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All creativity starts with a belief in humanity.

Everyone wants to write the epic poem,
but alas, who wants to read the damn thing?

Anything old enough is interesting.

An artist should only be obsessed with
the last few works of his or her life.

The reason most people can't see God is that
they either look too close or too far.

Anyone who sits in a bar and considers the rows of bottles before their eyes, realizes that if they drink them all they will die.
Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out of it alive.

I don't hate my enemies. After all, I made 'em. -Ibid

You don't stop playing because you get old. You get old because you stop playing.
-Bumper Sticker

If life were easy, anybody could do it.
-Elizabeth Burton

Elizabeth Burton
Good Advice from Kids:

Never trust a dog to watch your food.
-Patrick, age 10

Don't pull dad's finger when he tells you to.
-Emily, 10

When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair.
-Taylia, 11

Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a tic tac.

Never hold a dust buster and a cat at the same time.
-Kyoyo, 9

You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
- Armir, 9

Felt markers are not good to use as lipstick.
-Lauren, 9

When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she's on the phone.
-Alyesha, 13

Never try to baptize a cat.
-Eileen, 8
Lynn Powell/Kim Barney
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't. A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, and she does.
Mark Zastrow
Surely it is important that the moral truths which make freedom possible should be passed on to each new generation. Every generation needs to know that freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
Pope John Paul II, October 9, 1995
at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Greg Mueller
Never bolt your door with a cooked carrot.
-Ben Franklin
Tobin James Mueller
Now that I'm older, here's what I've discovered:
(submitted without citations)

It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.

I started out with nothing, I still have most of it.

Only time the world beats a path to your door is if you're in the bathroom.

I finally got my head together, now my body is falling apart.

It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.

Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant.

Kids in the back seat cause accidents; accidents in the back seat cause kids.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

Lynn Powell/Kim Barney
There is more music to be found in poetry and in the quiet contemplation of nature, than in studying music itself.
-John Williams, composer
Chris Mueller
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?

Being listened to is so close to being loved
that most people cannot tell the difference.

-David Oxberg

It is what we think we know already
that often prevents us from learning.

-Claude Bernard

Every man I meet is in some way my superior,
and I can learn from him.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind.
-Kahil Gibran

Charles Powell, Coach
Cowboy Sayings:

Never ask a man the size of his spread.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.

If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering someone else's dog around.

A man with an edgy smile is like a dog with a wagging tail: he's not happy, he's nervous.

Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.

Remain independent of any source of income that will deprive you of your personal liberties.

Trust everybody in the game, but always cut the cards.

You can just about always stand more than you think you can.

Always try to be a bit nicer than is called for, but don't take too much guff.

Only a buzzard feeds on his friends.

Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse.

Don't let so much reality into your life that there's no room left for dreaming.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Don't get mad at somebody who knows more than you do. It ain't their fault.

It's best to keep your troubles pretty much to yourself, because half the people you'd tell them to won't give a damn, and the other half will be glad to hear you've got them.

No matter who says what, don't believe it if it don't make sense.

Toast's Humor Archive
God grant me the Senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

It's not hard to meet expenses ... they're everywhere.

If all is not lost, where is it?.

I wish the buck stopped here. I sure could use a few ...
Lynn Powell/Kim Barney
(submitted without citations)
One friend, one person who is truly understanding,who takes the trouble to listen to us as we consider our problem, can change our whole outlook on the world.
- Dr. Elton Mayo
Charles Powell, Coach
The one who lies to himself and believes his own lies comes to a point where he can distinguish no truth either within himself or around him, and thus enters into a state of disrespect towards himself and others. Respecting no one, he loves no one, and to amuse and divert himself in the absence of love, he gives himself up to his passions and his vulgar delights and becomes a complete animal in his vices, and all of it from lying to other people and himself.
-From Dostoyevsky´s ´´The Brothers Karamazov´´
Chris Mueller
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.


Work like you don't need money,
love like you've never been hurt,
and dance like no one is watching.


We convince ourselves that life will be better when…

The truth is, there's no better time than right now.

Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.

"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin, real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten to first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life could begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." -Alfred D. Souza

Stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until the 1st or 15th, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink, until you've sobered up, until you die…to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.

Susan Rabideau
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. - Malcolm S. Forbes
Geoffrey Swetz
When we walk to the edge of all the light that we know and look out into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen: there will be something solid for us to stand on -or- God will teach us to fly. -anonymous
Bjorn Størm
We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving Grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
-Abraham Lincoln
Chris Mueller
If we don't experience life as all the ultimate possibilities it really is, if we categorize it, catalogue it and stuff it into compartments labeled sacred and profane, we gradually succumb to acedia, a deathlike state which poses as existence. Acedia is the goddess of depression, sadness, and false angels of hope, like Prozac. Acedia is also the goddess of inertia, the death knell for humanity. She sees to it that even as we try to awaken, we remain mind-numbingly asleep to the beauty and purpose of life. She dulls our senses so we live safe and separate from nature, in dwellings which off-gas and poison us, surrounded by toxic lawns and asphalt. She and her consort, Lord GNP, whisper to us that trees are mere commodities, resources for economic growth, fodder for "necessities" like Pampers and McDonalds. And under their spell we pave paradise, put up parking lots, cut our own lifelines, and call it progress.
-Carolyne Pion (from her Ecommunion)
F.D. Simmone
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