Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Datebook 3-26 Thru 4-2
The quotes: "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer." —Bruce Lee (1940-73)
"Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself."
—Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)
"I wasn't born a fool. It took work to get this way." —Danny Kay (1913-87)
I'm afraid to admit the three mile mountain bike train commute on the 2nd was the first of the year. That is a rather late start on fuel conservation for the year—my apologies to the environment (and to my waistline).
The quote: "Peace is not an abscence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice." —Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)
The sentiment above is an important one. If it were more widely embraced—if it became the core of man's (mankind's) motivation to act—it would certainly dampen the rage that leads to war in the first place. As a comfort in a time of war, however, it fails as any piece of rhetoric is doomed to withstand that level of violence. I'd simply rather have my peace without war. Still, I'll tuck the idea away and try to protect it from encroaching cynicism, and I'll hope to see it blossom some day.
The quote: "Cheese—milk's leap toward immortality." —Clifton Fadiman (1904-1999)
The news (which I acquired on the elevator at work during lunch via the Captivate [or captive] network): Lloyd Brown, the last U.S. Navy veteran of WWI passed away today (the 29th). He was 105.
Thank you, Mr. Brown, for your years of service to the United States. Thank you, also, to all the veterans and active service men and women.
The quote: "We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails." —Bertha Calloway
This quote would have worked a bit better on the next day's spread. Oh well, you never know how these things are going to work out.