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I’ve made a mistake, a lifelong one, correlating advancements in technology with progress.  Progress is the opening of doors and the leveling of opportunity, the augmentation of the whole human species and the protection of other species besides.  Progress is cheerfully facing the truth, whether flooding coastlines or falling teen pregnancy rates, and thinking of ways to preserve the processes that work and mitigate the risks.  Progress is seeing calmly, accepting, and thinking of others.
  —  Paul Ford
From his article: “Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry
Appearing in: Wired Magazine, dtd May 2019
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Ability is of little account without opportunity.
  ―  Napoléon Bonaparte
[And, without a tremendous amount of luck, opportunity is of little account without ability.  This is the legacy and tragedy of the #IncompetentTrump Administration.  He is not even smart or competent enough to hire the best people and get out of their way.  Then, he could have taken all the credit – which he was intent on doing anyway.  —  KMAB]
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Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.
  —   Sally Koch
[For some reason this quoted reminded me of Matthew 7:5
“…First cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
I recognize the quote and Bible verse are more or less opposite and the verse is being taken out of context, but that’s what the quote reminded me of:  people always looking for their big chance to make a difference, when there are boundless small chances in our lives all the time.  Sometimes it can be as simple as a smile to a stranger…
Which (strangely enough) brought to mind another almost related quote about things adding up:
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.
  —    Senator Everett Dirksen
See how my mind wanders sometimes?  —  KMAB]
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Watch out for emergencies.  They are your big chance!
   —  Fritz Reiner
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With doubt and dismay you are smitten
You think there’s no chance for you, son?
Why, the best books haven’t been written
The best race hasn’t been run,
The best score hasn’t been made yet,
The best song hasn’t been sung,
The best tune hasn’t been played yet,
Cheer up, for the world is young!
No chance? Why the world is just eager
For things that you ought to create
Its store of true wealth is still meager
Its needs are incessant and great,
It yearns for more power and beauty
More laughter and love and romance,
More loyalty, labor and duty,
No chance — why there’s nothing but chance!
For the best verse hasn’t been rhymed yet,
The best house hasn’t been planned,
The highest peak hasn’t been climbed yet,
The mightiest rivers aren’t spanned,
Don’t worry and fret, faint hearted,
The chances have just begun,
For the Best jobs haven’t been started,
The Best work hasn’t been done.
  —  Written by:  Berton Braley
[For those of us already struggling with our New Year’s resolutions: each day brings another opportunity.  It’s not the last time you failed that counts, it’s will you try again today?  —  KMAB]
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