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"Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still." -- Old Chinese proverb
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. " --Teddy Roosevelt
"The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves, in their separate and individual capacities. " --Abraham Lincoln
"Security is mostly 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. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable." --Helen Keller
"Oh, the joy, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a friend. Of neither having to weigh a thought or measure a word, but just pouring them out chafe and grain together - knowing that an understanding heart will keep that which is worth keeping, and, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away." --Dinah Craik
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. " --George Bernard Shaw
How you look at it
A pessimist declared: "Ya can't win. Ya can't break even, and ya can't get out of the game!"
To which the optimist replied: "So? Minimize your loss and declare That a win."
Just Call Me Mercury
As a young man I used to win races.
I couldn't conceive being last.
As an old paraplegic with braces
Heck, a half mile an hour is fast!
Families
Everyone has two kinds of families -- those we're linked to by blood and birth and those we create out of choice and luck and, sometimes, sheer will.
"It is not the scope or magnitude of our ability that counts. It is what we do with what we have."
Anna, in The King and I

It's a very ancient saying,
But a true and honest thought,
That if you become a teacher,
By your pupils you'll be taught.
Here is one of my most treasured maxims which I quote from Don Marquis' 1927 book "archy and mehitabel".

wotthehell wotthehell
toujours gai
there s a dance in the old dame yet
 

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