Something said :
The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.-- Vauvenargues
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.-- Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) American Publisher
When we accept tough jobs as a challenge to our ability and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen.-- Arland
The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be
released and channeled toward some great good.-- Brian Tracy
I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself... and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.-
We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the
perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.-- E. Merrill Root (1895-1973) American Writer
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Email No 190 Sunday 31th 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".
Pre-dawn at the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club, Sydney
Dawn spray..... another day..... the sea says ... "hey, come and play!" ...........by The Roaming Poet
Dear Friends, Romans & Countrymen,
... will YOU come out and play ?
Something humorous :
Something humorous :
I cannot tell if genius is hereditary because heaven has granted me no children. James McNeil Whistler
I was once walking through the forest alone, and a tree fell right in front of me, and I didn't hear it. - Steven Wright
Philosophers before Kant had a tremendous advantage over philosophers after Kant in that they didn't have to waste time studying
Kant. - Bertrand Russell
I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. - Mark Twain
You know how it is when you're walking up the stairs, and you get to the top, and you think there's one more step ? I'm like that all the
time. - Steven Wright
To do is to be - Rousseau; To be is to do - Sartre; Dobedobedo - Sinatra. - Anon
Reality may not be the best of all possible worlds but it's still the only place where you can get a decent steak. - Woody Allen
I get into bed, turn out the light, say, "Bugger the lot of them", and go to sleep. - Winston Churchill
Someone out of history :
Alfred Noyes (1880-1958) was a popular English poet of the 1900s, becoming famous for his ballads and lyric poems about English history and the
sea. Noyes most ambitious work was perhaps The Torchbearers, a long three-part poem in which he honours the great scientists of history. The
poem consists of The Watchers of the Sky (1922), The Book of Earth (1925), and The Last Voyage (1930).
Nymph : A lesser Greek or Roman goddess of nature who lived in seas, rivers, springs, fountains, hills, woods or trees. Oreads watched over the
hills and mountains, and nereids over the Mediterranean Sea. The naiads were the nymphs of the rivers, brooks and streams. The ocean was
protected by the oceanids. The dryads and hamadryads took care of the trees and forests
Something reflective :
Nostradamus (1503-1566) was the Latin name of Michel de Nostradame, a French astrologer and physician. His fame rests on his book Centuries
(1555), a series of prophecies in verse. He won lasting fame when King Henry II of France died in a manner predicted in the Centuries. In 1525,
while a medical student, he showed great courage and skill in caring for victims of a plague.
Something defined :
New Zealand has a long tradition of equal rights and benefits for all its citizens. In 1893 it became the first nation to grant women the vote. It was
also one of the first countries to grant social security benefits and old age pensions for its people.
Something defined :
In 1642, the Dutch sea captain Abel Tasman became the first European to sight New Zealand. The Dutch named it Nieuw Zeeland after a province
in The Netherlands. New Zealand remained a lawless frontier country until 1840.
Animal of the Week :
"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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