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Thursday, May 31, 2007


Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sunday, May 27, 2007


It is not how old you are, but how you are old.

Jules Renard

Saturday, May 26, 2007


With respect to the theological view of the question; this is always painful to me.-- I am bewildered.-- I had no intention to write atheistically. But I own that I cannot see, as plainly as others do, & as I shd wish to do, evidence of design & beneficence on all sides of us. There seems to me too much misery in the world. I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent & omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae symbol with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice. Not believing this, I see no necessity in the belief that the eye was expressly designed. On the other hand I cannot anyhow be contented to view this wonderful universe & especially the nature of man, & to conclude that everything is the result of brute force. I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws, with the details, whether good or bad, left to the working out of what we may call chance. Not that this notion at all satisfies me. I feel most deeply that the whole subject is too profound for the human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton.--forced double space Let each man hope & believe what he can.--

Certainly I agree with you that my views are not at all necessarily atheistical. The lightning kills a man, whether a good one or bad one, owing to the excessively complex action of natural laws,--a child (who may turn out an idiot) is born by action of even more complex laws,--and I can see no reason, why a man, or other animal, may not have been aboriginally produced by other laws; & that all these laws may have been expressly designed by an omniscient Creator, who foresaw every future event & consequence. But the more I think the more bewildered I become; as indeed I have probably shown by this letter.

Charles Darwin, letters

Friday, May 25, 2007


No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.

Robert A. Heinlein

Thursday, May 24, 2007


We're all pretty crazy some way or other; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is just a setting on the dryer.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Better the occasional faults of a party living in the spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a party frozen in the ice of its own indifference.

John F Kennedy

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.

H. L. Mencken


History furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence

Saturday, May 12, 2007


You know, if you let me write $200 billion worth of hot checks every year, I could give you an illusion of prosperity, too.

Lloyd Bentsen, 1988

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