Friday, October 19, 2012

Quotes of Note

We establish no religion in this country. We command no worship. We mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are and must remain separate

Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (1911-2004) 


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In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving around old trunks of bad times, the pain of this and the shame of that, the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold. 

John Leonard, critic (1939-2008) 



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The tragedy in the lives of most of us is that we go through life walking down a high-walled land with people of our own kind, the same economic situation, the same national background and education and religious outlook. And beyond those walls, all humanity lies, unknown and unseen, and untouched by our restricted and impoverished lives. 

Florence Luscomb, architect and suffragist (1887-1985) 


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What is the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on.


-Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862) 



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The worst kind of people are those who confuse kindness for weakness. 

Werner Makowski, banker (b. 1929)


9 comments:

Gilly said...

So true, so true! Especially the one by Florence on us walking along high walled paths and not even knowing about the rest of humanity!

Grannymar said...

I love the last one.

LL Cool Joe said...

I thought one of the quotes was going to be "What is the point of a fine house if no one sees it".

ancient one said...

Good Thoughts!

OldLady Of The Hills said...

These are all really so right on.....! And really good thoughts for these days before the election!

Mary said...

Judy, I'm glad to have found you again. Your blog looks great. I have a new one that will appear now and then. Still writing away in my Twilight Zone. I'll keep an eye on you.

PS Liked the quotes

Ginnie said...

All of them have that element of "what's in it for me?" I'm convinced that the only true way to live is to get out of ones self.

Pat said...

I'm with John Leonard and Makowski and further to Makowski the people who speak scathingly of
'do-gooders' because they are too feckless to get off their butts to do a bit of good themselves.

Ginnie said...

"Church and State are and must remain separate" ... I believe that completely and find it very hard to believe that Romney would adhere to this if, God forbid, he should be our next president.