Friday, October 14, 2016

Evanston: good quotes

        As I noted a while ago, this journal is approaching a million words.  In addition I’ve had seven books published, numbering I do not know how many words, and countless magazine articles.  Of all those words, I expect that the ten above are the most likely to last.  
        My friend, Larry the dentist, who is the sole purveyor of toothbrushes for the GANNET voyage, took the above photo at the Annapolis Boat Show.  I think he also bought the sweatshirt, for which I receive no royalties.  A rather busy design in my opinion.  
        I thank him for the photo.
        In the email that accumulated during my recent land travel were some other good quotes.
        From Bill:  “I have no special talents.  I am only passionately curious.” —Albert Einstein
        From Jay, who thinks them appropriate to my life, lyrics from a Cat Stevens song he heard at a live concert:

            Miles from nowhere
            Not a soul in sight
            Oh yeah, but it’s all right
            I have my freedom
            I can make my own rules
            Oh yes, the ones I choose

        And from Sid one that I have run here before, but can bear repetition:   “On the Plains of Hesitation, bleach the bones of countless millions who, at the Dawn of Victory, sat down to wait—and waiting, died.” —George W. Cecil

        I thank them all.

        To them I add from a book I finished while traveling, BURNING THE DAYS by James Salter, “I had come very close to achieving the self that is based on the risking of everything, going where others would not go, giving what they would not give.”