I have loathed Twitter long before 45 used it to slip into the Oval Office. That said, I have a Twitter account which I registered so no one else could use my name. I’ve never used it, so please don’t bother “tweeting” me.

How did communication come to this? Now, with little forethought (or for that matter, any thought) people relay their breakfast menu in one message and the next, their condolences for a terrorist attack? I appreciate (I think) the need to share one’s sense of loss when a friend, rock star, or family member passes, but addressing said person in a Tweet, as if they were reading from beyond or above or below (in worst case scenario), belittles the value of life – any life – even the Tweeter’s.

Imagine, in this age of instant everything, taking the time to sit quietly and reflect. Imagine not being boxed into a 140-character format posted for any and all to skim over and perhaps “click” with an instant nod of approval via emoji.

This is not to say that great thoughts can’t be shared in short format, the difference being the thought process.

I’ve listed a few examples that put Twitter to shame. Some are short of the 140 allowance, some are considerably longer, but manage to trigger a concept. I have no doubt that all those quoted below took more than a minute to gather their thoughts.


Four score and seven years ago our fore fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated… that all men… [140] Abraham Lincoln

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. [113] Eleanor Roosevelt

Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth. [134]   Virginia Wolff

Excellence is being able to perform at a high level over and over again. You can hit a half-court shot once. That’s just the luck of the draw. If you consistently do it… that’s excellence. [193] Jay Z

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. [94]  Albert Einstein

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.  [109] John F. Kennedy

I reasoned this in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other. [140]  Harriet Tubman

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.  [129] Georgia O’Keefe

There is nothing more majestic than the determined courage of individuals willing to suffer and sacrifice for their freedom and dignity. [136]  Martin Luther King, Jr.

We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.  [70] Declaration of Independence

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.  [74] Zora Neale Hurston

It’s not tyranny we desire; it’s a just, limited, federal government.  [70]  Alexander Hamilton

We are a people in a quandary about the present. We are a people in search of our future. We are a people in search of a national community.  [139]  Barbara Jordan

I’m being funny, but I’m reminding you of other things. Life is tough. Life is hard. We better laugh; otherwise, we’re going down the tube. [140] Joan Rivers

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. [84] Eleanor Roosevelt

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility…[123] U.S. Constitution

All these people give me hope. Here’s to more thoughtful, literate shared messages of any length in the future. Fingers-crossed.  My 3 Cents. [140] Rebecca Redshaw


















  1. Elizabeth Kelly

    well said by you and by the others. I listened to every word of Comey’s testimony and came away believing that he was telling the truth. For the president to denigrate such a committed, honest citizen is slander in my mind.

  2. Ann Waldron

    this is wonderful, thanks for sharing your “thought process”

  3. Charlotte Watts

    “We are entertaining ourselves to death”.–Bill Moyers, Conversation with Don Shelby, 2016

  4. frances yuhl

    I wish you could send this to that “twitter-patted” man. So well said by you and great thoughts from others whom I doubt would tweet.

  5. Kay Withers

    Thank you for the succinct thoughts that are just under 140 characters!

  6. Karen K

    Thanks for “tweets” of hope.

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