Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Speaking the English language well?

Robert BenchleyImage via Wikipedia

Here's a little mind tickler:

"Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing." - Robert Benchley

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Monday, March 30, 2009

How tough is life according to John Wayne?

This image is a screenshot from a public domai...Image via Wikipedia

And for a Monday morning:

"Life's tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid."

- actor and all around tough guy, John Wayne

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Freedom in speech and thought

Michael Savage's  "Freedom of Speech"...Image via Wikipedia

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”

- Soren Kierkegaard Danish philosopher (1813 - 1855)

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Love and Life

“Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.” - Goethe

Photo by rachel_thecat @ flickr

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Art of Forgiveness

From Denny: Forgiveness is an art form long over-looked in our technology fast-paced society. This is one of the loveliest quotes I've seen on the subject.

"To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness." - Robert Muller

Photo by law_keven @ flickr

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Women and the taboo

From Denny: Oscar Wilde was one cheeky quote kind of guy, always amusing when speaking the truth in his unique way. Take a look and grin, especially the women out there!

"Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them." - Oscar Wilde

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Missing Photos Now Restored

From Denny: My Bad! Thought I was deleting duplicate photos from Picasa photo album only to find out, you guessed it, those duplicates were tied to this blog.... sigh... live and learn... I've restored the first four pages and am still checking the oldest posts. Apologies for your inconvenience and disappointment when you pulled up the page to only find words without beautiful photos.

Mantra to self: "I will not delete duplicates form Picasa. I will not delete duplicates from Picasa. I will not..."

Photo (of jackass self) by gidibao @ flickr

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Shakespeare on Love and relationships

This is his portrait that has been in the news lately.

William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare (via last.fm)

From Denny: Shakespeare has this enduring quality! He was a faithful reader of the Bible and often commented upon how he retold the plot lines found in the Bible. Definitely he was a man who could tell a good story or we would not still be reading and studying his work all these hundreds of years after he was gone from this Earth. His words still ring Truth.

Of course, Shakespeare has been in the news lately. They found an early portrait of him to verify how he really looked. The guy is such a publicity hound! Even he would probably find today's cultural fascination with him to be most amusing!

Here's his quote:

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dale Carnagie on how to develop real friendship

Photo by Gwennypics @ flickr

From Denny: You would think this quote would be obvious to most people. But then it becomes painfully transparent that there are always some people who were raised by savage animals called abusive humans.

Perhaps it was a lack of good teaching. Perhaps it was a childhood spent just trying to survive one bad moment after another they didn't learn appropriate and beneficial people skills.

Maybe some people just become hard-hearted over time and set aside developing good character as a lame pursuit, not seeing the benefits of it over the long term. Here Carnagie addresses the very reason good character development is beneficial: it brings happiness!

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you." - Dale Carnagie

Monday, March 23, 2009

FDR on the inner prison of the mind

Photo from NASA

From Denny: FDR was one deep thinker. Repeatedly he was faced with difficult decisions about the fate of others, often agonizing over the possible outcomes. Quotes like this one only come from much soul-searching and the personal experience of putting into practice what he had figured out.

"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sunday, March 22, 2009

FDR on wealth and poverty in society

From Denny: FDR has always been a favorite President of mine and Americans in general. He was not a perfect man and had his flaws like anyone.

Yet, like Obama today, he faced an uphill economic climb for this country. For him there was no precedent and he struck out boldly, hoping for the best to occur.

Isn't it haunting how his words from this quote of 60 years ago rings the same Truth today...?

Photo by BL1961 @ flickr

"The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Skiing well humor

Photo by Hamed Saber @ flickr

"Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country."
- Steven Wright

Friday, March 20, 2009

Curiosity vs. Cat

Photo by christinejwarner @ flickr

"Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect."
- Steven Wright

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Clean vs. God

Photo by SMN @ flickr

"Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely."
- P. J. O'Rourke

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

People and Toasters

"If people were meant to pop out of bed, we'd all sleep in toasters." - Author unknown

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Peace Process

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Monday, March 16, 2009

Government and taxes

“Governments' view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it.” - President Ronald Reagan

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Hatred, politics, society and government

"We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Photo by srqpix @ flickr

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Fear of loss

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Friday, March 13, 2009

Peace vs. fear

"There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Love and perfection

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” - Sam Keen

Photo by emdot @ flickr - gives new meaning to the anti-botox brigade!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Feedburner Glitch

Now I know why my feed counts have been going up and down wildly. Turns out Feedburner keeps deactivating them: on all 7 blogs! So, apologies, if you have found this maddening; join the club. Guess it's taking Google and Feedburner longer to merge and work out the gremlins than they are telling the public, oh, well... Meanwhile, rest assured I will be now manually monitoring these feeds twice a day to keep them activiated. Thank you for your patience everyone!

Don't you just love this photo of an ass? Such a good fit when things go wrong because that's how you feel and look to others! Might as well have some fun with screw-ups, right! ;)

Thanks go to the folks over at flickr who place their photos in the Creative Commons area for online writers and bloggers like me, much appreciated! They can be so funny.

Photo by gidibao @ flickr

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Love, strength and courage!

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” - Lao Tzu

Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt @ flickr

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Love and loss

“You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.” -
Barbara De Angelis

Photo by johnlemon @ flickr - this photo gives new meaning to walking the dog! :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

One person counts

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” - Brandi Snyder

Photo by HaPe Gera @ flickr

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Music vs. philosophy

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” - Ludwig von Beethoven

Photo by Shermeee @ flickr

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Heart and soul

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” - Judy Garland

Photo by tanakawho @ flickr

Friday, March 6, 2009

Thank you to new Feed subscribers!

A quick Friday thank you to those of you now taking the Beautiful Illustrated Quotations feed, welcome!

Make sure you come to the page to view the photo paired with the great quote as often it is amusing, sometimes inspirational, sometimes a bit playful in its interpretaton of the quote.

Also, just installed the new Share button below each post so you can easily share just the small post on a social site or in email. Sorry for the oversight.

Let me hear from you! Again, welcome!

Love and need

“Love me when I least deserve it, because that's when I really need it.” - Swedish Proverb

Photo by *L*u*z*a* @ flickr

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Doubting our limits

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Photo by alicepopkorn @ flickr

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


"The greatest happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." - Victor Hugo

Photo by law_keven @ flickr

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Article: Great Peace Quotes with Great Photos

Photo from The National Archives of the Kennedys, c. 1953

Great Peace Quotes with Great Photos:

Plus quote from Denny:

"Quest for Peace

'Mankind must not only seek Peace. We must pursue it with all the deeply felt sincerity of our hearts. We must pursue Peace with the diligent work of our hands every day in every relationship we know. Peace comes a little at a time, rippling outward until one day it touches and convinces all.'

– Denny Lyon, 3 March 2009"

Practising Courage in Life

"Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them." - Orison Swett Marden

Graphics by CatStuff.com

Monday, March 2, 2009

Understanding God's Ways...

"Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius." - Comte de Buffon, French mathematician and naturalist.

Photo by muha... @ flickr

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Dennys Tapas Style Brownies

Your chocolate quote today is attritubed to anonymous because I've heard it created on the spot from one woman or another over the years: "Chocolate is almost as good as sex and sometimes, well, it’s more readily available."

Dennys Tapas Style Brownies: "Want your chocolate brownie but also want a healthier yet tasty version? Read on!

For the past twenty years or so the American brownie has grown to gargantuan proportions. One brownie really could serve four people! The trend has been to undercook the batter to a gooey center. Well, folks, read that as why Americans have gotten so fat."

From Denny: I'm particularly proud of this recipe I just developed so it's getting blogged to all my blogs besides Romancing The Chocolate blog where it obviously belongs. Besides, who wants to miss out on chocolate love? Enjoy!

Photo by Denny Lyon

Men and fishing...

"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Photo by Zest-pk @ flickr

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