14 May 2011
Photo: rainbow over Ruscombe earlier in week
"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open." James Dewar.
“War is stupid. Nobody wins. You might as well talk first: you have to talk last anyway.” Henry Allingham, who died aged 113
"Every man who is not helping to bring about a better state of affairs for the future is helping to perpetuate the present misery and is therefore the enemy of his own children." Tressell, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
“Progress is not made without persistent effort, ignoring set-backs. We are lucky in that campaigning is not life-threatening in England! But not campaigning could be!” Zena Bullmore, MBE, Chairman of Dacorum Hospital Action Group
"After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaving and company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises.
And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open, and with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child…
And you learn to build all your own roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans.
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure … that you really are strong and you really do have worth."
"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else." Teddy Roosevelt