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#2485 - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - Editor: Gloria Lee  

Note: We are still playing catch up, so will blame the holiday.  While Jerry is away this week, I found some quotes on life's  travels. You'll see they are both pro and con, and as usual, that is our official stance:  both and neither. -Gloria     A

ny life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment — the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.
--Jorge Luis Borges
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The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this
is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger. --Ralph Waldo Emerson  

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If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving and for once could
do nothing, perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadness of never
understanding ourselves and of threatening ourselves with death.”
--Pablo Neruda  

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Wandering reestablishes the original harmony which once existed between man and
the universe. --Anatole France
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photo by Sam Pasiencier, who just returned from  Paris.  

Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a
picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made
more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of,
giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art. --Freya Stark
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by John Steinberg http://bandonbythesea.com/jason1/pages/10-14d.htm  

Why do you wonder that globe-trotting does not help you, seeing that you always
take yourself with you? The reason which set you wandering is ever at your heels.
--Socrates
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It’s our knowledge of death that makes us pray. Every path a child takes looks
precarious to the parent’s eye. And it is, and precarious is an old word that means
'full of prayers.'
--Michael Meade
 

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A certain businessman, renowned for his ruthlessness, once made a vow in Mark
Twain's presence. "Before I die," he declared, "I mean to make a pilgrimage to the
Holy Land. I will climb Mount Sinai and read the Ten Commandments aloud at the
top."  "I have a better idea," Twain replied. "You could stay home in Boston and keep
them."
--Bartlett’s Book of Anecdotes  

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We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he
does not know what to create. Lord of all things, he is not lord of himself. He feels
lost amid his own abundance. With more means at its disposal, more knowledge,
more techniques than ever, it turns out that the world today goes the same way as
the worst of worlds that have been: it simply drifts.
--Josť Ortega y Gasset  

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For no reason I can explain, I began to discover how little it mattered where you
are or what anyone does to you. I was sure that what I had done to get there
[imprisoned for draft resistance] was right, and somehow the longer I was there,
the better I felt. . . . I felt filled with love for everyone: everyone I knew and
everyone I didn’t know; for plants, fish, animals; even bankers, generals, prison
guards, and lying politicians — everything and everyone. Why did I feel so good?
Was it God? Or approaching death? Or just the way life is supposed to be if we
weren’t so busy trying to make it something else? --David Dellinger

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