“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”
“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
“The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.”
“Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.”
“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”
“Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.”
Marquis de Condorcet
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.”
Arnold H. Glasgow
On This Day
1927 – The Brookings Institution, one of the United States’ oldest think tanks, is founded through the merger of three organizations that had been created by philanthropist Robert S. Brookings.
The Brookings Institution is an American research group founded in 1916 on Think Tank Row in Washington, D.C. It conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and economic development. Its stated mission is to “provide innovative and practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and secure a more open, safe, prosperous, and cooperative international system.”
Brookings has five research programs at its Washington, D.C. campus (Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Governance Studies, Global Economy and Development, and Metropolitan Policy) and three international centers based in Doha, Qatar (Brookings Doha Center); Beijing, China (Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy); and New Delhi, India (Brookings India).
The University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index Report has named Brookings “Think Tank of the Year” and “Top Think Tank in the World” every year since 2008. The Economist describes Brookings as “perhaps America’s most prestigious think-tank”.
Brookings states that its staff “represent diverse points of view” and describes itself as non-partisan, and various media outlets have alternately described Brookings as “conservative”, “centrist” or “liberal”. An academic analysis of Congressional records from 1993 to 2002 found that Brookings was referred to by conservative politicians almost as frequently as liberal politicians, earning a score of 53 on a 1–100 scale with 100 representing the most liberal score. The same study found Brookings to be the most frequently cited think tank by the U.S. media and politicians.
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Born On This Day
1919 – Kateryna Yushchenko, Ukrainian computer scientist and academic (d. 2001)
Kateryna Lohvynivna Yushchenko (Ukrainian: Катерина Логвинівна Ющенко, Russian: Екатерина Логвиновна Ющенко, December 8, 1919, Chigirin – died August 15, 2001) was a Ukrainian computer and information research scientist, corresponding member of USSR Academy of Sciences (1976), and member of The International Academy of Computer Science. She developed one of the world’s first high-level languages with indirect address in programming, called the Address programming language. Over the period of her academic career, Yushchenko supervised 45 Ph.D students. Further professional achievements include Yushchenko being awarded two USSR State Prizes, The USSR Council of Ministers Prize, The Academician Glushkov Prize, and The Order of Princess Olga. Yushchenko was the first woman in the USSR to become a Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences in programming.
By Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair: Caroll Spinney, Sesame Street Puppeteer, Dies at Age 85 The voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch goes silent.
By Robert D. McFadden, The New York Times: Caroll Spinney, Big Bird’s Alter Ego on ‘Sesame Street,’ Is Dead at 85 Besides the sweet-natured giant yellow bird, he also played the misanthropic bellyacher Oscar the Grouch.
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“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”
Orison Swett Marden
“Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”
“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”
“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”
Charles F. Kettering
“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”
George Bernard Shaw
“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.”
David M. Burns
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”
Mark Victor Hansen
On This Day
1942 – World War II: British commandos conduct Operation Frankton, a raid on shipping in Bordeaux harbour.
Operation Frankton was a commando raid on ships in the Nazi German occupied French port of Bordeaux in southwest France during the Second World War. The raid was carried out by a small unit of Royal Marines known as the Royal Marines Boom Patrol Detachment (RMBPD), part of Combined Operations inserted by HMS Tuna captained by Lieutenant-Commander Dick Raikes who, earlier, had been awarded the DSO for operations while in command of the submarine HMS Seawolf (47S). (The RMBPD would later form the Special Boat Service).
The plan was for six kayaks (called “canoes” by the British) to be taken to the area of the Gironde estuary by submarine. Twelve men would then paddle by night to Bordeaux. On arrival they would attack the docked cargo ships with limpet mines and then escape overland to Spain. Men from no.1 section were selected for the raid; including the commanding officer, Herbert ‘Blondie’ Hasler, and with the reserve Marine Colley the team was thirteen in total. One canoe was damaged while being deployed from the submarine and it and its crew therefore could not take part in the mission. Only two of the 10 men who launched from the submarine survived the raid: Hasler, and his no.2 in the canoe, Bill Sparks. Of the other eight, six were executed by the Germans while two died from hypothermia.
Born On This Day
1915 – Leigh Brackett, American author and screenwriter (d. 1978)
Leigh Douglass Brackett (December 7, 1915 – March 18, 1978) was an American writer, particularly of science fiction, and has been referred to as the Queen of Space Opera. She was also a screenwriter, known for her work on such films as The Big Sleep (1946), Rio Bravo (1959) and The Long Goodbye (1973). She also worked on an abandoned draft of The Empire Strikes Back (1980). She was the first woman shortlisted for the Hugo Award.
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Huff Post: Ron Leibman, ‘Angels In America’ And ‘Friends’ Actor, Dead At 82 The actor played a huge variety of roles in movies, theater and TV in a career that spanned six decades.
Ronald Leibman (October 11, 1937 – December 6, 2019) was an American actor. He won both the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play in 1993 for his performance as Roy Cohn in Angels in America. Leibman also won a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Martin ‘Kaz’ Kazinsky in his short-lived crime drama series Kaz. In 1986 Leibman was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Morris Huffner in Christmas Eve. Leibman is most widely known for providing the voice of Ron Cadillac in Archer and for playing Dr. Leonard Green, Rachel’s rich, short-tempered father, on the sitcom Friends.
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