Updated 5/10/2004
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Truth resonates and inspires. - Kevin JT

Friday, September 12, 2003

"You better live your best and act your best and think your best today, for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow."

- Harriet Martineau

Signature source: Rihan's Letters of Harriet Martineau page.

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

"Living apart and at peace with myself, I came to realize more vividly the meaning of the doctrine of acceptance. To refrain from giving advice, to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others, to refrain, even though the motives be the highest, from tampering with another's way of life - so simple, yet so difficult for an active spirit. Hands off!"

- Henry Miller

Photo source: Ludlow Press

Sunday, August 17, 2003

"My favorite thing is to go where I've never been."

- Diane Arbus

Photo source: Photobetty

Friday, August 15, 2003

"Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want."

- Clive Barnes, New York Times, 1969

Sunday, August 10, 2003

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo source: youngleaders-usa.org

Thursday, August 7, 2003

"The trouble with facts is that there are so many of them."

- Samuel McChord Crothers

Photo source: Harvard Square Library

Monday, August 4, 2003

Optimism is the truest form of moral courage.

- Ernest Shackleton

Source: Ross Mayfield's weblog.

Friday, July 18, 2003

Vaclav Havel Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.

- Václav Havel

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

- Václav Havel, Disturbing the Peace, ch. 5 (1986; tr. 1990).

The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why and how it is said.

- Václav Havel

Where I First Heard of Václav Havel

During the summer of 1990, on the second day of my maiden travels through Europe, I spent the day exploring Florence, Italy with a couple of young Czechoslovakian travellers who raved about Václav Havel. Their english wasn't very good and I didn't know a bit of Czech, but we enjoyed communicating and they got their ideas across. They said that it was because of Havel that they were now able to travel freely into countries besides their own.

We truly are fortunate to be living in and experiencing these challenging yet often awe-inspiring times.

Great Speech, Good Article

Here's a great speech given by Václav Havel on July 4, 1994 at Independance Hall, Philadelphia titled "The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World".

Here's a good Radio Prague article on Václav Havel titled 'Vaclav Havel: from "bourgeois reactionary" to president.'

Photo source: aphorismen-archiv.de

Sig source: Kinskych Palace

Sunday, July 13, 2003

The world belongs to the energetic.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Source: The Quotations Page

Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

- ARTHUR C. CLARKE, The Lost Worlds of 2001. (Dutton)

Monday, July 7, 2003

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and, if they don't find them, make them.

- George Bernhard Shaw

Sunday, July 6, 2003

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.

- Leo Tolstoy

Saturday, July 5, 2003

It's a funny thing about life. If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

- Somerset Maugham

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Quotes Index

Harriet Martineau on Living Your Best Today


Henry Miller on Acceptance

Diane Arbus' Favorite Thing

Clive Barnes on Television

Martin Luther King Jr. on Being Vocal

Samuel McChord Crothers on Facts

Ernest Shackleton on Optimism & Courage

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