Kindness Quotes

Kindness Quotes

That best portion of a good person’s life: The little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness.
— William Wadsworth

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
— William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, Act V, Scene 1

Sometimes a kind word seems really small, but fits just right into an empty place in someone’s heart.
— Unknown

Inspiring Quotes

Inspiring Quotes

People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do.
— Unknown

A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
— Benazir Bhutto

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.
— From a 1938 newspaper advertisement for Budweiser Beer | Frequently misattributed to Winston Churchill

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.
Oh yeah.
— From What a Wonderful World written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, first recorded and made famous by Louis Armstrong

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
— Ayn Rand

Listen to the mustn’ts, child.
Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’ts,
the impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves.
Then listen close to me…
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.
— Shel Silverstein

The greatest benefit of being honest is not that others can trust you. It’s that you have the capacity to trust others.
— Unknown

I’m still free. You can’t take the sky from me.
— Sonny Rhodes in The Ballad of Serenity (Firefly theme song)

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
— William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, Act V, Scene

Let everyone know, there is hope for all to find peace.
— Jester Joseph Hairston in Mary’s Boy Child

The opposite of courage is not cowardice, it’s conformity.
— John Perry Barlow

Funny Quotes

Funny Quotes

It is better to stay silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.
— Unknown | Frequently attributed, probably inaccurately, to Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain

If all else fails, hug a dog.
— Unknown

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the “present.”
— Oogway (voiced by Randall Duk Kim) in Kung Fu Panda

Winners never quit and quitters never win. But if the game is rigged, and there is no possibility of winning, and I still won’t quit, I’m just an idiot.
— Unknown

Listen to the mustn’ts, child.
Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’ts,
the impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves.
Then listen close to me…
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.
— Shel Silverstein

Many quotes on the Internet are incorrectly attributed.
— Socrates | Frequently misattributed to Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emmerson, Gandhi, Winston Churchill, and others.

May you be happier than a bird with a french fry.
— Unknown

My life has a superb cast. But I can’t figure out the plot.
— Unknown

I see stupid people. They’re everywhere. Walking around like regular people. The only see what they want to see. They don’t know they’re stupid.
– Apologies to Cole Sear (played by Haley Joel Osment) in The Sixth Sense

If you obey all the rules, you miss half the fun.
— Katharine Hepburn

Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
– George Eliot (1819-1880)

Stay between the rails and out of the jails.
— Amtrak conductor, over the intercom on Thursday morning commute

Oysterman’s Stopper

Oysterman's Stopper

The oysterman’s stopper is considerably bulkier than the much more common figure eight and double overhand stoppers. It is secure unlike the figure eight, and less prone to jam under heavy load than the double overhand. The Oysterman’s stopper has an interesting history. Legendary knot expert Clifford Ashley developed it in trying to duplicate a knot he saw from a distance, on an oyster fishing boat. Having not encountered the knot previously, Ashley assumed it was uniquely used by oystermen. When he had a chance to observe the knot up close at a later time he realized it was just a badly water-swollen figure eight stopper knot. He invented an entirely new knot – by mistake.

69 Knot

69 knot

The 69 knot is more commonly known as the Zeppelin Bend due to the mistaken belief that it was once used to moor airships. It is secure, easily tied, and easily untied. It is tied starting with the end of one rope in the shape of a 6, the other in the shape of a 9. Considered by many knot enthusiasts to be the best general purpose bend, it is somewhat mind boggling that the 69 knot is not widely known.

Alpine Butterfly

Alpine Butterfly

The alpine butterfly is a secure loop in the middle of a length of rope. It is secure when loaded in any direction and does not jam. It can also be tied near the end of a rope as a secure substitute for a bowline. Unlike the bowline, the alpine butterfly will not shake loose when unloaded. It is widely known among climbers but under-appreciated outside of that community. Grog describes a method of tying this knot around the hand. I prefer the twist-twist-tuck method.

Gnat Knot

Gnat Knot

The gnat knot (or gnat hitch) is a secure hitch, serving the same purpose as the buntline hitch. Structurally, it is a marlinspike hitch around the standing line – but tied differently. Unlike the buntline, the gnat resists jamming and thus is usually easy to untie even after being heavily loaded. It is the youngest and least known knot on this list. The gnat knot was first documented in 2012 by Roo in the Notable Knot Index.

Not Known Knots – Introduction

  • 69 Knot
    69 Knot

A few not known knots deserve to be much better known and more widely used:

These knots are relatively easy to tie and untie, and are stronger and/or more secure than knots commonly used for the same purpose. I recommend these knots for general purpose use such as camping. Other than the alpine butterfly, these are not knots for climbing or other use when human safety is at stake. When human safety is an issue, use the proper widely-accepted climbing knot for the purpose.

A few years ago while preparing for a fishing trip with my daughters, I learned the excellent Palomar knot for attaching hook to line. This peaked my interest in knots in general, which I had not explored since many years ago in Boy Scouts. The first thing I learned was that much of what the Boy Scouts taught me was wrong. For example:

  • square knot (or reef knot) should never be used as a bend (i.e. to tie two ropes together);
  • taut-line hitch (or rolling hitch) works much better when the second loop rides over the shoulder of the first; and
  • clove-hitch – while occasionally useful – is not a secure hitch.

As I continued to explore Animated Knots by Grog – a superb resource for knot knowledge – I discovered a few vastly under-praised not known knots. My humble aim here is to sing their praises and hopefully do my tiny part to bring them into wider use.