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The week that's slipped past highlighted some wonderful quotations a few of which really worked for me. I'd like to share them with you.

That unlikely offerer of quotations, the daily sailing email (and online magazine) Scuttlebutt Sailing News brought this gem to readers today: 'If I weigh 200 pounds on earth I will only be 76 pounds on Mars. I'm not overweight, I'm just on the wrong planet.' It came from the pen, or keyboard, of that great wit, Curmudgeon.

'Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.'
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And if he dies ... take him and cut him into little stars and ... everyone will fall in love with night. Photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash

The daily dictionary email from Wordsmith has wonders to brighten a day.

Here are a few that I enjoyed, the first which is really apt in London where buses are as full of different languages as they are of nationalities.

Laughter

'Nothing is so impenetrable as laughter in a language you don't understand.' This thought came from William Golding, novelist, playwright, poet, Nobel laureate (19 Sep 1911-1993)

I hope this gem from Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 Oct 1869-1948) might be true: 'When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always.'

When we are bombarded by politics, as much here as doubtlessly across the pond, this thought from Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th US president (4 Oct 1822-1893) is worth holding onto: 'He serves his party best who serves the country best.'

I like this from Shakespeare, 'Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.' And a touching notion of his, surfacing in a season when I lost friends, seems especially tender -

'And if he dies, take him and cut him into little stars and he will make
the face of heaven so fine that everyone will fall in love with night.'

Finally, a prompt from astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson (b. 5 Oct 1958) is well worth quoting, 'Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.'

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