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January 14, 2009

January 15, 2009: Simplicity Is The Utimate Sophistication

I see no point in attempting to parse securities with today's post. Instead, a few quotes are in order to remind you, and me, of important things in life that we may miss from time to time.

The title of post is a quote from Leonardo da Vinci.

Living within one's means is essential for almost all of us. Here are a few quotes to ponder:

"Nature uses as little as possible of anything." - Johannes Keppler

"For all objects and experiences, there is a quantity that has optimum value. Above that quantity, the variable becomes toxic. To fall below that value is to be deprived." - Gregory Bateson

"The point of life is not to slave away for years until age 65 and then say,"Phew,Glad that's over!". Rather it is to make sure that we do not die with music in our ears." - Lance Secretan

"The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you're the pilot." -Michael Altshuler

"I'm not sure people are meant to work full time. Life is more complicated than that. We human beings need time to think, make music, play with kids and dogs, bond with each other and care for friends and family. Those of us with demanding jobs that continually spill over into our personal lives often don't have the time for those things while we work full time." - Carol Ostram

"Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." - Art Buchwald

"Too many people spend money they haven't earned to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." - Will Rogers

"No one can make you feel inferior without your permission." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self." - Hindu proverb

"Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours." -Swedish proverb

"Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length." - Robert Frost

"It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure." - Albert Einstein

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