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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 252

September 9, 2020

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

—Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 251

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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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 249

August 22, 2020

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

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 248

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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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 247

July 10, 2020

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

—Idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 246

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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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 244

March 14, 2020

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

—Napoleon Bonaparte

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 243

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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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 242

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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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 240

January 20, 2020

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

—Orr-Reed Wrecking Co.

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 239

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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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 238

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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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 237

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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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 236

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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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 235

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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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 234

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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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 233

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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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 231

September 14, 2019

The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it fears. Circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.

 

Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves.

—James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 230

August 28, 2019

"If his IQ slips any lower we'll have to water him twice a day."

Molly Ivins (1944-2007) when describing the late, great Jim Collins (U.S. Representative, R-Dallas)

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 229

August 4, 2019

“She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.”

—Sixo (on why he loves the Thirty-Mile Woman) in Beloved, by Toni Morrison (February 18, 1931 - August 5, 2019)

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 228

August 3, 2019

“You can buy a man's time, you can buy a man's physical presence at a certain place, you can even buy a measured number of skilled muscular motions per hour or day. But you cannot buy enthusiasm, you cannot buy initiative, you cannot buy loyalty; you cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds, and souls. You have to earn these things.”

—Clarence Francis

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 227

July 12, 2019

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

—Roald Dahl, The Twits

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 226

July 11, 2019

“Power without love is reckless and abusive. Love without power is sentimental and anemic.”

—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 225

July 9, 2019

Whose woods these are I think I know.   

His house is in the village though;   

He will not see me stopping here   

To watch his woods fill up with snow.   

 

My little horse must think it queer   

To stop without a farmhouse near   

Between the woods and frozen lake   

The darkest evening of the year.   

 

He gives his harness bells a shake   

To ask if there is some mistake.   

The only other sound’s the sweep   

Of easy wind and downy flake.   

 

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   

But I have promises to keep,   

And miles to go before I sleep,   

And miles to go before I sleep.

—“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, 1923

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 224

June 23, 2019

“It’s all about trying to ‘help somebody cross.’ While everybody else is fighting for a seat at the table, talking about ‘#OscarsSoWhite, #OscarsSoWhite,’ I said, ‘Y’all go ahead and do that. While you’re fighting for a seat at the table, I’ll be down in Atlanta building my own.’ Because what I know for sure is that if I could just build this table, God will prepare it for me in the presence of my enemies.”

Tyler Perry (acceptance speech for BET Awards’ Ultimate Icon Award)

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 223

June 12, 2019

"Now we rise

and we are everywhere."

Pink Moon by Nick Drake (1948-1974)

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 222

June 1, 2019

Scott: "Garlic bread is my favorite food. I could honestly eat it for every meal. Or just eat it all the time without even stopping." 

 

Ramona: "You'd get fat." 

 

Scott: "Why would I get fat?" 

 

Ramona: "Bread makes you fat." 

 

Scott: "Bread makes you fat?"

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 221

May 7, 2019

“Work keeps at bay three great evils: boredom, vice, and need.”

—Voltaire, Candide

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 220

May 5, 2019

A demonym is any name derived from a place that helps describe people who live there. Californians are people who live in California. Frenchmen live in France. And so on. But what about the demonyms that are seemingly random?

 

How the heck did people from the Netherlands become the Dutch, for example?

 

Before we dig into this demonym, there are three terms we need to define: Holland, the Netherlands, and Dutch. In Old English dutch simply meant “people or nation.” (This also explains why Germany is called Deutschland in German.)

 

Over time, English-speaking people used the word Dutch to describe people from both the Netherlands and Germany. (At that point in time, in the early 1500s, the Netherlands and parts of Germany, along with Belgium and Luxembourg, were all part of the Holy Roman Empire.) Specifically the phrase “High Dutch” referred to people from the mountainous area of what is now southern Germany. “Low Dutch” referred to people from the flatlands in what is now the Netherlands.

 

Within the Holy Roman Empire, the word “Netherlands” was used to describe people from the low-lying (nether) region (land). The term was so widely used that when they became a formal, separate country in 1815, they became the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The word “Holland” literally meant “wood-land” in Old English and originally referred to people from the northern region of the Netherlands. Over time, it came to apply to the entire country. Got all that?

 

In some cases, the demonym preceded the place name. For example, Finland is the place where the Finns live, just as Germany is the place where the Germans live. The people came before the official government and place name. (Parts of what we call Germany was called Prussia until 1932.)

 

In English we denote place of origin by suffixes. The most common suffixes that denote place are: -(a)n (Chicagoan), -er (New Yorker), -ese (Chinese), -ian (Norwegian), and -ish (English). Where did these suffixes come form? Latin, of course. -ish actually comes from Old English, which is why citizens of the British Isles have -ish demonyms: Scottish, Welsh, English, etc. The other suffixes came from Latin, though they each convey slightly different senses. -ese most directly meant “belonging to or originating in a place.” -(a)n and -ian are variations on the same suffix meaning “belonging to.” -er was used principally in the sense of “one having to do with a thing,” as in lawyer or villager. As with most vocabulary in English, they all now coexist and serve the same purpose.

 

It’s also important not to confuse demonyms with adjectives. You can listen to an Argentinian song, but it is sung by an Argentine.

 

Here are a few of our other favorite exceptions to the rule:

Kiwi

Neapolitan

Liverpudlian

Cypriot

Czech

Turk

Buckeye

Hoosier

Spaniard

Greek

Swiss

Swede

Uzbek

—dictionary.com

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 219

March 17, 2019

"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us."

—President Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation for "A Day Of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer in the United States of America" on April 30, 1863

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 218

March 13, 2019

“Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things. What I do takes long hours of studying and uninterruptible concentration. I try to learn certain areas of computer science exhaustively; then I try to digest that knowledge into a form that is accessible to people who don't have time for such study.”

Donald E. Knuth

Computer Science Department

Stanford University

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 217

February 15, 2019

"A gift must never favor the giver."

—idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 216

February 13, 2019

"I don't like that man. I must get to know him better."

—Abraham Lincoln

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 215

February 12, 2019

“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”

—Mark Twain

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 214

November 26, 2018

"Unbow your head, sister."

—Ernestine Rivers, in James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 213

November 22, 2018

“O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good; because his mercy endureth for ever.”

Psalm 118:1

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 212

November 19, 2018

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel to set in the hearts of honest men, but be careful that you do not take the day and leave out the gratitude.”

E.P. Powell

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 211

November 13, 2018

"We were together.

I forget the rest."

Walt Whitman

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 210

November 5, 2018

"The first to apologize is the bravest.

 

The first to forgive is the strongest.

 

The first to forget is the happiest."

 

—idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 209

October 29, 2018

“This is my fault, Honey. If I hadn't...this wouldn't have happened. I’m so sorry.”

 

“You’re not that powerful, Dad. Eat your food.”

Ally (Lady Gaga), to her grieving father, Lorenzo (Andrew Dice Clay), after her husband, Jack (Bradley Cooper), dies by suicide in 2018's A Star Is Born

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 208

October 23, 2018

“We each fall short, yet we are each enough.”

—idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 207

October 20, 2018

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,

As I foretold you, were all spirits, and

Are melted into air, into thin air:

And like the baseless fabric of this vision,

The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces,

The solemn temples, the great globe itself,

Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,

And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,

Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff

As dreams are made on; and our little life

Is rounded with a sleep.

—Prospero, in The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1, 148–158, by William Shakespeare, written 1610-1611

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 206

October 20, 2018

“Laughter is what gives me forward motion. We are the only creatures that both laugh and weep. I think it’s because we are the only creatures that see the difference between the way things are and the way they might be. Tears bring relief. Laughter brings release.

 

Some years ago I came across a phrase in Greek—asbestos gelos—inextinguishable, unquenchable laughter. I traced it to Homer’s Iliad, where it was used to describe the laughter of the gods. That's my kind of laughter. And he who laughs, lasts.

 

Good night. Sleep loose.”

 

—Robert Fulghum, It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 204

October 19, 2018

“Oft expectation fails and most oft there

Where most it promises, and oft it hits

Where hope is coldest and despair most fits.”

—William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, Act II, Scene 1, Line 145

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 205

October 19, 2018

“To be sure I must; and therefore I may assume that your silence gives consent.”

—Plato

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 201

October 17, 2018

"Woe the barren world, the world without compliment or apology."

—idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 203

October 10, 2018

“The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.” 

—Leonard Hand

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 202

October 5, 2018

“I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”

—Oliver Cromwell

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 200

September 29, 2018

“It is time for you to go home. You have been a thirsty man looking for a drink and all the while standing knee-deep in a flowing stream.

 

There is really nothing you must be. And there is nothing you must do. There is really nothing you must have. And there is nothing you must know. There is nothing you must become.

 

However, it helps to understand that fire burns and that when it rains, the earth gets wet.

 

Whatever, there are consequences. No body is exempt.”

Adapted from Manabu Kohara

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 199

September 21, 2018

“I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have I can reflect light into the dark places of this world—into the black places in the hearts of men—and change some things in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of my life.”

Alexandros Papaderos

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 198

September 19, 2018

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”

Preface, “It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It” by Robert Fulghum 

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 197

August 20, 2018

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

—Voltaire

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 195

August 17, 2018

"Before I learned the art, a punch was just a punch and a kick just a kick.

After I learned the art, a punch was no longer a punch, a kick no longer a kick.

Now that I understand the art, a punch is just a punch and a kick is just a kick."

—Bruce Lee

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 192

August 12, 2018

"Sociology is psychology at scale."

—idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 193

August 12, 2018

"I made very few promisesand kept them all."

—Teddy Roosevelt when asked, "To what do you attribute the success of your presidency?"

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 191

August 4, 2018

“Don’t sacrifice your career for your job.”

—Habit #6 from How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job by Sally Helgesen

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 196

July 15, 2018

"If some is good, more must be better."

—Reynolds' Supposition

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 194

June 29, 2018

"I have a hypothesis, though that's all it is: The most common root cause of disappointment in life is missed expectations."

—idea

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 190

June 15, 2018

“The world needs fewer gurus and more scholars. Gurus preach from intuition; scholars teach from evidence. Gurus promote themselves; scholars promote ideas. Gurus make promises; scholars ask questions.”

—Adam Grant

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 188

May 14, 2018

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 189

May 13, 2018

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

 
Courage to change the things I can,
 
and wisdom to know the difference.”

“The Serenity Prayer” (1934) by Reinhold Niebuhr

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 187

April 9, 2018

"Much of this testimony reveals that while technologically and financially you are giants, morally you are pygmies."

—Representative Tom Lantos, a California Democrat and chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on 11/07/2007, lecturing Yahoo and General Counsel Michael Callahan regarding Yahoo's role in the arrest of journalist Shi Tao.

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 186

March 14, 2018

"In places like Abilene, Kansas, the big sins, left unchallenged, would have had very practical and disastrous effects. Sloth could lead to the failure of a family farm; gluttony and inebriation to the destruction of a family; lust to the ruination of a young man or woman; vanity to excessive spending, debt, and bankruptcy.

In places like that, people had an awareness not only of sin but of the different kinds of sins and the different remedies for each. Some sins, such as anger and lust, are like wild beasts. They have to be fought through habits of restraint. Other sins, such as mockery and disrespect, are like stains. They can be expunged only by absolution, by apology, remorse, restitution, and cleansing. Still others, such as stealing, are like a debt. They can be rectified only by repaying what you owe to society. Sins such as adultery, bribery, and betrayal are more like treason than like crime; they damage the social order. Social harmony can be rewoven only by slowly recommitting to relationship and rebuilding trust. The sins of arrogance and pride arise from a perverse desire for status and superiority. They only remedy for them is to humble oneself before others.

In other words, people in earlier times inherited a vast moral vocabulary and set of moral tools, developed over centuries and handed down from generation to generation. This was a practical inheritance, like learning how to speak a certain language, which people could use to engage their own moral struggles."

—David Brooks, The Road to Character

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 185

January 16, 2018

"We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances...to choose one's own way."

Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 184

November 22, 2017

“We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

 

The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.

 

Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity—in all this vastness—there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

Cornell University lecture by Dr. Carl Sagan, October 13, 1994, regarding a photographic image captured by Voyager 1 in 1990. Known as “Reflections on a Mote of Dust,” Dr. Sagan expanded on these ideas in his 1996 book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 183

October 29, 2017

“Now, I’m nobody, but I think I was able to meet the challenge. I did what I had to—when I had to—and I was lucky to be able to do it.”

Adolfo Kaminsky (92), former member of the French Resistance in World War II, whose identification documents’ forgeries afforded safe passage to Jews within, across, and out of Nazi-occupied France. He and his colleagues are credited with saving the lives of no fewer than 3,000 French Jews, and perhaps as many as 14,000.

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 182

September 27, 2017

“How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?“

—Agent Bill Tench, Mindhunter

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 181

September 18, 2017

"The privately educated Englishman is the greatest dissembler on earth… Was, is now, and ever shall be, for as long as our disgraceful school system remains intact. Nobody will charm you so glibly, disguise his feelings from you better, cover his tracks more skillfully, or find it harder to confess to you that he's been a damn fool. Nobody acts braver when he's frightened stiff, or happier when he's miserable; nobody can flatter you better when he hates you than your extrovert Englishman or woman."

George Smiley, in The Secret Pilgrim, by John le Carré

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 180

September 15, 2017

"I smell like sleep. I need to take a shower at your place. Worst case, I need to wash my bangs in the sink."

—Overheard on a train

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 179

August 25, 2017

"You're a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond."

—Mr. White, Spectre

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 178

August 24, 2017

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

—Marcus Tullius Cicero

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 177

August 22, 2017

"Carve every word before you let it fall."

—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 176

August 8, 2017

"I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely."

David Letterman (who retired two years ago after 33 years and 6,000 interviews) announcing a pre-recorded 6-episode longform conversation program set to debut in 2018

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 175

August 7, 2017

“Don’t look too long at the door that closes, or you won’t see the door that opens. The ancient Egyptian myth claims that every 500 years the phoenix bird would fly into a fire of its own origin and burn to ashes, only to rise again full of vigor.”

Miguel Martinez, founder of El Fenix

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 174

August 6, 2017

“I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.

I aim with my eye.

 

I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.

I shoot with my mind.

 

I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.

I kill with my heart.” 

—Gunslinger's Creed, The Dark Tower, by Stephen King

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 173

August 1, 2017

"I still have faith, but I don't know why. Maybe it's the fire in my little girl's eyes."

—Jason Isbell

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 172

July 11, 2017

"Walked out this morning, I don't believe what I saw—

A hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore.
Seems I'm not alone in being alone,
A hundred billion castaways... looking for a home.”

Message in a Bottle, The Police, 1979

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 171

June 23, 2017

"I thought it would last my time— 

The sense that, beyond the town, 

There would always be fields and farms, 

Where the village louts could climb 

Such trees as were not cut down; 

I knew there’d be false alarms

 

In the papers about old streets 

And split level shopping, but some 

Have always been left so far; 

And when the old part retreats 

As the bleak high-risers come 

We can always escape in the car.

 

Things are tougher than we are, just 

As earth will always respond 

However we mess it about; 

Chuck filth in the sea, if you must: 

The tides will be clean beyond. 

—But what do I feel now? Doubt?

 

Or age, simply? The crowd 

Is young in the M1 cafe; 

Their kids are screaming for more— 

More houses, more parking allowed, 

More caravan sites, more pay. 

On the Business Page, a score

 

Of spectacled grins approve 

Some takeover bid that entails 

Five per cent profit (and ten 

Per cent more in the estuaries): move 

Your works to the unspoilt dales 

(Grey area grants)! And when

 

You try to get near the sea 

In summer . . . 

        It seems, just now, 

To be happening so very fast; 

Despite all the land left free 

For the first time I feel somehow 

That it isn’t going to last,

 

That before I snuff it, the whole 

Boiling will be bricked in 

Except for the tourist parts— 

First slum of Europe: a role 

It won’t be hard to win, 

With a cast of crooks and tarts.

 

And that will be England gone, 

The shadows, the meadows, the lanes, 

The guildhalls, the carved choirs. 

There’ll be books; it will linger on 

In galleries; but all that remains 

For us will be concrete and tyres.

 

Most things are never meant. 

This won’t be, most likely; but greeds 

And garbage are too thick-strewn 

To be swept up now, or invent 

Excuses that make them all needs. 

I just think it will happen, soon."

Going, Going by Philip Larkin, age 49 in 1972, seeing his world in decay

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 169

June 20, 2017

"I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.

So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:

Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.

Crowned with lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

 

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.

Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.

A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,

A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.

 

The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,—

They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses.

Elegant and curled is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve.

More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.

 

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave.

Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;

Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.

I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned."

Dirge Without Music by Edna  St. Vincent Millay, 1917

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 170

June 11, 2017

"The book I wrote, The Outpost, remains the professional work I am proudest of. It is not what has resulted in the most Twitter memes, but it is the most meaningful. It was the one least about me; and it may be one professional achievement, maybe, perhaps, that has a chance of outlasting me. That which you end up doing in the service of something greater than youeven if it means that you feel lesser, humbler, even worthless by comparisonby honoring the humanity of others, that will allow you to get in closer touch with your own."

—Jake Tapper '91, 2017 commencement address, Dartmouth College, June 11th

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 168

May 18, 2017

"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:

Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"

Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, January 11th 1818 

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 167

May 7, 2017

"We felt we could change the culture by building around talented position players with high character. Baseball is a game with inherent adversity, and players who tend to respond to adversity in the right way and triumph in the end are players with strong character. [To determine whether a recruit has high character] We find out how he treats people when no one's looking, go talk to their girlfriend, go talk to their ex-girlfriend, go talk to their friends, go talk to their enemies." 

—Theo Epstein, President of Baseball Operations, Chicago Cubs

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 166

May 4, 2017

“He is a man so sui generis, that I do not wonder at his not being apprehended till he is seen. His influence is of a curious sort. There is a vague nobleness and thorough sweetness about him, which move people to their very depths, without their being able to explain why. The logicians have an incessant triumph over him, but their triumph is of no avail. He conquers minds, as well as hearts, wherever he goes; and without convincing anybody’s reason of any one thing, exalts their reason, and makes their minds worth more than they ever were before.”

Harriet Martineau, writer, upon first hearing Ralph Waldo Emerson lecture, June 9th 1848

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 165

April 2, 2017

"If I've learned one thing above all else, know what it is? What you put out into the world will always come back to you, but never how you predict."

—Thomas Coughlin, Live by Night

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 164

March 8, 2017

"It is that laser beam of self-reflection that makes you the perfect partner. You are the key to me beating Doris."

 

"Who's Doris?"

 

"She's the Cobra Kai to my Daniel-san, and I swear on Earnest's clogged-up dead heart that that witch will not take our title!"

—Grandma Ruby, recruiting her goofy, unknowing grandson, Junior, to help her whoop up on old folks playing Spades at church, on ABC's Blackish

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 162

February 27, 2017

"It's real simple: we playin' by Grandma's rules...you eat, you talk."

—Kevin, Moonlight

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 163

February 27, 2017

"There's a new ambition: to get on disability. Or, if you look at data on unemployed young males, it's amazing (A) How many live at home, (B) How much time they spend playing video games, and (C) How few have a driver's license. The sense of urgency of, say, fifty to sixty years ago, is gone. And when you look at information technology, our most dynamic sector, what do people use it to do? To have Amazon ship them packages, and to watch Netflix at home. Again, it's just all very comfortable, and not at all dynamic from a macro point of view."

—Economist Tyler Cowen, describing findings from his latest, The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 158

February 26, 2017

"One person standing on the word of God is a majority." 

—Maya Angelou

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 159

February 24, 2017

"I think he [Christopher Hitchens] would be very active in the resistance. He would have more or less ignored Trump himself. He thought Bill Clinton was a titanic vulgarian. He would have jumped out of his shoes to see Trump in his pomp. I think he would have gone for Steve Bannon. He would have honed in on Steve Bannon, who revealed himself yesterday as a semi-literate neurotic when he said, 'Every morning, President Trump tells Reince and I....' He means Reince and me. I mean, that's a gross illiteracy. The idea of him being an intellectual is laughable. He's another neurotic windbag."

—Welsh author and Oxford graduate, Martin Amis, drowning in superiority as he sizes up the state of American politics and one whom he perceives as just another Harvard hack

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February 24, 2017

"Christopher would have said, 'Look to the language.' First, with Trump, the incredible poverty and paucity of his language. We remember 'the nattering nabobs of negativity,' well that's what's coming out of Bannon's and Trump's mouths now. The idea that Bannon is the intellectual heavyweight and ideologue of this kind of supranationalist wing of the Republican Party is, like, laughable."

—Carol Blue, widow of writer Christopher Hitchens, describinga bit ironicallyhow her late husband might have sized up President Trump

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February 24, 2017

"It's like Swiss cheese, just full of holes. Hitchens was deeply well read and an interpreter of modern life, and Bannon is sort of a Goldman Sachs/hack/wannabe producer in Hollywood who kind of stumbled on, after 9/11, this philosophy of raw American nationalism, kind of thoughtless. I do think he [Hitchens] would have aimed for Bannon, this sort of intellectual poser, but there's no way Christopher Hitchens would have voted for Hillary Clinton."

—Historian Douglas Brinkley, waxing philosophically about fellow Houstonian, Christopher Hitchens, and possible views he might have about D.C. operators

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 157

February 19, 2017

"I have become so accustomed to unpleasant thoughts and hardships 'til that has become my new normal. Pain is my constant companion."

—Roger Stringer, whose 15-year-old son, Zach, was wrongfully convicted of murdering his 11-year-old baby brother, Justin. After serving five years of a twenty-year sentence, Zach has been released on good behavior. The Stringer's pursue overturning the conviction.  

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 156

February 18, 2017

"We've killed God. We've eliminated hierarchy. The only remaining altar is man's ambition, to feel superior to other men."

 

"There is no cure. The solution is disease, because once diseased, there is hope for a cure."

—Institute Director Volmer, as if Nietzsche had written Faust who had, in turn, screenwritten the more-than-a-little-bit-creepy A Cure for Wellness

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February 14, 2017

“After many months of looking around, we happened to meet and she just blew me away. She has this sort of energy that makes every problem seem surmountable.”

Damien Chazelle, screenwriter and director of La La Land, describing choreographer Mandy Moore

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January 28, 2017

"Let us neither express, nor cherish, any harsh feeling toward any citizen who, by his vote, has differed with us. Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling."

—Abraham Lincoln

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January 27, 2017

"Now, at 86, I've seen a lot of people get older, and I've never seen anyone who felt good about their children but felt bad about their life. I've seen plenty of people with lots of money, where it hasn't worked out well for the family (either they didn't feel good about their children, or their children didn't feel good about them). Either way, they failed. At the most important teaching job they had. Sometimes it happens for extraneous reasons, but I've really never met anybody, regardless their economic circumstances, who felt their life was a failure who felt good about their children...whom they brought into the world. Success in business—but failure in the home—is failure in life."

—Warren Buffett 

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 152

January 18, 2017

"Davos is where billionaires tell millionaires how the middle class feels."

—George Will

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January 17, 2017

"What that mean to me? 'Bonnie working.'  I don’t care if she working! Go ask her for the ten dollars if she working. Talking about 'Bonnie working.' Why ain’t you working?"

—Troy Maxson, Fences, by August Wilson

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 150

January 16, 2017

"Shakespeare was so ahead of his time that people still don't talk that way."

—Rod Longuestte (and https://bit.ly/1XmrgGW) 

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 147

January 14, 2017

"You should let me take your picture sometime."

 

"No thanks. I'm with the Cherokee on this one: the fewer photographs out there of me, the better."

Live by Night's reclusive mobster Joe Coughlin responding to an otherwise kind offer from Miguel

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 150-1

January 14, 2017

"Watch out for this one; he's rat tricky."

—RD Pruitt, Live by Night

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 146

January 13, 2017

"Think before you bark!"

—The illogical words I contemplate shouting at our yappy, yappy, yappy pup

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 148

January 11, 2017

"Is you is or is you ain't got gas money?"

All Night, Chance the Rapper

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 145

January 11, 2017

"To Mom for showing me I could, to Dad for insisting I must, and to Frank, Shun, and Tom for showing me how."

—Bud Shaw, MD, one of America's liver transplant pioneers, in his dedication in Last Night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon's Odyssey

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 144

January 6, 2017

"So here's what we know: it's definitely 'Chicken on a Stick.' And your play is going to be a triumph."

—Sebastian, La La Land

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 143

January 5, 2017

"Hope is essential to life. Just as the body cannot live without dreams, the soul cannot live without hope."

—Elie Wiesel

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 142

December 30, 2016

“I'm back, I'm back

Prouder than ever baby

Louder than ever maybe

 

One more pill, just one more beer

One less star in the atmosphere for us

 

So I just kept breathing my friends

Waiting for the man to choose

Saying this ain't the day that it ends

'Cause there's no white light and I'm not through

 

I'm alive, I'm alive...

 

And I've got so much more that I want to do with the music

Was it music that saved me?

Or the way that you prayed for me?

Guess either way, I thank you I'm alive

 

And tomorrow is mine, I said tomorrow is mine

Said I just got to keep on breathing

I said no, don't let go breathing, breathing...

Got to keep on, got to keep on, got to keep on

I just got to keep on breathing

 

I'm alive, I'm alive...

 

And I've got so much more that I want to give

Was it music?

Was it science that saved me?

Or the way that you prayed and prayed for me?

 

Well I thank you I'm alive.”

White Light by George Michael (1963-2016); inspired by his near-death 2011 bout with pneumonia, and introduced to the world at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony as the lead single to his sixth studio album.

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 141

December 18, 2016

"The white helmets respond to an average of 35 attacks a day, fighting for life in a vicious war. They were nominated this year for a Nobel Peace Prize. Syria has descended into murder on an industrial scale, but on the outer limits of cruelty, humanity begins."

—Scott Pelley, 60 Minutes

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 139

December 9, 2016

"Danny had this great, really interesting idea: to explore the happiness people anticipate from some experience, compared to the happiness they actually experience in the moment, compared to the happiness they remember from the experience. These are different forms of what [behavioral] economists would call 'utility'—expected, experienced, and remembered. This is [just one example of] work that didn't get done."

—Author Michael Lewis (on his press junket for The Undoing Projectdescribing one of Daniel Kahneman's and Amos Tversky's many brilliant research ideas and, by extension, the fertility of their collaborative minds.

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 138

December 8, 2016

"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd."

—Voltaire

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 140

December 8, 2016

"Zero G, and I feel fine."

—John Glenn, 1921-2016

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 137

December 7, 2016

"I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds, able to see any issue from both sides. Sometimes I flatter myself that this is a talent, but I wonder if what I have should even be called talent. After all, a talent is something you use, not something that uses you. The talent you cannot not use, the talent that possesses you—that is a hazard.”

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 136

December 6, 2016

"What we're currently seeing is an adhocracy...telephone diplomacy. Not yet a coherent strategy. The President-Elect said one of America's weaknesses is its predictability [so we're starting to see the alternative in action]."

—Richard Haass, describing [a week in the life of Trump]... (1) his phone call with Taiwan's president, coming on the heels of (2) a verbal agreement with Carrier to keep 730 jobs in the United States, and (3) a $50B investment/50,000 U.S. employees deal with Japan's SoftBank billionaire Masayoshi Son.

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 135

December 5, 2016

"Oh! The theme I've been waiting for all my life. Listen to this sentence: 'A Red Ryder BB gun with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time.' Poetry. Sheer poetry, Ralph! An A++++++++!"

—Miss Shields (clutching Ralphie's theme to her bosom) in 1983's holiday classic, A Christmas Story

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 134

December 4, 2016

"What is success? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded."

—Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 126

December 3, 2016

"I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams."

Hamlet, by William Shakespeare

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 125

December 2, 2016

"I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government, for that government is best which governs not at all, and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have."

—Henry David Thoreau

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For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 124

December 1, 2016

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not—when I came to die—discover that I had not lived."

—Henry David Thoreau

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 123

November 30, 2016

"I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society."

—Henry David Thoreau

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 122

November 29, 2016

"Beware all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes."

—Henry David Thoreau

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 121

November 28, 2016

"How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book?"

—Henry David Thoreau

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 120

November 27, 2016

"My greatest skill has been to want but little."

—Henry David Thoreau

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 119

November 26, 2016

"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone."

—Henry David Thoreau

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 118

November 25, 2016

"Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new."

—Henry David Thoreau

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 117

November 24, 2016

"I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company—even with the best—is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude."

—Henry David Thoreau

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 116

November 23, 2016

"I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

—Henry David Thoreau

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LANGUAGE HOUND with EAR & SNOUT

For the Love of Language (published sporadically, as moved) No. 115

November 22, 2016

"A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips...not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself."

—Henry David Thoreau

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