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A state which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands … will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished.
   —  John Stuart Mill
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On This Day In:
2015 Happy Memory
Of Two Minds
2014 Sums
2013 Memories & Binging
Admiration Due
2012 Choices Matter
2011 Acceptance Is The Key
2010 Just A Permanent Crease…
Bodily Functions

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Greatness is a transitory experience.  It is never consistent.  It depends in part upon the myth making imagination of Humankind.  The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in.  He must reflect what is projected upon him.  And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic.  This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions.  The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself.  Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.
   —  Frank Herbert
From his book: “Dune
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On This Day In:
2015 Restraint At The Inn
2014 To Not Discovering
2013 I Have Less To Say
2012 Not The Best Prediction I’ve Ever Read

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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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A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.
  —  Percy Bysshe Shelley
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On This Day In:
2013 Limited Capacity
2012 Two Ear Ticklers
Justification
2011 To Avail The Nation

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Keep away from people who try to belittle your dreams.  Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great.
  —  Mark Twain
[Found on one of the blogs I follow: http://stevendavisuk.com/
The specific posting is: http://stevendavisuk.com/2014/02/08/12-inspiring-quotes-to-get-you-motivated-now/
  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Bitter Stand
2012 Lost For Words
2011 On Market Reactions…

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Who knows nothing base,
Fears nothing known.
  —  Owen Meredith
From his poem: “A Great Man
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On This Day In:
2013 Explaining Love?
2012 Echoes of 1%
2011 Salaam, Egypt!!
Where Do You Learn?

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Great is the man who does something for the first time.
 

—  Alexander Smith
 

 

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