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2.21.04 Short List

Transom.org is inviting radio producers to submit "Short Lists." The idea is to recite a list for about a minute, then -- at the end -- say what the list was. The prototypes were done by Monika Mueller. I had a great idea about a list of all the modern contraptions I needed to take with me to go for a walk in the woods, but when I sat down to list them, all I could think of was my cell phone and mp3 player.

Last night I had the idea to do something like the following:

Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I'll tell you a story [F. Scott Fitzgerald]

This is the true joy in life... being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. [George Bernard Shaw]

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. [Mark Twain]

I prefer an accommodating vice to an obstinate virtue. [Moliere]

He's had such good luck for so long that he's come to have delusions of competence. [Garrison Keillor]

"Lady, a man is divided into two parts, body & spirit -- body and spirit," he repeated. "The body, lady, is like a house. It don't go anywhere; but the spirit, lady, is like the automobile: always on the move, always..." [unattributed]

I do regret that I have spent too much of my life trying to find what I called "truth," trying to make what I called "sense." I never knew what I meant by truth, never made the sense I hoped. All I mean is that I left too much of me unfinished because I wasted too much time. [Lillian Hellman]

All right, then, I'll go to hell. [Mark Twain]

Carpe diem [Horace]

Quotations scribbled into a notebook when I was young.

Hmmm... maybe, maybe not. I'll let you know.

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