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Quotes July 31, 2020

“The Unknown Soldier

A tale to tell in bloody rhyme,
A story to last ’til the dawn of end’s time.
Of a loving boy who left dear home,
To bear his countries burdens; her honor to sow.
–A common boy, I say, who left kith and kin,

To battle der Kaiser and all that was therein.
The Arsenal of Democracy was his kind,
–To make the world safe–was their call and chime.
Trained he thus in the far army camps,
Drilled he often in the march and stamp.
Laughed he did with new found friends,
Lived they together for the noble end.

Greyish mottled images clipp’ed and hack´ed–
Black and white broke drum Ʀ…ɧ..λ..t…ʮ..m..ȿ
—marching armies off to ’ttack.
Images scratched, chopped, theatrical exaggerate,
Confetti parades, shouts of high praise
To where hell would sup and partake
with all bon hope as the transport do them take

Faded icons board the ship–
To steel them away collaged together
–joined in spirit and hip.

Timeworn humanity of once what was
To broker peace in eagles and doves.
Mortal clay in the earth but to grapple and smite
As warbirds ironed soar in heaven’s light.
All called all forward to divinities’ kept date,
Heroes all–all aces and fates.

Paris–Used to sing and play at some cards,
A common Joe everybody knew from own heart.
He could have been called ‘the kid’ by the ‘old man,’
But a common private now taking orders to stand.
Receiving letters from his shy sweet one,
Read them over and over until they faded to none.
Trained like hell with his Commander-in-Arms,
–To avoid the dangers of a most bloody harm.

Aye, this boy was mortal, true enough said,
He could be one of thousands alive but now surely dead.
How he sang and cried and ate the gruel of rations,
And grumbled as soldiers do at war’s great contagions.

Out–out to the battle this young did go,
To become a man; the world to show.

(An ocean away his mother cried so–
To return her boy safe as far as the heavens go).

Lay he down in trenched hole,
With balls bursting overhead upon the knoll.
Listened hardnfast to the “Sarge” bearing the news,
—“We’re going over soon—” was all he knew.

The whistle blew; up and over they went,
Charging the Hun, his life to be spent
(“Avoid the gas boys that’ll blister yer arse!!”).

Running through wires razored and deadened trees,
Fell he into a gouge to find in shelter of need
(They say he bayoneted one just as he–,
face to face in War’s Dance of trialed humanity).
A nameless sonnuvabitch shell then did untimely RiiiiiiiP
the field asunder in burrrstzʑ–and he tripped.
And on the field of battle’s blood did he die,
Faceless in a puddle as blurrs of ghosting men
shrieked as they were fleeing by–.

Perished he alone in the no man’s land,
Surrounded by an army of his brother’s teeming bands . . .

And a world away a mother sighed,
Listened to the rain and lay down and cried.

. . . Today lays the grave somber and white,
Guarded decades long in both the dark and the light.
Silent sentinels watch o’er and with him do walk,
Speak they neither; their duty talks.

Lone, stark sentries perform the unsmiling task,
–Guarding this one dead–at the nation’s bequest.
Cared over day and night in both rain or sun,
Present changing of the guard and their duty is done
(The changing of the guard ’tis poetry motioned
A Nation defining itself–telling of
rifles twirl-clicking under the intensest of devotions).

This poem–of The Unknown, taken thus,
Is rend eternal by Divinity’s Iron Trust.
How he, a common soldier, gained the estate
Of bearing his countries glory unto his unknown fate.
Here rests in honored glory a warrior known but to God,
Now rests he in peace from the conflict path he trod.
He is our friend, our family, brother, our mother’s son
–belongs he to us all,
For he has stood in our place–heeding God’s final call.”
Douglas Laurent

Quotes July 30, 2020

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

“This is your home, my friend, do not be driven from it; great men have done great things here, and will again, and we can make America what America must become.”
“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (Amazon, Bookshop)
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy, “Three Methods Of Reform,” Pamphlets: Translated from the Russian
[Of her family’s bookshelves] “The majority of what sat there spoke to my father’s sense of the world—or the world as he’d like us to know it: a vast and varied place full of mystery and order, just those two forces working together and upon each other in ceaselessly fascinating ways.”
Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light (Amazon, Bookshop)
“If you ever want to keep up a grudge against someone, don’t see that person alongside beautiful flowers.”​
Francis Bacon, “Of Beauty” (Amazon, Bookshop)
“Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control,
These three alone lead life to sovereign power.”
Alfred Tennyson, “Oenone”
“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road
(Amazon, Bookshop)
“You know that book; you forget the title after you’ve returned it and over the years you try to look it up a few times, but you never find it again.”
Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird (Amazon, Bookshop)
“I put my hand on Lucy’s back and felt her uneven breaths, the tremor of her shoulder blades. I was stunned by the rawness of her pain. I came to understand that night in the sports bar, safe from the blinding rain, that I could not worry about Lucy anymore. I knew then it was just too enormous for me to manage and that worrying about her would swamp me. If I was swamped by worry, I would be useless to her. It was even possible that I would desert her, and that was the thing that could never happen.”
Ann Patchett, Truth and Beauty: a Friendship (Amazon, Parnassus)

Quotes July 29, 2020

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
Walt Whitman
“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.”
Albert Schweitzer
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
Marie Curie
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
Mahatma Gandhi
“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”
Lee Iacocca
“When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint on the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.”
Edgar A. Guest

Quotes July 28, 2020

“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country. That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned. … You don’t protest against the flag, and you don’t protest against this country who’s given you the opportunities to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen. So, I don’t want to hear all the crap.”
Mike Ditka
Iconic Chicago Bears’ coach and NFL Hall of Famer
“‘To my mind there is no more noble profession than serving as a law enforcement officer. You put your life and well-being on the line to protect your communities. And your families spend anxious nights, night after night, so the rest of us can sleep in peace. That job has always been a difficult job, but it’s probably – no time where it is more difficult than today …'”
AG Barr on law enforcement
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, 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; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt
“Make glorious amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody has ever made before. Do not freeze, do not stop, do not worry. Whatever you are scared of doing, do it.”
Neil Gaiman
“There is no sense in punishing your future for the mistakes of your past. Forgive yourself, grow from it, and then let it go.”
Melanie Koulouris
“Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.”
Leo Buscaglia
Start everyday with a new hope, leave bad memories behind and have faith for a better tomorrow.

People come in and out of your life. Only the real ones stay.

Quotes July 27, 2020

Courtesy of Claudia Hall Christian Everyday Kindness

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or soften the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.”
Franklin D Roosevelt
“What we need is a new kind of army — the army of the kind.”
Cleveland Amory
No matter how dark it feels, be kind. You will light up your world and the lives of everyone you know.
I find myself craving the beautiful open spaces. Where ever you are, may you find peace, may you find beauty, may you be kind.
Hope. It’s a four letter word that can stop a heart or give a life meaning. Human beings cannot live without hope. What gives you hope?
Hey, a lot of people are struggling right now. Just because you are struggling doesn’t mean that you are failing. Quite the opposite. Your struggle is an indication of your unfailing courageous heart. Be kind. Share your courage with others.
Joy is an essential part of life. Where do you experience joy? Adding more joy to your life is really as simple as noticing the joy you are currently experiencing. By turning your attention to your own joy, you will develop a more joyful life. Of course, being kind is a type of joy.
“You don’t have to attend every argument you are invited to.”
Sometimes, you have to draw in the joy and the beauty of the world around you. Raise your hands and say “Yes. In fact I can.” Being kind will only enhance your progress toward every goal.
“There are no SHOULDS” or when your inner Karen rises up or When you meet Karen on the street
Being kind is beautiful. It draws people to you like nectar draws bees.
This is a time when we focus on the joys of the present while keeping our eyes and minds on the long view. Being kind will show the way.
Being kind is a spark that will light up your life
There’s a lot of crazy out there. Watching the worst of human behavior only grinds down our own peace of mind. Stop watching the madness. Find things that grow your sense of peace. Hold a peace in your mind and heart. Your life will blossom with kindness you are able to give and receive.
We need to keep our eyes on the world we wish to live in. Being kind with guide you.
Where ever you are, I hope you have a good day or a good evening.
Everyone’s world is under threat right now. Be kind

Quotes July 26, 2020

If one lights a fire for others, one will brighten one’s own way.
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
“Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.”
Edith Schaeffer
“The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”
Stephen Furtick
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
Soren Kierkegaard
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
Jim Rohn
“It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
James Baldwin
It’s all about finding calm in the chaos.
Donna Karan

Quotes July 25, 2020

Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.
Swami Vivekananda
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
Charlotte Bronte
“From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
Mahatma Gandhi
“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.”
Aung San Suu Kyi
“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”
Peter Marshall
“Dreams are the foundation of America.”
Lupita Nyong’o
“Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.”
Ayn Rand
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
William Faulkner
“Freedom lies in being bold.”
Robert Frost
“America is another name for opportunity.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.”
Herbert Hoover
“This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.”
Lyndon B. Johnson
“I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.”
Theodore Roosevelt
“Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.”
“Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.”
Daniel J. Boorstin
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Nelson Mandela
“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”
Albert Einstein
“The essence of America—that which really unites us—is not ethnicity, or nationality, or religion. It is an idea—and what an idea it is: that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.”
Condoleezza Rice
“I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.”
Wendell Willkie
“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.”
Kahlil Gibran
“Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”
Louis D. Brandeis
Sometimes you have to put on a fake smile on and just pretend it never happened. It’s not giving up, it’s growing up.

Quotes July 24, 2020

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”
Abraham Lincoln
“Sitting in front of my fireplace, basking in it’s warm glow gives me time to reflect upon the sacrifices that it has taken for me to enjoy the security of a good home, in a safe environment. I can hear the soft whisper of the snow as it caresses my window and covers the ground outside in a scintillating display of sparkling lights under the full moon. How many times have our service men and women watched this same scene from a foxhole, or camped in some remote part of the world. Thankful for the silence of that moment, knowing it won’t last long. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He/she dresses in fatigues and patrols the world restlessly, ensuring that we can have this peaceful night. Every day they give us the gift of this lifestyle that we enjoy, and every night they watch over us. They are warriors, angels, guardians, friends, brothers, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers, forming a family that stretches back to the beginning of the country. So tonight when you go to bed say a prayer that God watch over those who watch over us, and thank them for their sacrifices, on and off the battlefield. Pray that they have a peaceful night, and will be home soon with their families who also share their burden. Without them we would not have this moment.”
Neil Leckman
“The next morning re-supply choppers brought mail, supplies, and Christmas stockings that had been packed by young school kids. Each stocking contained lots of candy and a letter. We took turns passing the letters around. Tex’s parents had sent him a small, artificial Christmas tree. We set it up on the top of our foxhole and decorated it with white shaving cream from our sundry supplies. The shaving cream looked like snow.”
Lanny Starr, Vietnam Diary: A Memoir for my Posterity
“The brave men and women, who serve their country and as a result, live constantly with the war inside them, exist in a world of chaos. But the turmoil they experience isn’t who they are; the PTSD invades their minds and bodies.”
Robert Koger, Death’s Revenge
“We who have seen war, will never stop seeing it. In the silence of the night, we will always hear the screams. So this is our story, for we were soldiers once, and young”
Joseph L. Galloway, They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans
“Battling for our Wounded Warriors to have a better tomorrow for what they battled for US yesterday.”
Roxanne Ward
“A Veteran is the one who takes up arms to save you before the ones who take up arms to kill you can succeed. Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu”

Quotes July 23, 2020

I’m a big fan of the saying, “Nothing beats a failure but a try.”
Regina King,
Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill,
prime minister
Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.
Anne Lamott,
Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
John D. Rockefeller,
business magnate, philanthropist
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”
Morrie Schwartz
“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton
“Love is a friendship set to music.”
Joseph Campbell
“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.”
Lord Byron
When people tell me nothing has changed, I say come walk in my shoes and I will show you change.
John Lewis,
politician, civil rights leader

Never regret your decisions, every mistake makes you smarter and stronger.

Quotes July 22, 2020

You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.
Janis Joplin
“The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.”
Henry Miller
“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”
Vincent Van Gogh
“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.”
Roy Croft
“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.”
Benjamin Franklin
“You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.”*
Julia Roberts
Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
John Lennon
“Just remember, once you are over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”
Arthur Schopenhauer
“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”
Oscar Wilde
“There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right then, have it your way.”
C. S. Lewis
Getting started is often the hardest part.