American Dreamer: Henry A. Wallace Quotes

Henry A. Wallace quotes December 2nd, 2017

Henry A. Wallace, though little-known today, was a significant American progressive statesman, scientist, and vice-president of the United States. He was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s VP, and would have probably been elected president  if there wasn’t so much establishment Democratic political junk, McCarthyism, Cold War mentality, and red-baiting gripping the country in the post-war era. A book was written about him, and it is like 2.5″ thick. It’s called American Dreamer, by John C. Culver and John Hyde. It is full of details about his early life, his love of and major success with agricultural improvements in the early 20th century, and his political beliefs. He really was a kind of dreamer – he would often put principles over politics, and try above all to look out for average Americans. He wasn’t a “beltway” guy and didn’t play games. Wallace was one of America’s full-throated progressivea. This blog presents some of the best Henry A. Wallace quotes about values in the book American Dreamer.

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Siddhartha Gautama, Founder of Buddhism

Buddhism November 28th, 2017

Siddhartha in the ancient language of Magadhi means “one who has accomplished a goal.” This is a very fitting name for a very influential historical figure that is still shrouded in myth and legend — Siddhartha Gautama, also known as The Buddha. While we do know he existed, there is still a lot that we don’t know about him (and will never know). It has been over 2,500 years since The Buddha’s death, and to this day his insightful and inspirational message influences and motivates hundreds of millions of people every day. This is what living a life of value is all about: pursuing a path for oneself that is functional and fulfilling, while at the same time helping, loving, and guiding others the be the best possible versions of themselves. Let me share a bit more about Siddhartha Gautama, and then I will present some very interesting quotes by the man who literally invented Buddhism.

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Georges: Takei, Will, Orwell, Bush, & Santayana

George Takei Quotes November 24th, 2017

I happened to look up the commentator and author George Will to demonstrate to a friend that his use of the word “bathetic” was neat but counterproductive, because it is simply too esoteric. It apparently means “insincere, intense emotional display.” I indicated that it was of limited utility in communication because it was so rare that it was obscure, myopic. It reminded me of George Will. I began to look up Will quotes I imagine for the first time, and wow, he said some interesting things! Much was politically-right, but still, neat stuff. It led me to Star Trek pioneer and social activist, George Takei. I then added George Bush, deep thinker George Orwell, and philosopher extraordinaire George Santayana quotes. Voila! — a blog! I present to you quotes from the five George’s: George Will quotes, George W. Bush quotes, George Takei quotes, George Orwell quotes, and George Santayana quotes. They will make you laugh; they will make you sad. But they certainly will make you think.

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Consistent Critic: Noam Chomsky Quotes

November 8th, 2017

Noam Chomsky is literally one of the most influential and prolific individuals in the history of mankind. We are all so lucky that he has worked so hard on behalf of values such as truth, justice, social justice, freedom, solidarity, progressivism, and social welfare. Thought of as the founder of modern linguistics, he is extremely erudite and has written on all manner of subject—mostly politics and economics. Known as a “left-libertarian” or a “libertarian socialist”, he is wary of government, the media, the military, and the two big political parties. He has lampooned, lambasted, and laid bare their lies, machinations, and subterfuge. He is a man of the people, and has my deep respect. Bono called him “a rebel without a pause.” A great American.

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Leonardo da Vinci Quotes: The Polymath

Leonardo da Vinci quotes November 8th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci quotes are some of the most fecund and inspiring quotes around. Why? The man was clearly a genius! Born April 15, 1452 and living until May 2, 1519, the Tuscan polymath was a painter, architect, sculptor, inventor, draftsman, and military engineer — and virtually embodied the term Renaissance man. da Vinci carefully studied the laws of science and observed nature, and displayed an endless curiosity and willingness to take risks for his art and his research. His novel ideas and myriad sculptures, paintings, inventions, and curious drawings have influenced artists, scientists, and philosophers. He was a thought leader and intellectual pioneer of the highest caliber. He is a superb representative of the marvelous rebirth of ancient wisdom, secularism, and art known as the Italian Renaissance. Here are some of the insightful and intriguing quotes he left behind:

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American Treasure: Helen Keller’s Values

Helen Keller November 3rd, 2017

In this day and age of political unrest, questionable media, and discrepant values, it is a breath of fresh air to read the beautiful words of optimism and understanding. I am referring to the wonderful woman and hero of girls and handicapped individuals everywhere, Helen Keller. She evolved from someone who truly knew hardship and adversity to one who successfully focused her time and energy into the worthy pursuits of growth, happiness, love, and compromise. She pushed her own (and society’s) boundaries and became someone great. Who was Helen, and what can we learn from her?

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Quotations About Mindfulness, Gratitude & Relaxation

quotations about mindfulness November 3rd, 2017

Fulfillment has much to do with how you perceive some aspect of your life, some experience. Attitude is important. Happiness, it has been said, is a state of mind. Gratitude is an optimistic and positive way to look at the world. You are responsible for your own happiness and the state of your life. Optimism is clearly the best outlook if one had to choose. The journey should be treasured and goals should be de-prioritized. Spirituality is as important as the mental, emotional, and physical. The most important things in life cannot be touched, monetized, kept, or produced. Meditation and mindfulness are important ways to live a better and healthier life. God is all around us and can only be known by perceiving not with the eye, but the heart. Wisdom comes from reflection, but sometimes, staring right at a thing shrouds it in obscurity. This is a blog featuring quotations about mindfulness, gratitude, and relaxation.

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Quotes About Business & Corporate Responsibility

Quotes about business November 3rd, 2017

It has been a decade since the dynamic entrepreneur Anita Roddick’s passing, and for those of you who are not familiar with her, she was an extremely genuine, humble, philanthropic, strong, and successful business woman who built The Body Shop empire. She was that entrepreneurial and competent and still found the time and will to raise awareness for human and animal rights, environmental protection, and fair-trade practices. She truly encompasses what living a life of value is all about; working hard, giving back, and finding purpose in her life and career to make the world a better place for everyone. Here are some facts about the wonderful woman as well as a couple dozen Anita Roddick quotes. Let us learn what she thought and felt, that we may profit from her wisdom.

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Quotes About Freedom, Rights, & Liberty

quotes about freedom October 26th, 2017

Everyone values freedom, not just libertarians or those on the political Right. It is absolutely fundamental, as evidenced by the amount of literature dedicated to it since the time of the ancient Greeks. As well, wars have been fought and millions have perished fighting for what they perceived to be their freedom. The U.S. Bill of Rights and the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights are rife with language that evokes the natural rights human beings have to choose their own way, and to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Property, health, welfare, peace, and a job might also be considered our due rights. However, one cannot simply look up the word “rights” or “liberty” in the dictionary and get a clear understanding. It takes one additional mental step, and a bit of time. To that end, this blog features a very diverse sample of intriguing quotes about freedom.

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Quotes by Literary Geniuses: Master Wordsmiths

quotes by literary geniuses October 24th, 2017

It is said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a craft. I’m not sure if I am there yet, but I’ve done at least 5,000 hours of writing. I have stared at a blank screen and felt anxiety; I mulled over some minor issue of diction obsessively; I have doubted my work. So, I believe I can comfortably say that there is such a thing as a literary genius – one who is such a virtuoso at wordplay that they say something very interesting exactly right. The kind of caliber where one thinks: No one could have said that any better if they had a pen, paper, and 48 hours in which to do so. Herein are a dozen or two spectacular quotes by literary geniuses – and it’s probably not too generous to say that these luminaries are masters of their craft. My hat’s off to them!

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