Here are some of my favorite quotes and song lyrics
"Rocks Eric, rocks?."
When I was in High Schooll many Moons ago l worked part time at a county Library after school and on the weekend.
The manager, Debbie, was very opinionated, and she had no problems giving her views on any topic.
One day, when she asked me what I was going to study in in college.
I told her Geology.
Her response was “Rocks Eric, rocks ?!While she was very unimpressed, Geology lead me to study other sciences, including Geography, Ecology, Botany, Meteorology, Climatology, Dendro Climatology, Forest Ecology, History, Archaeology, and Geographic Information Systems.
So Yes, Debbie rocks!
"The unexamined life is not worth living." -- Plato
"Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.-- Jonas SalkNothing happens quite by chance. It is a question of accretion of information and experience.-- Jonas Salk
Intuition will tell the thinking where to look next. Intuition will tell the thinking where to look next.
It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It is my partner.
"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make all of them yourself." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
'I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.-- Eleanor Roosevelt"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself ' I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
"The unexamined life is not worth living." -- Plato
"As soon as you trust yoursellf you will know how to live." -- Goethe
"I can can calculate the motion of hevenly bodies but, not the madness of people.
Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy. Isccaa New Newton
"At some point, everything’s going to go south on you... everything’s going to go south on you and your going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That’s all there is. You just begin".
"I don’t want to come across as being arrogant here, but I am the greatest botanist on this planet".
"You do the math. You solve one problem…and you solve the next one, and then the next. And if you solve enough problems, you get to come home. All right, any questions?.Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney in the movie "The Martian".
"The mountains are calling and I must go."
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest Wilderness."
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.""The power of imagination makes us infinite."
"I never saw a discontented tree."
"Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one get truly get into the hart of the wilderness".
"Most people are on the Earth, not in it."When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."
"One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cart full of books."
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
"Thousands of tired, nerve – shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful for not only fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."
Here is a link to a photograph of Half Dome, in Yosemite National Park, California, that I took when I visied it some years ago:
John Muir was reportedly the ninth person up Half Dome in the 1870's.
"Do you remember a guy that's been in such an early song?"
"I've heard a rumor from Ground Control"
"Oh no, don’t say its true"
"I’ve got a message from the Action Man"
"I'm happy, hope you’re happy too"
"All I needed: love sordid details following".
I'm stuck with a valuable friend"
I'm happy, hope you’re happy too"
"I' v never done good things"I' v never done bad things
"I' v never done any thing out of the blue."
"Want an ax to break the ice"
"Wanna come down right now"
"Ashes to ashes, funk to funky, we know Major Tom's a junkie strung out in heavens high's hitting an all- time low"
"I'm stuck wih a valuable friend, I'm happy , hope your happy too"
"My Mama said To get things done you better not mess with Major Tom."David Bowie
"Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the less traveled by, And that has made all of the difference." Robert Frost
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."Yogi Berra.
"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages."
"The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes".
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
""We are such stuff as dreams are made on, rounded with a little sleep".
""To sleep, perchance to dream- ay, there's the rub".
""The common curse of mankind, - folly and ignorance".
""What 's gone and what 's past help should be past grief".
""To be, or not to be: that is the question".
""This above all: to thine own self be true".
""Brevity is the soul of wit".
"Alone in the night
On a dark hill
With Pines around me
Spicy and still,
And a heaven full of stars
Over my head
White and topaz
And misty red
Myriads with beating
Hearts of fire
Cannot vex or or tire;
Up the dome of heaven
Like a great hill
I watch them marching
Stately and still.
And I know that I
Am honored to be
Of so much Majesty."
Sarah Teasdale, "Stars", 1920
"Did you see that shooting star tonight?"
"Were you dazzled by the same constallation?"
"Did you and Jupiter conspire to get me?"
"I think you and the Moon and Neptune got it right"
"You and Neptune got it right"
"Cause now I am shinning bright"
"Did you see that shooting star tonight?"
"Cause now I'm shining so bright, bright."
"And I see colors in a different way."
"You make what doesn't matter fade to grey"
"Life is good and that's the way it should be."
"And I get lost in your eyes tonight."
"I think the Moon got it right"
Song by the group Echosmith
"If you guys could sing or dance, I wouldn't be doin' this, you know?". Rocky Balboa played by Sylvester Stallone, to his pet turtles Cuff and Link.
Paulie: I don't get it. You like her?" Rocky: "Sure, I like her." Paulie: "What's the attraction?" Rocky: "I dunno... she fills gaps. Paulie: What's 'gaps"? Rocky: I dunno, she's got gaps, I got gaps, together we fill gaps."
"Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself." President Nixon
"The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire." President Nixon.
"Certainly in the next 50 years we shall see a woman president, perhaps sooner than you think. A woman can and should be able to do any political job that a man can do. President Nixon.
" We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another - until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices. " President Nixon.
"Let us build bridges, my friends, build bridges to human dignity across that gulf that separates black America from white America."President Nixon.
"Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation." President Nixon.
"If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together." President Nixon.
"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. Leonard Nimoy
"Vulcan’s never bluff." Mr Spock.
"I played him (Mr Spock) as a man who was struggling to keep his passion in check. Leonard Nimoy
"After a time, you may find that having is not is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often the way of things. Mr. Spock.
"Change is the essential process of all existence." Mr. Spock.
"Sir there is a multi legged creature crawling on your shoulder." Mr. Spock.
"Insufficient facts always invite danger." Mr Spock.
"Evil does seek to maintain power by suppressing the truth." Mr Spock.
"Live Long and Prosper." Mr Spock.
"Sir, I am not a Yankee I am a Southern Gentleman." During World War 2 thousands of United States service members were stationed in the United Kingdom (UK) in preparation for the invasion of Normandy. Collectively they were referred to as “Yanks” in UK. From time to time however a service member from the Southern US would be called a “Yank” to which he would let them know he was not a Yankee.
"Once upon a no more time back in the monkey days". A teacher I once had who used this phase to show he was talking about sometime a long time ago.
"What a terrible thing to have lost one's mind. Or not to have one at all. How true that is." Dan Quayle
"It's a question of whether we're going to go forward into the future, or past to the back." Dan Quayle
"How pleasing to the eye it is. Behold a marvel in the darkness." Star Trek, The Original Series, Balance of Terror (they were referring to a comet).
"For every one, as I think, must see that astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and lead us from this world to another." Plato
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." Confucucius
"Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." Buddha
"If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit." President Bill Clinton.
"Throughout life prople will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too." Will Smith
"Experience is the teacher of all things." Julius Caesar
"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." Sarah Williams
"Cause your a sky, cause your a sky full of stars,
I'm going to give you my heart.
'Cause your a sky, cause your a sky full of stars, you light up the path.
'Cause your a sky, cause your a sky full of stars,
such a heavenly view your such a heavenly view" Cold Play
"I light my torch and wave it for the new Moon on Monday and a fire dance through the night. I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite." Duran Duran.
"Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact it's cold as Hell. And there's no one there to raise them if you didn't. And all this science, I don't understand It's just my job, five days a week A rocket man, a rocket man." Elton John
"Oh Sandy the aurora is rising behind us." Bruce Springsteen
Quotes from astronaut Michael Collins who was the Command Module pilot of the historic Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. Also he was the pilot on the three-day Gemini X mission in July 1966, and became the third American to walk in space, completing two extravehicular activities (EVAs).
In addition he is author of an autobiography, "Carrying the Fire" (1974), which is considered the best of all of the books written by the astronauts.
"We are gliding across the world in total silence, with absolute smoothness; a motion of stately grace which makes me feel godlike as I stand erect in my sideways chariot, cruising the night sky." (regarding his Gemini 10 spacewalks).
"I really didn't appreciate the first planet (Earth) until I saw the second one (Moon). . . . I cannot recall (the Moon's) tortured surface without thinking of the infinite variety the delightful planet Earth offers."
"We have taken to the Moon the wealth of this nation, the vision of its political leaders, the intelligence of its scientists, the dedication of its engineers, the careful craftsmanship of its workers, and the enthusiastic support of its people. We have brought back rocks, and I think it is a fair trade."
"Man has always gone where he has been able to go. It's that simple. He will continue pushing back his frontier, no matter how far it may carry him from his homeland."
"When the history of our galaxy is written, and for all any of us know it may already have been, if Earth gets mentioned at all it won't be because its inhabitants visited their own Moon. That first step, like a newborn's cry, would be automatically assumed. What would be worth recording is what kind of civilization we earthlings created and whether or not we ventured out to other parts of the galaxy."
"I think a future flight should include a poet, a priest and a philosopher . . . we might get a much better idea of what we saw."
"It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative."
"It's not quite as exhilarating a feeling as orbiting the Earth, but it's (the Moon) close. In addition, it has an exotic, bizarre quality due entirely to the nature of the surface below. The Earth from orbit is a delight - offering visual variety and an emotional feeling of belonging 'down there.' Not so with this withered, sun-seared peach pit out of my window. There is no comfort to it; it is too stark and barren; its invitation is monotonous and meant for geologists only."
"Far from feeling lonely or abandoned, I feel very much a part of what is taking place on the lunar surface. I know that I would be a liar or a fool if I said that I have the best of the three Apollo 11 seats, but I can say with truth and equanimity that I am perfectly satisfied with the one I have. This venture has been structured for three men, and I consider my third to be as necessary as either of the other two. I don't mean to deny a feeling of solitude. It is there, reinforced by the fact that radio contact with the Earth abruptly cuts off at the instant I disappear behind the Moon, I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life. I am it. If a count were taken, the score would be three billion plus two over on the other side of the Moon, and one plus God knows what on this side".
"I really believe that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from a distance of 100,000 miles their outlook could be fundamentally changed. That all-important border would be invisible, that noisy argument silenced. The tiny globe would continue to turn, serenely ignoring its subdivisions, presenting a unified façade that would cry out for unified understanding, for homogeneous treatment. The earth must become as it appears: blue and white, not capitalist or Communist; blue and white, not rich or poor; blue and white, not envious or envied."
"We definitely have a national problem in that kids seem to be going for money rather than what they consider 'nerdy' careers. Other countries are outstripping us in the quality and quantity of math and science grads, and this can only hurt in the long run. But a liberal arts education, particularly English, is a good entry point no matter what the later specialization. I usually talk up English."
"Looking back at Earth from a great distance was the strongest memory of Apollo 11".
"We definitely have a national problem in that kids seem to be going for money rather than what they consider 'nerdy' careers. Other countries are outstripping us in the quality and quantity of math and science grads, and this can only hurt in the long run. But a liberal arts education, particularly English, is a good entry point no matter what the later specialization. I usually talk up English.
"It's certainly not serene, but definitely fragile, and growing more so. When we flew to the Moon, our population was 3 billion; today it has more than doubled and is headed for 8 billion, the experts say. I do not think this growth is sustainable or healthy. The loss of habitat, the trashing of oceans, the accumulation of waste products - this is no way to treat a planet."
"I hope (the next place we go to is) Mars. It was my favorite planet as a kid and still is. As celestial bodies go, the Moon is not a particularly interesting place, but Mars is. It is the closest thing to a sister planet that we have found so far. I worry that at NASA's creeping pace, with the emphasis on returning to the Moon, Mars may be receding into the distance."
Quotes from astronomer Carl Sagan.
In 1977 the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft where launched from the Kennedy Space Flight Center. Both Voyagers made close approaches to Jupiter and Saturn. In addition Voyager 2 made a close approach to Uranus and Neptune. The information returned from the Voyagers revolutionized our understanding of the solar system.
The Voyager 1 spacecraft was initially expected to work only through the Saturn encounter. When the spacecraft passed Saturn in 1981, Carl Sagan promoted the idea of the spacecraft taking one last picture of Earth. He pointed out that this picture would not be mainly scientific, as the Earth would appear too small for the Voyager's cameras to make out any detail, but such a picture might be useful as a perspective on our place in the cosmos
The Pale Blue Dot was taken when the Voyager 1 spacecraft reached the edge of the solar system, 12 years after its launch and travelling at 40,000 miles per hour at a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers:
In his book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space", Carl Sagan related his thoughts on a deeper meaning of the photograph:
From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturing, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
Quotes from the movie Forest GumpMrs. Gump: "You have to do the best with what God gave you."
"Dinosaurs became extinct because they did not have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program it'll serve us right!"
"Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception." -- Carl Sagan
"Our cousins, the trees." -- Carl Sagan
" How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?." -- Dorothy
"I don't know... but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?." -- Tin Man
" Yes that's true." -- Dorothy
Martin Luther King Quotes:
"If you can't fly then run. If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl. But whatever you do you must keep moving forward."
"Only in the darkness can you see the stars."
"We must live together as brothers or perish as fools."
"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way."
"There is no gain without struggle."
"Courage faces fear and thereby masters it."
"No person has the right to rain on your dreams."
"Every man must decide if he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."
"Be the peace you wish to see in the world."
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."
President John F. Kennedy Quotes:
"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came."
"For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's futures. And we are all mortal."
"You know nothing for sure...except the fact that you know nothing for sure."
"It was absolutely involuntary. They sank my boat." --President John F. Kennedy, answering a little boy on how he became a war hero.
"No one has been barred on account of his race from fighting or dying for America, there are no white or colored signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle."
"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource."
"The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were".
"In a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the Moon it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there."
"The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining."
"Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all."
"We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last."
"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
"There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair."
"There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction."
"I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose."
"Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly."
"For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future."
"History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside."
"It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war."
"Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan."
"I have watched a dozen comets, hitherto unknown, slowly creep across the sky as each one signed it's sweeping flourish in the guest book of the sun." -- Leslie C. Peltier
"Comets are like cats: they have tails, and they do precisely what they want."-- David H. Levy
Dean Vernon Wormer: "Put Neidermeyer on it. He's a sneaky little sh*t just like you."
Flounder: "May I have 10,000 marbles please?"
Hoover: "Kent is a legacy, Otter. His brother was a '59, Fred Dorfman."
Flounder: "He said legacies usually get asked to pledge automatically."
Otter: "Oh, well, usually. Unless the pledge in question turns out to be a real closet-case."
Otter, Boon: "Like Fred."
[Bluto joins Otter for lunch] Otter: "Bluto! I think you know everybody here."
Mandy: "Greg, can't you— "
Otter: "Don't worry. Just keep your hands and feet away from his mouth."
Greg: "Don't you have any respect for yourself?"
Babs: "This is absolutely gross! That boy is a P-I-G, pig!"
Bluto: "See if you can guess what I am now". [puts mashed potatoes in his mouth, then squeezes his cheeks, spraying them] "I'm a zit. Get it?"
Otter: "Point of parliamentary procedure!"
Hoover: "Don't screw around, they're serious this time!"
Otter: [aside] "Take it easy, I'm pre-law."
Boon: I thought you were pre-med."
Otter: What's the difference?"
Hoover: : "They confiscated everything, even the stuff we didn't steal!"
Bluto: "Chr*st! Seven years of college down the drain. Might as well join the f*cking peace corps!"
Bluto: "Hey! What's all this laying around stuff? Why are you all still laying around here for?"
Stork: "What the hell are we supposed to do, ya moron? We're all expelled. There's nothing to fight for anymore."
D-Day: [to Bluto] "Let it go. War's over, man. Wormer dropped the big one."
Bluto: "What? Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!"
Otter: [to Boon] "Germans?" Boon: "Forget it, he's rolling".
Quotes from the movie Animal House
(The rock monster chases Nesmith)
Sir Alexander Dane: "You're just going to have to kill it."
Jason Nesmith: "Kill it? Well, I'm open to any suggestions."
Tommy Webber: "Go for the eyes, like in episode 22!"
Jason Nesmith: He doesn't have any eyes, Tommy!"
Tommy Webber: "Go for the mouth, then, the throat, his vulnerable spots!"
Jason Nesmith: It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"
Guy Fleegman: I know! You construct a weapon. Look around, can you form some sort of rudimentary lathe?"
Sir Alexander Dane: You're just going to have to figure out what it wants. What is its motivation?"
Jason Nesmith: It's a rock monster. It doesn't have motivation."
Sir Alexander Dane: See, that's your problem, Jason. You were never serious about the craft."
(Fred tries to digitize the pig-lizard with disastrous results)
Jason Nesmith: "What? What was that?"
Sir Alexander Dane: Uh, nothing."
Jason Nesmith: : I heard some squealing or something."
Gwen DeMarco: Oh, no. Everything's fine."
Teb: But the animal is inside out."
Jason Nesmith: I heard that! It turned inside out?"
[the pig-lizard explodes]"
Teb: And it exploded."
Jason Nesmith: : Did I just hear that the animal turned inside out, and then is EXPLODED?"
(Gwen and Jason encounter the chompers)
Gwen : What is this thing? I mean, it serves no useful purpose for there to be a bunch of chompy, crushy things in the middle of a hallway. No, I mean we shouldn't have to do this, it makes no logical sense, why is it here?"
Jason Nesmith: 'Cause it's on the television show."
Gwen DeMarco: Well forget it! I'm not doing it! This episode was badly written!Whoever wrote this episode should DIE."
Quotes from the movie Galaxy Quest
"It's is not the years honey, it's the milage."-- Indiana Jones
"It is not the length of life, but the depth."-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"There is something to be said for keeping at a thing, isn't there?"-- Frank Sinatra
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."-- Robert Frost
"Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, 'Where have I gone wrong'. Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.” -- Charles M. Schulz
"Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little."-- memo from the testing director of MGM regarding Fred Astaire's first screen test.
"The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style."-- Fred Astaire
"When you're experimenting, you have to try so many things before you choose what you want, that you may go days getting nothing but exhaustion."-- Fred Astaire
"You ain't goin' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck."-- Jimmy Denny , manager of the Grand Ole Opry, to Elvis Presley. He fired Presley after one performance.
“A I’m adorable, B I’m so beautiful, C I’m so cuddly and cute.” -- A Vietnam era Marine Sargent I once worked with. Despite having lost both legs while in combat (or as he put it, “I went to Vietnam and got de-feeted”) he maintained a positive outlook on life. This included going on search and rescue missions for lost hikers while wearing his prosthetic legs.
“I like to eat.” -- Another Vietnam era veteran I once worked with who was wounded in action and walked with a limp. He didn’t like his job, but rather be negative and say that when I asked him how he liked his job he simple said he liked to eat.
“Come to the coast we'll get together have a few laughs. Now I know what a TV dinner feels like.” -- Bruce Willis as detective John McClane in the movie Die Hard.
“Though much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” -- Alfred Lord Tennyson
In light of the political divisions within the USA these days I have added the following quotes. They may help to provide a different perspective:
“Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect but we didn’t have to build a wall to keep our people in.” -- President John F Kennedy's speech at the Berlin Wall, June 26, 1963
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” -- President Ronald Reagan's speech at the Berlin Wall, on June 12, 1987
“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” -- Winston Churchill
“I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.” -- Abraham Lincoln
Benjamin Franklin Quotes:
"Some people are weatherwise, but most people are otherwise."
"Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late."
"Well done is better than well said."
"Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today."
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest".
"When you're finished changing, you're finished."
"All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move."
"Never confuse motion with action."
"Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?"
"If we do not all hang together we will surely hang separately."
"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."
"Diligence is the mother of good luck."
"To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions."
"Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
"There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self."
"Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
"...those who love their pillow [will] lie down in Peace on the second of this month and not perhaps awake until the morning of the fourteenth." -- Benjamin Franklin, referring to the change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. By 1752 the Julian calendar was eleven days off of the solar year. So to adjust to the new calendar the colonists in North America simply skipped the days between September 2nd and September 14th, 1752.
Neil Armstrong Quotes:
"As a boy, because I was born and raised in Ohio, about 60 miles north of Dayton, the legends of the Wrights have been in my memories as long as I can remember."
"Yeah, I wasn't chosen to be first. I was just chosen to command that flight. Circumstance put me in that particular role. That wasn't planned by anyone.."
"The Eagle has landed."
“This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
"It's a brilliant surface in that sunlight. The horizon seems quite close to you because the curvature is so much more pronounced than here on earth. It's an interesting place to be. I recommend it."
"It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small."
"Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10."
"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand."
"Research is creating new knowledge."
"In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand."
"Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying."
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." -- Samuel Beckett
"The Best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Be the Change you wish to see in the World." -- Gandhi
"Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragement’s, and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end result of a clean forward thrust, and our present difficulties as signs of decline and decay." -- Eric Hoffer
"Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them." -- Washington Irving
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly." -- Robert F. Kennedy
"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back up." -- Vince Lombardi
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall." -- Confucius
"I've failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed." -- Michael Jordan
"I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." -- Thomas Edison's response to a reporter who asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?"
"Mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams." -- one of Albert Einstein's teachers
"He lacked imagination and had no good ideas." -- The reason a newspaper editor gave for firing Walt Disney
"Why don't you stop wasting people's time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?" -- the casting director after Sidney Poitier's first audition. It was at that moment that Poitier decided to devote his life to acting
"You ain't got it kid, you ain't got it ... now get out of here." -- a studio vice-president to Harrison Ford after his first performance in a movie
"You will be a laborer all your life." -- Michael Caine's headmaster
"Imagination is more important than intelligence." -- Albert Einstein
"There is no education like adversity". -- Benjamin Disraeli
"By three ways we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest." -- Confucius
"Religion is for people who fear hell, spirituality is for people who have been there." -- David Bowie
"A person's mind stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimension." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give". -- Winston Churchill
"Nearly all can stand adversity but if you want to test someone's character, give them power." -- Abraham Lincoln
"Failure is more frequently from want of energy than from want of capital." -- Daniel Webster
Yogi Berra Quotes:
“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”
"This is like deja vu all over again."
"You can observe a lot just by watching."
"He must have made that before he died." -- Referring to a Steve McQueen movie.
"You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."
"I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early."
"Baseball is 90% mental -- the other half is physical."
"Do you mean now?" -- When asked for the time.
"I take a two hour nap, from one o'clock to four."
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
"Thanks, you don't look so hot yourself." -- After being told he looked cool.
Phil Rizzuto – “Hey Yogi I think we’re lost.” – Yogi Berra – “Ya, but we’re making great time!”
"If the fans don't come out to the ball park, you can't stop them."
"Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel."
"How long have you known me, Jack? And you still don't know how to spell my name." -- Upon receiving a check from Jack Buck made out to "bearer."
"It ain't the heat; it's the humility."
"The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase."
"You should always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't come to yours."
"I didn't really say everything I said."
"I couldn’t tell if the streaker was a man or a woman because it had a bag on it’s head.”
Interviewer – “Why, you’re a fatalist !” Yogi Berra – “You mean I save postage stamps ? Not me.”
"Never answer an anonymous letter”
"If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer.”
"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.”
"Even Napoleon had his Watergate.”
"He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious.”
"I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.
"I wish I had an answer to that because I'm tired of answering that question.”
"If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be.”
"I do not know what to say in a case so surprising, so unlooked for, and so novel." -- Galileo Galilei, 1612, who after observing Saturn's rings when they were only narrowly open on in 1610, was unable to see them when he observed Saturn again in 1612 when the rings were near edge on. He correctly predicted however that the rings would become visble again.
"I ought not to claim that I can see the phases of Mars; however, unless I am deceiving myself, I believe I have already seen that it not perfectly round". -- Galileo Galilei
"There is not perhaps another object in the heavens that presents us with such a variety of extraordinary phenomena as the planet Saturn: a magnificent globe, encompassed by a stupendous double ring: attended by seven satellites: ornamented with equatorial belts: compressed at the poles: turning upon its axis: mutually eclipsing its ring and satellites, and eclipsed by them: the most distant of the rings also turning upon its axis, and the same taking place with the farthest of the satellites: all the parts of the system of Saturn occasionally reflecting light to each other: the rings and moons illuminating the nights of the Saturnian: the globe and satellites enlightening the dark parts of the rings: and the planet and rings throwing back the sun's beams upon the moons, when they are deprived of them at the time of their conjunctions." -- Sir William Herschel, 1805
"If I were to pray for a taste which would stand by me under every variety of circumstances, and be a source of happiness and cheerfulness to me through life, and a shield against its ills, however things might go amiss, and the world frown upon me, it would be a taste for reading." -- Sir William Herschel
"There is a grandeur, an almost overpowering sublimity in the scene that no language can fully express." -- George P. Bond, after observing The Orion Nebula with the 15" refractor at Harvard College Observatory, 1847
"I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The almighty has said no doubt, 'Now here are two unaccountable freaks. They came in together, they must go out together'." -- Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), April, 1910
"I recollect a night of broken clouds And underfoot snow melted down to ice, And melting further in the wind to mud. Bradford and I had out the telescope. We spread our two legs as we spread its three, Pointed our thoughts the way we pointed it, And standing at our leisure till the day broke, Said some of the best things we ever said. That telescope was christened the Star-Splitter..." -- Robert Frost, from his poem entitled "The Star-Splitter"
"It's difficult to imagine anyone viewing every object within reach of a 6-inch telescope, not to mention a 12-inch". -- Walter Scott Houston.
"If a telescope can fit into your backyard it's too small. If you can't move it, it's too big." -- John Dobson
"I told my boss he had to start paying me what I was worth. He said, I am sorry, but it is illegal for me to pay you less than the minimum wage." -- a DJ on a radio station whose name I didn't catch.
"Well, ignorance is on your head!" -- This comment was made by a program manager I once worked for. The program manager was a good friends with the manager, so when program manager asked for feedback during the meeting no one wanted to say anything. As we left the meeting I asked a coworker what was meant by the ignorance is on your head comment. He said, "I don't know, I always thought ignorance was bliss".
"That's a bad thing." -- A former coworker of mine who had very low key, laid back attitude and dry sense of humor. So if I told him that the latest software build that we sent out to a customer caused their server to crash when it was installed he would say "That's a bad thing." If I mentioned that it looked like the company would be giving a bonus at the end of the year after all he would say "That's a good thing." His very low key, laid back attitude and dry sense of humor made it easier to get through the work day.
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself." -- Mark Twain
"If you are going through hell, keep going." -- Winston Churchill
"Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it." -- Winston Churchill
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." -- Winston Churchill
"Unless you treat failure as part of the journey, your never going to get anywhere'." -- Tom Selleck
Young Ellie: "Dad, do you think there's people on other planets?"Ted Arroway: I don't know, Sparks. But I guess I'd say if it is just us... seems like an awful waste of space."
David Drumlin: I know you must think this is all very unfair. Maybe that's an understatement. What you don't know is I agree. I wish the world was a place where fair was the bottom line, where the kind of idealism you showed at the hearing was rewarded, not taken advantage of. Unfortunately, we don't live in that world."
Ellie Arroway: "Funny, I've always believed that the world is what we make of it."
Life form that Ellie meets: "You're an interesting species. An interesting mix. You're capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other."
From the movie Contact.
"In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The Government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to "preserve, protect, and defend it.".
"I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." -- Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address.
"We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense we can not dedicate ~ we can not consecrate ~ we can not hallow this ground. The brave men living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here but it can never forget what they did here." -- Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." -- Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.
"You would leave me notes on my pillow... we are out of corn flakes again, FU. Took me three hours to figure out that FU stood for Felix Unger" -- Oscar Madison, played by the late Walter Matthau, talking to Felix Unger, played by the late Jack Lemmon, in the movie "The Odd Couple"
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." -- Robert Lewis Stevenson
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." -- Theodore Roosevelt
"We must use the tools that we have." -- Abraham Lincoln
"When the calculating starts the thinking stops." -- Dr. Helmut Landsberg
"It is not so much what we have, but rather how much we enjoy what we have, that makes us happy." -- Anonymous
"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow." -- Robert Goddard
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined." -- Henry David Thoreau
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.” -- Anaïs Nin
“If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.” -- Amy Tan
“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.” -- Paulo Coelho
“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” -- Tom Clancy
“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” -- Kalu Kalu
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -- Lao Tzu
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” -- John Wooden
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. -- John Wooden
"There is no such thing as inclement weather, only inadequate dress." -- Dr. Helmut Landsberg
"I get the news I need from the weather report. I can gather all of the news I need from the weather report." -- Simon and Garfunkel, from the song "The Only Living Boy in New York"
"If climate change is taking place, it will be noticed in the polar regions of the Earth first." -- Dr. Helmut Landsberg (1906-1985) is considered to be the father of modern climatology. Evidence indicates that his prediction, made in 1983, appears to be correct.
"We will be known forever by the tracks that we leave." -- Native American Proverb
"We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -- Native American Proverb
"Adopt the pace the nature; her secret is patience." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." -- John Muir
"I think over again my small adventures. My fears. Those small ones that seemed so big. For all those vital things I had to get and to reach. And yet there is only one great thing. The only thing. To live to see the great day that dawns and the light that fills the world." -- Old Inuit Song, from the movie "Never Cry Wolf"
"In whatever one does, there must be a relationship between the eye and the heart."
"With the one eye that is closed, one looks within, with the other eye that is open, one looks without."
-- Henri Cartier-Bresson, renowned photographer
"A huge granite mountain cannot be denied - it speaks in silence to the very core of your being." -- Ansel Adams
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with it's twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow-
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victors cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,-
It's when things seem worst, that you mustn't quit.
Yoda to Luke: "So certain are you. Always with you it cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say?. You must unlearn what you have learned.".
Luke: "All right, I'll give it a try."
Yoda: "No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try."
Luke: "I don't, I don't believe it."
Yoda: "That is why you fail."
From Star Wars Episode V "The Empire Srikes Back".
Q: "Welcome to the afterlife, Jean Luc. You're dead!"
Picard: "Q, What is going on ?"
Q: "I told you. You're dead, this is the afterlife, and I'm God."
Picard: "You are not God!"
Q: "Blasphemy! You're lucky I don't cast you out or smite you or something."
Picard: "No. I am not dead. Because I refuse to believe that the afterlife is run by you. The universe is not so badly designed."
"What do you want you moon-faced assassin of joy?" -- Ambassador Molari to his assistant Vir on Babylon 5.
Humphrey Bogart (Rick): "How can you close me up? On what grounds?"
Claude Rains (Captain Louis Renault): "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!"
Croupier hands Renault a pile of money from the roulette table: "Your winnings, sir".
Captain Renault: [soft voice] "Oh, thank you very much."
Captain Renault: [aloud] "Everybody out at once!"
Captain Renault: "What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?"
Rick: "My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters."
Captain Renault: "The waters? What waters? We're in the desert."
Rick: "I was misinformed."
(Rick and Renault discussing Victor Laszlo's chances of escaping Casablanca)
Captain Renault: "This is the end of the chase."
Rick: "Twenty thousand francs says it isn't."
Captain Renault: "Is that a serious offer?"
Rick: "I just paid out twenty. I'd like to get it back."
Captain Renault: "Make it ten. I'm only a poor corrupt official."
Quotes from the movie Casablanca
Quotes from the late Leslie NielsenFrom "Airplane!" where he played Dr. Rumack: (1980):
Dr. Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?
Ted Striker: Surely you can't be serious.
Rumack: I am serious... and don't call me Shirley!
Rumack: You'd better tell the Captain we've got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.
Elaine Dickinson: A hospital? What is it?
Rumack: It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now.
From "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" where he played Frank Drebin (1988):
Mayor: Now Drebin, I don't want any trouble like you had on the South Side last year, that's my policy.
Frank: Well, when I see five weirdos, dressed in togas, stabbing a man in the middle of the park in full view of a hundred people, I shoot the bastards, that's *my* policy!
Mayor: That was a Shakespeare-In-The-Park production of "Julius Caesar," you moron! You killed five actors! Good ones!
Frank: Jane, since I've met you, I've noticed things that I never knew were there before... birds singing, dew glistening on a newly formed leaf, stoplights.
From "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" (1991):
President George Bush: Frank, please consider filling a post I'm creating. It may mean long hours and dangerous nights, surrounded by some of the scummiest elements in our society.
Frank: You want me to be in your cabinet?
"Grandpa, were you a hero during the war?" Grandpa said, "No... but I served in a company of heroes." -- Major Richard Winters from the HBO Band of Brothers miniseries.
"Looking back over those momentous events of fifty years ago when I was a Marine evokes strong emotions. The years immediately after the war were the hardest. As Paul Fussell remarked, the combat veteran not only had to survive the experience, he has had to learn to live with it for the rest of his life. He was so right. For the first twenty-odd years after my return, nightmares occurred frequently, waking me either crying or yelling, always sweating, and with a pounding heart. Some nights I delayed going to bed, dreading the inevitable nightmares. Old comrades wrote to me that similar troubles drove many of them to drink and the ensuing misery of alcoholism, which they beat with sheer self-discipline." -- Eugene Sledge, whose books With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa and China Marine were used in the making of the HBO mini-series The Pacific.
"When you have been in combat for a while dying is a whole lot easier than living. -- A US Army veteran who fought in Europe during WWII including at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.
"The war is over for me now, but it will always be there for the rest of my days. ...those of us that did make it have an obligation to build again. To teach others what we know, and to try with what's left of our lives to find a goodness and meaning to this life" -- Private Chris Taylor, played by Charlie Sheen, from the movie "Platoon".
"I don't know. Part of me thinks the kid's right. He asks what he's done to deserve this. He wants to stay here, fine. Let's leave him and go home. But then another part of me thinks, what if by some miracle we stay, then actually make it out of here. Someday we might look back on this and decide that saving Private Ryan was the one decent thing we were able to pull out of this whole godawful, sh*tty mess. Like you said, Captain, maybe we do that, we all earn the right to go home." -- Sergeant Mike Horvath, played by Tom Sizemore, from the movie "Saving Private Ryan".
"My family is with me today. They wanted to come with me. To be honest with you, I wasn't sure how I'd feel coming back here. Every day I think about what you said to me that day on the bridge. I tried to live my life the best that I could. I hope that was enough. I hope that, at least in your eyes, I've earned what all of you have done for me. -- Private Ryan as Old Man played by Harrison Young, addressing Capt. Miller's grave from the movie "Saving Private Ryan".
-- In memory of all of our veterans --