Previous "Quotes of the Week" ~ 2006

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"Fail not to call to mind,
in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month,
that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth
was born on that day;
and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it;
for mirth is also of Heaven's making."

~Leigh Hunt


"Christmas waves a magic wand
over this world, and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful."

~Norman Vincent Peale


"The smallest things can make the biggest difference.
Because the smallest things often turn out
to be the biggest things."

~ Unknown


Frances Bergen, whose husband Egar Bergen the ventriloquist died in 1978 at age 75, said in a 1990 interview: "Oh, you bet it was impossible to have your own identity.

"The [public] reaction to my husband was astounding. We'd be out to dinner or dancing and people would come up and tap him on the shoulder and ask, "Where's Charlie? Where's Charlie?' I must admit at one point I thought, 'If I hear the name Charlie one more time, I'll … ' I was proud of my husband, he was so talented, but selfishly, once in awhile you do feel, 'What about me?'

"Then I was Candy's mother and I did have this complex about going on auditions, because I thought the casting director would be thinking, 'Oh, I wish it was her daughter but instead here comes Mother Bergen.' "

But, she said in the interview, she wouldn't trade her life for anything.

Frances Bergen appeared in several movies, playing small roles in the 1953 rendition of “Titanic,” “American Gigolo” and “The Muppets Take Manhattan.” She also appeared on “Murphy Brown,” her daughter’s hit sitcom.

~ Frances Westerman Bergen
(September 14, 1922 - October 2, 2006)

Listen to Frances Bergen singing on 'The Edgar Bergen Show.'"
(Format: mp3)


"When I talk to the camera, mate, it's not like I'm talking to the camera, I'm talking to you because I want to whip you around and plunk you right there with me."

~ Steve Irwin
(February 22, 1962 - September 4, 2006)

Tragically, Irwin died while filming underwater documentary footage, when a stingray struck its barb through his chest and into his heart. He ran the world famous Australia Zoo and became internationally famous as the "Crocodile Hunter." Irwin is survived by his wife Terri and their two young children, Bindi Sue and Bob Clarence.

"Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation,
are people who want crops without ploughing the ground;
they want rain without thunder and lightning;
they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.
The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one,
or it may be both.
But it must be a struggle.
Power concedes nothing without a demand;
it never has and it never will."

~ Frederick Douglass

6/14/06 (in honor of Father's Day):

"Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later... that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life. "

~Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities


"All we have of freedom, all we use or know -
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.

~ Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899

"Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time,
testify to the present or to the coming generations,
that we have forgotten, as a people,
the cost of a free and undivided Republic.

~ John A. Logan

"Painting is silent poetry,
and poetry is a speaking picture."

~ Simonides



Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store,
Though foolishly he lost the same,
Decaying more and more
Till he became
Most poor:
With thee
O let me rise
As larks, harmoniously,
And sing this day thy victories;
Then shall the fall further the flight in me.

My tender age in sorrow did begin;
And still with sicknesses and shame
Thou didst so punish sin,
That I became
Most thin.
With thee
Let me combine,
And feel this day thy victory;
For, if I imp my wing on thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.

~ posted at Meridian Magazine


"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought
and the thought has found words."

~ Robert Frost (1874-1963)


"Accept your genius
and say what you think."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1834 - 1872)


"Robert Frost used to say that a fiction writer
should be able to tell what happened to himself
as if it happened to someone else,
and what happened to someone else
as if it had happened to himself."

~ Wallace Stegner, On Teaching and Writing Fiction (p.42)


"Hate is too great a burden to bear.
It injures the hater
more than it injures
the hated."

~ Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927 to January 30, 2006)


"Their prison is only in their own minds,
yet they are in that prison;
and so afraid of being taken in
that they cannot be taken out."

~ Aslan, The Last Battle (p748)


"A bank is a place that will lend you money
if you can prove that you don't need it."

~ Bob Hope (1903 - 2003)


"Perseverance is a great element of success.
If you only knock long enough
and loud enough at the gate,
you are sure to wake up somebody."

-- H. W. Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

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