Thoughts On Country Living

“City life is no life for a country man; for such a man that life is a kind of damnation in itself.”
~ Stephen King

“The whole race of scribblers flies from the town and yearns for country life.”
~ Horace

“I live not in myself, but I become Portion of that around me; and to me High mountains are a feeling, but the hum Of human cities torture.”
~ Lord Byron

“The city, no matter how small, is corrupt and unrepentant, while the sun shines brighter in the country, making people more wholesome.”
~ Lori Lansens

“Cow dung and horse dung, as muck goes, are relatively agreeable. You can even become nostalgic about them. They smell of fermented grain, and on the far side of their smell there is hay and grass.”
~ John Berger

“Country life has its advantages, he used to say. You sit on the veranda drinking tea and your ducklings swim on the pond, and everything smells good and there are gooseberries.”
~ Anton Chekhov

“God made the country, and man made the town.”
~ William Cowper

“The city reveals the moral ends of being, and sets the awful problem of life. The country soothes us, refreshes us, lifts us up with religious suggestion.”
~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin

“If country life be healthful to the body, it is no less so to the mind.”
~ Giovanni Ruffini

“And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.”
~ John Steinbeck

“The country life is to be preferred, for there we see the works of God; but in cities little else but the works of men. And the one makes a better subject for contemplation than the other.”
~ William Penn

Bury A Lot Of Troubles By Digging In The Dirt

“The loss of wealth is loss of dirt, as sages in all times assert; The happy man’s without a shirt.”
~ John Heywood

“A hand that’s dirty with honest labor is fit to shake with any neighbor.”
~ Proverb

“The best way to learn is by doing. The only way to build a strong work ethic is getting your hands dirty.”
~ Alex Spanos

“To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.”
~ George Orwell

“You can bury a lot of troubles by digging in the dirt.”
~ Author Unknown

“You may be a redneck if . . . you think you are an entrepreneur because of the “Dirt for Sale” sign in the front yard.”
~ Jeff Foxworthy

“To the illumined man or woman, a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same.”
~ Bhagavad Gita

“When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.”
~ Will Rogers

“He who thinks he is raising a mound may only in reality be digging a pit.”
~ Ernest Bramah

“Any mundane activity can become meditative. Digging a hole in the garden, planting new roses in the garden – you can do it with such tremendous love and compassion, you can do it with the hands of a buddha.”
~ Rajneesh

“I think there is some real therapy in getting your hands in the dirt and working with food.”
~ Jon Tester

“We are dust and to dust return. In the end we’re neither air, nor fire, nor water, just dirt, neither more nor less, just dirt, and maybe some yellow flowers.”
~ Pablo Neruda

“Don’t put your confidence in big names When they die and return to the dirt they can’t do anything for you.”
~ LeCrae

“We only have so long to play in the dirt and ask questions of rivers.”
~ John Green

“What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”
~ John Muir

“Have you not heard of the man who was digging in the earth for roots and found a treasure?”
~ Khalil Gibran

“In a delightful garden, sowing, planting or digging are not hardship but are done with a zeal and a certain pleasure.”
~ Martin Luther

“You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still like dust, I’ll rise.”
~ Maya Angelou

When Opportunity Strikes

Opportunity
“a favorable juncture of circumstances”
“a good chance for advancement or progress”
~ merriam-webster.com

“Opportunities will come and go, but if you do nothing about them, so will you.”
~ Richie Norton

“Opportunity never knocks. It hangs thick in the air all around you. You breathe it unthinking, and dissipate it with your sighs.”
~ Roy H. Williams

“A closed mouth catches no flies.”
~ Miguel de Cervantes

“Opportunities come but do not linger.”
~ Nepalese

“Strike while the iron is hot.”
~ Chaucer

“When one door shuts, another opens.”
~ unknown

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
~ Thomas A. Edison

“Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty.”
~ S. Monson

“Time is limited and some opportunities never repeat themselves.”
~ Belle de Jour

“Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards.”
~ William Arthur Ward

“Opportunity is a bird that never perches.”
~ Claude McDonald

“Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending.”
~ Author Unknown

“Opportunities fly by while we sit regretting the chances we have lost, and the happiness that comes to us we heed not, because of the happiness that is gone”
~ Jerome K. Jerome

“Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health; nothing is worse for your health than boredom.”
~ Mignon McLaughlin

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
~ Albert Einstein

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
~ Francois Bacon

“A man who misses his opportunity, and monkey who misses his branch, cannot be saved.”
~ Hindu Proverb

“Teachers open the doors, but you must enter by yourself.”
~ Chinese Proverb

“Opportunity comes like a snail, and once it has passed you it changes into a fleet rabbit and is gone.”
~ Arthur Brisban

“Even when opportunity knocks, a man still has to get up off his seat and open the door.”
~ Author Unknown

Your Privacy Under Attack

“The question of the right to privacy must be one of the defining issues of our time.”
~ Salil Shetty

“If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion.”
~ William J. Brennan

“We deal with a right of privacy older than the Bill of Rights-older than our political parties, older than our school system.”
~ William O. Douglas

“The so-called right to privacy, as it were, is no longer a right inasmuch as it is now a privilege, to be enjoyed until it is torn away at a moment’s notice.”
~ Marshawn Lynch

“We must restrict the anonymity behind which people hide to commit crimes. As citizens, we have a right to privacy. We have no such right to anonymity.”
~ Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

“At least in Europe, we consider the right to privacy a fundamental right and it is a very serious matter.”
~ Jose Manuel Barroso

“Every child has a right to its own bent. . . . It has a right to find its own way and go its own way, whether that way seems wise or foolish to others, exactly as an adult has. It has a right to privacy as to its own doings and its own affairs as much as if it were its own father.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

“Nobody needs to justify why they “need” a right: the burden of justification falls on the one seeking to infringe upon the right. But even if they did, you can’t give away the rights of others because they’re not useful to you. More simply, the majority cannot vote away the natural rights of the minority. Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”
~ Edward Snowden

“When I think of civil liberties I think of the founding principles of the country. The freedoms that are in the First Amendment. But also the fundamental right to privacy.”
~ Tim Cook

“I think that in today’s world the right to privacy and freedom of the press are set on a collision course.”
~ Rob Lowe

“Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.”
~ Ayn Rand

Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

“I am absolutely opposed to a national ID card. This is a total contradiction of what a free society is all about. The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of all individuals, not the secrecy of government. We don’t need a national ID card.”
~ Ron Paul

“Privacy is not something that I’m merely entitled to, it’s an absolute prerequisite.”
~ Marlon Brando

“Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.”
~ John Perry Barlow
“When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.”
~ David Brin

“Here in your mind you have complete privacy. Here there’s no difference between what is and what could be.”
~ Chuck Palahniuk

“I really believe that we don’t have to make a trade-off between security and privacy. I think technology gives us the ability to have both.”
~ John Poindexter

“One of the great penalties those of us who live our lives in full view of the public must pay is the loss of that most cherished birthright of man’s, privacy.”
~ Mary Pickford

“We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government.”
~ William O. Douglas

“We demand privacy, yet we glorify those that break into computers.”
~ Bill McCollum

“The fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a greater danger to the privacy of the individual.”
~ Earl Warren

“Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.”
~ John Perry Barlow

“All violations of essential privacy are brutalizing.”
~ Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton

“Historically, privacy was almost implicit, because it was hard to find and gather information. But in the digital world, whether it’s digital cameras or satellites or just what you click on, we need to have more explicit rules – not just for governments but for private companies.”
~ Bill Gates

“I don’t see myself as a hero because what I’m doing is self-interested: I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.”
~ Edward Snowden

“Once you’ve lost your privacy, you realize you’ve lost an extremely valuable thing.”
~ Billy Graham

“I am not sure precisely why we need to have privacy, but everyone knows for sure that we need to relax and not have to put on our social, outwardly looking face all of the time.”
~ Ezekiel Emanue

“For me, privacy and security are really important. We think about it in terms of both: You can’t have privacy without security.”
~ Larry Page

“The real danger is the gradual erosion of individual liberties through automation, integration, and interconnection of many small, separate record-keeping systems, each of which alone may seem innocuous, even benevolent, and wholly justifiable.”
~ U.S. Privacy Study Commission, 1977

“Every CEO of a social network should be required to use the default privacy settings for all of their accounts on the service.”
~ Anil Dash

“You already have zero privacy. Get over it.”
~ Scott G. McNealy CEO of Sun Microsystems Inc

“You need to fight for your privacy or you’ll lose it!”
~ Erick Schmidt

“Privacy is dead, and social media holds the smoking gun.”
~ Pete Cashmore
“Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.”
~Fyodor Dostoevsky

“I believe that any violation of privacy is nothing good.”
~ Lech Walesa

“We need to start seeing privacy as a commons – as some kind of a public good that can get depleted as too many people treat it carelessly or abandon it too eagerly. What is privacy for? This question needs an urgent answer.”
~ Evgeny Morozov

What About The Neighbors?

“We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor.”
~ G. K. Chesterton

“A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing.”
~ Hesiod

“Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor’s noisy party than being there.”
~ Franklin P. Jones

“Don’t throw stones at your neighbors , if your own windows are glass.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“Far better a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.”
~ Unknown

“Your neighbor is the man who needs you.”
~ Elbert Hubbard

“Hedges between keep friendships green.”
~ Proverb

“Good fences make good neighbors.”
~ Robert Frost

“Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor’s house is in flames.”
~ Horace

“They who are all things to their neighbors cease to be anything to themselves.”
~ Norman Douglas

“Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.”
~ Jane Austen

“Neighbours are given to us on the same basis as we are given our families. There is no element of choice involved – none at all.”
~ Alexander McCall Smith

“Don’t borrow money from a neighbor or a friend, but of a stranger where, paying for it you shall hear of it no more.”
~ Unknown

“Choose your neighbors before you buy your house.”
~ Hausa (West African)

“How seldom we weigh our neighbor in the same balance with ourselves.”
~ Thomas a Kempis

“A hand that’s dirty with honest labor is fit to shake with any neighbor.”
~ Proverb

“Don’t go milkin’ your neighbors cow.”
~ Proverb

“People are almost always better than their neighbors think they are.”
~ George Eliot

“Men think that it is impossible for a human being to love his enemies, for enemies are hardly able to endure the sight of one another. Well, then, shut your eyes–and your enemy looks just like your neighbor.”
~ Søren Kierkegaard

“Examine your heart often to see if it is such toward your neighbor as you would like his to be toward you were you in his place. This is the touchstone of true reason.”
~ Francis de Sales

“A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.”
~ Richard Whately

“The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.”
~ Hubert H. Humphrey

“How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.”
~ Marcus Aurelius

“I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?”
~ Mother Teresa

“Your best friend and worst enemy are both in this room right now. It’s not your neighbor right or left – and it’s not God or the devil – it’s you.”
~ Edwin Louis Cole

“How seldom we weigh our neighbor in the same balance with ourselves.”
~ Thomas a Kempis

“It’s very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race.”
~ Maya Angelou

“To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.”
~ John Locke