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Email No 189 Monday 24th August 2009
Optimism : A tendency to expect the best outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation.
(from New Latin optimum, the greatest good).
"We are the music makers, We are the dreamers of dreams...We are the movers and shakers, Of the
world for ever, it seems." Ode (1874) by Arthur O'Shaughnessy (1844-1881)
"What is now proved was once only imagined."-- William Blake (1757-1827) English Poet.
* a line from the song by Sting, "Fields of Gold".
Bungy jumping near Queenstown, NZ
"Hurtling through time and space, Heart in mouth and blood in head, I'm so glad I'm not dead" The Occasional Poet, Colston Vowles
The rush of air, The thrill of space, Free-fall flying, Amazing Grace! ~ by The Everyday Poet, Helen Dickenson
Dear Friends, Romans & Countrymen,
....we have something for everyone today.......... happy hunting !
Something humorous :
Mick Jagger told me the wrinkles on his face were laughter lines but nothing is that funny. - George Melly
Liberals have invented whole college majors - psychology, sociology, women's studies - to prove that nothing is anybody's fault. - P.J.O'Rourke
Common sense is not so common. - Voltaire
Growing old is compulsory. Growing up is optional. - Bob Monkhouse
I'm not a complete idiot. Some parts are missing. - Emo Philips
There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus. - Bob Phillips
Between me and Rudyard Kipling, we cover all knowledge; he knows all that can be known, and I know the rest. - Mark Twain
Epitaph : Here lies Ezekiel Aikle. Aged 102. The good die young. - Anon
Someone out of history :
John Wycliffe (1320?-1384), a leading English philosopher in religion and politics during the Middle Ages. His challenges to existing religious and
political practices were influential long after his death. During the 1300's England was torn apart by the bubonic plague and violent struggles between
the popes and clergy versus the king and their nobles with corruption on both sides. Wycliffe stated "Dominion is founded in grace"; meaning that an
unjust ruler could not claim that men must obey him because obedience was God's will. His prime argument was that the Bible was the sole authority
for religious faith and practice and that everyone had the right to read and interpret scripture for himself. He inspired two biblical translations and they
bear his name. After he applied this idea to the popes and bishops, he was brought to trial several times in church courts - each time the English royal
family saved him from condemnation. Many early English Protestants regarded the teachings of Wycliffe as forerunners of those of the Reformation
and considered him the first great English reformer
Something reflective :
White magic, according to primitive belief, is the use of supernatural powers for a good purpose. It is considered the opposite of black magic.
Something defined :
Lake Windermere is the largest lake in England and is in the famous Lake District in northwestern England. The beautiful scenery surrounding
Windermere inspired English poets William Wordsworth, Robert Southey and Samuel Coleridge. Wooded hills rise as much as 1000 feet high around
the lake and small islands in the centre of the lake form a picturesque grouping.
Animal of the Week :
Scottish highland cow (photo N & M. Booth) .............
Something said :
If you have made mistakes...there is always another chance for you...you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we
call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.-- Mary Pickford (1893-1979) Canadian Actress
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.-- Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian Missionary
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.--
True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.-- Helen Keller (1880-1968) American
Let no man turn aside, ever so slightly, from the broad path of honour, on the plausible pretence that he is justified by the goodness of his
end. All good ends can be worked out by good means.-- Charles Dickens (1812-1870) English Novelist
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.-- Lao Tzu
At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.-- Christopher Reeve (1952-2004) American Actor
Lots of love, Cecile
"I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make
a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present. - Rabindranath Tagore
"Too often the opportunity knocks, but by the time you disengage the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the two locks
and shut off the burglar alarms, it's too late." - Rita Coolidge
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." - Helen Keller
"Each of us makes his own weather, determines the colour of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits." -
Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) Roman Catholic clergyman, broadcaster Optimism emails are brought to you by Cecile
Vowles of Sydney.
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