Gravity is the soul of wt.
John Langdon (1946-) [Wordplay]
I know that this defies the law of gravity,
but, you see, I never studied law.
Fred Astaire epitomizes a person who could defy gravity. My thought
about it was that Fred Astaire could naturally dance on the ceiling.
Stanley Donen, on his direction of the
"Dancing on the Ceiling" scene in "Royal Wedding."
I can't keep from fooling around with our irrefutable certainties.
It is, for example, a pleasure knowingly to mix up two and three
dimensionalities, flat and spatial, and to make fun of gravity."
M. C. Escher (1898-1972)
The other day I was complaining that I had gained a few pounds. I
quipped that I could "feel gravity tugging at me."
My large gray cat, Freddie, overheard my whining and corrected me by
saying "Technically, Scott, gravity doesn't tug on you. Einstein saw
gravity as the bending of space around dense objects."
"Really?" I asked, more to humor him than because I was interested.
Freddie continued, "But I've developed another theory."
"Let's hear it, fuzzy." I said. (He hates it when I call him that.
But I wasn't too keen on being called a dense object, either.)
Freddie then went on to explain how the universe was formed in a big
bang. All matter expanded outward -- as most scientists agree -- but
in addition (and this was Freddie's twist) all matter was rapidly
increasing in size. According to Freddie, nobody notices that
everything is getting bigger because all our measuring devices and
frames of reference are growing at the same rate. The only noticeable
effect of everything growing is the illusion of gravity.
"For example," Freddie continued, "If you leap in the air, at first
the distance between you and the earth increases."
"Duh," I countered.
Freddie ignored my witticism and continued, "But while you're in the
air, the earth gets bigger, and you get bigger, and the distance
between you and the earth decreases. Gravity is just an illusion in
an ever growing universe."
This blew me away. I sat in stunned silence. It was a full minute
before I could talk again.
"Freddie," I said. "Do you realize the enormous economic potential we
"I do," he said, somewhat smugly.
So I sold Freddie to the circus for $500. You don't find a talking
cat that often, and when you do, you don't want to waste it.
Scott Adams - Conversation With Freddie
Dilbert Newsletter 2/96
Just say 'no' [to drugs].
Telling a drug addict to 'just say no' is like telling
a chronic depressive to cheer up.
Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able
to read Latin.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)
I understand by "freedom of spirit" something quite definite -- the
unconditional will to say No, where it is dangerous to say No.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)
I'm just a girl that cain't say "no,"
I'm in a turrible fix;
I always say "Come on, let's go,"
Just when I oughter say "Nix."
When a feller tries to kiss a girl
I know I oughta give his face a smack;
But as soon as someone kisses me
I somehow feel I oughter kiss him back!
Oscar Hammerstein, from "Oklahoma!"
Jenny made her mind up when she was twelve
That into foreign languages she would delve;
But at seventeen to Vassar it was quite a blow
That in twenty-seven languages she couldn't say "no."
"The Saga of Jenny," from _Lost in the Stars_
Keep in mind that you are always saying "no" to
something. If it isn't to the apparent, urgent things
in your life, it is probably to the most fundamental,
highly important things. Even when the urgent is good,
the good can keep you from your best, keep you from
your unique contribution, if you let it.
Stephen R. Covey
1. You Are Different and That's Bad
2. The Boy Who Died From Eating All His Vegetables
3. Dad's New Wife Robert
4. Fun four-letter Words to Know and Share
5. Hammers, Screwdrivers and Scissors: An I-Can-Do-It
6. The Kids' Guide to Hitchhiking
7. Kathy Was So Bad Her Mom Stopped Loving Her
8. Curious George and the High-Voltage Fence
9. All Cats Go to Hell
10. The Little Sissy Who Snitched
11. Some Kittens Can Fly.
12. That's it, I'm Putting You Up for Adoption
13. Grandpa Gets a Casket
14. The Magic World Inside the Abandoned Refrigerator
15. Garfield Gets Feline Leukemia
16. The Pop-Up Book of Human Anatomy
17. Strangers Have the Best Candy
18. Whining, Kicking and Crying to Get Your Way
19. You Were an Accident
20. Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will
21. Pop! Goes The Hamster...And Other Great Microwave
22. The Man in the Moon Is Actually Satan
23. Your Nightmares Are Real
24. Where Would You Like to Be Buried?
25. Eggs, Toilet Paper, and Your School
26. Why Can't Mr. Fork and Ms. Electrical Outlet Be
27. Places Where Mommy and Daddy Hide Neat Things
28. Daddy Drinks Because You Cry