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Friedrich Nietzsche Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

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

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)



Born in the Prussian province of Saxony, Nietzsche showed a particular aptitude for music and language as a young man. His extensive knowledge of Roman and Greek culture led to his appointment as Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel at the age of 24. His later study of the works of Schopenhauer and Ritschl ignited his interest in philosophy and helped him promulgate his own ideas on relativistic truth, the origins of morality, and the failings of Christianity. He had a close relationship with Richard and Cosima Wagner, and with Lou Andreas Salomé, who would later mentor Rilke. Nietzsche’s philosophy included what he called the “death of God” and the individual’s “will to power” which many viewed as dangerously egocentric. His failing health and ultimate early death left his papers in the hands of his younger sister, whose husband was a prominent German Nationalist and anti-Semite. Their reworking of posthumous editions of his philosophy gave them an ugly twist the Nazis later used to justify their amorality.  A master of aphorism, it was Nietzsche who coined the phrase “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” but also “Within every real man is hidden a child who wants to play.”

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Christopher Morley Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead.”

Christopher Morley (1890-1957)

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Morley was the valedictorian of his class at Haverford College and spent three years in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Although sometimes unacknowledged today, he had an enormous effect on American journalism and literature in the first half of the twentieth century, writing over 100 novels, plays, and collections of essays. A great fan of Arthur Conan Doyle; he was a founder of the Baker Street Irregulars and annotated an edition of Doyle’s complete works, while also compiling a similar edition of Shakespeare. He was the editor of the 11th and 12th editions of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, (a book which launched my interest in quotes long before the Internet made them ubiquitous,) and a judge for The Book of the Month Club, which regularly exposed the mass market to works with high aspirations. His last quote, published after his death, reads: “Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.”

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Luis Barragan Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“A garden must combine the mysterious and the poetic with a sense of joy and serenity”

Luis Barragan (1902-1988)

A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Barragan first studied engineering but moved toward architecture after coming under the influence of the French-German writer Ferdinand Bac and Le Corbusier. Best known for his modernist work of simple shapes expressed in bright colors, Barragan rejected functionalism for what he called “emotional architecture.” He was the second person to be awarded the Pritzker Prize (1980). His house and studio in Mexico City are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“It’s not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”

Gabriel Garcia Márquez (1927-2014)

Columbian by birth, Márquez left the study of the law at the National University to take up a career as a journalist, ultimately working for newspapers in both Columbia and Venezuela before beginning to write novels and short stories in mid-life. His 1967 book One Hundred Years of Solitude was an almost immediate success, selling 30 million copies and garnering the 1972 Nobel Prize for Literature. Márquez is credited with launching the Magic Realism genre in which miraculous things happen to ordinary people in ordinary settings. A superstar in Latin American art circles, his leftist politics have often put him at odds with various regimes at the peril of his freedom. Although his fame allowed him to facilitate talks between the Columbian government and M-19 guerillas, his friendship with Fidel Castro and his criticism of US interventionist policies made him persona non grata in the States.

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Mel Rosen Quote of the Week From Greg Bover

April 25, 2014

“I wanted to be a mime but I talked myself out of it.”

Mel Rosen (born circa 1945)

A former IBM programmer, Rosen is one of today’s elite cruciverbalists and has constructed crossword puzzles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other newspapers. His puzzles have appeared in many anthologies and are famous for their understated wit. He is now freelance and much in demand. He wrote The Random House Puzzle Maker’s Handbook, helping to raise public awareness of his arcane profession. An amateur jazz keyboardist, he plays weekly at a restaurant near his Naples, Florida home.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote of the week From Greg Bover

April 18, 2014

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.

It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

It is my daily mood that makes the weather.

I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.

If we treat people as they ought to be,

We help them become what they are capable of becoming.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  (1749-1832)


Often cited as the one of the most brilliant men of his time and the best writer in the German language, Goethe excelled in literature, philosophy and science. Although best known for his seminal poem “Faust,” which tells the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil, Goethe also made significant contributions to the theories of both evolution and the perception of color. He did important work in botany and meteorology while simultaneously heading the Weimar Theatre.  Politically conservative in an age of revolution, he was a principal advisor to the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar.  Goethe’s effect on early Romanticism and Humanism is hard to overstate.   Hesse, Nietzsche, Freud and Jung all cite his influence. His poetry was set to music by Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Schumann, Wagner, and Brahms. The botanical park and the Ducal Palace that Goethe helped to design are today a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Khalil Gibran Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

Khalil Gibran Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

April 11, 2014

“Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.”

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)


Born in Lebanon when it was still a part of the Ottoman Empire, Gibran moved to Boston’s South End as a child, but returned to his native country for later education. He lost his mother, a sister, and a brother in the space of a year when he was still a teenager, and was supported by an older sister. His drawing and painting drew the notice of Fred Holland Day, an avant-garde Boston artist and publisher who introduced him to the staid New England art community, but it was his 1923 collection of inspirational poetic prose, The Prophet, which gained him widespread notoriety.  Never out of print, and rediscovered by the counterculture generation of the 1960’s, he is one of the best-selling poets of all time. Among the many memorials to Gibran around the world one resides in Copley Square.

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Andre Gide Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“Art is the collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.”

André Gide (1869-1951)


A native of Normandy, Gide published his first novel at 22 and went on to write dozens more, as well as plays, essays and autobiographical works, receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947. Much of his writing centers on the search for intellectual honesty in a world constrained by false moralism. Controversy swirled around him almost his entire life, principally for his open attraction to men much younger than himself, and for his marriage to his cousin, never consummated, while siring a daughter with another woman. In his politics Gide seemed to worship Soviet Communism from afar, until he visited Russia in the 1930’s, after which he became its vocal critic. He spent a significant portion of his life in the then French colonies of North and Central Africa and passed the bulk of the Second World War in Tunisia, but ultimately returned to Paris before his death.

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Noel Gallagher Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“And all the roads we have to walk are winding.”

Noel Gallagher (1967-    ) “Wonderwall” (1995)


A Manchester native, Gallagher started in rock as a roadie and technician for the band

Inspiral Carpets, but quickly joined Oasis, originally formed by his brother Liam, as guitarist and songwriter. Leaders of the Britpop movement, which was a less dour alternative to the grunge and metal also popular at the time, the career of the band was marked by the battle between the brothers, and their extreme lifestyle. They enjoyed a marked degree of commercial and artistic success with several top selling records, but the turbulence, and a public fight, led to Noel Gallagher leaving the band in 2009.

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Carl Sandburg Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance.”

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)


An Illinois native, Sandburg left school at thirteen. He worked as a porter, bricklayer, coal heaver, and a farm laborer before briefly entering, but never finishing, college. He began his writing career at the Chicago Daily News and ultimately won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry in 1919 and 1951 and one for his widely read multi-volume biography of Lincoln, in 1940. Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories, for children, and his accessible poetry made him a popular figure in mid-20th century America. It was Sandburg who characterized Chicago as “Hog Butcher for the World …City of Big Shoulders.” His American Songbag, a collection of folksongs, and his Grammy- winning recordings of these songs accompanying himself on solo guitar, did much to advance the folk revival of the 1960’s.

Although often attributed to others, it was Sandburg who said, “Sometime they’ll give a war and no one will come.”

We are still waiting.

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Umberto Eco Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“I think of the postmodern attitude as that of a man who loves a very cultivated woman and knows that he cannot say to her “I love you madly”, because he knows that she knows (and that she knows he knows) that these words have already been written by Barbara Cartland. Still there is a solution. He can say “As Barbara Cartland would put it, I love you madly”. At this point, having avoided false innocence, having said clearly it is no longer possible to talk innocently; he will nevertheless say what he wanted to say to the woman: that he loves her in an age of lost innocence.”  Umberto Eco (1932- )    

Born in the northern Italian town of Alessandria, Eco was educated in the Salesian tradition, (the Society of St. Francis de Sales, founded by Don Bosco) but left the church during his graduate studies, which centered on the work of St. Thomas Aquinas. After a brief career as a cultural editor for Italian national radio, and a lecturer at the University of Turin, Eco began writing full time and gained wide-spread notice for his 1983 novel The Name of the Rose, which blends mystery with biblical analysis and semiotics. It is as a semiotician, one who studies the meaning of signs and non-verbal communication that he is in demand as a visiting professor at such august institutions as Harvard and Indiana University. He is the author of dozens of books on semiotics, medieval philosophy, and anthropology, and famously enjoys a personal library of more than 50,000 volumes.

Melody Beattie Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

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-    )


A St. Paul, Minnesota native, Beattie is best known for her writing on co-dependence, the excessive preoccupation with the needs of another, at the cost of paying attention to one’s own needs. She survived kidnapping at age 4, childhood sexual abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, marriage to an alcoholic, divorce, and the death of one of her own children. She spent three years caring for her mother as she died from Alzheimer’s disease. She has written more than a dozen books on topics including grief, denial, meditation and 12 Step programs.

Daniel Webster Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

“A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.”

Daniel Webster (1782 – 1852)

A New Hampshire native and graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College, Webster, a member of the Whig Party, served New Hampshire in the House of Representatives and Massachusetts in the Senate during the turbulent years leading up to the Civil War. He worked tirelessly to preserve the Union, opposing efforts at secession by New England during the War of 1812, and by the South in the 1840’s and 50’s. Although known best for his fiery and (by today’s standards) flowery oratory in the Senate, he also served as Secretary of State in the Harrison, Tyler, and Fillmore administrations. Among his many accomplishments, it was Webster who filed legislation introducing pre-paid self-adhesive postage stamps in 1847; his portrait has appeared on Postal Service stamps 11 times, more than most presidents.

Pema Chödrön Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

“Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don’t know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don’t know.”

Pema Chödrön (1936 –      )


Born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in New York City, Chödrön attended the elite Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. After two marriages and a career as an elementary school teacher she began studying Buddhism with Lama Chime Rinpoche, becoming a nun in 1974 and a bhiksuni in 1981. She is thought to be the first American woman so ordained. A prolific writer, her books include When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times from which the above quote is taken, as well as the recent How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind. She is the director of the Gampo Abbey on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and spends seven months of the year in solitary retreat.

George Washington Addair, Jr. Quote Of The Week From Greg Bover

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

George Washington Addair, Jr. (1931-2012)

Although he founded the widely admired Omega Vector Foundation in 1978 there is little biographical information available about Addair, ostensibly because he did not want the work of the Phoenix, Arizona-based foundation to be about him, but rather about finding ways to help people discover their potential. Since his passing graduate volunteers continue to lead weekend workshops using the Socratic method to encourage freedom from fear through self-examination. Unlike most similar self-improvement programs the workshops are still being presented free of charge.

Neil Gaiman Quote of The Week from Greg Bover

December 26, 2013

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”


Neil Gaiman (1960-    )

Although English by birth, Gaiman now divides his time between residences in Menomonie, Wisconsin and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He first rose to prominence with his graphic novel series The Sandman, and has continued to produce best sellers in science fiction, fantasy, young adult and children’s genres, including Anansi Boys, Good Omens, and American Gods, as well as screen plays such as “Stardust”, “Neverwhere”, and “Coraline”. He is the winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker Awards and the first writer to have won both the Newbery and Carnegie Medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book. He is married to the controversial musician and performance artist Amanda Palmer, founder of the Dresden Dolls.

Margaret Atwood Quote of the Week From Greg Bover


13 December, 2013

“Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.”

Margaret Atwood  (1939 –     )

Born in Canada to parents engaged in the study of forest entomology, Atwood spent much of her youth in the woods and did not attend school full time until she was a teenager. A voracious reader, she ultimately graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in English and the goal of becoming a writer. She did several years of postgraduate work at Radcliffe and Harvard, but did not finish her dissertation. Her poetry began to receive widespread notice in the 1960’s, but her novel The Handmaid’s Tale (1981) propelled her to celebrity status, winning the Arthur C. Clarke and Governor General’s award, and making her an icon of the feminist movement. Other works of speculative fiction, Oryx and Crake, (2003) and The Blind Assassin (2000) have won her the Booker Prize and the Dan David Prize, as well as a long list of honorary doctorates at prestigious institutions including Smith, Harvard, Oxford and the Sorbonne. Atwood is well regarded in humanist and liberal circles and is a member of the Green Party of Canada.

George Carlin Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

“I put a dollar in a change machine. Nothing changed”

George Carlin (1937-2008)


A five-time Grammy award winner, Carlin’s often dark humor can be heard on 20 albums, in six books, and appears in ten movies. A native New Yorker, he made his name on the Ed Sullivan Shoe and the Tonight Show, first with Jack Paar and later and even more frequently with Johnny Carson, for whom he often substituted as host.  Carlin was the first host of Saturday Night Live. His best known routine was Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television, for which he was arrested and fined on several occasions. Liberal, brilliant, thoughtful and reflective, he took stand-up to a new level while supporting free speech and free thinking. He was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2008.

Max De Pree Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

November 15, 2013

“We cannot become who we want to be by remaining who we are.”

Max De Pree (1924- )

A Michigan native, Max De Pree is the son of D. J. De Pree, who started the very successful Herman Miller furniture company. Max and his brother Hugh ran and expanded the company from the 60’s up into the 90’s. He has written extensively on leadership in both the business and non-profit communities and his Leadership is an Art was a best seller. In the mid 1950’s he commissioned Charles and Ray Eames to design a home in Zeeland, close to corporate headquarters. It remains an icon of modernist architecture and interior design.

Henry David Thoreau Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


Sometimes called the first environmentalist, Thoreau, born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, was mentored by the Transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson and Bronson Alcott, his neighbors. His book Walden, about the two years he spent living in a hut he had built himself on Emerson’s woodlot at Walden Pond, has become a classic of American literature for its introspection blended with natural history. His Civil Disobedience, written as an explanation of his non-payment of taxes as a protest against the Mexican-American war, is still influential, and his books on his journeys to Maine, Canada and Cape Cod go much deeper than mere travelogues. Thoreau is also credited with the invention of raisin bread.

Jay DiPrima will read from Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience at seven o’clock next Thursday evening at the Sawyer Free Library as part of the Gloucester Lyceum Series.

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