Quotes of the Day for 5 February 2004 – Reactions
In yesterday's quotes, I addressed the various overwrought reactions to a certain incident that occurred during halftime of Sunday's Super Bowl contest. At the same time, I worried a little about the reaction of readers, not wanting to see hundreds of unsubscribe orders. The public reactions to Sunday's events continue to be silly, and subscriber reactions were wonderful. I got one critical comment and only the normal number of unsubscribe orders, while hitting a new record for new subscriptions. On the other hand, I think we also hit a new record in readers whose issues were blocked by filters based on "offensive language". Today's quotes are on Reactions in general.
The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
- Bertrand Russell, 1872 - 1970
The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.
- Gloria Anzaldua
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your reactions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 - 1882
A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
- Rita Mae Brown
What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.
- Thaddeus Golas
Of all possible committee reactions to any given agenda item, the reaction that will occur is the one which will liberate the greatest amount of hot air.
- Thomas L. Martin
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