July 31, 2009

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
Jimi Hendrix

July 30, 2009

"See you in the funny papers."
Floyd Beckman

July 28, 2009

"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today."
James Dean

July 27, 2009

"Those who wish to sing always find a song."
Swedish Proverb

July 25, 2009

"Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, how vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?"
Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

July 24, 2009

"What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out come sighs, laughter, and dreams."
Nikos Kazantzakis

July 22, 2009

"As I've gotten older, I realize I'm certain of only two things. Days that begin with rowing on a lake are better than days that do not. Second, a man's character is his fate."
William Hundert, "The Emperor’s Club"

July 20, 2009

"We were together, I forget the rest."
Walt Whitman

July 19, 2009

"You never know, lightning could strike."
William Parrish, "Meet Joe Black"

July 18, 2009

"Having dreams is what makes life tolerable."
Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, "Rudy"

July 17, 2009

"The scoreboard said I lost today, but what it doesn’t say is what it is I have found. And over the last 21 years, I have found loyalty. You have pulled for me on the court and also in life. I’ve found inspiration. You have willed me to succeed sometimes even in my lowest moments. And I’ve found generosity. You have given me your shoulders to stand on to reach for my dreams, dreams I could have never reached without you. Over the last 21 years, I have found you and I will take you and the memory of you with me for the rest of my life. Thank you."
Andre Agassi

July 15, 2009

"Well done is better than well said."
Benjamin Franklin

July 14, 2009

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world forever, it seems.

With wonderful dealthless ditties
We build up the world’s great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire’s glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song’s measure
Can trample an empire down.

We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with out sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o’erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world’s worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world forever, it seems.

With wonderful dealthless ditties
We build up the world’s great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire’s glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song’s measure
Can trample an empire down.

We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with out sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o’erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world’s worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.

Arthur O’Shaughnessy, "Ode"

July 13, 2009

"The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing."
Henry Miller

July 11, 2009

"The most important thing in life is your family. There are days you love them, and others you don't. But in the end, they're the people you always come home to. Sometimes it's the family you're born into and sometimes it's the one you make for yourself."
Carrie Bradshaw, "Sex and the City"

July 9, 2009

"Stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape."
Ray Bradbury

July 8, 2009

"Like everything else, there's two options: you lay down or you keep going. The second option sounds better to me."
Andy Roddick

July 7, 2009

"Who gets to determine when the old ends and the new begins? It’s not on the calendar, it’s not a birthday, it’s not a new year, it’s an event—big or small, something that changes us, ideally it gives us hope, a new way of living and looking at the world, letting go of old habits, old memories. What's important is that we never stop believing we can have a new beginning, but it's also important to remember amid all the crap are a few things worth holding on to."
Meredith Grey, "Grey’s Anatomy"

July 6, 2009

"Our care should not be to have lived long, but to have lived long enough."
Seneca

July 5, 2009

There's a place that I travel,
When I want to roam
And nobody knows it but me.

The roads don’t go there,
And the signs stay home
And nobody knows it but me.

It’s far, far away and way, way afar,
It’s over the moon and the sea,
And wherever you are going,
That’s wherever you are
And nobody knows it but me.

Patrick O'Leary, "Nobody Knows It But Me"

July 4, 2009

"For score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war…testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated…can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.

We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate…we cannot consecrate…we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom…and that government of the people…by the people…for the people…shall not perish from the earth."

Abraham Lincoln

July 3, 2009

"We are what we pretend to be."
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

July 2, 2009

"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it."
Helen Keller

July 1, 2009

"It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper. So cry away."
Charles Dickens