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We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. It might help if we ran the MBAs out of Washington.

--Grace Murray Hopper


August 27, 2009

If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader.

--Seth Godin


August 26, 2009

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.

--Norman Schwarzkopf


August 25, 2009

A leader is a dealer in hope.

--Napoleon Bonaparte


August 24, 2009

Leadership is scarce because few people are willing to go through the discomfort required to lead.

--Seth Godin


Leadership… again – our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.

[Hat tip for today’s and Thursday’s quotes: Wally Bock]


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August 21, 2009

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.

--Max Lucado (He Still Moves Stones)


August 20, 2009

Our problem usually is not that God is not speaking, but rather that we're not sure we want to hear what He has already said.

--Mart de Haan II


August 19, 2009

Don't let self-confidence replace your trust in God.

--Our Daily Bread 04/05/05


August 18, 2009

To hear God's voice, turn down the world's volume.

--Our Daily Bread 08/28/05


August 17, 2009

To find God, we must be willing to seek Him.

--Our Daily Bread 04/13/04


Seeking God this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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August 14, 2009

Every evening I turn worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway.

--Mary C. Crowley


August 13, 2009

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.

--Corrie Ten Boom


August 12, 2009

Worry is the darkroom in which negatives are developed.

--Church billboard in Colorado


August 11, 2009

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

--Swedish proverb


August 10, 2009

What worries you, masters you.

--Haddon W. Robinson in Chris Widener's Weekly Ezine i05


Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

--Arthur Somers Roche


I was worried about what the theme should be this week when the answer struck me – worry, that’s our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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August 7, 2009

At the Day of Judgment we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done; not how well we have spoken, but how holy we have lived.

--Thomas a Kempis


August 6, 2009

Each time we re-read a book we get more out of it because we put more into it. A different person is reading it, and therefore it is a different book.

--Murial Clark


August 5, 2009

We've got a great percentage of our population that, to our great shame, either cannot or, equally unfortunate, will not read. And that portion of our public is growing. Those people are suckers for the demagogue.

--Walter Cronkite


August 4, 2009

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

--Barbara Tuchman


August 3, 2009

A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.

--Franz Kafka


A bit of a late start this week, but books is our theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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July 31, 2009

A hundred ten in the shade is sorta hot, but you don't have to shovel it off your driveway.

--Author Unknown


Yes, we’re back in Phoenix today, where it is sorta hot.


July 30, 2009

The colors are such as no pigments can portray. They are deep, rich, and variegated and so luminous are they that the light seems to flow out of the rock rather than to be reflected from it.

--Clarence Dutton


Applies to Monument Valley which we toured yesterday.


July 29, 2009


You know you're an Arizona native when... a rainy day puts you in a good mood.

--Marshall Trimble, quoted in You Know You're an Arizona Native, When... compiled by Don Dedera, 1993

It was a rainy day yesterday in northern Arizona with spectacular lightening.


July 28, 2009

On the walls, and back many miles into the country, numbers of monument-shaped buttes are observed. So we have a curious ensemble of wonderful features – carved walls, royal arches, glens, alcove gulches, mounds, and monuments. From which of these features shall we select a name?  We decide to call it Glen Canyon.

--John Wesley Powell


Sadly, the canyon Major Powell found is now under water, but at least they named the lake after him (and it’s visible from our hotel room window).


July 27, 2009

Welcome to Arizona, where summer spends the winter - and hell spends the summer.

--Popular saying, modified from a booster slogan in the 1930s


An old man’s grandchildren are his crowning glory.

--Proverbs 17:6a TLB


Grandchildren in Arizona, not so much a theme as a fact this week as our two oldest grandsons are touring Arizona with us.


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July 24, 2009

At this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.

--Robert Jastrow quoted by Francis Collins in The Language of God


July 23, 2009

The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. He can be worshiped in the cathedral or in the laboratory. His creation is majestic, awesome, intricate, and beautiful—and it cannot be at war with itself. Only we imperfect humans can start such battles. And only we can end them.

--Francis Collins in The Language of God


July 22, 2009

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.

--Frank Lloyd Wright


July 21, 2009

Some call it evolution and others call it God.

--W. H. Carruth


July 20, 2009

Here's the question: "Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings? (1) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process. (2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process. (3) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so."

In 2004, 45 percent of Americans chose option 3, 38 percent chose option 1, and 13 percent chose option 2. These statistics have remained essentially unchanged over the past twenty years.

--Francis Collins in The Language of God


Francis Collins was recently nominated to head the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by President Obama.   Says Tevi Troy “Collins is an evangelical Christian and a scientist, which some see as an odd juxtaposition, although there is no reason that those characteristics cannot coincide.”  Having read The Language of God, I also see no odd juxtaposition.  He positions a middle ground in the creation vs. evolution argument without compromising either.  (Not everyone thinks so; see debate here and here.)  I’m a little late starting this week’s Carl’s Quote of the Day, but this week’s creation, evolution, science, religion theme was prompted by my visit to Lucy (the fossil) in NYC today in juxtaposition with the Collins nomination


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July 17, 2009

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth – anonymously and posthumously.

--Thomas Sowell


July 16, 2009

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

--Samuel Johnson


July 15, 2009

When you see someone in need,

Love demands a loving deed;

Don't just say you love him true,

Prove it by the deeds you do.

--Sper in Our Daily Bread 8/6/03


July 14, 2009

The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

--Helen Keller


July 13, 2009

The life that counts must toil and fight,

Must hate the wrong and love the right,

Must stand for truth, by day, by night—

This is the life that counts.

--Anon. in ODB 7/22/03


It’s eclectic week at Carl’s Quote of the Day (translation: no theme, just unrelated quotes).


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July 10, 2009

Develop your eccentricities while you are young. That way, when you get old, people won't think you're going gaga.

--David Ogilvy


July 9, 2009

The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.

--John Stuart Mill


July 8, 2009

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

--Bertrand Russell


July 7, 2009

No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity.

--Andre Maurois


July 6, 2009

Be virtuous and you will be eccentric.

--Mark Twain


Eccentric theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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July 3, 2009

It would hardly be too much to say that for the latter part of his lifetime and a century after his death John Calvin was the most influential man in the world, in the sense that his ideas were making more history than those of anyone else during that period. Calvin’s theology produced the Puritans in England, the Huguenots in France, the ‘Beggars’ in Holland, the Covenanters in Scotland, and the Pilgrim Fathers of New England, and was more or less directly responsible for the Scottish uprising, the revolt of the Netherlands, the French wars of religion, and the English Civil War. Also, it was Calvin’s doctrine of the state as a servant of God that established the ideal of constitutional representative government and led to the explicit acknowledgment of the rights and liberties of subjects. . . . It is doubtful whether any other theologian has ever played so significant a part in world history.

--J. I. Packer


[Calvin] easily takes the lead among the systematic expounders of the Reformed system of Christian doctrine. . . . Calvin’s theology is based upon a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He was the ablest exegete among the Reformers, and his commentaries rank among the very best of ancient and modern times. His theology, therefore, is biblical rather than scholastic, and has all the freshness of enthusiastic devotion to the truths of God’s Word. At the same time he was a consummate logician and dialectician. He had a rare power of clear, strong, convincing statement. He built up a body of doctrines which is called after him, and which obtained symbolical authority through some of the leading Reformed Confessions of Faith.


Taking into account all his failings, he [Calvin] must be reckoned as one of the greatest and best of men whom God raised up in the history of Christianity.

--Philip Schaff


July 2, 2009

God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.

--John Calvin


No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief.

--John Calvin


July 1, 2009

Every one of us is, even from his mother's womb, a master craftsman of idols.


Man's mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain.

--John Calvin


June 30, 2009

God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray.

--John Calvin


June 29, 2009

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.

--John Calvin


As guest editor this week, I've decided that in recognition of the upcoming 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth (he was born July 10, 1509, we'll quote from Calvin and his critics.

- Jeffrey


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Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

--P. J. O'Rourke



The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.




Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

--Francis Bacon



Books are a uniquely portable magic.

--Stephen King



Books, the children of the brain.

--Jonathan Swift, 1667 - 1745


“Books” is also our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Congressmen are like diapers. You need to change them often, and for the same reason.

--Pete McCloskey



'Politics' is made up of two words, 'poli,' which is Greek for 'many,' and 'tics,' which are blood-sucking insects.

--Gore Vidal



Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.

--Mark Twain



In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.

--John Adams



We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

--Abraham Lincoln, 1809-65


Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is Congress.  And, like Congress, the quotes will go downhill from here.


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There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

--Mark Twain


The report contains so many extrapolations derived from guesswork based on estimates inferred from unsuitable data sets that you have to ask some serious questions about the methodology.

--Richard Cable on the Global Humanitarium Forum's report that climate change is killing 300,000 people per year



There is not such thing as consensus science. If it's a consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't a consensus. Period. The greatest scientists in the world are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.


Environmentalism has already killed somewhere between 10-30 million people since the 1970s.

--Michael Crichton, Science writer and author 'State of Fear'



The (global warming) alarmists have confused cause and effect. As solar radiation warms the earth, CO2 is released into the atmosphere from the world's oceans.

--Dr Habibullo Abdussamatov, Head of Space Research, Pulkovo Observatory, St Petersburg, January 2007



The positive aspects of global warming appear to have been downplayed.

--A UK House of Lords report on the science of Kyoto


We say that if human beings were not contributing to global warming, it would become real cold in the next 50 years,

--Jud Hale "Old Farmers Almanac: Global cooling may be underway"


There’s a lot made out of the people who died in heat waves. And there is no doubt that we have heat waves and people die. What they don’t say is actually five times as many people die of cold in winters as die of heat in summer.

--Freeman Dyson in "Freeman Dyson Takes On The Climate Establishment" by Michael D. Lemonick

(hat tip: ultraguy)


[A rare Carl’s Quote of the Day triple play.]



Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

--attributed to Mark Twain (1835–1910)                                                         


Climate change. Global warming. Weather. Somewhere in there is a theme for this week’s theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.

--Henry Kissinger



If you are guided by opinion polls, you are not practicing leadership - you are practicing followship.

--Margaret Thatcher



Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.

--Martin Luther King, Jr.



Followers are focused inwardly, and they wonder, “How will this affect me?” Conversely, leaders are focused outwardly, and they ask, “How will this affect others?”

--John Maxwell in Leadership Wired v10i14



The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.

--John Buchan in Leadership Wired v11i8


It’s been too long since we had a leadership theme here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  We’ll remedy that this week.


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Politics is a profession where the paths of glory lead but to the gravy.

--Billy Boy Franklin



If you do not know how to lie, cheat, and steal, turn your attention to politics and learn.

--Josh Billings



Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.

--Eugene McCarthy, 1916 - 2005



Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

--John Kenneth Galbraith, 1908-, American Economist



Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous.

In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.

--Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Statesman, Prime Minister


As promised (threatened?) this week’s theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day is politics.


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Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.

--Lao Tzu



I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.

--Thomas Jefferson, 1743 - 1826



The proper function of a government is to make it easy for the people to do good and difficult for them to do evil.

--William Gladstone (1809 - 1898), British Prime Minister and Liberal Party politician



Good government is the outcome of private virtue.

--John Jay Chapman, 1862-1933, American Author



What experience and history teach is this - that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.

--G. W. F. Hegel


I choose a weekly theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day based on the quotes that I see leading up to the week.  Lately I have been inundated with quotes about government and politics.  So this week, government –next week, maybe politics.


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Spock, the women on your planet are logical. No other planet in the galaxy can make that claim.

--Captain Kirk



After a while, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.




In this galaxy, there's a mathematical probability of three million Earth-type planets. And in all of the universe, three million million galaxies like this. And in all of that... and perhaps more, only one of each of us.

--Dr. McCoy



Those of you who have served for long on this vessel have encountered alien life-forms. You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, and irrational fear of the unknown. But there's no such thing as 'the unknown,' only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.

--Captain Kirk



Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence.

--Leonard 'Bones' McCoy in Star Trek (2009)


For us long-time science fiction fans – long-time Star Trek fans – the release of the eleventh Star Trek movie last week was a big deal.  So Star Trek is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  The rest of the week’s quotes are from ST:TOS (Start Trek: The Original Series).


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Wisdom has two parts: 1)-Having a lot to say. 2)-Not saying it.

--Church billboard in Vermont



Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough.

--Lord Chesterfield



We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.

--1 Corinthians 2:6 (NIV)



The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

--Isaac Asimov


Special note for those that enjoyed the committee quotes a couple weeks ago: my favorite quote master has more on the topic at



Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation.

--Sid Taylor


Wisdom is… also our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Weak arguments are often thrust before my path; but although they are most unsubstantial, it is not easy to destroy them. There is not a more difficult feat known than to cut through a cushion with a sword.

--Richard Whately



He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.

--Michel de Montaigne



Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.

--Leonardo Da Vinci



The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.

--Ayn Rand



The best way I know of to win an argument is to start by being in the right.

--Lord Hailsham


Sometimes I have to argue with myself about what the theme will be at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  I won this argument when I decided to make the theme: argument.


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Don't study the idea to death with experts and committees. Get on with it and see if it works.

--Ken Iverson



It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.

--John Steinbeck, author



Committee: a group of men who individually can do nothing, but as a group decide that nothing can be done.

--Fred Allen



Moses didn't go up the hill with a committee; if he had, he would never have come down.

--Ken Blanchard in "Turning Vision into Reality"



A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature:

      it is not a structure but a plant.

      It takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts, and dies, scattering

      the seed from which other committees will bloom in their turn.

--C. Northcote Parkinson


Maybe the only committee that works is the committee of one.  Today this committee of one has decided to make committees the weekly theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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A little boy wanted a bicycle very badly, but was told he couldn't have it because it would cost $100, and the family just didn't couldn't afford that in this bad economy.


He prayed for weeks, but nothing happened, so he decided God just couldn't hear his tiny little voice, so he decided to write God a letter requesting the $100.


When the postal authorities received the letter to "God, USA", they decided to send it to the President. And sure enough, it was one of the sample letters that reached President Obama's inbox.


The president was so touched that he put a $5 bill in the envelope and sent it to the little boy. The president thought that this would appear to be a lot of money to such a young child.


The little boy was delighted with the $5 bill and sat down to write a thank-you note to God:


Dear God,

Thank you very much for sending the money. However, I noticed that for some reason you sent it through Washington D.C., and those damned Democrats took $95 in taxes.





The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin

--Mark Twain



As Will Rogers said, both death and taxes are certain, but the difference is that death does not get worse every time Congress meets.

--George F. Will in Newsweek



A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.




Just a few months after lawmakers scolded auto executives for flying to Washington in private jets, Congress approved a tax break in the stimulus package to help businesses buy their own planes.

--AP at


Yep, taxes are logical.  Ok, maybe not, but they are the theme of this week’s Carl’s Quote of the Day.  Reminder to US subscribers: tax day is April 15.


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Nolan Ryan is pitching much better now that he has his curve ball straightened out.

--Joe Garagiola



Cy Young’s "Rules for Pitching Success” (published in Baseball Magazine in 1908):

>Pitchers, like poets, are born, not made.

>Cultivate good habits: Let liquor severely alone, fight shy of cigarettes and be moderate in indulgence of tobacco, coffee and tea ... A player should try to get along without any stimulants at all.  Water, pure cool water is good enough for any man.

>A man who is not willing to work from dewy morn until weary eve should not think about becoming a pitcher.

>Learn to be patient and cool. These traits can be cultivated.

>Take the slumps that come your way, ride over them and look forward.

>Until you can put the ball over the pan whenever you choose, you have not acquired the command necessary to make a first-class pitcher. Therefore start to acquire command.

-- in Crazy '08 by Cait Murphy



The ballpark is the star. In the age of Tris Speaker and Babe Ruth, the era of Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams, through the empty-seats epoch of Don Buddin and Willie Tasby and unto the decades of Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice, the ballpark is the star. A crazy-quilt violation of city planning principles, an irregular pile of architecture, a menace to marketing consultants, Fenway Park works. It works as a symbol of New England's pride, as a repository of evergreen hopes, as a tabernacle of lost innocence. It works as a place to watch baseball.

--Martin F. Nolan in A Ballpark, Not A Stadium



Lives there a man with soul so dead

But he unto himself has said,

"My grandmother shall die today

And I'll go see the Giants play?"

--Rollin Lynde Hartt in Crazy '08 by Cait Murphy



The feeling begins in January, a speck of warmth in winter's cold heart. It builds slowly, layer by layer, melting the memories of last year's missed opportunities. Or, for the fortunate, thawing recollections of exquisite execution upon which victories were forged.


By February, the feeling is palpable, an expectation spreading as naturally as wildflowers in spring. And by the first week in March, when an Arizona sun warms to medium high and turnstiles open for glove-toting 8-year-olds, crumpled tickets in hand, that feeling has turned to passion.


With spring arrives baseball, and with it our sense of place in a sport that touches fans like no other.

--Scott Craven, "Baseball's mystical bond" The Arizona Republic, Mar. 12, 2005


Yes, the baseball season begins this week.  I’ve attended a requisite Diamondbacks spring training game.  They start playing for real today.  And Carl’s Quote of the Day starts baseball quoting today.


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If what most people take for granted were really true—if all you needed to be happy was to grab everything and see everything and investigate every experience and then talk about it, I should have been a very happy person, a spiritual millionaire, from the cradle even until now…What a strange thing! In filling myself, I had emptied myself. In grasping things, I had lost everything. In devouring pleasures and joys, I had found distress and anguish and fear.

--Thomas Merton



If you look carefully you will see that there is one thing and only one thing that causes unhappiness. The name of that thing is attachment. What is an attachment? An emotional state of clinging caused by the belief that without some particular thing or some person you cannot be happy.

--Anthony de Mello



One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other.

--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn



God saved us to make us holy, not happy. Some experiences may not contribute to our happiness, but all can be made to contribute to our holiness.

--Vance Havner



I'm not happy. I'm cheerful. There's a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them.

--Beverly Sills, 1929 – 2007


Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is “Happiness, but not quite.”  I found this quote in one of the few quote email subscriptions that I get; this one from


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Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.

--Job 5:17, 18 NIV



[God] catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away.

--Job 5:13 NIV



[God] performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.

--Job 5:9 (NIV)



Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.

--Job 5:2 NIV



Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.

--Job 1:21 (NIV)


Sometimes picking a theme can be a real job.  One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read through the Bible… although not necessarily in one year.  None the less, I’ve been pretty consistent in reading every day.  At my current rate it will take about two years.  I read on my Pocket PC according to a reading plan from Olive Tree Bible Software.  That’s also where I got my Bible.  You can download their reader for free; it works with almost any portable device including Blackberries and iPhones.  Some of their Bible downloads are also free.  If you are looking for free, try the Modern King James version.  I prefer the New International Version (NIV).  The reading plan I’m following is called chronological but actually starts in four places with a chapter a day from each track.  This variety makes it easier to stay interested.


Ok, this week’s theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day is proverbs from the book of Job.


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I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.

--Rita Rudner



Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy.

--Phyllis McGinley



Marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's something you do. It's the way you love your partner every day.

--Barbara De Angelis



The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue [or beach]. It's a choice you make -- not just on your wedding day, but over and over again -- and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.

--Barbara De Angelis



On the whole, I haven't found men unduly loath to say, "I love you." The real trick is to get them to say, "Will you marry me?"

--Ilka Chase


I should be leaving now for Hawaii for a wedding, but I’m going to Columbus for work instead.  So, this week’s theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day is marriage.


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Evolution is not the benevolent operating principle of the entire universe, and technological transformation of our species is not spiritual rebirth. Ignorance is not our predicament, progress is not redemption, the future is not salvation, and space is not our destiny.

--James A. Herrick, "Sci-Fi's Brave New World"



Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.

--Rich Cook quoted in LangaList 2002-12-16



Technology ...the knack of arranging the world so that we don't have to experience it.

--Max Frisc



Do you think outsourcing is killing America?

I think it's a ruse, a complete and total ruse by people who don't want to face what the real problems are. The real problem is that 30% of the people getting a college degree in China and India are getting an engineering degree. That number in the United States is 4%. The fact is, we don't value engineering, and that is how manufacturing jobs get created.

--The Fast Company Interview: Jeff Immelt



Technology is like a teenager: rapidly changing, sometimes frustrating, and full of potential.

--Rachel Willoughby


Technology is implemented by engineers (of which I am one).  So engineers and technology comprise our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Last night while I pondered dreary, grouchy, sore and limp—

O'er the dope in my apartments, far upon the thirteenth floor,

As I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door,

"'Tis some bill collector," thought I, "rapping at my chamber,

Only that and nothing more."

Ah, distinctly I remember, I was thinking of September,

And the finish of the league race—what the future had in store—

And I started prophesying where the pennant would be flying,

Till at last I gave up trying, feeling very sad and sore,

Grumbling, slowly: "Nevermore."

As I sat there, nearly bug-house, longing for a nearby jug-house,

Once again I heard the tapping, tapping at my chamber door;

So I opened it, shining craven, wishing for some happy haven—

When, behold—there flaps a Raven, stalking in across the floor—

Stalking Edgar Allan Poe-ish, right across my rugless floor!

Ach du Lieber! I was sore.

"Raven!" cried I: "Why the devil have you come here? On the lines

I thought Mr. Poe had written you would ever Nevermore,

What has brought you—you intriguer—with that look so keen and sore-

Speak up there, you old bush leaguer—why have you returned, you—

State your trouble and then skip, sir—leave me quickly, I implore.

Quoth the Raven: "What's the score?"

--Grantland Rice in Crazy '08 by Cait Murphy



Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many players on the field?

--Jim Boulton



We used no mattress on our hands,

No cage upon our face;

We stood right up and caught the ball

With courage and with grace.

--in Crazy '08 by Cait Murphy



Back then, my idol was Bugs Bunny, because I saw a cartoon of him playing ball - you know, the one where he plays every position himself with nobody else on the field but him?  Now that I think of it, Bugs is still my idol.  You have to love a ballplayer like that.

--Nomar Garciaparra



Baseball is the very symbol, the outward and visible expression of the drive, and push, and rush and struggle of the raging, tearing, booming nineteenth century!

-MARK TWAIN, April 8, 1889 quoted in Crazy '08 by Cait Murphy


Baseball still reflects the current century.  Cactus League play is now underway under the clear blue Arizona skies.  And now the really exciting news – the Indians are back in Arizona!  That’s the Cleveland Indians baseball club, of course – Arizona’s aboriginal people never left.  So in celebration of spring training baseball, baseball is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  For a great book on baseball, click the Crazy '08 link.  That’s about the last year the Cubs won the Series – 1908, in other words.


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Don't you wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There's one marked 'Brightness', but it doesn't work.




We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed at printing only comic books.

--Robert Maynard Hutchins



Future generations will look back on TV as the lead in the water pipes that slowly drove the Romans mad.

--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.



Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your house.

--David Frost



You don't have to be a genius to see that a nation full of overeating, pill-popping, TV-watching, iPod-wired, shopaholic, attention-deficit-disordered people is not going to make it.

--Lee Iacocca in Where Have All the Leaders Gone?


Ouch!  Let’s focus on the TV part this week as our theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Books . . . are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.

--Dorothy L. Sayers



Study has been my sovereign remedy against the worries of life. I have never had a care that an hour's reading could not dispel.

--Baron Charles de Montesquieu



I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

--John Burroughs, essayist and naturalist



Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.

--Barbara W. Tuchman



Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.

--Louis L'Amour delivered another book to me today.  It joins one other one on the table beside me (and the 30 on my bookshelf waiting to be read).  Guess what our theme is this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  Good guess; it’s books.


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What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.

--Edward Langley, Artist



Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good.

--George F. Will



Ours is a government of checks and balances. The Mafia and crooked businessmen make out checks, and the politicians and other compromised officials improve their bank balances.

--Steve Allen



Californians seem to understand that government's major function is to entertain. No matter who is elected, the politicos end up swindling us, wasting our tax money on pork-barrel projects. The only way to reclaim at least some of that lost money is to elect politicians who put on a good show.

--Orange County Register



Political success is the ability, when the inevitable occurs, to get credit for it.

--Laurence J. Peter, 1919 – 1990


I hate politicians, but they make a good theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day (especially with tongue in cheek).


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To err is human.

To blame someone else is politics.

--Hubert H. Humphrey



If you want to rise in politics in the United States, there is one subject you must stay away from, and that is politics.

--Gore Vidal



Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn't filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear.

--Naomi Klein



Politics, as a practice . . . has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.

--Henry Brooks Adams, grandson and great-grandson of American presidents



Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.

--Paul Valery


I hate politics, but it makes a good theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.

--a Chinese proverb (quoted by Randy Alcorn in Safely Home)



Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great.

--Mark Twain



Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

--Helen Keller



The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what interests you and that you can do well, and put your whole soul into it - every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.

--John D. Rockefeller III



Without ambition, no conquests are made, no lands discovered, no business created. Ambition is the root of all achievement.

--James Champy in The Arc of Ambition


Ambition is also our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  My apologies for missing last week in its entirety – events conspired to thwart my ambition to never miss a weekday quote at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves.

--Don Marquis


I don’t move my lips.  Maybe that’s why I don’t read many bestsellers.  Here’s what I have read.



Do not be guilty of possessing a library of learned books while lacking learning yourself.

--Desiderius Erasmus



If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, why then do we read it?

--Franz Kafka



A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted.  You should live several lives while reading it.

--William Styron



In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.

--Mortimer J. Adler


I love to read.  I read stuff on the Internet – news and stories (like the story that the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still is based on: Farewell to the Master).  But I especially like to read books – mostly on paper, but occasionally on my Pocket PC.  The Project Gutenberg website is a great source for free downloadable books that are in the public domain.  Have you guessed what our theme is this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day?  (Clue: it’s books.)


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Radio is the theater of the mind; television is the theater of the mindless.

--Steve Allen



I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That's how I lost my mind.

--Steve Allen



Humor is a social lubricant that helps us get over some of the bad spots.

--Steve Allen



One of the nice things about problems is that a good many of them do not exist except in our imaginations.

--Steve Allen



In a rational society we would want our presidents to be teachers. In our actual society we insist they be cheerleaders.

--Steve Allen


For Christmas I got a CD that was long on my wish list – Songs of Steve Allen.  Then I came across some of his quotes and went looking for more.  So quotations from Steve Allen, musician, humorist, student of humor, and late night TV show host, is our theme this week.  He was the first host of the Tonight Show.  His prime time variety show occasionally featured a dramatic reading in tie and tails of the lyrics to a popular song (like Get a Job).


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Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.

--Jules Renard



Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.

--Eric Hoffer



Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

--Jim Ryun



We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.

--John Dryden



Good habits are hard to develop and easy to live with, and bad habits are easy to develop, but hard to live with.

--Keith Harrell


Carl’s Quote of the Day celebrates just a few holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and the start of baseball season.  (It’s true that sometimes I celebrate the start of baseball twice – once for the regular season and once for spring training.)  But this week our theme is New Years because you must resolve to add some good habits this year.


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Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.




Don't Give Me Jesus …

… if giving me Jesus means

telling me about your beliefs,

then walking away.

  Don't give me Jesus,

if giving me Jesus means

judging me by appearance,

but never trying to see who I really am.

  Don't give me Jesus,

if giving me Jesus means

you're right no matter what,

and I'm wrong no matter what.


Do Give Me Jesus …

… if giving me Jesus means

walking beside me just like

Jesus walked beside

lepers and losers.

  Do give me Jesus,

if giving me Jesus means

listening more than talking.

  Do give me Jesus,

if giving me Jesus means

laughing with me when I need to laugh,

and crying with me when I need to cry.

  Do give me Jesus,

if giving me Jesus means

letting me know when

my actions are harmful or destructive.

  Do give me Jesus,

if giving me Jesus means

being my friend.


If you give me Jesus

wrapped in your friendship,

I may be more ready to listen

to what you have to say.


--Anonymous quoted at


I’ll add my Merry Christmas as this quote from Wilda English: “God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is love; the radiance of Christmas, which is purity; the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice; the belief in Christmas, which is truth; the all of Christmas, which is Christ.”



He comes to us, not to shield us from the harshness of the world but to give us the courage and strength to bear it; not to snatch us away by some miracle from the conflict of life, but to give us peace--His peace--in our hearts, by which we may be calmly steadfast while the conflict rages, and be able to bring to the torn world the healing that is peace.

--David C. McCasland in Our Daily Bread 12/19/07



Emmanuel. God with us. He who resided in Heaven, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, willingly descended into our world. He breathed our air, felt our pain, knew our sorrows, and died for our sins. He didn't come to frighten us, but to show us the way to warmth and safety.

--Charles Swindoll in The Finishing Touch quoted in Christianity Today, Vol. 40, no. 14.



If Christmas is the anniversary of the appearance of the Lord of the universe in the form of a helpless babe, it is a very important day. It's a startling idea, of course. My guess is the whole story that a virgin was selected by God to bear his son is a way of showing his love and concern for man. It's my guess that in spite of all the lip service given to it, it's not an idea that's been popular with theologians.

--Harry Reasoner, quoted by Vic Pentz, "On Beyond Zebra," Preaching Today, Tape No. 63.


Carl’s Quote of the Day continues with Christmas quotes this week on a more serious note.


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A little girl came home from Sunday school waving a paper for her mother to see. "Look Mommy," she exclaimed, "Teacher says I drew the most unusual Christmas picture she ever saw!"


Her mother took one look and had to agree with the teacher. Hoping her daughter could explain her creation, the mother asked, "Why are all these people riding in the back of an airplane?"


"Well, Mommy, that's the flight into Egypt."


Accepting that, mother asked another question: "Who is this mean-looking man in the front?"


Her daughter answered quickly and knowingly: "That's Pontius, the Pilot."


Looking at the picture even more closely, the mother said, "I see you have Mary and Joseph and the baby. But who is this large man sitting behind Mary?"


"Can't you tell?" the little girl asked, beginning to shake her head in disappointment. "That's Round John Virgin."


--Submitted by John Beukema, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania


(The Escape to Egypt)



One Sunday evening, I overheard my five-year-old daughter, Julie, practicing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," a song she'd been rehearsing that morning in church for next week's Christmas program. It was all I could do to suppress my laughter when, in place of "with angelic host proclaim," Julie sang, "with the jelly toast proclaim."

--Marilyn Clark, Cincinnati, OH. Today's Christian Woman, "Heart to Heart."



I did not realize just how closely my 18-month-old toddler had been listening to Christmas carols until she picked the peas off her plate, threw them on the floor, and said with an excited smile, "Peas on Earth."

--Margaret Nix Windley, Portsmouth, VA "Kids of the Kingdom," Christian Reader.



Take mistletoe, for example. What an amazing concept! Hang a little twig over someone's head and you get a kiss. I guess that makes sense. Nothing says romance like a poisonous sprig of parasitic vegetation.

--Charles Marshall



Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.

--Mary Ellen Chase 

But the date is approaching, so let’s have a couple weeks of Christmas quotes starting this week with some lighter quotes.


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Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

--P.J. O'Rourke



A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.

--G. Gordon Liddy



In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

--Voltaire (1764)



A handout to the rich is called a bailout.

A bailout for everyone else is called a handout.

--Leonard Roy Frank



Washington is Oz right now. Everybody is marching in asking for a heart, a brain or a lot of cash. What Congress told the Big Three is to go back and bring them the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West.

--Daniel Alpert, managing director of Westwood Capital, an investment bank in New York


Money, money, money.  That’s our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  More like money and government, I guess.


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Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

--William James



Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult and difficult as if they were easy.

--Baltasar Gracian



The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson



No task is too unworthy to do well. There are no small parts – only small actors.

--Denis Waitley in his weekly Ezine i02



I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

--Helen Keller


As I looked over my task list, “Carl’s Quote of the Day” popped up.  As I searched for a theme, “tasks” popped into my head.


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I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest to make money they don't want to buy things they don't need to impress people they dislike.

--Emile Henry Gauvreau



Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

--1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)



On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment -- half- time.




If you suffer, thank God! It is a sure sign that you are alive.

--Elbert Hubbard



I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.

--Helen Keller


In the United States this week, we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday – then millions of us arise very early on Friday morning and shop.  So this week our theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day is giving thanks with a Friday zinger on shopping.


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Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

--Douglas Adams



We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.

--George Bernard Shaw



Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.

--Jim Horning



Experience is a good teacher, but her fees are very high.

--W. R. Inge



Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.

--Aldous Huxley


Experience Carl’s Quote of the Day this week (as a theme).


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Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.




I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

--Paul, the Apostle in Philippians 4:11b-12 (NIV)


But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

--Paul, the Apostle in 1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NIV)



Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.





Patience is the key to contentment.




The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.

--Lin Yutang


This week’s quotes are about contentment… and (except for today’s) they are by giants of religion and philosophy.


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As Americans we must always remember that we all have a common enemy, an enemy that is dangerous, powerful, and relentless. I refer of course to the federal government.

--Dave Barry



Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.

--Daniel Webster



Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.

--Elwyn Brooks White



The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

--Winston Churchill



As presidents have taken the rhetorical path of least resistance by serving up simplistic sentences to citizens, they have correspondingly offered an easily digestible substantive menu devoid of argument and infused with inspirational platitudes, partisan punch lines and emotional and human-interest appeals.

--Elvin T. Lim "Dumbing Down the Presidency"


We’re having an election this week in the US and I tried but could not resist making that the theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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