Archive for April, 2020

So great has been the endurance, so incredible the achievements, that, as long as the sun keeps a set course in heaven, it would be foolish to despair of the human race.

— Ernest L. Woodward (Image licensed by Penn Wealth)

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I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget.

— William Lyon Phelps (Image by Pixabay; free use)

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Heinlein on Optimism

Don’t ever become a pessimist…a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.

— Robert Heinlein (Image Licensed)

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Pushing the Envelope

How will you know just how far you can go at any given point in time unless you are pushing the envelope? Testing the limits of what is possible can only be gauged by going beyond your comfort level. By doing so consistently, you not only test your limits, you extend them.

— Mike Hazell (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

We’ve all done some audacious things in our lives that might make us cringe or perhaps get a little embarrassed as we look back on them. But let’s challenge that emotional response. Ask yourself a few questions about the incident. Did you survive? (Obviously you did.) Did you learn something from the experience? In the big scheme of things, did it really hurt you to go for it, regardless of the response? Life is not always about taking the most obvious or clearly marked route. Never be afraid to make bold moves, and then stand by your decision. You might even end up with a great story to tell down the road. 

—Mike Hazell

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Humor (Sort of) Friday

I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.

— Groucho Marx (Public Domain)

Spring is typically one of my favorite times of the year. After February, the shortest month that often seems like the longest, a general sense of renewal begins to take hold in those wonderful months of March through May. I read this quote from Groucho Marx, and my first thought was to replace the word “evening” with “springtime.” After all, this has been anything but a typical spring.

We never know what’s in store for us, or how our lives might be disrupted by outside forces, so we must play the hand we are dealt at any given time. Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.” To that end, we may not be able to control the circumstances surrounding us, but we sure as heck can control how we perceive them. We might as well fully embrace where we are at this moment in time and make the most of it!

—Mike Hazell

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Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.

— John Dewey (by Underwood & Underwood; Public Domain)

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If a man will begin with certainties, he will end with doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he will end with certainties.

— Francis Bacon (by Paul van Somer; Public Domain)

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Building a Better World

You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.

— Marie Curie (1920, by Henri Manuel; Public Domain)

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The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.

— William James (by Notman Studios; Public Domain)

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Humor Friday

There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. 

— Oscar Wilde (1889, by Napoleon Sarony; Public Domain)

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