Friday, November 30, 2007

Isaac Asimov in "Intelligence" wrote:

"...I had an auto-repair man once, who, on these intelligence tests, could not possibly have scored more than 80...Yet, when anything went wrong with my car I hastened to him with it, watched him anxiously...listened to his pronouncements as though they were divine oracles- and he always fixed my car....
My intelligence, then, is not absolute but is a function of the society I live in and of the fact that a small subsection of that society has managed to foist on the rest as an arbiter of such matters."

photo by Tom Mascardo

Saturday, November 24, 2007

On nonverbal communication, Ronald B. Adler and Neil Towne in "Looking In, Looking out 9th Ed." wrote:

"This impossibility of not communicating is extremely important to understand because it means that each of us is a kind of transmitter that cannot be shut off. No matter what we do, we give off information about ourselves."

photo by s-a-m.

Carl T. Rowan in "Unforgettable Miss Bessie" wrote:

"But do you know what really takes guts? Refusing to lower your standards to those of the crowd."

photo by elroySF

Friday, November 23, 2007

George Orwell in "A Hanging" wrote(describing a man on death row walking to the site of execution):

"He walked clumsily with bound arms...And once, in spite of the men who gripped him by each shoulder, he stepped slightly aside to avoid a puddle on the path.

It is curious, but till that moment I have never realized what it means to destroy a healthy, conscious man. When I saw the prisoner step aside to avoid the puddle, I saw the mystery, the unspeakable wrongness, of cutting a life short when it is in full tide. This man was not dying, he was alive just as we were alive.

...He and we were a party of men walking together, seeing, hearing...the same world; and in two minutes, one of us would be gone--one mind less, one world less."

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Leslie Savan in "Slam Dunks and No-Brainers:Pop Language in Your Life, the Media, and Like...Whatever" wrote:

"Trends overlap, shrink, bulge, and shrink again....

Not only is it impossible to always keep up-to-date, but the compulsion to do so make you look like a fool...

Always riding the cutting edge not only can produce some nasty burns, it's much less interesting than understanding the long-lasting stuff."

photo by porcelaingirl

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Agnes Catherine Poirier in "Touche" said:

"Politeness is good...but too much of it verges on hypocrisy."

Monday, November 12, 2007

From "Come Be My Follower" by Watch Tower:

"To not simply a matter of experiencing inescapable hardship...Endurance involves steadfastness, keeping the right mental attitude and a hopeful outlook in the face of trials."

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Jim Collins and Jerry Porras in " Built to Last" wrote:

"...the continuity of superb individuals atop visionary companies stems from companies being outstanding organizations, not the other way around."

their site is here

photo by uwdigitalcollections

Charlotte Bronte in "Jane Eyre" wrote:

"...there are grains of truth in the wildest fable."

From "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte:

"The act pleased me, as it lifted me out of the passivity of my existence."

(said Jane Eyre after helping someone in distress)

photo by ivanatm