Posts Tagged 'Oliver Wendell Holmes'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/19/20

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I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”   —   O.W. Holmes

(And, finishing up the third quarter of 2020, that is kind of a scary thought.  With the threat of a re-emergence of COVID-19, the rise of these right wing “militias”, our President resurrecting the racist call for “Law and Order” of the late 1960s, and our Attorney General saying that a Biden victory could only happen if the election were “rigged”, and threatening martial law, is right out of Orwell’s “1984”.  How could Barr possibly say something so stupid?  Has he not seen the poll numbers?  Most of the voters are unhappy with the way the current President has been ruining . . . running the country.  And, speaking of George Orwell, does this description of “Animal Farm’s” Napoleon sound like anyone we know?  He is described as “a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar” who is “not much of a talker” and has “a reputation for getting his own way”.  – – – Wikipedia  And, now we’ve even lost Ruth Bader Ginsburg!  With the same Senate that refused to hold a hearing, or vote, on Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court in 2016, for nearly eight months, they now want to rush whoever Trump nominates for the opening before the election this November.  The only direction I am currently seeing us heading is known as backwards!  Our best hope is that our military will not heed Trump’s – potential – call for martial law, and they will uphold the election results.  Only then will we return to a forward direction.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/06/20


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A child’s education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.”   —  O.W. Holmes

(Ollie was the man.  But, exactly how would that work???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/23/19

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Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up.”   —   O. W. Holmes

(I guess some guys don’t seem to have enough faith in their ideas to actuate them.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/12/18

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up.”   —   Oliver Wendell Holmes

(A lot of the great inventors kind of stole other people’s ideas, and made them into realities.  Others bought them – dirt cheap usually – and made great things by modifying them some, and then marketing them better than the person who actually came up with the idea ever could have.  And a lot of companies claim that any employee’s ideas are the company’s intellectual property, if they came up with them while employed there.  Life is not always fair, but that just seems to be the way of the world.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/07/17

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Man is born a predestined idealist, for he is born to act.”   —   Oliver Wendell Holmes

(This was a tough quote for me to decode!  All the vowels were fairly obvious, but BORN threw me for a bit, as did the two long words.  And, I didn’t even see the author’s name until I was nearly half way done!  Kind of strange for me.  Did anyone else struggle to get this one going?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/25/15

English: Daguerreotype portrait of Oliver Wend...

English: Daguerreotype portrait of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. Image courtesy of the Harvard University Library. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.”   —   Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

(When something good is done as a photo op it’s usually a matter of selfishness.  And, when something “bad” is done, because we think no one is watching, it’s usually a sign of personal weakness.  Which is sometimes just a matter of being human.  Be well and do good, friends.  No matter who, or who isn’t, watching.)   —   YUR 

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/25/14

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.”   —   Oliver Wendell Holmes

(This should probably be changed from usually to traditionally.  Nowadays, too many people make it their reason for living . . . to be famous.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/16/14

A backgammon set, with two dice cups and a dou...

A backgammon set, with two dice cups and a doubling cube (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With most men, life is like backgammon:  half skill and half luck.”   —   Oliver Wendell Holmes

(This one was tough getting started!  Once I committed to H being L, K being I and A being E it all started to fall into place.  And then, I realized it was O.W.H., and it was game over!  Kinda like backgammon, I guess.  It’s a great game, that I used to love to play.  It has been a long while though.  I think I had this exact set!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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(Tough) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/11/12

English: Engraving of the poet/professor Dr. O...

English: Engraving of the poet/professor Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.”   —   Oliver Wendell Holmes


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Old Corner Bookstore – Boston (Photo credit: pepsiline)

(Even though “because” was the soul word to end in E, I figured the Q had to be the E, because there are 12 of them.  But, I also thought that the Us and Ps were likely Ts and Ss, and not Os and Ls, so I went through a little trial and error.  For a little while I had AJQT as WHEN, but all of a sudden the first 3 words jumped out at me, and I was off to the races.  Usually I complain when the author name is so obvious, but for some reason it didn’t strike me as obvious today.  The O and the L were a big help in getting the name.  Hopefully, more of you were able to see MEN DO NOT early on, and solved it quickly.  I think it’s a great quote.  You gotta keep playing, guys!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/07/12

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Washington Irving and his Literary Friends at Sunnyside (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

Historic continuity with the past is not a duty, it is only a necessity.”   —   Oliver Wendell Holmes

English: Original title: "The Gambrel-roo...

English: Original title: “The Gambrel-roofed House” Original caption: “Dr. Holmes’s birthplace in Cambridge. Built in 1730; torn down after the death of the Doctor’s mother inn 1862. It was General Ward’s headquarters in the Revolution, and General Warren slept there before the Battle of Bunker Hill.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(In my mind a necessity is greater/more important than a duty, so I don’t quite get Ollie’s use of the word only.  Sure, a duty is an obligation, but there’s still a level of choice involved in carrying out a duty, but a necessity is . . . a necessity!  Certainly, there are consequences to ignoring a duty, but ignoring a necessity – like eating or breathing – leads to a fairly rapid demise.  You wouldn’t think that someone like Oliver Wendell Holmes would use such a snarky tone, to emphasize the point.  To my way of thinking, the quote should be:  Historic continuity with the past is not only a duty, it is a necessity.  Regardless, this quote did make for a challenging cryptoquote.  It would have been a far greater challenge had they made the author less obvious.  Making it O.W. Holmes, or even Oliver W. Holmes, would have made decoding this that much harder.  As it was, the author name was like a key to solving this.  I wish the Cryptoquote people – Rebecca Kornbluh? – would read this blog and wise up!  They need to listen to their uncle!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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