Today’s Washington Post, listed the top 10 Kennedy Quotations (i.e., John, Robert, Ted, John, Jr.). As we send healing and hope to Senator Ted Kennedy while he recovers form recent brain surgery, let’s remember the true leadership of this U.S. dynasty. The quotes are here.
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“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative and creation. There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too, all sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen events, meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would have come their way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 19th century German writer and scientist
In regard to cruelties committed in the name of a free society; some are guilty, while all are responsible.
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Meditations, Marcus Aurelius, 121-180 A.D.
Were you to live three thousand years, or even thirty thousand, remember that the sole life, which a man can lose, is that which he is living at the moment; and furthermore, that he can have no other life except the one he loses.
This means that the longest life and the shortest amount to the same thing. For the passing minute is every man’s equal possession, but what has once gone by is not ours. Our loss, therefore, is limited to that one feeling instant, since no one can lose what is already past, nor yet what is still to come – for how can he be deprived of what he does not possess?
So two things should be borne in mind. First, that all the cycles of creation since the beginning of time exhibit the same recurring pattern, so that it can make no difference whether you want the identical spectacle for a hundred years, or two hundred, or forever. Secondly, that when the longest- and the shortest-lived of us come to die, their loss is precisely equal. For the sole thing of which any man can be deprived is the present; since this is all he owns, and nobody can lose what is not his.