Thought Of The Week

Life can only be understood backwards.  Unfortunately it can only be lived forward.     (Kierkegard)

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A child enters your home and for the next eighteen years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it….then the child departs,

leaving the house so silent you think you’re going mad.                (John Andrew Holmes)

 

I refuse to accept that mankind is bound to the starless  midnight of racism….I believe that

unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.       ( Martin Luther King Jr)

 

Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants

to stop and the part of your brain that wants to keep going.                  ( Anonymous)

 

Summer has always been my favorite season.  I just feel happier.    ( Zooey Deschanel)

 

Dad taught me everything I know.  Unfortunately he didn’t teach

me everything he knows.                              (Al Unser)

 

Ob-Gyns have spent the last eight years trying to get women to use long-

acting birth control; with one Election Day, we have increased it by more than 250 percent.  ( Ann Laros)

 

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out

what they want and then advise them to do it.            (Harry S. Truman)

 

One of the features of scientific progress is that as soon as one question is answered,

two more come into focus of which we were previously unaware.  (Neil DeGrasse Tyson)

 

Every one of us some day will be brought to our knees.  That common

humanity inspires our mercy.  It drives us to look out for the sick, the elderly, the poor and the most vulnerable among us.     (Joe Kennedy III)

 

Nella botte piccola c’e il vino buono  (In small barrels, there’s good wine)   (Old Italian proverb)

 

You may have the universe if I may have Italy.      (Giuseppe Verdi)

 

Most people dream while they are asleep.  But a writer dreams intentionally.

(Haruki Murakami)

 

It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.

(Max Eastman)

 

The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.

(Jerry Tarkanian)

 

I don’t give a shit about anything, yet I simultaneously have opinions on

everything       (Hannah Horvath)

 

Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife

(Franz Schubert)

 

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

(Edmund Burke)

 

Who can turn the world on with her smile?  Who can take a nothing date and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

(MTM Themesong)

 

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most

ferocious enemy justice can have.    (James Baldwin)

 

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.     (Oprah Winfrey)

 

The English language is like London:  proudly barbaric yet deeply civilized too; common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane.

( Stephen Fry)

 

Nothing says holidays like a cheese log.       (Ellen DeGeneres)

 

Truth, like beauty seems to be in the eye and mind of the beholder.      (Helene Munson)

 

There’s nothing wrong with seeing color. It’s how you treat color that’s important.        (Trevor Noah)

 

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution that works, is  family.           (Lee Iacocca)

 

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump, May your potatoes & gravy have nary a lump.  May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize, and may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!                  (Anonymous)

 

Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting it to kill your enemy.     (Nelson Mandela)

 

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. We would hope they would be the same half.  (Gore Vidal)

 

When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the state    (Euripides)

 

Football is like life–it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.  (Vince Lombardi)

 

Some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic, but I’ve had a good life along the way.          (Jimmy Buffett)

 

By rapidly substituting virtual reality for reality, we are diminishing the scope of our interactions even as we multiply the number of people with whom we interact.                                                                                   (Andrew Sullivan)

 

Some people can find peace in the middle of a hurricane; that’s the person I’m striving to be.              (Stephen F Campbell)

 

A person who publishes …willfully appears before the populace with his pants down.  If it is good…nothing can hurt him.  If it is bad… nothing can help him.                                                                                                       (Edna St Vincent Millay)

 

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade…..And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka—and have a party.

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If I can make my wife laugh, I know I’m on the right track.              (Gene Wilder)

 

Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain—your life will never be the same!!!                                                    (Catherine Jones)

 

Stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and it lasts a lifetime.                 (Mineko Iwasaki)

 

Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.  (George RR Martin)

 

Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation              (Simon Sinek)

 

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.                 (Marcel Proust)

 

The opposite of love is not hate.  It’s indifference.                      (Elie Weisel)

 

The British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path…..but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.                                                   (PM David Cameron)

 

Sono di continuo a caccia di parole.     {I am constantly hunting for words}   (Jhumpa Lahiri)

 

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.     (Muhammad Ali)

 

When members of a society wish to secure that society’s rich heritage they cherish their arts and respect their artists.  (Maya Angelou)

 

A wise man once said the true history of the world is the history of great conversations in elegant rooms.      (Tyrion Lannister)

 

Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance–you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh realities of your physical and mental limitations, or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet                                             (Doris Brown Heritage)

 

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.               (Prince)

 

Science and experience proves it–the foundation of a happy, healthy, energetic and productive life is a good night’s rest   (Gretchen Rubin)

 

Lots of people want to ride in the limo with you; but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Oprah Winfrey)

 

Canada is like a loft apartment over a really great party.  Like, “Keep it down, ey?”               (Robin Williams)

 

A vacation is having nothing to do and having all day to do it in.              (Robert Orben)

 

Many a man who goes to Las Vegas to get away from it all soon finds that Las Vegas gets it all away from him!       (Evan Esar)

 

You know what they call alternative medicine that’s been proven to work?      Medicine!          (Tim Minchin)

 

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in that recognition.         (Alexander Smith)

 

The way I see it—–if you want the rainbow then you gotta put up with the rain.         (Dolly Parton)

 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.

(Martin Luther King Jr)

If you want to make God laugh—-just tell him your plans.                      (Woody Allen)

 

“You’re like a gas leak—-we don’t see you, we don’t feel you——but you’re killing us all”          (Robert deNiro in the movie,  “Joy”)

 

If it’s true that we “are what we eat”, then most of us would be unrecognizable during that period that ranges from the night before Thanksgiving, to that day in early January when everyone decides to return to the gym.          (Rachel Nichols)

 

Hanukkah is the festival of lights….Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights!   (Adam Sandler)

 

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough   (Oprah Winfrey)

 

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;  Only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate;  Only love can do that.     (Martin Luther King, jr)

 

If someone tells you, “you complete me”………..RUN!                   (Whoopi Goldberg)

 

I played for 18 years, but the only thing that meant anything to me was the World Series.         (Joe Torre)

 

We are the people our parents warned us about          (Jimmy Buffet)

 

To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us.      (Pope Francis)

 

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.        (Ernest Hemingway)

 

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon our follies.                (Voltaire)

 

What are the things that you can’t see that are important?  I would say justice, truth, humility, service, passion, love.  You can’t see any of those, but they are the guiding lights of a life.                           (President Jimmy Carter)

 

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows          (Sydney J Harris)

 

People can take a lot from you.  They can take everything except your mind and your heart.  Those things you have to give away.  I decided not to give them away and neither should you.                (Nelson Mandela)

 

Vicinity to the sea is desirable for a vacation, because it is easier to do nothing by the sea than anywhere else.     (E.F. Benson)

 

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.   (Henry James)

 

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you imagined.     (Henry David Thoreau)

 

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.          (President Bill Clinton)

 

By all means, attribute my legitimate feelings of sadness to menses.      (Piper Chapman,  OITNB)

 

It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run                     (John Bingham)

 

I want what we all want– a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions, and a book that will lift me out of my existence and alter my thinking forever.               (Elizabeth Gilbert)

 

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.    (Ernest Hemingway)

 

LOVE–Neuroscience tells us it activates the same parts of the brain as habit-forming addiction.  It makes us feel like we can do anything….  Be anything….  Achieve anything….  And once we taste it–we want more.             (Meredith Grey)

 

When dealing with older women, a trip to the hairdresser and two Bloody Marys goes a lot farther than any prescription drug.  (George Hodgman)

 

Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.     (Ruth Bader Ginsberg)

 

The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression.  It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory, or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.             (Stephen Hawking)

 

A lack of compassion is worse than an abundance of tears.       (The Dowager Grantham)

 

Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine     (Alan Turing)

 

I can assure you that the journey of following your deepest desires–of letting your heart lead you—is worth everything.  It’s the key to health, vibrancy, and joy today and at every age.                                          (Dr Christaine Northrup)

 

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings

(Ann Landers)

 

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.                (Samuel Johnson)

 

One Life Is Too Short For Doing Everything.          (Massimo Vignelli)

 

I hear and I forget.      I see and I believe.      I do and I understand.      (Confucius  )

 

Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy.  If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll have inner peace.  If you have that–you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.             (Johnny Carson)

 

Travel makes one modest…You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.   (Gustave Flaubert)

 

In flying, as in life, when there is a little turbulence, it is usually only the beginning….

 

When I was in school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up—-“Happy” I said….they said I didn’t understand the assignment.  I told them they didn’t understand life.                                                                                                                                                                    (John Lennon)

 

Keep doing what you love, remember your friends, and show gratitude to all who inspire you.      (Paul McCartney)

 

Becoming a mother doesn’t change you so much as violently refurbish you, even though you’re still the same underneath it all.                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Heather Havrilesky, NYTimes)

 

A wonderful thing about true laughter is that it just destroys any kind of system dividing people.     (John Cleese)

 

Age is just a case of mind over matter…..if you don’t mind, it don’t matter             (Satchel Paige)

 

You know you’re getting old when you get ONE candle on the cake….it’s like, “See if you can blow this one out”.          (Jerry Seinfeld)

 

Pick interesting friends.  Your friendships will be the backbone of your life.  (Have some friends who are doctors—that really comes in handy.)      (Dr Amy Tuteur)

 

Fighting aging is like the War on Drugs–  It’s expensive, does more harm than good, and has been proven to never end.     (Amy Poehler)

 

Respect isn’t something you command through intimidation and intellectual bullying.  It’s something you build through a long life of treating people how you want to be treated.

(Laurie Simmons–Lena Dunham’s mother)

 

It’s confidence that allows you to pull anything off—–even sandals with socks.    (Lena Dunham)

 

Through literacy you can begin to see the universe.  Through music, you can reach anybody.  Between the two is you—-unstoppable.  (Grace Slick)

 

In the end, it’s your run and yours alone.  Others can run with you, but no one can run it FOR you

 

At the end of your life, you have to ask yourself two things, “Did I live fully?” and “Did I love well?” and if you can say yes to those two questions, then you’re home free                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (Ellen Burstyn)

 

In the end, family is who you always come home to—sometimes it’s the one you were born into, and sometimes it’s the one you have made for yourself.   (Carrie Bradshaw)

 

Student debt is kind of like HPV—-if you go to college, you are most likely going to have it—and it will follow you for the rest of your life    (John Oliver)

 

When we are hurried, stressed and scared, we lose touch with our natural compassion. Mindfulness helps us slow down, see clearly and stay connected to our deepest values.

 

In football, as in life—it’s not all about what you can accomplish on the field, but about how you play the game.   (Jerry Rice)

 

Love is like an earthquake—unpredictable, and scary; but only when the hard part is over do you realize how lucky you truly are.

 

There are two things we should give our children:  One is roots, the other is wings.

 

I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.   (Robin Williams)

 

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.     (Maya Angelou)

 

The good thing about science is it’s true whether or not you believe it.     ( Neil De Grasse Tyson)

 

A true friend is one that thinks you are a good egg—even though she knows that you are slightly cracked.

 

You’re not old just because  you start leaving yourself little notes around the house—–unless the notes say things like “Put on your socks before your shoes”