Blahnik History
Door County, WI
Robert Newton Peck

Food For Thought

 "We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will."   Chuck Palahniuk; Novelist and Freelance Journalist

"The purpose of life is not to be happy.  It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Live simply that others may simply live."  Mahatma Gandhi

"You are only young once.  But you can stay immature indefinitely."  Odgen Nash; Poet

"Human capital - in the form of our teachers - and technology are complements in producing educational output just as they are in other business activities.  To achieve the most effective outcome from new technologies, we must provide teachers with the necessary training to use them effectively and to provide forums for teachers and education researchers to share ideas and approaches on how best to integrate technology into the curriculum."  - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan at the National Governors' Association annual meeting, July 11, 2000

"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."  F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Crackup, 1936

"People may not remember what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel."

"Everything happens to everybody, sooner or later, if there is time enough."   George Bernard Shaw

"Even in good programs, the users - teachers, students and administrators understand only between 50 and 60 percent of the services library media specialists claim to provide."  J. Liesener and D. Loertscher - Wisconsin Library Bulletin, May/June 1979

"If you're gonna make decisions, you're gonna make mistakes." John McKay, Tampa Bay Coach, September, 1979

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive."  Robert Louis Stevenson, El Dorado

"The children now love luxury; they show disrespect for elders and love chatters in place of exercise.  Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households...  They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize over their teachers."  Socrates, circa 400 B.C.

"Nothing could be more absurd than an experiment in which computers are placed in a classroom where nothing else is changed."  Seymour Papert

"Some people change because they see the light, others because they feel the heat."  David Thornburg

"There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system.  For the initiator has the enmity of all those who would profit by the preservation of the old system and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new one."  Machiavelli, 1513, The Prince

"Books will soon be obsolete in our schools.  ...Our school system will be completely changed in the next 10 years."  Thomas Edison in 1913 speaking about motion pictures.

"We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems." Lee Iacocca

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."  Albert Einstein

"I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it."  Harry S. Truman

"Jesusís teachings are so radical, theyíre just insanely generous and apocalyptic. Christians become more fascinated by the dead Jesus. They donít like the living Jesus."  Barbara Ehrenreich, Author

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened"  Theodor Seuss Geisel

"There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age, I missed it coming and going."  J. B. Priestley, English Novelist

"If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it."  Stephen Colbert

"Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles.  It takes away today's peace."  Randy Armstrong

"No light, no energy, no love is ever lost from the universe." Mark M. Baldwin, Borealis Press

"I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific."  Lily Tomlin

"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy.  The amount of work is the same."  Carlos Castaneda

"We keep being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality.  On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid."  Christopher Hitchens

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."  Mae West

"I intend to live forever.  So far, so good."  Steven Wright

"I love the big fresh starts, the clean slates like birthdays and new years, but I also really like the idea that we can get up every morning and start over."  Kristin Armstrong

"When you realize that eternity is right here now, that it is within your possibility to experience the eternity of your own truth and being, then you grasp the following:  That which you are was never born and will never die."  Joseph Campbell

"I have been increasingly conscious, for the last 10 years or so, of deaths among my contemporaries.  My generation is on the way out, and each death I have felt as an abruption, a tearing away of part of myself.  There will be no one like us when we are gone, but then there is no one like anyone else, ever.  When people die, they cannot be replaced.  They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate - the genetic and neural fate - of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death."  Oliver Sacks - My Own Life - New York Times Essay - February 19, 2015

"The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."   William James

"Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed."  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"The most empowering relationships are those in which each partner lifts the other to a higher possession of their own being."  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 "You live only as long as the last person who remembers you"  Akecheta, Westworld

"From the time you were very little, you've had people who have smiled you into smiling, people who have talked you into talking, sung you into singing, loved you into loving."  Fred Rogers


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April 29, 2020