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Humanities 100


Three complex adaptive organisms were talking about the meaning of life. One said, "It is clear--health and humor." Another said, "wealth and happiness." The third said, "understanding and satisfaction." The first then said, "how do we achieve such things but through law." "Through habit," said the second. "Through models," said the third. "Who is right?" they shouted together. Chaos happened along and overheard the last question. "Why, I am," he replied. "How can you enjoy wine with your mouth always full of it?


The Wisdom of Former Students

Contingent Events: It is hard to believe that if one little molecule would have moved one quarter of an inch in some direction one billion years ago we could still have gills. (DE)

Questioning Life: question ideas, authorities, rules, reasons to see a new side. (MG)

Paradigms: I found a world where the cold water faucet is on the left and the hot on the right. Things change; they don't always have to stay the way they are. (SB)

Compound Interest: Intelligence is the awareness of compounding and geometric increases especially with population and money. (TA)

Hypocrisy: We all have a little of it, and now I can see my own a little better. (DR)

Contingency: One small event can have (at least in human terms) unpredictable but collossal results. (SR)

Cashless Society: The practice of bringing cash to make a purchase will disappear. A card or a number will suffice. (HP)

Dead People who say silly things with the lips of the living. (HA)

Know Your Sources: It's the UH-OH principle. (MT)

Play Hard, Work Hard: In five years you could be looking back and see now as a turning point that you might have missed. (DT)

You will never find the pot of gold if you do not look for it. It  matters less what you think; it matters more what you do. (JC)

Unity: Humans could all come together under a common goal, respecting differences, filled with curiosity, with the power to maintain the peace. (YT)

Paradigms: I have met others who have tried new paradigms with pleasant results. I will try to do the same. (BMcB)Picasso: Art is more than visual. Art was in his head as was the love or hate of it (DN).

The young man cried at the loss of his wife; his friend cried at the loss of a life. The Elder laughed at his brothers' tears; the father laughed from the love of years. (AP)

Fools: without them we could not succeed. (KK)

Paradigms: You can't change your life for the better if you don't try something different than the traditional. Opportunities happen all the time. (JJ)

"Life" is too important to be taken seriously or at least without humor. You take dead aim on the meaning of life and you're likely to miss it, injure it, or kill it. (DE)

Don't Whine: If there is something important enough to complain about, scream it out and give yourself a chance to be heard. (SM)

Planning: To accomplish a goal you have to begin at the goal and work your way back to the starting point. (JDR)

Fact and Fiction: We create the facts and fictions of our lives. To have a life literally means to create one out of fiction into fact. (DR)

Maps: When I decide to go somewhere, I recall or make up a map. Now I wonder whether other people have the same map or one that would get me there faster. I'm much less afraid to speak out and find out. (AC)

Paradigms: Up to this point I was stuck within the borders and limits of past paradigms. Now I have been trying to open up to new processes and practice ways to develop my abilities in different and exciting ways (CM)

Happiness: It can be found, and mainly through our pleasures, loves, virtues, and the development of our talents. (RL)

There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch: No goals, no plans, no achievement, no lunch.

One striking thought is that just as we are breaking through to a new awareness or science. We, as human beings, may not survive as a species. All things have a price, and given contingent events, no price tag. (LH)

Hypocrisy: What I ask of others, I should (and now will) ask of myself. (AW)

Dreams: If they are not a little beyond your grasp, you've already begun to die. (ML)

Don't Whine: It seems to be true. If/when you whine, people seem more apt to pick on you. However, sometimes, I think it's okay to whine. (CS)

Just Do It: Don't be so critical about whether you can or can't do something you haven't done before because you don't know. Just do it. (KS)

Forgiveness: Forgiving others and compassion are keys to personal success. (PB)

Folly is the direct pursuit of meaning. (RC)


Wise Beginnings

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.
-----Henry Ford


If you don't have dreams that are a little beyond your grasp, you have already started to die.
-----Robert Schuller


Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
-----John Stuart Mill

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
-----Eleanor Roosevelt

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.

People who say it cannot be done should not interupt those who are doing it.
-----Dan Clark

You must do the thing you think you can't do.
-----Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is like riding a bicycle; you don't fall off unless you stop pedaling.
-----Claude Pepper

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
-----Oscar Wilde

Miracles are seeing ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
-----Harold Kushner



For Reasons of Love and Happiness


Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure;
where your treasure is, there is your heart;
where your heart is, there is your happiness.
-----Saint Augustine

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore there is a winged Cupid, painted blind.

It is a greater thing that I do now then I have ever done before--
to lay down my life for my love, then to have lived and never been loved.
-----Charles Dickens

I hate that aesthetic game of the eye and the mind, played by these connoisseurs, these mandarin who "appreciate" beauty. What is beauty, anyway? There's no such thing. I never "appreciate," anymore than I "like." I love or I hate. Never try to figure out an artist, or his art. For they cannot be explained, "only loved."

So much has been given to me; I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.
-----Helen Keller

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
-----Martin Luther King

Love is like a never ending flame. It survives all life's hazards, save one--neglect.
-----James Bryden

It is better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for who you are not.

Choose a job you'll love and you'll never have to work the rest of your life.

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which everyman has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
-----Charles Dickens

There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.
-----Dante Alighieri



Fools and Forgiving and Foolishness

Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.

-----Mark Twain

It is better to examine your own mistakes than those of others.


It is very easy to forgive others with their mistakes; but it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.

----Benjamin West

I find my life a lot easier the lower I keep everyone's expectations.


"And they lived happily ever after," says the story. I don't think so.

-----Robert Fulghum

In the mouth of a fool, a proverb is as useless as a paralyzed leg.


I sometimes think that God, in creating men, overestimated his ability.

-----Oscar Wilde

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

-----Albert Einstein

There are two things on earth that are universal, hydrogen and stupidity.

-----Tim Allen

The central belief of a living moron is that he is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy against his common rights and true desserts.

-----H.L. Menchen

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

-----Albert Einstein

It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.


What would it be like if people said whatever they were thinking, all the time, whenever it came to them? How long would a blind date last? About thirteen seconds, I think. "Oh sorry, your rear is to big." "That's okay, your breath stinks anyway." "See you later." "No problem." "Goodbye." "Okay." "Thank you very much." -----Jerry Seinfeld




To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers--or both.

-----Elizabeth Charles

Education is an admirable thing. But nothing worth knowing can be taught.

-----Oscar Wilde

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

-----Henry Wadsworth

Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

-----Eleanor Roosevelt

Though I am not naturally honest, I am so--sometimes--by chance."

-----William Shakespeare from "The Winters Tale"

You can't really be strong until you see the funny side of things.

-----Ken Kesey

Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.

-----Benjamin Franklin

The game is just a game. No one is bigger than the game. Let's just hope that the beauty of the game transcends what's going on!

-----Babe Ruth

Know what it is to be a see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower. Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.

-----William Blake

Everything comes to he who hustles while he waits.

-----Thomas Edison

Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum mechanics cannot possibly have understood it.

-----Niels Bohr

Wisdom does not make me full, it makes me hungry.

-----Noah Benshea



Good Judgement


The greatest thing one can do with their life is living each day as though it were their last, but planning as though their world might last a hundred years.

-----C.S. Lewis

If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have gotten anywhere.

-----Marilyn Monroe

We must not always talk in the market place of what happens to us in the forest.

-----Nathaniel Hawthorne

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.


Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

-----Saul Alinsky

Speak no evil of the absent, for it is unjust.

-----George Washington

No one is a failure who is enjoying life.

-----Warren Miller

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight--it's the size of the fight in the dog.

-----Dwight Eisenhower

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.


No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

-----Eleanor Roosevelt

Measure wealth not by the things you have but by the things you have for which you would not take money.


I may not agree with the word you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

-----Francios Marie Arouet (Voltaire)






Don't whine. Do not under any circumstances. First it makes you ugly; you take a chance of it doing you evil. When you whine, you let a brute know there's a victim in the neighborhood...I encourage you to scream; but don't whine...."

-----Maya Angelou

If any ambitious man have a fancy to revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, human sentiment, the opportunity is his own--the road to immortal renoun lies straight, open, and unencumbered before him. All that he has to do is to write and publish a little book. Its title should be simple--a few plain words--My Heart Laid Bare. This little book should/must be true to its title.

-----Edgar Allen Poe

I don't like men

with fancy schemes....

I like straightforward

wolves better.

I know how to get along

with them.

-----Marilyn Monroe

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.

-----Mark Twain

I never give them hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.

-----Harry Truman

There are two kinds of people--those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.

-----Indira Gandhi

This is the reason that the artist lives and works and has his being: that from life's clay and his nature, and from his father's common earth of toil and sweat and violences and error and bitter anguish, he may distill the beauty of an everlasting form, enslave and conquer man by his enchantment, cast his spell across generations, beat death down upon his knees, kill death utterly, and fix eternity with the grappling hooks of his own art.

-----Thomas Wolfe

Lightning is especially attracted to people on golf courses, but if it cannot find a golf course, it will attack anyone wearing loud clothing.

-----Dave Barry