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We do not attain the victory of life by selfishness.  Victory is for those who give themselves to causes beyond themselves.  It is very biblical and very true that everyone who exalts themselves will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted.  That is a text for all of us.
 

—  John Danforth
(from his eulogy for Katharine Graham)

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The ideal business is one that earns very high returns on capital and that keeps using lots of capital at those high returns.  That business is a compounding machine.
 

–  Warren Buffett
(as quoted in “The Snowball” by Alice Schroeder)

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Most men would rather die than think, and most men do.
 
—  Bertrand Russell
(from “Why I Am Not a Christian & Other Essays on Religion & Related Subjects“)

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…A person that started in to carry a cat home by the tail was getting knowledge that was always going to be useful to him, and warn’t ever going to grow dim or doubtful.
 

—  Mark Twain

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Long-term commitment to new learning and new philosophy is required of any management that seeks transformation. The timid and the fainthearted, and the people that expect quick results, are doomed to disappointment.
 

—  W. Edwards Deming

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As I was driving home from work yesterday, I heard on the radio that Diana Ross was going to be 67 years old this weekend (today, actually).  They then went on to play a number of her solo hits and hits with the Supremes.  The songs brought back loads of memories, so I thought I’d add three of my favorites to my Poems (Lyrics) page.
 

The three I picked are: I’m Coming Out, Love Child and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.  Obviously, with such a vast body of work to choose from, everyone will have their own favorites, and really, it’s hard to say these are my absolute favorites, but all three are up there for different reasons.
 

I’m Coming Out – is a favorite because it’s the Diana Ross song which I most associate with my wife Hilary.  The song (and album) came out (1980) before we met (1984), but it was a favorite of her’s and I bought her a copy of the album as a going away present when she flew back to Liverpool.
 

Love Child – has been a long time favorite of mine for one line: “I started school, in a worn, torn dress that somebody threw out”.  While this has never happened to me (wearing worn, torn clothes to school), I have always been keenly aware of the “social pressure” of having less or having to make due.  America may just now be a debtor nation and its people living on credit cards, but I have vivid memories of my mother getting store credit to buy our school clothes and shoes over time, because she didn’t have enough to pay for them on the day we went to get them.
 

Finally, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, is one of Diana’s biggest solo hits.  I must admit though, that my lyrics aren’t from her version.  The lyrics on my page are from the version by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.  (While Diana’s version was a big hit for her and her version is terrific, I still favor the original.)  If it is true that it is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all – then this is the description of the love you should feel – no obstacle is too great to stop me from getting to your side if you need me.
 

As always, read and enjoy the lyrics, then go find the songs on-line so you can enjoy them with the music too.  
 

And again, happy birthday Diana Ross!   Thanks for sharing your talent with us.  Our world has been better for you being in it.

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You absolutely never want to be in a position where tomorrow morning you have to depend on the kindness of strangers in the financial world.
 

—  Warren Buffett
(as quoted in “The Snowball” by Alice Schroeder)
 

[…Unless you’re a “too big to fail” bank and the stranger is the American Taxpayer.  —  KMAB]

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