There are no excuses, one can only do better, no one will settle for less


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I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have. – Abraham Lincoln –


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It just doesn’t matter. — Meatballs Motivational Speech — Bill Murray …


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“History repeats itself – first as tragedy, then as farce.” — Karl Marx —


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Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. – Howard Thurman –

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Our lives are formed not just by the conflicts that we’ve experienced, but by the ones we’ve not resolved – Ken Cloke –


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Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is true prosperity. – Eckhart Tolle –


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What hurts you blesses you. Darkness is your candle. – Rumi –


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Let go, or be dragged. – Zen Proverb –


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I hope you find what you are looking for. — John Keenan —


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Our happiness comes not as a goal, but as a byproduct of engaging in honesty with ourselves. – Susan David –

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Peace is the first condition, without which nothing else can be stable. – Sri Aurobindo –


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Whatever else I may forget, I shall never forget the difference between those who fought for liberty and those who fought for slavery; between those who fought to save the Republic and those who fought to destroy it. — Frederick Douglass


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In my own way I’m excited by the journey probably sometimes more than by the destination. — Robert Plant


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If somebody else is talking about a Cadillac, we’re talking about a space shuttle. — Mannie Fresh


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‘Oh, a storm is threat’ning, My very life today; If I don’t get some shelter, Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away’ — Keith Richards


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Those statues weren’t so much commemorating recently fallen dead as sending a hostile message to African Americans, some were dedicated by KKK members. — John Oliver


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What Can L H Oswald Teach Us About Gun Control?

What Lee Harvey Oswald Can Teach Us About Gun Control

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The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together. – Kurdish saying –


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Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count. – Albert Einstein –



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Talking Heads inspired bumper sticker ‘Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.’ From ‘Once in a Lifetime’.

There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity. Shunryu Suzuki



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“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” — G. K. Chesterton

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Jedem das Seine (English:To each his own). The SS interpreted this to mean the ‘superior race’ had a right to humiliate and destroy others.

To each his own 2


The Phora – Deutschland Deutsches Diskussionsforum.

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. – Pablo Picasso –

Bayou St John Reflection

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“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.” ― George Bernard Shaw

the uphill road to failure is a very human thing.

I like futility of effort

1845 – The arrival of the potato blight in Ireland is reported in the Dublin Evening Post.

Facts about the potato blight and subsequent Irish sufferings.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

To this day, all over Ireland the landscape bears mute testimony to the events that occurred in the horrific period from 1845–1850. Starvation graveyards offer silent tribute to the millions of Irish men,women,and children buried in unmarked mass graves. Thriving villages were replaced by heaps of moss-covered stones. Although historians have not agreed on the numbers who perished, most estimates range between one and three million.

The Great Hunger began in September 1845 as leaves on potato plants suddenly turned black and curled, then rotted, seemingly the result of a fog that had wafted across the fields of Ireland. Phytophthora infestans, the fungus that invades the potato plant and causes its rapid decay, struck for the first time in the eastern United States in the summer of 1843. The invisible fungus spores were transported to Belgium in a cargo of apparently healthy potatoes, and in the summer of 1845 the…

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That balance between caring deeply, yet seeking to listen rather than change someone’s mind, is a knife’s-edge balance! – Boting Zhang –

I (hope) people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou


The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves. V.S. Naipaul


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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead –


Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen –


Maybe that’s what we look for in the people we love, the spark of unhappiness we think we know how to extinguish. Tom Perrotta


Right this way sir…we’re warming up your special corner in hell right now!



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The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.

John F Kennedy




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Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will.

2713 Frederick Douglas

Where justice is denied

where poverty is enforced

where ignorance prevails 

and where one class

is made to feel that society

is an organized conspiracy

to oppress, rob

and denigrate them

neither persons

nor property will be safe.

– Frederick Douglass

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Democrats face historic losses in next election.

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Don’t Feed The Monkeys! 3 Ways To Help People Solve Their Own Problems

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Brokenness, transformation, wisdom

Beautiful are those whose brokenness gives birth to transformation and wisdom.


– John Mark Green –

Traitors, by Frank Walker

Traitors, by Frank Walker

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Love is

the absence of judgement.

– Dalai Lama –

OH God!

God save us from people who mean well.

Vikram Seth

I’ll never make this picture again.

One Sunday morning. After the second line. Walking back to my car. You just never know what you are going to find along the way. In this neighborhood, many of the houses have been repaired. But, just. They are functional houses that were brought back after the storm. Some are still boarded up. Waiting for […]

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Look, writing is hard.

It’s like some vile, incurable disease: There are bad days, and there are worse days. And writing well is a two-stage process: (1) write not so well; (2) fix it. Knowing that Stage 2 is coming, you can relax a little during Stage 1; your inner editor will diligently revise the clumsy, turgid bits later.


Jim Holt


Do I make myself clear?

What really matters is making your meaning clear beyond a doubt, Evans tells us. And the key to clarity, he insists, is concision.


Harold Evans

“I don’t see how Trump isn’t completely fucked.”

via Trump Officials on Comey Memo: ‘Don’t See How Trump Isn’t Completely F*cked’

Everything worth doing is worth doing badly.”

Ever tried. Ever failed, No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.


G.K. Chesterton & S.  Beckett

It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.


“For me this period has really been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street,” the actor said. “I’m an [asshole] when it comes to this need for justice. I don’t know where it comes from, this hollow quest for justice for some perceived slight. I can drill on that for days and years. It’s done me no good whatsoever. It’s such a silly idea, the idea that the world is fair. And this is coming from a guy who hit the lottery, I’m well aware of that. I hit the lottery, and I still would waste my time on those hollow pursuits.”


Brad Pitt

In Defense of Louisiana’s History

Take these statues down. I like Mitch.


“So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war,” President Abraham Lincoln famously said upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in 1862.

Of course, we cannot know for certain if these were Lincoln’s exact words to Stowe, but the quote endures, even if it is folklore, because it expresses a fundamental truth about the popularity and the persuasiveness of Stowe’s book, which, at that point, was more than a decade old.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a phenomenally successful book. In its first year, it sold more than 300,000 copies in the United States, the equivalent of around 4.1 million copies today (though if you adjust the number to account for the proportion of the population who could legally purchase a book in 1852, it’d be at Harry Potter levels).

Its influence and its lasting legacy are impossible to overstate. A…

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What are you afraid of?

“My God, what is the country coming to? What are we afraid of?”

Raymond Chandler

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