Quotations of Interest


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I called on Dr. Johnson (Samuel Johnson) one morning, when Mrs. Williams, the blind lady, was conversing with him. She was telling him where she had dined the day before. "There were several gentlemen there," said she, "and when some of them came to the tea-table, I found that there had been a good deal of hard drinking." She closed this observation with a common and trite moral reflection; which, indeed, is very ill-founded, and does great injustice to animals -- "I wonder what pleasure men can take in making beasts of themselves." "I wonder, Madam," replied the Doctor, "that you have not penetration to see the strong inducement to this excess; for he who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."
- "Anecdotes of the Revd. Percival Stockdale; collected in 'Johnsonian Miscellanies'," edited by G.B. Hill, Oxford Clarendon Press, 1897. Accessed from The Internet Archive http://www.archive.org/index.php at URL: http://www.archive.org/details/johnsonianmiscel02hilluoft (page 333).


19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read:


20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek.

21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews."

22 Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."

- John 19:19-22 http://bible.gospelcom.net/passage/?book_id=50&chapter=19&version=31

Bible Gateway.com http://bible.gospelcom.net/, New International Version http://bible.gospelcom.net/versions/index.php?action=getVersionInfo&vid=31&lang=2


.".. I wondered what regrets he had once he knew his death was imminent. Did he lament lost friends? Would he have done much differently? Selfishly, I wondered if I were in his shoes, would I be consumed with sad thoughts of all that I had missed? Would I regret the secrets I had kept hidden?

When I mentioned this to Morrie, he nodded. 'It's what everyone worries about, isn't it? What if today was my last day on earth?'

... 'the culture doesn't encourage you to think about such things until you're about to die. We're so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks - wer're involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don't get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this it? Is this all I want? Is something missing?'

'You need someone to probe you in that direction. It won't just happen automatically.'"

- "Tuesdays with Morrie," Mitch Albom, Doubleday, 1997, Pages 64 - 65, ISBN: 0-385-48451-8


"The nature of people demands that most of them be engaged in the most frivolous possible activities - like making money."

"The ignorance of how to use new knowledge stockpiles exponentially."

Herbert Marshall McLuhan (1911 - 1980) http://www.marshallmcluhan.com


"Well, I've seen a lot of good things die and I'm

In an over emotional way," - "Kody," Matchbox 20, Album: Yourself Or Someone Like You, 1997. MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/kody_matchbox20_1997.htm


"But she had refused to change her blood-stained clothes. 'No. Let them see what they have done,' she said." - Jacqueline Kennedy, 2:38 p.m. aboard Air Force One at the swearing in of Lyndon B. Johnson as president http://www.chron.com/content/chronicle/special/jfk/timeline/238.html


"He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate." - Henry David Thoreau.


"Fools say they learn from experience; I prefer to learn from the experience of others." - Otto von Bismark


"You see things and say 'Why?' but I dream things that never were, and I say 'Why not?" - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work a company work, a society work, a civilization work." - Vince Lombardi


"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

"Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure."

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work."

"Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing."

All by Thomas Edison


"Things don't come to mind readily, all of a sudden, like pulling things out of the air. You have to get your inspiration from somewhere, and usually you get it from reading something else."

- Chester Carlson, Haloid Company, a small photo-paper maker in Rochester, N.Y., precursor to Xerox Corporation, "The Story of Xerox," http://www.xerox.com/innovation/Storyofxerography.pdf

"Continue to do your best to do what seems to be the right thing, but when it comes to things beyond your control leave everything to God, or providence, or whatever name you choose to call the supreme power of the universe. Have absolute faith and trust that he will take care of everything. He knows what is best. When you leave home in the morning, do not feel uneasy. Try to have absolute faith that he is taking charge, and erase from your mind the slightest feeling of anxiety in any situation which is beyond your control. If possible, while riding in a bus, close your eyes for a few minutes and strive for absolute calmness, then think 'Thy will be done' and mean it completely and absolutely. Accept the premise that he is running things and that he knows much better what is right for each of us than we do. I have known of cases where, seemingly, miracles have taken place when a person surrenders himself completely. But that is of less importance than its internal effect on you. You will have a new sense of security and independence which nothing can break. Eventually your inner calmness and power will radiate to others and they will reflect it back."

- "Copies in Seconds," (Chester Carlson in a 1959 letter to his old roommate Larry Dumond), David Owen, Simon & Schuster, 2004 ISBN: 0-7432-5117-2 (pages 269-270)


."... as information technology gets commoditized, it is ever more incumbent on companies to learn to use it well. There is no longer room to make mistakes. That may sound like a defensive position, he added, but it is no different than how competitive businesses have functioned with raw materials for ages. “If I deliver a ton of the same type of flour to one bakery as another, the first may make something wonderful out of it and the other may manage it poorly and get horrible results,” said Carr. “It is the same with IT now. Management matters. Company culture matters. One company may manage IT better than another. That doesn’t tell you anything about the strategic value of the IT itself." Business writer and consultant Nicholas Carr, ... Another message Lane delivered was that globalization is here to stay. He said he was impressed by a recent visit to India. "I went over thinking it was a black box--you send work over, and it comes back to you. What I found was innovation, work ethic and incredible skills."

- Ray Lane (former Oracle President), now with venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, "Information Technology: Value Creator or Commodity?,"CNET News.com, March 1, 2004, http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/index.cfm?fa=viewArticle&ID=948


"A lot of what I'll be doing is around finding a better process for integrating data and more intelligence. I've got a lot of data, but no freaking idea what it's doing. Sun and Oracle are more technology suppliers and will always want to lead with technology and less of a service model. During a time like the late 1990s, I think you'll find the Sun-Oracle model fits better. But in times like these, where the customer says, "I need more of this," companies like SAP, HP and IBM will do better. They basically ask the question, "what do you want? Yes, I am a fan (of Application Service Provider business model). The reason the ASPs had a volatile history is because of the investing environment. The press thinks that the ASP model was born with the Internet. It wasn't. But when 2000 came, it became difficult for venture capitalists to pour money into a business model that wouldn't make money soon. That didn't support the ASP model because you have to put in a lot in before getting back a return. But those that got built are doing pretty good."

- Ray Lane (former Oracle President), now with venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, "Why Oracle-PeopleSoft is a lose-lose," CNET News.com, July 17, 2003, http://news.com.com/2008-1082-1026582.html?tag=nl


"And here we are ten thousand miles away from home fighting for the so-called freedom of the Vietnamese people when we have not even put our own house in order." - Martin Luther King, Jr.,"Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution," http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/


"These people are a poor tired looking lot. Wish there was some way we could get out of this & get (save) some face." - Roy James Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/Extra_Photographs/roy_james_blakeley_brown.djvu, Major USAF, jet fighter pilot Lockheed F-104C Starfighter, 436th Tactical Fighter Squadron, George Air Force Base, California, July 5, 1965 letter. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/letter_rblakeley19650705.htm


"Here a person can think

of what all the good things

he could be doing for someone he Loves

like you Mom."

- Roy Blakeley at 17-1/2 years old, letter to his mother dated January 24, 1946 http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/letter_rblakeley19460124.htm


"In time my bitterness changed to hatred of them - the omnipresent them - everybody above my wing, all the Fighter Headquarters from Saigon on up (and later, too, the real culprits, primarily the President and Secretary of Defense) .... If I had to be a killer, I wanted to know why I was killing; and the facts didn't match the rhetoric coming out of Washington.... Worst of all for me was coming home from the war in 1965, visiting my wife's hometown, Cresco, Iowa, and talking to the local Rotary luncheon. On the one hand, I was being told that we are out there on the frontier of freedom defending these people's interests, even eventually their freedom. On the other hand, these people had no idea what was going on in the war. They were supportive. But how much comfort can someone who is killing other humans take when the folks back home don't know what your are doing or why you are doing it?" - General Chuck Horner (Ret.), "Every Man a Tiger," with Tom Clancy, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1999 pages 96 - 97. http://www.legendsofairpower.com/biographies/horner.html


"Sometimes at night. When I hear the wind. I wish I was crazy again." - Johnny Cash


"It's still hard for me to have a clear mind thinking on it. But it's the truth even if it didn't happen ...

But I tried though ... Goddammit, I sure as hell did that much, now didn't I? ...

... but he won't let the pain blot out the humor no more'n he'll let the humor blot out the pain ...

I'm here to cooperate with you a hundred percent. A hundred percent. I'll be just right down the line with ya.' You watch ...

And now they're telling me I'm crazy over here because I don't sit there like a goddamn vegetable. Don't make a bit of sense to me. If that's what's being crazy is, then I'm senseless, out of it, gone-down-the-road, wacko. But no more, no less, that's it ...

I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this ...

Yeah? Not that I'm admitting I'm down that road, but what is this something else? ...

I hope you're finally satisfied. Playing with human lives - gambling with human lives - as if you thought yourself to be God! .... Which one of you nuts has got any guts?

I been away a long time ...

A sound of cornered-animal fear and hate and surrender and defiance, that if you ever trailed coon or cougar or lynx is like the last sound the treed and shot and falling animal makes as the dogs get him, when he finally doesn't care any more about anything but himself and his dying ..."

- "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Randall Patrick McMurphy, Viking Press, 1962.

The novel's secondary characters were based on real-life individuals whom Kesey met while working at the Veterans' Administration Hospital.

And, it is narrated by Chief Bromden, who is schizophrenic.

Review of the book by Orrin Judd. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/monthly_articles

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>Review of http://www.brothersjudd.com by Edward Driscoll dated 15 January, 2002.


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"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger." - Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials, http://www.snopes.com/quotes/goering.htm


"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln.


"The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands." - Lyndon Johnson


"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficient. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding." - Justice Louis Brandeis, 1928 (year of birth of Roy James Blakeley)


"The problem for us Christians is this: where we readily condemn black supremacist prejudice and white supremacist prejudice as unethical; we resist condemning Christian supremacist prejudice. More than this, we Christians habitually think of Christian supremacist prejudice as a praiseworthy virtue...Where on the one hand, we think it is a vice to be a racial supremacist and to be racially prejudiced; on the other hand, we think it is a virtue to hold Christian religion is in principle and forever superior to all other religions, and we think it is a virtue to hold we know this prior to serious study of other religions." - "Are You a Christian Supremacist?": Lessons from Attention to Native American Religions, a Lecture by Theodore Walker, Jr., Associate Professor of Ethics and Society at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1 May 1996. http://faculty.smu.edu/twalker/moral96.htm#supremacy


"Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men." - Jesus, the gospel according to Saint Matthew, Chapter 16, Verses 15 - 28 quotations/matthew_gospel_ch16_vs15-28.htm, King James Bible Stories


"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want." The Twenty-third Psalm here. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations/twenty-third_psalm_king_james.htm


"Woke up this early morning, nothing but black, God's creation hidden from view. My heart is heavy, remembering, again the love lost - and I wept and feel and write as the tears flow down my cheek - forever, wiping away the pain. And, as if God reaches out to wipe my tears, I look up and, see again His great creation .... and give thanks." - Larry Blakeley, July, 2004.


"These thoughts will never to be heard and felt by anyone, but myself. Alone, even after all these years - expression of words flowing as if speaking in tongues, or some kind of alien with a message from another planet. You look out, you see their faces, and you know that they don't know, nor will they ever know what you are trying to communicate to them. It's not their fault. But, when you are around them there is just no comfort at all for you here. You know you will always be alone - as if adrift on a raft in an ocean, no rudder, no sail, just adrift - no land in sight - riding upon a medium that will swallow you up, no evidence that you ever existed, never to be seen from again. You cling in constant fear of being washed overboard - for what reason you do not know" - "Why Bother?," Larry Blakeley, July, 2004.


It's back to the future of knowing your cyberspace neighbor as well as you know yourself! If you can't verify their identity, then you better stay away! Someone is out there waiting to take you down! - Larry Blakeley, July 2004.


"I've always said, 'It's more important to see it than photograph it.' But, as Oren Lyons, the eloquent spokesman of the Onondaga Nation had told me: 'Yes, but if you don't photograph it, you couldn't share it.' I have also said, 'the only good photograph is a "political" photograph. Because those are the ones that make you see things for the first time.'" - William Coupon, photographer. http://www.williamcoupon.com/


"You know that the beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of a young and tender thing," Plato here. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations/plato_quote.htm


"I am not a Very Important Man, as importance is commonly rated." - Dr. Forest E. Witcraft (1894 - 1967), was a scholar, teacher, and Boy Scout administrator. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations/within_my_power.htm


"What never? Well, hardly ever" - "H.M.S. Pinafore" - Captain Corcoran's joke, an operetta that opened in London on May 25, 1878, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, as reported on by David S. Brown, http://hcs.harvard.edu/~hrgsp/productions/hms78/hms78hist.htm


"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." - Groucho Marx. This and others from him here.


Boss Paul: Sorry, Luke. I'm just doing my job. You gotta appreciate that.

Luke: Nah - calling it your job don't make it right, Boss. - "Cool Hand Luke," 1967 (and 15 - 20 other quotes from one of my favorite movies).


"I had long since remarked that in matters of conduct it is necessary sometimes to follow opinions known to be uncertain, as if they were not subject to doubt; but, because now I was desirous to devote myself to the search after truth, I considered that I must do just the contrary, and reject as absolutely false every-thing concerning which I could imagine the least doubt to exist." - Descartes, "I Think, Therefore I Am," from Discourse on Method.