"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government."
Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
- William Strunk
A wife's faithful to her husband, subject to him. It's in the Bible.
--Elmore Leonard, Gold Coast
"The freedom of speech of private individuals includes the right to not agree,
not to listen, and not to finance one's own antagonists."
Life is made up of little things. It is very rarely that an occasion is offered for doing a great deal at once. True greatness consists in being great in little things.
- Charles Simmons
"Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state."
speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk -- and act.
~ Maxwell Maltz
“When you're really cute that's all you have to be, you make a career out of it. Someone asks you what you do, you say, 'Nothing. I'm cute.”
--Elmore Leonard, Killshot
Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything. - Anonymous
When you sit down to write, write. Don't do anything else except go to the bathroom, and only do that if it absolutely cannot be put off. - Stephen King
"It's better to burn out than to fade away"..... that scarey looking bloke in Highlander... yep, I'm THAT shallow:36_002:
Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation. - Graham Greene
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel.
"I never miss anything or anyone because it all becomes a lovely memory. I guard my memories and love them, but I don't get in them and lie down. You can even make stories from yours, but remember, they don't come back. Just think how awful it would be if they did. You don't need me now. You're eleven years old [50s] which is old enough to get busy at growing up to be the person you want to be. No more nonsense. Ole Golly Waldenstein"
-- Harriet the Spy
After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box. - Italian proverb
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
- Bertrand Russell
Hope is not a dream, but a way of making dreams become reality.
- L. J. Cardinal Suenens
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
- Sir Francis Bacon
Writing is something you do alone. It's a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don't want to make eye contact while doing it. - John Green
A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.
How strangely we diminish a things as soon as we try to express it in words.
"By the time a writer discovers he has no talent for literature, he is too successful to give it up." *
*The above, of course, does not apply to our Gracious Host.
"Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls'.
Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. - F Scott Fitzgerald
If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchant-ments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.
- Rachel Carson
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
~ Aldous Huxley
Marriage is like a deck of cards. In the beginning all you need is two hearts and a spade. By the end you wish you had a club and a spade. - Anonymous
"Humor is just another defense against the universe."
~ Mel Brooks
Andy Dufresne: I understand you're a man who knows how to get things.
I like a man who knows how to get things. Kinda cool
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller
"Nut cases only succeed in multiple killings when
they can be confident their prospective victims are disarmed."
~ Vin Suprynowicz
(1950-) American columnist, author
Maddy: See, I think there's a plan. There's a design for each and every one of us. You look at nature. Bird flies somewhere, picks up a seed, sh!ts the seed out, plant grows. Bird's got a job, sh!t's got a job, seed's got a job. And you've got a job.
Just wish I had wings. I would poop everywhere with my gay wife.
"We shall defend our island,whatever the cost may be,we shall fight on the beaches,we shall fight on the the landing grounds,we shall fight in the fields and in the streets..we shall fight in the hills,we shall never surreneder..never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.." Winston Churchill
http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.46697...93198&pid=15.1http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.49365...08556&pid=15.1http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.48002...83890&pid=15.1 not to get too upset about it,but the assertion by another member on a closed thread that the second world war was started by someone other than germany,and japan,had my blood boiling..sorry my friend,but yes they did start it,and people like the incredibly strong and resilient Brits and my father,who served in bomber much like the one pictured here,stopped it..revisionist history is annoying at best,insulting and rude to those who were affected by and know the truth..
I'd always heard of Winston Churchill but didn't really listen. I saw a documentary about that war and the horrors. They interviewed one man that's around 100 now and he talked about how he lost his mum. His tears hurt me and I cried right along with him as he spoke. I will say that watching that documentary gave me a great dose of history that I'd failed to take notice of and it made me feel badly to be so blind. I started researching Churchill and I really think he was pretty great.
Thank you for this quote.
You're welcome Madam..really,I find the military channel on cable is a font of information,documentary wise..much is tough to see,but if we understand what has gone before,we will not repeat those mistakes,at least that is the hope..I used to think that it is ancient history,(WW2) but I have my father's flight jacket,and I realize that no,those times are really not so distant,and we must remember those who sacrificed to allow us our freedoms..not meaning to go on,just missing my dad tonight I suppose.. :smile2:
Well stated . . .I don't have a problem with you missing your dad and expressing such. Sadly though . . .it seems as if man will never cease wars. I can't recall a moment in history when there wasn't a war going on. Of all of the creations on Earth we're the only ones that will start a war against our fellowman.
I don't get that sh!t. I remember that one member a few years ago stated that it's profitable.
Wait a minute! Just to be accurate,ants do too! Haha,we are right up there,with the ants..
Yep . . .oops . . .forgot that!
Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. - Truman Capote
You are so lucky to have your Dad's jacket. I expect my Dad was wearing his when he was shot down over the Sea of Japan.
I don't understand interventions. What's the point of being told I drink too much by a room full of reasons why I drink in the first place? - Anonymous