Friday, August 31, 2012


"The DB7 is the most beautiful car ever made."
- Jeremy Clarkson

"If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth."
- Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Reich Minister of Propaganda

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness."
- Mark Twain

Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Fight on, my men," says Sir Andrew Barton
"A little I’m hurt, but not yet slain;
I’ll lay me down and bleed a while,
And then I’ll rise and fight again."
- Ballad excerpt source here.

"I'm my own worst critic. It helps keep you searching and trying to expand and to grow and not settling into something that's familiar and something that I think ultimately creates stasis. I want to keep moving and keep learning. And not to know everything."
- Michael Stipe 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

"It takes a long time to become young."
- Picasso

Take a flight over America here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

"The opposite of a leader is a victim."
- Robin Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

good to great

"Greatness is not a function of larger than life leaders, exorbitant executive compensation, killer business strategies, advanced technologies, mergers and acquisitions, or big change initiatives. Over the long run, these are all collective crutches an organization leans on to prop itself up - but none of these enable a company to become great. So what makes a company great? Disciplined people, disciplined thought, and disciplined actions over an extended period. Having 'the right people on the bus.' Having the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, in thought and in action, is the recipe for greatness."
- Attributed to Jim Collins

Friday, August 24, 2012

The key to success

- Jack Nicklaus

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"If you show any fear in LA, they will rip your throat out."
- Simon Cowell

Monday, August 20, 2012

"Pain is the only thing that makes people change."
- Rob Smith, Workforce Manager, San Diego

Sunday, August 19, 2012

study history

"History is the building block of all knowledge in our society and it is the most important part of the most significant tradition that human beings have, which is storytelling."
- Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Saturday, August 18, 2012

"only Allah is perfect; the fact that it is not perfect is part of its beauty."

"Never write a book under sixty thousand words."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Friday, August 17, 2012


What is the best early training for a writer?

An unhappy childhood.

Hemingway writing as "Your Correspondent," abbreviated as "Y.C." "Mice" is the nickname by which Y.C. addresses a young writer.


Robert Frank was a father of 35mm photography.

make it a double

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"All religious people are basically bipolar; just a little lithium [carbonate] and they'll be fine."
- Larry Flint

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


"All human endeavour is killing time. All of it."
- Jerry Seinfeld

non sequitur

"In the 16th century Royal Zoo, the elephant was allotted a daily ration of 1 gallon of red wine."
- Fiona Bruce 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

"I look forward to see what my work inspires in others."
- Arthur Miller

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sin Eater:
a person who accepts the blame for everyone.

"Whom God wishes to destroy he first makes mad."
- Euripides, 425 BC

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
- Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life

Sunday, August 12, 2012

"If there's not at least a 50% chance of diarrhea, it's not worth eating."
- Anthony Bourdain 

positive psychology

"Only 10% of your happiness is predicted by the external world. 90% of long-term happiness is determined by how your brain processes the world you find yourself in."
- Shawn Achor, Harvard University

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Buddha's "fear not" gesture

Mary Queen of Scots:
You are hard.
Elizabeth I:
It is the business of living that has made me so.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

"The oldest continually operating library in the world."
- Regarding Merton College Oxford, which was founded in 1373

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

formative years

"When it comes to heavy reading? Not when there was a tv show to watch."
- Martin Short

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"Only the boring are bored."
- Tommy Lee Jones

"The landscape with its violent, pure colours dazzled and blinded me. I was always uncertain..." 
- Paul Gauguin regarding his time in the South Pacific

Monday, August 6, 2012


Don King charged Mike Tyson $6000 per week for towels.

19th century writers

According to current valuations, Louisa May Alcott earned the equivalent of $2.5 million dollars from her writing, while Henry James earned $600k from his, and Herman Melville generated $250k. 

"It takes three generations to make a musician: the first to leave poverty; the second to go to school; and the third to master the instrument."
- Yo Yo Ma's father

Sunday, August 5, 2012

"They laugh at us because we're different; we smile at them because they're all the same."
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania Amish

Andy Warhol was about calculated decisions. 

"They call it Bird Pepper because it's so hot only birds can eat it because they don't have taste buds."
- Gardener at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Friday, August 3, 2012

"The biggest risk in a business is for a management not to take any."
- Louis Lagassé

"I get very possessive of my places and I don't want any other artists coming around here and messing around and painting my places or photographers or any other image workers. I want it to myself."
- Rackstraw Downes

"Who taught you all this, Doctor?"
The reply came promptly:
- Albert Camus, The Plague

"Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel."
- Horace Walpole

"Anyone can become angry - that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purposes, and in the right way - that is not easy."
- Aristotle

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Red Rock Cola was the only soda Babe Ruth endorsed.