Archive for Wednesday, December 29, 1999

Building on the knowledge of others

December 29, 1999

First of all, thank you to Bob Kasper who brought us a Kansas road atlas to help us navigate our way throughout the area.

Secondly, thank you to Del Englen for calling to tell me about the Girl Scout party held at the old Honey Valley school house. Anyone who carries a camera for the public eye knows that there are times when upon entering a room, one immediately realizes that the trip has been worthwhile that the lighting, the activities and the subjects will most likely make for good photographs.

This was one of those times.

And now, as we approach the next millennium, whether it be this Jan. 1 or the next, I've been thinking about thoughts that I will take with me as the century turns. The first place I looked at was the bulletin board that has hung over my desk in one office or another during the last 10 years.

With little more said from me, the following quotes, attributed to their authors when possible, should stand alone, and will help lead me, at least, into the next millennium:

There's no limit to what you can achieve if you don't mind who gets the credit.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Goethe

Life is not so much a matter of getting good cards, but of playing a poor hand well. R.L. Stephenson

The ultimate risk has the ultimate potential.

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. H.G. Wells

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. Ambrose Bierce

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton

Enjoy life every day, and remember, it's not a dress rehearsal.

Everybody grows old, but not everybody grows up.

A positive attitude will not solve your problems, but it will annoy those who cause them.

Energy rightly applied can accomplish anything. Nellie Bly

The world is full of magical things waiting patiently for our wits to grow sharper. Eden Phillpots

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth. G.C. Lichtenberg

The tolerance of ambiguity is the beginning of knowledge.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller

I must be the luckiest man alive. Lou Gehrig

We must have the courage to bet on our dreams, to take the calculated risk and leave behind the eternal forces that hold us down.

Do not pray for an easy life. Pray to be a strong person.

The year's at the spring, the day's at the morn, the lark's on the wing, the snail's on the thorn. God's in his heaven, all's right with the world. Robert Browning

Before I had children, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories. Lord Rothschild

The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and to know the place for the first time. TS Eliot

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

And now, with all due respect to my father, who has, for as long as I can remember, had a stack of papers on his desk that is at least as high as the stack on mine: When I get to feeling flustered with all the papers around me, I am only ever-so-slightly consoled to think of Dad's desk and these words on a note thumbtacked to the shelf above: A neat desk is the sign of a sick mind.

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