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Random Quotations for July 27th, 2008

Until the crickets sing it is not summer.
--Greek Proverb

It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.
--Robert E. Lee [1862]

The customer is never wrong (Le client n'a jamais tort) - usually re-stated as "The customer is always right."
  --Cesar Ritz

When you're dancing with a bear, you have to make sure you don't get tired and sit down. You've got to wait till the bear is tired before you get a rest.
  -- Joycelyn Elders, essay in the New York Times, September 14th 1993

The well-traveled may lie with impunity.
-- French Proverb

It was not so very long ago that people thought that semiconductors were part-time orchestra leaders and microchips were very, very small snack foods.
  Geraldine Ferraro

When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I'm out there to win.
--Joe Frazier

The blues is an art of ambiguity, an assertion of the irrepressibly human over all circumstances, whether created by others or by one's own human failing.
--Ralph Ellison, 1953

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
--Helen Keller

I found out life's hard but it ain't impossible.
--August Wilson, Two Trains Running, 1992

When we cannot get what we love, we must love what is within our reach.
--French Proverb

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.
-- Gilda Radner


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