Tidbits & Quotes


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Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends -- hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.

President Obama

Inauguration Speech 2009

Posted Mar 20, 2009 | # | Category: Speeches

Melody. When you hear a Beatles melody or Marvin Gaye, it changes everything around you. You ever see those commercials where somebody's someplace and then the whole room changes? Melody does that.

Combs, Sean John

Posted Feb 17, 2009 | # | Category: Quotations

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the fainthearted -- for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor -- who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom.

President Obama

Inauguration Speech 2009

Posted Jan 24, 2009 | # | Category: Speeches

Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys.

Top Jack Bauer Facts

Posted Aug 31, 2008 | # | Category: Jokes

You don't want to have organizations in what some people think of as a liquid state. I'm an engineer by training so my physics comes back. An organization is something very solid and when you apply a lot of heat to change it, it becomes fluid. You want to make sure that you don't keep it fluid too long, because liquids move in many directions that you might not have intended.

Eduardo Castro-Wright

WSJ, August 2008

Posted Aug 24, 2008 | # | Category: Quotations

In God we trust; all others bring data.

W. Edwards Deming

Posted Mar 28, 2008 | # | Category: Quotations

I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.

Groucho Marx

Posted Jan 08, 2008 | # | Category: Quotations

Lucius Washington: You're not gonna live forever.
Ricky Bobby: No one lives forever, no one. But with advances in modern science and my high level income, it's not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300. Heck, I just read in the newspaper that they put a pig heart in some guy from Russia. Do you know what that means?
Lucius Washington: No, I don't know what that means. I guess longer life.
Ricky Bobby: No, he didn't live. It's just exciting that we're trying things like that.

From the movie "Talladega Nights"

Posted Jan 06, 2008 | # | Category: Movies & TV

Those who have mastered etiquette, who are entirely, impeccably right, would seem to arrive at a point of exquisite dullness.

Dorothy Parker

Posted Jan 03, 2008 | # | Category: Quotations

It's because it's what you love, Ricky. It is who you were born to be. And here you sit. Thinking. Well, Ricky Bobby is not a thinker. Ricky Bobby is a driver. He is a doer, and that's what you need to do. You don't need to think. You need to drive. You need speed. You need to go out there, and you need to rev your engine. You need to fire it up. You need to grab ahold of that line between speed and chaos, and you need to wrestle it to the ground like a demon cobra. And then, when the fear rises up in your belly, you use it. And you know that fear is powerful, because it has been there for billions of years. And it is good. And you use it. And you ride it; you ride it like a skeleton horse through the gates of hell, and then you win, Ricky. You WIN! And you don't win for anybody else. You win for you, you know why? Because a man takes what he wants. He takes it all. And you're a man, aren't you? Aren't you?

From the movie "Talladega Nights"

Posted Jan 02, 2008 | # | Category: Movies & TV

Ladies and Gentlemen, that is a new track record. As it stands now, Jean Girard is sitting on the pole, which is a statement of fact, and is in no way a comment on the driver's sexual orientation.

From the movie "Talladega Nights"

Posted Dec 02, 2007 | # | Category: Movies & TV

Ricky Bobby is not a thinker! Ricky Bobby is a driver!

From the movie "Talladega Nights"

Posted Dec 01, 2007 | # | Category: Movies & TV

We inevitably doom our children to failure and frustration when we try to set their goals for them.

Jess Lair

Posted Oct 10, 2007 | # | Category: Quotations

A man must be master of his hours and days, not their servant.

William Frederick Book

Posted Oct 03, 2007 | # | Category: Quotations

I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.

Walt Disney

Posted Aug 09, 2007 | # | Category: Quotations

A woman never knows what she really wants until she finds out what her husband cannot afford.


Posted Jul 28, 2007 | # | Category: Quotations

I decide who offends me.

Klaus Kinski

Posted Jul 26, 2007 | # | Category: Quotations

You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.

Samuel Levenson

Posted Jul 18, 2007 | # | Category: Quotations

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.

Vince Lombardi

Posted Jun 24, 2007 | # | Category: Quotations

Caution is a most valuable asset in fishing, especially if you are the fish.


Posted Jun 17, 2007 | # | Category: Quotations


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