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An Ear Of Happy Accidents

To the man with an ear for verbal delicacies  –  the man who searches painfully for the perfect word and puts the way of saying a thing above the thing said  –  there is the constant joy of sudden discovery, of happy accident.
  –  Henry Louis Mencken
From “A Book of Prefaces
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2013 Powerful Substitute
2012 Heroes Restored
2011 As You Should

A Full Man

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.  Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.  Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others; but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books, else distilled books are like common distilled waters, flashy things.  Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.  And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit: and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know, that he doth not.
  –   Francis Bacon
From “On Studies
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2013 Off Defending The Universe
Taking Precautions
2012 Never, Never, Never
2011 Testing 1, 2, 3

Impossible To Other Men

He was forever reaching out and upward, attempting what seemed impossible to other men, relying solely on himself to get there, usually doing it.
  –  a description of James Middleton Cox
As quoted in “The New Outlook, vol. 126, Sept – Dec 1920
[This isn't from an obituary, but it certainly is a sentence most ambitious young folks would like said describing themselves on their passing...   This quote was copied into my journal some 40-odd years ago.  --  KMAB]
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2013 Just In Case
2012 Isn’t This Just Pleasant?
2011 No Void In Sight

In My Own Vanity

When you get this letter, it will have been just a little over a year… since I started to learn the profession of killing my brothers…  And in this year of contact with the world my respect for man has dwindled instead of increasing.  For even among the best and the best are I take it those who devote them selves to the service of Mars, there is not the self sacrificing love of fame or self denying selfishness which I feel and which I had expected in others but rather a languid lassitude careless indifference or hazy uncertainty not becoming in my estimation a soldier or a man.  But let this be: the fewer of a species there are the greater is its individual worth.  And if my nature prove incapable of the task I have set myself or if the opportunity never comes I can at least die happy in my own vanity knowing that I stood alone and that alone I fell.
  –  [then] Cadet George S. Patton, Jr.
From “The Patton Papers
Written by Martin Blumenson
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2012 Lectio Auget Existentiae Meae
2011 Lied Lately?
2010 Born To Work At Faux News
Lost Again (Uh, Make That Still)
Qui Genus Humanum Ingenio Superavit
They’re Back… (Part 1)

Are You Waiting?

Fame never yet found a man who waited to be found.
  –  General George S. Patton, Jr.
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On This Day In:
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2012 A Division Of Men
2011 Miles, Legends and Superwoman
Got Tragedy?
2010 My Company For A Prince!!
On The Shoulders Of Titans

Enduring

The important things of life will not perish.  The greatest things will endure – faith, hope, and love, and the moral nature in man.
   –  Claude M. Fuess
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On This Day In:
2013 Tell Me More…
2012 Passing…
2011 Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Say What?

 Conversation enriches the understanding,
 But solitude is the school of the genius.
  –  Kahlil Gibran
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On This Day In:
2013 Daring Errors
2012 Are You Comfortable?
I Just Have To
In Flux
2011 True New
2010 A Job Well Started Is A Job Half Done
I See With My One Good Eye
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