It’s very witty.  Some of it is macabre; I had to put it down for a couple of days.  However, Mary Roach is quite clever, and I’ve laughed out loud numerous times, always indicative of a good book!  I also found a copy of A Book of Angels by Sophy Burnham.  I read this book in 1991, and it was very inspirational.  I’m finding it just as inspirational now.  It is full of wise quotes.  I’ll close with one.

from Saint Augustine:

“Miracles do not happen in contradiction to nature, but only in contradiction to that which is known to us of nature.”

I like!


By listing some inspiring, moving, resonating quotes.

  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
    Maya Angelou
  • By the time a man is 35 he knows that the images of the right man, the tough man, the true man which he received in high school do not work in life.
    Robert Bly
  • All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.  — Henry David Thoreau

Well, here’s a bunch by Mark Twain, my hero.  He was a man before his time.  In fact, the Thoreau quote above would apply to Mark Twain, I believe.  Here we go!

  • Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
  • Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
  • Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.
  • Be careless in your dress if you will, but keep a tidy soul.
  • But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?
  • Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
  • Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
  • Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.
  • One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
  • Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
  • Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.
  • Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

Okay, well, there are a few Twain quotes.  I started this entry this morning, and just completed it with the Twain quotes.  I had a much more ‘alive’ day than I was feeling this morning and I’m thankful for it!!

One thought I was having about my prolific blogging today is from Bob Dylan,

“I’ve got a head full of ideas, that are driving’me insane!”

One of my favorite people to quote is Mark Twain.  I love the man.  He was so before his time and when I hear things he said it’s like a breath of fresh air.  I don’t like lies and secrets.  I can’t say I’ve never lied or told or broken a secret, but I try to advise people not to tell me secrets because I can’t keep them!  I love Twain’s quote:

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”  I think I like that because I’m forgetful at times.  Also, it just feels practical and resonates inside.

Regarding Ayn Rand, I read 2 of her books many, many years ago when I was a teenager.  I read them for pleasure because they were lying around the house.  We the Living was the first novel of hers that I read.  It also happens to be the first novel she wrote.  After that, I read The Fountainhead .  I loved this novel.  Howard Roark’s devotion to the purity of his art endeared me to him so.  What I didn’t know for years was that this book spawned a school of thought or philosophy call Objectivism .  I confused Objectivism with Existentialism, neither of which I understood well.  I just felt all of the architecture created by Howard should never be changed because it was his art.  I guess I was thinking like an artist, although I’ve never thought of myself as an artist.

Later I found out about Ayn Rand’s popularity and following.  Now that I do understand Objectivism, I find it very interesting that former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was a devotee of Rand’s and actually lived with her and her followers as a young man.  I never read the behemoth Atlas Shrugged, probably because it looked like work, and by that time I knew she was a proponent of this philosophy I didn’t understand at the time.  I may tackle it one day.  It may be pertinent to our times.

I just thought about Elizabeth Kubler Ross.  Perhaps more later, or maybe someone reading this has some thoughts!!  I do know when she was trying to help children with Aids in the western part of Virginia in the 80’s   she was threatened, her home and many of her papers burned (through arson, I believe), and there was a lot of opposition to it.  I found that sad.  But there is so much more to this fascinating woman.  Anyone out there want to to talk about her, or any other artist, book, art work, architecture, etc.?  Please feel free to comment. I want to know what you are thinking about this stuff, and certainly learn more about all of these subjects.