At Home With Home Quotes

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Home is the nicest word there is.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder

James Baldwin

“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.”
James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room
L. Frank Baum

“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”
L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
George Moore

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
George Moore, The Brook Kerith
Mark Twain

“A home without a cat — and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat — may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove title?”
Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson

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The Animal Kingdom According to Twain

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Hawks and Doves, cats, dogs, doves, foxes, geese,  monkeys, squirrels and Man


Mark Twain

“Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal… In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately.Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away for two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh–not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.”

Mark Twain,

Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings



Hawks and Doves,

cats, dogs,

doves, foxes, geese,

 monkeys, squirrels and Man

QWERTY Revolutionizes Writing – WABAC to 1st Typewriter

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"Where is the WABAC Machine going to take us this time, Mr. Peabody?

“Where is the WABAC Machine going to take us this time, Mr. Peabody?

“Let’s hunt ‘n peck our way to 1874 and find the very first typewriter, Sherman My Boy.”

July 1, 1874: 1st Successful Typewriter Goes on Sale!


Secretaries of the World Rejoice!

On July 1, 1874, E. Remington and Sons placed the first successful typewriter on the market, a model also known as the Remington No. 1 and invented by Christopher Sholes, Samuel Soule, and Carlos Glidden.

Hunting & pecking….

Not particularly easy to manufacture, the inventors had sold out to Remington after failing to easily produce the machine.  Remington did not find an immediate market, as the machines were costly to make and still had some shortcomings such as the inability to type lower case letters.  It did however, introduce the familiar QWERTY 4 row keyboard, which despite appearances made typing much faster than an ABCtype layout.

The Remington No. 2 model incorporated the ability to type lower case letters, but incredibly the typist could not see his or her work as it was typed.  When businesses caught on to the idea of producing legible correspondence at a faster rate, the typewriter also caught on.  As it did, many women proved adept at mastering the skill of typing and a new job market for women was created, the office typist.  As more women moved into the office and clerical field via typing,  other office and clerical jobs opened up as well.

Although Remington had the only commercial typewriter available those first few years, sales lagged with the $125 price and poor reliability.  Only 400 were sold the first 6 months, although by 1887 4000 had been sold.  Even Mark Twain bought one.

In 1881 another manufacturer (American Writing Machine Company) put a typewriter on the market so Remington dropped the price to $80.  Remington had come out with the No. 2 in 1878 and sales began to pick up.  Other manufacturers started to pop up, and the typewriter became an everyday office necessity.

Another typewriting milestone came in 1881 when the YWCA opened the first typing school.  Prior to that typists were trained by the manufacturer.  As women made less pay then men regardless of occupation, it was more fiscally responsible for businesses to hire women to type.  In spite of the pay inequality, the pay for typing greatly exceeded the pay women made working in factories and such, causing women to flock to typist jobs.

Christopher Sholes, the main inventor of the typewriter, said late in life that he thought he had made it easier for women to make a decent living.  Cracked fact:  In 1874 a mere 4% of clerical jobs were held by women, and by 1900 the percentage had increased to 75% (in the US).


QWERTY Revolutionizes Writing – WABAC to 1st Typewriter

Morality Hard and Fast

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Morality Hard and Fast


Mark Twain

“Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Seven Deadly Sins”

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.” 

Marcus Aurelius

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
― Marcus AureliusMeditations
Ronald Reagan

“More than a decade ago, a Supreme Court decision literally wiped off the books of fifty states statutes protecting the rights of unborn children. Abortion on demand now takes the lives of up to 1.5 million unborn children a year. Human life legislation ending this tragedy will some day pass the Congress, and you and I must never rest until it does. Unless and until it can be proven that the unborn child is not a living entity, then its right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must be protected.”

― Ronald Reagan

noun: morality
  1. 1.
    principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
    synonyms: ethics, rights and wrongs, ethicality More

    • a particular system of values and principles of conduct, esp. one held by a specified person or society.
      plural noun: moralities
      “a bourgeois morality”
    • the extent to which an action is right or wrong.
      “behind all the arguments lies the issue of the morality of the possession of nuclear weapons”

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Mad Bonkers

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Mad Bonkers


“You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people.”

― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

Richelle E. Goodrich

“You baffle me, addle me, drive me insane. 
You muddle, befuddle, and rattle my brain. 
My senses are mad, 
Skewed judgment to blame.
You drive me half stark-raving bonkers!
(But the truly crazy thing is how I love it.)” 
― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway
Mark Twain

“If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.”
― Mark Twain

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Mark Twain

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
― Mark Twain

George Carlin

“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”

― George Carlin

Mark Twain

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
― Mark Twain
Mark Twain

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”
― Mark Twain
Oscar Wilde

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

― Oscar Wilde


Gwen’s Bookshelf

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Marcus Tullius Cicero

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
Jane Austen

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
― Jane Austen

Groucho Marx

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
― Groucho MarxThe Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx
Mark Twain

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain



Wrapping Up a Story

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Harper Lee

“Daylight…In my mind, the night faded. It was daytime and the neighborhood was busy. Miss Stephenie Crawford crossed the street to tell the latest to Miss Rachel. Miss Maudie bent over the azaleas.
It was summertime, and two children scampered down the sidewalk toward a man approaching in the distance. The man waved, and the children raced each other to him. It was still summertime, and the children came closer. A boy trudged down the sidewalk dragging a fishingpole behind him. A man stood waiting with his hands on his hips. Summertime, and his children played in the front yeard with their friend, enacting a strange little drama of their own invention.
It was fall and his children fought ont he sidewalk in front of Mrs. Dubose’s. The boy helped his sister to her feet and they made their way home. Fall, and his children trotted to and fro around the corner, the day’s woe’s and triymph’s on their face. They stopped at an oak tree, delighted, puzzled apprehensive.
Winter, and his children shivered at the front gate, silhouetted against a blazing house. Winter and a man walked into the street, dropped his glasses, and show a dog.
Summer, and he watched his children’s heart break.
Autumn again, and Boo’s children needed him.”
― Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird

Samuel Johnson

“My congratulations to you, sir. Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. ”

― Samuel Johnson

Mark Twain

“Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.”
― Mark Twain

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Self Help

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Mark Twain

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
― Mark Twain

“Our first instinct, in this day of WebMD, is to self-diagnose…….wait I may be misrepresenting a wider audience…..Dr. Gwenny: “If you have spring fever, take one plane and two suitcases and head for the Caribbean.”

Example: “If you see someone who is choking, stand behind them and *crush their chest.”

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Everyday Heroes

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Mark Twain

“Unconsciously we all have a standard by which we measure other men, and if we examine closely we find that this standard is a very simple one, and is this: we admire them, we envy them, for great qualities we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that. Our heroes are men who do things which we recognize, with regret, and sometimes with a secret shame, that we cannot do.”

— Mark Twain

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