It's the same in any lingo

בַּת-בָּבֶל, הַשְּׁדוּדָה: אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיְשַׁלֶּם-לָךְ-- אֶת-גְּמוּלֵךְ, שֶׁגָּמַלְתּ לָנוּ
אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיֹּאחֵז וְנִפֵּץ אֶת-עֹלָלַיִךְ-- אֶל-הַסָּלַע

How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? If not now, when? ~ Rav Hillel, Pirke Avot

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes
Wear It With Pride

01 December 2008

A Book at Bedtime

One of my favorite books is without doubt The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.   It is poignant, and hilarious.  It also gives one license to say the name Antoine de Saint-Exupery which, if you ever took high school French, you know to be one of the greatest names to say on the planet.  It is also chocked full of little reminders such as:
"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them."
"In the course of this life I have had a great many encounters with a great many people who have been concerned with matters of consequence. I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn't much improved my opinion of them."

And so, much to the potential consternation of a dear friend in the mountains, I will be sharing some of my favorite tidbits and pearls of wisdom from our misanthropic pilot and the little blond guy from outer space.  

It's reality check time.

1 comment:

Byron Ballard said...

O, no! Not the Little Prince! :>)

For once, I have done what was expected of me--but only to make you smile.

I'd forgotten that great quote about "living among grown-up". Maybe I'll give the Prince another look...but don't hold your breath.

Hope your T-Day was grand but not too filling. We still have a buttload of work to do.