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don_socalDecember 29, 2012

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
Henry David Thoreau

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John W. Gardner

The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenseless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenseless against ourselves.
Arnold J. Toynbee

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lilosophie

Good ones - the center one (John Gardener) really hits home,

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 1:24AM
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mawheel

Good quotes, Don.

Lolo, you are so right! Thank goodness that we have folks who do "humble" jobs. What would we do without them? Especially plumbers! :)

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 8:09AM
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west_gardener

Good quotes. There was this cobbler (shoemaker) in Norway that sang beautiful Opera, in Italian, no less. He did both things very well.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 6:12PM
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