Who I’d Love To Meet

Every time I think about 2005-2006 I get this feeling of awe; I am of “Generation X”; that generation between the “Baby Boomers” and the “Millennials”; you know, the ones who played Frogger as a child via Atari and still do today via iPhone. The technocultural shift of this time’s “New Media” and “Web 2.0” has a significance that can only be fully appreciated by Generation X and is little-known even to those closeby.

It was then that I curated this list… consuming from my silver spoon as my roommate put it; the 2004 Dell W2600. Before this time I didn’t read; owned zero books and was nearly illiterate; when I did start reading books I had a very hard time with a vocabulary beyond elementary levels.

It was during this time I would explore concepts, I came across via the internet and Barnes and Nobles discounted book rack, more intellectually via sites like Answers.com.

Answers.com would serve up daily quotes that, at the time, seemed tailored just for me; I saved my favorites.

The following quotes are from that time and every one of them is from a person I’d love to meet.

That said, the person I’d love to meet most is my late father, Dale Julius Boettcher. Sadly, I do not have a single quote of his…

“Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]” Jesus Christ

“When there is pain, there are no words. All pain is the same.” – Toni Morrison,

“Stumbling is not falling. ” – Malcolm X

“Believe in life! Always, human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.” – W.E.B. Du Bois

“Shall I tell you what I think are the two qualities of a work of art? First, it must be indescribable, and second, it must be inimitable.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

“Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.” – Johnny Cash

“There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the first move; and he, in turn, waits for you.” – Marian Anderson

“When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.” – Jean Harlow

“Four seasons fill the measure of the year; There are four seasons in the mind of man.” – John Keats

“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Most of the time we do nothing, myself included. I think the lesson I learned (from Tessa) is that a lot of drops make up an ocean… Helping one person is better than nothing. Just do something.” – Rachel Weisz

“Those new regions which we found and explored with the fleet… we may rightly call a New World… a continent more densely peopled and abounding in animals than our Europe or Asia or Africa; and, in addition, a climate milder than in any other region known to us.” – Amerigo Vespucci

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“I’ve had great success being a total idiot.” – Jerry Lewis

“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.” – Woodrow Wilson

“Remember that time — the insane mistrust, not just for people but between countries.” – Aleksei Leonov

“I don’t believe the accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings. Gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.” – Maya Angelou

“Musical ideas sprang to my mind like a flight of butterflies, and all I had to do was to stretch out my hand to catch them.” – Charles Gounod

“I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.” – Patrick Henry

“The day before my inauguration President Eisenhower told me, ‘You’ll find that no easy problems ever come to the President of the United States. If they are easy to solve, somebody else has solved them.’ I found that hard to believe, but now I know it is true.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Not for a moment, beautiful aged Walt Whitman, have I failed to see your beard full of butterflies.” – Federico Garcia Lorca

“If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect.” – Ted Turner

“My eyes were made to erase all that is ugly.” – Raoul Dufy

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford

“You can’t get spoiled if you do your own ironing.” – Meryl Streep

“Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.” – Alan Turing

“Grand Prix Masters drivers have reached the top of the ladder and have nothing left to prove. We can compete without fear of offending anyone.” – Nigel Mansell

“Men’s evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water.” – William Shakespeare, King Henry VIII

“Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.” – Jorge Luis Borges

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.” — Douglas MacArthur

“I learned how people survived and how people had to submit, because you need to eat and your family needs to live; so, I learned the meaning of power.” — Lee Kuan Yew

“It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages.” — William Carlos Williams

“Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.” — Arthur Schopenhauer

“My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.” — Sir William Golding

“The dream of reason produces monsters. Imagination deserted by reason creates impossible, useless thoughts. United with reason, imagination is the mother of all art and the source of all its beauty” – Francisco de Goya

“Sometimes I wish I could walk up to my music for the first time, as if I had never heard it before. Being so inescapably a part of it, I’ll never know what the listener gets, what the listener feels, and that’s too bad.” — John Coltrane

“Now comes a war and shows that we still haven’t crawled out on all fours from the barbaric stage of our history. We have learned to wear suspenders, to write clever editorials and to make chocolate milk, but when we have to decide seriously a question of the coexistence of a few tribes on the rich peninsula of Europe, we are helpless to find a way other than mutual mass slaughter.” — Leon Trotsky

“You can jail a revolutionary, but you cannot jail the revolution.” — Bobby Seale

“As I’ve looked at Sandra Day O’Connor, she had an open-mindedness and an independence and called them as she saw them.” — Dianne Feinstein

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T.S. Eliot

“A peace is of the nature of a conquest, For then both parties nobly are subdued, And neither party loser.” — William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” — Walt Disney

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Mohandas Gandhi

“All things on earth point home in old October: sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.” — Thomas Wolfe

“In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments.” — Rutherford B. Hayes

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” — Desmond Tutu

“Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” — Eddie Rickenbacker

“It ain’t what you got, it’s what you know and do with what you got … The difference between a cook and a chef is understanding what’s going on.” — Alton Brown

“I came to America as an immigrant. You know, on a ship, through the Statue of Liberty. And I saw that skyline, not just as a representation of steel and concrete and glass, but as the substance of the American Dream.” — Daniel Libeskind

“People give one another things that can’t be gift wrapped.” — Nadine Gordimer

“Time should make enemies and Life should make friends.” — Henry Luce

“I paint things as they are. I don’t comment. I record.” — Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

“The very man who has argued you down, will sometimes be found, years later, to have been influenced by what you said.” — C.S. Lewis

“Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports.” — Kenneth Branagh

“I don’t understand it… When the words appeared, everybody said they were a miracle. But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle.” — Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White

“Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.” — Stan Smith

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

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