Fear

Fear is often disguised as moral outrage.

Judy Blume

requoted from Reader’s Digest, October 2013 issue, page 168

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People Pay For What They Do

People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.

James Baldwin

From the beginning of the book, Bastard Out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison, 1992

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My Favorite Quotes From Violet Crawley (the Dowager Countess of Grantham) From Downton Abbey

At my age, one must ration one’s excitement.

There’s nothing simpler than avoiding people you don’t like. Avoiding one’s friends, that’s the real test.

Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.

Don’t be defeatist, dear. It’s very middle class.

Every woman goes down the aisle with half the story hidden.

And this priceless gem of tart exchange between the Dowager Countess and her cousin, Isobel Crawley:

(Dowager Countess) You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal.

(Isobel Crawley) I take that as a compliment.

(Dowager Countess) I must have said it wrong.

 

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Violet Crawley – the Dowager Countess of Grantham on “Downton Abbey”, as portrayed by the always magnificent Dame Maggie Smith

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What Were You Thinking?

Why do people ask, “What were you thinking?” Well, obviously I thought I was going to get away with it without having to explain shit.

Anonymous from Facebook

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When Something Bad Happens, We Have 3 Choices

During his Lead Actor in a Play acceptance speech for his role in The Father at the June 12, 2016 Tony Awards, Frank Langella quoted Dr. Suess (Theodor Geisel):

“I found some words that will mean more to you than a list of names, Langella said about halfway through his speech. ‘When something bad happens we have three choices: we let it define us, we let it destroy us, or we let it strengthen us.’

Today in Orlando we had a hideous dose of reality, and I urge you, Orlando, to remain strong.” The actor closed his remarks by saying, “We will be with you every step of the way.”

Frank Langella was referring to the horrific mass shooting at The Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida that occurred the previous evening by ISIS-inspired madman, Omar Mateen.

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You’re a Pair of Brown Shoes

Did you ever get the feeling the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?

George Gobel on NBC’s “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson”, 1969

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The Church of Baseball

I believe in the church of baseball. I’ve tried all of the major religions and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, trees, mushrooms and Isadora Duncan.

I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in the Catholic rosary and 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn’t work out between us. The Lord lay too much guilt on me.

I prefer metaphysics to theology. You see, there’s no guilt in baseball and it’s never boring, which makes it like sex. There’s never been a ballplayer slept with me who didn’t have the best year of his career.

Making love is like hitting a baseball. You just gotta relax and concentrate. Besides, I’d never sleep with a player hitting under 250 but unless he had a lot of RBIs and was a great gloveman up the middle.

You see, there’s a certain amount of life wisdom I give these boys. I can expand their minds. Sometimes when I got a ballplayer alone I’ll just read Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman to him and the guys are so sweet, they always stay and listen. But the guy will listen to anything if he thinks it’s foreplay.

I make them feel confident and they make me feel safe. And pretty. Of course what I give them lasts a lifetime. What they give me lasts 142 games. Sometimes it seems like a bad trade but bad trades a part of baseball. Well who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas for God’s sake.

It’s a long season and you gotta trust it. I’ve tried them all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in day out, is the church of baseball.

Annie Savoy, a character from the movie Bull Durham

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What “Crash” Davis Believes

…I don’t believe in quantum physics when it comes to matters of the heart…Well I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good Scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, over-rated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there oughta be a Constitutional amendment outlawing Astro-turf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, open your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.

“Crash” Davis, a character from the movie, Bull Durham

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The Philosophy of Baseball

A good friend of mine used to say, ‘This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains.’

Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, a character from the movie, Bull Durham

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Great Things in Baseball

I see great things in baseball. It’s our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us.

Walt Whitman, as quoted by the character, Annie Savoy, in the movie Bull Durham

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