God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. Daniel Webster
Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) was a leading American senator from Massachusetts during the period leading up to the Civil War. He first rose to regional prominence through his defense of New England shipping interests. Webster’s increasingly nationalistic views, and his effectiveness as a speaker, made him one of the most famous orators and influential Whig leaders of the Second Party System. He was one of the nation’s most prominent conservatives, leading opposition to Democrat Andrew Jackson and the Democratic Party. He was a spokesman for modernization, banking and industry, but not for the common people who composed the base of his enemies in Jacksonian Democracy. During his 40 years in national politics, Webster served in the House of Representatives for 10 years (representing New Hampshire), in the Senate for 19 years (representing Massachusetts), and was appointed the United States Secretary of State under three presidents.
Stern looking guy.
It wasn’t Escapism I was Rescued. By a Dean Trippe.
Great story, and why we need heroes, especially when they are not real.
His website where you can buy his artwork. http://deantrippe.com/
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. John Shedd (July 20, 1850 – October 22, 1926)
One of Chicago’s major philanthropists, he contributed extensively to Chicago charities, universities and museums, and in the early 1920s he provided $3 million to build Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, as a complement to The Field Museum (founded in 1892 as a part of the World’s Columbian Exposition and renamed in honor of Marshall Field in 1905) and The Art Institute of Chicago (whose current building was also a product of the 1892 World’s Columbian Exposition). Completed in 1930, the Shedd Aquarium remained the world’s largest aquarium for most of the century.
City Slickers with Jack Palance (Curly) and Billy Crystal (Mitch).
I cannot find the complete text of the speech but starting at 2:08 in this Youtube clip. Below are two portions of the text.
Normally in most of the movie speeches I post the Youtube Clip after the text, because I find the words the most important part, but since I cannot find the full text I put the youtube clip first in this case.
Mitch: You ever been in love?
Curly: Once. I was driving a herd across the panhandle. Texas. Passed near this little dirt farm right about sundown. Out in the field was this young woman, working down in the dirt. Just about then she stood up to stretch her back. She was wearing a little cotton dress, and the settin’ sun was right behind her, showing the shape that God had give her.
Mitch: What happened?
Curly: I just turned around and rode away.
Curly: I figured it wasn’t gonna get any better than that.
Mitch: But you could have been, you know…with her.
Curly: Been with lots of women.
Mitch: Yeah, but you know, she could have been the love of your life.
Curly: She is.
He talks about how people get themselves tied up in knots and then gives the very important secret of life to his younger traveling companion.
Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? [points index finger skyward] This.
Mitch: Your finger?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean shit.
Mitch: But, what is the “one thing?”
Curly: [smiles and points his finger at Mitch] That’s what you have to find out.
This saying has become very popular around the web, it even has a name Curly’s Law and another way it is referred to is the Rule of One.
Apathy is a sort of living oblivion. Horace Greeley
Born February 3, 1811 – Died November 29, 1872, was an American newspaper editor, a founder of the Liberal Republican Party, a reformer, a politician, and an outspoken opponent of slavery. The New York Tribune (which he founded and edited) was the most influential U.S. newspaper from the 1840s to the 1870s and “established Greeley’s reputation as the greatest editor of his day.” Greeley used it to promote the Whig and Republican parties, as well as opposition to slavery and a host of reforms ranging from vegetarianism to socialism.
A little trivia: Places named after him include: Greeley, Pennsylvania, Greeley, Colorado, Greeley, Texas, Greeley, Kansas, Greeley County, Kansas (where there is also a city of Horace, and the county seat is Tribune), and Greeley County, Nebraska (which also has a town named Horace). Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York, where his house is located, is also named after him.
I like the hat.
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, activist, lawyer, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation.
Of course a character that truly exemplifies this sprit is one who keeps going and going and going with no loss of enthusiasm and no success at all.
Wile E. Coyote
The movie: The Legend of Bagger Vance
The story: A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.
The actor giving the speech: Will Smith
The Writer: Steven Pressfield
Bagger Vance: Yep… Inside each and every one of us is one true authentic swing… Somethin’ we was born with… Somethin’ that’s ours and ours alone… Somethin’ that can’t be taught to ya or learned… Somethin’ that got to be remembered… Over time the world can, rob us of that swing… It get buried inside us under all our wouldas and couldas and shouldas… Some folk even forget what their swing was like…
The Youtube Clip, at 1:40 or so the speech begins.
Will Smith an incredible guy, I heard an interview with him once and the question was “If you had to choose between movies, music and television which would you do? Will Smith’s answer, music because it is the hardest.