Nicholson Baker: Wikipedia 

​”Wikipedia is just an incredible thing. It is fact-encirclingly huge, and it is idiosyncratic, careful, messy, funny, shocking and full of simmering controversies – and it is free, and it is fast.”

—Nicholson Baker. 

Jim Taylor: Running

Runner's Mental Toolbox -- F.A.S.T

Focus on what it’s like to be outdoors, to feeling your body move, to the relationships you may have built through running. These are experiences that can be reproduced with every run—you don’t need a good finish time to produce them. By shifting the focus from results to running itself you’ll feel empowered.

Jim Taylor, Ph.D., a sports psychologist and author of Prime Sport: Triumph of the Athlete Mind, The Bliss List, Runner’s World.com

William Makepeace Thackeray: Excellence and its appreciation

Thackeray

Thackeray (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Next to excellence, comes the appreciation of it. ”

William Penn: Right is right

William Penn Deutsch: William Penn († 1718) 日本...
William Penn Deutsch: William Penn († 1718) 日本語: ウィリアム・ペン(William Penn) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it. ”

William Penn

Competition and cooperation

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvių: Fra...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvių: Franklinas Delanas Ruzveltas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. ”
Franklin D Roosevelt

Preparedness

Ovid by Anton von Werner. "Bibliothek des...

Ovid by Anton von Werner. "Bibliothek des allgemeinen und praktischen Wissens. Bd. 5" (1905), Abriß der Weltliteratur, Seite 51 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“He who is not prepared today will be less so tomorrow.”
Ovid

Road to perdition

Road to Perdition

Road to Perdition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. ”
—C S Lewis

Sigmund Freud: Excremental

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and ...

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The excremental is all too intimately and inseparably bound up with the sexual: the position of the genitals—inter urinas et faeces—remains the decisive and unchangeable factor. One might say here, varying a well-known saying of the great Napoleon: “Anatomy is destiny.”

Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, Standard Edition, vol. 11, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1957). On the Universal Tendency to Debasement in the Sphere of Love, sect. 3 (1912).
Napoleon had said, “Politics is destiny” (as reported by German poet Goethe in conversation with him in 1808).

Frederick Saunders: Pride

Pride, like laudanum and other poisonous medicines, is beneficial in small, though injurious in large, quantities. No man who is not pleased with himself, even in a personal sense, can please others. -Frederick Saunders, librarian and essayist (1807-1902)