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October 27, 2007

It's a Jungle Out There


Alex and I were recently visiting Jungle Island in Miami on an overcast but otherwise pleasant day, along with a large group of friends. Whlie we were there, a variety of other faces caught my eye. Here is a sampling.

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Eye of the 'Crocosaurus'






    Unwilling Resident





Cautious Pedestrian



      Best Dressed


October 26, 2007

The Bard, and Quoting the Alphabet

Work continues on updates to the quotations collection. Shakespeare has been expanded and updated to the new format. I’ve also been working on the Alphabetical by Author collection (#17), which will also have a new format, and substantial additional entries. Over 600 new quotes have been added to W through Z already. As always, these cover a WIDE range of material, from historical to humor, music to marketing, etc.

My goal is to get the Alpha collection substantially done before the holidays. Next year’s emphasis will be on expanding and updating the poetry collection, and finding a better format for Universe. I continue to receive inputs from contemporary poets and need to find a better way to handle the material, most of which has not been put online. There are also some photo additions planned for the near future.

For now, a sampling of added material:

True is it that we have seen better days.

--William Shakespeare, As You Like It
     Act II, scene vii, line 126 [Duke Senior]

I do desire we may be better strangers.

--William Shakespeare, As You Like It
     Act III, scene ii, line 98 [Orlando]

If the skin were parchment and the blows you gave were ink,
Your own handwriting would tell you what I think.

--William Shakespeare,  The Comedy of Errors
     Act III, scene i, lines 15-16 [Dromio of Ephesus]

Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.

--William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
     Act III, scene i, line 158

If you're not ready to die for it, take the word "freedom" out of your vocabulary.

--Malcolm X [1962]

America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming!

--Israel Zangwill [from The Melting Pot]

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.

--Frank Zappa

Out of our quarrels with others we make rhetoric. Out of our quarrels with ourselves we make poetry.

--William Butler Yeats

Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for?

--Alice Walker

Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties.

--Barbara Walters

I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions on what to paint. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, "Well, what do you love most?" That's how I started painting money.

--Andy Warhol

Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country.

--George Washington [1873]

When I grow up, I'm not going to read the newspaper and I'm not going to follow complex issues and I'm not going to vote. That way I can complain when the government doesn't represent me. Then, when everything goes down the tubes, I can say the system doesn't work and justify my further lack of participation. – Calvin

--Bill Waterson

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