Tidbits & Quotes: May 2004


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All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.

James Thurber, Writer and Cartoonist

Found here

Posted May 25, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

It's not important how many people I've killed; what is important is how I get along with the people who are still alive.

Bruce Willis (as Jimmy Tudeski)

From the movie "The Whole Nine Yards"

Posted May 24, 2004 | # | Category: Movies & TV

The most elementary and valuable statement in science, the beginning of wisdom is: "I do not know".

Brent Spiner (as Data)

From "Star Trek - The Next Generation"
Episode "Where Silence Has Lease"

Posted May 23, 2004 | # | Category: Movies & TV

Indeed, for all the churning that global capitalism brings to a society, the spread of capitalism has raised living standards higher, faster and for more people than at any time in history. It has also brought more poor people into the middle classes more quickly than at any time in human history. So while the gap between rich and poor is getting wider -- as the winners in today's globalization system really take off and separate themselves from everyone else -- the floor under the poor has been rising steadily in many parts of the world. In other words, while relative poverty may be growing in many countries, absolute poverty is actually falling in many countries. According to the 1997 United Nations Human Development report, poverty has fallen more in the past fifty years than in the previous five hundred. Developing countries have progressed as fast in the past thirty years as the industrialized world did in the previous century. Since 1960, infant mortality rates, malnutrition and illiteracy are all significantly down, while access to safe water is way up. In relatively short periods of time, countries that have been the most open to globalization, like Taiwan, Singapore, Israel, Chile and Sweden, have achieved standards of living comparable to those in America and Japan, while the ranks of the middle class in countries like Thailand, Brazil, India and Korea have swelled, due partly to globalization.

From the book "The Lexus and the Olive Tree"

By Thomas L. Friedman
Chapter 14, page 287

Posted May 22, 2004 | # | Category: Books

It's funny that on old photos people look younger.

Olli Dietrich, Comedian

Posted May 21, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure, and pleasure my business.

Aaron Burr, US Vice President


Posted May 20, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

Nobody in TV makes as much money as Robert Redford, who likes to make movies for several million dollars only on the condition that they contain some sort of social message. I can't take very seriously a social message delivered by an actor who's paid nine million dollars to deliver it, and who charges you five dollars to see it.

David Brinkley, Journalist


Posted May 19, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.

Ambrose Bierce, Writer


Posted May 18, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

Mallory: And we went to the moon. Do we really have to go to Mars?
Sam: Because it's next. For we came out of the cave, and we looked over the hill, and we saw fire. And we crossed the ocean, and we pioneered the West, and we took to the sky. The history of Man is hung on the timeline of exploration, and this is what's next.

From The West Wing, episode "Galileo"

Posted May 17, 2004 | # | Category: Movies & TV

To the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name knowledge.

Ambrose Bierce, Writer


Posted May 16, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.

Harry Truman, US President

Posted May 15, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

William Shakespeare

Posted May 14, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

Friend: One who knows all about you and loves you just the same.

Elbert Hubbard


Posted May 13, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

God created the flirt as soon as He made the fool.

Victor Hugo

Posted May 12, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

Just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have right now, and then got it back again.

Frances Rodman

Posted May 11, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.

Mark Twain

Posted May 10, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

I was wrong. I was. I was just. I was wrong. Come on, we know that. Lots of times we don't know what right and wrong is. But lots of time we do. And come on, this is one. I may not have had sinister intent at the outset, but there were plenty of opportunities for me to make it right. No one in government takes responsibility for anything any more. We foster, we obfuscate, we rationalize. 'Everybody does it.' That's what we say. So we come to occupy a moral safe house where everyone's to blame so no one's guilty. I'm to blame. I was wrong.

Martin Sheen (as President Bartlet)

From The West Wing, episode "H.Con - 172"

Posted May 09, 2004 | # | Category: Movies & TV

There's a rule they don't teach you at the Harvard Business School. It is, if anything is worth doing, it's worth doing to excess.

Edwin Land, former CEO of Polaroid

Posted May 08, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

There is, therefore, only one categorical imperative. It is: Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.

Immanuel Kant, Philosopher

Posted May 07, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.

Oscar Wilde, Writer

Posted May 06, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.

Oscar Levant, Musician


Posted May 05, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.


Posted May 04, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

Give us the luxuries of life and we will dispense with the necessities.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Physician, Poet, and Humorist


Posted May 03, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.

Woodrow Wilson, President


Posted May 02, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

I may not understand, but I am willing to admire.

Anthony Hope, Writer


Posted May 01, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations


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