Sunday, July 18, 2010

Step Into The World of Ideas

Keith Richards, the pulse and menacing edge of the Rolling Stones
Is this a face only a mother could love?
Have you ever noticed how everything in life is paid for with time, money, or consequences.  And for any of us, there's only a limited amount of time and money.  In the pictures above, Keith Richards was once a young man, and now he's an old one. Time sure flies, and it doesn't take long to live a life.  Keith just might outlive us all.

Now just for a moment, let's accept an old premise:  "The best things in life are free."  Can you think of one?  Reading, watching movies and listening to music are free if you visit your local library, or swap with friends.  And even when you don't borrow, compared to other hobbies and pleasures, they cost less, yet pay a rich return.  The human spirit is free.  Thinking is free.  Exchanging ideas is free ... and enjoyable.  So for the rest of the summer, why not spend some of your leisure time reading a good book, a handful of magazines, or an interesting blog?  Listen to good music too.Note  Have fun soaking up ideas ... and just thinking. It's priceless.
Here are a few quotes to get you started.  Pick a favorite:
1} Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains to its original dimensions.  Oliver Wendell Holmes
2} You only go around once, but if you work it out right, once is enough.  Unknown
3} If you marry for money, you will earn it every day of your life.  Old saying
4} If there is a nuclear war, only two things will survive - Keith Richards and bugs.  Bill Hicks, comedian
5} He drew a circle that shut me out -- heretic, rebel, a thing to flout, but love and I had the wit to win: we drew a circle that took him in!  Edwin Markham
6} He got what he wanted, but lost what he had. Little Richard discussing Elvis' fame.
7} Don't let what you cannot do, interfere with what you can.  John Wooden
8} As long as he walks the earth alive, man makes mistakes as long as he strives.  Johann von Goethe
9} How do you measure success?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a redeemed social condition or a job well done;
To know even one other life has breathed because you lived -- this is to have succeeded.  Ralph Waldon Emmerson

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