January 12: Abundance

January 12

There were times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.
~Spencer Tracy. Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (1900 – 1967) was an American actor.

We were so poor my daddy unplugged the clocks when we went to bed.
~Chris Rock, (born 1965), American comedian, actor, screenwriter, drama and television producer, film producer and director

Wealth–any income that is at least one hundred dollars more a year than the income of one’s wife’s sister’s husband.
~H.L. Mencken. Henry Louis “H. L.” Mencken (1880 – 1956) was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, acerbic critic of American life and culture, and a scholar of American English.


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January 12: Space Travel

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January 12
Space Travel

This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
~Neil Armstrong

[Space travel] will come, but only when there is a high enough demand so that you can have a “public highway” system. To support today’s air traffic network, you’ve got to have a million passengers constantly on the move. The same will be true in space: It’s not really a technology problem, it’s more a sort of chicken-and-egg economic problem. I hope that it will grow, probably on the back of the military. The military has needs for all kinds of space launching and is prepared to pay for it. So with luck something like this space highway will develop. It doesn’t matter who pays for it initially. In the end it will belong to everybody.
~Freeman Dyson, Discover Magazine, June 2008

All civilizations become either spacefaring or extinct.
~Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

January 12: From Books, Plays and Movies

January 12
From Books, Plays and Movies



Although the legal and ethical definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms. They confuse power with goodness, and mistake law for justice.

~Charles T. Sprading, Freedom and its Fundamentals




“There is no right to punish. There is only the power to punish,” she wrote. “A man is punished for his crime because the State is stronger than he; the great crime of War is not punished because beyond the individual there is mankind, and beyond mankind there is nothing at all.”

~Benjamin Moser, Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector

Clarice Lispector (1920–1977) was a Brazilian writer who has been described as possibly the most important Jewish writer since Franz Kafka.



I stood behind the man’s chair, my blade at his throat.

“Why do you do it?” I asked, knowing he wouldn’t answer. “Kill people, and blow up buildings, and sell drugs?”

It was what they all did. Committed crimes. That was why I killed them.

“You’re a criminal, a terrorist, a danger. And I have been asked to take you out,” I told him.

I was legend now, yet he asked the same question all the others did.

“What is your name?”

My sensitive ears tuned out the slit as my sword cut his neck.

I walked around the chair to see his face. I watched as his eyes–slowly at first–changed from blue to milky white. His skin went pale. And as I heard him take his last breath, I ducked in so my lips hovered at his ear, and whispered, “My name is Sharden.”

~Alysha Speer, Sharden