- Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. — Mahatma Gandhi
With Opening Day just around the corner, I thought it’d be a good time for a re-post of last year’s Joe Morgan quote. Way to go, Joe.
I was watching the Yankee’s Opening Day game while waiting for the cable guy to come fix my internet, and I heard the following exchange:
(reviewing a graphic of the money teams spent on Free Agents last off-season; the Yankees spent $441 million on three guys)
VP Joe Biden: Joe, you ever see those numbers and just think…?
Joe Morgan: It’s funny, but no, I really don’t. I came up and was able to play against Willie Mays & Mickey Mantle, and that was all I ever wanted as a kid.
Now, I’m not foolish, everyone likes money, but personally, I’m giving a thumbs-up to Joe Morgan.
And that, ladies & gents, is why Joe Morgan is in the Hall of Fame and McGwire shouldn’t even be sold a ticket to walk into the building.
It is what we do in the worst of times that tells the world who we are.
— The Deep End
It has always been my custom to treat words with respect. – Dr. Vivian Bearing in “Wit“
“We’re living in a pretty strange time. I went into a shop to buy my wife some clothes and I wanted them gift-wrapped. And they had this big plasma screen on with these women on the catwalk. I thought, ‘God almighty, what have we become?’ These girls — anorexic, walking like machines, no soul. You look at fashion magazines and you think, ‘What are we living in?’ You look at the red carpet, Paris Hilton, you know, these people and you think, ‘Is there anything going on up there?’ It’s a mass enslavement and it’s kind of fascism. And it’s the androgyny of it; the androgyny of the human soul.” - Sir Anthony Hopkins
“Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” ~Albert Caumus
“Before you insult someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you insult them, you are a mile away, and you have their shoes.” -Frieda Norris
Translation from Hebrew: “This too shall pass”.
Pretty sure this is the greatest of all quotes.
I can’t think of anything else that surmises the totality of what I am. A quote from a story about Solomon being humbled in his own hubris, later retold (though refitted and mangled) by Abraham Lincoln
I am always intrigued by both the endless mysticism of how I came to be here, a product of the mixing of so many cultures and conquests. Spanish, Roman, Mexican, Jewish, Welsh, Scottish… I don’t even know how I got my slant-eyes, so there’s something else in there, too.
I’m also tirelessly amused/inspired by the strength of the human spirit.
After all, I wouldn’t be much of a Catholic if I didn’t think redemption and triumph were possible, right?
Regardless of all that, I think that this is the greatest quote of all-time for the same reasons Lincoln did:
How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!
And isn’t that all we really need?
(what’s this guy in the picture waiting for? Hot date, bad news, consolation, happy friends… this image is almost as universal as this quote…)