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#56177 - 02/14/02 01:41 AM Re: words to live by  
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"I know God will not give anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much." ~~ Mother Teresa

"Love cures people--both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it." ~~ Dr. Karl Menninger

"He has put his angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go." ~~ Psalm 91:11

"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." ~~ Abraham Lincoln

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." ~~ Helen Keller

"The love we give away is the only love we keep." ~~ Elbert Hubbard

"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be." ~~ Grandma Moses

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." ~~ Edit Wharton

"Do what you can with what you have, where you are." ~~ Theodore Roosevelt

"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it." ~~ Mark Twain

"Life isn't a matter of milestones but of moments." ~~ Rose Kennedy

"Nothing is worth more than this day." ~~ Goethe


#56178 - 02/14/02 04:02 AM Re: words to live by  
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Taking the title of Helen's post literally, I thought a quote in today's newspaper was very apt. Certainly one which I try to live by (as you know Jackie - knowing wink -e)


"You celebrate by being alive, not by going to the party"
- Ben Kingsley (in response to the question how would he celebrate his latest Oscar nomination)

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#56179 - 02/14/02 02:33 PM Re: words to live by  
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You are a fluke of the universe. You have no right to be here...

-- Not found in an old Baltimore church.


#56180 - 02/14/02 02:46 PM Pennsylvania  
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We grow too soon alt, und too late schmart. --Pennsylvania Dutch


(Should be "Pennsylvania Deutsch," actually, shouldn't it?)

I've seen this countless times in cheap touristy booklets of "PA Dutch" or "Amish" sayings, yet I've never heard a genuine Pennsylvania Dutchman/woman actually say it

Concur in every particular. Does it have a more-than-apocryphal history, or is it perhaps just another Urban Legend?


#56181 - 02/14/02 03:05 PM Re: words to live by  
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"You celebrate by being alive, not by going to the party"
Indeed, my Dear. Blessings. I have another reason to send up a prayer today, as well. TBTG.


#56182 - 02/15/02 11:13 AM Kingsley anecdotes  
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"You celebrate by being alive, not by going to the party"
- Ben Kingsley (in response to the question how would he celebrate his latest Oscar nomination)


Ben Kingsley once gave an interview here in my University a few years ago. As well as being very approachable (and very small!!) he also has an acute sense of humour, he's a brilliant mimic and has some wonderful anecdotes. Here are a couple.

'After a performance in Stratford I was approached by an impending woman who announced to me "I was a young girl in India, Mr. Kingsley, and I have to say that your performance in A Passage to India was superb'.

'A Passage to India? But I wasn't in A Passage to India!' To which she emphasised, 'Oh, I think you'll find you were.'"


I love being recognised in public. The only problem is that I'm always being mistaken for other actors. An American girl once approached me after I'd completed a particularly gruelling lead role in a performance of Richard III.

'It's you, isn't it?', she said. 'Yes' I said with a humble smile. 'It's me'.

'It's really you' she went on. 'Yes, it's really me'.

'Oh, great', she finally said. 'I just loved you in Star Trek'"



#56183 - 02/16/02 02:24 AM Re: Pennsylvania  
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Matter of fact, I have heard someone in my family use this expression, either my father or my grandfather. The fact that an expression, or for that matter a quilt pattern or a picture of an Amish child in their peculiar garb, etc., ends up on kitschy stuff sold to tourists doesn't invalidate it as being, or having sometime been, real. It just becomes trite, hence hokey, which is a pity.


#56184 - 02/16/02 02:39 AM Re: words to live by  
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I have not contributed to this thread thus far, having enjoyed what everyone else has supplied. So I guess it's about time to put in my favorite set of maxims, which is not a one-liner.

To ride abroad redressing human wrongs,
To speak no slander, no, nor listen to it,
To honor his own word as if his God's,
To lead sweet lives in purest chastity,
To love one maiden only, cleave to her,
And worship her by years of noble deeds,
Until they won her; for indeed I knew
Of no more subtle master under heaven
Than is the maiden passion for a maid,
Not only to keep down the base in man,
But teach high thought, and amiable words
And courtliness, and the desire of fame,
And love of truth, and all that makes a man.


-- Tennyson, Idylls of the King


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