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 Posted:   Apr 1, 2017 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

After just recently rewatching Ken Burns brilliant National Parks documentary series I had to add this.

"I want to ask you to do one thing in connection with it in your own interest, and in the interest of the country. Keep this great wonder of nature as it now is. Leave it as it is. You can not improve it. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children, and for all who come after you as one of the great sites which every American if he can travel at all should see."

~ President Theodore Roosevelt's remarks after admiring the view from the south rim of The Grand Canyon.

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2017 - 6:23 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"If there is anything worthwhile doing for the sake of culture, then it is touching on subject matters and situations which link people, and not those that divide people. There are too many things in the world which divide people, such as religion, politics, history, and nationalism. If culture is capable of anything, then it is finding that which unites us all. And there are so many things which unite people. It doesn't matter who you are or who I am, if your tooth aches or mine, it's still the same pain. Feelings are what link people together, because the word 'love' has the same meaning for everybody. Or 'fear', or 'suffering'. We all fear the same way and the same things. And we all love in the same way. That's why I tell about these things, because in all other things I immediately find division."

~Krzysztof Kieslowski

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2017 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

"Do not criticize the person in whose honor the entertainment is given.
Make no remarks about his equipment. If the handles are plated, it is best to seem to not observe it.

If the odor of the flowers is too oppressive for your comfort, remember that they were not brought there for you, and that the person for whom they were brought suffers no inconvenience from their presence.
Listen, with as intense an expression of attention as you can command, to the official statement of the character and history of the person in whose honor the entertainment is given; and if these statistics should seem to fail to tally with the facts, in places, do not nudge your neighbor, or press your foot upon his toes, or manifest, by any other sign, your awareness that taffy is being distributed.

If the official hopes expressed concerning the person in whose honor the entertainment is given are known to you to be oversized, let it pass-do not interrupt.

At the moving passages, be moved-but only according to the degree of your intimacy with the parties giving the entertainment, or with the party in whose honor the entertainment is given. Where a blood relation sobs, an intimate friend should choke up, a distant acquaintance should sigh, a stranger should merely fumble sympathetically with his handkerchief. Where the occasion is military, the emotions should be graded according to military rank, the highest officer present taking precedence in emotional violence, and the rest modifying their feelings according to their position in the service.
Do not bring your dog."


~ Mark Twain "At the Funeral" (1881)

 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2017 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)



Nikita Khrushchev

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2017 - 2:37 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I heard a great quote the other day, I forget who said it, the talk was about envy:

Never make the mistake of comparing another persons outer life with your inner life.

 
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