Wisdom Comes Suddenly

Quotes

I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.

Education… has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. – G. M. Trevelyan

When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace. – John Lubbock

Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy. – Janet Long

Some things have to be believed to be seen. – Ralph Hodgson

Only when we have knelt before God, can we stand before men.

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.

Admiration, n: Our polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves

It’s better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

I’d like to have two armies: one for display with lovely guns, tanks,
little soldiers, staffs, distinguished and doddering generals, and dear
little regimental officers who would be deeply concerned over their
general’s bowel movements or their colonel’s piles, an army that would
be shown for a modest fee on every fairground in the country.

The other would be the real one, composed entirely of young enthusiasts
in camouflage uniforms, who would not be put on display, from whom
impossible efforts would be demanded and to whom all sorts of tricks
would be taught. That’s the army in which I should like to fight

Jean Larte Guy,
Soldier and Writer

As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things
you didn’t do. -Zachary Scott

Now I see the garden that I’ve grown is just the same as those outside.
The fences that, erected to protect, simply divide. -Peter Hammill

The journey in between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place. Barbara De Angelis

Politics is a choice of enemas. You’re gonna get it up the ass, no matter
what you do. – George V. Higgins

True love makes the thought of death frequent, easy, without terrors; it
merely becomes the standard of comparison, the price one would pay for
many things. – Stendhal

The cost of living is going up and the chance of living is going down.

To all my loved ones,
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain.
When you awaken in morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night,
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I did not die.

Love doesn’t make the world go round.
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
-F.P. Jones

There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.

Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they? George Carlin

Getting caught is the mother of invention.

That is the saving grace of humor, if you fail no one is laughing at you.

This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.

It is what we learn after we know it all that really counts.

One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn
around to find the future has run out on us. -Michael Cibenko

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. -John
Locke

don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he
ever wanted……he lived happily ever after

we are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams
Willie Wonka

I can only please one person a day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow is not looking good either

It’s just another day in paradise.

We the willing, led by the unknowing,
are doing the impossible for the ungrateful..
We have done so much for so long with so little.
We are now qualified to do anything with nothing

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you
have really lived are the moments when you have done things in a spirit
of love.

Rock journalism: people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.

I always want to do the best that I can with the opportunities that God has
given me. The only way that you can possibly do that is to give yourself
a chance to go as high as you possibly can. If you don’t have the
confidence in yourself and you don’t have the desire to compete and
move ahead, than you start to get stagnant….If I fall a little bit short, then
I’m still farther than if I hadn’t reached at all.
–Don Shula

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.

I understand your problem, but I have no sympathy.

The 12,000,000 listeners know what they want to be told: that America is a
good place, with good people. Never mind the screaming from the basement.

Charmingly neurotic

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we
fail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is essential to be drunk all the time. That’s all: there’s no other
problem. If you do not want to feel the appalling weight of Time which
breaks your shoulders and bends you to the ground, get drunk, and drunk
again. What with? Wine, poetry, or being good, please yourself. But get
drunk. @–>—Charles Baudelaire, 1866

a pocket is no place to hide a smile

I have a message to deliver to the cute people of the world…if you’re
cute, or maybe you’re beautiful…there’s MORE OF US UGLY MOTHERFUCKERS OUT THERE THAN YOU ARE!! So watch out. – zappa

On a personal level, Freaking Out is a process whereby an
individual casts off outmoded and restricting standards of
thinking, dress, and social etiquette in order to express
CREATIVELY his relationship to his immediate environment and
the social structure as a whole. -zappa

Some Scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is
so plentiful, is the basic building block of the
universe. I dispute that. I say there is more
stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic
building block of the universe. -zappa

The more BORING a child is, the more the parents,
when showing off the child, receive adulation for
being GOOD PARENTS — because they have a TAME
CHILD-CREATURE in their house. -zappa

As you journey through life take a minute every now and then to give a thought for the other fellow. He could be plotting something.

Judge your career not by the number of medals and promotions, but by the number of times you’ve stood up for what you believe in.

What luck for rulers that men do not think.
–Adolf Hitler

Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God. -Karl Barth

Men of genius are admired.
Men of wealth are envied.
Men of power are feared,
but only men of character are trusted.

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. William James

It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. -Moliere

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

if you truly love something, let it go, if it comes back it’s yours forever, if not, it was never meant to be. (or: if not, hunt it down and kill it)

No matter how difficult the past, you can always begin again today. Buddha

look around and choose your own ground,
for long you live and high you fly,
and smiles you give and tears you cry,
and all you touch and all you see
is all your life will ever be.
? Pink Floyd

With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back.

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to
time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what
you have. -Doris Mortman

You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all
the time. -Charles F. Kettering

When you can’t have what you want, it’s time to start wanting what you have.

I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith, I have finished the race
The Big Bad V (bakotic)

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish
they are after. -Henry David Thoreau

I understand now, that the vulnerability I’ve always felt is the greatest
strength a person can have. you can’t experience life without feeling life.
what I’ve learned is that being vulnerable to somebody you love is not a
weakness, it’s a strength. sadness, joy, love, wonder — all feelings —
come from a grounded strength that comes from trust in yourself.
we spend so much time trying to control our feelings out of fear that
something may happen, that somebody may not love us, or walk away
and die. it’s only when you stop living in that fear of what other people
might do to you or how they will react, only then are you free to be alive.
–Sandra Bullock (sp?)

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. -John Webster

It is with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel. Horace Walpole

Men may conceal their emotion easily enough, but it is more difficult to hide the fact that they are concealing it – Mid. Parts of Fortune (205)

They had been brought to the last extremity of hope, and yet they put their hands on each other’s shoulders and said with passionate conviction that it would be all right, though they had faith in nothing but in themselves and in each other.

Don’t worry about things that you have no control over, because you have no control over them.
Don’t worry about things that you have control over, because you have control over them.
Mickey Rivers

His lips on hers could tell her better than his stumbling words…

To realize the value of one year: Ask a student who has just failed a final exam
To realize the value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby
To realize the value of one week: Ask the editor of a weekly newspaper
To realize the value of one day: Ask a daily wage laborer who has 10 kids to feed
To realize the value of one hour: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet
To realize the value of one minute: Ask a person who has missed the train, plane or bus
To realize the value of one second: Ask a person

Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.

Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.

In the short term, it would make me happy to go play outside… in the long term, it would make me happier to do well at school and become successful…but in the VERY long term, I know which will make the better memories. Calvin & Hobbes

There must be more to life than sitting wondering if there is more to life.

You need to dance like no one’s watching and love like its never going to hurt.

Keep cool and you command everybody.

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.

You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun.

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved
much; who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent
men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and
accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it,
whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who has
never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who
has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.

Inside each of us are powers so strong, treasures so rich, possibilities so endless, that to command them all to action would change the history of the world…

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials…

You cannot stuff a great life into a small dream…

I’ve learned that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want
them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have

You say my strength gives you courage.
But it’s your courage from which I draw my strength.
You say my smile brings you happiness.
But it’s your happiness that makes me smile.
You say my faith fuels your devotion.
But it’s your devotion that feeds my faith.
You say my energy lifts your spirit.
But it’s your spirit that gives me energy.
You say my love touches your heart.
But it’s because of your heart that I am filled with love.

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.

People say true friends must always hold hands, but true friends don’t need to hold hands because they know the other hand will always be there.

If life is a waste of time,
And time is a waste of life,
Then let’s get wasted together,
And have the time of our lives!

Life moves pretty fast,
If you don’t stop and look around once in a while,
You could miss it!
–Ferris Bueller

Come to the Edge.
We can’t. We are afraid.
Come to the Edge.
We can’t. We will fall.
Come to the Edge.
And they came.
And he pushed them. And they FLEW.
— Applionaire

Life it seems a struggle between what we think and what we see
–Dave Matthews Seek Up

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. – Eisenhower

Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice – George Jackson

What I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death. – Dave Barry

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.

It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not. – Andre Gide

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – MLK

Do or do not, there is no try. – Yoda

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.

Television: Chewing gum for the eyes.

If someone shows you who they really are, believe them – FP

Always behave like a duck – keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath. – Jacob M. Braude

There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes. – Doctor Who

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. – Redd Foxx

Efficiency is intelligent laziness. – David Dunham

An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. – Elbert Green Hubbard

Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Forgive your enemies but don’t forget their names – JFK

Obstacles will look large or small to you according to whether you are large or small – Orison Sweet Marden

The intermediate stage between socialism and capitalism is alcoholism. – Norman Brenner

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal. – H.L. Mencken

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored. – Evelyn Waugh

There are persons so radiant, so genial, so kind, so pleasure bearing,
that you instinctively feel in their presence they do you good; whose
coming into a room is like the bringing of a lamp there. – Henry Ward Beecher

Being with you is like walking on a very clear morning – definitely the
sensation of belonging there. – EB White

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. – George Bernard Shaw

Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared. – Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

The Human Spirit can never be paralyzed. If you are breathing, you can dream. – Michael Brown

Kissing is a means of getting two people so close that they can’t see anything wrong with each other – Rene Yasenek

If things go wrong, don’t go with them – Roger Babson

A lot of people have gone further than they thought because someone else though they could. – Zig Ziglar

At the right time, in the right light, everything is extraordinary. – Aaron Rose

We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh. – Agnes Repplier

In a few minutes a computer can make a mistake so great that it would have taken many men many months to equal it.

The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character. – Isabelle Eberhardt

The more I see
The more I know
The more I know
The less I understand

From the moment I could talk, I was ordered to listen. – Cat Stevens

The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he didn’t exist. – Usual Suspects (and the Twilight Zone)

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. – Gerry Spence

If there ever was a moment when you could take the time to listen to the snowfall or watch a rainbow until it disappeared, could you let yourself be vulnerable? -Stacey Hertlein

When you come to the edge of all the light you have known,
And are about to step out into the darkness,
Faith is knowing one of two things will happen –
There will be something to stand on,
Or you will be taught how to fly. (Anonymous)

sooner or later you start taking yourself seriously.
you know when you need a break.
you know when you need a rest.
you know what to get worked up about and what to get rid of.
and you know when it’s time to take care of yourself, for yourself.
to do something that makes you stronger, faster, more complete.
because you know it’s never too late to have a life.
and never too late to change one
just do it

It’s always darkest
just before you open your eyes.

Men who never get carried away should be. – Malcolm S. Forbes

I Have a Degree in Liberal Arts-Do You Want Fries With That?

Finally 21, and Legally Able to Do Everything I’ve Been Doing Since I Was 15

far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

Before I met my husband, I’d never fallen in love, though I’d stepped in it a few times. – Rita Rudner

There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else. Cyrus H. Curtis:

Half of life is fucking up – the other half is dealing with it.

Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated. – Henry Rollins

Yea–though I walk through the valley of the shadow death, I fear no evil, for I am the meanest mother fucker in the valley.
–Gen. George Patton

It is better to die on my feet than to live a lifetime upon my knees. – Emiliano Zapata

one advantage of being stupid is that you never get lonely.

Conway’s law: In any organization, there will always be one person who knows what is going on. This person should be fired.

Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.
Ralph Charell

Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings–they did it by killing all those who opposed them

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung. –Voltaire

I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. Jerome K. Jerome

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right. Isaac Asimov

Try to relax and enjoy the crisis. Ashleigh Brilliant

I’ve been too f—ing busy, and vice versa. – Dorothy Parker

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. – Oscar Wilde

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth. – Lillian Hellman

We learn from history that we do not learn from history. – Georg Hegel

Accept death like my grandpa when it is your turn; in peace while sleeping… Not screaming and getting hysterical like his passengers

MY OATH TO YOU…
When you are sad,…………..I will dry your tears.
When you are scared,…….I will comfort your fears.
When you are worried,………..I will give you hope.
When you are confused,……….I will help you cope.
And when you are lost,…….And can’t see the light,
I shall be your beacon……..Shining ever so bright.
This is my oath…………….I pledge till the end.
Why you may ask?…………Because you’re my friend.

Marching diverts man’s thoughts. Marching kills thoughts. Marching makes an end of individuality. Marching is the indispensable magic stroke performed in order to accustom people to a mechanical, quasi-ritualistic activity until it becomes second nature.
–Adolf Hitler

I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it. – Ashleigh Brilliant

The most important thing in life is to see to it that you are never beaten. Andre Mairaux

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. -Albert Einstein

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
-¬ Stephen Roberts

Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise. –Adolf Hitler

What we see depends on mainly what we look for. – John Lubbock

In the land of the blind, the man with one eye is king.

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. Frank Leahy

Those who can-do, those who can’t-teach.

Teamwork means never having to take all the blame yourself

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world. Lily Tomlin

When in war, whether one is fighting a cause, nation, or faction, it must be clear from the outset, before hostilities begin, that this is how it will be…I WILL KILL YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER; YOUR BROTHER AND SISTER; YOUR DOGS AND CATS AND HORSES AND CATTLE AND SHEEP AND PIGS. I WILL POISON YOUR WATER AND BURN YOUR HOUSE TO THE GROUND. I WILL CAUSE YOU SO MUCH PERSONAL PAIN AND GRIEF, SORROW AND OUTRAGE, THAT TO A PERSON YOU WILL HAVE BUT TWO CHOICES: SURRENDER OR DIE!!!!!!
-US Navy SEAL Creed

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Number of physicians in the US = 700,000
Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year = 120,000
Accidental deaths per physician = 0.171
Number of Handguns in the US = 84 Million
Number of accidental gun deaths per year (all age groups) = 1,500
Accidental deaths per gun owner = 0.000018
Therefore, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.
Ashley Montague

True love is falling asleep in someone’s arms, and waking up in their dreams.

Five days a week, my body is a temple. The other two, it’s an amusement park.

People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But, people will never forget how you made them feel.

Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. -Groucho Marx

Having sex is like playing bridge. If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand. Unknown

There are only two people you should lie to, your girlfriend and the police. Jack Nicholson

Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

I always turn to the sports page first. They record people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures. Chief Justice Earl Warren

Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals. Except the weasel Homer Simpson

Money will not make you happy, and happy will not make you money. Groucho Marx

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. Leo Tolstoy

If you find yourself going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

We’re lost, but we’re making good time. Yogi Berra

Lord protect me from my friends, I can take care of my enemies.

Life is not a spectator’s sport. Everyone is keeping score, there are no time outs, and the clock is always running.

Action cures fear. Indecision, postponement, on the other hand, fuel fear.
— David J. Schwartz

Remember there’s a big difference between kneeling down and bending over. – Zappa

It’s better to have something to remember than nothing to regret. – Zappa

This is your life. You have the starring role. It is either an Oscar or an obscurity. The choice is yours. -Dr. Chris Berman

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion. Cyril Connolly

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

People sleep peaceably at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf
– George Orwell

Some people are like Slinkies . . . not really good for anything, but you still can’t help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.

Decades of experience unhampered by progress

If its not mandatory, its prohibited

There’s the saying you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. SAC didn’t buy that; they said hold his head underwater and suck on his butt… the water will flow.

The earliest Christian gets eaten by the hungriest lion

You can get away with anything – once

TAC is like a big fan: Stand in front of it: it blows; Stand behind it: it sucks; Stand beside it: it does nothing for you

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. ~ Don Marquis

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.~ Ellen Parr

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
~ Aldous Huxley

You cannot reason a person out of a position he did not reason himself into in the first place.
~Jonathan Swift

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
~ Mark Twain

In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer. ~Albert Camus

Just because a door closes, doesn’t mean that it’s locked. ~Hannah Vlach

We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. ~Lee Iococca

Never mistake motion for action. ~ Ernest Hemingway

I think that’s how Chicago got started. A bunch of people in New York said, ‘Gee, I’m enjoying the crime and the poverty, but it just isn’t cold enough. Let’s go west.’ — Richard Jeni

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. – Robert Louis Stevenson

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading. — Henry Youngman

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
– Robert Frost

When in doubt, use brute force.
– Ken Thompson

For your convenience, we recommend courageous, efficient self-service.
– In a Hong Kong Supermarket

Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.
– Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
Soren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.
– Saint Augustine (354-430)

I’m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.
– e e cummings (1894-1962)

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.
– Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
– Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.
– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The difference between ‘involvement’ and ‘commitment’ is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was ‘involved’ – the pig was ‘committed’.
– unknown

I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right.
– Frederick (II) the Great

Black holes are where God divided by zero.
– Steven Wright

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.
– James Branch Cabell

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.
Carl Sagan

It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one’s doubts.
– G. B. Burgin

If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.
– Mario Andretti

Fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches.
– the Duchess of Windsor, when asked what is the secret of a long and happy life

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.
– Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.
– H. H. Munro (Saki) (1870-1916)

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
Henry Kissinger (1923-)

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
– Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970)

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.
– Robert Orben

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
– Von Clausewitz (1780-1831)

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
– H. M. Warner (1881-1958), founder of Warner Brothers, in 1927

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
– Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), The Prince

Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.
– Voltaire (1694-1778) on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan.

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. – Norman Cousins

Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler -Einstein

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace–but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! March 23, 1775 – Patrick Henry

If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. – Thomas Paine

I have never accepted what many people have kindly said-namely that I inspired the nation. Their will was resolute and remorseless, and as it proved, unconquerable. It fell to me to express it. – Churchill

Dear Pete, Just a short note. Please don’t do anything foolish. Seriously, Pete, please take care of yourself and don’t be a hero. I don’t need a Medal of Honor winner. I need a son. Love, Mom

To be content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony. – W.H Channing (Lori, Christmas 2003)

If you can read this, thank a teacher….
If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.

I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from my most valuable mistakes – Gene Fowler

Never hold your farts in. They travel up your spine, into your brain, and that’s where you get shitty ideas from.

Wisdom comes suddenly – 13 conversations about one thing

As Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) Chairman Warren Buffett wrote:
The most important thing in terms of your circle of competence is not how large the area of it is, but how well you’ve defined the perimeter. If you know where the edges are, you’re way better off than somebody that’s got one that’s five times as large but they get very fuzzy about the edges.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. – Confucius

After months of buying kitty litter, it occurred to me – why don’t we just rip up our money and let the cats shit on it. – greg

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. – Henry James

The distance between genius and insanity is measured only by success. – Bruce Feirstein

I don’t want the cheese, I just want to get out of the trap – Spanish proverb

Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened. – Sir Winston Churchill

Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time leading yourself-your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers. If you don’t understand that you work for your mislabeled ‘subordinates,’ then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny. – Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus, VISA International

There are no short cuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. – John Gardner

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
– Abraham Lincoln

The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. – H.L. Mencken

In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, ‘Make us your slaves, but feed us.’ [Dosteovsky’s ‘Grand Inquisitor’]

The difference between what is right and what is legal is referred to as ethics. (Wall Street Journal Editorial)

In order to make your worst fears come true, all you have to do is… absolutely nothing.

A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see, and hits it. – Proverb

The point of vision and desire are the same. – Wallace Stevens

The end depends upon the beginning. – Finis Argena Pendant

Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge.

Success consists in going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

Sometimes in life we come upon magical moments of failure. These moments are so preposterously foolhardy in their premise, so flawed in their hopefulness, that we can’t help but smirk at the monumental train wreck that is soon to unfold. (Dad – some sitcom in 2004)

When we find inspiration, we need to take action for ourselves and for our communities. Even if it means making a hard choice, or cutting out something and leaving it in your past. -Aron Ralston

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. -Theodore Roosevelt

Dance like it hurts, love like you need the money, and work like people are watching – Scott Adams, Dilbert

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves – Lincoln

A true Leader asks advice, when he has time to think; but he never asks advice in a crisis. He acts. Herbert N. Casson, Tips on Leadership

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from poor judgment – Cousin Woodman

Anyone who becomes master of a city accustomed to freedom and does not destroy it may expect to be destroyed by it; for such a city may always justify rebellion in the name of liberty and its ancient institutions. -Niccolo Machiavelli

AP and UPI reported that the French Government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from run to hide. The only two higher levels in France are surrender and collaborate. The raise was precipitated by the recent fire which destroyed Frances only white flag factory, effectively disabling their military.

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.

penetrating mental discernment (perspicacious)

Trust in Allah – but tie your camel. Arabic saying

Beware the fury of the patient man. -John Deyden

An old fisherman lives here…with the catch of his life!

The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking by cowards. Sir William Francis Butler (WSJ 5/13/2005)

If you can distinguish between good advice and bad advice – you don’t need advice. Bruce Van Roy (Fortune magazine)

It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.
– Father Dennis Edward O’Brian, USMC (often incorrectly attributed to Charles M. Province)

The secret to the perfect marriage? Pick the right one to share the foxhole with, and when you’re out of the foxhole, keep your dick in your pants – Dennis Quade (In Good Company)

IF I could be anyone today, I’d be me (The Momma)

In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.
-Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.

We mention this story because there is an old saying: You can’t cheat an honest man. If you don’t have much experience with the underbelly of life, that comment doesn’t seem to make sense. But it is very true. That is because most swindles rely on the mark’s greed. It is the person who is avaricely trying to get a ludicrously low price or an unrealistic high return who is going to get hustled. Whereas an honest person knows this isn’t right. You don’t get those kind of prices and returns in legitimate business. If someone is offering them, then something is wrong. And yet because of greed, the mark proceeds with the deal.

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
– Winston Churchill

He couldn’t get a clue if he were drenched in clue pheromones, dancing in a clue field in the middle of clue mating season, wearing a clue suit, and shouting, Clooo! Cloooo!

There are three kinds of people in the world. There are wolves and there are sheep. And then there are those who protect the sheep from the wolves….. – Christopher Shields

. . . in the long run the aggregate of decisions of individual businessmen, exercising individual judgment in a free economy, even if often mistaken, is less likely to do harm than the centralized decisions of a government; and certainly the harm is likely to be counteracted faster. — John Cowperthwaite, Hong Kong financial secretary, 1961-1971.

There is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. Hindsight alone is not wisdom. And second-guessing is not a strategy,- George W. Bush

The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality – Dante

***
I wish neither to possess,
Nor to be possessed.
I no longer covet paradise,
More important, I no longer fear hell.

The medicine for my suffering
I had within me from the very beginning,
But I did not take it.
My ailment came from within myself,
But I did not observe it
Until this moment.

Now I see that I will never find the light
Unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel,
Consuming myself.
***

All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you’re not good enough or strong enough or talented enough; they will say you’re the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this. THEY WILL TELL YOU NO, a thousand times no, until all the no’s become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly.
AND YOU WILL TELL THEM YES. – Nike

An intellectual is someone who has found something more interesting than sex. ?Edgar Wallace.

Necessity is not a fact, it’s an interpretation. Friedrich Nietzsche.

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock. – Ben Hecht

Rich is not how much you have, or where you are going, or even what you are; Rich is who you have beside you (Jack Kohler, friend of Michael Podesta)

There are two approaches to executive pay: complain, complain, complain and try to regulate the problem away, or increase good CEO supply. I have little doubt which path we will continue to follow. It is, after all, the path of least resistance, and its repeated failures, as is always true of government regulation, calls forth demand for even more of the same.

Robert Formaini
Economic Writer
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas?(WSJ – 10/23/06)

Governmental impositions and controls are destructive and wrong, as evil and as lacking in virtue as the actions of any dictator. Forget chasing backdated options. Brand the anti-capitalist regulators and lawmakers for what they are: guilty of assault on individual success, freedom and America itself, as it was, still is to some degree and ought to be.
Scott Crosby?Mauldin, S.C. ?(WSJ – 10/23/06)

Do all the good you can by all the means you can in all the ways you can in all the places you can at all the times you can to all the people you can as long as ever you can. John Wesley.

Fear is what keeps you alive but panic is what kills you
– Leo

The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility.
John A. Fisher

The problem with people who believe God takes sides is their tendency to start wars they cannot win unless God takes their side.
-Stratfor discussion group, ‘armag’

You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.
-Ann Lamott, writer (1954 – )

We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts.
-John Dewey

The fight is won or lost far away from witness – behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
-Muhammad Ali

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
-Malcolm Forbes

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what the want and then advise them to it.
-Harry Truman

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
– Gerald Ford

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
-Aristotle

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
-Aldous Huxley

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.
-Herbert Spencer

Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
-Publius Syrus

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
-Elmer Letterman

How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a pole in Egypt
-Harry Truman

It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.
-Sir Winston Churchill

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
-Jimi Hendrix

If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
-Moshe Dayan

If you can give a young person only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.
-Bruce Barton

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
-George Bernard Shaw

Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.
-Eric Hoffer

In spite of warnings, change rarely occurs until the status quo becomes more painful than change.

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half the people are right more than half the time.
-EB White

Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic.
-Jean Sibelius

A computer beat me at chess once, but it was no match for me at kick-boxing.

Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper. It doesn’t solve problem permanently, but it sure makes things acceptable for awhile.

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.
-Japanese Proverb

Winning can be defined as the science of being totally prepared.
-George Allen

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
-George Bernard Shaw

You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.
-Booker T Washington

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.
-Ferdinand Foch

It is not giving children more that spoils them; it is giving them more to avoid confrontation.
-John Gray

Be careful to stand up to your responsibilities as vigorously as you stand up for your rights.

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
-Douglas Adams

Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
-Elbert Hubbard

Forming characters! Whose? Our own or other’s? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
-Elihu Burritt

In nature there are neither rewards or punishments – there are consequences.
-R.G. Ingersoll

Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man that doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.
-The Godfather

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
-Abraham Lincoln

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us: it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
-Nelson Mandela, 1994

God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into their nest.
-P.D. James

Silence, indifference and inaction were Hitler’s principal allies.
– Lord Jakobovits

I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. Of course, this makes me forever ineligible for public office.
– HL Mencken

When young men seek to be like you, when lazy men resent you, when powerful men look over their shoulder at you, when cowardly men plot behind your back, when corrupt men wish you were gone and evil men want you dead. Only then will you have done your share.
– Phil Messina

This is the law:
The purpose of fighting is to win.
There is no possible victory in defense.
The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either.
The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.
– John Steinbeck

God knows, everyone else has to guess.
– My Mother

There are sharks in the water, bears in the woods, and snakes in the grass – watch your step.
– G-Raptor

I do not love the sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, I love only that which they defend.
– Faramir / Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)

the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and traveled by those who knew better.

Experience is what you get instead of getting what you wanted.

Liberty means responsibility, that is why most men dread it.
-George Bernard Shaw

Life is a game played in inches.

It’s not about being right, it’s about doing right.

No one loves a warrior until the enemy is at the front gate

No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future.
– Ian E Wilson, Chairman, GE Corp.

Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back – it simply means you’re two steps ahead.

Sometimes “the majority” only means all the fools are on the same side.

1. Doing something unimportant well does not make it important. 2. Requiring a lot of time does not make a task important.
– Tim Ferriss “The Four Hour Work Week”

Perfection is not when there is not more to add, but no more to take away.
– Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
– George Bernard Shaw

I’m an old man and have know a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.
– Mark Twain

Everything popular is wrong
– Oscar Wilde

I guess you’ll have to ride the short tank to war.
– Mookie Spicoli

There are times when ten thousand people suffer because of the evil of one man. Therefore, in killing one man’s evil you give ten thousand people life. In such ways, truly, the sword that kills one man will be the blade that gives others life.
– Yagyu Munenori

When war does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard.

Open up a can of man, and get in there and do God’s work.
-James Yeager

We’re the land of the free for one reason only: We’re also the home of the brave.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.
– Mark Twain

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.
– Neils Bohr

Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.
– Heinnrich Heine

Many a false step was made by standing still.

There’s no difference between a pessimist who says “oh it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,” and an optimist who says “don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.” Either way, nothing happens.
– Yvon Chouinard

People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don’t realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.
– Calvin

As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you don’t want to stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Luck favors the prepared.

There is a special place in hell reserved for women who don’t help other women.
-Madeline Albright

“All organizations are perfectly aligned to get the results they get.” – Arthur W. Jones

May the neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you.

“Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.. ”
– G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels take thee to thy rest.

John Stumpf, CEO of Wells Fargo, aptly dissected the recent behavior of many lenders: “It is interesting that the industry has invented new ways to lose money when the old ways seemed to work just fine.”

You only learn who has been swimming naked when the tide goes out. – Warren Buffet – 2007 annual report

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
–Marie Curie

“When one rows it is not the rowing which moves the ship: rowing is only a magical ceremony by means of which one compels a demon to move the ship.”
-Nietzsche

“Genius, that power which dazzles mortal eyes, Is oft but Perseverance in disguise.” Henry Austin

Let your life speak

You couldn’t fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine
– Homer Simpson

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.
Thomas H. Huxley
English biologist (1825 – 1895)

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
-Carlos Castaneda (1925-1998), author, philosopher

“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
— William Boetcker

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
— Anais Nin

“There are many people who think they want to be matadors, only to find themselves in the ring with two thousand pounds of bull bearing down on them, and then discover that what they really wanted was to wear tight pants and hear the crowd roar”
— Terry Pearce

The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet every one has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbor.
– Poor Richards Almanac, 1743

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”

To me consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects—the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner “I stand for consensus”? – Margaret Thatcher, 1981

“Denial is a common tactic that substitutes deliberate ignorance for thoughtful planning.”
Charles Tremper