This butterfly is a bilateral gynandromorph: literally half male, half female. My nominee for North Carolina's state insect.
Andrew Allison "Drew" Carey (born May 23, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, Carey eventually gained popularity starring in his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, and serving as host of the U.S. version of the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, both of which aired on ABC.
Carey has appeared in several films, television series, music videos, a made-for-television film, and a computer game. He has hosted the game show The Price Is Right since 2007 on CBS. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)
I have a position of indirect respect and oblique power.
I like to think of my house as nothing more than a glorified console for my television; the ultimate stereo cabinet.
I think that if anyone bothered to take a survey, they would find a sharp decline in atheism during the winters in Cleveland, Ohio.
I wish I could end every rap song I didn't like with a buzzer.
I'm not a good lover, but at least I'm fast.
If frogs could fly... well, we'd still be in this mess, but wouldn't it be neat?
It isn't premarital sex if you have no intention of getting married.
Know what I do when I watch the news now? I turn it off, I get out my bible, I turn to the book of Revelations and just start checking stuff off.
Libertarians are conservatives who still get high.
The difference between Las Vegas and Atlantic City is the difference between getting conned by a beautiful call girl and getting mugged by a crack head.
The only way I'd need a pain reliever to enjoy sex is if all of my fantasies came true at the same time.
There is no such thing as too much fun. People need to know it is okay to tell jokes and be happy.
Vegas is everything that's right with America. You can do whatever you want, 24 hours a day. They've effectively legalized everything there.
You say tomato, I say bourbon and coke.
(May 23 is also the birthday of Margaret Fuller.)
A country that demands moral perfection in its foreign policy will
achieve neither perfection nor security.
Americans used to roar like lions for liberty. Now we bleat like sheep
-Norman Vincent Peale
Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials
shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the
Distrust and caution are the parents of security.
Earthly possessions dazzle our eyes and delude us into thinking that
they can provide security and freedom from anxiety. Yet all the time
they are the very source of all anxiety.
Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage,
how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of
I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any
peace of mind until we are secure in our own soul.
-Margaret Chase Smith
I used to think that one of the great signs of security was the ability
to just walk away.
If your heart is full of fear, you won't seek truth; you'll seek
-William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
In matters of national security emotion is no substitute for
intelligence, nor rigidity for prudence. To act coolly, intelligently
and prudently in perilous circumstances is the test of a man- and also a
-Adlai E. Stevenson II
It is inevitable, that eventually the people will demand absolute
security from the state... And absolute security is absolute slavery.
It is my experience that most claims of national security are part of a
campaign to avoid telling the truth.
Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.
Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true
security to be found.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Only the insecure strive for security.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do
the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no
safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring
adventure, or nothing.
Security is when everything is settled. When nothing can happen to you.
Security is the denial of life.
The confidence and security of a people can be measured by their
attitude toward laxatives.
The key to security is public information.
-Margaret Chase Smith
The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free
is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding
or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies
neither in looking back to what it was, nor forward to what it might be,
but living in the present and accepting it as it is now.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The spiritualist and the politician are magicians, one offering
diversion, the other security, in exchange for a suspension of common
The system, though it may not be perfect in every part, is, upon the
whole, a good one; is the best that the present views and circumstances
of the country will permit; and is such an one as promises every species
of security which a reasonable people can desire.
The thirst for liberty does not seem to be natural to man. Most people
want security in this world, not liberty. Liberty puts them on their
own, and so exposes them to the natural consequences of their congenital
stupidity and incompetence.
The word 'security' is a broad, vague generality whose contours should
not be invoked to abrogate the fundamental law embodied in the First
Amendment. The guarding of military and diplomatic secrets at the
expense of informed representative government provides no real
There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is
willing to risk his fortune.
-J. Paul Getty
There is no inverse relationship between freedom and security. Less of
one does not lead to more of the other. People with no rights are not
safe from terrorist attack.
There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.
There never has been security. No man has ever known what he would meet
around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be
life, and be without flavor.
Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They
seem more afraid of life then of death.
-James F. Byrnes
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid
thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the
folly of the chase.
We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other
reason than that only freedom can make security secure.
We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.
We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
Omar Khayyám (May 18, 1048 – December 4, 1131), was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet, who is widely considered to be one of the most influential scientists of the middle ages. He wrote numerous treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy and astronomy. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)
A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread- and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness-
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!
A Hair perhaps divides the False and True...
Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend...
As far as you can avoid it, do not give grief to anyone. Never inflict your rage on another. If you hope for eternal rest, feel the pain yourself; but don’t hurt others.
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
Dead yesterdays and unborn tomorrows, why fret about it, if today be sweet.
Don't pursue happiness! Life is as short as a sigh. The dust of people that were once famous turn with the reddish clay on the wheel you are looking at. The universe is a fata morgana; life is a dream.
Drink wine and look at the moon and think of all the civilisations the moon has seen passing by.
Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
Each Morn a thousand Roses brings, you say;
Yes, but where leaves the Rose of Yesterday?
I have not asked for life. But I try to accept whatever life brings without surprise. And I shall depart again without having questioned anyone about my strange stay here on earth.
I value the lover's sighs of happiness and I despise the hypocrite mumbling his prayers.
In monasteries, seminaries, retreats and synagogues, they fear hell and seek paradise. Those who know the mysteries of God never let that seed be planted in their souls.
Men talk of heaven, - there is no heaven but here; Men talk of hell, - there is no hell but here; Men of hereafters talk and future lives, - O love, there is no other life - but here.
Poor soul, you will never know anything of real importance. You will not uncover even one of life's secrets. Although all religions promise paradise, take care to create your own paradise here and now on earth.
Realise this: one day your soul will depart from your body and you will be drawn behind the curtain that floats between us and the unknown. While you wait for that moment, be happy, because you don't know where you came from and you don't know where you will be going.
Scholars really have nothing to teach you. But from the soft touch of the eyelashes of a woman you will know all there is to know about happiness.
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.
There was the Door to which I found no Key;
There was the Veil through which I might not see:
Some little talk awhile of Me and Thee
There was- and then no more of Thee and Me.
Today is the time of my youth I drink wine because it is my solace; Do not blame me, although it is bitter it is pleasant, It is bitter because it is my life.
Waste not your Hour, nor in the vain pursuit
Of This and That endeavour and dispute;
Better be jocund with the fruitful Grape
Than sadden after none, or bitter, Fruit.
When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.
When you have planted the rose of Love into your heart your life has not been in vain.
Yesterday This Day's Madness did prepare;
To-morrow's Silence, Triumph, or Despair:
Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why:
Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.
By ceaseless efforts to live the good life we maintain our moral sanity.
Not from without, but from within, flow the divine waters that renew the
Humility is the best evidence of sanity.
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
-Edgar Allan Poe
I had a quick grasp of the secret to sanity- it had become the ability
to hold the maximum of impossible combinations in one's mind.
I hope for peace and sanity- it's the same thing.
Neither conscience nor sanity itself suggests, that the United States
is, or should or could be the global gendarme.
Nothing I read about grief seemed to exactly express the craziness of
it; which was the interesting aspect of it to me- how really tenuous our
Now it is symptomatic of our rusty-beer-can type of sanity that our
culture produces very few magical objects.
Order is the sanity of the mind, the health of the body, the peace of
the city, the security of the state. Like beams in a house or bones to a
body, so is order to all things.
People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens
are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time.
Psychotics are consistently inconsistent. The essence of sanity is to be
Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.
Sanity is a cozy lie.
Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.
Sanity is a small box; insanity is everything.
Sanity is an illusion caused by alcohol deficiency.
Sanity is not truth. Sanity is conformity to what is socially expected.
The one impulse in man which cannot be erased is his impulse toward
freedom, his impulse toward sanity, toward higher levels of attainment
in all of his endeavors.
-L. Ron Hubbard
The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity:
monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine. The belief
that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate
religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the
greatest threat to man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his
salvation, security, and sanity.
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is
suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best
friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
-Rita Mae Brown
There is no insanity so devastating in man's life as utter sanity.
-William Allen White
Work is our sanity, our self-respect, our salvation. The day's work is
the center of everything.
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
-John Quincy Adams
Courage applies when one has a choice.
Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.
Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.
Courage has you say in a defiant spirit you can take everything from me, you could cut me deep, you could render me in shame but you will never ever stop me from loving those who mock me, from loving those that hate me, from loving those who don't forgive me, from loving the cynics, from loving the darkness so much that I myself through my small acts of consistent unyielding love may bring on the light.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other everything to gain.
-Diane de Poitiers
Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.
Courage is being the only one who knows how terrified you are.
Courage is contagious. If a leader shows courage, others get the idea.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
-Rev. Billy Graham
Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
-George S. Patton, Jr.
Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.
Courage is not a virtue of value among other personal values like love or fidelity. It is the foundation that underlies and gives reality to all other virtues and personal values.
Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice in many cases is based on good information.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.
Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.
-Clare Boothe Luce
Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without it we can't practice any other virtue with consistency. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Courage may be virtue, where the daring act is extreme; and extreme fear no vice, when the danger is extreme.
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
-Robert G. Ingersoll
Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919), better known by his pen name L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly known for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost works", 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)
A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.
As a matter of fact, we are none of us above criticism; so let us bear with each other's faults.
Familiarity with any great thing removes our awe of it
I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folk are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.
I believe that dreams- day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing- are likely to lead to the betterment of the world.
I have learned to regard fame as a will-o-the-wisp which, when caught, is not worth the possession; but to please a child is a sweet and lovely thing that warms one's heart and brings its own reward.
I think the world is like a great mirror, and reflects our lives just as we ourselves look upon it.
I thought it would be a good idea to regulate things myself and run the world as it ought to be run; but I gave it up long ago.
Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization.
It is a callous age; we have seen so many marvels that we are ashamed to marvel more; the seven wonders of the world have become seven thousand wonders.
It seems unfortunate that strong people are usually so disagreeable and overbearing that no one cares for them. In fact, to be different from your fellow creatures is always a misfortune.
Never give up. No one knows what's going to happen next.
Never question the truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is filled with wonders.
No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.
Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't you think?
There is no place like home.
To destroy an offender cannot benefit society so much as to redeem him.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.