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Ess Being Ess

“Hey Essie, can you come sit on my lap to read the book?”
“No, I have to see it from far away.”

“Essie, what color is Dada’s hair?”
“Brown, like a moose!”

“Essie, tell Monkey Marge to say goodnight to Dada.”
“Goodnight, Dada. … ooh ooh aah aah.”

Indestructible Wonder

“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.”

—Rachel Carson


“The antidote to obsolescence is knowledge of the process by which facts are obtained.”

Neil Carlson, Foundations of Physiological Psychology

New Things

Regarding trying new dental materials, Dr. Sorenson told me this one:

Be not the first by whom the new are tried
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
—Alexander Pope

Rightly Done

Apparently, Henry Royce’s fireplace mantle read thusly:


The translation is: “Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble.”

Tribune Quote

Tribune Quote

Quote on the side of the Chicago Tribune building.

The Travesty of Higher Level Education

From “the more things change, the more they stay the same” desk at tumbledry HQ: a quote that, I think, you may find applicable. (I hope Katy finds it enlightening, as well):

I will not go for a doctorate, because it would be of little help to me, and the whole comedy has become boring.


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Yogi Berra

It ain’t over till it’s over” may be tautological in nature, but it sure sounds profound to me. Motivating, even.

Hepburn, on Perseverance

“I remember when walking as a child, it was not customary to say you were fatigued. It was customary to complete the goal of the expedition.”

Katharine Hepburn

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McKeown Humor

Dan McKeown. May 8, 2006.

I’ll bring the peanut butter!

Tumbledry was pretty active back then. I’m sure those days will come again.

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For Mykala, for Valentine’s Day.

When nothing is sure…

When nothing is sure, everything is possible.
Margaret Drabble

Very Interesting

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
C. S. Lewis

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Will Smith, On Goals

“I do not have to build a perfect wall today. I just have to lay a perfect brick. Just lay one brick, dude.”

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Jewish Delis

The illustrious Kottke recently linked a piece from the New York Times about Jewish Delis. While the following quote does nothing to summarize the article, I thought it stood on its own pretty well:


Annie Dillard

I’m going to have to quote John Gruber quoting Annie Dillard, just because this is so good:

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”


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Conan O’Brien Quote

If you can laugh at yourself loud and hard every time you fall, people will think you’re drunk.

— Conan O’Brien, Harvard Commencement Address, 2000

Samuel Johnson Quote

Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

Banksy Quote

I originally set out to try and save the world, but now I’m not sure I like it enough.

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Vista Quote

I actually like Vista. Best Solitaire ever.