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WIT & WISDOM
Citizenship in a Republic
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. 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, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end 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 neither know victory nor defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt, Citizenship in a Republic
The Mad Ones
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” ~ Jack Kerouac
A Girl I Loved
A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world. ~ Jack Kerouac
Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong. ~ Thomas Jefferson
I Must Create
I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.
~ William Blake
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security. ~ Thomas Jefferson
What is Necessary
It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
~ Winston Churchill
WW2 LETTERS OF PVT MELVIN JOHNSON
“Heroes are often the most ordinary of men.” This quote, by Henry David Thoreau eloquently epitomizes my grandfather and so many like him that left the familiar behind as ordinary men and women, and sacrificed greatly, sometimes everything on foreign soil to become uncommon heroes. From Utah Beach, to Cherbourg, through hedgerows and mud, through French cities like Laval, La Haye du Puits, Mantes-Gassicourt, and Luneville, the 79th Infantry Division and my grandfather cut a wide swath through France. These are his letters as he fought across France.
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“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!
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