“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Friday, April 25, 2014

A quote I first saw on Stephen's blog.

  When I see something I really like on someone's blog, I always wait awhile before I post it on mine.  Then I put it here so I won't forget it, or lose it. Aside from being a means of communication with friends, my blog is also my filing cabinet for quotes, stories, pictures, news articles and other things I might want in the future.

I like Kipling and I have read a great deal of what he wrote.  But I had never heard this one until I saw it  here.   Standing Outside, Looking In.





“A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition”


― Rudyard Kipling

12 comments:

  1. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I had that Kipling quote on my desktop for months now.

    Its a classic.....

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    1. I admire Kipling and envy him the times he lived in and the life he led His one great mistake was to believe everything he wrote and push his son into the Army during the First World War. The young man was unsuited for military service and promptly got killed. I guess everybody makes mistakes in life but that was a huge error in judgement. Doesn't effect the validity of the quote in question though.

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  2. Simplified version.... "too much of a good thing is a good thing"

    Kipling's sounds more profound. The simplified version made a great countty song for Alan Jackson.

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    1. I'll tell you a "no s**t story." I had never heard of Alan Jackson until the first year I taught. Then one of the other teachers asked me if I knew that our principal was Alan Jackson's sister. It didn't mean anything to me then but I know now he is, or was, a great country singer by modern standards.

      I pretty much stick to the old country singers like Charlie Pride, Hank Williams, Porter Waggoner so I don't know the names of the new ones. They seem like "pop stars" to me and their music sounds like advertisement music.

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    2. You should look him up on YouTube, while definitely younger than Charlie Pride, he's not a young guy like this latest batch.

      Heh, you just dated yourself mentioning Pride. I haven't heard his stuff in years.

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  3. I used to listen to Charlie Pride as I was driving back and forth across the desert between my parents house in Northern California and my reserve unit at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in the early seventies.

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  4. If Heinlein wrote poetry it would sound like Kipling.

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    1. Heinlein is my philosophical Guru. Kipling is a person I would like to have known if I had been fortunate enough to live in his time, and not the time I got stuck with.

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    2. You know, years from now people will look back and lament how the times theyre living in suck and how awesome an adventure it would be to live in our times.

      Everyone thinks the times they live in aren't as cool/interesting/exciting/ as some other time period but I bet the people in those time periods felt the same way about their time.

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    3. From a purely analytical view, this has to be one of the absolute worst times in American history to be struggling through. The only way I can see that would make people in the future wish they lived "now" would be if the downward spiral in the quality of life continues, and it really is worse then than now. There have been times when some people had it worse, as in the Great Depression, but overall this has to be rock bottom. Some people are doing well, as will always be the case no matter how Dark Ages it gets, but if you live in this country the good times overall are gone. We no longer lead the world in any of the prime indicators for quality of life. Our middle class is not the wealthiest, medical care is less available than it was was previously, fewer people own land or own their own homes, our major cities are developing sprawling third world slums that one would expect in South America. The tax structure consumes more of what the middle class earns and the class of desperately poor people is growing by leaps and bounds. The health care system can't take care of the elderly now and we are about to be hit by a tsunami of old people as that demographic wave of baby boomers washes over us.

      I for one would rather be living some place (or time) far removed from this one.

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    4. It's the lack and continued loss of our freedoms that pisses me off. Even during the Great Depression a man was able to purchase a Thompson off the rack.

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    5. That's a big part of it. I know that as you get older, there's an tendency to put a rose colored tint on your memories. But I can think of so many things that were so much better in the 50's and 60's. People who weren't even born then just don't have any means to contrast the two times.

      I don't like having to live in this time period. I just don't have any choice.

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