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Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? [translated]
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
--Thomas Jefferson

Ubi dubium ibi libertas ... Onde há dúvida há liberdade
[Where there is doubt there is freedom]

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
--Mark Twain

Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.
--Henry Ford

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
--Benjamin Franklin
(One) who chooses not to read is just as ignorant as one who can't.
--Mark Twain

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
--Mark Twain

Laughter is the language of the Gods.
--Buddhist saying

Love is a kind of warfare.
--Ovid

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
--Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Each of us (are on Earth) for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From this standpoint in daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of men - above all, for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and so for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my own inner life is built on the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.
--Albert Einstein

The return we reap from generous actions is not always evident.
--Franesco Guicciardini

All sin tends to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is what is called damnation.
--W.H. Auden

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has.
--Margaret Mead

In lieu of creativity, there is an undue emphasis on sexuality.
--Jay Christian Emerte

Being beautiful can never hurt, but you have to have more. You have to sparkle, you have to be fun, you have to make your brain work if you have one.
--Sophia Loren

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
--John Wooden

Where do the words come from? The same mysterious place, I suspect, where notes of music go. They precede ideas, and are inseparable from them.
--Joseph Epstein
Every gun that is made, every warship that is launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.
--Dwight D. Eisenhower

Great is the road I climb, but the garland offered by an easier effort is not worth the gathering.
--Propertius

Whatever you do, or dream you can [do], begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Over-reliance on experience leads to making the same mistakes with increasing levels of confidence.
--Pediatric Emergency Medicine Journal [
link]
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.
--Patrick Henry, speech to the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1776

Trials, temptations, disappointments - all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fibre of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
--James Buckham

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage "coaches" ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
--Herbert Kaufman

Love is metaphysical gravity.
--R. Buckminster Fuller

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
--William Strunk jr [Elements of Style, 1918, ch 2, sec. 13]

If you're going to play the game, you better own the ball.
--HL Menken
The greatest cost of the specialization of technological life - and out of which all other damages are birthed - is arguably our separation from the practical and enriching sense of ourselves as embodied beings. When we are alienated from the wisdom of the body, our lives become theoretical and abstract, and we are distanced from the direct, felt sense of living.
--Richard Strozzi-Heckler
If there is one thing upon this earth that mankind love and admire better than another, it is a brave man - it is the man who dares to look the devil in the face and tell him he is a devil.
--James A. Garfield
It may well be that the greatest tragedy of this period of social change is not the glaring noisiness of the so-called bad people, but the silence of the so-called good people.
--Martin Luther King, jr

A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can't do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war. Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.
--H. Norman Schwarzkopf

It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.
--William Tecumseh Sherman

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.
--John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.
--John F. Kennedy

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
--Joseph Campbell

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.
--E.F. Schumacher

Goebbels was in favor of free speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you're really in favor of free speech, then you're in favor of freedom of speech for precisely for views you despise. Otherwise, you're not in favor of free speech.
--Noam Chomsky

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
--Eden Phillpotts

We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.
--Blaise Pascal

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.
--Colin Powell

The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.
--Vance Havner

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.
--Francois Mauriac

Everyone's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: Stop participating in it.
--Noam Chomsky

We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and doctrine and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and defend causes which were - for the moment - unpopular.
--Edward R. Murrow
There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
--Washington Irving
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
--Benjamin Disraeli
People make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given, and transmitted from the past.
--Karl Marx
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
--Thomas Alva Edison
If you should put even a little on a little, and should do this often, soon this too would become big.
--Hesiod

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
--Andre Gide
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
--John F. Kennedy
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
--Alan Kay
Knowledge is power.
--Francis Bacon
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
--Confucius
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
--Albert Einstein

Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
--Anna Freud

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
--Tom Paine

Fascism: a system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership together with belligerent nationalism.
--American Heritage Dictionary (1983 ed.)
The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.
--William Sloane Coffin

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
--Voltaire

Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
--Mark Twain

It is the duty of righteous men to make war on all undeserved privilege, but one must not forget that this is a war without end.
--Primo Levi

Life can only be understood backwards, but life must be lived forwards.
--Soren Kierkegaard

As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
--George Washington

The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.
--Chuck Palahniuk

Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.
--Pericles

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are those who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its water. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.
--Frederick Douglass

WRA135
Writing: Public Life in America: The Service-Learning Writing Project

John A. Dowell, Instructor
Service-Learning Writing Project
Writing, Rhetoric, & American Cultures
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Fax: 517.353.5250
e-mail: jdowell@msu.edu

WelcomeMat
(click the "welcome mat")
to Dowell's 
WRA135 Homepage

Quick Links
  • WRA135 is unlike any course you've ever taken before - please pay attention to this list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  • Summer/Fall 2006 p d f fileMuses: great little article on WRA135!
  • Terrific page of resources - custom-built just for us - from U.S. Documents Librarian & Liaison to the School of Journalism @ MSU, Hui Hua Chua!
  • The Microsoft Excel excel
                                              filespreadsheet used for WRA135.
  • Spring 2009: WRA135 Student Class Pages.
  • Spring 2009: SLWP webfolios connected to Dowell's WRA135.
  • A short list for p d f filehelping folks evaluate their theses and support.
  • Online dictionaries/encyclopedia:
Urban Dictionary Answers
Wikipedia Skeptic's Dictionary
Wiktionary yourDictionary
Congresspedia NetLingo


Class, MSU, and Student Life-Related

  • Strange! Weird! Bizarre! Assigned! Letters ... from the FUTURE!
  • From the Office of Admissions @ MSU ... p d f fileReport on the Freshman Class of 2007. In no small part, this would be your audience!
  • Here is the CATA website ... and here is the link to the CATA/MSU page. "It's what you do!"
  • "40 Tips for 4.0 Papers," from our friends at the MSU Library!
  • Searching MSU's libraries: it's nothing but MAGIC
  • MSU's homepage. 
  • About every question concerning your AFS ("Andrew File Server," BTW) finally answered!
  • Great info for new windowMSU students! (Check these out! However, note how frustrating it is there are no descriptions at these links....) 
  • Great info for students anywhere! (Check out these as well ... but again unfortunate they didn't bother to explain what the links went to!) 
  • ABSOLUTELY brilliant, here are several TONS of new windowfree books available online from the University of Pennsylvania!
  • Evaluations are the business of the busy (yes, that would include you)! 
  • LOOK AT THIS! Here's a link to the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning - get into it! (And make it a link to your WRA135 webpage!) 
  • MSU Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Feeling safe at MSU? Good. Find out if you should feel safe!
  • U of M's new windowProject SERVE. Just brilliant!
  • A fantastic resource for learning about your agency's fiscal matters: GuideStar!
  • Sign on for free news at InfoBeat!
  • How do you get to graduate school? Practice, practice, practice! Here are great opportunities to "bone up": The GRE Download Library and Learn-A-Test.
  • You say you want new windowheroes? Get in touch with your favorite high school teacher!

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Writing and LRC-Related

Writing Center Hours:

  • 300 Bessey: Mon-Thur 9A-5P, Fri 9A-2P
  • Main Library: Sun-Thur 3P-10P
  • SASS (A107 Smith Bldg): Mon-Thur 7:30P-9:30P
  • ROIAL (Mason Fish Bowl Conf. Room): Sun-Wed 7P-10P
  • James Madison (230 Case Hall): Sun-Thur 7P-10P
  • Civil Engineering (3563 Eng. Bldg): Mon & Wed 6P-8P, Tues 1P-5P, Thur 5P-7P (subject to change)

Learning Resources Center Lab Hours:

  • Mon-Thur 10A-9P; Friday 10A-5P

(Please remember, there are nearly forty computer labs on campus!)

  • The "English Grammar" site. 
  • Also wonderful, though still in "beta" (mostly working, but rough) stages is the Metropolitan Community College's guide to "Identifying the Argument of an Essay."
  • Rather less wonderful, some actual exam quotes to ponder....
  • Be certain you understand these scholarly writing standards right away about theses, quotations, introductions, and conclusions! 
  • Let me make your life easier! Check out "Paradigm" and see just how helpful this site will be to your writing for the rest of your scholarly career! 
  • While his audience was folks who want to be professional writers, Stephen King offers "Everything You Need To Know About Writing Successfully - In Ten Minutes." 
  • Everyone needs help with transition words once in a while! 
  • Avoid p d f fileclichés ... like the plague!
  • A neat page dealing with How to Write a Synthesis.
  • A timeline which may be somewhat helpful (and I'm always looking for more to add to it!) 
  • Hey! A cool set of terms/concepts to use (while crushing tinfoil on your "crap detector"/logical fallacy antennae) when looking for faulty logic
  • Plus, see if you can "detect" the logical fallacies in p d f filethis "scientific" logic.
  • Also see what the Writing Center has regarding Writing in the Public Interest!
  • Great stuff to keep in mind when collaborating
  • Four sites indicating how to cite internet sources using MLA style. NOTE: My only disagreement is that - when writing for the internet - we must italicize what they have sometimes indicated as underlined!
    • Site One ("A Guide for Writing Research Papers Based on MLA Documentation," Capital Community College, Hartford, Connecticut)
    • Site Two (the Internet Public Library)
    • Site Three (University of Wiconsin-Madison Writing Center: "Writer's Handbook")
    • Site Four (Landmark Project's "Citation Machine" - pretty cool!)

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Samples and Templates

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Library-Related

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Politics-Related

  • This is important. See through the spin at FactCheck.org!
  • Try this political quiz. 
  • Another itty-bitty one.
  • Take the Freedom Quiz ... while you still can....
  • Speaking of, this new windowIndependence Day Quiz maintains you should get 24 out of 30 to pass!
  • Take SelectSmart's quick quiz on who's your best choice for President.
  • Easy-to-follow info on candidates at GoVote!
  • Check out the well-picked bones in the Skeleton Closet!
  • Here's something I bet you didn't know about the "Pledge of Allegiance." 
  • Howard Fast's "Our Unsingable Anthem." 
  • So what's with this Constitution thing everyone makes such a fuss about?  (Another version here.)
  • Ever wonder what Congress is up to? You certainly should! (Hey, it's your money!) Find out with Thomas (as in "Jefferson"), the US Congress on the internet! 
  • So what's the big deal with Diebold voting machines, anyway...?
  • Ever wonder what the Project for the New American Century is up to? You certainly new windowshould!
  • Hey! Here's a militia your folks won't - or might not - mind your joining!
  • Richard Murphy loves "this country" and "the military," yet dares complain...? Find out new windowwhy. More thoughts from the folks who are actually serving at new windowOperation Truth. (It truly makes you think ... more than just sticking some flag on a window.)

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Computer-Related
(Again: please remember, there are over eighty computer labs on campus!)

  • LOST A FILE in your AFS space? Even an entire folder? Relax and remember: "In each user's directory, there is a directory called <snapshot.afs> which holds any files that have been deleted or changed file(s) since 10 pm of the night before. This allows easy retrieval of files if they are accidentally removed or altered. At 10 pm every night this directory is cleaned out and the process starts over again."
  • Access your MSU mail account from any browser, anywhere!
  • Get help with your MSU account from any browser, anywhere!
  • The Website Evaluation Exercise done in class on 10.19.00.
  • A wonderful glossary of technical terms made simple.
  • Recycle your old tech crap for money! Rated a c|net "Best of the Web," we learn of Second Rotation.
  • Also from c|net, 10 websites you didn't know you needed!
  • New to this "download" stuff? Here's what c|net offers.
  • How Net Savvy Are You? Think you know your PGP from your BBS? Take c|net's interactive quiz and see if you are as cyber-smart as you think you are. Then, learn the top ten things that even experts should know about the Internet.
  • Things to "ask yourself" about a webpage. Also, neat stuff - criteria and tips - you should know for your webpage construction, courtesy of WRA195H. Finally, fifteen questions to ask about smart surfing
  • Again: about every question concerning your AFS space answered!
  • What, exactly, are you "allowed" to put on your webpages and in your email? Click here for important information on Michigan State University's "Acceptable Use of Computing Systems, Software, and the University Digital Network."
  • There are rules to surviving a horror movie ... and for email!
  • As ever, to view or print Acrobat PDF files, you'll need the Acrobat reader (free) software from Adobe. You may want to configure your browser to use Acrobat as a Helper application, too. 
  • Everyone knows to Reduce/Reuse/Recycle, of course. Here's a site to help you get money back for your old printer cartridges! (And if you get together with friends, THEY will pay $5 shipping for 10 or more cartridges!)

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Readings - Prose

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  • Roger and Me, The Big One, etc. - stuff ... and where MSU (and therefore your money) fits in:

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Readings - Poetry/Song

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Important Fun Stuff

  • The Internet Movie Database: just a brilliant site for all you film buffs.
  • Fun Factoids
  • Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device.... <g> 
  • Very nicely written trivia information, cooked up fresh and emailed to you every weekday!
  • "Let others praise ancient times, I'm glad I was born in these."-- Ovid. Wonderful quotes in your weekday mailbox.
  • Just for kicks, check out your name with the "Anagram Genius"! (But be careful about their default checking of "Join the Club Mailing list....")
  • From the people who actually make the exams, you may get cool prep stuff sent to you semi-regularly from Kaplan.
  • Okay, do NOT use this for your spell checker! <g>
  • Because you can read and they have a web site - check out SatireWire's response to, "I got an email with an attachment from my buddy in Phoenix, so naturally, I opened it. What's so stupid about that?"

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A Few WRA135 Assignments
(note 1: remember to always make a link to your WRA135 webfolio page for every draft; note 2: be sure to ONLY do the essays you're assigned; note 3: when appropriate, use your format template.)

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Evaluation Matters

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What has crippled our political discourse is a long-indurated habit of demanding from government qualities that should be sought, primarily, in other aspects of our social life. Government plays a limited role in human activity, and it should have the aspects suited to its limits. It cannot be the family, the church, the local club, the private intellectual circle - all of which show the anti-governmental qualities some seek to impose on the state. When government does not show all the human virtues, it is rejected as contributing to none of them. That asks too much of government, as a preliminary to expecting nothing of it.

This is admittedly an American tradition. But it is a tradition that belittles America, that asks us to love our country by hating our government, that turns our founding fathers into unfounders, that glamorizes frontier settlers in order to demean what they settled, that obliges us to despise the very people we vote for. Our country, our founders, our representatives deserve better. So do we, who sustain them all.

Garry Wills, A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1999.


    8. To avoid a quarrel is a setback for sin, for it is a hot temper that kindles quarrels.
    9. A sinner sows trouble between friends and spreads scandal where before there was peace.
    10. A fire is kept hot by stoking and a quarrel by persistence. A man's rage is in proportion to his strength, and his anger in proportion to his wealth.
    11. A hasty argument kindles a fire, and a hasty quarrel leads to bloodshed.
    12. Blow on a spark to make it glow, or spit on it to put it out.
    Both results come from the one mouth.

    --Ecclesiasticus 28:8-12


    Two trucks loaded with thousands of copies of Roget's Thesaurus collided as they left a New York publishing house last Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

    Witnesses were aghast, amazed, astonished, astounded, bemused, benumbed, bewildered, confounded, confused, dazed, dazzled, disconcerted, disoriented, dumbstruck, electrified, flabbergasted, horrified, immobilized, incredulous, nonplussed, overwhelmed, paralyzed, perplexed, scared, shocked, startled, stunned, stupified, surprised, taken aback, traumatized, upset....

    -- joke circulated on the Internet
    December 2003


    "You've got to be taught to hate and fear / You've got to be taught from year to year / It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear / You've got to be carefully taught."

      -- South Pacific, music and
      lyrics by Richard Rodgers
      and Oscar Hammerstein


Copyright (c) 1997-2009, John A DowelStudent
                                    Lifel

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us - that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
--Tom Paine

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
--Martin Luther King, jr

There will always be a part, and always a very large part, of every community that have no care but for themselves, and whose care for themselves reaches little further than impatience of immediate pain, and eagerness for the nearest good.
--Samuel Johnson

Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.
If you're alive, it isn't. 
--Richard Bach

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
--Martin Luther King Jr.

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
-- W. H. Auden

I should be able to love my country and still love justice.
--Albert Camus

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
--Gertrude Stein
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated
--Mahatma Gandhi

One of the lessons of the Web is that if people have access to information, they will consume it, whether they are hungry or not.
--Lee Gomes

Employment gives health, sobriety, and morals. Constant employment and well-paid labor produce general prosperity, content, and cheerfulness.
--Daniel Webster
It's hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning.
--Calvin (Calvin & Hobbes)

You aren't a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.
--John Wooden

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
--Edward R. Murrow

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
--Mark Twain

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
--Mark Twain

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
--Samuel Johnson

If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, it is not merely because evil deeds may be performed in the name of patriotism ... but because patriotic fervor can obliterate moral distinction altogether.
--Ralph Barton Perry

Each of us is great insofar as we perceive and act on the infinite possibilities which lie undiscovered and unrecognized about us.
--James Harvey Robinson

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
--Theodore Roosevelt

Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
--Edward De Bono

Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog.
--Mark Twain

If you plan for one year, plant rice; If you plan for ten years, plant trees; If you plan for a hundred years, educate children.
--Confucius

My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.
--Ashleigh Brilliant

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
--Napoleon Bonaparte

Of all the civil rights for which the world has struggled and fought for 5,000 years, the right to learn is undoubtedly the most fundamental.
--W.E.B.DuBois

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
--Norman MacFinan

It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
--Logan Pearsall Smith

Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music.
--George Carlin

We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.
--Richard Feynman

What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print.
--Isadora Duncan

Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
--Hunter S. Thompson

Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.
--Booker T. Washington

Life is a do-it-yourself project.
--Anon.

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
--Albert Einstein

I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced nothing finer than a man or woman who thinks and practices true tolerance.
--Frank Knox
The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own particular ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere by violence with ours.
--William James
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
--Aristotle

When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.
--George Bernard Shaw

Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”
--Martin Luther King Jr
Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will.
--Georg C. Lichtenberg

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
--Herman Melville
We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything.
--Thomas Alva Edison
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
--Albert Einstein

Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.
--Niels Henrik David Bohr

When fanatics are on top, there is no limit to oppression.
--H.L. Mencken

(America is a) nation of 200 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.
--Hunter S. Thompson
People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
--A.J. Liebling

The enemy isn't liberalism. The enemy isn't conservatism. The enemy is bullsh|t.
--Lars-Erik Nelson

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
--Samuel Johnson
There are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is much less competition.
--Mahatma Gandhi

There are 10 kinds of people in the world - those who understand binary code and those who don't.
--Anonymous
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. 
--John Adams

There is no conflict between liberty and safety. We will have both or neither.
--Ramsey Clark

If we abandon the liberties we cherish, the terrorists will have won.
--Chuck Hagel

Our constitutional liberties shall not be sacrificed in our search for greater security, for that is what our enemies and all enemies of freedom and democracy hope to achieve.
--Tammy Baldwin

One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license.
--P. J. O'Rourke
It is a good thing to be rich, and a good thing to be strong. But it is a better thing to be beloved of many friends.
--Euripide

Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
--Edsger W. Dijkstra

A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe and move bits of it about.
--Douglas Adams
If you can't be a good example, you'll just have to serve as a horrible warning.
--Catherine Aird

The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where theives and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.
--Hunter S. Thompson

If you're someone from one of the think tanks that dreamed up the Iraq War and who predicted that we'd be greeted as liberators, and that we wouldn't need a lot of troops, and that Iraqi oil would pay for the war, that the WMD's would be found, that the looting wasn't problematic, that the mission was accomplished, that the insurgency was in its last throes, that things would get better after the people voted, after the government was formed, after we got Saddam, after we got his kids, after we got Zarqawi, and that the whole bloody mess wouldn't turn into a civil war, you have to stop making predictions.
--Bill Maher

When you live next to the cemetery you cannot weep for everyone.
--Russian proverb

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between a lightning bug and the lightning.
--Mark Twain
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
--Charles Kingsley

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem....
--Walt Whitman

Work like you don't need the money. Love as though you have never been hurt. Dance as though no one is watching you. Sing as though no one can hear you.
--Anon.

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
--Hunter S. Thompson

Television has raised writing to a new low.
--Samuel Goldwyn
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
--Groucho Marx

It is theory that decides what can be observed.
--Albert Einstein

Difference of opinion leads to enquiry, and enquiry to truth; and that, I am sure, is the ultimate and sincere object of us both. We both value too much the freedom of opinion sanctioned by our Constitution, not to cherish its exercise even where in opposition to ourselves.
--Thomas Jefferson

You can observe a lot by just watching.
--Yogi Berra

A witty saying proves nothing.
--Voltaire
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