STATUS QUOtes — 20210529

“Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes.
Platitudes are there because they are true.”

— Margaret Thatcher —

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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Don’t worry about doing something ‘new.’ Do something ‘YOU.'” — Scott Bourne

“There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.” — Carl Sandburg

“The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.” — Chuck Palahniuk

“In one ear and out the other: this would still make the head a transit station. What I hear has to go out the same ear.” — Karl Kraus

 

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The American Dilemma in Quotes


Carl Sandburg
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I came across these two quotes today.

 

“If she [America] forgets where she came from, if the people lose sight of what brought them along, if she listens to the deniers and mockers, then will begin the rot and dissolution.”


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“I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision.”

 

— Carl Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) —

 

This is the yin and the yang of where America finds herself today. As a youngster, I was what is affectionately referred to as an “army brat.” My father was in China during WWII prior to my birth.

Several years later my father woke me one morning, kissed my goodbye and I didn’t see him for more than a year as he went off to fight in the Korean War. We were an army family. The service was never far from our minds.

As a preteen I lived on an American army base in Stuttgart, Germany. At the end of every day, as the American flags were lowered, all cars stopped and passengers stood and listened to the bugle play.

I have always had a love for this country — warts and all. Of course the United States was never perfect, but there was always an intangible sense that everyone we met was generally on the same basic march toward making America a better country and society; and to continue to nurture her along that path.

From what I can see today, that feeling is no longer prevalent. We are a very divided nation. As a people we have been warned before that we must stand united or else our democracy will certainly, as Sandburg warns, experience the rot and dissolution that threatens.

The ship of state has been taking on water, but I believe we can bail her out once again and continue our journey toward a more perfect union. We can use these times as a life-lesson for our nation’s development.

Part of this effort needs to be a focus that assures our governments at every level are responsible to the people and not any other interests or big payers. “We the people” are America and every fiber of our nation must be dedicated to improving the lives of all who are part of our country.

We cannot look to anyone else to solve this problem or to save America. It is up to all of us!

Will we be the men and women of will and vision?

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20201019

“Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes.
Platitudes are there because they are true.”

— Margaret Thatcher —

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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 
“If the camel once gets his nose in a tent, his body will soon follow.” — Saudi Arabian Proverb

“Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

“It is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn’t know what he is doing[ed].” — Owen Young

“I have written some poetry that I don’t understand myself.” — Carl Sandburg

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20191103

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Good impulses spring from a happy readiness of spirit.” — Baltasar Gracian

“Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes.” — Carl Sandburg

“With three or more people there is something bold in the air: direct things get said which would frighten two people alone and conscious of each inch of their nearness to one another. To be three is to be in public – you feel safe.” — Elizabeth Bowen

“Oh, we were doomed from the start. I’m an Earth sign. She’s a Water sign. Together, we made mud.” — Rodney Dangerfield

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20180718

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Slang is language that takes off its coat, spits on its hands, and goes to work.” — Carl Sandburg

“The life of a creator is not the only life nor perhaps the most interesting which a man leads. There is a time for play and a time for work, a time for creation and a time for lying fallow. And there is a time, glorious too in its own way, when one scarcely exists, when one is a complete void. I mean — when boredom seems the very stuff of life.” — Henry Miller

“The mind has exactly the same power as the hands, not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.” — Colin Wilson

“Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven’t been taxed before.” — Art Buchwald

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20170107

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

“You cannot fatten the pig on market day.” — African Proverb

“Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.” — Carl Sandburg

“Once you have met someone, you never really forget them.” — Hayao Miyazaki

“Autobiography is an unrivaled vehicle for telling the truth about other people.” — Philip Guedalla

 

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