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Genius

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"No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness."
  • Aristotle
"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
  • Thomas Edison, American inventor (1847 - 1931).
"Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius."
  • Henri-Frederic Amiel
"Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in Night:
God said, Let Newton Be! and all was Light."
  • Alexander Pope, Epitaph for Sir Isaac Newton.

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The Godfather by Mario Puzo

The Godfather DVD Collection

The Godfather Trilogy:
Who doesn't love these movies?

"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."
"Leave the gun...take the cannoli."
"Just when I thought that I was out they pull me pack in."

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Government

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You know what they say... something about death and taxes...

"Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses."
  • H. L. Mencken
"The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep."
  • Clinton aide George Stephanopolous on Larry King Live
"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president."
  • Hillary Clinton on the release of subpoenaed documents
"The central problem of politics: Do you paint simplistic pictures that make people act (and leave them with too simplistic a view of the world) or do you paint bafflingly shaded and contingent scenes that leave people paralyzed by indecision?"
  • Brian Eno
"Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?"
  • Will Rogers
"Once there were two brothers.  One ran away to the sea, the other was elected Vice-President, and nothing was ever heard of either of them again."
  • Thomas Riley Marshall, Recollections
The Declaration of Independence, the words that launched our nation-1,300 words.
The Bible, the word of God-773,000 words.
The Tax Code, the words of politicians-7,000,000 words-and growing!
  • Steve Forbes
"What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary."
  • Richard Harkness, The New York Times (1960)
"Beginning in February 1976 your assistance benefits will be discontinued... Reason: it has been reported to our office that you expired on January 1, 1976."
  • Letter from the Illinois Department of Public Aid

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Greatness

The Unabridged William Shakespeare

The Unabridged William Shakespeare

"This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men."
  • Captain J. A. Hadfield
"If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light - not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work."
  • Beryl Markham
"In my stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em."
  • William Shakespeare (Senior Page)
"Do not be so humble. You are not that great."
"I would rather make my name than inherit it."
  • William Makepeace Thackeray (1811 - 1863), English author. The Virginians, ch. 26 (1859).
"Don't be vain because you happen to have talent. You are not responsible for that; it was not of your doing. What you do with your talent is what matters."
  • Pablo Casals, Spanish cellist, conductor, composer (1876 - 1973).

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Happiness

"Happiness is having a scratch for every itch."
  • Ogden Nash
"I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."
  • Oscar Wilde
"A mind always employed, is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity."
  • Thomas Jefferson
"Happiness isn't the easiest thing to find, but one place you're guaranteed to find it is in a friend's smile."
  • Allison Poler
"Seven days without a smile makes one weak."
  • Author Unknown
"It is an aspect of all happiness to suppose that we deserve it."
  • Joseph Joubert
"One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats."
  • Iris Murdoch
"There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something."
  • Henry Ford
"The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls you than the way in which you take it."
  • Elbert Hubbard
"Youth will be served, every dog has his day, and mine has been a fine one."
  • Lavengro 1851 ch. 92
"Happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope."
  • John F. Kennedy
"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.  In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony."
  • William Henry Channing (1810 - 1884)
Work like you don't need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
  • Author Unknown

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Hesitation

"A person who hesitates is not only lost, but miles from the next exit."
  • Richard Chou
"Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him."
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower, Time (6 October 1952).
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one."
"Don't look back. Somebody might be gaining on you."
  • Satchel Paige, Sunday News Magazine (6 April 1980).
"Indecision is often worse than wrong action."
  • Gerald R. Ford (September 1987)
"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
  • Will Rogers
"A commander can be wrong, but never uncertain."
"Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality."
  • John F. Kennedy, former U.S. President
Fear to lose beauty caused the heavens to expel
these caitiffs; nor, lest to be damned they then
gave cause to boast, receives them the deep hell.
"Nobody makes a greater mistake then he who does nothing because he could only do a little."
  • Edmund Burke, British statesman and orator (1729 - 1797)

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History

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"The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know."
"The chief value of history, if it is critically studied, is to break down the illusion that peoples are very different."
  • Leo Stein, Journey into the Self (1950).
"But time is an old lens of amber, and as you look down the barrel of it, good things get remembered and bad ones left behind."
  • Robert James Waller
"In the history of life, no good news has followed that sentence ['We have to talk.']."
  • Paul Reiser as Paul Buchman on Mad About You (5 May 1996).
"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives."
  • Abba Eban, Israeli politician, Speech (16 December 1970).
"Keep out! Shut up! You're jamming my signal!"
  • Jack Phillips, Marconi Operator, RMS Titanic, in response to the Californian
"Whatever happened to some men in the past affects virtually all men today."

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Hope

"Hope is putting faith to work, when doubting would be easier."
  • C. Neil Strait
"We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon."
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Humor

Calvin & Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995

Calvin and Hobbes is one of my favorite comics.

"Humor has a charm that cannot be ignored and a power that should not be underestimated."
  • Eugene Finerman
"Lady, when you lose your power to laugh, you lose your power to think straight."
"I've gradually risen from lower-class background to lower-class foreground."

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