31 August 2010


Know thyself - any one of three Greek philosophers, according to Wiki


I'm sorry.  My connection seems to have molasses in it right now and I'm getting net-rage from waiting for pages to load.  Imagine a nice image and some wise words here and carry on, please.


30 August 2010


Freedom from Want - Norman Rockwell
Charity is a cold grey loveless thing. If a rich man wants to help the poor, he should pay his taxes gladly, not dole out money at a whim…………..………In a civilised community, although it may be composed of self-reliant individuals, there will be some persons who will be unable at some period of their lives to look after themselves, and the question of what is to happen to them may be solved in three ways - they may be neglected, they may be cared for by the organised community as of right, or they may be left to the goodwill of individuals in the community. The first way is intolerable, and as for the third: Charity is only possible without loss of dignity between equals. A right established by law, such as that to an old age pension, is less galling than an allowance made by a rich man to a poor one, dependent on his view of the recipient’s character, and terminable at his caprice.

-Clement Atlee

29 August 2010


WPA poster, 1940 
Those who control their passions do so beause their passions are weak enough to be controlled.
-William Blake

28 August 2010


I have often laughed at the weaklings who think themselves good because their claws are blunt! - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

27 August 2010


Roman Woman, 1906 
A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.
-William James

26 August 2010


You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit.

25 August 2010



Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

24 August 2010


Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.
-Louis D. Brandeis

23 August 2010


No clue.  But isn't it pretty? 

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
-Edward Everett

22 August 2010


Blue Morpho 

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.
-Thomas Paine

21 August 2010


Valley in Tibet 
None are so busy as the fool and the knave.
-John Dryden

20 August 2010


Chimqs Tull - Moy Sutherland

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
-Publius Syrus

19 August 2010


Penblwydd Hapus, Annetan!

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Henry Ford

18 August 2010


Moon and planets over Portugal - Miguel Claro, NASA photo of the day

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
-Mark Twain

17 August 2010


Dresden, 1906

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

16 August 2010


Chachi tree frogs

There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

15 August 2010


The Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim (Credit: The Mister, July 2010)

It is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine. - PG Wodehouse

14 August 2010


Repentent Magdalene - Caravaggio

Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.
-William Shakespeare

13 August 2010


Kao Pun Temple Waterfalls, Thailand

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
-George Bernard Shaw

12 August 2010



Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
-John F. Kennedy

11 August 2010


Bow Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.
-Dietrich Bonhöffer

10 August 2010


Klaatu barada nikto.
-Patricia Neal, The Day the Earth Stood Still

09 August 2010


Alpine marmot, Austria - uncredited

I think that God, in creating Man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
-Oscar Wilde

08 August 2010


Angkor Wat - uncredited

Charity sees the need, not the cause.
-German proverb  

07 August 2010


Aurora borealis - Guillermo Gonzalez

Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass.

-Michel de Montaigne

06 August 2010


Hiroshima 07/08/45 - photographer unknown

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.
-Benjamin Franklin

05 August 2010


Burano, Venice, Italy - uncredited

What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.

-Paul Valery

04 August 2010


Adelie penguin - uncredited

Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.
-Robert Green Ingersoll

03 August 2010


Victoria Falls - uncredited

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
-Dave Barry

02 August 2010


Panama Tanager - Uncredited

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.

-B. F. Skinner 

01 August 2010


Bacchanalia - Nicolas Poussin

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

-Bertrand Russell