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Quotes From My Journal, Part 9   Leave a comment

This is the latest round of Quotes from My Journal, wrapping up my first Leuchtturm 1917 journal, as well as 2014. As always, I found them are either somewhat inspiring, amusing, or simply make me smile.

“If you catch it and fix it, it’s not a mistake.”–Our House Painter, to his crew.

“The sky is not a limit; it’s a medium through which we can soar.”–Brian Rathborne

“Sometimes I know what I believe because of what I’ve written.”–J.K. Rowling

“Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards.”–Soren Kierkegard

“You are not defined by your job. You will go, and be forgotten, and seeking a legacy [at work] is a fool’s errand.–Geoff Cooper

“How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven.”–Robert Heinlein

Posted 2015-02-05 by Mr. Guilt in Quotes from My Journal

Quotes from My Journal, Part 8   1 comment

This is the latest round of Quotes from My Journal, representing the middle third-or-so of my Leuchtturm 1917 journal. As always, I found them are either somewhat inspiring, amusing, or simply make me smile.

“There’s a power in looking silly and not caring that you do.”–Amy Poehler

“Educating yourself does not mean that you were stupid in the first place; it means that you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn.”–Melanie Joy

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”–Bill Nye

“The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”–Alvin Toffler

“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes–then learn how to do it later.”–Richard Branson

“In the astronaut business, we have a saying, which is ‘there is no problem so big that you can’t make it worse.'”–Chris Hadfield

“The best teachers are the ones who show you where to look, but don’t tell you want to see.”–Alexander K. Trenfor

“During the house-hunting process, I’d often say ‘I have cats’ to lettings agents, yet it’d feel like I’d said ‘I own a large, volatile dragon who likes to party.'”–Tom Cox

“In science, it often happens that scientists say, ‘you know, that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful, but it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.”–Carl Sagan

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant threat winding its way through our poltical and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'”–Isaac Asimov

“Defending wildlife is not an act of charity. It is an act of justice.”–Dr. Paula Kahumbu

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”–Tony Robbins

“Animals can teach us many things; for example, feral cats taught me that size is a poor measure of ferocity.”–Brian Rathbone

“If I were giving a young man [or woman] advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.”–Wilbur Wright

“It’s amazing what you can learn when you know you have to.”–Coworker

Posted 2014-09-18 by Mr. Guilt in Quotes from My Journal

Quotes from my Journal (Part 7)   Leave a comment

Leuchtturm & Lamy
This is the latest round of Quotes from My Journal, starting the first third-or-so of my Leuchtturm 1917 journal. As always, I found them are either somewhat inspiring, amusing, or simply make me smile.

I do try to keep in mind: wisdom may be reduced to one or two pithy lines, but there is usually a lot of nuance and experience behind it.

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”–Muhammad Ali

“When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity. The distinction between crime and justice is no greater.”–George Bernard Shaw

“Dear speaker, your powerpoint slides should be visual aids, not closed captioning. [sic]”–@aneyekunkayo

“Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.”–unknown.

“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.”–Eddy Merckx

Dogs don’t have a choice but to be with us. They were literally bred to love us. We made them as much as possible in our own image. Cats, on the other hand, are self-interested, half-feral jerks, but they choose to be with us anyway. That’s what makes cats awesome.“–Pope Guilty on MeFi

“Once perfected, communication technologies rarely die out completely; rather, they shrink to fit particular niches in the global info-structure.”–William Gibson, Cyberspace: the First Steps

Being a good cook has always also been about being smart enough and humble enough to learn when given [the] chance.“–Anthoy Bourdain (true of most pursuits)

Posted 2014-02-22 by Mr. Guilt in Quotes from My Journal

Quotes from My Journal (Part 6)   Leave a comment

This is the latest round of Quotes from My Journal, finishing my second Webbie. As always, I found them are either somewhat inspiring, amusing, or simply make me smile.

“The standadrd you walk past is the standard you accept.” General David Morrison, Australian Army (though it was an established saying)

“The future is already here–it’s just not evenly distributed.”–William Gibson

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”–Anatole France

“There is no ‘us’ in team, either.”–@VioletThunk

“Lots of people talk to animals…not very many listen…that’s the problem.”–Benjamin Hoff

“Anticipating probems and figuring out how to solve them is actually the opposite of worrying; it’s productive.”–Chris Hadfield

“There is no bad weather–only bad clothing.”–@bicycleindiana

Posted 2013-12-06 by Mr. Guilt in Quotes from My Journal

Quotes from My Journal (Part 5)   Leave a comment

This, the latest round up of quotes copied into my journal, wraps up the prior MIO Journal and roughly half of my new journal, which is a Rhodia Webbie.

“For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.”–Carl Sagan

“I belive cats to be spirits come to Earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.”–Jules Verne

“If people can be monsters while ‘just following orders,’ others can be heros for ‘just doing their job.'”–commenter on the Fukushima 50

“Without cats, we wouldn’t have the Internet.”–Mike Calore

“In context, the food of cats is frightened of the cat, and is dedicated to its own survival. It is intelligent, brave, fast moving, often well armed, and sometimes much larger than the cat who wants it. So, to live at the edge, the cats were challenged to become highly skilled hunters.”–Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, The Tribe of the Tiger

“Life is just a series of trying to make up your mind.”–Timothy Fuller

“We are not paid for what we do. We are paid for what we can do.”–Coworker

“People join companies but leave bosses.”–@rayhalagera

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with assholes.”–William Gibson

“The corporate world could learn a lot from the religious one in terms of the dignity of every human person.”–Father James Martin

Posted 2013-05-25 by Mr. Guilt in Quotes from My Journal

Quotes from My Journal (Part Four)   3 comments

Journal and Parker 75This, the latest round up of quotes copied into my journal, covers roughly half of my new journal, which is a MIO Campus notebook, in use since September.

Kittens rarely have an exit strategy.”–Laurie Cinotto, Itty Bitty Kitty Committee

“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk in order to spend time with his fools.”–Ernest Hemingway

Knowing that even dauntingly complex challenges can be broken down–that there’s a huge difference between not understanding something and not understanding something yet–is powerful mojo.“–Adam Savage, Wired, November 2012

“It [the Rotis typeface] looks best on gravestones…”–Erik Spiek­er­mann, “Is Rotis a Typeface?

Rule number whatever–never go to a good restaurant with people you love to be with because the food ends up barely tasted.“–Jonathan Carroll (@jscarroll)

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”–Thomas Jefferson

“My domestic housecats are a bunch of quirky weirdos. No way I’d trust a big cat.”–Commenter on

“To respond is positive, to react is negative.”–Zig Zigler

“Collaboration is not a management thing. … Everyone has a role in defining whether collaborations happen or not. But history has shown that the most critical part of a collaboration are the individuals doing the work.”–Steven Sinofsky, former Microsoft executive.

Posted 2012-12-30 by Mr. Guilt in Quotes from My Journal

Even More Quotes from My Journal (Part Three)   Leave a comment

This is the latest capture of quotes I write down in my journal. The last one was only six weeks ago. The journal that replaced the Webbie was smaller both in terms of number of pages (maybe 50) and size of the page (A5 vs. something half the size (but cut along the long axis). I wasn’t wild about the paper for fountain pens, but that may be the subject of a different post.

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it.” –Robert Orben

“The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts.”–Paul Ehrlich

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”–Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”–Julia Child

Posted 2012-09-13 by Mr. Guilt in Quotes from My Journal, rant

Quotes from my Journal, Part Two   1 comment

Webbie TopBack in November, I made a post of quotes that had been accumulating in my journal. I was about two-thirds of the way through at the time. This week, I wrote in the last page. So, I thought I would post what was collected since then. Surprisingly, many of them are from people I know. On the other hand, there were fewer–not surprising, given the shorter window (two years versus eight months).

1/5/2012: “Sometimes you just have to ignore the parts that don’t make sense.”—My Wife

1/23/2012: “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”—Carl Sagan

2/1/2012:I suspect Louisiana is a popular backdrop for US reality shows because it is as close to a foreign country as many reality-show viewers will ever get. Funny accents! Strange and spicy food! Accordions!“—BitterOldPunk, MetaFilter

3/2/2012: “If our future is going to be touch screen invasion then I will have to start investing in hand sanitizer.”—Coworker

3/9/2012: “I know what it’s like to feel unequal to the task required of you…to feel incapable. I’ll never be the man I was, but I’ve come to embrace those parts of my mind that are…peculiar and broken. I understand now that’s what makes my mind special.”—Walter, Fringe, “The Last Same Weiss

4/12/2012: “Actions express priorities.”—Ghandi

5/23/2012: “‘Personal Brand.” The art of faking a persona so inoffensive that the most boring person you can imagine never realizes why he dislikes you.”—Merlin Mann

5/25/2012: “Specificity is the soul of all good communication.”—The Middleman


Posted 2012-08-02 by Mr. Guilt in Quotes from My Journal, rant

Quotes from my Journal   2 comments

Duofold & WebbieI keep a journal in a Rhodia Web Notebook (“Webbie”). I’m about halfway through it, with the first entry dated September 29, 2010. I write all sorts of things, including quotes. These are either somewhat inspiring, amusing, or simply make me smile.

I thought I would share them. The date represents the day it was written down. I’ve linked to sources where possible.

9/30/2010: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah, while the rest is commentary; go and learn it.” –Hillel

10/15/2010: “Science is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it.”–Commenter on IO9

11/10/2010: “I’m an American, and we don’t let ignorance stop us from forming opinions.”*–Dan Savage

12/21/2010: “We’d never get anywhere if some of us weren’t impatient and ungrateful.” — Farhad Manjoo

2/13/2011: “Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. you have a life.” –Dear Sugar

4/1/2011: “I couldn’t get used to the way the disposable poly pen shat pasty ink onto the slick machine-made paper.”–Neal Stephenson, Anathem

4/21/2011: “When you eliminate the life that is killing you, you save your true life.” — Dr. Bernie Siegle

6/6/2011: “Here’s why I envy bike manufacturers: when asked ‘what do you do?’ they can respond with a straight face, ‘I make fun.’”–Patrick Brady, Red Kite Prayer

7/1/2011: We have to let go of the notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose. we have to embrace the notion that for Apple to win, Apple has to do a really good job.” –Steve Jobs (1997)

7/8/2011: “Luck is an accident that happens to the competent.” –Albert M. Greenfield

7/13/2011: “Top tip for dealing with failure: set a time limit on mourning.”@terreece

10/1/2011: “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.”–via @ichadman

11/2/2011: “I firmly believe that someone who’s being a dick about something is obliged to be a logically consistent dick.”*–Dan Savage

11/10/2011: “Fairy tales don’t tell children that dragons exist…Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be slain.”–via Post Secret

Do you have quotes that inspire, amuse, or make you smile?

*Link may be NSFW.

Posted 2011-11-17 by Mr. Guilt in Quotes from My Journal, rant