Impromptu speech from Senator John Glenn to reporter Howard Metzenbaum questioning Mr. Glenn's job record.
Howard Metzenbaum: "How can you run for Senate when you've never held a 'job'?"
Senator John Glenn: "I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. I was through two wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on 12 different occasions.
"I was in the space program. It wasn't my checkbook, it was my life that was on the line. This was not a 9-to-5 job where I took time off to take the daily cash receipts to the bank.
"I ask you to go with me, as I went the other day to a Veterans Hospital, and look those men with their mangled bodies in the eye and tell them they didn't hold a job.
"You go with me to any Gold Star mother, and you look her in the eye and tell her that her son did not hold a job.
"You go with me to the space program, and you go as I have gone to the widows and the orphans of Ed White and Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee, and you look those kids in the eye and tell them that their dad didn't hold a job.
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"You go with me on Memorial Day coming up, and you stand on Arlington National Cemetery -- where I have more friends than I like to remember -- and you watch those waving flags, and you stand there, and you think about this nation, and you tell me that those people didn't have a job.
"I tell you, Howard Metzenbaum, you should be on your knees every day of your life thanking God that there were some men -- SOME MEN -- who held a job. And they required a dedication to purpose and a love of country and a dedication to duty that was more important than life itself.
"And their self-sacrifice is what has made this country possible.
"I have held a job, Howard!"
What do you do when all you feel is sadness? When every action is forced,
and your only expression is blank? When the only thing you look forward
to is sleep and the eight hours you won't get? When you hate that life
has no joy and promises are empty? So sad words cannot express / A pain
that erases all taste from food, humor from jokes, and joy from daily
life / Internalized so deep ones face has no expression / And your voice
is too ashamed to discuss / Nothing is said, no one fully knows, but everyone
understands / Days are long, all I want to do is sleep / Depression magnified
by memories / Ones strongest desire is a full nights sleep / Or to be
blissfully blind. -- JLV
"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad." -- Aldous Huxley
"It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place." -- H.L. Mencken
"Be true to your work, your word, and your friend."
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
-- Henry David Thoreau
"We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence."
-- Joseph Roux
"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." -- Mark Twain
"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend." -- William Blake
"Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never." -- Charles Caleb Colton
"A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely." -- Pam Brown
"Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education." -- Bertrand Russell
"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity." -- ?
"If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow." -- Chinese Proverb
"Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love."
-- George Eliot
"Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."
-- Muhammad Ali
"The only way to have a friend is to be one." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Our patience will achieve more than our force." -- Edmund Burke
"A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same." -- Elbert Hubbard
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."
-- George Washington
"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them." -- Kahlil Gibran
"Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again." -- Willa Cather
"As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven, it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape." -- John Spalding
"Perhaps even these things, one day, will be pleasing to remember." -- Virgil
"True friends stab you in the front." -- Oscar Wilde
"How do you tell someone, Vanilla when their heart is set on chocolate? Get white chocolate." -- ?
"Better to light one small candle, than to curse the darkness" -- Chinese Proverb
"All commend patience, but none can endure to suffer." -- Thomas Fuller
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"There is never a sudden revelation, a complete and tidy explanation for why it happened, or why it ends, or why or who you are. You want one and I want one, but there isn't one. It comes in bits and pieces, and you stitch them together wherever they fit, and when you are done you hold yourself up, and still there are holes and you are a rag doll, invented, imperfect. And yet you are all that you have, so you must be enough. There is no other way. And yet you are all that you have, so you must be enough. There is no other way."
"That's the nice thing about dreams, the way you wake up before you fall."
-- Marya Hornbacher
"Patience makes lighter, what sorrow may not heal." -- Horace
"So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?" -- Ayn Rand
"Money may kindle, but it cannot by itself, and for very long, burn." -- Igor Stravinski
"Reality can be beaten with enough imagination." -- ?
"I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel." -- Peter Nivio Zarlenga
"Sometimes it is a great joy just to listen to someone we love talking." -- Vincent McNabb
"Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell." -- ?
"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them." -- James Baldwin
Quote of the Year Nominee
Nominated for quote of the year is the statement made by Representative Dick Armey, who when asked if he had been in President Clinton's place, would he have resigned?
Dick Armey responded: "If I were in the President's place I would not have gotten a chance to resign. I would be laying in a pool of my own blood, hearing Mrs. Armey standing over me saying, "How do I reload this damn thing?"
Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.
-- Harold B. Melchart
Advice is more agreeable in the mouth than in the ear. -- Mason Cooley
"The best proof of love is trust." -- Joyce Brothers
When the sun comes up, I have morals again. -- Elizabeth Taylor
Red [Speaking about the aria "Che soave zeffiretto" from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro which Andy played to the prisoners]: I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies
were singing about. Truth is, I don't want to know. Some things are better
left unsaid. I'd like to think they were singing about something so beautiful,
it can't be expressed in words, and it makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a grey
place dares to dream. It was as if some beautiful bird had flapped into our
drab little cage and made these walls dissolve away, and for the briefest
of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.
Andy Dufresne [Speaking about the wonderful, inspiring music of Mozart]: Here's where it makes the most sense. You need it so you
don't forget. Forget that there are places in the world that aren't made
out of stone. That there's a...there's a...there's something inside that's
yours, that they can't touch.
To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals - that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him.
-- Honore De Balzac
A Random Conversation...
Sibling: Do I need to update Grandma again (after seeing Guy and Girl kiss after they've broken up)?
Sibling: Do you make out with all your friends?
Girl: No, only the ones I have sex with.
A pofessional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it. -- Alistair Cooke
It's hard when things end. Even if nobody dies, even if you part on the best possible terms, and there is nobody else involved. Even if you're the one who lets go first. It's never easy. It always hurts.
-- Jennifer Weiner, Good in Bed
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From ESPN's transcript of Two On Two ESPN's Jim Gray:
Does the NBA lack enough white superstars in your opinion?
Larry Bird: "Well, I think so. You know when I played you had me and Kevin (McHale) and some others throughout the league. I think it's good for a fan base because as we all know the majority of the fans are white America. And if you just had a couple of white guys in there, you might get them a little excited. But it is a black man's game, and it will be forever. I mean the greatest athletes in the world are African-American."
Magic Johnson: "We need some more LB's, Larry Birds. I mean you know, you want that. Larry Bird, you see, can go into any neighborhood. When you say 'Larry Bird,' black people know who he is, Hispanics, whites, and they give him the respect."
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Bird: "I really got irritated when they put a white guy on me. I still don't understand why. A white guy would come out, I would always ask him, 'What, do you have a problem with your coach? Did your coach do this to you?' And he would say, 'No,' and I'd say, 'Come on, you got a white guy coming out here to guard me; you got no chance.' And for some reason, that always bothered me when I was playing against a white guy."
Bird: "Yeah, disrespect."
Gray: "Did you consider yourself black in terms of a basketball player?"
Bird: "As far as playing, I didn't care who guarded me red, yellow, black. I just didn't want a white guy guarding me, because it's disrespect to my game."
"Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house." -- Rod Stewart
"There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz 380SL." -- Lynn Lavner
"Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. The other eight are unimportant." -- George Burns
"Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake a whole relationship." -- Sharon Stone
You can't claim you're for peace if you're not willing to disturb it. -- Bill Maher, The World With (08/27/04)
I don't wear my religion on my sleeve. But it has led me from Vietnam to now. I don't want to say god is on our side but we are on gods side.
Words spoken without action are just slogans.
-- John Kerry
During the Vietnam War, many young men, including the current president, the vice president and me, could have gone to Vietnam and didn't. John Kerry came from a privileged background. He could have avoided going too, but instead, he said: Send me.
When they sent those swiftboats up the river in Vietnam and they told them their job was to draw hostile fire, to wave the American flag and bate the enemy to come out and fight, John Kerry said: Send me.
And then, on my watch, when it was time to heal the wounds of war and normalize relations with Vietnam and to demand an accounting of the POWs and MIAs we lost there, John Kerry said: Send me.
Then when we needed someone to push the cause of inner-city children struggling to avoid a life of crime or to bring the benefits of high technology to ordinary Americans or to clean the environment in a way that created new jobs, or to give small businesses a better chance to make it, John Kerry said: Send me.
-- Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention 7/26/04
Luke Skywalker: I am looking for a great warrior.
Yoda: Urmmm... Wars do not make one great.
-- Star Wars Episode IV - The Empire Strikes Back
Emperor Meiji (Ken Watanabe): Tell me how he died.
Algren (Tom Cruise): I will tell you how he lived.
-- The Last Samurai
There is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.
-- W. Somerset Maugham
The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation. -- Pierre Elliot Trudeau
Lying is done with words and also with silence. -- Adrienne Rich
People will do anything no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. -- Carl Jung
A half truth is a whole lie. -- Yiddish proverb
Flatter me and I may not belive you. Criticize me and I may not like you. Ignore me and I may not forgive you. Encourage me and I will not forget you.
-- William Arthur Ward
The whole problem with this world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wise people so full of doubts.
-- Betrand Russell
Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way.
-- Ronald Regan (2/6/1911 6/5/2004)
[Alzheimer's has taken my husband (Ronald Reagan)] to a distant place where I can no longer reach him and share our 52 years Science has presented us with a hope called stem cell research, which may provide our scientists with many answers that for so long have been beyond our grasp. I just don't see how we can turn our backs on this. We have lost so much time already. I just really can't bear to lose any more.
- Nancy Regan, Speaking to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you treat everything like a nail. -- Abraham Maslow , U.S. psychologist
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. -- Elbert Hubbard, The Note Book, 1927
The most important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative, and the second disastrous. -- Margaret Fontey
It's a mistake to confuse pity with love. -- Stanley Kubrick
The militants are out gunned by the Israeli's so they turn death into victory. Martyrdom makes many promises, a ticket to paradise, their sins forgiven, a better future than life in Rafah.
Saira Shah, Narrator of the documentary Death in Gaza
It teaches the strong to know when they are weak and the brave to face themselves when they are afraid. To be proud and unbowed in defeat yet humble and gentle in victory. And to master ourselves before we attempt to master others. And to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep. And to give the predominance of courage over timidity.
-- General Douglas MacArthur, on the virtues of competitive athletics.
Someone's at my door screaming hate is love, that silence is security, and war is peace. -- Zack De La Rocha