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10/31/08

Baseball is a sport whose moral boundaries are, to put it diplomatically, ill defined. Bases are stolen. Pitchers deceive. Fielders fake out runners. Runners mislead fielders. And that's all good, clean fun—part of what makes the sport a chess match played on an emerald diamond. More than that, though, the game has a rich history of trickery and outright cheating. Baseball, noted one early twentieth-century sportswriter, is not a polite game—which may, he added, explain why it became the national pastime.

--Cait Murphy in Crazy '08

 

10/30/08

It's hard to win a pennant, but it's harder losing one.

--Chuck Tanner

 

10/29/08

Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very un-orderly world.  If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.

--Bill Veeck

 

10/28/08

I've come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen.

--Bob Lemon

 

10/27/08

In America, it is sport that is the opiate of the masses.

--Russell Baker in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 8/13/06

 

The World Series has started.  Actually, it might be over by the time you read this, but as I assemble this week’s quotes the series is tied 1-1.  So I’ll get these baseball quotes out of my system and I promise no more baseball quotes until spring.

 

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10/24/08

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.

--Herbert Bayard Swope

 

10/23/08

Failure is success if we learn from it.

--Malcolm Forbes

 

10/22/08

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.

--John Dewey

 

10/21/08

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

--Truman Capote

 

10/20/08

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

--Henry Ford

 

“Failure is…” Definitions of failure make up the theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.

 

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10/17/08

You don't seem to realize that a poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy, because the poor person has hope. He thinks money would help.

--Jean Kerr

 

10/16/08

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.

--Albert Schweitzer

 

10/15/08

O Lord, help us to be content,

Whatever we possess;

Protect us from the foolish lie

That “more” brings happiness.

--Sper in Our Daily Bread 11/10/07

 

10/14/08

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one.

--Ben Franklin

 

10/13/08

Happiness: a way station between too little and too much.

--Channing Pollock

 

More happiness this week mixed in with a little money.

 

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10/10/08

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.

--George Burns, comedian and television personality

 

10/09/08

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road, doesn't mean they've gotten lost.

--H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

10/08/08

One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.

--Iris Murdoch

 

10/07/08

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

--Marcus Aurelius quoted in Our Daily Bread 09/07/06

 

10/06/08

I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.

--Ecclesiastes 3:12 (NIV)

 

Happy.  A two-week look at “happy” as our theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day.

 

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10/03/08

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.

--W. Edward Deming

 

10/02/08

It's hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.

--George Burns

 

10/01/08

Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.

--Sydney J. Harris

 

09/30/08

Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change.

--Henry Steele Commager

 

09/29/08

Come senators, congressmen

Please heed the call

Don't stand in the doorway

Don't block up the hall

For he that gets hurt

Will be he who has stalled

There's a battle outside

And it is ragin'.

It'll soon shake your windows

And rattle your walls

For the times they are a-changin'.

--Bob Dylan

 

No change of our theme this week – it’s still “change.”

 

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09/26/08

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.

--Woodrow Wilson

 

09/25/08

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

--Robert F. Kennedy in Leadership Wired v7i12

 

09/24/08

All change is not growth; all movement is not forward.

--Ellen Glasgow

 

09/23/08

Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.

--Adlai Stevenson

 

09/22/08

Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.

--Will Rogers

 

Change seems to be a popular topic these days, especially in politics.  Note that Will Rogers died in a plane crash in 1935 so change and politics is not exactly a new phenomenon.  Let’s pick up “change” as our theme this week.  And I may not change themes for next week.

 

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09/19/08

In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.

--Edward Gibbon

 

09/18/08

As adults we know that money doesn't grow on trees, so when your favorite candidate starts telling you he's going to cut your taxes, fund your college education, and give you cheaper prescription drugs, you ought to be thinking, What's the trade-off? What will I have to give up to get what I want?

--Lee Iacocca in Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

 

09/17/08

If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.

--Thomas Jefferson, 1743 - 1826

 

09/16/08

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which grants a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.

--James Madison, 1751 - 1836

 

09/15/08

If you don't turn on to politics, politics will turn on you.

--Ralph Nader

 

This week at Carl’s Quote of the Day we’ll look at politics and money – sadly, the two are inseparable.  Meanwhile, you best “turn on to politics.”

 

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09/12/08

Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good.

--George F. Will

 

09/11/08

If you choose the lesser of two evils, you will get the evil of two lessers.

--Ralph Nader

 

09/10/08

Jerry Ford was as close to normal as you get in a president, but he never was elected. There's a constitutional amendment that I've been pushing for years without success. It says, 'Anyone willing to do what is required to become president of the United States is thereby barred from taking that office.' I'm only half joking.

--Alan Greenspan

 

09/09/08

There is nothing I dread so much as a division of the Republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader and converting measures in opposition to each other.

--John Adams quoted in John Adams by David McCullough

 

09/08/08

We have a presidential election coming up. And I think the big problem, of course, is that someone will win.

--Barry Crimmins

 

Well, the candidates are officially anointed so it’s time to make fun of… er, I mean, it’s time to make the US presidential election our theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day.

 

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09/05/08

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.

--Sam Ewing quoted in Leadership Wired v9i18

 

09/04/08

I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.

--Charles M. Schwab quoted in Leadership Wired v10i15

 

09/03/08

'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.'  But all play and no work makes him something worse.

--Samuel Smiles

 

09/02/08

So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.

--Peter Drucker (as quoted in by Bob Rosner Working Wounded)

 

09/01/08

O Lord, I ask for strength to do

The task that You've assigned;

Help me to work with diligence,

Lest Your name be maligned.

--Fasick in Our Daily Bread 11/23/05

 

Our labor theme continues this week.

 

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08/29/08

The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won't work – if you won't.

--Zig Ziglar

 

08/28/08

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

--Thomas Alva Edison

 

08/27/08

Work is not a curse; it is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood, and the measure of civilization.

--Calvin Coolidge quoted in Leadership Wired v9i18

 

08/26/08

Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men.  Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.

--James Baldwin

 

08/25/08

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;

establish the work of our hands for us-

yes, establish the work of our hands.

--Psalm 90:17

 

Labor Day is a week away here in the US, so we’ll spend this week and next in labor… as a theme not in giving birth.

 

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08/22/08

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.

--Henry Ford

 

08/21/08

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.

--Henry Ford Sr.

 

08/20/08

No man is great if he thinks he is.

--Will Rogers

 

08/19/08

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.

--Christopher Morley

 

08/18/08

Humor helps us to think out of the box.  The average child laughs about 400 times per day, the average adult laughs only 15 times per day.  What happened to the other 385 laughs?

--Anonymous

 

We continue our thinking theme this week.

 

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08/15/08

A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.

--Edward R. Murrow

 

08/14/08

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

--Albert Einstein

 

08/13/08

In seeking someone for advice, one of the biggest temptations is to assume that a person who verbalizes well also analyzes well. It’s not true. Good talkers aren’t always good thinkers.

--Fred Smith

 

08/12/08

Life does not reward thinking. Life rewards action. Let me clarify: Life rewards thoughtful action.

--Chris Widener in his weekly Ezine i16

 

08/11/08

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.

--George S. Patton

 

I think, therefore I am… having a theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day this week – in fact, I think that thinking is a two-week theme.

 

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08/08/08

The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.

--Our Daily Bread 1/29/04

 

08/07/08

Thou can'st not joke an enemy into a friend, but thou may'st a friend into an enemy.

--Benjamin Franklin

 

08/06/08

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

--William Blake

 

08/05/08

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

--Proverbs 27:6 ESV

 

08/04/08

I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies. The real person springs to life under a sting even better than under a caress.

--Andre Gide

 

Last week’s was friends; this week’s theme is “friends and enemies” here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.

 

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08/01/08

Love your enemies just in case your friends turn out to be a bunch of bastards.

--R.A. Dickinson quoted by Doug Giles

 

07/31/08

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.

--David Hume, 1711 - 1776

 

07/30/08

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.

--Henry Ward Beecher

 

07/29/08

We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him.

--Michel de Montaigne

 

07/28/08

True Friend.  A person who accepts you without reservation and critiques you without quarter.

--K. C. Rourke

 

Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is “true friends.”

 

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07/25/08

Find a job that you love and you will never work another day in your life.

--Confucius

 

07/24/08

The man who works for the gold in the job rather than for the money in the pay envelope, is the fellow who gets on.

--Joseph French Johnson

 

07/23/08

Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.

--Malcolm Forbes CW i65

 

07/22/08

My job was to care for [my music] and use it well.  I was its bearer not its owner.

--Johnny Cash in Johnny Cash the Autobiography

 

07/21/08

Every morning about this time

She gets me out of my bed a-crying

Get a job

 

After breakfast every day

She throws the want ads right my way

And never fails to say

Get a job

--Richard Lewis, Bill Horton, Earl Beal, Raymond Edwards

 

Maybe you don’t recognize these verses, but you’d know it by the chorus, which starts “Sha na na na - sha na na na na.” Well, you’d know it if you listened to it on the radio; of course maybe it was already a “golden oldie” when you listened.  (I know it was a golden oldie for me.)  Penned and sung by The Silhouettes in 1957.  Our theme this week – a job.

 

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07/18/08

Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt during the day but a ball of fire during the night.

--Unknown

 

07/17/08

Christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.

--Unknown

 

07/16/08

St. Paul cavorted to Christianity; he preached holy acrimony which is another name marriage.

--Unknown

 

07/15/08

The greatest miracle in the bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.

--Unknown

 

07/14/08

Solomon, one of David’s sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.

--Unknown  

 

Kids look at marriage and the Bible – definitely a prickly theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.

 

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07/11/08

All of us have to develop leadership qualities and nurture them in our children. Qualities such as responsibility, accountability, discipline, and community spirit.

--Lee Iacocca in Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

 

07/10/08

Any supervisor worth his salt would rather deal with people who attempt too much than with those who try too little.

--Lee Iacocca

 

07/09/08

Here's what management is about: Pick good people and set the right priorities.

--Lee Iacocca in Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

 

07/08/08

The quality of your team will make or break your program. Remember, it's never just one person. Every so often, we get enamored of an individual, and start thinking that person is some kind of magician.

--Lee Iacocca in Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

 

 

07/07/08

Leadership isn't just a matter of putting someone at the front of the parade— unless you're a lemming.

--Lee Iacocca in Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

 

Another Lee all this week – Lee Iacocca with Lee as in Leadership.

 

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07/04/08

True Patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels them—the desire to do right—is precisely the same.

--Robert E. Lee quoted in May I Quote You, General Lee, Volume 2 by Randall Bedwell

 

07/03/08

Our people have thought too much of themselves and their ease, and instead of turning out to a man, have been content to nurse themselves and their dimes and leave the protection of themselves and their families to others. . . . This is not the way to accomplish our independence.

--General Lee from South Carolina in 1861 quoted in May I Quote You, General Lee, Volume 2 by Randall Bedwell

 

07/02/08

We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters.

—Robert E. Lee quoted in May I Quote You, General Lee, Volume 2 by Randall Bedwell

 

07/01/08

It will give me great pleasure to do everything I can to relieve him and serve the country, but I do not see either advantage or pleasure in my duties.

—General Lee writing in a letter to his wife about his replacing General Joseph Johnston, who had been wounded at Seven Pines, 1862 quoted in May I Quote You, General Lee, Volume 2 by Randall Bedwell

 

06/30/08

The thought of abandoning the country and all that must be left in it is abhorrent to my feelings, and I prefer to struggle for its restoration and share its fate rather than give up all as lost.

--Robert E. Lee quoted in May I Quote You, General Lee, Volume 2 by Randall Bedwell

 

In America, this week ends with Independence Day, July Fourth.  Having recently picked up a book at a southern plantation on Robert E. Lee’s quotations, our counter-intuitive theme this week is independence with a southern twist – remembering independence with quotes from the War of Northern Aggression (better known to Yankees as The American Civil War).

 

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06/27/08

But beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.

--John Wesley

 

06/26/08

Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.

-- Wystan Hugh Auden

 

06/25/08

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book!

--Henry David Thoreau

 

06/24/08

A library is the first step of a thousand journeys, portal to a thousand worlds.

--Orson Scott Card

 

06/23/08

A book that furnishes no quotations is no book - it is a plaything.

--Thomas Love Peacock

 

Books – our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  (Maybe we’ll get to some quotations from one particular book next week.)

 

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06/20/08

There's a story about a group of scientists who decided that humans could do without God. So one of them looked up to God and said, "We've decided that we no longer need You. We have enough wisdom to clone people and do many miraculous things."

 

God listened patiently and then said, "Very well, let's have a man-making contest. We'll do it just like I did back in the old days with Adam." The scientists agreed, and one of them bent down and picked up a handful of dirt. God looked at him and said, "No! You have to make your own dirt!"

--Anne Cetas in Our Daily Bread 08/03/05

 

06/19/08

In matters that are so obscure and far beyond our vision, we find in Holy Scripture passages which can be interpreted in very different ways without prejudice to the faith we have received. In such cases, we should not rush in headlong and so firmly take our stand on one side that, if further progress in the search for truth justly undermines this position, we too fall with it.

--Saint Augustine quoted by Francis Collins in The Language of God

 

06/18/08

It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us.

--Stephen Hawking in A Brief History of Time quoted by Francis Collins in The Language of God

 

06/17/08

At this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.

--Robert Jastrow quoted by Francis Collins in The Language of God

 

06/16/08

The theory of evolution is not without its problems. One scientist says this about life starting on its own: "Amino acids would have to be arranged in an exact sequence to form a protein . . . just like the letters in a sentence. Mere laws of chemistry and physics cannot do that. The probability of a protein forming by chance would be 10^64 [10 with 64 zeros after it] to 1!"

--Dennis Fisher in Our Daily Bread 08/04/05

 

Last week our theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day was “God is not needed to explain the origins of the universe.”  This week we’ll allow some room for God.  Or, in the words of another quote:

Some call it evolution and others call it God.

--W. H. Carruth

 

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06/13/08

The ''Origins of Life in the Universe Initiative'': 

My expectation is that we will be able to reduce this to a very simple series of logical events that could have taken place with no divine intervention.

--David R. Liu, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard Project on the origins of life launched

 

06/12/08

If history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth. The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology

--Edward O. Wilson

 

06/11/08

Evolution is an inference from thousands of independent sources, the only conceptual structure that can make unified sense of all this disparate information.

--Stephen Jay Gould

 

06/10/08

Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose. Physics is the study of simple things that do not tempt us to invoke design.

--Richard Dawkins in The Blind Watchmaker

 

06/09/08

Natural selection is the blind watchmaker, blind because it does not see ahead, does not plan consequences, has no purpose in view. Yet the living results of natural selection overwhelmingly impress us with the appearance of design as if by a master watchmaker, impress us with the illusion of design and planning.

--Richard Dawkins in The Blind Watchmaker

 

I seldom give up on reading a book through, but Dawkins’ fervent beliefs interfered with his ability to make his points, so give up I did.  This week’s theme is therefore natural selection, evolution, Darwinism – the God-not-required explanation of origins and evolution.  (Have no fear; we’ll give God equal time next week.)

 

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06/06/08

'Star Trek' was on TV, and I was a huge fan of it, so that started my dream of really wanting to go up there and work there as an astronaut.

--Akihiko Hoshide in7 astronauts taking Japan's lab to space station

 

Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide spent four years living in Fort Lee, N.J., as a young boy during the 1960s.  A family vacation to the Kennedy Space Center ignited his interest in space.  He is currently on the space shuttle Discovery.  More at Wikipedia.

 

06/05/08

Pevney's son, Jay, said his father "loved the series and enjoyed working with the actors and being part of the beginning of it. He was surprised at the longevity of it because it was not a popular series at the time; it hit its real popularity [in syndication] after it was over."

Joseph Pevney, 96; prolific film, TV director worked on original 'Star Trek' series

 

06/04/08

"I have to confess to the world that I am not a science fiction fan," Courage said in an interview for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's Archive of American Television in 2000. "Never have been. I think it's just marvelous malarkey. ... So you write some, you hope, marvelous malarkey music that goes with it."

--"’Star Trek’ theme composer Alexander Courage dies

 

Courage said he also mouthed the "whooshing" sound heard as the starship Enterprise zooms through the opening credits of the TV show.

 

06/03/08

"I never have been" a sci-fi fan, Courage later told film music historian Jon Burlingame. But I thought, 'Well, what the heck. It's another show.' "

--“Alexander 'Sandy' Courage, 88; composer wrote 'Star Trek' theme

 

06/02/08

There seems to be a big 'Star Trek' convention and everyone is going.  Everyone is getting beamed up.

--Jonathan Justman

Robert H. Justman, 81; a creative force on two 'Star Trek' TV series

 

This week’s theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day is Star Trek and it’s sadly drawn largely from recent obituaries.  As a big fan of ST:TOS from the time it was in syndication, it’s been tough to watch many of those involved either dying or “acting” on Boston Legal.  I used to watch the syndicated shows “un-edited” and in their “original order” at 11:00p every night with my little boy.  (Yikes, that “little boy” turns 40 this year.)

 

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05/30/08

Experience: a comb life gives you after you lose your hair.

--Judith Stern

 

[Have you noticed that the quotes for the last two Fridays provided a bridge to the next week’s theme?  Have no fear, though; I’m fresh out of bald quotes.]

 

05/29/08

It is necessary for us to learn from others' mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself.

--Hyman G. Rickover Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 1/21/07

 

05/28/08

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

--Douglas Adams

 

05/27/08

There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.

--Archibald MacLeish in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 4/16/06

 

05/26/08

Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first, and the lesson afterward.

--Anonymous

 

From teaching two weeks ago to learning last week to experience this week… our theme track at Carl’s Quote of the Day.

 

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05/23/08

We learn better by doing, and we do better by learning.

--Dr. Mardy Grothe

 

05/22/08

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.

--Lloyd Alexander

 

05/21/08

Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.

--Mark Twain

 

05/20/08

Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

--Abigail Adams

 

05/19/08

I'm always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.

--Winston Churchill

 

Teaching last week; learning this week – the theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day.

 

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05/16/08

He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.

--Ben Johnson

 

05/15/08

To teach is to learn twice.

--Joseph Joubert in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 5/4/08

 

05/14/08

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.

--Bronson Alcott in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 3/2/08

 

05/13/08

We teach what we need to learn.

--Gloria Steinem

 

05/12/08

If you want to teach, you must learn, and if you really want to learn, you must teach.

--Dr. Mardy Grothe www.chiasmus.com

 

Carl’s Quote of the Day will teach you this week… well, not exactly, but teaching is our theme this week.

 

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05/09/08

My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference.

--Harry S Truman

 

05/08/08

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.

--Kurt Vonnegut

 

05/07/08

The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time.

--Franklin P. Adams

 

05/06/08

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed - and hence clamorous to be led to safety - by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

--Henry Louis Mencken

 

05/05/08

If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing it.

--Horace Mann

 

This week’s theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day should be obvious from the above quote… politics and the upcoming election in the US.

 

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05/02/08

In 1977, two psychiatrists completed a 17-year study. Their conclusion: Crime was the result of individuals making wrong moral choices.

--Charles Colson with Anne Morse "The Wilberforce Strategy"

 

05/01/08

As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.

--Arthur C. Clarke

 

04/30/08

Morality is moral only when it is voluntary.

--Lincoln Steffens

 

04/29/08

I would rather have a world filled with ignorant savages than with civilized sophisticates without morality.

--Billy Graham quoted in "Leading with Love"

 

04/28/08

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.

--Isaac Asimov

 

Morality is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.

 

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04/25/08

Leo Tolstoy, John Steinbeck, D.H. Lawrence and Ralph Ellison are spinning in their graves. One in four adults read no books at all last year, says a new poll. Does it matter? H.G. Wells observed that human history is a "race between education and catastrophe." Books fuel learning. Reading matters. Pick up a book tonight. Instill the reading habit in your kids. Our future, and theirs, may well depend on it.

--E.J. Perkins, editorial writer

 

04/24/08

Read, every day, something no one else is reading.

Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.

Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do.

It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.

--Christopher Morley Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 3/25/07

 

04/23/08

A bit of trash now and then is good for the severest reader. It provides the necessary roughage in the literary diet.

--Phyllis McGinley in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 3/16/08

 

04/22/08

Pity the man who has a favorite restaurant, but not a favorite author.

--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 8/17/04

 

04/21/08

For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.

--Louis L'Amour in Education of a Wandering Man

 

A long flight over the past weekend (not to mention the next) sends me back to my rack of unread books.  So books will be our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.

 

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04/18/08

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

--Winston Churchill

 

04/17/08

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses friends loses more; but he who loses his courage loses all.

--Miguel Cervantes quoted in Leadership Wired v9i18

 

04/16/08

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

--Robert Green Ingersoll

 

04/15/08

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

--Anais Nin quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 1/14/07

 

04/14/08

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.

--Our Daily Bread 05/08/07

 

“Courage is” our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.

 

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04/11/08

Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful,

May the fire of our devotion light their way;

May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe,

And the lives we live inspire them to obey.

--Mohr© 1987 by Jonathan Mark Music and Birdwing Music (ASCAP) in Our Daily Bread 05/11/06

 

04/10/08

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.

The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.

The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.

And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.

--Elie Wiesel in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 9/24/06

 

04/09/08

The world rewards quick success; God rewards long-term faithfulness.

--Our Daily Bread 04/08/05

 

04/08/08

A faith that costs nothing and demands nothing is worth nothing.

--Our Daily Bread 06/23/07

 

04/07/08

Not Truth, but Faith, it is

That keeps the world alive.

--Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

More about faith this week.

 

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04/04/08

Atheist.  A person who puts his faith in unbelief.

--Sam Lehman-Wilzig in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 12/17/05

 

04/03/08

If you desire faith, then you have faith enough.

--Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 3/5/06

 

04/02/08

Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened.

--Charles Spurgeon

 

04/01/08

Faith bridges chasms that reason cannot fathom.

--Our Daily Bread 11/07/05

 

03/31/08

Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.

--Kahlil Gibran in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 01/06/07

 

“What is faith?”  The question/theme of the week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.

 

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