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The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (In Two Lines or Less) Hardcover – May 11, 1999
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About the Author
John M. Shanahan is a true Renaissance man. He is the creator of the nationally acclaimed reading program Hooked on Phonics, and original syndicator of the number one talk radio show in America. This highly successful entrepreneur is also an accomplished composer, gourmet chef, and collector of antique automobiles and historic documents. John and his wife, Alice, have three grown children Julie, John, and Sean.
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Chapter One Excerpts
Wit makes its own welcome and levels all distinctions. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882
He who is most creative conceals his sources the best. -- Anonymous
We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us. -- Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784
The graveyards are full of indispensable men. -- Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970
To think is to say no. -- Linde Auguste Chartier, 1868-1951
When we ask advice we are usually looking for an accomplice. -- Charles Varlet Marquis de La Grange, 1639-1692
If you don't bring Paris with you, you won't find it there. -- John M. Shanahan, 1939--
Clever liars give details, but the cleverest don't -- Anonymous
The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting. -- Fran Lebowitz, 1950--
Nobody forgets where he buried the hatchet. -- rank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard, 1868-1930
It is a golden rule not to judge men by their opinions but rather by what their opinions make of them. -- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799
Have a care, therefore, where there is more sail than ballast. -- William Penn, 1644-1718
Fortune does not change men; it unmasks them. -- Suzanne Necker, 1739-1794
The wicked are always surprised to find that the good can be clever. -- Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues, 1715-1747
Our years, our debts, and our enemies are always more numerous than we imagine. -- Charles Nodier, 1780-1844
Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him. -- Aldous Leonard Huxley 1894-1963
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. -- Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983
Only dead fish swim with the stream. -- Anonymous
All the people like us are We, and everyone else is They. -- Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936
When the fight begins within himself, a man's worth something. -- Robert Browning, 1812-1889
When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his heart no man much respects himself -- Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens], 1835-1910
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This very well organized book provides quick and easy access when searching for the right "brilliant thought" and there is little time to spare. Shanahan organizes the content around the following categories:
1. The Human Condition
2. Success, Fortune, Failure, and Misfortune
3. Truth, Lies, and Deception
4. Talk, Talk, Talk
5. Passions, Virtues, and Vices
6. It's Only in Your Mind
7. Men, Women, and Relationships
8. Religion, Nature, and God
9. Life's Passages
10. Human Foibles
11. Pursuits - Artistic and Otherwise
12. History and Government
13. Stuff to Think About
The book also comes with a CD that can be used when you want to listen and meditate on some "Brilliant Thoughts." I have used teh book repeatedly. All in all, this is a good purchase that will be used over and over again for years to come.
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