Are you ready for divorce?

There are two kinds of fools: those who can’t change their opinions and those who won’t.

Josh Billings

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Wait! Wait!

Don’t tell me that you are not married!

Don’t tell me that you love your spouse so much that you’ll never divorce her or him!

I am not talking about dissolving marriage.

I am talking about your readiness to listen, to think, be flexible, to part with your opinions if it makes sense.

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Several weeks ago a couple of friends visited us in Pocono Manor. We had a very nice time together and we discussed different topics. They mentioned that their grandson (who is a college graduate) had opinions about everything and became angry and rude if somebody had expressed a different opinion.

It did not surprise us. We hear very often that students and professors are against discussions in universities, that they simply vote against allowing people with different opinions to speak on campuses.

I remember with great love wonderful teachers who gave us…

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I was proud of America in 1941!

There are people in America today that are not proud of their country.
These people don’t know history or prefer to forget it.

The post below reminds how America saved the world from the Nazi Germany.

During my lifetime America helped many countries to recover after the WW2, saved or freed many countries from Communism, helped and continues to help many countries to develop their economies, to fight diseases.

I was shocked today to find out that students of UCLA voted to ban the American flag in the student area.

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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On June 22, 1941 without declaration of war Germany invaded the Soviet Union. At that time I was 7 years old.

In 73 years I wrote about that day and the Great Patriotic War in the post MY MOTHER’S BIRTHDAY.

Odessa was occupied during the war and my mother and I were fortunate to reach Sverdlovsk in the Ural Mountains and to rent a small room there. My mother was a nurse in a military hospital and she was able to come to our room only on Sundays for several hours

All other days I stayed in the room reading everything I could find. Our landlords, two mighty sisters about 65 years old, helped me daily to do the most important thing: to get my food ration.

During winter the situation in the city was especially bad. Food rations were tiny and there was impossible to get berries or…

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Quotes about ignorance

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.

Maya Angelou

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Winston Churchill

Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor.

Henry Rollins

If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.

P. J. O’Rourke

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Painting by JF

Painting by JF

Depth (quotes and photos)

DEPTH

The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.

Richard Bach

It is not length of life, but depth of life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

Rabindranath Tagore

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.

George Orwell

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Love, friendship and appreciation of beauty are always in the depth of my soul. They make me happy.

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MORNING ON THE MEADOW LAKE by JF

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Quotes about education

Several days ago I saw on TV that a student attacked a teacher.

I saw many times that students of our great universities can’t answer very simple questions.

Often I noticed that professors of our universities and leaders of our country have never learned good manners.

I know that some Americans are joining extremists.

What is going on?

Do we have a huge problem in education?

If yes, who is responsible for it?

Below are some quotes about education.

Do you think that they help to answer my questions?

Please let me know your opinions.

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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.

Maya Angelou

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Oscar Wilde

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

Theodore Roosevelt

Quotes about opinions.

Quotes below are about facts and opinions, about prejudice and passion. They explain why our society is so divisive today and why violence often rules.

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Some technological achievements have undesirable results.

For example, TV networks and other social media often manipulate facts and give their own opinions to the public.

Majority of young people today base their opinions not on facts  or knowledge or life experience but on what politicians and social media (who work for politicians) tell them.

That’s why it becomes almost impossible to discuss ideas and to solve common problems. That’s why our society became so divisive.

Please read the quotes below and comment on them. I’ll be happy to reply to your comments.

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Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.

Bernard M. Baruch (1870 – 1965)

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

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Several quotes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This post is relevant today especially for many black leaders in our country who incite hatred and divisiveness instead of following wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’ 

Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

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Some funny quotes.

It’s very nice to know that I am equal, can be a statue or a pigeon and can hope to postpone unpleasant events. You might find even more interesting things in these quotes.

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It is obvious that people in different countries have different opinion about what is a joke or a funny quote. Some people have a sense of humor, others do not have it.

Today I found many so-called funny quotes. I decided to present some of them to you and see if you like them.   

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.  

Mark Twain

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.
Emo Philips

A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him.
Mae West

A woman drove me to drink, and I never even had the courtesy to thank her.
W.C. Fields

Accept that some days you are the pigeon, and some…

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Several quotes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’ 

Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

 

Some funny quotes.

It is obvious that people in different countries have different opinion about what is a joke or a funny quote. Some people have a sense of humor, others do not have it.

Today I found many so-called funny quotes. I decided to present some of them to you and see if you like them.   

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.  

Mark Twain

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.
Emo Philips

A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him.
Mae West

A woman drove me to drink, and I never even had the courtesy to thank her.
W.C. Fields

Accept that some days you are the pigeon, and some days you are the statue.
David Brent

All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.
George Orwell

All the things I really like are either immoral, illegal or fattening.
Alexander Woollcott

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.
Mark Twain

Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
Winston Churchill

Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.
Oscar Wilde

Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your children will not have declared you legally insane in order to gain control of your estate.
Woody Allen

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Mark Twain

Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Benjamin Franklin