Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue. ~Eugene O'Neill, The Great God Brown , 1926
"I have concluded libraries are very dangerous places, and you librarians are the keepers of the freedom."
-- Diane Rehm, Tri-City Herald, April 20, 2007.
"...the commonplace of Laughter..."
-- Mary Stewart, Nine Coaches Waiting
"We were born to remember . . . that's what we're here for."
-- Heinrich Böll
"On my knees I beg you to turn away from the paths of violence and to
return to the ways of peace. Violence destroys the work of justice.
Only peace can lead the way to true justice."
-- Pope John Paul II
"There would have been a time for such a word
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to ay
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
-- Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V, Scene V
"Out flew the web and floated wide
The mirror cracked from side to side;
'The curse is come upon me,' cried
The Lady of Shallot."
-- Alfred, Lord Tennyson. "The Lady of Shallot"
"For day falls and life fails if loveliness should fail."
-- Bernice Kenyon, "Sigrid's Song"
"Trust only unbought things,
Men with quiet eyes
And women with open faces."
-- Charles Angoff, "Baccalaureate Sermon"
"Information Wants To Be Free. Information also wants to be expensive. Information wants to be free because it has become so cheap to distribute, copy, and recombine---too cheap to meter. It wants to be expensive because it can be immeasurably valuable to the recipient. That tension will not go away. It leads to endless wrenching debate about price, copyright, 'intellectual property', the moral rightness of casual distribution, because each round of new devices makes the tension worse, not better." -- Stewart Brand, The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at MIT
"He searched the Orangery, where Gibbon had scratched out a semicolon in the famous last paragraph of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , before presenting the eighth volume to the Duke of Gloucester – who had observed affably: ‘Another damned thick book! Always scribble, scribble, scribble! Eh, Mr. Gibbon?' ... "
-- T.H. White, Mistress Masham's Repose
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
- John Adams
"Well, it seems like a miracle to be able to look forward - to - to see all the minutes in front of one come hopping along with something marvelous in them, instead of just saying, Well, that one didn't actually hurt and the next may be quite bearable if only something beastly doesn't come pouncing out ."
--Dorothy L. Sayers, Busman's Honeymoon
"In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim."
-- Linton Weeks, Washington Post, Jan. 13, 2001.
"All through life, you'll make mistakes. You'll fail at things you try
hard to do and want to do very much. Think about it. The only people who
do not fail are those who never try to do anything. But too much frustration
can kill your dream. Check the warning signs. If you get so frustrated
that you cry, that you cannot do what you can normally do, that you are
not having fun, that you begin to get down on yourself and doubt your own
abilities; then step back, take a break, and regroup."
-- a karate teacher quoted in the parents' section of American Girl (?) magazine
"Is it really a surprise when a librarian finds something?"
-- Karen G. Schneider, Director, Librarians' Index to the Internet
As the cauldron bubbled an eldritch voice shrieked, "When shall we three meet again?"
There was a pause.
Finally another voice said, in far more ordinary tones: "Well, I can do next Tuesday."
-- Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters
"Oh, obvious," said Granny. "I'll grant you it's
obvious. Trouble is, just because things are obvious doesn't mean
Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters
"We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. How do you recognize something that is still technology? A good clue is if it comes with a manual."
Douglas Adams. The Salmon of Doubt.
"As a general rule, librarians are a kick in the pants socially, often full of good humor, progressive, and naturally, well read. They tend to be generalists who know so much about so many things that they are quite the opposite of the boring old poops they have been made out to be. Most of them are full of life, some even full of the devil." -- Bill Hall, editorial page editor, Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune, Sept. 9, 2001.
"I did not say anything. I was always embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious, and sacrifice and the expression in vain. We had heard them, sometimes standing in the rain almost out of earshot, so that only the shouted words came through, and had read them, on proclamations that were slapped up by billposters over other proclamations, now for a long time, and I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards of Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it. There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Certain numbers were the same way and certain dates and these with the names of places were all you could say and have them mean anything. Abstract words such as glory, honour, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates."
-- Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
"Oh it's all too much, too grim, too lovely, too -- how should I put this? It's general chaos." -- Edward Gorey
-- Dorothy Parker
Girls do what their mothers tell them to do. Ladies do what society tells them to do. Women decide for themselves.
In such cases as these, a good memory is unpardonable.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
"Miss Dashwood," cried Willoughby, "you are now using me
unkindly. You are endeavouring to disarm me by reason, and to
convince me against my will."
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
I'm sorry, I thought you wanted the truth. Perhaps you were expecting jelly and ice cream?
Terry Pratchett, Carpe Jugulum
Turning men into pigs is no particular feat. The real exercise is getting pigs to write checks.
Gregory Frost, "The Root of the Matter"
All [people] are intolerant.... Only they're intolerant of different things.
Joan D. Vinge, The Snow Queen
Those who are happy tend to have people who make them feel good, not goods to make them feel like people.
"My mum's uncle was a sailor," said Nobby. "But after the big plague he
got press-ganged. Bunch of farmers got him drunk, the next morning he
woke up chained to a plough."
-- Terry Pratchett, Jingo
"More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of, therefore let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day,
For what are men better than sheep or goats,
That nourish a blind life within the brain.
If knowing God they lift not those hands of prayer,
Both for themselves and those who call them friends!
For so the whole round earth is every way
Bound by golden chains about the feet of God."
-- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
"Whatsoever might be the extent of the private calamity, I hope it will
not interfere with the public business of the country."
-- Richard Brinsley Sheridan
"Librarians, Dusty, possess a vast store of politeness. These are people who get asked regularly the dumbest questions on God's green earth. These people tolerate every kind of crank and eccentric and mouth-breather there is."
--Garrison Keillor, "Lives of the Cowboys"
"For of those to whom much is given, much is required. And when at some future date the high court of history sits in judgement on each of us-- recording whether in our brief span of service we fulfilled our responsibilities to the state-- our success or failure, in whatever office we hold, will be measured by the answers to four questions.
First, were we truly men of courage-- with the courage to stand up to one's enemies-- and the courage to stand up, when necessary, to one's associates-- the courage to resist public pressure, as well as private greed?
Secondly, were we truly men of judgement-- with perceptive judgement of the future as well as the past-- of our mistakes as well as the mistakes of others-- with enough wisdom to know what we did not know and enough candor to admit it.
Third, were we truly men of integrity-- men who never ran out on the principles in which we believed or the men who believed in us-- men whom neither financial gain nor political ambition could ever divert from the fulfillment of our sacred trust?
Finally, were we truly men of dedication-- with an honor mortgaged to no single individual or group, and comprised of no private obligation or aim, but devoted solely to serving the public good and the national interest?"
-- John F. Kennedy, speech to the Massachusetts legislature, January 9, 1961.
"The Reference Librarian
from Song of the Library Staff by Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911)
I'd be much happier if my love life resembled falconry less.
"No taste of food, no feel of water, no sound of wind, no memory of tree or grass or flower, no image of moon or star are left to me. I am naked in the dark, Sam, and there is no veil between me and the wheel of fire. I begin to see it even with my waking eyes, and all else fades."
-- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
"If I were in the President's place, I would not get a chance to resign.
I would be lying in a pool of my own blood hearing Mrs. Armey, standing
over me, saying 'How do I reload this damn thing?'" - Representative
"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be research, would it?" - Albert Einstein (I don't have a source for this)
"We are often considered society's gatekeepers, but librarians are actually
the gateways. We are the one profession dedicated to ensuring the right
to know. We must never lose sight of this mission despite the seductive
siren songs of our information age's mythology."
-- Patricia Glass Schuman
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who errs, and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." - The Man in The Arena by Theodore Roosevelt (1910)
"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares
that it is his duty."
-- GB Shaw, _Caesar and Cleopatra_
"Helen doesn't nag. She just mentions the hell out of things."
"My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you.... What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?" -- Audre Lourde
History celebrates the battle-fields whereon we meet our death, but scorns
to speak of the ploughed fields whereby we thrive; it knows the names
of the kings' bastards, but cannot tell the origin of wheat.
---J. H. Fabre
"I am in a
corner without being back[ed?] there and often come out fighting."
-- James Thurber, 1960 interview with Life
"If they say it can't be done, it doesn't always work out that way."
-- Yogi Berra
"In the early
years of the nineteenth century, Columbus won out, as state capital, by
one vote over Lancaster, and ever since then has had the hallucination
that it is being followed, a curious municipal state of mind which affects,
in some way or other, all those who live there. Columbus is a town in which
almost anything is likely to happen and in which almost everything has."
-- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times
As William (Holly) Whyte said, "It's hard to design a space that will
not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished."
-- Project for Public Spaces, http://www.pps.org/11steps.html
"As a soldier
I was never any good at all ... Once General Littlefield, who was commandant
of the cadet corps, popped up in front of me during regimental drill and
snapped, 'You are the main trouble with this university!' I think he meant
that my type was the main trouble with the university but he may have meant
-- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times
Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child
of time; ere long she shall appear to vindicate thee.
The medieval monk Caesarius of Heisterbach tells of a Cistercian lay brother
who was once heard praying: "Lord," he said, "if Thou free me not from
this temptation, I will complain of Thee to Thy mother."
Caesarius of Heisterbach (c. 1170-c. 1240), Cistercian monk and chronicler
With apologies to Michael Frayn:
"Now I know how the gods felt when they sat out there in the darkness creating the Net."
"And how did they feel, love?" "Very pleased they'd taken their Valium..."
"One of the biggest arguments against treating your employees like two-year-olds
is that two-year-olds swing a mean brick. " -- Me
exits and entrances of my thirties have moved me several times to some
thought of spending the rest of my days wandering aimlessly around the
South Seas, like a character out of Conrad, silent and inscrutable. But
the necessity for frequent visits to my oculist and dentist has prevented
this...Nobody from Columbus has ever made a first rate wanderer in the
Conradean tradition. Some of them have been fairly good at disappearing
for a few days to turn up in a hotel in Louisville with a bad headache
and no recollection of how they got there..."
--- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times
"I'm just not a nice person. I never claimed to be a nice person. I've
TRIED being a nice person, and it never worked. It's a pity, but there
it is." -- Me
LADY JANE STARKER: "All right, gentlemen. It seems you need a little inspiration
to get this project moving. How big a fire is required, and how far up
your asses do you want it?"
"I do my job. I refuse to responsible for other people's managerial hallucinations."
Lady Jemina Starker
"Arthur," she said with venomous calm, "someday someone is going to hit
you with something very large and heavy, and I want to be there to see
"Look," she said tiredly, "the next time you decide to rearrange reality,
let me know beforehand, alright? I'll take vacation someplace quiet, like
"Not living in the real world will substantially reduce the portability
of your code." -- Unknown
There are many games that people play. Of these, perhaps the most insidious
is the game called 'Let's play it safe'. It sounds like a fine game. The
theory goes that if you cautiously avoid taking a risk, causing an upset
or making a mistake - you will never look foolish. Nobody will be able to
accuse you of having 'got it wrong'. People who play this game though, end
up leading dull, flat, ordinary lives. They avoid the pitfalls but they
also miss out on life's grand, exciting opportunities.
-- Jonathan Cainer, astrologist.
"My employers pay me money to put up with them. What makes you think I'll
put up with you for free?" L. Starker
"You want dancing asparagus? Fine. I'll give you dancing asparagus." --
Lady Jadwiga Starker, webmaster to Galactic Emperor Ralf V
"You said you wanted a wooly mammoth, Admiral. You didn't say you wanted
it COOKED." - Lady Jane Starker
"(Lissen, George W. Bush plays solitaire; I assemble book lists. Sometimes
a guy's gotta zone out.)" -- Phil Agre.
"In sufficient quantity, cookies have an amazing ability to get the other guy to see what you're trying to do, understand why you're doing it, and how it fits into the overall scheme of things. That's when you'll get the "Oh, sure, I can do that" or "Here's an even better way to do that" reaction."
-- Thomas Dowling
"If the Net *is* a library, then it's adding a new wing today (overnight),
while removing another; and all the books at the Reserve Desk are being
moved to a new location; the online catalog is being augmented by three
new tools, (one of which is free, one of which was written by the new person
in Dept. A); the entire phono disk collection just disappeared; any number
of users can simultaneously check out the latest issue of the Journal of
Obscure Chemistry; the Reference department works at home now, and we just
discovered 10,000 new books in a part of the library that we swear wasn't
there yesterday. And tomorrow will be different..."
-- Rick Gates
History celebrates the battlefields whereon we meet our death, but scorns
to speak of the plowed fields whereby we thrive. It knows the names of
the king's bastards but cannot tell us the origin of wheat. This is the
way of human folly."
-- Jean-Henri Fabre
"Chumps always make the best husbands. When you marry, Sally, grab a chump. Tap his forehead first, and if it rings solid, don't hesitate. All the unhappy marriages come from the husbands having brains. What good are brains to a man? They only unsettle him. "
P.G. Wodehouse, The Adventures of Sally
"Democracy depends on an informed society. Goodness is its own reward in Heaven. Here on earth we lobby. "
quoted by Eliot Shelkrot, director, Free Library of Philadelphia
There is always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat, plausible, and wrong.
H.L. Mencken, "The Divine Afflatus"
"We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing
uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can't think what anybody
sees in them."
-- Bilbo Baggins, in _The Hobbit_ by J.R.R. Tolkien
The daughter-in-law of Pythagoras said that a woman who goes to bed with
a man ought to lay aside her modesty with her skirt, and put it on again
with her petticoat.
"...And there's no one to hear/ so you might as well scream/
They never woke up from the American Dream/
They don't understand/ what they don't see/
And they look through you/ and they look past me..."
Bed is the poor man's opera -- Italian Proverb
Seagull Manager - A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, dumps
over everything and then leaves.
I'm pure as the driven slush. -- Tallulah Bankhead
When I'm good, I'm very very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better. -Mae
West, in _I'm_No_Angel_
But she knew that she had encountered one of the more devastating kinds of loneliness in existence: that of being in close contact with someone to whom she was a nonperson, and who thereby rendered her invisible and of no consequence.
Dorothy Gilman, _Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish_
"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."
-- Sir Winston Churchill
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in a moment of reasoned lucidity which is almost unique among its current tally of five million, nine hundred and seventy-three thousand, five hundred and nine pages, says of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation products that "it is very easy to be blinded to the essential uselessness of them by the sense of achievement you get from getting them to work at all.
In other words--and this is the rock-solid principle on which the whole of the Corporation's Galaxywide success is founded--their fundamental design flaws are completely hidden by their superficial design flaws."
--p. 177, Douglas Adams, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish. NY: Pocket
A man when he is making up to anybody can be cordial and gallant and full
of little attentions and altogether charming. But when a man is really
in love, he can't help looking like a sheep.-- Agatha Christie, _Mystery
of the Blue Train_
"Every human has a zone in which he is neither too close nor too distant for easy conversation, but comfortable. This zone varies from one culture to another and when men of two cultures meet, one may place himself on the far side of a desk in order to be at ease, and the other may unconciously climb over the desk in pursuit of greater intimacy."
- Alexei Panshin
"Well," the Goddess said, "your heart didn't heal straight the last time it broke. So we'll break it again and reset it so it heals straight this time."
Diane Duane. _Door into Shadow_
"The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything
-- William Sloan Coffin
...a few lines about the great and ancient invention you hold in your hand, the Book itself.
Slow to hatch, as durable as a turtle, light and shapely as befits a descendant of the tree. Closed, the objet d'book resembles a board. Open, its pale wings brush the fingertips, the spore of fresh ink and pulp excites the nose, the spine lies easily in the hand. A handsome useful object begotten by the passion for truth.
Garrison Keillor, back cover of We are Still Married
"I think we should adjourn now [. . .] the country is safer when we're not in session."
-- Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) on C-SPAN
"Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can
Librarians: The truck drivers of the Information Superhighway.
"A mistress never is or can be a friend. While you agree, you are lovers;
and when it is over, anything but friends." - Lord Byron
Don't ever allow another to determine your worth because they're always going to be dealing with foreign currency and they'll never get the conversion right.
Jennifer Middleton, _The Brown and White_, 10/31/97
" No man can be friends with a woman he finds attractive. He always wants
to have sex with her. Sex is always out there. Friendship is ultimately
doomed and that is the end of the story." - Nora Ephron. _When Harry Met
"When her mouth moves, pay attention, words could be coming out. Words
are kind of important." -- Dennis Miller, _The Rants_
When picking out toys for children, consider how they will feel embedded
into the sole of your bare foot when they leave it on the floor.
- Aunt Bunny
The Bunny Poem
- Pam Ayres:
I am a bunny rabbit,
Sitting in me hutch,
I like to sit up this end,
I don't care for that end, much,
I'm glad tomorrow's Thursday,
'Cause with a bit of luck,
As far as I remember,
That's the day they pass the buck.
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet
hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare,
sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole,
and that means comfort. - The Hobbit
"But the only soldier now is me/I'm fighting things I cannot see/ I think
it's called my destiny/And I am changing...." -- Suzanne Vega
Comment is free, but facts are on expenses. -- Tom Stoppard
"As he told the story later: he swerved out to avoid the oncoming hot-dog
stand only to see an aged admiral in full dress uniform riding toward
him, out of the old wood road, on a tricycle, which had no head-light.
In trying to go in between the hot-dog stand and the tricycle, Thurberg
somehow managed to get his car crosswise of all three roads, resulting
in the cracking up of six other cars and the truck."
-- James Thurber
"'I wish I were an African nation,' Kate said. 'It must be so comforting
to think of oneself as emerging.'" Amanda Cross, _Poetic_Justice_
The three prayers to Bree Amal, Goddess of the keepers of disorderly houses:
-- May these events not involve Thy servant.
-- May these events not cost Thy servant money.
-- May these events leave no trace of themselves upon Thy servant's memory.
"Librarians are the secret masters of the world. They control information.
Don't ever piss one off." -- Spider Robinson, _The Callahan Touch_
"Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility." -- James Thurber
"One has but to observe a community of beavers at work in a stream to
understand the loss in his sagacity, balance, co-operation, competence, and
purpose which Man has suffered since he rose up on his hind legs. He began
to chatter and he developed Reason, Thought, and Imagination, qualities which
would get the smartest group of rabbits or orioles in the world into inextricable
trouble overnight. "
-- James Thurber, Fables for Our Time
"If you've lived a bad life, they send you to Hell. But if you've been
truly _wicked_, they give you a tour of Heaven first..." - Spider Robinson,
Being afraid of governments when they have access to computers is like
being afraid of very big gorillas, especially when they are on fire /
"What are the facts? Again and again and again--what are the _facts_?
Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what 'the stars foretell,'
avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable
'verdict of history,'--what are the facts, and to how many decimal places?
You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your only clue. Get
-- Robert Heinlein, Time Enough For Love
"And how else should an angel land on earth but with the utmost difficulty?
If we are to be visited by angels we will have to call them down with
sweat and strain, we will have to drag them out of the skies, and the
efforts we expend to draw the heavens to an earthly place may well leave
us too exhausted to appreciate the fruits of our labors: an angel, even
with torn robes, and ruffled feathers, is in our midst." -- Tony Kushner
The border between the Real and the Unreal is not fixed, but just marks
the last place where rival gangs of shamans fought each other to a standstill.
"Not the man who used to make such particularly excellent fireworks! I
remember those! Old Took used to have them on Midsummer's Eve. Splendid!
They used to go up like great lilies and snapdragons and laburnums of fire
and hang in the twilight all evening!" The Hobbit
"Chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely
'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll
get a sense of motion without moving."
-- Ray Bradbury, _Farenheit 451_
Pooh's Law of Self-Discovery: Eliminate all the outside influences, and
whatever remains, however improbable, must be yourself.
"Indeed, the Government's asserted "failure" of the Internet rests on
the implicit premise that too much speech occurs in that medium, and that
speech there is too available to the participants."
-- From the restraining order June 12, 1996 on ACLU v. Reno re: CDA
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?" Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. We are born to manifest the Glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
"Love was a terrible thing. You poisoned it and stabbed at it and knocked it down into the mud-- well down-- and it got up and staggered on, bleeding and muddy and awful. Like-- like Rasputin."
Jean Rhys, _Quartet_ "
Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity
with someone who has ceased to communicate." -- Germaine Greer
"Information wants to be a Socialist... not a Communist or a Republican."
- Karen Schneider
"I don't like problems that can't be solved with a stick."
-- Kate Jones
"...the only way to get a straight answer out of Ranger One was to look at each reply in a mirror while hanging upside down from the ceiling." "Did it work?" "Oddly enough, yes...or after a while you passed out and had a vision. Either way the result was pretty much the same."
Marcus & Sheridan--BABYLON 5: WAR WITHOUT END.
"Dogs are insecure and neurotic and agitated, and generally in the throes
of some unbecoming emotion, and I like them."
- Adair Lara
``Perhaps one of the more important magical tools you will need to obtain
in your initial pursuit of magical secrets is a Library Card. You may
already have one of these powerful devices. If not, proceed to your local
public library and perform their appropriate ritual.''
"I'm sittin' here drinkin',/ thinkin' 'bout my man
I know that I should quit him; I can't say I can.
I love the man I'm seeing But he doesn't treat me right.
I go to see my baby, Each and every night
Hopin' this time... This time it'll be alright.
I know that I should quit him. He's mean as snakes and more.
I ought to get a shotgun, bar him from my door.
I'd be better off without him-- I know cause i'm not blind:
Just a little hard of seein' and little soft of mind
Hopin'... Hopin' it'll be all right this time.
He isn't sweet and gentle, Doesn't treat me like he should
I'm no good for my baby, and my baby ain't no good.
I swear I'm gonna leave him -- Tomorrow would be just fine
But it never is tomorrow. I just keep on tryin'
To make it alright... Make it alright this time."
"If one by one we counted people out For the least sin, it wouldn't take
us long To get so that we had no one left to live with. For to be social
is to be forgiving. " -- Robert Frost, "The Star-Splitter"
"Bear, you know that "thin line between love and hate"? When other people
cross it, they end up on ONE side of it!" -- Ratnose
"In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the
learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that
no longer exists." --Al Rogers
"Look, it's only death. It's not like losing your hair or your money.
I don't have to live with it." -- Harold Brodkey, _This Wild Darkness: The
Story of My Death_
"The key to a monopoly is to get in the middle of an intersection and charge rent." -- Newt Gingrich
Newt's Corollary: "If, in fact, people invent new intersections at a rate
faster than a monopoly can charge rent for the old one, monopolies dramatically
lose their meaning."
"I will crawl through my past, over stones, blood and glass... in the
ruins. Reaching under the fence, as I try to make sense... in the ruins..."
Melissa Etheridge, "In the Ruins"
"They don't listen to your reasons, original as sin: Deny all that you're feeling and they will bring you home again. As you pray, in your darkness, for wings to set you free, You are bound to your silent legacy..."
"Once they gave you answers, now they give you hell. They never understand, they wonder where did they go wrong, How could you be so selfish, why can't you get along? And as you pray, in your darkness, for wings to set you free, You are bound to your silent legacy."
Melissa Etheridge, "Silent Legacy"
"Bad Command. Bad, Bad Command! Sit! Stay!" -- Bumpersticker
Some important tips: "It'll do" won't. "Close enough" isn't. "Let it slide"
sticks. "For now" lasts forever. Take note of them; there will be a test
"I'm tired of words and I'm too hoarse to shout, But you been cold to
me so long I'm crying icicles instead of tears."
'I feel so unloved..and the person who is doing it is myself. How do you
learn to love yourself when you have disappointed yourself?'
"It's tough, but for me the answer is usually, "because self-forgiveness sucks less than self-hatred."'
"Real programmers don't comment on their code. If it was hard to write,
it should be hard to understand." -Unknown
"You must give birth to yourself, My daughter, before you can mother a
-- Diana Paxson, _The White Raven_
Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way.
-- Danielle Vare
".. objections to the evils of political correctness have become a hypocritical reflex that lets people justify all kinds of rude behavior while telling themselves that they're actually standing up for freedom and values and tradition and stuff."
-- Phil Agre, author, Red Rock Eater News Service.
There is nothing so powerful as truth-- and often nothing so strange."
-- Daniel Webster
There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity
and accomplishment. . .
-- Norman Vincent Peale
* I've found I now dream in Perl. More worryingly, I enjoy those dreams.
* John "Jim'll" Knight
"Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western
(1) Made it up
(2) Had read a lot of stuff that other people had made up, too"
Terry Pratchett, _Lords and Ladies'_
Once you have a sense of organization, however casual, you can . . . begin to examine the information from different vantage points, which will enable you to understand the relationship between bodies of information. Ask yourself: How can I look at this information? Can I move back from it? Can it be made to look smaller? Can I see it in context? Can I get closer to it so it is not recognizable based on my previous image of the subject? Can I look at the detail?
Whatever problems you have in life . . . can be illuminated by asking these questions. How can I pull myself out of the situation? How do I see it by changing scale? How can I look at the problem from different vantage points? How do I divide it into smaller pieces? How can I arrange and rearrange these pieces to shed new light on the problem?
Each vantage point, each mode of organization will create a new structure. And each new structure will enable you to see a different meaning, acting as a new method of classification from which the whole can be grasped and understood.
Richard Saul Wurman. Information Anxiety 2.
“Freyvid took up the word, and spoke. "My brother Thorvid, who is considered to be the wisest of us brothers, holds the words `quarrelsome, greedy, jealous, dull,' to be one and the same thing; for it applies to him who is weary of peace, longs for small things without attaining them, while he lets great and useful things pass away as they came." (OH, c.96)
"Somebody has said that Woman's place is in the wrong. That's fine. What the wrong needs is a woman's presence and a woman's touch. She is far better equipped than men to set it right. The condescending male, in his pride of strength, likes to think of the female as being 'soft, soft as snow,' but just wait till he gets hit by the snowball. Almost any century now Woman may lose her patience with black politics and red war and let fly. I wish I could be on earth then to witness the saving of our self destructive species by its greatest creative force."
Few people think about the noble role that librarians play. Our ability to collect, organize, and preserve the voices and observations of those who came before us is critical to our continued survival as a species. The story of Babel is a metaphor for what later happened at Alexandria; a reminder that we all suffer when we lose our ability to pass lessons to future generations.
It is possible for a single person to memorize the Quran and pass it on to others, but word-of-mouth is not enough to perpetuate the bulk of knowledge that enables the planet to support six billion people today. Without written language and our knowledge stewards, we would have to eliminate many billions of people, because we wouldn't be able to maintain the capabilities that support them all.
Again, the Internet has had a profound impact on our ability to preserve our collective memory, but we are still very fragile. A true librarian has vivid memories of Babel and Alexandria (when we also considered ourselves invincible), and lives the motto 'never again!'. The first lesson of history (that we must learn and never repeat) is that history lost is humanity lost.
Joshua Allen, in Better Living Through Software, January 4, 2003 http://www.netcrucible.com/blog/2003/01/04.html#a265
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger.
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine.
And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle
man's ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.
-Kahil Gibran, The Prophet