Electioneering, Arm Twisting & Influence Peddling

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Electioneering, Arm Twisting & Influence Peddling

Abraham Lincoln

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
Abraham Lincoln
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Henry David Thoreau

“All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or back gammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority. Its obli­gation, therefore, never exceeds that of expediency. Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority.”
Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
Jesse Ventura

“Remember something, if you will, about voting: Voting is not a horse race, you’re not going there thinking “Gee, I gotta pick the winner so I can brag to my friends ‘Oh, I picked so-and-so and he or she won'”. Voting is voting your heart and voting your conscience and when you’ve done that, don’t ever, EVER let a Democrat or Republican tell you that you’ve wasted your vote because the fact is, if you DON’T vote your heart and conscience then you HAVE wasted your vote.”
Jesse Ventura
Lyndon B. Johnson

“A man without a vote is a man without protection.”
Lyndon B. Johnson
Grover Cleveland

“Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.”
Grover Cleveland

“Voting is like Tumbling Dice.” Gwenny

Electioneering, Arm Twisting & Influence Peddling

“Lose Sight of the Shore” – Quotes on Exploration

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“Lose Sight of the Shore” – Quotes on Exploration

 

 

André Gide

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
André Gide

Henry David Thoreau

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
Ansel Adams

“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.”
Ansel Adams

 

 

Jules Verne

“The sea is only the embodiment of a
supernatural and wonderful existence.
It is nothing but love and emotion;
it is the ‘Living Infinite…”
Jules Verne
Carl Sagan

“Sailors on a becalmed sea, we sense the stirring of a breeze.”

Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Red Planet Vista

Red Planet Vista

“I just wanted all the wars to be over so that we could spend the money on starships and Mars colonies.”
Grant Morrison, Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being

“Lose Sight of the Shore” – Quotes on Exploration

Characters in Fiction

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Henry David Thoreau

“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.”

― Henry David Thoreau

G.K. Chesterton

“I wish we could sometimes love the characters in real life as we love the characters in romances. There are a great many human souls whom we should accept more kindly, and even appreciate more clearly, if we simply thought of them as people in a story.”
― G.K. ChestertonWhat I Saw in America

John Green

“I don’t know where people got the idea that characters in books are supposed to be likable. Books are not in the business of creating merely likeable characters with whom you can have some simple identification with. Books are in the business of creating great stories that make you’re brain go ahhbdgbdmerhbergurhbudgerbudbaaarr.”
― John Green

Berkeley Breathed

“I will go to my grave in a state of abject endless fascination that we all have the capacity to become emotionally involved with a personality that doesn’t exist.”
― Berkeley Breathed

Shannon Hale

“But, how do you know if an ending is truly good for the characters unless you’ve traveled with them through every page?”

― Shannon HaleMidnight in Austenland

Ray Bradbury

“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”

― Ray BradburyZen in the Art of Writing

Characters in Fiction