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"If your plan is for 1 year, plant rice;
If your plan is for 10 years, plant trees;
If your plan is for 100 years, educate children." -Confucius
 
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"Sir, I believe in only one thing," says a man.
"And what is that sir?" says the other gentleman.
"Change," said the man.
-Anonymous

"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

"I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like." -Margaret Mead
 
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I think I have read similar to this, but here goes.

“If your life's work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you're not thinking big enough.”

― Wes Jackson
 
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“The global village that television was supposed to bring is less a village than a playground...little attempt is made to pass on our cultural inheritance.”

― Wes Jackson, Becoming Native to This Place


And we've seen what children left alone in a playground do to each other (Lord of the Flies).

 
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"A good question is just as good as a good answer." I don't know who first said it but I know where I heard it...
 
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"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”
― Charles Kingsley

 
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"Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature."

-- Tom Robbins
 
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“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, "Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?" ...Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, "We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay.”
-Charles M. Schulz
 
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“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
― Howard Zinn
 
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allen lumley wrote:To thine own self be true ! And it follows as the night follows the day thou canst not then be false to any Man !


I wish this was a little easier to live up to ! Big AL



The ironic thing about this quote is that the character who says it (Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet) is utterly false to himself and the rest of the world.
 
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For me, it's just about anything from Thoreau. But the other day I picked an anthology of aphorisms off the shelf at the library and it opened to this one which just seemed to describe my life perfectly at that moment (I'm quoting from memory):

"The way of a poet's life is: having nothing to do, to do something."
 
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A piece together. A piece apart. A peace of wisdom. From the Heart

the Bad Brains, Banned in DC
 
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I swear this on is true even when I'm being lazy. I'm going to not be lazy today though.

"He was a work-beast. He had no mental life whatever; yet deep down in the crypts of his mind, unknown to him, were being weighed and sifted every hour of his toil, every movement of his hands, every twitch of his muscles, and preparations were making for a future course of action that would amaze him and all his little world."

-Jack London
 
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Landon Sunrich : Having produced a Jack london means that no apology is necessary for Ernest Hemingway! Big AL
 
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" I teach self-reliance,
the world's most subversive practice.
I teach people how to grow their
own food, which is shockingly subversive.
So yes, it's seditious.
But it's peaceful sedition."
-Bill Mollison

 
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"Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears.
-Richard Wilkens
 
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“I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.”
― Albert Einstein
 
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Looking at the bluff:

"The main determinate of gullying is geology. Certain types of clay, clayey marl, and loose sands or gravels are much more erodible than other rocks , especially where tectonic action has tilted them to unaccustomed angles."

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"Slumping: This form of erosion, too, depends on geology. Where rocks are weak and lubricated by springs or beds of clay, slopes collapse under their own weight: the rock fractures and slips, often rotating as it does so."

-Rackham and Moody, Manchester University Press.

 
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"You two are Rosencratz and Guildenstern! Isn't that enough?"
-The Player, Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

I like this quote because it hints at the idea that names are a necessity, and that names give something to cling. A form of essence is in a name, maybe.
 
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gotta love this guy.........one of my favorite musicians and such a poet

 
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"Never imagine yourself not to be
otherwise than what it might appear to others
that what you were or might have been was
not otherwise than what you had been would
have appeared to them to be otherwise."
-the Duchess "Alice in Wonderland"

sorting stuff for our move and I ran across my notebook of poems and quotes I had kept in college..this was always a favorite It drove my mother crazy when she saw it on my wall done as a poster from my lettering and layout class.
 
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"There is a Cosmic Law that one cannot hold that which one does not enrich by one's being except by violence."

Author Unknown, Sufi Mystic Text
 
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“We keep to our usual stuff, more or less, only inside out. We do onstage the things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look at every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.”

-The Player, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Tom Stoppard

I like this quote because it shows the value of perspective. Changing perspectives is necessary for an accurate analysis of various people, places, and things. One view is rather flat, I think.
 
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"I know people are powerful. I want to make them more so than ever. One alone is not enough, but when people can help themselves and then some, great things begin to take shape. People power, social capital, is therefore made the most powerful and strongest form of capital out there."

-I like to think I am original. there is probably a quote similar to the one I made up elsewhere
 
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I on the otherhand am getting old enough that I will make no pretenses at originality;

"There are only two things to be done; the Necessary and the Impossible."

-Ibn L'Arabi
 
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'You miss 100% of the shots you don't take'
 
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Though I do not believe

that a plant will spring up

where no seed has been,

I have great faith in a seed.

Convince me

that you have a seed there,

and I am prepared

to expect wonders.

~Henry David Thoreau
 
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another from my college notebook.......not sure I agree with all that is said in this one like I did at one time, thought provoking.......

"there is nothing of me that is alone and absolute except my mind and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters...What we want to destroy is our false inorganic connections, especially those related to money and re-establish the living organic connections with the cosmos, the sun and earth, with mankind and nation and family. Start with the sun, and the rest will slowly, slowly happen."
-D.H. Lawrence, from "Apocalypse"
 
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"The mayor made the shocking announcement that the town of Kingston would begin issuing marriage licenses to any couples in love."
"What about family values?"
"We have families; we have values."
-Were the World Mine

"You don't want me. I'm full of rum and impure thoughts."
-Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean
 
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'Follow your bliss and the world will open it doors where there were once only walls'
 
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“As a reader, I could put on someone else's shoes and live through his adventures, borrow his individuality and make choices that I didn't have at home.”― Ayaan Hirsi Ali
 
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"The Effects of Danger"

On Courage;

"Courage --

Combat gives rise to the element of danger in which all military activity must move and be maintained like birds in air and fish in water. The effects of danger, however, produce an emotional reaction, either as a matter of immediate instinct, or consciously. The former results in an effort to avoid danger, or , where that is not possible, in fear and anxiety. Where these effects do not arise, it is because instinct has been outweighed by courage. But courage is by no means a conscious act; like fear, it is an emotion. Fear is concerned with physical and courage with moral survival. Courage is the nobler instinct, and as such cannot be treated as an inanimate instrument that functions simply as proscribed. So courage is not simply a counterweight to danger, to be used for neutralizing its effects, it is a quality on its own."

-Carl Von Clausewitz,

On war: Book II Chapter 2

Michael Howard and Peter Paret's translation to english.

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I may start quoting this dude a bunch here in the pretty near future so please bare with me or ask me to tone it down.




*-- Struck words: 1st= Civil Disobedience. 2nd= societal transformations.
 
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"Just du it!" -The motto on the Calculus BC t-shirt for the class I am in
 
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I'm a fan My grand daughter talked me out of my 'Dead Man' poster.....anyway I liked this quote no matter who said it.
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I heard this come from the TV while I was doing homework and thought it was funny:

"Six is greater than one; this changes everything." It was form some commercial about something or other, and my mom made a snide comment that I could hear, too: "Knowing basic math shouldn't be that revolutionary."
 
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A Bertrand Russell quote about mathematics. It's in jest , I think :

"Pure mathematics consists entirely of assertions to the effect that, if such and such a proposition is true of anything, then such and such another proposition is true of that thing. It is essential not to discuss whether the first proposition is really true, and not to mention what the anything is, of which it is supposed to be true. Both these points would belong to applied mathematics. We start, in pure mathematics, from certain rules of inference, by which we can infer that if one proposition is true, then so is some other proposition. These rules of inference constitute the major part of the principles of formal logic. We then take any hypothesis that seems amusing, and deduce its consequences. If our hypothesis is about anything, and not about some one or more particular things, then our deductions constitute mathematics. Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. People who have been puzzled by the beginnings of mathematics will, I hope, find comfort in this definition, and will probably agree that it is accurate."
 
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