Short quotes I thought wise

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This from TE Laurence ("… of Arabia"… though that was 18 months of his life, if you discount part he played at Paris Peace conference carving up the Ottoman colonies among the WW I victors… who had promised the Arabs independence, if they helped win WW I… which they did.)

TEL to mother, in 1911. TEL born 1888

Little brother, Arnie, 11 years old. TEL says to mother, message for Arnie… ("The Cup" being the prize for an important annual schoolboy race)…

Arnie must not run to win the Cup: if so he deserves to lose: the things you get by trying after are never worth the things that, if too set on the end, you will pass over by the way. I would be very glad for him to get the cup; but later on I want him to learn to laugh at it.

Amazing man.

You can browse things he wrote at…

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If you judge a fish by its ablilty to climb a tree, it may feel that it is inept.

Sounds strange like that… but what happens to kids in schools?

I have Aspergers.
You have Ignorant.

I'd rather have Aspergers.

Our fellow humans…

I lay in sorrow, deep distressed,
My grief a proud man heard,
his looks were cold, he gave me gold,
but not a kindly word.

My sorrow passed-I paid him back,
The gold he gave to me,
Then stood erect and spoke my thanks,
And blessed his charity.

I lay in want, and grief, and pain,
A poor man passed my way,
He bound my head, he gave me bread,
He watched me night and day.

How shall I pay him back again,
for all he did to me?
Oh, gold is great, but greater far,
Is heavenly sympathy.

- Charles Mackay

Love is…

Love is when you would do anything to see the other person smile.

(Seen in sone of those wretched internet "things" that use graphics instead of text, and thus are hard to forward. I expect that one of the songs on Ronan Parke's spendid 2011 album "A Thousand Miles" gave me a pre-disposition to like this definition. Hmm… as I had to go off to the internet to find the spelling of his name, I came across the name of the album… I think the song I was reminded of is the one which gives the album its name. How strange memory is!)

Two things…

Two things define you:

Your patience when you have nothing.

Your attitude when you have everything.

(From the excellent blog: Kait and Bill Make A Home)

How it works, why it stops…

Everything runs on smoke, let the smoke out, it stops running.

(Seen as a sig line of a participant at the Arduino forum… a place where people who like to tinker with bits of electronics like to hang out.)

To speak, or not to speak, so to speak…

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

(Winston Churchill (1874-1965))

When 2+" comes to 5…

(From Greg Bear's science fiction novel "Blood Music"….)

If you've added 2 plus 2 and gotten 5… ask yourself if one of the 2s was a 5.

Worth remembering

Points made by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, in her Christmas message for 2013…

Duty and service are important obligations

Pausing now and again for quiet reflection is a good idea

We can daily strive to become better people.


An optimist is someone that thinks the future is uncertain.

(Signature line, HP, wife of DP, 11/13)

Govenment Care

Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the
US government take care of him, had better take a closer look at the American

(Perhaps first said by Henry Ford)

Hexadecimal Existentialism…

"2B OR NOT 2B is not a question, it's FF"

(Graynomad, Arduino forum). That's actually very, very clever, people… you just have to learn a little hex and logic!

In a related vein… "There are 10 sorts of people: Those who understand binary, and those who don't."

Present? Absent?

"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence". Very neat, don't you think? I first heard this in a British TV programme about archaeology- "Time Team". They were digging at a site where there should have been Roman artifacts, e.g. coins. None were turning up. So someone started thinking aloud, "Well maybe we were wrong… Maybe the Romans never lived at this site." That's when the clever saying was used.

In a similar vein, but not as clever: When discussing something about which I'm skeptical, for instance, say, UFOs, I will say "I don't think there's a green dragon in the room next door, but I won't say there isn't one." In other words, I won't say that I know there isn't a green dragon next door. There might be, now. Even if I went and looked, and there wasn't one by the time I got next door, it doesn't mean that there wasn't one there when we were discussing the issue. But while I'm very happy to concede that there might have been one, do I think there was? No. Too many people "know" things that they can't know… and it spills over into things that matter more than UFOs. "Fat, dumb and happy" is part of the curse of our time.

Liberty and justice for all….

They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin

Not in my name: Detention without trial of "bad men" at Guantanamo

Get it? Get to it!….

To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.

Pilots… and others..

There are old pilots. And there are bold pilots.

But there are no old, bold pilots.

"You can't always get what you want…"

Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.—Dan Stanford

Experience / Wisdom

Wisdom is what you have after experience.

Experience is what you get when you don't have wisdom.


Any secret can be kept, just as long as only two people know the secret….

… and one of them is dead.

Mark Twain, I believe. (Not an exact quote)

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