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He didnt tell me how to live

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.  ~Clarence Budington Kelland, about his father; COE

Why are men reluctant to become fathers

Why are men reluctant to become fathers?  They aren’t through being children.  ~Cindy GarnerFCN

Father to god himself we cannot

Father! – to God himself we cannot give a holier name.  ~William WordsworthCD

Theres something like a line of gold

There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years

One father is more than a hundred

One father is more than a hundred Schoolemasters.  ~George Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs, 1640, no. 686; CTO

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.  ~Bill Cosby

Henry james once defined life as that

Henry James once defined life as that predicament which precedes death, and certainly nobody owes you a debt of honor or gratitude for getting

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.  ~Ruth E. Renkel

The father who would taste the essence

The father who would taste the essence of his fatherhood must turn back from the plane of his experience, take with him the fruits

It is much easier to become a

It is much easier to become a father than to be one.  ~Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man, 1994

Any man can be a father it

Any man can be a father.  It takes someone special to be a dad.  ~Author UnknownFCN

I love my father as the stars

I love my father as the stars ? he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart. ~Terri Guillemets

Sherman made the terrible discovery that men

Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later… that the man before him was not an aging father

You will find that if you really

You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Physick for the most part is nothing

Physick, for the most part, is nothing else but the Substitute of Exercise or Temperance.  ~Joseph AddisonDCMOO; COE

Hiking is just walking where its okay

Hiking is just walking where it’s okay to pee.  ~Demetri MartinTPV

There is great security in the prisons

There is great security in the prisons we create for ourselves.  ~Stephen G. Scalese, The Whisper in Your Heartch 2, p37

He who buys what he does not

He who buys what he does not need steals from himself.  ~Author Unknown

Time is the longest distance between two

Time is the longest distance between two places.  ~Tennessee Williams

Youth is when youre allowed to stay

Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve.  Middle age is when you’re forced to.  ~Bill Vaughn

There is no surer method of evading

There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by

I learned three important things in college

I learned three important things in college – to use a library, to memorize quickly and visually, to drop asleep at any time given

That destructive siren sloth is ever to

That destructive siren, sloth, is ever to be avoided.  ~Horace

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.  ~Bill Vaughnquoted in The Portable Curmudgeon compiled by Jon

Love is what makes two people sit

Love is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room at both ends.  ~Author Unknown

I base most of my fashion sense

I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn’t itch.  ~Gilda Radner

The truth is the only thing worth

The truth is the only thing worth having, and, in a civilized life, like ours, where so many risks are removed, facing it is

All our lives we are putting pennies

All our lives we are putting pennies – our most golden pennies – into penny-in-the-slot machines that are almost always empty.  ~Logan Pearsall Smith

Women are not inherently passive or peaceful

Women are not inherently passive or peaceful.  We’re not inherently anything but human.  ~Robin MorganCUL

Each friend represents a world in us

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a

Teas proper use is to amuse the

Tea’s proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and

A dog is not considered a good

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker.  A man is not considered a good man because he

The days of our years are threescore

The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength

Man is a creature composed of countless

Man is a creature composed of countless millions of cells:  a microbe is composed of only one, yet throughout the ages the two have

There is only one thing about which

There is only one thing about which I am certain, and that is that there is very little about which one can be certain. 

Only from the heart can you touch

Only from the heart can you touch the sky. ~Rumi

Each day comes bearing its own gifts

Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons.  ~Ruth Ann Schabacker

We are not the same persons this

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love.  It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue

The only interesting answers are those which

The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.  ~Susan SontagEsquire, 1968, PMB

As geography without history seemeth a carkasse

As Geography without History seemeth a carkasse without motion; so History without Geography wandreth as a Vagrant without a certaine habitation.  ~John Smith, quoted

Better keep yourself clean and bright you

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Its hard to defeat a woman in

It’s hard to defeat a woman in love. ~Terri Guillemets

What you dont realize as a kid

What you don’t realize as a kid is that if your parents are always going to be there for you, they aren’t going to

In marriage there are no manners to

In marriage there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism.  Each is familiar with that ancient child

There is certainly something in angling that

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.  ~Washington Irving

Without a single thought two hands collide

Without a single thought, two hands collide and the world finally makes sense again.  ~Kayla Dawnjul11mail

Armaments universal debt and planned obsolescence

Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence – those are the three pillars of Western prosperity.  ~Aldous Huxley, IslandLCD

Lots of people want to ride with

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you

My favorite thing about the internet is

My favorite thing about the Internet is that you get to go into the private world of real creeps without having to smell them. 

Keep your words soft and tender because

Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them.  ~Author Unknown

Sun salutations can energize and warm you

Sun salutations can energize and warm you, even on the darkest, coldest winter day.  ~Carol KrucoffYJCal2005, TPV

A photographer gets people to pose for

A photographer gets people to pose for him.  A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.  ~Terri Guillemets

Meditation is not a means to an

Meditation is not a means to an end.  It is both the means and the end.  ~Jiddhu KrishnamurtiDCMOO

The most beautiful discovery true friends make

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.  ~Elisabeth Foley

The language of friendship is not words

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Do what you can with have where

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

And by the way everything in life

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. 

The time to begin writing an article

The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction.  By that time you begin to clearly and

Dont be too harsh to these poems

Don’t be too harsh to these poems until they’re typed.  I always think typescript lends some sort of certainty:  at least, if the things

I have learned to live each day

I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow.  It is the dark menace of

Loneliness insomnia and change the fear of

Loneliness, insomnia, and change:  the fear of these is even worse than the reality.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966CSN, TPV

You cant wring your hands and roll

You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.  ~Pat Schroeder

Once a woman has given you her

Once a woman has given you her heart, you can never get rid of the rest of her.  ~John Vanbrugh, The Relapse, 1696

Whatever women do they must twice as

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good.  Luckily, this is not difficult.  ~Charlotte WhittonWRM1896-1975,

A woman who cannot be ugly is

A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful.  ~Karl KrausCUL

Anybody who believes that the way to

Anybody who believes that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach flunked geography.  ~Robert Byrne

Dont cook clean no man will ever

Don’t cook.  Don’t clean.  No man will ever make love to a woman because she waxed the linoleum – "My God, the floor’s immaculate. 

A period is just the beginning of

A period is just the beginning of a lifelong sentence.  ~Cathy CrimminsWL

Be loyal to what you love be

Be loyal to what you love, be true to the earth, fight your enemies with passion and laughter.  ~Edward Abbey

What a strange narrowness of mind now

What a strange narrowness of mind now is that, to think the things we have not known are better than the things we have

Just remember theres a right way and

Just remember, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything and the wrong way is to keep trying to make everybody

There are subjects in which i wish

There are subjects in which I wish to become knowledgeable, and subjects in which I wish to remain wise.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

A single conversation with a wise man

A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.  ~Chinese Proverb

He dares to be a fool and

He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.  ~James Gibbons Huneker

Winter is the season in which people

Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about

Winter either bites with its teeth or

Winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.  ~Proverb

Brew me a cup for winters night

Brew me a cup for a winter’s night. For the wind howls loud and the furies fight; Spice it with love and stir it

It was one of those hot silent

It was one of those hot, silent nights, when people sit at windows, listening for the thunder which they know will shortly break; when

A lot of people like snow i

A lot of people like snow.  I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.  ~Carl Reiner

To be interested in the changing seasons

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.  ~George Santayana

You cant say civilization dont advance however

You can’t say civilization don’t advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.  ~Will Rogers, New York Times, 23

I have never advocated war except as

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.  ~Ulysses S. Grant

There is nothing so desperately monotonous as

There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.  ~James Russell Lowell

Every time we walk along a beach

Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among

War is an ugly thing but not

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.  The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that

Long before we saw the sea its

Long before we saw the sea, its spray was on our lips, and showered salt rain upon us.  ~Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

I represent what is left of a

I represent what is left of a vanishing race, and that is the pedestrian…. That I am still able to be here, I owe

Walking isnt a lost art one

Walking isn’t a lost art – one must, by some means, get to the garage.  ~Evan EsarCUL

A pedestrian is someone who thought there

A pedestrian is someone who thought there were a couple of gallons left in the tank.  ~Author Unknown

Those who can do can do more

Those who can, do.  Those who can do more, volunteer.  ~Author Unknown

Have you had a kindness shown pass

Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on; ‘Twas not given for thee alone, Pass it on; Let it travel down the years,

No duty is more urgent than that

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.  ~James Allen

To many people virtue consists chiefly in

To many people virtue consists chiefly in repenting faults, not in avoiding them.  ~Georg Christoph LichtenbergPMB

The excess of virtue is a vice

The excess of virtue is a vice.  ~Greek ProverbLCD

We are double edged blades and every time

We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke strops our vice.  ~Henry David ThoreauCUL

So long as governments set the example

So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private citizens will occasionally kill theirs.  ~Elbert Hubbard

And so to the end of history

And so, to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right and honor and peace, until the gods

The state calls its own violence law

The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.  ~Max Stirner

We cannot blame the schools alone for

We cannot blame the schools alone for the dismal decline in SAT verbal scores.  When our kids come home from school do they pick