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“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” ―Ludwig Wittgenstein


A body of art is illuminated from the inside, or the outside is just another pretty hide.

“It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it.”

Epictetus

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“The hermit, without access to the news of the day, owes it to himself to be up to date on the doings of ancient Rome.” ―Sylvain Tesson


It’s taking a bigger bite out of this summer’s tourism than great white sharks at water parks. It is culling group packages down to singles tours. It is making this summer’s vacation a holiday for hermits.

“The hermit is he who needs a friend, and in the absence of a community has befriended himself.”

Anthony Marais

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“The pen is the tongue of the mind.” ―Horace


 

The Zen poet’s mindstill as an inkwell in an oil field; humble as a page of faint praise; silent as one hand clapping in a forest falling on deaf earsis as sharp as Sam Samurai’s sword: like a steel stylus, shredding erudition into pulp fiction.

“Writing is a very focused form of meditation. Just as good as sitting in a lotus position.”

Alan Moore

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“To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.” ―Isaac Newton


Suppose all the bird baths, ornamental ponds, swimming holes, creeks, swamps, lakes, oceansall the water on the planet including what’s left of the glaciers, even the condensing vapor in the clouds―suppose it was all slurped up into a gob and spit into space: would that leave the planet dry?

“Among the planets orbiting the Sun, Earth is clearly the ‘water planet.'”

Water Encyclopedia

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“Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.” ―Thomas Jefferson


America’s students are taught a bit of Latin. Not to write prescriptions for pharmaceuticals, as might be expected. They learn that E pluribus unum is Latin for Out of many, one. So when they see the motto in the Great Seal of the United States on an after-tax dollar, they know what makes America great.

“Taxes should be proportioned to what may be annually spared by the individual.”

Thomas Jefferson

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“One revolution is like one cocktail, it just gets you organized for the next.” ―Will Rogers


The whirling dervish going round on the inside track is thinking about breaking the record of revolutions per minute held by a mad holy roller on the outside track. He has another think coming.

“Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“If you like Piña Coladas, and getting caught in the rain…” ―Rupert Holmes


During the Cold War, a bartender at the Hilton Caribe Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, broke the ice for the world’s first Piña Colada, and a quartet of Puerto Rico’s pro-independence hot-heads opened fire on the U.S. Capital.

“The biggest gunfight in Secret Service History was over in 40 seconds. A total of twenty-seven shots had been fired.”

Ronald Kessler

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“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” ―Walt Disney


It’s magic, how wearing a mask lets people think they are invulnerable as cartoon characters in a fantasy world sponsored by cheese.

“When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.”

Walt Disney

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“Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.” ―Robert A. Heinlein


If we were only as smart as our phone, we’d be slim as a supermodel’s thesis.

“There are so many different kinds of stupidity, and cleverness is one of the worst.“

Thomas Mann

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“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” ―John F. Kennedy


Without candlepower, night is colorless. Only in the light of a flame, flaring within from near or far, are colors striking.

“The whole point is to live life and be – to use all the colors in the crayon box.”

RuPaul

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