Assorted quotes and stuff picked up mostly from surfing usenet.

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics 
	and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better, 
	whether by a healthy child, 
	a garden patch, 
	or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
					--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be daring, be different, be impractical,
be anything that will assert integrity of purpose
and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers,
the creatures of the commonplace,
the slaves of the ordinary.
					--Sir Cecil Beaton

The entire sum of existence
is the magic of being needed
by just one person.
					--Vi Putnam

Resignation: I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 8 year-old again. I want to go to McDonald's and think it's a four star restaurant. I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make a sidewalk with rocks. I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them. I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer's day. I want to return to a time when life was simple; When all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn't bother you, because you didn't know what you didn't know and you didn't care. All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset. I want to think the world is fair. That everyone is honest and good. I want to believe that anything is possible. I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again. I want to live simple again. I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and loss of loved ones. I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow. So... here's my checkbook and my car-keys, my credit card bills and my 401k statements. I am officially resigning from adulthood. --Found on the bulletin board at work.
There is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income --Edmund Wilson It's not the thing you fling, it's the fling itself. --Chris Stevens "Northern Exposure" Denial is so much easier than responsibility. --Laura Lemay You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named "Bush", "Dick", and "Colon." Need I say more?" --Chris Rock Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once. --Tom Clancy Computers get outdated, cars become unique --Alan You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. --President Andrew Shephard "The American President" The great enemy of truth is often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. --John F. Kennedy Those who would sacrifice essential liberties for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety. --Benjamn Franklin Laws that forbid the carrying of arms, disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." --Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764 Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before we can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends. --Richard Bach I balanced all, brought all to mind. The years to come seemed a waste of breath. A waste of breath the years behind. In blance with this life, this death. --Yeats Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad. --Victor Hugo I have one prejudice, and that is against stupidity. Use your mind, think! --Megazone Never underestimate the power of dumb people in large groups. --bumper sticker Don't pray in my school, and I won't think in your church. --bumper sticker Lusers - making the unthinkable a reality since 00:00:00 UTC, January 1, 1970 --Post by codemoose Quick to judge, Quick to anger, Slow to understand Ignorance and prejudice And fear walk hand in hand. --Rush "Witch Hunt" The most beautiful words are those which are not needed. --Lisa Ehren Forgive him, he is a barbarian who thinks the customs of his tribe are the laws of the universe. --Gaius Julius Caesar Only idiots and politicians are politically correct. Idiots because they aren't being honest and politicians because they answer to idiots. --Anon Life is an adventure to be lived, not a problem to be solved. --The Key Master No person stands so tall as one who has stooped to help someone who has fallen. --Ann landers Old enough to know better, young enough not to care. --Andy McClelland There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." --Dave Barry Live as you will have wished to have lived when you are dying. -Christian Furchtegott Gellert Plus, He's Married! --Deon ...and then I'll flip him off and say, improve on this, you jackass. --Deon Somebody shit in my dumpster! --Phone call from contractor If the human brain was simple enough to understand we would be too simple to understand it. --One of the inventers of Prozac Computer games don't affect kids, I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids, we'd all run around in a darkened room munching pills and listening to repetitive music... --Kristian Wilson, CEO, Nintendo Gaming Corporation, Inc, 1989 Everything is not yet lost --My fortune cookie Your life becomes more and more of an adventure. --AriAnne's fortune cookie We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers. We study the mysteries of laser and circuit, crystal and scanner, holographic demons and invocations of equations Fourteen words to make someone fall in love with you forever, seven words to make them go without pain, how to say goodbye to a friend who is dying, how to be poor, how to be rich how to rediscover dreams when the world has stolen them from you. --Elric "Babylon 5" No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. --G'Kar "Babylon 5" There is a greater darknes than the one we fight, it is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers or principalities, it is against chaos and dispair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. -G'Quan "Babylon 5"
So it seems this penguin was driving through a small town when his car broke down. He called AAA, and his car was towed to a local garage where the mechanic told him he would need a couple of hours to check out the problem. The penguin wasn't in any particular hurry, so he wandered off to look around. Entering a local supermarket, he bought some fish sticks and some vanilla ice cream for lunch, and then hung out in the frozen foods section until it was time to return to the garage. The mechanic, seeing him enter the garage, came over wiping his hands on a rag, and shaking his head, saying "It looks like you blew a seal." Blushing, the penguin quickly wiped his bill with his flippers, and replied, "Oh no! It's just ice cream!"
Newsgroups: From: az970@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Robb Simpson) Subject: from my wife, Bernie Message-ID: Sender: (Robb Simpson) Organization: The National Capital FreeNet Date: Sun, 24 Sep 1995 08:28:06 GMT Lines: 42 This comes from a writing by my deceased wife, Bernadette, who committed suicide in November of 1991. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Life is challenging To be - is challenging Bravo! To those that have the courage to be human beings rather than human doings. My love is genuuine, honest, and tainted only by the past - my childhood. Not by what you all bestowed upon me in gracious gifts, that today, I still feel unworthy of. Once again echoes of my past. My legacy to you is one of communication, honesty, dignity for oneself as others, integrity, security, love, consistency, and being human. Accepting all of our own unique, individual (but always human part) that keeps us connected with our hearts. TO BE READ UPON THE DEATH OF MARIE BERNADETTE SIMPSON D.O.B. APRIL 14, 1962 D.O.D. -------------------------------------------------------------------- I was doing some cleaning up of my basement when I came across this diary of Bernie's. I felt that I owed her this to post what she had written because it was never read out loud as she requested (I didn't even know it existed). It was written sometime in Febraury, 1991. Keep the faith* -- Robb Simpson << A BAD day at fishing is >> = << still better than a >> * " The Clean Air Guy " << GOOD day at work! >> = =*= =*= =*= =*= =*= =*= =*= =*= =*= =*= =*= =*= =*= =*= =*= =*=