who is a professional, and whether or not there should be a distinction.

Today's Quotes:
A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it.
     - Alfred Alistair Cooke, 1908 - 2004

Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. But amusing? Never.
     - Edna Ferber, 1885 - 1968

Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasureable it my be.
     - Edward Weston, 1886 - 1958

Do not quit. You see, the most constant state of an artist is uncertainty. You must face confusion, self-questioning, dilemma. Only amateurs are confident ... be prepared to live with the fear of failure all your art life.
     - W. O. Mitchell

We do not need to be shoemakers to know if our shoes fit, and just as little have we any need to be professionals to acquire knowledge of matters of universal interest.
     - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, 1770 - 1831

Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
     - Alvin Toffler, Future Shock

Today's Quotes - Samuel Langhorne Clemens

posted May 27, 2009, 6:54 AM by Banzai Ben

Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on November 30th in 1835 at
Florida, Missouri and grew up along the Mississippi River. He
started setting type in a newspaper shop at age 12, abandoned
his writing career at 21 to become a river boat pilot, a
career that ended four years later when the Civil War ended
river traffic. He went west, writing for newspapers in Nevada
and California. Fortunately for us, he made a series of bad
investments that forced him to write a staggering amount
under the name of Mark Twain. "Mark Twain" was the sounding
call of the leadsman on a riverboat, indicating two fathoms
(twelve feet) of water, a safe depth for the riverboats.

Today's Quotes:

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and
then success is sure.

Always acknowledge a fault quite frankly. This will throw
those in authority off their guard and give you an
opportunity to commit more.

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish
the rest.

Get your facts first and then you can distort them as much as
you wish.

If you tell the truth you don't have anything to remember.

Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its one sure defense.

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have
them and not deserve them.
     - All from Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

Today's Quotes - Embarrassment

posted May 26, 2009, 11:31 AM by Banzai Ben

Today's Quotes:

There aren't any embarrassing questions - just embarrassing answers.
     - Carl Rowen

If we were to be asked suddenly to give a definition of humility we would doubtless be greatly embarrassed.
     - Edwin Holt Hughes

We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together.
     - Jean de La Bruyère, 1645 - 1696

If you are never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.
     - Julia Sorel

Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.
     - Tony Benn

Humility is the embarrassment you feel when you tell people how wonderful you are.
     - Laurence J. Peter, 1919 - 1990

Today's Quotes - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

posted May 25, 2009, 5:29 AM by Banzai Ben

Snoopy, the beagle from the comic strip Peanuts, occasionally tried his hand at writing. His attempts always started with "It was a dark and stormy night...", a riff on what is almost universally identified as the worst opening sentence in a fiction work in the English language. The year was 1830, the novel was "Paul Clifford", and the novelist was Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, born at London on this day in 1803. His florid passages may actually have represented the best of Victorian literature, but are tedious to modern readers. In small doses he could turn a fine phrase, these all first appeared in his work: "the pen is mightier than the sword", "the great unwashed", and "the almighty dollar". In other words, the quotes are better than the novels from which they have been excised. His continued fame is owed to Snoopy and an annual literary contest at San Jose State University, in which the awards go to those who can craft the worst opening sentences of hypothetical bad novels. If you've got a few minutes, those efforts are amusing.

Today's Quotes    

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents - except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
     - opening sentence of Paul Clifford (1830)

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.

When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.

No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.

There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.

In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature the oldest.
     - All from Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, 1803 - 1873

Today's Quotes - Robert Allan Zimmerman

posted May 24, 2009, 5:19 AM by Amazing Anastasia

Robert Allan Zimmerman was born at Duluth, Minnesota on this
day in 1941. He grew up in Hibbing and Harding, poor mining
towns, and played guitar in a couple of bands in high school.
He performed folk and country songs at bars and coffee houses
in Minneapolis while going to the University of Minnesota,
then left school and moved to New York's Greenwich Village in
1961, adopting the name Bob Dylan. The poetry he wrote and
turned into song wasn't always easy to listen to, but his was
one of the most important voices of the '60s and '70s.

Today's Quotes:

To live outside the law you must be honest.

Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified
because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.

I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.

People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is
convenient, then repent.

When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically
pursue it - don't back down and don't give up - then you're
going to mystify a lot of folks.

It was like a flying saucer landed. That's what the sixties
were like. Everybody heard about it, but only a few really saw it.
     - All from Bob Dylan

Today's Quotes - Swords

posted May 23, 2009, 4:56 AM by Banzai Ben

Douglas Elton Ulman was born at Denver, Colorado on this day
in 1883. He changed his name on the way to Hollywood,
becoming the prototypical swashbuckler as Douglas Fairbanks
with the first "The Mark of Zorro" in 1920. I prefer later
films of swordplay, with witty dialog and color that those
first ones lacked. But all the Zorro films, the Robin Hood
tales, numerous takes on the Three Musketeers, and even the
Princess Bride have somehow presented the highest ideals of
adventure, romance, and justice using those bright flashing
swords. En garde!

Today's Quotes:

Why, then the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword shall open.
     - William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor

And each man stands with his face in the light of his own
drawn sword, ready to do what a hero can.
     - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806 - 1861

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt
separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates
friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn
that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
     - Siddhartha Gautama, 563 - 483 BC

To this wonderful page in our country's history another more
glorious still will be added, and the slave shall show at
last to his free brothers a sharpened sword forged from the
links of his fetters.
     - Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1807 – 1882

There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could
not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.
     - Ulysses S. Grant, 1822 - 1885

I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the
arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I
love only that which they defend.
     - John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, 1892 - 1973

Today's Quotes - Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle

posted May 22, 2009, 6:50 AM by Amazing Anastasia

Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born at Edinburgh, Scotland on this day in 1859. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh from 1876 to 1881. He served as ship's medical officer on two voyages before opening a practice with a classmate which lasted only a short time before he opened his own practice at Portsmouth. He had sold at least one story earlier, a lack of patients gave him time for more. In 1890 he studied the eye at Vienna, returning to open a London ophthalmology practice which attracted no patients at all. To make more time for his historical novels he killed Sherlock Holmes in 1893, but the public insisted on a return. He covered the Boer War as a journalist and wrote a pamphlet justifying the English position; he believed this was the reason for his knighthood in 1902. In addition to the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels, he wrote five science fiction novels featuring Professor Challenger, seven historical novels, and a long list of articles, plays, romances, and plays.

Today's Quotes:
Depend upon it, there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.

Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science, and should be treated in the same cold unemotional manner. You have attempted to tinge it with romanticism, which produces the same effect as if you worked a love-story into the fifth proposition of Euclid.

I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical reasoner. (Men! Pay Attention! Nas)

It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes.

The unexpected has happened so continually in my life that it has ceased to deserve the name.

"What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence", returned my companion, bitterly. "The question is, what can you make people believe that you have done."
     - Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859 - 1930

Today's Quotes - Carl Gustav Jung

posted May 21, 2009, 8:34 AM by Amazing Anastasia

Carl Gustav Jung was born at Kesswil, Switzerland on 26 July
1875.  Jung was an only child for the first ten years of his life, and lived
largely in a world of the imagination. After getting his
medical degrees, he continued this inner focus. He
corresponded with Sigmund Freud with relish, but came to
reject Freud's emphasis on sex as the root of his patients's

Today's Quotes:

But what if I should discover that the enemy himself is
within me, that I myself am the enemy that must be loved - what then?

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no
recipe for living that fits all cases.

A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions
has never overcome them.

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the
narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.

Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.

The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and
nonsense, not between right and wrong.

Beautiful bodies and beautiful personalities rarely go together.
     - All from Carl Gustav Jung, 1875 - 1961

Today's Quotes - Honoré de Balzac

posted May 20, 2009, 7:25 AM by Amazing Anastasia

The prolific French novelist Honoré de Balzac was born at Tours, France on this day in 1799. Educated to practice law, by his early twenties he had written several novels under pseudonyms while working as a journalist. He bought a publishing firm and a printing company, but both failed and left him with a life-long fear of penury. At age thirty he began to write under his own name, describing in great detail the life of France of his time, writing and rewriting for fourteen to eighteen hours a day. What he styled "La Comédie humaine" (The Human Comedy), which was meant to stand beside Dante's The Divine Comedy.

Today's Quotes:
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.

A husband who submits to his wife's yoke is justly held an object of ridicule. A woman's influence ought to be entirely concealed.

Envy is the most stupid of vices, for there is no single advantage to be gained from it.

It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.

Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.

To be able to keep a mother-in-law in the country while he lives in Paris, and vice versa, is a piece of good fortune which a husband too rarely meets with.
     All from Honoré de Balzac, 1799 - 1850

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