Tidbits & Quotes: July 2004


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I'm dominant every night. I come in every night and get beat up. I
never make a face when they try to flagrant or hack-a-Shaq me,
because I'm not from this planet. Earthlings don't faze me...

Shaquille O'Neal, Basketball Superstar

Posted Jul 31, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool,
To weep is to risk being called sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk showing your true self.
To place your ideas and your dreams before the crowd
is to risk being called naive.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest risk in life is to
risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is
nothing, and becomes nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn,
feel, change, grow or love.
Chained by his certitude, he is a slave; he has forfeited his
Only the person who risks is truly free.

Leo Buscaglia, Writer

Posted Jul 28, 2004 | # | Category: Poetry & Music

Set coordinates for Chocolate City and have a landing party of nine men beam down immediately, with phasers set on funk!

Warren G.

From the Intro to the "Take a look over your shoulder" album

Posted Jul 27, 2004 | # | Category: Poetry & Music

Faith is a cop-out. It is intellectual bankruptcy. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can't be taken on its own merits.

Dan Barker, Author

From the book "Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist"

Posted Jul 26, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.

Hubert H. Humphrey, US Vice President


Posted Jul 25, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

Failure is humbling, character-building and can teach you, but it is
definitely not good.

Julie Wainwright, Former Pets.com CEO

Posted Jul 24, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

That's what a leader's about: sacrifice. The times he's gotta sacrifice because he's gotta lead, by example. Not by fear and not by self-pity.

Al Pacino (as Coach D'Amato)

From the movie "Any Given Sunday"

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

It is not how hard you push along the way. It is having something in you to finish.

Michael Jordan, Basketball God

Posted Jul 22, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

I want you to leave right now, stay far away from me, and don't come near me again. We're not going to get involved. Last night was last night, and it's all there was, and it's all there is. There isn't going to be anything more between us. So please. Goodbye, good luck, no conversation, just leave.

Eva Marie Saint (as Eve Kendall)

From the movie "North by Northwest"

Posted Jul 21, 2004 | # | Category: Movies & TV

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

Oscar Wilde, Writer

Posted Jul 20, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.

Arnold H. Glasgow, Psychologist

Posted Jul 19, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

I have failed over and over and over and over. And that is why I suceed!

Michael Jordan, Basketball Deity

Posted Jul 18, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

The great thing about M.J. is when you look in her eyes, and she's looking back in yours, everything feels not quite normal, because you feel stronger, and weaker at the same time. You feel excited, and at the same time, terrified. The truth is you don't know what you feel, except you know what kind of man you want to be. It's as if you've reached the unreachable, and you weren't ready for it.

Tobey Maguire (as Peter Parker)

From the movie "Spiderman"

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

Each of us is given five balls. One is rubber and four are glass. The rubber ball is work. If you drop it, it will always bounce back. The other four glass balls are family, friends, health and integrity. If you drop them, they are shattered. They won't bounce back.

Rebecca Ryan


Posted Jul 16, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

Beginnings are scary. Endings are usually sad. But it's the middle that counts the most.

Sandra Bullock (as Birdee Pruitt)

From the movie "Hope Floats"

Posted Jul 15, 2004 | # | Category: Movies & TV

I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution.

Wernher von Braun, Rocket Engineer


Posted Jul 14, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, US President

Posted Jul 13, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

I wanna meet a woman and I wanna fall in love and I wanna get married and I wanna have a kid and I wanna go see him play a tooth in the school play. It's not much.

Tom Hanks (as Allen Bauer)

From the movie "Splash"

Posted Jul 12, 2004 | # | Category: Movies & TV

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character ...

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama ... will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plains, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and mole hill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of that old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at last!"

Martin Luther King

Delivered during the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial, August 23, 1963.

Posted Jul 11, 2004 | # | Category: Speeches

Lucy Kelson: You are the most selfish human being on the planet!
George Wade: Well that's just silly. Have you met everyone on the planet?

From the movie "Two Weeks Notice"

Posted Jul 10, 2004 | # | Category: Movies & TV

I've never taken a position on the stock price, and I don't think it's appropriate for management to take a position on stock price. [Management's] job is to build an important, lasting, valuable company, and to work hard at that. And then there's the job of investors -- to try to assess what that company is worth. Those jobs are hard [and distinct]. So, I never speculate on stock price.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com

Source: Business Week

Posted Jul 09, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.

Henry Ford, Industrialist

Posted Jul 08, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

I will have no man work for me who has not the capacity to become a partner.

JC Penney, Businessman

Posted Jul 07, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.

Luciano de Crescenzo, Author

Posted Jul 06, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

Philip K. Dick, Author

Posted Jul 05, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.

BF Skinner, Psychologist

Posted Jul 04, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations

You find out life's this game of inches, so is football. Because in either game -- life or football -- the margin for error is so small. I mean, one half a step too late or too early and you don't quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast and you don't quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They're in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team we fight for that inch. On this team we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when we add up all those inches, that's gonna make the fucking difference between winning and losing! Between living and dying!

Al Pacino (as Coach D'Amato)

From the movie "Any Given Sunday"

Posted Jul 03, 2004 | # | Category: Movies & TV

He will never be a tough competitor. He doesn't know how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Lou Piniella, Baseball Manager

Posted Jul 01, 2004 | # | Category: Quotations


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