Tag: “Quote of the Day” Series

Quote of the Day: A Queen’s Eulogy

 

In the city named the Temple of Patience,
in the city of Former Eloquence, and eventually
in the city of Angkor, this Brahmin girl of royal rank
became the beloved of King Jayavarman.

Her lowered head on the raised feet of the king,
she approached the Ganges, whose fallen feet lay on Shiva’s head.
Among the lovelies who loved learning, she scattered the king’s favors,
lovely nectars in the form of learning.

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When a woman is told that she does not age, all her summers turn into spring. Wild Thoughts (1923) Augusta Amiel-Lapeyre More

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At first blush, this seems like a fairly snarky comment made by someone who thinks the concept of prayer and miracles is silly. And in truth, it is difficult to tell what his actual feelings on religion were. At various times, he wrote both approvingly and contemptuously of religious believers among his many characters, and […]

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When you are dead, you don’t know you are dead. It is difficult only for others. It is the same when you are stupid. ― Unknown More

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“If there is an afterlife, and I have anything to say about it, I will unreservedly choose to go to hell. Hell would be heaven for me. All my life I’ve been with the have-nots. Over here, if you’re a have-not, you’re short of dough. If you’re a have-not in hell, you’re short of virtue. […]

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Inspired by @she‘s post last month “Play La Marseillaise. Play it!”, my quote of the day is the inspiring statements by Rick to Ilsa at the conclusion of Casablanca: Rick: “I’m saying this because it’s true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You’re part of his work, the thing that keeps […]

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“Cowards die a thousand deaths. The valiant taste of death but once.” — William Shakespeare (Apr 23, 1564 – Apr 23, 1616) – More

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If You Don’t Like Change — You’re on the Wrong Planet

 

The quote in the post’s title is that of the great Ricochet pontificator – The Archdork Trink. Moi.

Chopping away at the green mat of chickweed under the Norway Spruce yesterday – my trowel clicked and nudged at the smallish, stubborn rocks that the glaciers left behind when they receded ten thousand years ago. That’s just a blink of time in the vast changing geological record of this old planet.

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In keeping with my poetry theme, here is my belated quote of the day. One of my favorite out-of-context Robert Browning lines. More

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Quote of the Day: Ambassadorial Wisdom

 

James Day Hodgson (1915-2012) was a politician and diplomat who served during the administrations of Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford, first as Secretary of Labor (1970-73) and later as Ambassador to Japan (1974-77). Many years after his retirement, Hodgson published a book titled American Senryu, a collection of senryū poetry written by Hodgson himself. Here is one of my favorite poems (in italics) from that book, including a bit of commentary by the author:

The exciting thought
That beauty is possible
Sustains us all.

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“The world must face the fact that that in an age when international cooperation should be the keyword, nations are further apart than ever. Mankind is in grave danger, but democratic governments seem not to know what to do. If they do nothing, Western Civilization, religious, personal and economic freedom are in grave danger.”  – […]

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“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” Milton Friedman More

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“When we listen deeply to another person we are practicing hospitality. We are offering a space for others to feel free to be themselves and to change and grow in their understanding. Imagine a world where we all treated each other like guests, extending grace and generosity of spirit. By practicing hospitality we can create […]

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A constitutional government will always be a weak government when compared to an arbitrary one. There will be many desirable things, as well as undesirable, which are easy for a despotism but impossible elsewhere. Constitutionalism suffers from the defects inherent in its own merits. Because it cannot do some evil, it is precluded from doing […]

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Tender are a mother’s dreams But her babe’s not what he seems More

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“ . . . I’ve never heard one person attribute their joy, success or wholeheartedness to being perfect. In fact, what I’ve heard over and over throughout the years is one clear message: ‘The most valuable and important things in my life came to me when I cultivated the courage to be vulnerable, imperfect and […]

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The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Vince Lombardi More

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A man, obviously, of some considerable vanity and, like most vain men, a close accountant of small insults. When first I undertook this assignment, I promised @rightangles something from my favorite of all authors, Rudyard Kipling. I intend to follow through on that promise, but not tonight. This is from the opening pages of the […]

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