Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Thought for Today

"In life there is nothing more unexpected and surprising than the arrivals and departures of pleasure. If we find it in one place today, it is vain to seek it there tomorrow. You can not lay a trap for it."

~~~~~ Alexander Smith

Monday, December 30, 2013

Thought for Today

"There are two things in ordinary conversation which ordinary people dislike – information and wit."

~~~~~ Stephen Leacock

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Thought for Today

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."

~~~~~ Albert Pike

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thought for Today

"The public character of every public servant is legitimate subject of discussion, and his fitness or unfitness for office may be fairly canvassed by any person."

~~~~~ Charles Babbage

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thought for Today

"When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger."

~~~~~ Hale White

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Comedian Harmonists

[Originally published 7/8/08. Updated 12/21/13.]

Here's a treat for those who enjoy close harmony. If you've never heard The Comedian Harmonists before, prepare to be amazed.

The group was formed in Germany in 1927, and quickly became enormously popular throughout Europe and the rest of the Western world. Unfortunately, though, their meteoric rise coincided with the rise of Hitler and the Nazis. Since three of the group's six members happened to be Jewish and another had a Jewish wife, they were forced to stop performing in 1934.

For a brief summary of their sad history, take a look at this Wikipedia article, Comedian Harmonists, and click on its associated links.

Meanwhile, though, listen to this brilliant 1932 Electrola recording of a German song, "In einem kühlen Grunde" ("In a Cool Valley"). It will give you goose bumps (and will be a special treat for those of my readers who understand German – which I, unfortunately, do not).

Comedian Harmonists – In einem kühlen Grunde [take 1]

(Sorry, but embedding has been disabled on this video.)

The lyrics are the first, second, and fifth verses of a poem by Joseph von Eichendorff:

In einem kühlen Grunde
In einem kühlen Grunde,
da geht ein Mühlenrad.
Mein Liebchen ist verschwunden,
das dort gewohnet hat.

Sie hat mir Treu versprochen,
gab mir ein'n Ring dabei.
Sie hat die Treu gebrochen,
das Ringlein sprang entzwei.

Ich möcht als Spielmann reisen
wohl in die Welt hinaus
und singen meine Weisen
und gehn von Haus zu Haus.

Ich möcht als Reiter fliegen
wohl in die blut'ge Schlacht,
um ferne Feuer liegen
im Feld bei dunkler Nacht.

Hör ich das Mühlrad gehen,
ich weiß nicht, was ich will.
Ich möcht am liebsten sterben,
da wär's auf einmal still.

The Comedian Harmonists (from left: Robert Biberti, Erich Collin, Erwin Bootz, Roman Cycowski, Harry Frommermann, Ari Leschnikoff)

MEMBERS:

  • Harry Frommermann (1906 - 1975), buffo-tenor
  • Ari Leschnikoff (1897 - 1978), first tenor
  • Erich Collin (1899 - 1961), second tenor
  • Roman Cycowski (1901 - 1998), baritone
  • Robert Biberti (1902 - 1985), bass
  • Erwin Bootz (1907 - 1982), pianist





Thought for Today

"He who overcomes himself is divine. Most see their ruin before their eyes; but they go on into it."

~~~~~ Leopold Von Ranke

Friday, December 20, 2013

Thought for Today

"When evil acts in the world it always manages to find instruments who believe that what they do is not evil but honorable."

~~~~~ Max Lerner

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thought for Today

"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions."

~~~~~ Carter G. Woodson

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Thought for Today

"If you elect a matinee idol mayor, you're going to have a musical comedy administration."

~~~~~ Robert Moses

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Thought for Today

John Greenleaf Whittier on Barack Hussein Obama:
"When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead."

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thought for Today

"The public knows that human beings are fallible. Only people blinded by ideology fall into the trap of believing in their own infallibility."

~~~~~ Freeman Dyson
[Arguably the smartest living human. MAG]

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thought for Today

"When people conclude that all is futile, then the absurd becomes the norm."

~~~~~ Stanley Crouch

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thought for Today

"The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead."

~~~~~ William Lloyd Garrison

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thought for Today

"A few years' experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings."

~~~~~ George Mason

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Thought for Today

"It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellow men."

~~~~~ George MacDonald

Monday, December 9, 2013

Thought for Today

"One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame we have killed off so much real shame as well."

~~~~~ Louis Kronenberger

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Thought for Today

"While the river of life glides along smoothly, it remains the same river; only the landscape on either bank seems to change."

~~~~~ Max Muller

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thought for Today

"There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon."

~~~~~ Samuel Butler

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thought for Today

"Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air."

~~~~~ Henry Anatole Grunwald

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thought for Today

"The whole country is one vast insane asylum and they're letting the worst patients run the place."

~~~~~ Robert W. Welch, Jr.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thought for Today

"Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of."

~~~~~ Jonathan Swift

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thought for Today

"Two kinds of men generally best succeed in political life; men of no principle, but of great talent; and men of no talent, but of one principle – that of obedience to their superiors."

~~~~~ Wendell Phillips

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thought for Today

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."

~~~~~ Charles A. Beard

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thought for Today

"Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more."

~~~~~ William Cowper

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thought for Today

"Every man has three characters – that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has."

~~~~~ Alphonse Karr

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thought for Today

"Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion."

~~~~~ Franklin Pierce

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thought for Today

"Admitting Error clears the Score,
And proves you Wiser than before."

~~~~~ Arthur Guiterman

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thought for Today

"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."

~~~~~ James A. Garfield

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thought for Today

"If you wish in this world to advance
Your merits you're bound to enhance;
You must stir it and stump it,
And blow your own trumpet,
Or, trust me, you haven't a chance."

~~~~~ William Gilbert

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thought for Today

"Discipline strengthens the mind so that it becomes impervious to the corroding influence of fear."

~~~~~ Bernard Law Montgomery

Saturday, November 16, 2013

TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) in Your Dishwasher



In recent years, many of us who use automatic dishwashers have been disappointed with the results. Instead of coming out gleaming and spotless, as they used to do years ago, our dishes and silverware come out with a dull film all over them. In hard water areas, the machine itself builds up a mineral film over time.

It turns out that the reason is a political decision based on pseudoscience. In a well-intentioned effort to prevent algal blooms in water which can result in fish kills, governments have restricted or forbidden the use of phosphates in automatic dishwasher detergents. So now, we are forced to use ineffective phosphate-free detergents which do a poor job of cleaning food residue off our dishes and leave a dull film behind. We're not really doing the fish any good, either, because by far the greatest source of phosphate in water is agricultural runoff, both from chemical fertilizer (the P in N-P-K fertilizer is phosphate) and from animal manure. The amount we add by using a small amount of TSP in our dishwashers is negligible.

The solution is very simple. Go to the nearest store with a paint department and pick up a box of TSP (trisodium phosphate). Get the smallest size, which is a 1-lb box. It'll last you a long time, and it's easy to store. Also pick up a box of 1-quart ziplock bags if you don't already have some. The TSP box has no spout, so you'll need to cut the corner off for easy dispensing. Then, since you'll want to protect the contents, you can store the opened TSP box in a closed 1-quart ziplock bag between uses. When you run your dishwasher, fill both cups in the detergent dispenser with your favorite detergent -- powder or gel -- as you normally do, then pour approximately 1/4 teaspoonful of TSP on top of the detergent in each cup. Close the cups and start the machine normally. That's all there is to it.

Before washing any dishes, I ran one cycle with an empty machine in order to clean out the mineral residue which had built up inside. I won't say that step is strictly necessary, but if you have a noticeable film inside the machine, it's certainly a good idea. Let it go through all the rinse cycles, but stop it before it starts to dry.

Now put in a load of dishes and run another cycle with TSP-fortified detergent.

When the dishwasher completes its cycle, compare the results with those you were getting without the TSP. You should see a dramatic difference.

In an area with extremely hard water, you may need to add as much as 1/2 teaspoonful of TSP to each cup, but certainly no more than that. Our water in this area comes from the Cumberland River, and is fairly hard because of dissolved calcium salts. Even so, I find that 1/4 teaspoon per dispenser cup does an excellent job.

Remember that TSP is a powerful chemical, so don't get it on your skin, and keep it away from children. If you should get any on your skin, wash it off immediately with large quantities of water. There's no need to be concerned about any residue on your dishes, though. TSP is highly water-soluble, so every bit of it will be rinsed down the drain along with the detergent.

Thought for Today

"If you do things well one at a time, you end up in a really good place. Don't get ahead of yourself. Control the things you can."

~~~~~ Ron Johnson

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thought for Today

"When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people."

~~~~~ Edmund Burke

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thought for Today

"Don't look at the downside of everything that comes along. It helps life move along so much smoother and nicer."

~~~~~ George Smathers

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thought for Today

"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us."

~~~~~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thought for Today

"To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt."

~~~~~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thought for Today

"We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way."

~~~~~ George S. Patton

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thought for Today

"It does not prove a thing to be right because the majority say it is so."

~~~~~ Friedrich Schiller

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Thought for Today

"I know why most people never get rich. They put the money ahead of the job. If you just think of the job, the money will automatically follow. This never fails."

~~~~~ Hedy Lamarr

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thought for Today

"Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good, and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false."

~~~~~ Richard Cecil

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thought for Today

"There is no sense in making statements that will not continue to be true after they are made."

~~~~~ Frank Knight

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thought for Today

"'Tis easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows along like a song;
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong."

~~~~~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Monday, November 4, 2013

Thought for Today

"Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far."

~~~~~ Will Rogers

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Thought for Today

"Truth gets well if she is run over by a locomotive, while error dies of lockjaw if she scratches her finger."

~~~~~ William Cullen Bryant

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Thought for Today

"Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; and I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatever state he is."

~~~~~ Daniel Boone

Friday, November 1, 2013

Thought for Today

"The sediments of the past are many miles in collective thickness: yet the feeble silt of the rivers built them all from base to summit."

~~~~~ John Joly

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Thought for Today

"While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill – little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago."

~~~~~ John Adams

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thought for Today

"A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself."

~~~~~ James Boswell

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Thought for Today

"I know how easy it is for some minds to glide along with the current of popular opinion, where influence, respectability, and all those motives which tend to seduce the human heart are brought to bear."

~~~~~ Benjamin F. Wade

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Thought for Today

"Television? The word is half Greek, half Latin. No good can come of it."

~~~~~ C. P. Scott

Friday, October 25, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thought for Today

"I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another."

~~~~~ Brenda Ueland

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Thought for Today

"There is nothing respecting which a man may be so long unconscious as of the extent and strength of his prejudices."

~~~~~ Francis Jeffrey

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thought for Today

"Real men are sadly lacking in this world, for when they are put to the test they prove worthless."

~~~~~ Franz Liszt

Monday, October 21, 2013

Thought for Today

"But I have learned a thing or two;
I know as sure as fate,
When we lock up our lives for wealth,
The gold key comes too late."

~~~~~ Will Carleton

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Thought for Today

"Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one's self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another."

~~~~~ Thomas Hughes

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Thought for Today

"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices."

~~~~~ George Adam Smith

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thought for Today

"Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds."

~~~~~ Logan Pearsall Smith

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thought for Today

"What other nations call religious toleration, we call religious rights. They are not exercised in virtue of governmental indulgence, but as rights, of which government cannot deprive any portion of citizens, however small."

~~~~~ Richard Mentor Johnson

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Thought for Today

"When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country."

~~~~~ Noah Webster

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Thought for Today

"The state of Israel must, from time to time, prove clearly that it is strong, and able and willing to use force, in a devastating and highly effective way. If it does not prove this, it will be swallowed up, and perhaps wiped off the face of the earth."

~~~~~ Moshe Sharett

Monday, October 14, 2013

Thought for Today

"There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure."

~~~~~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Thought for Today

"The question of who is right and who is wrong has seemed to me always too small to be worth a moment's thought, while the question of what is right and what is wrong has seemed all-important."

~~~~~ Albert J. Nock

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Thought for Today

"Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality."

~~~~~ Harlan Stone

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thought for Today

"Never stop because you are afraid - you are never so likely to be wrong."

~~~~~ Fridtjof Nansen

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Thought for Today

"The best way I know of to win an argument is to start by being in the right."

~~~~~ Lord Hailsham

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thought for Today

"Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared."

~~~~~ Eddie Rickenbacker

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Thought for Today

"In an ideal world, nobody's work would be just about the money. People could pursue excellence in what they do, take pride in achievement, and derive meaning from knowing that their work improved the lives of others."

~~~~~ Barry Schwartz

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Thought for Today

"Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control."

~~~~~ Denis Diderot

Friday, October 4, 2013

Thought for Today

"The President of the United States should strive to be always mindful of the fact that he serves his party best who serves his country best."

~~~~~ President Rutherford B. Hayes

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thought for Today

"Where the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect."

~~~~~ George Bancroft

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Thought for Today

"I endeavor to be wise when I cannot be merry, easy when I cannot be glad, content with what cannot be mended and patient when there be no redress."

~~~~~ Elizabeth Montagu

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Thought for Today

"Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love of reading."

~~~~~ Rufus Choate

Monday, September 30, 2013

Thought for Today

"Many a secret that cannot be pried out by curiosity can be drawn out by indifference."

~~~~~ Sydney J. Harris

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Thought for Today

"The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster."

~~~~~ Ludwig von Mises

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Thought for Today

"A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed - I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself."

~~~~~ Georges Clemenceau

Friday, September 27, 2013

Thought for Today

"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks."

~~~~~ Samuel Adams

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thought for Today

"Music is an art that expresses the inexpressible. It rises far above what words can mean or the intelligence define. Its domain is the imponderable and impalpable land of the unconscious."

~~~~~ Charles Munch

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Thought for Today

"Some things you'll never know, and some things you'll wish you never knew."

~~~~~ Eric Williams

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Thought for Today

"Though man a thinking being is defined, Few use the grand prerogative of mind. How few think justly of the thinking few! How many never think, who think they do!"

~~~~~ Jane Taylor

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Thought for Today

"Some people bear three kinds of trouble - the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have."

~~~~~ H. G. Wells

Friday, September 20, 2013

Thought for Today

"Some minds remain open long enough for the truth not only to enter but to pass on through by way of a ready exit without pausing anywhere along the route."

~~~~~ Sister Elizabeth Kenny

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thought for Today

"And if you cannot remain indifferent, you must resolve to throw your weight into that balance in which the fate and condition of man is weighed."

~~~~~ Lajos Kossuth

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Thought for Today

"Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified."

~~~~~ Samuel Johnson

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Thought for Today

"Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another."

~~~~~ Marquis de Condorcet

Monday, September 16, 2013

Thought for Today

"I never trust an executive who tends to pass the buck. Nor would I want to deal with him as a customer or a supplier."

~~~~~ James Cash Penney

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Thought for Today

"Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same person."

~~~~~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Thought for Today

"The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency – the belief that the here and now is all there is."

~~~~~ Allan Bloom

Friday, September 13, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thought for Today

"The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor."

~~~~~ H. L. Mencken

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Thought for Today

"The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate."

~~~~~ O. Henry

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Thought for Today

"Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author?"

~~~~~ Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Thought for Today

"If more politicians in this country were thinking about the next generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United States and the world."

~~~~~ Claude Pepper

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Thought for Today

"Take risks. Ask big questions. Don't be afraid to make mistakes; if you don't make mistakes, you're not reaching far enough."

~~~~~ David Packard

Friday, September 6, 2013

Thought for Today

"When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensable of duties."

~~~~~ Marquis de Lafayette

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Thought for Today

"We've really got to stop looking to Washington to fix our problems. It obviously doesn't have the ability to do that. People who are successful are not successful because of the president."

~~~~~ Dave Ramsey

Monday, September 2, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Thought for Today

"It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed."

~~~~~ Kin Hubbard

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Thought for Today

"The true portrait of a man is a fusion of what he thinks he is, what others think he is, what he really is and what he tries to be."

~~~~~ Dore Schary

Friday, August 30, 2013

Thought for Today

"It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal... one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly."

~~~~~ Theophile Gautier

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Thought for Today

"There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables."

~~~~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (expressing his opinion of Obama?)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Thought for Today

"The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many."

~~~~~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Monday, August 26, 2013

Thought for Today

"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance."

~~~~~ John Ruskin

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Thought for Today

"Here is the secret of inspiration: Tell yourself that thousands and tens of thousands of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you."

~~~~~ William Feather

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Thought for Today

"Truth never yet fell dead in the streets; it has such affinity with the soul of man, the seed however broadcast will catch somewhere and produce its hundredfold."

~~~~~ Theodore Parker

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thought for Today

"The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage."

~~~~~ Mark Russell

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thought for Today

"Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We've been so busy damning ourselves for years. We've done it all, and yet we don't take credit for it."

~~~~~ Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Thought for Today

"A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often has no opportunity to exercise judgment."

~~~~~ Marshall Field

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Thought for Today

"I would rather be beaten, and be a man, than to be elected and be a little puppy dog."

~~~~~ Davy Crockett

Friday, August 16, 2013

Thought for Today

"In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to whom the idea first occurs."

~~~~~ Francis Darwin

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thought for Today

"Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures."

~~~~~ Thomas de Quincey

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Thought for Today

"There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever."

~~~~~ Alfred Hitchcock

Monday, August 12, 2013

Thought for Today

"Do not be fooled into believing that because a man is rich he is necessarily smart. There is ample proof to the contrary."

~~~~~ Julius Rosenwald

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Thought for Today

"I don't see democracy getting better. I see democracy diminishing. More rules, more legislation. Eventually governments will see everything."

~~~~~ Taki Theodoracopulos

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Thought for Today

"When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned."

~~~~~ Herbert Hoover

Friday, August 9, 2013

Thought for Today

"The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping."

~~~~~ Izaak Walton

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thought for Today

"Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up,
Holding wonder like a cup."

~~~~~ Sara Teasdale
(Sadly, the same poet who wrote that joyful, sunny verse later chose to take her own life at the age of 48.)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Thought for Today

"Bureaucracies are inherently antidemocratic. Bureaucrats derive their power from their position in the structure, not from their relations with the people they are supposed to serve. The people are not masters of the bureaucracy, but its clients."

~~~~~ Alan Keyes

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Thought for Today

"The mechanical and social achievements of our day must not blind our eyes to the fact that, in all that relates to man, his nature and aspirations, we have added little or nothing to what has been so finely said by the great men of old."

~~~~~ James Loeb

Monday, August 5, 2013

Thought for Today

"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance."

~~~~~ Bruce Barton

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Thought for Today

"Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay."

~~~~~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Friday, August 2, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Thought for Today

"Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you, it will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap."

~~~~~ William Bennett

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Thought for Today

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government has grown out of too much government."

~~~~~ John Sharp Williams

Monday, July 29, 2013

Thought for Today

"The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens."

~~~~~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Thought for Today

"Don't ever dare to take your college as a matter of course – because, like democracy and freedom, many people you'll never know have broken their hearts to get it for you."

~~~~~ Alice Duer Miller

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Thought for Today

"The material came bubbling up inside like a geyser or an oil gusher. It streamed up of its own accord, down my arm and out of my fountain pen in a torrent of six thousand words a day."

~~~~~ C. S. Forester

Friday, July 26, 2013

Thought for Today

"The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly."

~~~~~ Aldous Huxley

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thought for Today

"Every friend to the liberty of his country is bound to reflect, and step forward to prevent the dreadful consequences which shall result from a government of events."

~~~~~ Henry Knox

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Thought for Today

"In this administration, a place can be found for every bad man."

~~~~~ John Philpot Curran

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Thought for Today

"It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way."

~~~~~ Ernest Hemingway

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Thought for Today

"The aged love what is practical while impetuous youth longs only for what is dazzling."

~~~~~ Petrarch

Friday, July 19, 2013

Thought for Today

What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.

~~~~~ Victor Cherbuliez

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thought for Today

"In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish."

~~~~~ S. I. Hayakawa

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Thought for Today

"What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins."

~~~~~ Elbridge Gerry

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Thought for Today

"It is but a poor eloquence which only shows that the orator can talk."

~~~~~ Joshua Reynolds

Monday, July 15, 2013

Thought for Today

"Journalism: A profession whose business is to explain to others what it personally does not understand."

~~~~~ Lord Northcliffe

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Thought for Today

"We Americans are a peculiar people. We are for the underdog, no matter how much of a dog he is."

~~~~~ A.B. "Happy" Chandler

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Thought for Today

"Reading is a means of thinking with another person's mind; it forces you to stretch your own."

~~~~~ Charles Scribner, Jr.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Thought for Today

"Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert."

~~~~~ Dr. William Osler

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thought for Today

"Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people."

~~~~~ John Quincy Adams

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Thought for Today

"Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality."

~~~~~ Nikola Tesla

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

Thought for Today

"A man desires praise that he may be reassured, that he may be quit of his doubting of himself; he is indifferent to applause when he is confident of success."

~~~~~ Alec Waugh

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Thought for Today

"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."

~~~~~ Robert A. Heinlein

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Thought for Today

"An offensive war, I believe to be wrong and would therefore have nothing to do with it, having no right to meddle with another man's property, his ox or his ass, his man servant or his maid servant or anything that is his."

~~~~~ Daniel Morgan

Friday, July 5, 2013

Thought for Today

"Everything is more complicated than it looks to most people."

~~~~~ Frederick Lewis Allen

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Thought for Today

"The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct."

~~~~~ Calvin Coolidge

Monday, July 1, 2013

Thought for Today

"A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was."

~~~~~ Joseph Hall

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Thought for Today

"The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else."

~~~~~ Frederic Bastiat

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Thought for Today

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

~~~~~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Friday, June 28, 2013

Thought for Today

"Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time."

~~~~~ Luigi Pirandello

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thought for Today

"The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled."

~~~~~ Ross Perot

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Thought for Today

"Large increases in cost with questionable increases in performance can be tolerated only in race horses and women."

~~~~~ Lord Kelvin