Sunday, April 22, 2018

'Great minds have purposes, little minds have wishes.' - Washington Irving

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
22 April
'...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.'
- Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address

“Sometimes I just wish that someone who understands me would tell me what I mean.” - Anonymous

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst
April 22
'I can make more generals but horses cost money.'
- Abraham Lincoln

‘Insist absolutely on enjoying life. Don't take no for an answer!’
- Anonymous

Saturday, April 21, 2018

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than alone in the light.” – Helen Keller

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
21 April
There are people I'm going to meet today, some of whom I have known before, and they are going to become my life-long friends. Today will begin with each of them - and continue with others met yesterday - a deep, wide-ranging and mutually fulfilling friendship we will cherish all the days of our lives.

“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was the greatest.” – Muhammad Ali

April 21
When Lincoln received the Republican nomination for president in 1860 he ‘seemed to have come from nowhere – a backwoods lawyer who had served one undistinguished term in the House of Representatives and had lost two consecutive contests for the U. S. Senate. Contemporaries and historians alike have attributed his surprising nomination to chance – the fact that he came from the battleground state of Illinois and stood in the center of his party. The comparative perspective suggests a different interpretation. When viewed against the failed efforts of his rivals, it is clear that Lincoln won the nomination because he was shrewdest and canniest of them all. More accustomed to relying upon himself to shape events, he took the greatest control of the process leading up to the nomination, displaying a fierce ambition, an exceptional political acumen, and a wide range of emotional strengths, forged in the crucible of personal hardship, that took his unsuspecting rivals by surprise.’
- Doris Kearns Goodwin

‘Be ye wise as serpents and guileless as doves.’
- Jesus Christ

Friday, April 20, 2018

“Human potential is the only limitless resource we have in this world.” – Carly Fiorina

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
20 April
When I close my eyes I can feel the blood surging and the muscles tingling. I know all the considerable abilities - from will power through imagination to adrenaline – are bending inexorably toward achievement, are meshing happily together, like the music of the spheres, to get the job done, the miracles worked, the dreams realized.

“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.” – Thomas Merton

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst
April 20
'Much is being said about peace, and no man desires peace more ardently than I. Still I am yet unprepared to give up the Union for a peace which so achieved could not be of much duration.'
- Abraham Lincoln

‘Focus on the big picture. In 20 years you’re bound to forget all about whatever it is that seems so upsetting right now, so don't allow the thing to be blown out of proportion in the meantime.'
- Arnold Kunst