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Quotes for July 22, 2021

Space Exploration

July 20 was the anniversary of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon

“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before!”
~ Star Trek opening

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
~ Neil Armstrong

“Space is for everybody. It’s not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That’s our new frontier out there, and it’s everybody’s business to know about space.”
~ Christa McAuliffe

“Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever.”
~ Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

“NASA’s next urgent mission should be to send good poets into space so they can describe what it’s really like.”
~ Shannon Hale

“Space, it says, is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is.”
~ Douglas Adams

“Again the pressure pushes me in the chair, shuts my eyes. I notice the dark red tongues of the flame outside the windows. I’m trying to memorise, fix all the feelings, the peculiarities of this descending, to tell those, who will be conquering space after me..”
~ Valentina Tereshkova

“Astronauts are inherently insane. And really noble.”
~ Andy Weir

“The view of earth is absolutely spectacular, and the feeling of looking back and seeing your planet as a planet is just an amazing feeling.”
~ Sally Ride

“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. From it we have learned most of what we know. Recently, we have waded a little out to sea, enough to dampen our toes or, at most, wet our ankles. The water seems inviting..”
~ Carl Sagan

“Friends, sun, sand, and sea, that sounds like a summer to me.”
~ unknown

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”
~ Jenny Han

“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong”
~ Laura Stavoe Harm


Get out and vote


“If we don’t vote, we are ignoring history and giving away the future.” ~ Pat Mitchell

“Voting isn’t the most we can do. But it is the least.” ~ Gloria Steinem

“This right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. It gives people, people as individuals, control over their own destinies.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

“Our political leaders will know our priorities only if we tell them, again and again, and if those priorities begin to show up in the polls.” ~ Peggy Noonan

“The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.” ~ John Lewis

“Democracy is not just the right to vote; it is the right to live in dignity.” ~ Naomi Klein

“Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.” ~ Keith Ellison

“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” ~ Susan B. Anthony

“When we vote, we take back our power to choose, to speak up, and to stand with those who support us and each other.” ~ Loung Ung

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

“Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good. ‘Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Voting is a civic sacrament – the highest responsibility we have as Americans.” ~ Christine Pelosi

“Talk is cheap, voting is free; take it to the polls.” ~ Nanette L. Avery


Breast Cancer Awareness

“Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

“Breast cancer changes you, and the change can be beautiful.” ~ Jane Cook, survivor

“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope?  We have two options, medically and emotionally give up, or fight like hell.” ~ Lance Armstrong

“You gain strength courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The goal is to live a full, productive life even with all that ambiguity. No matter what happens, whether the cancer never flares up again or whether you die, the important thing is that the days that you have had, you will have lived.” ~ Gilda Radner

“When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.” ~ Kay Yow

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~ Helen Keller

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference..” ~ Winston Churchill

“Yesterday, I dared to struggle. Today, I dare to win..” ~ Bernadette Devlin

“Having had cancer, one important thing to know is you’re still the same person at the end. You’re stripped down to near zero. But most people come out the other end feeling more like themselves than ever before..” ~ Unknown



Indigenous Peoples’ Day


“Although wrongs have been done me I live in hope. I have not got two hearts… Now we are together again to make peace. My shame is as big as the earth, although I will do what my friends advise me to do. I once thought that I was the only man who persevered to be the friend of the white man, but since they have come and cleaned out our lodges, horses, and everything else, it is hard for me to believe white men anymore.” ~ Chief Black Kettle

“I want to be remembered as the person who helped us restore faith in ourselves.” ~ Wilma Mankiller

“We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism.” ~ Rigoberta Menchu

“For Indigenous people, the goal for our land is definitely about protection, but it’s also about use. We see ourselves as so integrated with our territory that our protection is tied to our use and our use is tied to our protection. We use the resources on our territory to live.” ~ Rebecca Adamson

“When European explorers ‘discovered’ lands on the other continents, there were already people living there. All too often the explorers took the land away from the native or indigenous people and either killed them or suppressed them. In many cases, the native languages and cultures were suppressed and the natives were forced to adopt Western ways. Unfortunately, this isn’t just a thing of the past — many indigenous people and their cultures are still threatened today.” ~ Robert Alan Silverstein

“One of the things my parents taught me, and I’ll always be grateful for the gift, is to not ever let anybody else define me.” ~ Wilma Mankiller

“Although we are in different boats you in your boat and we in our canoe we share the same river of life.” ~ Chief Oren Lyons

“All things are connected like the blood that unites us, We did not weave the web of life. We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” ~ Chief Seattle



Oktoberfest/Beer Oktoberfest is annual festival in Munich, Germany, held over a two-week period and ending on the first Sunday in October. The festival originated on October 12, 1810, in celebration of the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria, who later became King Louis I, to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festival has turned largely into a celebration of beer, with roughly 2 million gallons being drung in Munich alone each festival, and has spread around the world in popularity.

“Without beer, life would be a mistake.” ~ Unknown

“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. When life’s a b*tch, beer’s a must.” ~ Unknown

“This beer tastes like I’m not going to work tomorrow.” ~ Unknown

“Beer is the only reason I wake up every afternoon.” ~ Unknown

“Let the fish drink the water. I want a beer!” ~ Anthony T. Hincks

“Trust me, you can totally get out there and dance.” ~Beer

“The best beer in the world is the one in my hand.” ~ Charles Papazian

“Halt deine Lederhosen fest! (Hold on to your Lederhosen!)” ~ Unknown

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“He was a wise man who invented beer.” ~ Unknown

“Freibier für alle, sonst gibts Krawalle. (Free beer for all, or else we riot).” ~ Unknown

“Beauty lies in the hands of the beer holder.” ~ Unknown

“A quart of ale is a meal for a king.” ~ William Shakespeare


Autumn Equinox



“Autumn begins with a subtle change in the light, with skies a deeper blue, and nights that become suddenly clear and chilled. The season comes full with the first frost, the disappearance of migrant birds, and the harvesting of the season’s last crops.” ~ Glenn Wolff and Jerry Dennis

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” ~ John Donne

“Ho! for the leaves that eddy down, Crumpled yellow and withered brown, Hither and yonder and up the street And trampled under the passing feet; Swirling, billowing, drifting by, With a whisper soft and a rustling sigh, Starting aloft to windy ways, Telling the coming of bonfire days.” ~ Grace Strickler Dawson

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.” ~Rose G. Kingsley

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns.” ~ George Eliot

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” ~ Emily Bronte

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun.” ~ John Keats

“Besides the autumn poets sing, a few prosaic days, a little this side of the snow, and that side of the haze.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Wild is the music of autumnal winds, Amongst the faded woods.” ~ William Wordsworth


On political systems


“The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.” ~ George Washington

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” ~ Dom Helder Camara

“Socialism is a philosphy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.” ~ Winston Churchill

“When we talk about the word ‘socialism’, I think what it really means is just democratic participation in our economic dignity and our economic, social, and racial dignity. It is about direct representationa and people actually having power and stake over their economic and social wellness, at the end of the day.” ~ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Democracy is the current industry standard political system, but unfortunately it is ill-suited for a libertarian state.” ~ Patri Friedman

“We’ve become, now, an oligarchy instead of a democracy. I think that’s been the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards to the American political system that I’ve ever seen in my life.” ~ Jimmy Carter

“As we’ve learned from countless examples throughout history, including now Venezuela, the main difference between capitalism and socialism is this: Capitalism works.” ~Mark J. Perry

“Democracy with its motto of equality of all citizens before the law, and Liberalism with its right of man over his own person, both were wrecked on the realities of capitalist economy.” ~ Rudolf Rocker

“If somone was to introduce hope and idealism into our political system, I think the tension that would create in other areas would certainly be ripe. You would think that if you bring oxygen to the organism, the organism lives. But there may be other organisms in there that thrive in darkness and in a more aaerobic environment. Watching those creatures writhe will always be interesting.” ~Jon Stewart

“The only valid political system is one that can handle an imbecile in power without suffering from it.” ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb


What do I tell the pilots to do?” ~ Barbara Olson, Flight 77, asked husband General Theodore Olson for advice

“There’s a fire. I love you, tell Nicole ‘I love you’. I don’t know if I’m going to be OK. I love you so much.” ~ Jim Gartenberg, Floor 86, North Tower

“I just wanted to let you know I love you and I’m stuck in this building in New York. There’s lots of smoke and I just wanted you to know that I love you always.” ~ Melissa Harrington Hughes, Floor 101, North Tower

“Mom, my building’s been hit by a plane. And right now… I think I’m OK, I’m safe now but it’s smoky. I just want to say how much I love you and I will call you when I’m safe. OK mom? Bye.” ~ Stephen Mulderry, Floor 88, South Tower

“I’m up to [Floor] 55. We’re going to have to hoof it. B stairway walls have been compromised on 73 and 74. The walls are breached so be careful.” ~ Fire Chief Orio Palmer, who lost his life trying to save people in the South Tower

“I see water. I see buildings. We’re flying low, we’re flying way too low. Oh, my God.” ~ Madeline “Amy” Sweeney, flight attendant on Flight 11, North Tower.

“They might come back here. I might have to go. We are going to try to do something about this.” ~ Brian Sweeney, former Navy Pilot and passenger on Flight 175, South Tower.

“Tell the boys I love them. We’re getting ready to do it now. It’s happening!” ~ CeeCee Lyles, flight attendant on Flight 93.  The passengers overwhelmed the hijackers and prevented the plane from crashing into the White House

“There’s two of us in this office. We’re not ready to die, but it’s getting bad!” ~ Kevin Cosgrove, 105 floor, South Tower

“Can you… can you… stay on the line with me please? I feel like I’m dying.” ~ Melissa Doi, Floor 83, South Tower

“Let’s Roll.” ~ ~ Todd Beamer, Flight 93


September “I love September, especially when we’re in it..” ~ Willie Stargell

“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here. With summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.” ~ Helen Hunt Jackson

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” ~ JK Rowling

“September tries its best to have us forget summer” ~ Bernard Williams

“There is a clarity about September. On clear days, the sun seems brighter, the sky more blue, the white clouds take on marvelous shapes; the moon is a wonderful apparition, rising gold, cooling to silver; and the stars are so big.” ~ Faith Baldwin

“Wine is the divine juice of September.” ~ Voltaire

“Happily we bask in this warm September sun, Which illuminates all creatures.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“The breezes taste of apple peel.” ~ John Updike

“September days have the warmth of summer in their briefer hours, but in their lengthening evenings a prophetic breath of autumn.” ~ Rowland E. Robinson

“September: it was the most beautiful of words, he’d always felt, evoking orange-flowers, swallows, and regret.” ~ Alexander Theroux

“There is a subtle magic in the falling of old leaves.” ~ Avijeet Das

“The windows are open, admitting the September breeze: a month that smells like notepaper and pencil shavings, autumn leaves and car oil. A month that smells like progress, like moving on.” ~ Lauren Oliver