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Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.
   ―    Langston Hughes
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On This Day In:
2015 Still Seeking (Believe It Or Not)
2014 Guidelines For Bureaucrats
2013 Failing At Normalization
2012 Are You An Expert?
2011 Joy!

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I’m not afraid to die.  I just don’t want to be there when it happens.
   —  Woody Allen
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On This Day In:
2015 Blink
2014 The Struggle To Educate America Continues…
2013 On Elections
2012 Warm Smiles
Pick Your Poison
2011 Straight Shooters

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I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation for itself and wearing out.
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
  —   Charles Dickens
From his novel: “A Tale of Two Cities
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On This Day In:
2015 You’ll Get Through It
2014 A Special Kind Of Fall
2013 Very Rewarding
2012 MIB3 – The Team Is Closer Than Ever
Yet
2011 Little By Little

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One does not ask for life.  But it is all you have and you must live it and honor it and at the right time surrender it with the dignity and grace befitting the best that is in you.
   —  House of Sinanju
[I have a large number of “quotes” in my journal which are simply attributed to “House of Sinanju”.  I am sure they are all (each) from one of the 70+ books in “The Destroyer” series (co-written by Richard Sapir & Warren Murphy) which I was reading back in the 1970’s.  I didn’t record which book each quote came out of at the time I found them.  So, I’m just leaving them as recorded.  If anyone finds the book with the quote in it, and lets me know, I will be happy to attribute the quote accurately.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Is It Warm Enough For You
2014 What The Right STILL Wants
2013 Embrace Serendipity
2012 Your Order, Please
2011 Well Enough Anyway

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Death signifies nothing … the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
     —  Albert Einstein
[I wonder if he still feels that way?  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Or You Don’t
2014 If You Ever Fall…
2013 Glory Days (part 2)
2012 They Follow A Pattern – If You Know What I Mean
What I Live For (Precis)
2011 Giving

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THE EPITAPH

Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth
    A youth to Fortune and to Fame unknown.
Fair Science frown’d not on his humble birth,
    And Melancholy mark’d him for her own.
Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere,
    Heav’n did a recompense as largely send:
He gave to Mis’ry all he had, a tear,
    He gain’d from Heav’n (’twas all he wish’d) a friend.
No farther seek his merits to disclose,
    Or draw his frailties from their dread abode,
(There they alike in trembling hope repose)
    The bosom of his Father and his God.
   —  Thomas Gray
Excerpt from his poem: “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
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On This Day In:
2015 Let There Be Light
2014 Unless
2013 Divergent Roads To Similarity?
2012 In The Process
2011 What Do You Emphasize?

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Fear not death and it cannot become your enemy.
   —    The Book of Sinanju
[Death is not my enemy, but neither do I welcome soon the cold embrace of its long term friendship.   —   KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Delightful
2013 Apprenticeship
2012 Curtain Rods
2011 A Living Force
2010 BART Rides – A Tipping Point

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That … be not told of my death,
Or made to grieve on account of me,
And that I be not buried in consecrated ground,
And that no sexton be asked to toll the bell,
And that nobody is wished to see my dead body,
And that no mourners walk behind me at my funeral,
And that no flowers be planted on my grave,
And that no man remember me,
To this I put my name.
   —  Thomas Hardy
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On This Day In:
2014 It Matters
2013 And You Are?
2012 Not Too Late
2011 Persistence
2009 Health Care?

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They say you die twice.  One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.
   —   Banksy
[With apologies to Robert Frost (see here)…  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Turning Pages
2013 We Are All Accountable
2012 American Sign Language
2011 Happy Disproof
2010 Book Review – Managing Your Government Career

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I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.  I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end.
   —  Simone de Beauvoir
[Happy Birthday to me!   Actually, I’ve found the older I get and the more brushes with death I have, the more accepting I am of my own mortality and the greater infinite context beyond this one.  But I’m nowhere near ready to start it!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Unpaved
2013 Headstones
2012 Keeping Young
2011 Lessons Well Learned

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Tyrtaeus of Sparta

I would not say anything for a man nor take account of him
   For any speed of his feet or wrestling skill he might have,
Not if he had the size of a Cyclops and strength to go with it,
   Not if he could outrun Boreas, the North Wind of Thrace,
Not if he were more handsome and gracefully formed than Tithonos,
   Or had more riches than Midas had, or Kinyras too,
Not if he were more of a king than Tantalid Pelops,
  Or had the power of speech and persuasion Adrastos had,
Not if he had all splendors except for a fighting spirit.
   For no man ever proves himself a good man in war
Unless he can endure to face the blood and the slaughter,
   Go close against the enemy and fight with his hands.
Here is courage, mankind’s finest possession, here is
   The noblest prize that a young man can endeavor to win,
And it is a good thing his city and all the people share with him
   When a man plants his feet and stands in the foremost spears
Relentlessly, all thought of foul flight completely forgotten,
   And has well trained his heart to be steadfast and to endure,
And with words encourages the man who is stationed beside him.
   Here is a man who proves himself to be valiant in war.
With a sudden rush he turns to flight the rugged battalions
   Of the enemy, and sustains the beating waves of assault.
And he who so falls among the champions and loses his sweet life,
   So blessing with honor his city, his father, and all his people,
With wounds in his chest, where the spear that he was facing has transfixed
   That massive guard of his shield, and gone through his breastplate as well,
Why, such a man is lamented alike by the young and the elders,
   And all his city goes into mourning and grieves for his loss.
His tomb is pointed to with pride, and so are his children,
   And his children’s children, and afterward all the race that is his.
His shining glory is never forgotten, his name is remembered,
   And he becomes an immortal, though he lies under the ground,
When one who was a brave man has been killed by the furious War God
   Standing his ground and fighting hard for his children and land.
But if he escapes the doom of death, the destroyer of bodies,
   And wins his battle, and bright renown for the work of his spear,
All men give place to him alike, the youth and the elders,
   And much joy comes his way before he goes down to the dead.
Aging, he has reputation among his citizens.  No one
   Tries to interfere with his honors or all he deserves;
All men withdraw before his presence, and yield their seats to him,
   The youth, and the men his age, and even those older than he.
Thus a man should endeavor to reach this high place of courage
   With all his heart, and, so trying, never be backward in war.
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On This Day In:
2014 Elected Madness
2013 Well Written
2012 Related Parts
2011 The King Is Oscar
Better Reputation?

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…I know what death is and all you people don’t even know what life is.
There’s nothing noble about dying.  Not even if you die for honor.  Not even if you die the greatest hero the world ever saw.  Not even if you’re so great your name will never be forgotten and who’s that great?  The most important thing is your life little guys.  You’re worth nothing dead except for speeches.  Don’t let them kid you any more.  Pay no intention when they tap you on the shoulder and say come along we’ve got to fight for liberty or what ever their word is there’s always a word.
Just say mister I’m sorry I got no time to die I’m too busy and then run and run like hell.  If they say coward why don’t you pay any attention because it’s your job to live not to die.
     —    Dalton Trumbo
From: “johnny got his gun
[I’ve heard it said this book is the most shocking anti-war novel ever written.  To me, it is more than that.  It is a statement about a man who lives on.  Though by all normal definitions, he is dead.  He lives on…     —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Which Is It?
2013 Making You Stronger
2012 Sick Of Being Sick
Greater Than Power
2011 Clear, Specific And Measurable
2010 The Runner’s High
Into The Dark…

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What shall we know of our death?  Either the soul is immortal and we shall not die, or it perishes with the flesh and we shall not know that we are dead.  Live, then, as if you were eternal, and do not believe that your life has changed merely because it seems proved that the Earth is empty.  You do not live in the Earth, you live in yourself.
   —  André Maurois
Quoted by Will Durant
From his book: “On the Meaning of Life
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On This Day In:
2012 Still Trying
2011 Not Deserving

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Four Score

At eighty, a man has experienced everything: love, and its ending; ambition, and its emptiness; several foolish beliefs, and their rectification.  Fear of death is not very great; affections and interest concern people who have died and events of the past.  In a cinema theatre when the show is continuous the spectator has the right to retain his seat as long as he wishes to do so, but actually, when the scenes he has already witnessed reappear on the screen, he leaves the theatre.  Life is a continuous show.  The same events take place every thirty years, and they become boring.  One after another the spectators take their departure.
    —   André Maurois
[I don’t know…  I’ve watched some movies fifty or more times.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 The Ruler
2011 Forever
2010 Just Cuz
How Do You Mend A Broken Heart?
It’s Alive!! (3rd Pair Shoe Review)

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Why fear death?  It is the most beautiful adventure in life.
  —   Charles Frothman
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On This Day In:
2012 Precedence
2011 Ya Think?

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