Saturday, September 30, 2006

Quotes of Note and a Scary Picture

Bill and Hillary ~ Circa 1970


The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind about nothing -- to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.

John Keats, poet (1795-1821)


Fortune does not change men, it unmasks them. (sort of like booze does!)

Suzanne Necker, author (1739-1794)

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.

James Russell Lowell, poet, editor, and diplomat (1819-1891)

Some people are like Slinkies.

Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

I'm proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.

Thomas Edison, inventor (1847-1931)


A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.

Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and writer (1884-1962)


The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.

Walter Lippman, journalist (1889-1974)


ET said...

Great quotable quotes!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness I have alot to catch up on...I have been meaning to read that Jodi Picoult book...glad to get a review on it.

Maverick said...

I've always loved the slinkie quote.

And I needed to read that Eleanor Roosevelt quote today, thanks.

srp said...

I know it isn't very nice, but I do so love the Slinky quote. And that picture... just reinforces my opinion of the both of them.

Greg Finnegan said...

Thomas Edison should have been a politician, he lies so easily.

To help sdell his concept of DC power for homes, he supplied AC generators to prisons for the new-fangled electric chair in 1889.

Electrocution by alternating current was his and Harold Brown's invention.

utenzi said...

Greg's right. That really doesn't sound like the sort of thing Edison would have said. I checked on the Net and the quote is attributed to him--but it's also attributed to several other people. Who knows who really said it.

I also love the Slinky quote, Judy, and it's so bad.

Shephard said...

Is it wrong that the slinkie quote just cracks me up? lol
Best quote I've heard in a while. Shame the author is anon.