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What avail is it to win prescribed amounts of information about geography and history, to win ability to read and write, if in the process the individual loses his own soul: loses the appreciation of things worth while, of the value to which these things are relative; if he loses desire to apply what he has learned and, above all, loses the ability to extract meaning from his future experiences as they occur?
   —    John Dewey
From: “Education and Experience
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On This Day In:
2013 Serve The World
2012 Acquaintance, n.
2011 On Why His Father Was A Great Teacher
A Baker’s Dozen

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The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
   —    Thomas Huxley
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On This Day In:
2013 Responding To Challenges
2012 Abnormal, adj.
2011 Large Families
On The Brink

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The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind.  Failure makes people cruel and bitter.
   —   W.  Somerset Maugham
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On This Day In:
2013 On Reading Books
2012 On America
2011 Shiver, Me Timbers!
2010 Fiduciary Breakdown

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If you’re not able to communicate successfully between yourself and yourself, how are you supposed to make it with the strangers outside?
  —   Jules Feiffer
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On This Day In:
2013 Beyond The Strings
2012 Saving The Union
2011 Still And Too Often

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ON THE RETURN OF A BOOK LENT TO A FRIEND

I GIVE humble and hearty thanks for the safe return of this book which having endured the perils of my friend’s bookcase, and the bookcases of my friend’s friends, now returns to me in reasonably good condition.
I GIVE humble and hearty thanks that my friend did not see fit to give this book to his infant as a plaything, nor use it as an ash-tray for his burning cigar, nor as a teething-ring for his mastiff.
WHEN I lent this book I deemed it as lost: I was resigned to the bitterness of the long parting: I never thought to look upon its pages again.
BUT NOW that my book is come back to me, I rejoice and am exceeding glad! Bring hither the fatted morocco and let us rebind the volume and set it on the shelf of honour: for this my book was lent, and is returned again.
PRESENTLY, therefore, I may return some of the books that I myself have borrowed.
  ―  Christopher Morley
From his novel: “The Haunted Bookshop
[This just tickled me…   —   KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Keep Writing Your Truths
Perilous Times For The U.S. Military
2012 The Victor
2011 Forging Away At My Deadlines
2010 Try This With Your Shoes…

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No period of history has ever been great or ever can be that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it.
    —   Alfred North Whitehead
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On This Day In:
2013 Theft
2012 Cranky Old Man
2011 A Man’s Got To Know His Limitations

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Thank You

Today I’m remembering the innocent victims of 9/11, those who have fought, those still engaged in the hostilities in our “war” on terror, and the families of all.
May God hold in His loving arms those who’ve been lost and grant His protective graces to those still in harms way.  Thank you for your service…
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On This Day In:
2013 Really
2012 Ordinary Five Minutes Longer
2011 The Wealth Of Sons (And Daughters)

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Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
   —   Albert Einstein
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On This Day In:
2013 Voices In The Dark
2012 Does Uncommonly Flexible = Flip-Flopping?
2011 A Modest Review Of A Modern Day Classic
Encouragement Is The Path To Immortality

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Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forgo an advantage.
   —   Benjamin Disraeli
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On This Day In:
2013 Corollary
2012 Working Retired
2011 The Web Is Not Authoritative! (Really?)

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I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.  My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.
    —   Abraham Lincoln
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On This Day In:
2013 Hobgoblins
2012 Got Sleep?
2011 Not Another Barren Corner

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In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.
    —   Christopher Morley
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On This Day In:
2013 May I Have A Little More, Please?
2012 Increasing Doubt
2011 You Can’t Touch This

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No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.  The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
    —    Alfred North Whitehead
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On This Day In:
2013 Longevity, Tenacity and Diversity
2012 What Reagan Really Cared About
2011 Seeming Sane (Or Not)

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 Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.
   —  Dominique Pire
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On This Day In:
2013 Glory = Danger
Chicago Magic
Feelin’ It
2012 How Did We Get Here?
2011 Labor Day Weekend Mishmash
More, More, More

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Still

There is nothing in the world constant, but inconstancy.
  —   Jonathan Swift
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On This Day In:
2013 Dare = Hope
2012 Check My Math
2011 Just Asking

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Don’t forget until too late that the business of life is not business, but living.
  —  B. C. Forbes
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On This Day In:
2013 Beautiful Adventure
2012 Precedence
2011 Ya Think?

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