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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 357

June 8, 2024

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”

—William Mather Lewis

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 356

June 7, 2024

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”

—Norman Vincent Peale

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 355

June 6, 2024

"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."

—Hebrews 13:2

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 354

June 5, 2024

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty. I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 353

June 3, 2024

"The past is the present, isn't it? It's the future, too. We all try to lie out of that but life won't let us."

—Eugene O'Neill, Long Day's Journey into Night

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 352

June 1, 2024

"It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance."

—Thomas Sowell

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 351

May 31, 2024

“Always remember: Stressed is desserts spelled backwards.”

—Tru Dat

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 350

May 30, 2024

"My calendar is like my appetite: Overly ambitious and problematically so!"

—Idea

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 349

May 29, 2024

"First I was certain of two things: death and taxes.

Then of three things: Death, taxes and resistance to change.

Now I'm certain of at least five things: Death, taxes, resistance to change, new Taylor Swift music and more Trump indictments."

—Idea

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 348

May 28, 2024

“Bury me with no casket, no prayers, naked, face down, away from the world. I want no gravestone, nor my name engraved anywhere. No epitaph for those who don’t keep their promises.

When the envelopes have been delivered, you will be given a letter. The silence will be broken, a promise kept — and only then may you place a stone on my grave and engrave my name in the sun.”

—The late Nawal Marwan (as recorded in her will and read after her passing by notary Jean Lebel to her surviving twins, Jeanne and Simon), Incendies

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 347

May 27, 2024

“All gave some; some gave all.” 

—Attributed to Korean War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Howard William Osterkamp

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 346

May 26, 2024

"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."

—John 15:13-14

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 345

May 24, 2024

"We have three choices: The coward's choice. Stay here and let the men just mess with our minds. The fool's choice. Go out and meet the invisible enemy on the road to the bullet farm. And the warrior's choice. Throw down and CRUSH him!"

—Rectus, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 344

May 23, 2024

"Do I make myself a blessing to everyone I meet?"

—Brandi Carlile, That Wasn't Me

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 343

May 21, 2024

"Gentlemen. You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!"

—Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 342

May 20, 2024

"Wealth comes in many forms; among them are: (1) Financial wealth (money), (2) Social wealth (status), (3) Time wealth (freedom), and (4) Physical wealth (health). 

Be wary of jobs that lure you in with 1 & 2 then rob you of 3 & 4."

—James Clear

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 341

May 16, 2024

“When leading organizational change, I prefer kinetic energy over potential energy because it’s leagues easier to redirect emotions—even difficult ones like frustration, anger, confusion, overwhelm—than it is to resurrect emotions in those who’ve become apathetic or died inside.

As my mother put it more than once upon meeting a strong-willed child, ‘Better a spitfire or a pistol than a dud!’”

—DB Lee

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 340

May 15, 2024

"It's easier to tame wild mustangs than to raise the dead."

—Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 339

May 12, 2024

“There’s an employee out there who still thinks of you because you were kind to them. 

Never stop being that leader.”

—Idea

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 338

May 11, 2024

“If you cannot think of one thing you can do better—pick humility.

—Marshall Goldsmith 

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 337

May 9, 2024

"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."

—Erma Bombeck

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 336

May 8, 2024

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

—Benjamin Franklin

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 335

May 7, 2024

“The warrior is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who can not provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity."

—Chief Sitting Bull

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 334

May 6, 2024

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

—James Clear, Atomic Habits

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 333

May 5, 2024

“It is a waste of energy when we try to conform to a pattern. To conserve energy, we must be aware of how we dissipate energy.”

—Krishnamurti

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 332

May 4, 2024

"My destination is no longer a place, but rather, a new way of seeing."

—Marcel Proust

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 331

May 3, 2024

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."

—Chief Seattle

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 330

May 1, 2024

“It’s only when you look at an ant through a magnifying glass on a sunny day that you realize how often they burst into flames.”

—Harry Hill

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 329

April 30, 2024

“If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.” 

—Bill Vaughan

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 327

April 28, 2024

"Leadership is not about pulling people to follow your path. It's about shining enough light for them to find their own route.

Bosses aim to wield power. They issue commands to maintain control.

Leaders strive to empower. They delegate authority to unleash potential."

—Adam Grant

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 328

April 28, 2024

"I will never joke about old soldiers who try to get to reunions to talk over the war again. To talk of old times with old friends is the greatest thing in the world."

—Will Rogers

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 326

April 26, 2024

"Stop expecting you from other people." 

—Ben Wiger, PhD

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 325

April 21, 2024

“Confidence gives us influence. Ignorance gives us insights.”

—Matty Piazzi

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 324

April 8, 2024

"Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it. Right is right, even if no one is doing it." 

—Idea

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 323

April 5, 2024

"Until it's my turn, I will keep clapping for others. It's really that simple." 

—Idea

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 322

April 3, 2024

“One tip I offer musicians is ‘If you’re stabbing someone in the back, you’re behind them. The guys up front don’t trash-talk.’

Disparaging others reveals how insecure, small, petty, scared, or jealous we are. 

Top performers in life—the confident, humble, truly capable ones—are not jealous types and don’t need to trash-talk others in order to make themselves feel better or look bigger. There’s no logic in pushing others down so that we might rise. Life ain’t no see-saw; it’s a rising tide whose aim is to inspire, carry forward, elevate, and to see that ALL boats rise and make it to the other side.”

—Rick Beato (renowned music teacher, legendary stage performer, and now host of a booming YouTube channel with 3.9 million subscribers tuning in weekly for Beato’s passion, kindness, curiosity, encyclopedic song-and-story memories, and scores of A-list visitors returning time after time to jaw, pick, and plink for hours at his posh yet cozy Atlanta recording studio)

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 321

March 17, 2024

"Beware of overconcern for money or position or glory. Someday you will meet a man who cares for none of these things. Then you will know how poor you are."

—Rudyard Kipling

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 320

March 14, 2024

"If you want to make the wrong decision, ask everyone."

—Idea

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 319

March 12, 2024

"Be careful who you let on your ship because some people will sink the entire ship simply because they can't be Captain."

—Idea

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 318

March 10, 2024

"Nothing will kill a great employee faster than watching you tolerate a bad one."

—Idea

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 317

March 1, 2024

“I think the things that have been the most meaningful are the ones I never made a penny on. They needed to be done — and that’s that.”

—Legendary criminal justice advocate and prison reformer, Bill Habern (1938-2023) in God Save Texas: Hometown Prison with Richard Linklater

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 316

February 13, 2024

"I was having dinner with Garry Kasporov and there was a check tablecloth. It took him two hours to pass me the salt."

—Andrew Tarvin

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 315

February 12, 2024

"I feel so fortunate to have gracious and merciful people with a lot of perspective and patience in my life. Connecting with those who are able to maintain a sense of humility is really useful."

—Julien Baker

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 314

February 11, 2024

"I believe no amount of business school training or work experience can teach what is ultimately a matter of personal character. Businesses are not dishonest or greedy, people are. Thus, a business, successful or not, is merely a reflection of the character of its leadership."

—S. Truett Cathy

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 313

February 10, 2024

Officer Evangeline Navarro (Kali Raiss): "This [banquet of food] is amazing. What were you, Rose, before?"

Rose Aguineau (Fiona Shaw): "You mean...before I was old and crazy?"

Navarro: "No, I mean before Alaska. Your name isn't Rose Aguineau, is it? Ya never talk about it."

Rose: "Well, I was a very serious professor in a very serious school, writing very serious ideas."

Navarro: "Why'd you leave?"

Rose: "One Tuesday morning after coffee, I sat down to polish some pompous, useless article. And I just had enough. I had enough. Every word I'd written in my entire life was meaningless. Making so much noise. So much noise. It is a little quieter here. Mostly. Except for all the dead."

—Rose and Navarro, True Detective: Night Country (aka Season 4, Episode 4)

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 312

February 2, 2024

"Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face."

—Carol Moseley-Braun

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 311

July 5, 2023

"You gotta stay busy workin', but not doin' busy work!"

—Shawn Prickett

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 310

July 2, 2023

"There's a society of people who are reaching for something great, and then there's the record business." 

—John Waite

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 309

June 26, 2023

"I sing. And never forget that there's no such thing as happenstance. That's an illusion lawless and arrogant men invented so that they could sacrifice the truth of our world to the laws of reason."

—Andrea Bocelli 

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 308

June 24, 2023

"You don’t have to say anything. Many's the person who missed the opportunity to say nothing and lost much because of it."

—"Sean" (Andrew Bennett), The Quiet Girl

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 307

June 21, 2023

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."

—Bertrand Russell

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 306

June 1, 2023

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

Eleanor Roosevelt

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 305

May 28, 2023

"They tried to bury me. They didn’t know I was a seed."

—Sinead O’Connor

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 304

May 19, 2023

"When you see the world and you see the laws of brute necessity which govern it, you realize the only way that you can reconcile this veil of suffering, the only way you can reconcile it to sanity is to glue your soul to prayer."

—Leonard Cohen

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 303

May 15, 2023

"Reputation is a foreshadowing of our character for those who’ve yet to meet us."

—Idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 302

May 9, 2023

"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."

—Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, The Dawn, 1881

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 301

May 4, 2023

"In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety."  

—Abraham Maslow

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 300

May 1, 2023

"When you have money, it’s nothing. When you have none, it’s everything."

—Idea

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 299

April 26, 2023

"The only good race pace is suicide pace and today looks like a good day to die."

—Steve Prefontaine

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 298

April 24, 2023

“My father used to say, ‘How you do anything is how you do everything.’” 

—Marquis (Bill Skarsgård), John Wick: Chapter 4

 

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 297

April 13, 2023

"Fall down seven times, get up eight."

—Japanese proverb

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 296

April 12, 2023

"To know the road ahead, ask those coming back."

—Chinese proverb

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 295

April 11, 2023

"Change is hard but irrelevance is harder."

—Dr. Steve Buchholz

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 294

April 2, 2023

"Some people change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat."

—Caroline Schoeder

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 293

April 1, 2023

Things do not change; we change.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 292

March 31, 2023

“Behold the turtle! He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."

—Attributed in 1949 (by Harvard University President James B. Conant) to an anonymous Manhattan Project scientist, engineer, or manager 

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 291

March 28, 2023

"Taking control of uncertainty and successfully steering your organization through frequent bends in the road is the fundamental leadership challenge of our time. And it will call for a distinctly different type of leadership than the one you were trained for and are likely currently exercising. The advantage now goes to those who don’t just learn to live with change, but who create change. I call these people catalysts."

—Ram Charan

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 290

March 26, 2023

“I tried to learn TikTok over the pandemic. My nieces love it, but they’re 13 and they're like, 'We'll show you, Aunt Kath,’ and they show me their phones and I watch them. If you've never seen TikTok, it's just a barrage of videos. And I put them down and they're like, 'You didn't like it, did you?' I go, 'Well, here's what I'll say about it: I feel like I just sat next to someone who did an eight ball! Nope. I'm a drinker, not a drugger, so nope.' And they go, like, 'Oh, are you saying it's, like, too much?' I go, 'Yeah, it's WAY too much. I...I can't process it.' They go, 'Yeah, but just because our videos are mostly dance and music and stuff. Like, you could build your own and it won't be as crazy.' I said, 'All right,' so I signed up, and I don't know how it decides what your first batch of videos is gonna be, but my first batch, all of my people were in hospice.

I like Instagram 'cause it's passive, pleasant, there's nothin' bad. People are nice on Instagram. It's beagles, puppies eating ice cream cones, and that kinda stuff.

Now, Twitter, I like that one, but it's aggressive. You better be ready! It's like walkin' into a bar at midnight and everybody's had shots except you: 'Well, well, look what the cat dragged in with a little opinion about nothin'!'

Facebook, I don't love it. I have it, for work, but I don't like Mark Zuckerberg. Yeah, because I feel like he stole all our information. He sold it 17 times around the globe and he never paid a price for that. My parents like it, but they're 80. They get up in the morning, they drink coffee, and then they troll the entire family, every second cousin, third cousin, people we lived by when I was five. That's their morning entertainment. That's why I told my nieces and nephews, ‘Uh, heads up. If I were you guys, I would NOT friend Grandpa. Or Grandma for that matter. They look innocent and seem nice, but they're spies. They're gonna go through your whole feed, they're gonna read everything, and then they're gonna report back and tell your parents.”

Kathleen Madigan: Hunting Bigfoot (2023 at 00:32:35, available on Amazon Prime)

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March 24, 2023

"Friendship means little when it's convenient."

—Shimazu (Hiroyuki Sanada), John Wick: Chapter 4

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 288

March 17, 2023

"Every action you take is a vote for the person you wish to become."

—James Clear, Atomic Habits

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 287

March 16, 2023

"Only the forgotten are ever really gone," so, if one loves others boundlessly, memories of her will reverberate throughout the ages and she shall prove immortal."

—Idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 286

March 13, 2023

"Innovation needs space to dream, and maybe more important, space to make mistakes. Detours and complications create a deeper knowledge and understanding of your topic. If you only repeat what was successful before, you will probably never create something truly unique." 

—Joachim Sauter (1959-2021), Founder of ART+COM, creator of TerraVision (now known as Google Earth)

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 285

March 12, 2023

"No matter where you plant them, people are emotional orchards that always bear fruit. The question is, 'What kind?'"

—Idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 284

March 11, 2023

“The right thing to do is simple to see: Among all the options, it's the difficult one!”

—Idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 283

March 1, 2023

"Reputation is a foreshadowing of our character for those who've yet to meet us."

—Idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 282

February 9, 2023

"Tell me your habits and I'll tell you your future."

"Trust is the degree to which I believe you are for me."

"Everything we are doing we are becoming."

"Just as marriage further forms us, so too does our work."

 

—Walter Nusbaum, Faith at Work luncheon, RockPointe Church, February 8, 2023

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February 3, 2023

"Oh, look at that snaggletooth! My goodness, you could eat corn through a fence!"

—Betty (Sally Field) in 80 for Brady

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 280

February 2, 2023

 

SNAKE RULES:

Rule #1: If you see a snake, shoot it.

Rule #2: Don’t play with dead snakes.

Rule #3: Everything looks like a snake at first.

 

About Rule #1:

The key is snake-killin’. What’s dangerous must die. End of story. Don’t set up a snake committee. Don’t listen to snake user groups. Don’t write snake essays or send snake memos. Don’t have conference calls about the snake. Don’t leave voice mails about the snake. Don’t have meetings about the snake. Just kill the damn snake already. If you perceive a mortal threat, waste no time. Attack it before it attacks you. You may find that getting rid of a snake can sometimes be a greater problem than the snake itself. People within a company LOVE to write memos about the snake. Don’t let ’em! Just kill, kill, kill, and kill again! It’s kill or be killed.

 

About Rule #2:

Keep going even if you’ve attacked the wrong threat or solved the wrong problem. That’s life. That’s learning. And after the snake is officially dead, don’t revisit it. Some people may insist that the snake is still around. They’re usually the same people who lost the argument and were overruled.

 

About Rule #3:

Most opportunities start out looking like a snake. If a threatening snake turns out not to be a problem, turn from attacking it to using it!

—James Barksdale (former CEO of Netscape, COO of FedEx, and Board Member of Time Warner)

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January 18, 2023

"Barksdaleisms"

 

“In a fight between a bear and an alligator, it’s the terrain that determines who wins.”   

 

“Life is simpler when you plow around the stumps.” 

 

“Never mistake a clear view for a short distance.” 

 

“Nobody that I know can predict the next two pings of the pinball.”

 

“He squeezes a quarter so tight the eagle screams.”

 

“He’s tighter than a bull’s ass at fly time.”

 

“Now, I’m the President around here, so if I say a chicken can pull a tractor trailer, your job is to hitch ’em up.” 

 

“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.” 

 

“Your job is to run as fast as you can toward the cliff. My job is to move the cliff.” 

 

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” (Relentless focus on “the main thing” is a universal attribute of great operators. As an example of implementing this idea in a nonprofit context, Jim Barksdale has said: “…whatever they say to us about what’s going on here or there, our question is always, ‘But are the children learning to read?’ And we want to just stay focused on that.”)

—James Barksdale (former CEO of Netscape, COO of FedEx, and Board Member of Time Warner)

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 278

January 1, 2023

Are our exclamation points out of hand?

See for yourself!

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August 29, 2022

Charlie Ireland (agricultural consultant): “How's it feel?”

Jeremy Clarkson: “Well, I'll let you know in a minute, 'cause you're going to tell me the figures. You're going to give me the moment of truth. It hasn't been a great year for for farming, generally. I read in The Times yesterday [that] it's [been] the worst year for farmers since 1976. Dry summer.”

Ireland: “So, we're just gonna look at these top boxes. Look at the blue. And now I'm gonna frighten you. Last year, we made £226,000 from crop sales. That's before any costs. And this year's £137,000, so, £90,000 lower from the same area. That is £90,000 down.”

Clarkson: “It’s enormous.”

Ireland: “40% lower.”

Clarkson: “And £90,000 gone because of the weather. So, where are the costs, because how much?”

Ireland: “We spent £14,000 on seed, £34,000 on fertilizer, and £20,000 on sprays. So, £68,601. And then there's £68,457 of other costs: Kaleb, plus machinery. So, you've made £144 profit from the arable farm.”

Clarkson [incredulous]: “So, the fact of the matter is this: Farming seven days a week for a year, on a 1,000-acre farm, has generated an income of £144. Correct?

Ireland: “Correct.”

Clarkson: “Well, fortunately, at the moment, we have this subsidy. When that goes, what are farmers going to do? I mean, honestly, what are they going to do? The ones who don't have Amazon film crews following them around and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? To top up the income? I mean, what do you do when the subsidy starts to go down?”

Ireland: “There will be… there's gonna be a sea change to the, rurally, you know, the countryside. There'll be 30% fewer farmers, probably, but that's where we are with farming in this day and age.”

Clarkson: “So, the next time a farmer moans about the weather, put your arm ‘round him and buy him a pint, because he's not moaning about it ‘cause it's a bit miserable working in the rain; he's moaning about it ‘cause it's crucifying. I've worked bloody hard all year and my reward is £144. Even with the grants and subsidies added in, I'd have been far better off selling up, putting the money in the bank, and living off the interest.”

—Dialogue courtesy of Clarkson's Farm (episode 8 / season finale, Amazon Prime 2021), when Jeremy Clarkson takes stock of that year's profit (or lack thereof)

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August 17, 2022

[Harry Edwards:] "He would call me up and say, 'Harry, I was just thinking' and I would say, 'What do you want? What's goin' on?' or 'What do we got to talk about?' and, after a while, I came to respect his disposition."

[Arthur Ashe:] "You grow up Black in the American South, you have no control. Your life is proscribed. And then in the '60s, then you had Black ideologues trying to tell me what to do. All the time, I am saying to myself Hey, when do I get to decide what I want to do? and so I've always been fiercely protective with anyone wanting to control my life."

[Harry Edwards:] "Arthur was the fist person to really push me to understand that Black orthodoxy is not an acceptable substitute for institutionalized White racism... that it has to be about people having the freedom to make their OWN decisions in terms of how they approach this struggle. Otherwise, what are we fighting for?"

—Recollections by [Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley] Dr. Edwards and [then tennis champion, author, activist] Ashe (from HBO Max's Citizen Ashe) regarding the latter's approach to social justice

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 275

May 24, 2022

"Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see."

—Arthur Schopenhauer

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 274

April 20, 2022

"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum."

—Roddy Piper in John Carpenter's They Live (1988)

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 273

April 9, 2022

“Isn’t it amazing how far decent people will go when they’re sure they’re right.”

—Sam Waterston as George Shultz in 2022's The Dropout on Hulu

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 272

February 23, 2022

The person across from you has survived the unsurvivable, is wandering in the wilderness now, or is rapidly approaching violent waterfalls and unseen yet all-consuming plunge pools. In time, everyone drinks from the cup of sorrows.

AND WHEN THEY DO   — AND WHEN THEY DO —   may they also find in abundance there our spirits of patience, kindness, empathy, understanding, and love.

—Idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 270

February 11, 2022

"Life has taught me one thing, Miss Scott: If you don’t want to be disappointed, only help those who help themselves."

—Agnes Van Rhijn, Season 1, Episode 2, The Gilded Age

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 271

February 9, 2022

"Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become."

—James Clear, Atomic Habits

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 269

January 15, 2022

“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.”

—Plato

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 268

January 2, 2022

“The artist will move future generations when the bones of kings have long since mouldered away.”

—Franz Alexander von Kleist, Dresden, 1792 (one year following Mozart’s death)

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 267

January 1, 2022

“Mozart is too easy for children, but too difficult for professionals.”

—Arthur Schnabel 

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 266

December 28, 2021

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

—Gautama Buddha

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 264

November 1, 2021

"You're pushing on an open door, Colin."

Manhunt, Season 2: The Night Stalker, Episode 3 (said to Martin Clunes' DCI Colin Sutton)

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 265

November 1, 2021

"Best way's a long way gone now."

—Tony Curran's Logan McClay in Calibre as he brainstorms alternatives for burying a body

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 263

September 11, 2021

“Multilevel marketing is the village where everything is possible. The flip side of that is if everything is possible, nothing is true.”

——Robert FitzPatrick, LuLaRich

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 262

June 14, 2021

"Appalachia is a wound, and a joy, and a poem.

A knot of complication.

But you cannot know a place without loving it, hating it,

and feeling everything in between.

You cannot understand the complex people by only looking at the way

they have been portrayed on the television and movie screens.

 

One must go to the mountains to drive these winding roads

One must sit and jaw for a while with folks on their front porches

Must attend weddings and high school graduations.

One must study the history of the place and come to understand it

Must sit at a wake and look at the lines on the faces of the people

and the callouses on their hands and understand the

Gestational and generational complexities

Of poverty and pride and culture.

 

Something inside you has to crack to let in the light so

your eyes and brains and heart can adjust properly."

—Silas House, from 2018's stirring documentary, Hillbilly

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 261

January 12, 2021

"I believe that how you sell is a free sample of how you solve."

—Joe Brouillette

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 260

December 27, 2020

"Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."

—Saint Augustine

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 259

December 1, 2020

“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.”

—William Makepeace Thackeray

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November 29, 2020

“They say the definition of an optimist is someone who believes the future is uncertain, and a pessimist is always right but they derive no satisfaction.”

Robert Downey Jr. on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (10/20/2020)

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November 28, 2020

“I was drifting, like most people do when they come out of university. I thought acting would last about a year. Here we are, 35 years [later]. There was a sort of excursion in those early years where I was also writing my own material with a couple of writing partners. Those were very happy days. I remember feeling the most satisfied and like a human being at the end of those days, more than any day on any film set ever. You know this: Any kind of primary creativity where you actually turn a blank page into something hits a very profound spot and one that is deeply satisfying.”

—Hugh Grant, 11/27/2020

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November 23, 2020

"They say no one's gonna save you

You've gotta make it on your own

But I called from the dark

And you picked up the phone

On my back in the raging blue

I looked up, and you cut right through

 

And when I came back empty-handed

You met me in the road

And you fell on my neck

And you took me back home

After all that I took from you

After all that I put you through

Here I am"

Fire in Bone by Stuart David Price, Brandon Flowers, and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 255

November 12, 2020

As a world waits in impotent frustration,

The Sovereign God of the universe laughs, whistles

And rules from His throne.

The Alpha and Omega determines the end from the beginning.

He raises and deposes kings.

God's designed pauses give opportunities to remember it is not by might,

Nor by power

But by His Spirit

That details of all time are orchestrated.

With God on the throne, I have nothing to fear.

 

Sovereign Lord, give me peace while I wait—and pray—in your pause.

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 254

October 21, 2020

“America needs Thanksgiving now more than ever. It’s inevitable, due to our battered psyche. This is a nation that’s in pain.”

—Dr. Oz

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October 19, 2020

"We don't use the people to get the work done, we use the work to get the people done."

—Bill McCready, Lead Pastor, LifePoint Church

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September 9, 2020

“There’s nothing older than the idea that this is new.”

—Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

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September 3, 2020

“And especially, you don’t want to go to a college where the professors think that students are there to provide them with an audience for indoctrination.”

—Thomas Sowell

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 250

August 24, 2020

"Is she an only?"

"Au contraire, she's not our only...she’s our everything."

—Mom & Dad

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August 22, 2020

“Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music.”

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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July 29, 2020

“John Prine was, without a doubt, one of the greatest songwriters this world will ever know. Many people more qualified than me have written about why that is. And many more will follow. Greatest or not, here’s what it comes down to for me and here’s why he rests on my heart’s mountain top: Because he cared enough to look—at me, you, all of us—until he saw what was noble and then he wrapped us up in melodies and sung us back to ourselves. 

That was the miracle of John Prine. And it was enough.”

—Iris Dement, 04/10/2020

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July 10, 2020

“I can only coach the person in front of me.”

—Idea

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May 8, 2020

"Isn't it interesting how life's boomerangs often bring us home?"

—Idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 245

April 20, 2020

"Mankind will never see an end of trouble until lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power become lovers of wisdom."

—Plato

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March 14, 2020

“There are only two forces that unite men—fear and interest.”

—Napoleon Bonaparte

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March 13, 2020

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” 

—Marie Curie

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March 1, 2020

“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on—have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear—what remains? Nature remains.

Walt Whitman, Specimen Days and Collect, 1881

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 241

January 27, 2020

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Hamlet to Horatio in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1.5.167-8)

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January 20, 2020

"We recommend coming with a good attitude and a tape measure."

—Orr-Reed Wrecking Co.

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January 19, 2020

"Booze can be a good servant, but it’s a lousy master."

—DI Fred Thursday, Endeavor, Season 2, Episode 1, Trove

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January 8, 2020

“Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne,

He travels the fastest who travels alone.”

1917's General Erinmore (portrayed by Colin Firth) quoting The Winners by Rudyard Kipling.

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January 4, 2020

"When one can see no future, all one can do is the next right thing."

—Grand Pabbie (troll chief), Frozen II 

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January 1, 2020

“If you look at the world you'll be distressed. If you look within you'll be depressed. If you look at God you'll be at rest.”

—Cornelia Arnolda Johanna ten Boom

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December 23, 2019

"I can save the day, but you can save the world."

—Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) to Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in Wonder Woman 1984

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December 15, 2019

“All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.”

—Pa Bailey, It's A Wonderful Life

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December 2, 2019

"Beware, children, you can leave yourself behind. You won't even know when it happened. All children grow up, but some—the wild ones, the ones with the light in their eye—escape."

—2020's Wendy (screenplay by Benh Zeitlin and Eliza Zeitlin)

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 232

September 29, 2019

"I really found what I like to eat by the time I was six. I've saved a lot of experimenting since then, continuing to put a lot of salt on hamburgers and go to it."

—Warren Buffett with his billionaire-bud, Bill (at 00:32:30, Episode 2 of Netflix's Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates), liberally shaking the salt and diving into the perfect meal.

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