What Did They Say?

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“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in real life all rests on perseverance.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Faith is as essential to the spiritual realm as oxygen is to the natural realm.” – Ray Comfort

“The energy of the crowd is insane. Twenty thousand people. It is a biggest jolt of adrenaline. It is very hard to explain. You know the old story about the woman lifting the car off her kid? It’s in that realm. You can actually hurt yourself and not know it.” – Tom Petty

“The miracle of life is not to be to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now, as fully and creatively as we can.” – Paul Kurtz


For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – realm

You Can Say That Again

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“Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.” – Don Henley

“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.” – James Dean

“Poetry is not only dream and vision, it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across out fears of what has never been before.” – Audre Lorde

“I want to be the bridge to the next generation.” – Michael Jordan


For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – bridge

They Said WHAT…

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“Great discoveries and improvements invariably involved the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“If people are failing, they look inept. If people are succeeding, they look strong and good and competent. That’s the “halo effect.” Your first impression of a thing sets up your subsequent beliefs. If the company looks inept to you, you may assume everything else they do is inept.” – Daniel Kahneman

“In 70s America, protest used to be very effective, but in subsequent decades municipalities have sneakily created a web of “overpermiticisation” – requirements that were designed to stifle freedom of assembly and the right to petition government for redress of grievances, both of which are part of our first amendment.” – Naomi Wolf

“Science is a self-correcting discipline that can, in subsequent generations, show that previous idea’s were not correct.” – Brian Greene


For Fandango’s One-Word Prompt (FOWC) – subsequent

Music Notes

“I was never too keen on the British music press. They’ve called us a supermarket hype, and they used to suggest that we didn’t write our own songs.” – Freddie Mercury

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“I try to open up my heart as much as I can and keep a real keen eye out that I don’t get sentimental. I think we are all afraid to reveal or hearts. It’s not at all in fashion.” – Paul Simon

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“I was very big into making the Big Artistic Statement – it had to be innovative, it had to be cutting edge. I was desperately keen on being original.” – David Bowie


For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – keen

You Don’t Say

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“A wily person does not walk on dry leaves.” – Proverbs

“I am so wily and feminine that I could live by your side for a lifetime and deceive you afresh each day.” – Jane Bowles

“A person should not judge too quickly, but that does not mean to not doubt and let go the wily people easily.” – Anuj Somany


For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – wily

A Perfect Match

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“When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Communication is key in any relationship, but the communication must be honest too. When it is nothing but lies being told there is an erosion of trust that is so very hard to repair. Find someone willing to talk with all truth and you will have half the battle won.


For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – transitory

Short and Sweet

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When it comes to laconic quotes, Confucius has that department covered…

“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.”

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember.  I do and I understand.”

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

Do you have a favorite short meaningful quote?


For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – laconic

Go Daddy-O

A patriarch is the head of the family, the dad, the father, papa, pa, or at least that is how it used to be.  Now a days it is a little more coparenting than there was in the past.  And you even see fathers with custody of children.  In my home growing up it was a little different.

Mom was the one in charge for the most part.  Although she would often threaten with, “Wait until your father hears about this.”  Dad was more the silent type, so when he talked, you would listen.  I have gathered a few things here related to the patriarch in the family…

“It’s a terrible thing being a patriarch.  I don’t even have a grey beard.  But people keep calling me up for advice.”  Pete Seeger

“My father was my teacher.  But most importantly he was a great man.”  Beau Bridges

“My father had a profound influence on me.  He was a lunatic.”  Spike Milligan (*a special note here, I am not saying my dad was crazy but he did have a great sense of humor that influenced me)

Dad loved BBVD… wish he’d been able to see them live.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – patriarch

Nemesis

Writer’s nemesis is writer’s block. Singer’s it’s laryngitis. An athlete’s is any injury. Right now my biggest nemesis is calories and fat. Do you have a nemesis?

“The measure of a superhero is always his nemesis.” – David Lyons

“My nemesis – my downfall, if you will – was relationships, and trying to fullfill them.” – Jennifer O’Neil

“Our nemesis is time, against which we have a single ally, memory, and even it betrays us.” – Sam Tanenhaus

“Restlessness is my nemesis it’s hard to just chill and sit still.” – Mos Def


For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – nemesis

Absence

They say the old adage

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder”

Is tried and true

So how come it feels

As though you are slipping away

You rarely spend time with me

And when you do you’re so distant

Is life just weighing you down

Or is it loss of interest in me

As you walk out the door again

Going who knows where

I wonder more if this is true

“Absence – that common cure of love”

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – adage

First quote by Thomas Haynes Bayly

Second quote by Lord Byron