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 April 22

1724 … Immanuel Kant born

1950 … Peter Frampton born


“Enlightenment is man’s leaving his self-caused immaturity. Immaturity is the incapacity to use one’s intelligence without the guidance of another. Such immaturity is self-caused if it is not caused by lack of intelligence, but by lack of determination and courage to use one’s intelligence without being guided by another. Sapere Aude! Have the courage to use your own intelligence! is therefore the motto of the enlightenment.”

Immanuel Kant
 ~ Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason


“You never give up, because you just never know what will happen.”

frampton ~Peter Frampton

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 March 23

1900 … Erich Fromm born

“Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. ‘Patriotism’ is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by ‘patriotism’ I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one’s own nation, which is the concern with the nation’s spiritual as much as with its material welfare … never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one’s country which is not part of one’s love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.”

  ~ Erich Fromm, The Sane Society

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March 14

~ 1879 ~

Albert Einstein is born in Ulm, Germany.

Einstein’s Puzzle: … Who keeps fish?

Variations of this riddle appear on the net from time to time. It is sometimes attributed to Albert Einstein and it is claimed that 98% of the people are incapable of solving it. Some commentators suggest that Einstein created such puzzles not to test out intelligence but to get rid of all the students who wanted him as an advisor. It is not likely that there is any truth to these stories. Whereever this comes from, it is a nice riddle.

Let us assume that there are five houses of different colors next to each other on the same road. In each house lives a man of a different nationality. Every man has his favorite drink, his favorite brand of cigarettes, and keeps pets of a particular kind.

  • The Englishman lives in the red house.
  • The Swede keeps dogs.
  • The Dane drinks tea.
  • The green house is just to the left of the white one.
  • The owner of the green house drinks coffee.
  • The Pall Mall smoker keeps birds.
  • The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhills.
  • The man in the center house drinks milk.
  • The Norwegian lives in the first house.
  • The Blend smoker has a neighbor who keeps cats.
  • The man who smokes Blue Masters drinks bier.
  • The man who keeps horses lives next to the Dunhill smoker.
  • The German smokes Prince.
  • The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
  • The Blend smoker has a neighbor who drinks water.

The question to be answered is:  Who keeps fish?


“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.”

~ Albert Einstein

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        March 8

Happy International Women’s Day


   “A promise is a promise:

    Time for action to end violence against women.”

          ~ Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary-General

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March 7 … Death of Aquinas

“Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.”


aquinas  ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas

      (1225 ~ March 7, 1274)


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This Date in History: . . . March 6

Ayn Rand (d. March 6, 1982)

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”

  ~ Ayn Rand

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“Forget you not our Mother Earth: she to whose Breast we are both bound fast; she whose Hair glows deepest azure when turned to face the Sun; she from whom we all are born and into whom we must all return. She is a powerful Maiden, but she loves us not. And in Wait for the Word of none does she ever stay her Hand. She rotates and revolves; and while she does, she creates and destroys without a Care. Now, tell me your Story. You have my unfettered Attention.”

   ~ Querolus, The Goddess & The Devil, Act I, Scene 1, Ch. I [The Prisoner]

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“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence”

Aristotle (bust)  Aristotle (384–322 B.C.E.)

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 82)

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