“If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then why are there trademark laws?”
– Josh Fraser, age 13, New Minas, Nova Scotia, Sept, 2004
when I turned to Richard Dent who was sitting next to me, and said, “Josh Fraser said that 5 years ago, when he was about your age. You got any memorable words for us?”
“Say on, young Richard”
“A man pulling radishes pointed my way with a radish.”
– Eliott Roethlisberger, a friend of Richard Dent, Austin, Texas
Moments later, we all got up and went to lunch at a stylish Italian estate with its own vineyards and winery. The pretty young woman who took our order had memorable eyes. My friend Bertwin Lord was mesmerized. Finally, he made his move:
“You have eyes just like my dog.”
– Bertwin Lord, Aug. 15, 2009, to Katelyn at Trattoria Lisina. He was trying to impress her. I'm not making this up.
Over the next few days added the following quotes from different books I was reading:
“If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?”
– Stephen Hawking
“It takes time to ruin a world, but time is all it takes.”
– Bernard De Fontenelle
“Victor Hugo was a madman who thought he was Victor Hugo.”
– Jean Cocteau
That last one about Victor Hugo is what inspired today's memo about Overconfidence. Investigating the subject of self-delusion, I met Bartolomé de Las Casas:
“It is a wonder to see how, when a man greatly desires something and strongly attaches himself to it in his imagination, he has the impression at every moment that whatever he hears and sees argues in favor of that thing.”
– Bartolomé de Las Casas,
a 16th century missionary who documented the early period of Spanish New World discovery
WARNING: Do Not Google Bartolomé de Las Casas unless you want to have your heart broken by historic examples of man's inhumanities to man.
Then Pennie and I went to see the visiting Broadway production of Wicked, the Musical. A passage from a song caught my ear so I wrote it down: “I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something that we must learn. And we are led to those who help us most to grow, if we let them, and we help them in return. Well, I don't know if I believe that's true. But I know I'm who I am today… because I knew you.”
– from the song, “For Good,” from Wicked, the Musical
My friend Richard Exley sends out a quote each day from one of the 20+ books he's authored.
This is the first one I've ever added to the rotating quote database. That's not to say his other quotes aren't good. I just don't want my database to have too many quotes about love and forgiveness and sprituality. People might get the wrong idea.
“Forgiving those who have wronged us is often a process rather than a single event.”
– Richard Exley
And that's how the rotating quote database at MondayMorningMemo.com is assembled. It currently features more than 2,300 quotes, few of which can be found anywhere else online. Well, that used to be true. Now we're finding that some of the big quote databases are adding a few of our finds.
Do you have a quote you'd like to submit for consideration? It can be your own words or the words of a friend or something you transcribed from a favorite book. Just send it to Tamara@WizardAcademy.org.
And be sure to include a name with the quote. (If taken from a book, please include the book title and page number.)
Life is good, and you help make it better for everyone you encounter.
Roy H. Williams
4:58AM – Aug. 28, 2009
PS – This page serves as a back door into the rabbit hole.
Just click the image of Bert and Dennis at the top of the page and you're there.
(By the way, you could have attended this meeting of the Worthless Bastards if you had wanted. Your invitation was hidden in an obscure side tunnel of the rabbit hole a few weeks ago.)