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Hil & me on our wedding day at City Hall in San Francisco, CA (3 Dec 1984)

Hil & me on our wedding day at City Hall in San Francisco, CA (3 Dec 1984)

An unsatisfied woman requires luxury, but a woman who is in love with a man will lie on a board.
  —  André Maurois
[Happy 30th Anniversary, Hil
Thirty years ago we would watch TV together lying on a rug with flattened cardboard boxes for an underfelt, huddled under a blanket, you leaning against me and me leaning on a single stuffed cushion.  We were on our own, just getting started, in love and with nothing but hope for the future.  See how far our voyage has come…  And hopefully, how far we’ve still to go…
Love Always,
Your Kev
XXX
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  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Number 29 (And Counting)
2012 Hammer ‘N Roses
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2011 I Can Hear It Now

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It was said of President Wilson that he had faith in humanity but distrusted all men.  The true leader distrusts humanity but has faith in a few men.
   —   André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 An Average Verge
2012 Dew Drop Secrets
2011 Champion Freedom

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Nothing in our daily life will last if neglected; houses, stuffs, friendships, pleasures.  Roofs fall in, love comes to an end.  A tile needs re-fastening, a joint must be  repaired, a misunderstanding cleared up.  Otherwise bitterness is created; feelings deep down in the soul become centers of infection, and one day, during a quarrel, the abscess breaks, and each is horrified by the picture of himself or herself discovered in the other’s mind.
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 The Price Of Illusions
2012 Once Again
2011 And The “Market” Isn’t Always Right

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Women apparently achieve happiness more easily with energetic and virile men, men achieve it more easily with women who are affectionate and willing to be led. Very young women declare that they want to marry men whom they can dominate, but I have never discovered a woman who was truly happy with a man she did not admire for his strength and courage, nor a normal man who was perfectly happy with an Amazon.  The fact is that the element of chance in these matters rarely allows a man or a woman to choose a life companion by an act of pure volition, and it is better so; instinct, despite its mistakes, is surer here than intelligence.  The question, “Do I have to fall in love?” should not be asked; one must feel the answer to it within oneself.  The birth of love, like all other births, is the work of nature.
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 More Democracy, Please
2012 Speaking Of Love
2011 Limits

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So, human beings complain that the world is ill-made, do they?  But ill-made for whom?  For Man, who, in the immense design of the Universe is no more than an unimportant mould!  The probability is that everything in this world which we think is botched or erroneous has its reasons at a totally different level of existence.  The mould endures, no doubt, a small amount of suffering, but somewhere there are giants who, huge in stature as in mind, live in a state of semi-divinity.  This is Voltaire’s answer to the problem of evil.  It is not very satisfactory because the mould need never have been created, and, in the eyes of God, it may well be that mere size is of no importance.
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 We Root For Ourselves
2012 Like A Shark
2011 Discernible Virtue

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The cinema may have a specific beauty of its own, but it does not permit that constant re-reading, that meditative brooding, those turning-back to passages heavily charged with meaning, which form the special pleasure of the novel-reader.
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 We Are All Accountable
2012 American Sign Language
2011 Happy Disproof
2010 Book Review – Managing Your Government Career

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Almost all of our fellow-beings deceive us, but a few of us have known the joy of meeting a woman or a man whose sincerity and frankness were genuine, who in almost every situation has behaved according to our wishes, and who in our most difficult moments has not forsaken us.  Those few are familiar with that marvelous feeling: confidence.  With at least one person they are able for a little while each day to lift the heavy visor of their helmets, breathe freely, and show their faces and their hearts without fear.
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 Exceptional
2012 A Wild And Crazy Believer
2011 A Lack Of Scarcity
The Joy Of Prevention

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Well fitted for friendship is he whom men have not disgusted with mankind, and who, believing and knowing that there are a few noble men, a few great minds, a few delightful souls scattered through the crowd, never tires of searching for them, and loves them even before he has found them.
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 More And Why
2012 How To Gain Effective Fire
2011 Patriot Act

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No great amount of experience is required to discover that the greedy search for money or success will almost always lead men into unhappiness.  Why?  Because that kind of life makes them depend upon things outside themselves.
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 Doing Right
2012 A Short Course In Human Relations
If Death Be My Future
Strive
Such A Fool
2011 I’m Working For A Living

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We do not completely love those at whom we cannot smile.  There is something inhuman in absolute perfection which overwhelms the mind and heart, which commands respect, but keeps friendship at a distance through discouragement and humiliation.  We are always glad when a great man reassures us of his humanity by possessing a few peculiarities.
  —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 Robbed Again
2012 Good Hearts
2011 Interesting Reading
What Are You Lookin’ At?

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A man’s power and intelligence are limited.  He who wants to do everything will never do anything.  Only too well do we know those people of uncertain ability who say: “I could be a great musician.”  …”Business would be easy for me.”  …”I could surely make success in politics.”  We may be certain that they will always be amateur musicians, failures in business, and beaten politicians.  Napoleon held that the art of war consisted of making oneself strongest at a certain point; in life we must choose a point of attack and concentrate our forces there.  The choice of a career must not be left to chance.
    —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 Pretty Sure Of Uncertainty
2012 Face Reality
2011 Intelligent Luck

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All primitive people thought that a lunatic was possessed by a spirit.  When his incoherent words more or less accord with the moral prejudices of the time, the spirit is a good one, and the man is a saint.  In the opposite case, the spirit is evil and the man must be suppressed.  It is just according to the time and place and the doctors, whether a prophetess would be worshipped as a priestess or dunked as a witch.  Innumerable violent lunatics have escaped the cells, thanks to the War, and their very violence has made heroes of them.  And in every Parliament there are at least five or six undisputed idiots who got elected for their madness through the admiration of their constituents.
  —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 Well Written
2012 Related Parts
2011 The King Is Oscar
Better Reputation?

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In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
    —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 Three Hard Tasks
2012 The Only Remains
2011 Personal Capability
What Price Failure?
Both Of W’s Elections
Tea (Baggers) Anyone?

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An order must first of all be clear.  A meditation may be vague, a scheme always has something of the vision in it, but an order must be precise.  All orders can be misunderstood; an obscure one will never be understood.  “To do a thing well,” said Napoleon, “one must do it oneself.”  This is not always true, but the prudent leader will admit that few people understand and that almost everyone forgets.  It is therefore not enough to give an order; one must see to its execution and, when giving it, anticipate anything that may nullify its effectiveness.  The stupidity of human beings and the malevolence of chance are limitless.  The unexpected always happens.  The leader who endeavors to frustrate the onset of ill luck and who strengthens the weak points in his schemes against stupidity is more apt to impose his will than one who does not take these measures.
    —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 Uh, No. Not Really…
Deep Regions
2012 A Pre-Valentine’s Day Message
2011 Easy Like Sunday Morning
May I Have A Little More, Please…
2010 Valleys and Peaks

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That which is learned without difficulty is soon forgotten, and for the same reason, oral instruction which does not require the pupil’s personal participation is almost always rather useless.
   —  André Maurois
[Hence the expression of “hard won experience”.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Four Things To Do
2012 When I Was Young…
Emergence

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