When I was young, I never bought records because my brother Joseph played saxophone and had a record player. I loved listening to his records: The Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington, all the big American jazz bands, and vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Ernestine Anderson, and Kitty White, a singer from the US who was a friend of Nina Simone. Nobody in America seems to know about her, but she was quite popular in South Africa.
I love to read the dedications of old books written in monarchies for they invariably honor some (usually insignificant) knight or duke with fulsome words of sycophantic insincerity, praising him as the light of the universe (in hopes, no doubt, for a few ducats to support future work); this old practice makes me feel like such an honest and upright man, by comparison, when I put a positive spin, perhaps ever so slightly exaggerated, on a grant proposal.stephen jay gould
These descents of mine beneath the sea seemed to partake of a real cosmic character. First of all there was the complete and utter loneliness and isolation, a feeling wholly unlike the isolation felt when removed from fellow men by mere distance ... . It was a loneliness more akin to a first venture upon the moon or Venus than that from a plane in mid-ocean or a stance on Mount Everest: no whit more wonderful than these feats, but different.william beebe
That you need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. Your own village means that you're not alone, that you know there's something of you in the people and the plants and the soil, that even when you are not there it waits to welcome you.cesare pavese
You will begin to succeed with your life when the pains and problems of others matter to yout. b. joshua
Adam was a super being when God created him...he had dominion over the fowls of the air which means he used to fly...well of course how could you have dominion over the birds and not be able to do what they do. Adam flew into space, with one thought he would be on the moon.benny hinn
when I have a terrible need of shall I say the word religion, then I go out and paint the stars.vincent van gogh
when harmony, mutual consideration, and trust pass out of the home, hell enters in.david o. mckay
If you have not tasted poverty, you will not be able to manage blessing when it comes. If you have not tasted humiliation, you will not be able to manage honour when it comes.t. b. joshua
The true history of mankind will be written only when Albanians participate in its writing.
when I would pray and think, I think and pray To several subjects; Heaven hath my empty words.william shakespeare
Too late I staid, forgive the crime, Unheeded flew the hours; How noiseless falls the foot of Time That only treads on flow'rs! What eye with clear account remarks The ebbing of his glass, when all its sands are diamond sparks That dazzle as they pass? Ah! who to sober measurement Time's happy swiftness brings, when birds of Paradise have lent Their plumage for his wings?W. R. Spenser
I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.rosa parks
when I started on Disneyland, my wife used to say, "But why do you want to build an amusement park? They're so dirty." I told her that was just the point — mine wouldn't be.walt disney
Frankly speaking, it is difficult to trust the Chinese.Once bitten bya snake, you feel suspicious even when you see a piece of rope.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.Mahatma Gandhi
'Tis all men's office to speak patience To those that wring under the load of sorrow, But no man's virtue nor sufficiency To be so moral when he shall endure The like himself.william shakespeare
when wisdom reaches the acme of perfection, it will suppress the vicious instincts and injurious desires.ali ibn abi talib