When we think of earth; we think of the civilizations that inhabit it. We know the civilizations of the past through their art.  Art is found in the center of eARTh. Without art we are left with letters “e” and “h”; eh? A question of existence, an afterthought. 21st century civilization: eh?  Suzanne Birrell-Jones 2000

Norman Mattoon Thomas (November 20, 1884 – December 19,1968) was a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1911. As a candidate for President of the U.S. , Norman Thomas said, in a 1944 epoch speech:

“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.”
He went on to say: “I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”

“Ideas are caught with butterfly nets, while success is always a team effort.”     Suzanne Birrell Jones

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is the law firm, and three or more is a congress. — John Adams

If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.  — Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.  — Mark Twain

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.    G. Gordon Liddy

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.  James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. — P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.  — Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. — Ronald Reagan (1986)

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. –Will Rogers

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free! P.J. O’Rourke

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.     Voltaire (1764)

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!     Pericles (430 B.C.)

No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.    — Mark Twain (1866)

Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.        Anonymous

The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the    other.    — Ronald Reagan

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery               — Winston Churchill

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.         Mark Twain

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.  You cannot  multiply wealth by dividing it.~~~~~ Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931 – 2005 ~~~~~

In order to comply with truth and disclosure laws, isn’t this what our preamble should state?

“We the Corporations of the United States, in Order to more perfectly Screw the People; make Higher Profits; insure domestic and worldwide Captive Markets; provide for the corporate Safety Nets and Tax Breaks; promote the general Education of Sheeple who have learned to shut up, do what they’re told, and not to ask questions; and secure the Blessings of Wealth to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Corporations of the United States of America.”              Suzanne Birrell Jones 1998

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamer of dreams.”    Arthur O’Shaughnessy “Ode” (quoted in the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.                    William Faulkner (1897-1962)

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.  Max Eastman

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way.  An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.    Charles  Bukowski. (1920-1994)

Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.   Friedrich Nietzche (1844 – 1900)

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.     Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821)

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished  there is no contrivance on earth which can make then come back again.   Henri Cartier Bresson

What do you despise? By this you are truly known for you will become that which you hate.”  paraphrased from Father Thomas Succoratte

Oh, frabjous day!    Callooh!  Callay!   He chortled in his joy. Lewis Carroll; Through the Looking Glass

As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy.” Christopher Dawson 1889-From: The Judgment of the Nations, 1942

Pure artist is not egotistical and does not imprint self in what’s created.  Rather a pure artist, in a pure act of creation, goes out of self and becomes what is created.          Thomas L.  White

An act of violence is a gesture of weakness”       Nikolai Berdyaev

“Don’t die before you’re dead.” Yevgeny Yevtushenko

“Sanity consists in sharing the hallucination of our neighbors”    Evelyn Underhill in “Mysticism”

“We see and hear all things through a temperament.”     Evelyn Underhill in “Mysticism”

“We live in different worlds of thought and perception.”  The poet sees a beautiful sky; the sailor sees the forecast of a storm.     Evelyn Underhill in “Mysticism”

“Beauty is merely the spiritual making itself know sensuously.”       Hegel

“In that thou hast sought me, thou hast already found me, says the voice of absolute truth.”                                                                                   Hegel

“So far as the self is real can it hope to know reality.”   HEGEL – ?

“The Philospher guesses and argues; the mystic lives and looks.” HEGEL – ?

“Our measure of suffering and pain will find us; We needn’t glorify it, wallow in it, or sink beneath it; rather, we have the choice of creating ways to deal with it, to transform it.”  Dan Wakefield; CREATING FROM THE SPIRIT; 1996

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson

‘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 will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.’ Thomas Jefferson

Never explain–your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. Elbert Hubbard (1856 – 1915)

Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

Optimist: A man who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery.  Walter Winchell

You can give in to the failure messages and be a bitter deadbeat of excuses. Or you can choose to be happy and positive and excited about life.         A. L. Williams

You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong. Warren Buffett

You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?” George Bernard Shaw

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.Dr. Joyce Brothers

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser-in case you thought optimism was dead.  Robert Brault

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. Mark Twain

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.     Rabindranath Tagore

I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy… you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.      Katherine Mansfield

When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.      Les Brown

Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.    Doug Larson

To move forward today, you must learn to say good-bye to yesterday’s hurts, tragedies and baggage. You can’t build a monument to past problems and sail forward.    John Maxwell

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are  difficult.     Seneca

Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours. Unknown Author

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway. Mary Kay Ash

Those who wish to sing always find a song. Swedish proverb

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.   Robert H. Schuller

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