Happy the man,and happy he alone,
He,who can call today his own;
He who,secure within,can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst,for I have lived today.
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Willis Conover's Jazz Hour: The Funeral of Louis Armstrong
This is one broadcast that I wish I had heard live when it was broadcast in 1971. Dad heard it. And he told me about it time and again.
Louis and Willis, you were greats.
But Dad, you were the greatest...at least to me.
Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. ... A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men.