October 22

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There is no shortcut to life. To the end of our days, life is a lesson imperfectly learned.
Harrison Salisbury
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
There’s a time when a man needs to fight, and a time when he needs to accept that his destiny is lost, that the ship has sailed, and that only a fool would continue. The truth is, I’ve always been a fool. ~ Albert Finney as "Ed Bloom" in Big Fish
2005
I am 100 percent in favor of the intelligent use of drugs, and 1,000 percent against the thoughtless use of them, whether caffeine or LSD. And drugs are not central to my life. ~ Timothy Leary (born 22 October 1920)
2006
All political movements are like this — we are in the right, everyone else is in the wrong. The people on our own side who disagree with us are heretics, and they start becoming enemies. With it comes an absolute conviction of your own moral superiority. There's oversimplification in everything, and a terror of flexibility. ~ Doris Lessing (born 22 October 1919)
2007
Think for yourself and question authority. ~ Timothy Leary
2008
I often observed to my brother, You see now how little nature requires to be satisfied. Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; And I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatsoever state he is. This consists in a full resignation to the will of Providence; and a resigned soul finds pleasure in a path strewed with briars and thorns. ~ Daniel Boone
2009

Quotes by people born this day, already used as QOTD:

  • I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common. If you see it, black and white people, both sides look to see the differences, they don't look at what they have together. Men and women, and old and young, and so on. And this is a disease of the mind, the way I see it. ~ Doris Lessing (recent Nobel Prize winner for Literature)

Suggestions

My advice to people today is as follows: If you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out. ~ Timothy Leary


You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind. ~ Timothy Leary (date of birth)


Parents should leave books lying around marked "forbidden" if they want their children to read. ~ Doris Lessing (born October 22, 1919)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:11, 21 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:03, 16 October 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 22:21, 21 October 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Zarbon 05:25, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:39, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

It's not bad to say: My work is not what I really want, I'm capable of doing something bigger. Or I'm a person who needs love, and I'm doing without it. What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better. ~ Doris Lessing


Really valuable books have been allowed to go out of print. In the old days, the publishers knew that these difficult books, the books that appeal only to a minority, were very productive in the long run. Because they're probably the books that will be read in the next generation. It's heart-breaking how often I have to say when I'm giving talks, "This book is out of print. This book is out of print." It's a roll call of dead books. ~ Doris Lessing


If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people. ~ Timothy Leary


War among nations is a natural reaction to the absence of peace. ~ Chika Sylva-Olejeme

  • 2 Zarbon 17:48, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 20:03, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:39, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
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Laughter is Humanity's mechanism to escape suffering. ~ Deepak Chopra


Focus on the quality of life. Add life to your years and then years will be added to your life. ~ Deepak Chopra

  • 2 Zarbon 17:48, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 20:03, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:39, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 0 because it is unsourced. - InvisibleSun 20:22, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

I've opened the way for others to make fortunes, but a fortune for myself was not what I was after. ~ Daniel Boone

  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 12:33, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Many heroic actions and chivalrous adventures are related of me which exist only in the regions of fancy. With me the world has taken great liberties, and yet I have been but a common man. ~ Daniel Boone

  • 3 Kalki 22:58, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 12:33, 23 October 2008 (UTC)