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[Quote No.53381] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"[Poem:- about empathy and in particular how if we could see how fashion makes us look ridiculous we would dress more sensibly and be more humble in our behaviour and speech]

'To a Louse'

...

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An'foolish notion:
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
An' ev'n devotion!

" - Robert Burns
(1759 – 1796), Scottish poet.

Refer below for the modern English translation by Michael R. Burch of the above quoted, last verse of this poem:

O would some Power with vision teach us
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notions:
What airs in dress and carriage would leave us,
And even devotion!


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"[Poem: about the importance of little things]

'Little Things'

Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.

So the little moments,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
Of Eternity.

So the little errors
Lead the soul away
From the paths of virtue
Far in sin to stray.

Little deeds of kindness,
Little words of love,
Help to make earth happy
Like the Heaven above.

" - Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney
(1823 - 1908), born Julia Fletcher, she was an American educator and poet.
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"[Poem:- about asking for advice and accepting constructive criticism]

Ask council always of the wise,
give ear unto the end,
And ne’er refuse the sweet rebuke
of him that is thy friend.

" - Robert Smith
John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.
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"[Humility and 'understatement and over-delivery' are always best:] It’s no use to boast of anything until it’s done, nor then, either, for it speaks for itself." - John Greenleaf Whittier
The Little Pilgrim, 'The Fish I Didn’t Catch,' 1843.
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"[The importance of skepticism and doubt till proven true] ...and don’t believe anything I say, unless on reflection you judge it to be true! " - Xenophon
(circa 430 BC – 354 BC), son of Gryllus, of the deme Erchia of Athens, also known as Xenophon of Athens, was a Greek historian, soldier, mercenary, and student of Socrates. While not referred to as a philosopher by his contemporaries, his status as such is now a topic of debate. Quote from his book, 'Hellenica' - Jason’s advice to Polydamas of Pharsalus.
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"[Poem:- about love and showing affection]

'Kisses'

Kisses kept are wasted;
Love is to be tasted.
There are some you love, I know;
Be not loathe to tell them so.
Lips go dry and eyes grow wet
Waiting to be warmly met.
Keep them not in waiting yet;
Kisses kept are wasted.

" - Edmund Vance Cooke

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"[Poem: about kindness. Don't need to have people tell you they are having a hard time. It is best just to assume everyone, unless otherwise made clear, is having a hard time of life, with difficulties in the past, present and future and therefore treat them gently.]

'If I Had Known'

If I had known what trouble you were bearing;
What griefs were in the silence of your face;
I would have been more gentle and more caring,
And tried to give you gladness for a space.
I would have brought more warmth into the place,
If I had known.

If I had known what thoughts despairing drew you;
(Why do we never try to understand?)
I would have lent a little friendship to you,
And slipped my hand within your hand,
And made your stay more pleasant in the land,
If I had known.

" - Mary Carolyn Davies

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"[Poem:- about the fear of death, worry and pessimism. It also demonstrates the captain misusing the ideas of focus, persistence and comparison to create negatives and so make himself and others unhappy rather than the way that the first mate uses them to create positives and make himself and others happy!]

'The Worried Skipper'

’I hates to think of dyin',’ says the skipper to the mate;
‘Starvation, shipwrecks, heart disease, I loathe to contemplate.
I hates to think of vanities And all the crimes they lead to.’
‘Then,’ says the mate,
With looks sedate,
‘Ye doesn't really need to.’

‘It fills me breast with sorrer,’ says the skipper with a sigh,
‘To conjer up the happy days what careless has slipped by.
I hates to contemplate the day I ups and left me Mary.’
‘Then,’ says the mate,
‘Why contemplate,
If it ain't necessary?’

‘Suppose that this here vessel,’ says the skipper with a groan,
‘Should lose 'er bearin's, run away, and hump upon a stone.
Suppose she'd shiver and go down, when save ourselves we couldn't.’
The mate replies,
‘Oh, blow me eyes!
Suppose ag'in, she shouldn't?’

‘The chances is agin' us,’ says the skipper in dismay;
‘If fate don't kill us out and out, it gits us all some day.
So many perish of old age, the death rate must be fearful.’
‘Well,’ says the mate
‘At any rate,
we might as well die cheerful.’

‘I read in them statistic books,’ the nervous skipper cries,
‘That every minute by the clock some feller up and dies;
I wonder what disease they gits that kills in such a hurry.’
The mate he winks
and says ‘I thinks
they mostly dies of worry.’

‘Of certain things,’ the skipper sighs, ‘me conscience won't be rid,
And all the wicked things I done I sure should not have did.
The wrinkles on me inmost soul compel me oft to shiver.’
‘Yer soul's first rate,’
Observes the mate,
‘The trouble's with yer liver.’

" - Wallace Irwin
(1875 – 1959) American writer.
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"[Poem:- about the need for skepticism, careful investigation, questioning and evidence before making decisions and judgements lest silly or tragic mistakes are made]

'Beth Gelert, or the Grave of the Greyhound'

The spearmen heard the bugle sound,
And cheerly smiled the morn;
And many a brach and many a hound
Obeyed Llewelyn’s horn.

And still he blew a louder blast,
And gave a lustier cheer:
‘Come, Gelert, come, wert never last
Llewelyn’s horn to hear.

‘O, where doth faithful Gelert roam,
The flower of all his race,
So true, so brave, - a lamb at home,
A lion in the chase?’

’T was only at Llewelyn’s board
The faithful Gelert fed;
He watched, he served, he cheered his lord,
And sentineled his bed.

In sooth he was a peerless hound,
The gift of royal John;
But now no Gelert could be found,
And all the chase rode on.

And now, as o’er the rocks and dells
The gallant chidings rise,
All Snowdon’s craggy chaos yells
The many-mingled cries!

That day Llewelyn little loved
The chase of hart and hare;
And scant and small the booty proved,
For Gelert was not there.

Unpleased Llewelyn homeward hied,
When, near the portal seat,
His truant Gelert he espied,
Bounding his lord to greet.

But, when he gained his castle door,
Aghast the chieftain stood;
The hound all o’er was smeared with gore,
His lips, his fangs, ran blood.

Llewelyn gazed with fierce surprise;
Unused such looks to meet,
His favorite checked his joyful guise,
And crouched and licked his feet.

Onward, in haste, Llewelyn passed,
And on went Gelert too;
And still, where’er his eyes he cast,
Fresh blood-gouts shocked his view.

O’erturned his infant’s bed he found,
With blood-stained covert rent;
And all around the walls and ground
With recent blood besprent.

He called his child, - no voice replied, -
He searched with terror wild;
Blood, blood, he found on every side,
But nowhere found his child.

‘Hell-hound! my child’s by thee devoured,’
The frantic father cried;
And to the hilt his vengeful sword
He plunged in Gelert’s side.

His suppliant looks, as prone he fell,
No pity could impart;
But still his Gelert’s dying yell
Passed heavy o’er his heart.

Aroused by Gelert’s dying yell,
Some slumberer wakened nigh:
What words the parent’s joy could tell
To hear his infant’s cry!

Concealed beneath a tumbled heap
His hurried search had missed,
All glowing from his rosy sleep,
The cherub boy he kissed.

Nor scath had he, nor harm, nor dread,
But, the same couch beneath,
Lay a gaunt wolf, all torn and dead,
Tremendous still in death.

Ah, what was then Llewelyn’s pain!
For now the truth was clear;
His gallant hound the wolf had slain
To save Llewelyn’s heir:

Vain, vain was all Llewelyn’s woe;
’Best of thy kind, adieu!
The frantic blow which laid thee low
This heart shall ever rue.’

And now a gallant tomb they raise,
With costly sculpture decked;
And marbles storied with his praise
Poor Gelert’s bones protect.

There never could the spearman pass,
Or forester, unmoved;
There oft the tear-besprinkled grass
Llewelyn’s sorrow proved.

And there he hung his horn and spear,
And there, as evening fell,
In fancy’s ear he oft would hear
Poor Gelert’s dying yell.

And, till great Snowdon’s rocks grow old,
And cease the storm to brave,
The consecrated spot shall hold
The name of ‘Gelert’s Grave.’

" - William Robert Spencer
(1770–1834), English poet. This poem is like the short story, 'Death of a Hero', written by Marvin O. Ashton in 'Aspiring to Greatness'.
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"[Poem: about how smiling, like laughter, is contagious]

'Let's Start A Smiling Epidemic'

Smiling is infectious,
You catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner,
and someone saw my grin.
When they smiled I realized,
I’d passed it on to them.

I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth.
A single smile just like mine,
could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin,
don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!

" - Anonymous

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"[Poem: about language and the technical parts of speech, helping children and others learn them - using poetic rhyme and rhythm as a memory aid or mnemonic]

'The Parts of Speech'

Three little words you often see
Are articles a, an, and the.
A noun's the name of anything,
As house or garden, hoop or swing.
Instead of nouns the pronouns stand -
Her head, your face, his arm, my hand.
Adjectives tell the kind of noun,
As great, small, pretty, white or brown.
Verbs tell something to be done -
To read, count, sing, laugh or run.
How things are done the adverbs tell,
As slowly, quickly, ill or well.
Conjunctions join the words together,
As men and women, wind or weather.
The preposition stands before
A noun, as in or through a door.
The interjection shows surprise,
As oh! how pretty, ah! how wise.
The whole are called nine parts of speech,
Which reading, writing, speaking teach.

" - Unknown

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"[Poem: about honesty]

'Against Lying'

O 'tis a lovely thing for youth
To early walk in wisdom's way;
To fear a lie, to speak the truth,
That we may trust all that they say!

But liars we can never trust,
Even when they say what is true.
And he who does one fault at first
And lies to hide it, makes it two.

...

The Lord delights in them that speak
The words of truth; but every liar
Must have his portion in the lake
That burns with brimstone and with fire.

" - Isaac Watts
(1674 – 1748) English Christian hymn-writer, theologian and logician.
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"[Poem: about learning poems to recite aloud to improve diction and elocution, but in this case humorously getting befuddled and mixing and matching lines from different famous poems while still cleverly keeping the rhythm and rhyme going]

'An Overworked Elocutionist'

There was once a little boy whose name was Robert Reese;
And every Friday afternoon he had to speak a piece.
So many poems thus he learned, that soon he had a store
Of recitations in his head... and still kept learning more.
And now this is what happened: He was called upon one week
And totally forgot the piece he was about to speak.
He brain he cudgeled. Not a word remained within his head!
And so he spoke at random, and this is what he said:
‘My beautiful, my beautiful, who standest proudly by,
It was the schooner Hesperus – the breaking waves dashed high!
Why is this Forum crowded? What means this stir in Rome?
Under a spreading chestnut tree, there is no place like home!
When freedom from her mountain height cried, ‘Twinkle, little star,’
Shoot if you must this old gray head, King Henry of Navarre!
Roll on, thou deep and dark blue castled crag of Drachenfels,
My name is Norval, on the Grampain Hills, ring out, wild bells!
If you’re waking, call me early, to be or not to be,
The curfew must not ring tonight! Oh, woodman, spare that tree!
Charge, Chester, charge! Oh, Stanley, on! and let who will be clever!
The boy stood on the burning deck, but I go on forever!’
His elocution was superb, his voice and gestures fine;
His schoolmates all applauded as he finished the last line.
‘I see it doesn’t matter,’ Robert thought, ‘what words I say,
So long as I declaim with oratorical display.’

" - Carolyn Wells
(1862-1942), American author and poet.
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"What Do You Say to Yourself After Someone Criticizes You? Imagine that someone criticizes you. Then imagine yourself feeling joyful about this wonderful opportunity to learn something positive from the criticism. Imagine that you love to hear feedback about what you've said and done or didn't say and do. Positive feedback means that you are on track. Critical feedback means that you can now improve and develop yourself. Imagine that your self-talk sounds like, 'I appreciate and am grateful for this wonderful opportunity to become better. I am grateful to this person for telling me something that will be beneficial for me.' If you actually respond to criticism this way, congratulations! It shows that you have integrated one of the elevated qualities listed in the 48 factors to acquire Torah. If you are like most people, however, you don't think of critical feedback as one of your greatest pleasures in life. But if you have the inner strength, courage, and honesty to be open to hearing criticism, you will grow more in life. So what can you say to yourself if you have not yet mastered the ability to love criticism? One possibility is: 'My goal is to constantly grow and develop myself [Evolve into my best self]. I love positive feedback. But I can grow from critical feedback. So I will increase my inner strength, courage, and honesty to be open to hear what people say, and to weigh what they say objectively.' You don't have to feel bad about yourself because someone gave you critical feedback. [We are all growing as people and because of this criticism you are now in a position to be better tomorrow than you are today and were yesterday!]" - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Conversations With Yourself', pp.174-5.
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"Just Pause: Being impulsive causes many mistakes and errors. Doing things impulsively will cause loss, damage, and harm. Saying things impulsively will cause you to say things better left unsaid. Thinking before you speak will enable you to think of the best way to say something. Thinking before you take action will enable you to consider whether you should do something, and how to do it if you should. The two words that will remind you to stop and think are, 'Just pause.' As you pause, think to yourself, 'What is the wisest thing for me to say and do now?' Practice building the association in your mind between, 'Just pause,' and, 'What is the wisest thing for me to say and do now?' How do you build the association? It's quite easy. You just repeat these two sentences together a number of times. Repeat them with an upbeat tone of voice, or sing them with your own tune. Enjoy the process. This way you will access positive feelings when you recall this association in 'real life.'" - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Conversations With Yourself', p.150.
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"Just Keep Silent: Sometimes we know that saying something will make a situation worse. We can tell ourselves to, 'Just keep silent.' If we feel tempted to speak negatively about someone, we can strengthen our resolve not to say it by telling ourselves, 'Just keep silent.'" - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Conversations With Yourself', p.145.
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"There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor." - Charles Dickens

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"[Freedom of thought, speech, expression, press and censorship:-] To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or knaves." - Claude-Adrien Helvetius
(1715-1771). Source: 'On The Mind'.
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"[Freedom of thought, speech, expression, press and censorship:] The weapon of the dictator is not so much propaganda as censorship." - Terence H. Qualter

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"[Freedom of thought, speech, expression, press and censorship:-] All of us can think of a book... that we hope none of our children or any other children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf -- that book I abhor -- then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us." - Katherine Patterson

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"[Freedom of thought, speech, expression, press and censorship:-] The Right of all members of society to form their own beliefs and communicate them freely to others must be regarded as an essential principle of a democratically organized society." - Thomas I. Emerson
(1907-1991) Lines Professor of Law, Yale University and author. Quote from 'Toward A General Theory of the First Amendment', 1966.
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"[Silence is always an option. Remember...] Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut." - Saying

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"It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one." - George Washington

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"[Freedom of speech, thought, press and censorship and war propaganda:] The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should therefore be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated. If the doctrine be admitted, rulers have only to declare war and they are screened at once from scrutiny.... In war, then, as in peace, assert the freedom of speech and of the press. Cling to this as the bulwark of all our rights and privileges." - William Henry Channing
(1810 - 1884)
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"The secret of a good sermon [or speech] is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible." - George Burns

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"[Reciprocity:] The world is a looking-glass [mirror] and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion." - William Makepeace Thackeray
Born and raised in Calcutta (his father worked for the East India Company), he was sent back to England at age three to be raised by relatives. After attending Trinity College, Cambridge, he studied law for two years, but never practiced. He also studied art in Paris, but never pursued an artistic career. He worked as a journalist, book critic, and writer for a number of years, but never achieved much of a name for himself until the first installment of 'Vanity Fair' appeared in January of 1847. The 35-year-old writer became an overnight celebrity, with many critics even comparing him to Charles Dickens. While he wrote several dozen other works, he will forever be associated with 'Vanity Fair,' England's 'best-loved novel,' according to a 2003 BBC poll. The title of the novel comes from John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim's Progress' (1678). In Bunyan's work, Vanity was a town along the Pilgrim's route. Originally built by Beelzebub, the town's never-ending fair catered to worldly desires and hedonistic pleasures. This is a quote from the narrator in the early pages of 'Vanity Fair'.
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"Wit is like caviar; it should be savoured in small elegant proportions, and not spread about like marmalade." - Noel Coward

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"[Anger:] People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing." - Will Rogers

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[Quote No.53751] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"Gossip is irresponsible communication." - Rita Mae Brown

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[Quote No.53771] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"[Here are the thirteen virtues that Benjamin Franklin set for himself throughout his life, in his own words, plus his added commentary, as he defined them in 1741 and wrote them in his autobiography for the edification and emulation of his children and those who read his autobiography:] --- Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. --- Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation! --- Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. --- Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. --- Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing. --- Industry. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions. --- Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly! --- Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty! --- Moderation. Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve! --- Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation. --- Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable! --- Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation. --- Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates!" - Ben Franklin
From his book, 'The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin'.
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[Quote No.53785] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said." - Peter Drucker
Austrian-American writer and management consultant
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[Quote No.53814] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"Getting to know someone else involves curiosity about where they have come from, who they are." - Penelope Lively

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[Quote No.53833] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"When you meet someone who is a highly knowledgeable expert in a specific area, you can always ask, 'What are some of the best questions that you have been asked on this subject?' and 'What do you consider the basic principles for understanding this subject'. [To break the ice a few good questions to ask are: 'How did you get started in this career?' ; 'What have been some of the highlights so far?' and; 'What are your aspirations for your career?'] " - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Conversations With Yourself', pp.183-4.
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"An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything." - Lynn Johnston

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[Quote No.53841] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"[Being polite is very important. Remember...] A polite devil is more agreeable than a rude saint." - Lebanese Proverb

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[Quote No.53848] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"[Reciprocity and the 'mirror' principle:] King Solomon's Wise Formula: In the book of Proverbs (27:19), we find an amazing formula for peace. 'As in water, face is to face, so too is the heart of one person to another.' When you look at your reflection in a pond or in a mirror, you will see the exact same expression that is on your face. If you frown and scowl, you will see a frown and scowl staring right back at you. And if you smile and wave, you will see a smile and a wave. This is a natural law of physics. To frown and expect to see a smile on the image of your face in a mirror isn't a wise expectation. King Solomon teaches us that this natural law has a counterpoint in the laws of human nature. The inner feelings you experience towards someone will be reflected back to you from the heart of that person. See the good in other people. See them as being souls who have high aspirations even if at present they are not yet using all of their potential. See people as they will be when they are at their best. Judge people favorably. See the positive intentions of what they say and do even when it would be preferable if they chose better ways to accomplish those positive intentions. The way to influence people to feel better towards you is to radiate unconditional love and respect towards them. When someone likes and respects you first, it's easier to reciprocate those feelings. It is a step towards greatness to be the one to create unconditional love and respect when you need to sustain this in the face of challenges. Be willing to take this step." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Harmony with Others', pp.32-3.
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[Quote No.53853] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"[Freedom of thought, speech, expression and press versus government censorship and propaganda:] Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it." - Howard Mumford Jones
(1892-1980) Abbot Lawrence Lowell Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. Source: 'Primer of Intellectual Freedom', 1949.
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"A lie has speed, but truth has endurance!" - Edgar J. Mohn

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[Quote No.53859] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"Who Is An Honorable Person? A major underlying issue in many quarrels is that people feel that someone else didn't treat them with the proper respect. The specific details of the quarrel are trivial compared to the fundamental need to be treated with respect. 'Who is an honorable person?' ask the Sages (Pirkei Avos 4:1 - Ethics Of The Fathers 4:1). 'The one who shows [politeness] honor and respect to others.' That is, your honor and respect does not depend on how others treat you. Rather, the more honor and respect that you express to others, the more honorable you yourself are. We all want to be treated with basic respect. And as we internalize the essential message of the Sages, we will decrease our concern about how others treat us and we will increase our concern about how we treat others." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Harmony with Others', p.34.
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"It takes bigness of spirit to praise the great and the successful instead of envying them." - David Dunn

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[Quote No.53887] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"You are already of consequence in the world if you are known as a man of strict integrity [good character]. If you can be absolutely relied upon; if when you say a thing is so, it is so; if when you say you will do a thing, you do it; then you carry with you a passport to universal esteem." - Grenville Kleiser

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"It is because gold is rare that gilding has been invented, which, without having its solidity, has all its brilliancy. Thus, to replace the kindness we lack, we have devised politeness which has all its appearance." - Pierre-Marc-Gaston de Levis
(1764 - 1830)
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[Quote No.53898] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"Nothing gives such a blow to friendship [trust] as the detecting another in an untruth [lie, fraud]. It strikes at the root of our confidence ever after. [That does not mean we need to get better at lying but rather we should not lie in the first place - as truth nearly always comes out eventually to expose the liar, whether they are sent to jail if criminal fraud, confronted directly or just never trusted again or invited into the inner circle of friendship and trust!]" - William Hazlitt

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"[Empathy, sympathy and compassion:] Our only hope will lie in the frail web of understanding of one person for the pain of another." - John Dos Passos

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[Quote No.54033] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"[Praise:] Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary." - Margaret Cousins

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"[Freedom of thought, speech, expression, and press versus censorship and propaganda:] Our forefathers found the evils of free thinking more to be endured than the evils of inquest or suppression. This is because thoughtful, bold and independent minds are essential to the wise and considered self-government! " - Justice Robert H. Jackson
(1892-1954), U. S. Supreme Court Justice. Source: 'Atlantic Monthly', January 1955.
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"[Freedom of thought, speech, expression and press versus censorship and propaganda:] It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry!" - Thomas Paine

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"[War and conflict:] Poor is the power of the lead that becomes bullets compared to the power of the hot metal that becomes types. [The pen is mightier than the sword]" - Georg Brandes
(1842 - 1927), critic and scholar.
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[Quote No.54262] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"[A story - with a message about getting along with others:] 'The House of 1000 Mirrors' Long ago in a small, far away village, there was place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly. As he left the House, he thought to himself, 'This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often.' In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see 1000 little dogs growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, 'That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again.' All the faces in the world are mirrors. Remember this when you meet and deal with people." - Unknown

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"[A true story - with a message about honesty for better or worse:] 'Three Powerful Words' A funny story is told about General George Patton from his World War II days. He once accepted an invitation to dine at a press camp in Africa. Wine was served in canteen cups but, obviously thinking he was served coffee, Patton poured cream into his cup. As he stirred in sugar, Patton was warned that his cup contained red wine and not coffee. Now, General Patton didn't want to appear 'wrong' so without hesitating he replied, 'I know. I like my wine this way.' And he drank it! I relate this story because I see something of myself, and perhaps most of us, here. It is difficult to admit mistakes. It is hard to admit when we are wrong. Three of life's most difficult words to say are, 'I was wrong.' But they are also three of the most powerful words we can utter. 'I was wrong' breaks down barriers between people. It brings estranged people together. And it creates a climate where intimacy and love may flourish. You may be surprised at how positively many people respond to the words, 'I was wrong!' Naturally, it is a risk. But to admit when you are wrong is not to confess that you are a 'bad' person. Simply an honest one and true friends will appreciate you for it. Whole and happy lives are built by people who have learnt the power of intimacy, in part, through the use of the words 'I was wrong'. " - Anonymous

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