September 24: Poets and Philosophers

September 24
Poets and Philosophers

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The love of family and the admiration of friends are much more important than wealth and privilege.
~Charles Kuralt

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Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything about it so much that one or two weeks later I’d be out looking for the next job. But to me the money was the chips, that’s all. Go where the money is . . . and go there often.
~Willie Sutton. William “Willie” Sutton (1901–1980) was a prolific U.S. bank robber. During his forty-year criminal career he stole an estimated $2 million, and eventually spent more than half of his adult life in prison. (Willie Sutton denied that he replied to a reporter’s inquiry as to why he robbed banks by saying “because that’s where the money is.”) In a 1976 book he co-authored, Where the Money Was, he denied that he had said that.

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September 24: Presidents

September 24
Presidents

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The American West is just arriving at the threshold of its greatness and growth. Where the West of yesterday is glamorized in our fiction, the future of the American West now is both fabulous and factual.
~Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president, “Remarks, Dinner for Gale McGee,” LBJ Library, “Speech Collection” (July 13, 1963)

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If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.
~Lyndon B. Johnson