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"The hardest thing to attain... is the appreciation of difference without insisting on superiority."

            ~George Saintsbury, wine-sage, from his book Notes on a Cellar-Book (1920)








"...there is no substitute for competence."
    ~Gail Wynand, The Fountainhead






"You don't think through another's brain and you don't work through another's hands."

         ~Howard Roark, The Fountainhead








"When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead."
    ~Ernest Hemingway, True at First Light






"Leaders do not produce followers, but more leaders."
        ~Rev. Dr. Stanley J. Meyer









"Excellence is...Caring more than others think is wise;
Risking more than others think is safe;
Dreaming more than others think is practical.
Expecting more than others think is possible."

    ~Winston Churchill



"The soul is healed by being with children"

    ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky








"Sadness is a wall between two gardens."

    ~Kahlil Gibran








"Luck is the residue of opportunity and design."

~ Branch Rickey and/or John Milton




"Of all the facts I daily live with, there's none more comforting than this; If I have two rooms, one dark, the other light, and I open the door between them, the dark room becomes lighter without the light one becoming darker. I know this is no headline, but it's a marvelous footnote; and comforts me in that."

~ Gerhard Frost in his book "Grounds for Hope:"


"Hope does not need to silence the rumblings of crisis to be hope."


         ~ Walter Brueggemann







"Faith without mercy is a cult."

        ~Kelly Jean Maguire




“I was fortunate to have parents as good role models. I could go into analysis for 20 years and never blame them for anything”.

    ~Tom Selleck







“Balancing the budget is a little like protecting your virtue:  You just have to learn to say no.”

        ~Ronald Reagan, speaking to William F. Buckley Jr on Firing Line, January 1980.





Grover Cleveland"Though the people support the government; the government should not support the people."

     ~ President Grover Cleveland








Thomas SowellSo many "rights" have been conjured up out of thin air that many people seem unaware that rights and obligations derive from explicit laws, not from politically correct pieties. If you don't meet the terms of the Geneva Convention, then the Geneva Convention doesn't protect you. If you are not an American citizen, then the rights guaranteed to American citizens do not apply to you.


        ~  Thomas Sowell





“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”


~ Winston Churchill, during his remarks at Harrow

    uttered the immortal words of defiance to tyranny




Adam Smith"Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent."


        ~Adam Smith


(A Scotsman, who somehow commented exactly 250 years ago on Britain's release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi— the Libyan terrorist whose bomb blew up a plane over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killing 270 people)




Product Details"You Won't always rise to the level of the expectations you have for yourself, but you will never be able to rise above the imaginary ceiling you construct in your mind."


    ~Tony Dungy, Uncommon




Frank William Boreham 1871-1959 "The gravest mistake made by educationalists is [to suppose] that those who know little are good enough to teach those who know less"


     ~ F.W. Boreham D.D.




"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."

    ~ Winston Churchill



"We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name - liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names - liberty and tyranny."


    ~Abraham Lincoln .....The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume VII, "Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland" (April 18, 1864), p. 301-302.



"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. "


    ~Dr. Adrian P. Rogers , 1931 to 2005



"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."


    ~Thomas Paine




"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
~ Mark Twain



"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.  If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around banks will deprive people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."


    ~Thomas Jefferson, 1802



gbpaAlbert_Gray.jpg“Successful men are influenced by the desire for pleasing results. Failures are influenced by the desire for pleasing methods and are inclined to be satisfied with such results as can be obtained by doing things they like to do.”


    ~Albert Gray




"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators."


    ~P.J. O'Rourke





"To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat you he will."
~-Ronald Reagan


            Click to hear Ronald Reagan -  "A Time for Choosing" October 27, 1964


"I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and liberals at bay. And the nation free."


    - William F. Buckley, Up from Liberalism (1959)



“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name of Liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.”

    - Norman Thomas, Socialist Party presidential candidate, 1940, 1944 and 1948 explaining why he quit running for president.




A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty mean, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects"

    ~ Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love




"Human beings are surrounded by a universe many sizes too big for them, and the ability either to shout out in anger or to laugh in the face of chaos are the only truly noble options available to us. That shout, or that laughter, even in the black infinity of the universe is an absolutely new and pure thing, filling the void and going on, echoing off among the nebula, with an entirely human significance."


        - William Ash, Under the Wire, WW II Spitfire Pilot and frequent prisoner of war. 




"Peace is our aim, and strength is the only way of getting it. We need not be deterred by the taunt that we are trying to have it both ways at once. Indeed, it is only by having it both ways at once that we shall have a chance of getting anything of it at all

 - Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill
    During a speech in The Commons, Feb 25, 1954 supporting both the rearmament of England, AND the pursuit of détente with Molotov, Lenin's successor. 



"The only commodity I know of that gets more expensive as the supply goes up, is ignorance."


    -Kelly Jean "Mayday" Maguire



"I always believe when your political opponents are committing suicide, there's no reason to murder them,"


    -Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio



"... brevity is the soul of wit.."

    -William Shakespeare, Hamlet


“On a personal level, as a Christian, it will not be Barbra Streisand I’m standing in front of when I have to make an accounting of my life.” 

- Patricia Heaton


"... to say that the CIA and the KGB engage in similar practices is the equivalent of saying that the man who pushes an old lady into the path of a hurtling bus is not to be distinguished from the man who pushes an old lady out of the path of a hurtling bus: on the grounds that, after all, in both cases someone is pushing old ladies around."

   ~ William F. Buckley 



"It appears we have appointed our worst generals to command forces, and
our most gifted and brilliant to edit newspapers.  In fact, I discovered by
reading newspapers that these editor/geniuses plainly saw all my
strategic defects from the start, yet failed to inform me until it was too late.

Accordingly, I am readily willing to yield my command to these obviously
superior intellects, and I will, in turn, do my best for the Cause by
writing editorials - after the fact."

- Robert E. Lee, 1863


"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage
morale, and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged."

~ President Abraham Lincoln


"Women do not find it difficult nowadays to behave like men, but they often find it extremely difficult to behave like gentlemen"

    -Sir Compton Mackenzie


"...we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, ..."


   Romans 5:3-5


"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy"

-Martin Luther King, Jr


"Blame others and look to the government for assistance. It's easier be a victim than a victor."
    ~Kelly J. "Mayday" Maguire


You can't be lucky all the time. But you can be smart everyday. 
    -From the movie "16 Blocks"


“If you don’t build it with your own hands, it’s not really yours.”

     - Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor


Red Green“Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.”

    ~ Red Green




"Maybe for once, someone will call me 'sir' without adding 'You're making a scene'"
  - Homer Simpson



"Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."
        - Boswell: Life


"I don't like repeat offenders, I like dead offenders."
-Ted Nugent


"Anything in excess is a poison." 
        -Ted Levitt, Harvard Business School Professor of marketing


"The three things to carry with you in life are that liquor and gambling have to be handled with moderation, food has to be eaten with a careful concern for portions, and relationships must be ruled with a healthy portion of conciliation. If you can do these three things you will survive happily."

- Mick Maguire, June 2004


“I would like to dissolve the $10 billion national Department of Education created by President Carter and turn schools back to the local school districts, where we built the greatest public school system the world has ever seen. I think I can make a case that the decline in the quality of public education began when federal aid became federal interference.” 

    ~Ronald Reagan, January 1980, speaking to William F. Buckley Jr on Firing Line


"Develop interest in life as you see it: in people, things, literature, music.  The world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people.  Forget yourself."  

- Henry Miller, as quoted in the Sanborn Sentinel


"My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher."

- Socrates (470-399 B.C.)


"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."

- Henry Ford (1863-1947)


"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."

- Mario Andretti


"A clever man commits no minor blunders."

- Goethe (1749-1832)


"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


"I voted Republican this year. The Democrats left a bad taste in my mouth."

- Monika Lewinski


"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


"I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters."

- Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)


"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."

    - H. G. Wells (1866-1946)


"In Europe we thought of wine as something healthy and normal as food and also a great giver of happiness and well being and delight. Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult. It was as natural as eating and to me as necessary.

    - Ernest Hemmingway


"The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it."

    - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."

-  Plato (427-347 B.C.)



"Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things losers don't like to do."

-  Albert Gray


"Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn't make me stronger."

    - Lou Holtz


Bush claims his decisions kept US safe"It is written that adversity introduces us to ourselves."
        -President George W. Bush, National Cathedral, 9/14/2001




"There's plenty of room for all God's creatures, right next to the mashed potatoes."

    - Billboard advertisement for the Saskatoon Steak House in Greenville, NC


"You can't tax a corporation. It's a lie. There's no such taxpayer. Tax the corporation and you tax the people that work there, or buy it's products, or own it's stock. If you can't have dinner with it, you can't tax it."

    - Kelly J. Maguire


"..businesses don't pay taxes, people do -- either in the form of higher prices or fewer jobs."

    - Thomas Mitchell, Sunday, July 6, 2003, editor of the Review-Journal


"The corner is a small part of the road, but it, not the road, decides your destination."

   - Kelly J. Maguire


"I always try to let the walleye tell me what it wants." 

-Gary Roach


"In my humble opinion, those who come to engage in debates of consequence, and who challenge accepted wisdom, should expect to be treated badly." 

-Clarence Thomas, accepting an award from the American Enterprise Institute in 2001


"Do not worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats"

    -Howard H. Aiken



"Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life."

    -Ralph Waldo Emerson


"A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is the earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature."

        -Henry David Thoreau


"One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain."

        - Columnist Thomas Sowell



"The Clinton 'team' was certainly special 


"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

        - Right-wing extremist Benjamin Franklin


"A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for."

        - William Shedd


"Amateurs built the Arc, professionals built the Titanic."

        - Anonymous    


"Some of the best things in life are not things."

        - Mick Maguire


"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority."
- Kenneth Hartley Blanchard


"It is God's job to forgive Osama bin Laden. It is our job to arrange a face to face meeting."
-Author Unknown


"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it."
-Chinese Proverb


"Winning isn't everything. Shaking a righteous bootie, that is."
    -Miller Lite commercial


"I think it's fair to say you can't predict a straight line to victory. You know, there'll be good days and bad days along the way."
    - Dick Cheney, US Vice President referring to the war on terrorism. October 19, 2001.


"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails."
    - Mark Twain


"They cannot guard freedom, who cannot recognize its opposite."
   ~Editorial, Las Vegas Review-Journal, July 4th, 2001.


"When you define liberty for someone else, it's no longer liberty. It's permission."
   ~R.L. Root


    A dog's reminders to self.


"If you can remove words from the language, or change their meanings, or emotionally charge them so negatively that using them results in closed-minded condemnation, you have effectively removed the ability to think about those concepts from the public discourse."
   -JR (nobody) Graham


"Not all who wander are lost."
   -J.R.R. Tolkien




"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far to go"
    -"T.S. Elliot


"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship."


Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence
Talent Will Not: Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent
Genius Will Not: Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb
Education Alone Will Not: The world is full of educated derelicts
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent

    -Calvin Coolidge


"There's no excuse."
    -Carl Eller, defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings from 1964 to 1978 who played in, and lost 4 Superbowls referring to the 41-0 Vikings loss to the NY Giants in the NFC Championship game Jan. 14th. 2001. For the first time since retiring in 1978, he couldn't watch the entire game and turned it off in the third quarter.


"Statistically, more small children drown in mop buckets than die from gun accidents"
    -"Business World" columnist Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., in the march 22 Wall Street Journal


"It's impossible to expect polite behavior from people who've never witnessed it."
    -Kathleen Parker, Orlando Sentinel referring to the affect that the Clinton Administration has had on American culture.


"If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there is a man on base." 
     -Dave Barry


"Pity the man who judges his time with nature on the basis of limits caught and game killed, for he will never be satisfied"


"When the facts change, I change my mind."
    -John Maynard Keynes


"You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it."
    -Samuel Butler


"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the US was too strong."
    -Ronald Reagan, The Observer, June 29, 1980


"Quando Omni flunkus, moratadi"
    -Sacred oath of the Possum Lodge (When all else fails, play dead.)


"I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to... I guess."
    -Pledge of Men Anonymous


"The fishing was so good, I thought it was LAST week."
    -David Maguire


"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: The stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
    - Ayn Rand, in The Nature of Government




"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
    -Albert Einstein




"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.   It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the Public Treasury.   From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the Public Treasury with a result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy always followed by dictatorship.   The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.   These nations have progressed through the following sequence:

    From Bondage to Spiritual Faith    

    From Spiritual Faith to Great Courage
    From Courage to Liberty
    From Liberty to Abundance
    From Abundance to Selfishness
    From Selfishness to Complacency
    From Complacency to Apathy
    From Apathy to Dependency
    From Dependency back into Bondage"
    - Alexander Tytler, 18th century Scottish historian, Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic.


"It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude." 
    - Ralph Waldo Emmerson.


"Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him."
    - Aldous Huxley


"Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit."
    -W. Sommerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938


"There are numerous layers of honesty, and the deepest should not have a monopoly."
    -Nero Wolf, The Second Confession, 1949


A Toast, "This is dedicated to those splendid fellows who make drinking a pleasure, who reach contentment prior to capacity, who can take what they drink, hold it, enjoy it, and remain Gentlemen."
    - On the wall of Frank Maguire's Bar, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.


"Most women are not really prepared for real life relationships."
    -Scott Holzer


"Wise men learn more from fools, than fools from the wise."
    - Chinese fortune cookie


"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
    - Benjamin Franklin


"Behind every successful man is a woman that didn't marry me."
    - Al Bundy


"The slave that has three masters is a free man."
    -old proverb of the Roman Law   (i.e.: Women, Walleye, and Whitetail)


"My inner child pretty much runs the place."
    -Kelly "Mayday" Maguire


"The secret to a successful relationship is perception and selective disinformation"
    -Tony Baack, Denver philosopher


"Away with you !!!
    -Mike Kastner


"Nothing can ever be improved without being changed."
    -Kelly Maguire


"You know what would go with that? A glass of wine."
    -Mick Maguire


"I'm swamped !!"
    -David Maguire


"I believe that the foundation of democratic liberty is a willingness to believe that other people may perhaps be wiser than oneself."
    -Clement Attlee, speech in October, 1948


"No question that an admission of making false statements to government officials and interfering with the FBI is an impeachable offense."
    -Bill Clinton, in the Arkansas Gazette, August 8, 1974


"Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? ...If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"
    - Patrick Henry, insisting the Constitution not be ratified without addition of a Second Amendment, at the Virginia ratification convention, 1787.


"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
    -Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943


"The future's comin' at ya' like a freight train."
    - Lila McCann, Down Came A Blackbird


"Quality is not expensive....it's Priceless."
    -The Tea Aficionado, as quoted by Paul Harvey, May 12, 1995


"Illegitimi Non Carborundum"
    -Anonymous (Don't let the bastards get you down)


"My feeling is that everyone suffers from some sort of mental illness but at different degrees and in different ways.... excluding us of course."
    - Scott Holzer


"I can only hope to be the man my dog thinks I am."
    - Anonymous


"I believe in taking the time to be right. Everything happens faster when you're wrong."
-Kelly Maguire


"There is a lot more to do at FHL than fishing. For starters.... talking about fishing."
-Kelly Maguire


"The peaceful appearance of space is a reminder of two complementary truths: That behind much of the beauty of the sky lies incomprehensible power and fury, and that maelstrom and destruction can produce a very tranquil beauty."
- Wil Milan, astrophotographer.com


"Companies don't make profits. People do." 
-GPworldwide.com ad, BusinessWeek, May 15,2000

"Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience."
- George Bernard Shaw


"When you choose your friends, don't be shortchanged by choosing personality over character."
- W. Somerset Maughm


"A Jeffersonian democracy is predicated on the concept of a well-informed and active constituency. We have neither."
-Thomas Mitchell, Editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal


"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender."
-Vince Lombardi



"Life is not to be taken in baby-steps"
 -Fraiser Crane

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