Monday, April 25, 2005


One day while Groucho Marx was working in his garden (dressed in well-worn gardening attire), a wealthy woman pulled up in a Cadillac and endeavored to persuade the gardener to come and work for her. How much does the lady of the house pay you? she asked. Oh, I don't get paid in dollars, Groucho replied, glancing up. The lady of the house just a lets me sleep with her.
--Groucho Marx (1895-1977 )US comedian, member of the Marx Brothers

You only get one chance to make a good FIRST IMPRESSION.


Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
-Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.
-Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988), "Job", 1984

Life is just a bowl of pits.
-Rodney Dangerfield (1921 - 2004)

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
-Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
-George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
-Gerry Spence, 'How to Argue and Win Every Time'

Men willingly believe what they wish.
-Julius Caesar (100 BC - 44 BC), De Bello Gallico

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe.
-Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988), paraphrasing Sir Walter Scott

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.
-Japanese Proverb

Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
-Joan Didion (1934 - ), "Slouching Towards Bethlehem"

You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
-Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD), Epistles

Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
-Solon (638 BC - 559 BC)

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.
-Sophia Loren (1934 -

A man should not leave this earth with unfinished business. He should live each day as if it was a pre-flight check. He should ask each morning, am I prepared to lift-off?
-Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, All is Vanity, 1991

It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.
-Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

This only is denied to God: the power to undo the past.
Agathon (448 BC - 400 BC), from Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Everyone ought to worship God according to his own inclinations, and not to be constrained by force.
-Flavius Josephus (37 AD - 100 AD), Life

Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon man.
-Francis Cardinal Spellman (1889 - 1967)

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
-Ben Stein

Thursday, April 07, 2005


Everyone ought to worship God according to his own inclinations, and not to be constrained by force.
-Flavius Josephus

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
-Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank.
-Woody Allen (1935 - )

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
-Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), (attributed)

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
-Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963), "Proper Studies", 1927

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice.
-Meister Eckhart

Patience is the greatest of all virtues.
-Cato the Elder (234 BC - 149 BC)

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
-Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), (attributed)

For certain is death for the born
And certain is birth for the dead;
Therefore over the inevitable
Thou shouldst not grieve.
Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2
(250 BC - 250 AD)