Archive for May, 2011

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying…

May 15, 2011

Sir Francis Bacon

Sir Francis Bacon, Renaissance author, courtier, and father of inductive reasoning. Life, works, and resources.

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought…

May 13, 2011

Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉?, 1644 – November 28, 1694), born Matsuo Kinsaku (松尾 金作?), then Matsuo Chūemon Munafusa (松尾 忠右衛門 宗房?),[1][2] was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as a master of brief and clear haiku. His poetry is internationally renowned, and within Japan many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and traditional sites.

Bashō was introduced to poetry at a young age, and after integrating himself into the intellectual scene of Edo he quickly became well-known throughout Japan. He made a living as a teacher, but renounced the social, urban life of the literary circles and was inclined to wander throughout the country, heading west, east, and far into the northern wilderness to gain inspiration for his writing. His poems were influenced by his firsthand experience of the world around him, often encapsulating the feeling of a scene in a few simple elements.

Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?

May 12, 2011

Benjamin Franklin

Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked…

May 11, 2011

Warren Buffett

Warren Edward Buffett (pronounced /ˈbʌfɨt/; born August 30, 1930) is an American investor, industrialist and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful investors in the world. Often called the “legendary investor, Warren Buffett”, he is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world’s wealthiest person in 2008 and is the third wealthiest person in the world as of 2011.

Buffett is called the “Oracle of Omaha” or the “Sage of Omaha” and is noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth. Buffett is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Gates Foundation. He also serves as a member of the board of trustees at Grinnell College.

Thoughts unspoken die unborn. The same goes for your paintings. If the desire lies within you, paint your heart out! But above all, keep developing because that’s where real life begins…

May 9, 2011

Tim Adams

Tim Adams is a staff writer for the Observer

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his…

May 8, 2011

Oscar Wilde

I am an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on the way…

May 7, 2011

Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American writer and editor, best known for his poetry. He won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and another for a biography of Abraham Lincoln. H. L. Mencken called Carl Sandburg “indubitably an American in every pulse-beat.”

One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.

May 5, 2011


Ability is of little account without opportunity…

May 4, 2011

Napoleon Bonaparte

The way to foresee and control your future is to monitor and regulate your present. ..

May 3, 2011

Joseph P. Blodgett