Famous Quotes- Love Quotes

In my wildest dreams, you always play the hero. In my darkest hour of night, you rescue me, you save my life.
— Bliss and Cerney

You’re nothing short of my everything.
— Ralph Block

What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes…
— Elizabeth Barret Browning

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach…
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Take away love, and our earth is a tomb.
— Robert Browning

But to see her was to love her, love but her, and love her forever.
— Robert Burns

Ability

They are able because they think they are able.
–Virgil

John Adams Quotes

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

John Adams (1814)

We Will Never Give Up

There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing
head-on the hard truths and saying, “We will never give
up. We will never capitulate. It might take a long time,
but we will find a way to prevail.

Jim Collins, from his book,
Good to Great

Anita Campbell – Using Spam for Trend Spotting

Using Spam for Trend Spotting

by Anita Campbell

We all despise that tsunami of scheming, silly, self-seeking and sometimes-salacious messages that saturate our email box.  But hold on a minute. Believe it or not, spam can serve as an interesting source for identifying society’s trends and future directions.

Come again?  Yes. By tracking your spam, you can identify certain trends that are weaving their way through today’s society by way of e-mail.  Drugs, or pharmaceuticals, if you want to give them some legitimacy.  Financial investments and schemes – sorry these is no better word for some of these.

Although there are legitimate ways to purchase pharmaceuticals via the Internet, many of the offers we all receive are, shall we say, “less than genuine.” First, there was Viagra and its various iterations. Close behind were the painkillers Vicodin and OxyContin.  A couple of years ago the “herbals” began appearing in my inbox.  First ephedra,  then hoodia.  The most weight you’ll probably lose buying hoodia is in your wallet.

Some spammers don’t want to waste time and effort with an actual product when they can get your cash directly.  Of course, many people have done quite well as online traders.  Some have even gone so far as to quit their “day jobs” and lived to tell about it.

Stock and investment spams are alive and well and seemingly multiplying all the time.  Who would feel sorry for someone who lost money buying a stock that was promoted by way of an unsolicited e-mail?  And then there are those “attractive” mortgage offers, but only if you act immediately. Operators standing by to take your call.

Who can turn down the heart-wrenching plea from those frustrated Nigerians? Everyone, I hope.   They have millions of dollars they need to spirit out of their war-torn country, and out of hundreds of millions of Americans, they picked me to help them.  Whatan honor.

What’s new out there now?  Well, have you noticed the recent surge in the amount of Chinese spam?  The growth in the Chinese Internet is outpacing our domestic usage.  The Institute for the Future has now devoted a blog to it – Virtual China.  An another recent phenomenon is the explosion of fake discounts, coupons, surveys and special offers.  “Confirmation Code – Cheesecake Factory.”  A fine chain of restaurants, to be sure.  But, you don’t really believe that the restaurant is behind those e-mails, do you?

As annoying as spam certainly is, there may be nuggets worth mining in all those e-mails.  Spam as a chronicle of current trends, vices and pop culture?  Stranger things have already happened in the infancy of the 21st Century.

Article printed from Small Business Trends: http//www.smallbiztrends.com
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Anita Campbell is editor of Small Business Trends (smallbiztrends.com), an award-winning web site where she follows trends affecting the small business market. She is also the host of the Small Business Trends Radio (smbtrendwire.com) show.
E-mail: anita@anitacampbell.com

George Washinton Quote- Good Company

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem
your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.

–George Washington

Fame is fleeting … *sigh* Heather Williams – Fame and the Famous

Heather Williams at Consistently Inconsistent  had some comments on Fame and the Famous.

Fame is fleeting… *sigh* 

I like this quote below especially well.

My elation was short-lived as the numbers were re-crunched by some nasty little bot skulking around in the bowels of wordpress.com and suddenly I was off the list. 
– Heather Williams

Many of us have been getting seasick as the roller coaster ride which is the new wordpress.com method of determining what to list on the front page has kicked in.  I like the new method because it lists more sites but it has taken a bit of getting used to and has made it much more important to visit BOTD at least a couple of times per day. 

And this famous quote is from another of her posts:

 Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing.
– from the
National Novel Writing Month FAQ

She can be famous again … If you are a “Stumbler”  here is a Stumbleupon link