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Baltasar Gracian Quote of the Week from Greg Bover (Five Year Anniversary Of Greg’s Quote Of The Week Posts)

“A wise man learns more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”

Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)


Born in the Spanish province of Aragon, Gracian studied theology in Zaragoza and took holy orders as a Jesuit in 1633. He was admired as an orator in his lifetime and much sought after for his sermons, which featured such novelties as reading letters purportedly sent from hell. Such flourishes were frowned upon by his superiors, whom he so frequently disobeyed that he was eventually banished to a small village in the Pyrenees. He is best known today for his satirical pilgrimage novel Criticon and his compendium of maxims The Art of Worldly Wisdom. These were so admired by Schopenhauer that he translated them into German. Later thinkers including Nietzsche, Defoe and Gide cite him as an influence.

With this post the Quote of the Week celebrates five years with Good Morning Gloucester, about two hundred and fifty entries. Just so you know, I write the bios based on my research to give the quote context, and one can click on the name or the picture that Joey adds to be connected to a Wikipedia entry for that particular author. Sometimes the adages are only attributed when I can’t find evidence of the direct quote; famous quipsters like Abraham Lincoln and Yogi Berra are often credited with things others actually said first.

I am always encouraged by your comments, and your suggestions are welcome too.

Many thanks to Joey and the GMG team for creating a forum where these lines can be shared. I find it astonishing how much wisdom there is in the world, and how the thoughts of famous men and women can apply to my own life. I hope you do too.

Greg Bover


And what a great bunch of fish tale story tellers! You may recall Greg Bover’s invitation from last week where the Gloucester Writer’s Center, Schooner Adventure, and Maritime Gloucester joined forces to bring us Gloucester’s Fish Tales held not at the writing center but from Webster Pier, on board the beautiful and welcoming Schooner Adventure. Maureen Aylward organized a fantastic line up of story tellers. I unfortunately was only able to stay for the first several story tellers but had the pleasure of listening to GMG FOB Ron Gilson, Bing McGilvray, Jim Masciarelli, and Jimmy Tarantino. I believe Henry Ferrini was filming the event so hopefully it will be available to see soon.

Ron Gilson Schooner Adventure Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2015Ron Gilson holding a photo taken in 1951 when he was a young man aboard the Adventure during the time when it was still a working dory fishing schooner. 

Bing McGilvray Schooner Adventure ©Kim Smith 2015jpgBing McGilvray

Fish Tales Schhoner Adventure ©Kim Smith 2015Jim Masciarelli

Schooner Adventure Mast Hoops Made in Gloucester by Geoff Deckebach, Greg Bover, and Bill Holmes

Schooner Adventure Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015The perfectly formed mast hoops on the Schooner Adventure were custom made at Gloucester’s own C.B. Fisk organ building company. The Newbury company Pert Lowell makes mast hoops however the largest they have to offer is only a foot in diameter. See the video of Greg, Geoff, and Bill making the hoops, from shaping the strips of steamed ash around the form to finished fastening. Geoff Deckebach is the lead shipwright and restoration project coordinator for the Adventure. Greg Bover shares that Geoff made the ingenious circular jig. The ash for the hoops was donated by Jim Knott, who also donated the ship’s engine.

The next member sail is this coming Wednesday, August 12th at 3pm. Take advantage of this fabulous offer! For more information about becoming a member and sailing benefits visit the Adventure website here.

See previous GMG post here.

Video by Joanne Main.


Did you know that if you become a member of Schooner Adventure, your membership includes TWO FREE SAILS?

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -19 ©Kim Smith 2015At least twelve crew and volunteers are needed to help set sail and passengers are invited to participate. Note GMG contributor and Adventure super volunteer Greg Bover in the foreground.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -16 ©Kim Smith 2015

Hoisting the Sails

This past week I was invited by FOB Adam Bolonsky to sail the Schooner Adventure to take photos and write a bit for Good Morning Gloucester.Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -14 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -21 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -20  ©Kim Smith 2015

Sailing aboard the Adventure I felt transported to another time and place. Exhilarating, yet peaceful, the ship possesses a splendid grace and steadfastness. What a treasured gift to have had this experience. Thank you, thank you Captain Edick, Adam, and crew for a truly memorable afternoon. I can’t wait to adventure aboard the Adventure again!

Captain Stefan Edick Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -17 ©Kim Smith 2015

With sunny and blue skies above, along with a moderately strong wind, Captain Edick remarked that it was perhaps the best sail of the summer.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

Experiential learning is at the core of Adventure’s mission. Volunteer Adam Bolonsky teaches young sailors how to navigate Gloucester Harbor.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -5 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -3 ©Kim Smith 2015

In June, the Adventure was issued her Passenger Vessel Certificate by the Coast Guard. The member sails have become so popular dates have been added every week in August and early September.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -8 ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -1 ©Kim Smith 2015The Advenutre is poised to be a tremendously positive ambassador for Gloucester. Saturday she participated in the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta in Marblehead. The vessel is a floating museum and classroom and there are plans to sail to nearby ports from where the Adventure used to sail as a fishing boat including Boston, New York, New Bedford, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Portland.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th -23 ©Kim Smith 2015

Support the Adventure by becoming a member or volunteer–opportunities abound. Take advantage of this extraordinarily beautiful gift to Gloucester that is the Adventure! Click here to learn more about becoming a member.

Schooner Adventure Gloucester August 5th City skyline ©Kim Smith 2015

Schooner Adventure Gloucester -4 ©Kim Smith 2015See Lots More Photos Here Read more

Agatha Christie Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”


Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Born Agatha Miller to a wealthy upper class family in Britain, she was home schooled and served as a volunteer nurse during the First World War. She married Archibald Christie in 1913, but they were divorced in 1926. Although she began to write during this period it was not until the publication of her first novel featuring Hercule Poirot that she enjoyed popular success. She went on to create several other characters, such as Miss Jane Marple, who have become staples of English crime literature and, more recently, the PBS series Mystery. Christie’s stage play, The Mousetrap, began its unequalled run in 1952 and is still running today. She is the most published novelist in history and trails only Shakespeare and the Bible in the number of books sold. She was made Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 1972 and has won every literary award in her genre. She had a lifelong interest in archeology, which she frequently pursued with her second husband Sir Max Mallowan.

Greg Bover

Edgar Bergen Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.”

Edgar Bergen (1903-1978)


While this quote is variously attributed to Milan Kundera, Steven Wright, and others, the earliest citation I could find was from Bergen, who was born in Michigan, but spent much of his youth in Sweden. After his family returned to the United States, he taught himself ventriloquism and got his start in vaudeville, where he, and his dummy/alter ego Charlie McCarthy were discovered by radio producers for the Chase and Sanborn Hour. Even though the talents of a ventriloquist are harder to appreciate on the radio, the duo became big stars for their self-deprecating and often incisive humor, played against other well-known figures of the era such as Mae West and W.C. Fields. Bergen successfully made the transition to television and continued to work in the nightclub circuit until three days before he died. The beautiful and talented Candace Bergen is his daughter.

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Greg Bover Quote of the Week

“If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact – not to be solved, but to be coped with over time.”

Shimon Peres (1923- )

Born in Poland, Peres’s family moved to Palestine in 1934. Raised on a kibbutz, he entered politics through an agriculturalist party and with his mentor David Ben-Gurion was one of the people who created the state of Israel in the 40’s. By 1952, at the age of 29, he was Director-General of the Ministry of Defense, the youngest person to hold that post. Elected to the Knesset in 1959, he spent the rest of his life in the Israeli government as, sequentially, Minister of Defense, Transportation, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister. He was instrumental in the Oslo Peace Accords with the PLO, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. He served as the 9th President of Israel from 2007 to 2014, the oldest serving head of state. Barack Obama recognized him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Greg Bover Quote of the Week

“It’s hard to feel sad when you are being useful.”

Louis C. K. (1967-    )

A Washington, D. C. native, C. K. uses the initials in place of his birth name, Szekely, as they approximate its Hungarian pronunciation. His family moved to Mexico City when he was an infant and then to Newton, Massachusetts when he was seven. He is perhaps best known for his highly-regarded comedy show “Louie”, on FX, but he has been a writer for Chris Rock, David Letterman, and Conan O’Brien as well as writing and directing several films and shorts, and appearing in many movies and television shows. He began his career as a stand-up comedian at an open-mic night in Boston, and now tours widely, and has innovated direct-to-consumer ticket sales, bypassing Ticketmaster and other large, controlling middlemen. C. K. has won five Emmy Awards and a Grammy. He is divorced from Alix Bailey and has two children.


William Feather Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“Many of our prayers were not answered, and for this we are now grateful.”

William Feather (1889-1981)

A native of upstate New York, Feather moved to Cleveland as a teenager and graduated from Western Reserve University in 1910. He was a reporter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer for several years before starting The William Feather Magazine with a friend who owned a print shop. He later married Ruth Presley and borrowed against her inheritance to buy out the friend. As sole owner and publisher, he used the magazine to gain a national reputation as a “benevolent iconoclast” writing on business, taxation, and philosophy. He often sparred verbally with H. L. Mencken on issues such as a flat tax and advantages for businessmen. He remained editor of the magazine until his death at 92.

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Joss Whedon Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

February 14, 2015

The one thing a creator can bring to the table when everybody else has all the money and power, is centeredness and the ability to walk away. Never sit at a table you can’t walk away from.

Joseph H. “Joss” Whedon (1964-    )

The grandson, son and brother of screenwriters, Whedon is perhaps best known as the creator of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, although he also co-wrote Toy Story, and is the co-founder of the production companies Bellwether and Mutant Enemy. He wrote and directed The Avengers, the third highest grossing film of all time. Through his collaborations with Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios he created several series of graphic novels and sequential films sharing a common “universe” and themes centering on feminism, anti-authoritarianism, existentialism, and the importance of community. Winner of the Emmy and Saturn Awards, Whedon created the sci-fi cult-classic Firefly series and its follow-on movie Serenity.

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Henry J. Kaiser Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”

Henry J. Kaiser (1882-1967)

The son of a New York shoemaker, Kaiser started a construction company on the west coast which quickly became among the largest through his innovative use of heavy machinery, and participated in the building of the Hoover and Grand Coulee dams. At the outbreak of World War II, Kaiser established ship yards to build hundreds of Liberty ships in record breaking time, switching from riveting to welding, introducing mass production techniques, and earning himself the title “The Father of American Ship Building.” An classic industrialist of the first water, Kaiser also founded an aluminum company, a steel company, and a car company and was among the first to offer his workforce health care and credit unions (Kaiser Permanente). A large part of the fortune he amassed is now administered by the non-profit, non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation which supports health care research.

Havelock Ellis Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” 

Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)


Born in Britain to a sea-going family, Ellis spent many of his teen age years in Australia before returning to England to study medicine. In 1897 he published Sexual Inversion, the first book to study homosexuality and transgender issues objectively and without moral judgment. He was an active social reformer and president of the influential Galton Society which promoted eugenics, an attempt to improve human traits through controlled reproduction, later so discredited by the Nazis. His early studies on autoeroticism and narcissism prefigured those of Sigmund Freud. He was married to Edith Lees, an avowed lesbian, but they lived apart, and he himself complained of impotence for most of his life.

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Lou Holtz Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”

Lou Holtz (1937-    )


Best known as a football coach and motivational speaker, Holtz is a West Virginia native who had a brief career as a player at Kent State. Famously quick witted, his inspirational abilities have allowed him to hold head coaching positions at six different academic institutions and to compile a 249-132-7 record. Although hired by Notre Dame with a lifetime contract, it is rumored that he was forced to retire before he broke Knute Rockne’s record of 105 wins with that team. He is a commentator for ESPN and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. A long-time Republican, he frequently appears on Fox News, but also donated to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 effort.

Greg Bover

Gloucester Filmmaker Dennis Lanson’s “To Hear the Music” Airs on PBS This Sunday!!!

Dear Friends and Family,

I thought you might like to know that Gloucester filmmaker Dennis Lanson’s fine documentary about the organ we (C.B. Fisk) built at Harvard University will be shown on WGBH Channel 2 at five o’clock on Sunday, January 11.

It’s called “To Hear the Music,” and it not only follows the construction and installation of our Opus 139 at Harvard’s Memorial Church, but also looks back at the 54 year history of our unique Gloucester company, and at the life of Charles Fisk, our founder and mentor.

Here’s a link to the trailer, and other info as well.

Please help us get the word out by forwarding this on to folks you know who might be interested.

Best wishes for the new year,


Gregory R Bover

V.P. Operations, Project Manager

C. B. Fisk, Inc.


Isaac Asimov Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.”
Isaac Asimov (1920?-1992)


Born in Russia, Isaak Yudovich Ozimov immigrated to the United States with his parents at the age of three. A voracious reader of science fiction, he began writing as a pre-teen, selling his first piece in 1939 to Amazing Stories Magazine. He would go on to become one of the most prolific of sci-fi and hard science writers, publishing an astonishing 500 books in nine of the ten categories of the Dewey Decimal System, while simultaneously holding a tenured position as Professor of Biochemistry at Boston University. Recognized as one of the most brilliant men of his age, he was Vice President of Mensa, and opined that Carl Sagan and Marvin Minsky were the only two people he knew who were smarter than he. In his science fiction work he is perhaps best known for his Foundation Series and for I, Robot which propounds the Three Laws of Robotics, incorporated by an entire generation of writers from Roddenberry and Clarke to Ellison and Silverberg. He was a six-time winner of the Hugo Award and has a crater on Mars and an asteroid named in his honor.

Greg Bover

Ayn Rand Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”

Ayn Rand (1905-1982)    from the GHS Guidance Newsletter


Born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926 with the intention of becoming a screenwriter. After two unsuccessful novels and a largely unnoticed play, she wrote The Fountainhead, published in 1943, which established her fame as a writer and was later made into a popular movie. Her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, published in 1957, expanded on her rationalist, anti-romantic themes, which she labeled Objectivism. This book essentially ended her career as a novelist, as she became more and more influential in Republican and conservative political circles for her libertarian philosophies, which rejected altruism and promoted laissez-faire capitalism. She continued to lead the Objectivist movement until her death due to complications of heavy smoking and decades of amphetamine use.

Greg Bover

Thanksgiving Quotes of the Week from Greg Bover

Dear GMG Friends,

I have been thinking about what Thanksgiving means, beyond turkey and football. I looked back through my four plus years of weekly quotes and was a little surprised to find so many that speak about the various facets of gratitude, but perhaps I shouldn’t have been. Wise people over the centuries have recognized the power of thankfulness to transform one’s life, and it certainly has changed mine.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but also the parent of all the others.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
Henry Van Dyke (1852 – 1933)

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

“By holding up a fancied golden era of yesteryear, we can devalue where we are and who we have become. Thanksgiving aims at gratitude not for what was, but for what is.”

James Carroll (1943-    )

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Melody Beattie (1948-    )

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Oprah Winfrey (1954-    )

Greg Bover

Tom Magliozzi Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“Happiness equals reality minus expectations”

Tom Magliozzi (1937-2014)

A native of Cambridge (our fair city) MA, Magliozzi was, with younger brother Ray, host of the NPR call-in show “Car Talk” which started locally on WBUR before going national, first as a weekly segment with Susan Stamberg on Weekend Edition, then in its own right as an hourly program, produced by Doug (The Subway Fugitive) Berman. Although they were auto mechanics and owners of a garage, Tom had an engineering degree from MIT and later an MBA and PhD from Northeastern and Boston Universities. He ran an international consulting business and taught at the university level for many years, but it was his infectious laugh and unbridled silliness for which he is most remembered. The show was recognized with the Peabody Award in 1992, and is widely considered to have changed the nature of public radio.

Greg Bover

Robert Frost Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.”

Robert Frost (1864-1963)


Often cast as the quintessential New England rural poet, Frost was a San Francisco native, who then spent the majority of his youth in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He attended Dartmouth and Harvard Colleges, but graduated from neither, ultimately settling in Derry, New Hampshire, where he wrote many of the poems for which he is most famous including “Mending Wall.”  He taught English at Pinkerton Academy, (my alma mater) and at Middlebury College for many years. Frost’s gift was to be able to take the doings of everyday people and express them in the vernacular while teasing out the deeper meanings that we are often too busy to see. Although he was recognized and honored in his lifetime, winning four Pulitzer prizes, receiving more than forty honorary degrees, and reading “The Gift Outright” at John Kennedy’s inaugural, he was no stranger to grief and depression, losing both his parents at an early age and outliving all but two of his six children.

Greg Bover

Beverly Sills Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”

Beverly Sills (1929-2007)

Born Belle Miriam Silverman in Brooklyn to immigrant parents from Ukraine, Sills won her first singing contest at age three and would go on to win first place on both the Major Bowles Amateur Hour and Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, the American Idol of their day. She broke into opera in the late forties, specializing in the work of Donizetti, Rossini and Massenet, and by 1971 appeared on the cover of Time Magazine as “America’s Queen of the Opera”, despite limiting her career to spend more time at home with her children, both born with disabilities. She retired from singing in 1980, but continued in the public eye, first as director of the New York City Opera, then Chair of Lincoln Center, and finally of the Metropolitan Opera, while simultaneously offering her celebrity to the March of Dimes and other charities. She was the recipient of four honorary doctorates, multiple Emmy and Grammy nominations, and the 1980 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Greg Bover

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