Tag: Quote of the Day

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After the “war to end war” they seem to have been pretty successful in Paris at making a “Peace to end Peace.”—Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, GCB, GCSI, GCIE, CMG, MC, KStJ, PC Lord Wavell was born this day in 1883. He was an interesting character who, among other books, put together […]

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On the contrary, a love poem gives individual expression to the joy of private life. Result and expression of personally-held values, love defies the tyrant; the more pure and steadfast the love, the stronger the motivation for defiance. Thus private life becomes possible – as indeed civil society itself.   Preview Open

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April 30, 1789 – The first constitutional president of the United States delivered his inaugural address.  Quoted at length, nothing further that I can add: Among the vicissitudes incident to life, no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the […]

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Quote of the Day: What I Like About Texas, 29 April 2017

 

You ask me what I like about Texas? Well aside from the obvious, such as @rightangles’ posts and pics, and the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes in full bloom at the height of spring, the list is exhaustive. We could be here all night long.

Fortunately, 31 years ago during the Texas sesquicentennial, country singer-songwriter Gary P. Nunn put that question and its many answers into a song, from which the following verse comes:

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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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The Quote of the Day is the easiest way to start a fun conversation on Ricochet. You don’t have to be intelligent, pithy, or eloquent yourself. You can bask in the wisdom of another, someone who went through the hard knocks of acquiring that wisdom, pithiness, and eloquence. Or, you can even quote your favorite […]

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“This is the oldest form of aviation in the world — ballooning — and yet it hasn’t been done yet,” — Steve Fossett, born on this date, April 22, 1944. He was the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon. While I doubt I will ever do something nobody has […]

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It all started with @terichristoph and our recent discussion concerning first concert experiences. Mine occurred on August 28, 1966 when I saw the Beatles in Dodger Stadium. I was only 13, but between the screams and tears, I was breathlessly waiting for “that song.” You know the song I mean; the one song each of […]

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Quote of the Day: Bonus Edition, April 16, 2017

 

My grandmother Molly could be a rather stern old lady. She was born when Queen Victoria was still on the throne, on April 16, 1898. She died in 1988, long-lived, like many in my family.

If I were to tell you just one thing about Granny, it would be this: She. Never. Gave. In. Every morning she was even remotely able, she got out of bed, put on her combinations (don’t ask), hauled and strapped herself into her corset and girdle, put on her old-fashioned womanly clothes, did her hair and her face, and went out to meet the day.

Most who knew her, I’m sure, thought of her as a redoubtable and unyielding old lady, one it was better not to cross, a pillar of rectitude, and a stalwart of her much-loved church.

On Being Over 40 okay 50 I mean 60

 

Today’s topic is “Getting Older.” Not that I am or anything. Age cannot wither me, nor custom stale my infinite variety. I have many ways of staying engaged.

For instance, recently I went to a department store to treat myself to some shopping. This usually puts me in a good mood. But that day, I made the mistake of stopping at a cosmetics counter manned by a young woman wearing way too much eye makeup. I swear that girl was wearing every product they make, all at the same time. Her eyes looked like two tarantulas.

I didn’t stare, however, being the lady that I am. Instead I was perusing the items in the glass case, minding my own business, when Tarantula Eyes asked me if I would like to have “a makeover.” I just looked at her. I? A makeover? She thinks I need a makeover? Excuse me? I took her by the shoulders and shook her while shouting “Are you serious right now? I will have you know that when I was your age, I looked better than you will ever look in your wildest dreams, you little snot!”