Monday, February 15, 2016

Three Great Quotations

It was very satisfying to have some (of my favourite) cheese and some saucisson sec Proven├žal with some of my own baguette. It sounds, looks and tastes very good and I could be happier and prouder.

A lot of people are expressing happiness over the death of US Superior Court Justice, Antonin Scalia and discomfort with that feeling.

If you want some fun, read online from a site of famous quotations. (I can never get enough of Dorothy Parker.) Here are two quotations that appealed to me on my last online visit:
  • Seneca (the younger, in translation) said: “Religion is regarded as true by the common, as false by the wise and as useful by the rulers."
  • Eleanor  (a favourite person of mine) said: “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events and small minds discuss people.”
  • An American physics professor named Michael E. Brown, posted the following on his office door; (it became famous when his students posted a photo of his door on social media): “When you’re dead, you don’t know that you are dead. It is difficult only for others. It’s the same when you are stupid.” 

And speaking of Eleanor Roosevelt…. All of my very earliest memories are of embarrassments or pain except one and that was seeing a poster that was advertising a speech being made by Mrs. Roosevelt in Vancouver at our own Georgia Auditorium. I was four years old and when I saw it, something made me really want to go so I asked my incredulous parents who, of course, said no. It’s not the disappointment of not being able to go that I remember, it’s her powerful attraction I vividly can recall.

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