Archive for October, 2016


Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.


—Helen Keller

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New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can’t be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!


—Arthur C. Clarke

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Mitch Teemley


Autumn, 1962. The thermometer was climbing and so was the economy; Dad’s income had boomed. To celebrate we’d decided to shoehorn a swimming pool into our miniature suburban SoCal back yard. Visions of bikinied girls and all the spectacular dives I’d make to impress them glided through my pre-adolescent head. We visited half a dozen swimming pool sales lots—they were everywhere in the boomy 60s. Life was good, and soon to be gooder! We found a pool company, appropriately named Aladdin, to make our wishes come true, and were about to close the deal when…

thmakj279jPresident Kennedy announced the Cuban Missile Crisis: Russian missiles with nuclear warheads aimed at the United States!

Everything changed. At school we learned to “duck and cover” (because no measly foreign-made atomic bomb could stand up to a well-made Masonite desk). Dad came home with brochures, and suddenly we were visiting bomb shelter sales lots—which…

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We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where a great number of things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 – and a great number of things he knows at 40 hadn’t been discovered when he was 20?


—Arthur C. Clarke

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Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.


—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.


—Ray Bradbury

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I saw the movie The Time Machine as a kid and immediately became obsessed with the idea of time travel. I held my breath as George departed, determined to make the future better, and his friend the Scottish botanist observed, “He has all the time in the world.” Then I swallowed the lump in my throat and rushed […]

via All the Time in the World — Mitch Teemley

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Achieve; Build

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

Ayn Rand

—Ayn Rand

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Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.


—Winston Churchill

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Uh oh

Where there is unity there is always victory.


—Publilius Syrus

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