Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's that day again! That day set aside for our customary expression of thankfulness and gratitude through the ritual of gluttonous overindulgence. But I'm not complaining. If humans were rational beings, life would be a lot less interesting. So, as they always say, Happy Thanksgiving!

Anyhow.



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

The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.
-Frank Herbert

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.
-Seneca

Observance of customs and laws can very easily be a cloak for a lie so subtle that our fellow human beings are unable to detect it. It may help us to escape all criticism, we may even be able to deceive ourselves in the belief of our obvious righteousness. But deep down, below the surface of the average man's conscience, he hears a voice whispering, 'There is something not right,' no matter how much his rightness is supported by public opinion or by the moral code.
- Carl Gustav Jung

If you cannot avoid overeating at a feast, leave the table and find relief by vomiting.
-The Wisdom of Ben Sira, 2nd Century B.C

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty
-Abraham Lincoln

It is the just doom of laziness and gluttony to be inactive without ease and drowsy without tranquility
-Samuel Johnson

To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.
-Albert Schweitzer


I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. - G. K. Chesterton

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am comforted by Churchill's observation that representative democracy is the worst possible form of government, except for all the alternatives.

especially in view of the ignorance shown in the Zogby exit polls ... Lordy, they're the majority.

Greetings from Albemarle/Charlotte: Class of '74

Western North Carolina Writer's Underground said...

Great photoshop. That must be a small battleflag (cross of St. Andrew)on that girl's cap to the right foreground!

"When one has the chance to annoy people one should do so."
Otto Spengler

"All wisdom is plagiarism,
only stupidity is original."
Hugh Kerr

"History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind."
Edward Gibbon