Quotes of the day: Desmond Tutu

Published Tuesday, October 06, 2015 @ 3:10 PM EDT
Oct 06 2015

Desmond Mpilo Tutu (b October 7, 1931) is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa). Tutu's admirers see him as a man who since the demise of apartheid has been active in the defense of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, the imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, homophobia and transphobia. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.

Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.

Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.

Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

Forgiveness is an absolute necessity for continued human existence.

Freedom and liberty lose out by default because good people are not vigilant.

Fundamental rights belong to the human being just because you are a human being.

Good is stronger than evil; love is stronger than hate; light is stronger than darkness; life is stronger than death.

History, like beauty, depends largely on the beholder.

I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.

I will never tell anyone to pick up a gun. But I will pray for the man who picks up a gun, pray that he will be less cruel than he might otherwise have been....

I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this. I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place. I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level.

If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn't worship that God.

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

It is for real that injustice and oppression will not have the last word. There was a time when Hitler looked like he was going to vanquish all of Europe, and where is he now?

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

Resentment and anger are bad for your blood pressure and your digestion.

Sometimes you want to whisper in God's ear, 'God, we know you are in charge, but why don't you make it slightly more obvious?'

There are different kinds of justice. Retributive justice is largely Western. The African understanding is far more restorative- not so much to punish as to redress or restore a balance that has been knocked askew.

We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.

We who advocate peace are becoming an irrelevance when we speak peace. The government speaks rubber bullets, live bullets, tear gas, police dogs, detention, and death.

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.

Without forgiveness, there's no future.

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.


(October 7 is also the birthday of Tim Minchin.)

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Quotes of the day: Anwar El Sadat

Published Monday, October 05, 2015 @ 4:15 PM EDT
Oct 05 2015

Muhammad Anwar El Sadat (December 25, 1918 – October 6, 1981) was the third President of Egypt, serving from 15 October 1970 until his assassination by fundamentalist army officers on 6 October 1981. Sadat was a senior member of the Free Officers who overthrew King Farouk in the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, and a close confidant of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, under whom he served as Vice President twice and whom he succeeded as President in 1970. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual - and the soul of a people.

He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.

I believe that for peace a man may, even should, do everything in his power. Nothing in this world could rank higher than peace.

I do not care for socially recognizable success. I only value that success which I can feel within me, which satisfies me, and which basically stems from self-knowledge.

I was brought up to believe that how I saw myself was more important than how others saw me.

If human values were relative, all laws-whether those based on revealed religions or those devised by man-would become meaningless.

If you don't have the power to change yourself, then nothing will change around you.

Land is immortal, for it harbors the mysteries of creation.

Most people seek after what they do not possess and are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire.

No man can be honest with others unless he is true to himself.

Peace is much more precious than a piece of land... let there be no more wars.

Real success is success with self. It's not in having things, but in having mastery, having victory over self.

Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution.

Suffering crystallizes a soul's intrinsic strength; for it is through suffering that a man of mettle can come into his own, and fathom his own depths.

There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones.

There is no happiness for people at the expense of other people.

To be gripped by fear is, I believe, the most degrading of all emotions for a human being. In fear personality disintegrates, the human will is paralyzed, and man acts as an automaton.

Two places in this world make it impossible for a man to escape from himself: a battlefield and a prison cell.


(October 6 is also the birthday of Thor Heyerdahl and Shana Alexander.)

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Quotes of the day: Bart Ehrman

Published Sunday, October 04, 2015 @ 2:13 PM EDT
Oct 04 2015

Bart D. Ehrman (b. October 5, 1955) is an American New Testament scholar, currently the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a leading scholar in his field, having written and edited over 25 books, including three college textbooks, and has also achieved acclaim at the popular level, authoring five New York Times bestsellers. Ehrman's work focuses on textual criticism of the New Testament, the historical Jesus, and the development of early Christianity. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A fundamentalist is no fun, too much damn, and not enough mental.

Faith is not historical knowledge, and historical knowledge is not faith.

For most people, the Bible is a non-problematic book. What people don't realize is that they're reading translations of texts, and we don't have the originals.

Henotheism is the view that there are other gods, but there is only one God who is to be worshipped. The Ten Commandments express a henotheistic view, as does the majority of the Hebrew Bible.

If Jesus had not been declared to be God, his followers would have remained a sect within Judaism.

Jesus was a first-century Jew, and when we try to make him into a twenty-first century American we distort everything he was and everything he stood for.

One of the most amazing and perplexing features of mainstream Christianity is that seminarians who learn the historical-critical method in their Bible classes appear to forget all about it when it comes time for them to be pastors.

Orthodoxy is my doxy and heterodoxy is your doxy.

Precisely those conservative evangelical scholars who claim that mass hallucinations don't happen are the ones who deny that the Blessed Virgin Mary has appeared to hundreds or thousands of people at once, even though we have modern, verified eyewitness testimony that she has.

Scholars sometimes use technical terms for no good reason, other than the fact that they are the technical terms scholars use.

The problem then with Jesus is that he cannot be removed from his time and transplanted into our own without simply creating him anew.

The search for truth takes you where the evidence leads you, even if, at first, you don't want to go there.

There are few things more dangerous than inbred religious certainty.

What you can control are your attitudes about the things in your life. And so it is your inner self, your attitudes, that you should be concerned about.

You can't believe something just because someone else desperately wants you to.


(October 5 is also the birthday of Denis Diderot and Neil deGrasse Tyson.)

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Quotes of the day: Janis Joplin

Published Saturday, October 03, 2015 @ 10:36 PM EDT
Oct 03 2015

Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was a US singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic/acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her own backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. Her first ever large scale public performance was at the Monterey Pop Festival; this led her to becoming very popular and one of the major attractions at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Joplin charted five singles; other popular songs include: "Down on Me"; "Summertime"; "Piece of My Heart"; "Ball 'n' Chain"; "Maybe"; "To Love Somebody"; "Kozmic Blues"; "Work Me, Lord"; "Cry Baby"; "Mercedes Benz"; and her only number one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee". (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.

If I hold back, I'm no good. I'm no good. I'd rather be good sometimes, than holding back all the time.

On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.

Rock on out.

Tomorrow never happens. It’s all the same f***ing day, man.

You are what you settle for.

You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.

You got to get it while you can.

You know why we're stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don't let themselves feel things.


(October 14 is also the birthday of Rutherford B. Hayes, Damon Runyan, and Jackie Collins.)

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Quotes of the day: John Perry Barlow

Published Friday, October 02, 2015 @ 5:44 PM EDT
Oct 02 2015

John Perry Barlow (b. October 3, 1947) is an American poet and essayist, a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, and a cyberlibertarian political activist who has been associated with both the Democratic and Republican parties. He is also a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead and a founding member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Freedom of the Press Foundation. Since May 1998, he has been a Fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He has been identified by Time magazine as one of the "School of Rock: 10 Supersmart Musicians". (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Any powerful technology has sauce for the goose and the gander... It's just an extension of humanity.

But generally speaking, I felt to engage in the political process was to sully oneself to such a degree that whatever came out wasn't worth the trouble put in.

But groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having.

Google, Amazon, Apple. Any number of cloud providers and computer service providers who can increasingly limit your access to your own information, control all your processing, take away your data if they want to, and observe everything you do; in a way, that does give them some leverage over your own life.

How thin can I spread myself before I'm no longer 'there'?

I had always thought that the idea of love at first sight was one of those things invented by lady novelists from the South with three names.

I have yet to hear anyone say something that seemed likely to mitigate the idiocy of this age.

I look forward to the day when I can be Republican again.

I personally think intellectual property is an oxymoron. Physical objects have a completely different natural economy than intellectual goods. It's a tricky thing to try to own something that remains in your possession even after you give it to many others.

I think that humor is part of what saves us from despair.

I think the 'counterculture' believes that there are ways to manage being the world's most powerful country that involve creation of consensus- ruling by virtuous example rather than by force of arms.

I'm still strongly opposed to antismoking laws, strongly opposed to any law that regulates personal behavior.

If all ideas have to be bought, then you have an intellectually regressive system that will assure you have a highly knowledgeable elite and an ignorant mass.

If you have the 'Total Information Awareness' project working, it might be relatively easy to find everyone who had bought more than a ton of fertilizer and 500 gallons of diesel in the last year, which would be a great way of spotting potential Tim McVeighs- but it would also spot half the farmers and ranchers in America.

In Cyberspace, the First Amendment is a local ordinance.

Incompetence is a double-edged banana.

It's widely assumed that you can't compete with free, and that seems like a reasonable thing to think. But this has not been my experience.

Most libertarians are worried about government but not worried about business. I think we need to be worrying about business in exactly the same way we are worrying about government.

Most scientific revelations happened after the pursuit of knowledge quit being secret and hermetic.

Our universities are so determined to impose tolerance that they'll expel you for saying what you think and never notice the irony.

Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.

So I'm just waiting until one party or the other actually gets a moral compass and a backbone.

The 'Total Information Awareness' project is truly diabolical- mostly because of the legal changes which have made it possible in the first place. As a consequence of the Patriot Act, government now has access to all sorts of private and commercial databases that were previously off limits.

The government targets 'Anonymous' for the same reason it targets al-Qaida- because they're the enemy.

The Internet amplifies power in all respects. It can grossly exaggerate the power of the individual.

The Internet is the most liberating tool for humanity ever invented, and also the best for surveillance. It's not one or the other. It's both.

The Internet may well disempower the nation state, but at the same time, it also strengthens certain specific state functions- like surveillance. As a political entity, it doesn't empower the nation sate. It creates the availability of much more data than the digestive system of the nation state could possibly assimilate.

The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it.

The one thing that I know government is good for is countervailing against monopoly. It's not great at that either, but it's the only force I know that is fairly reliable.

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.


(October 3 is also the birthday of Gore Vidal and Thomas Wolfe.)

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Satire as truth

Published Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 11:35 PM EDT
Oct 01 2015

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(October 2 is the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi, Groucho Marx, and Graham Greene.)

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We are free to do whatever we can afford- or, not much.

Published Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ 5:50 PM EDT
Sep 30 2015

"Churlish," by Ed from Gin and Tacos. The best explanation for the attitudes in this county.

Over a decade ago I sat in a lecture hall and listened to a visiting scholar of English history talk about the end of Roman rule in Britain and the remarkable – it may be fair to say incomprehensible – speed and comprehensiveness with which a previously undistinguished group of people called the Saxons became the cultural hegemon of what is today the United Kingdom. As this is a topic about which I knew (and know) next to nothing I was an easy mark; impressing me was like sinking a half-inch putt. I'm forever indebted to that person whose name I have completely forgotten, though, for giving me one of my favorite examples / metaphors / anecdotes for explaining what is wrong, and I mean what is really, fundamentally wrong, with the way people in the United States view politics and their rights as citizens today: the Churl.

Aside from being the root of names like Charles and its Germanic cousin Carl, we know "churl" as the root of the regrettably rare adjective "churlish," or "rude in a surly, mean spirited way." This seems unnecessary until you realize that rudeness does not automatically imply the latter part, and in fact a good deal of rudeness is cloaked in politeness or ignorance. But I digress. The word "churl" as a noun is still used by some English speakers of a more antiquated bent to refer to a mean spirited person. Its archaic meaning, though, is for a person of low class. Specifically, in early Saxon England the churls were the lowest class of free people, which is to say they were not nobles nor royalty nor clergy, but nor were they serfs. They were essentially peasants; poor, but with the social and practical advantage of not being bound to a manor as serfs were. They were, in words used by the Mystery Lecturer that I will never forget, "possessing the freedom of the upper classes but without the economic means to take advantage of it." They could go wherever they wanted to and do whatever pleased them, in other words, if only they had any money. Alas, they didn't. So all that freedom was for naught, except inasmuch as it permitted them to look at serfs as their inferiors.

This is such a perfect analogy for the state in which the majority – and I do mean the overwhelming majority – of Americans find themselves today that I can hardly believe I was lucky enough to stumble across it. The great masses of Americans cling so desperately to their own imagined versions of things like freedom of religion and right to bear arms because those are the only freedoms they can claim without deceiving themselves to have. If those are taken away they would be forced to recognize how truly un-free in any useful sense they are. If people are unable to find work that pays a sufficient amount to cover life's necessities and to live in a manner and place of their choosing, then all of their many intangible rights and freedoms guaranteed by law provide only a superficial – important, but superficial nonetheless – freedom. We are free, in short, to do whatever we can afford, which, in the majority of cases, is to say "Not much."

A few weeks ago I posted about one of the last major manufacturers – Mitsubishi Motors – in the area closing operations in Central Illinois. Last week the colossus of the non-Chicago part of the Illinois economy, Caterpillar, announced that it is laying off 10,000 workers. Ten thousand. The vast majority of those figure to be in Peoria, Caterpillar's already cripplingly depressed, moribund, and crumbling home base. Without going deep into the intricacies of local politics, Caterpillar, along with a few hospitals and one small university, is the only place one can work in this city and hope to make what has traditionally been considered middle class income. In Peoria one is either unemployed, in the low wage service industry, paid to care for the large, old, dying population, or working for Cat and its associated suppliers. There is nothing else here. The people laid off by Cat are not going to find comparable jobs here. Their choices will be to stay here and accept a job hovering precariously above the minimum wage, probably serving food, stocking store shelves, or manning a cash register, or to move to a state devoid of labor laws and accept manufacturing work at a vastly lower wage.

If those were my options, I would be working overtime mentally to conceive of some way I could define myself as free too. Without implying that the government owes everyone a job of their choosing in the exact location of their choosing, it's fair to say that if you can't find work that pays enough to live a life that gives you real choices and options then you are free only in the sense that you are not imprisoned (although there will be plenty of that as well) and nobody can tell you how many Jesus fish and Rush Limbaugh bumper stickers you can put on your car, nor how many expensive guns you can hoard in your meager home that you struggle to afford. Americans obsess over those largely symbolic freedoms, the threats to which exist only in their own imaginations, because even though we dare not admit it we understand that many of us lack anything better. Like denials of alcoholism are often directly proportional to the probability that one is indeed an alcoholic, the extent to which any people are truly free when they go to such comical excesses with such regularity to declare how free they are is to be evaluated with skepticism. By silent consensus this country has chosen "Fake it 'til you make it" as a coping mechanism in the face of stagnant or declining incomes and a constantly shrinking selection of choices and opportunities beyond at-will, low paid employment at The Company's pleasure. We have a country in which you can buy as many guns as you want but can't count on having a job beyond the end of business today. We can refuse to bake cakes for gay people but we can't decide where and how we want to live. Freedoms are not all created equal, and we content ourselves with the ones that do us the least good.

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Quotes of the day: Barry Commoner

Published Tuesday, September 29, 2015 @ 3:08 PM EDT
Sep 29 2015

Barry Commoner (May 28, 1917 – September 30, 2012) was an American biologist, college professor, and politician. He was a leading ecologist and among the founders of the modern environmental movement. He ran for president of the United States in the 1980 U.S. presidential election on the Citizens Party ticket. He served as editor of Science Illustrated magazine. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


After all, despite the economic advantage to firms that employed child labor, it was in the social interest, as a national policy, to abolish it- removing that advantage for all firms.

All of the clean technologies are known, it's a question of simply applying them.

As the earth spins through space, a view from above the North Pole would encompass most of the wealth of the world- most of its food, productive machines, doctors, engineers and teachers. A view from the opposite pole would encompass most of the world's poor.

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.

Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.

Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.

Environmental quality was drastically improved while economic activity grew by the simple expedient of removing lead from gasoline- which prevented it from entering the environment.

I don't believe in environmentalism as the solution to anything. What I believe is that environmentalism illuminates the things that need to be done to solve all of the problems together.

I see no reason to have my shirts ironed. It's irrational.

If you ask what you are going to do about global warming, the only rational answer is to change the way in which we do transportation, energy production, agriculture and a good deal of manufacturing. The problem originates in human activity in the form of the production of goods.

If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way.

In every case, the environmental hazards were made known only by independent scientists, who were often bitterly opposed by the corporations responsible for the hazards.

It reflects a prevailing myth that production technology is no more amenable to human judgment or social interests than the laws of thermodynamics, atomic structure or biological inheritance.

Nature knows best.

No action is without its side effects.

Nothing ever goes away.

Seen that way, the wholesale transformation of production technologies that is mandated by pollution prevention creates a new surge of economic development.

The age of innocent faith in science and technology may be over.

The environmental crisis arises from a fundamental fault: our systems of production- in industry, agriculture, energy and transportation- essential as they are, make people sick and die.

The environmental crisis is a global problem, and only global action will resolve it.

The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.

The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago, during and immediately after World War II.

The most meaningful engine of change, powerful enough to confront corporate power, may be not so much environmental quality, as the economic development and growth associated with the effort to improve it.

The wave of new productive enterprises would provide opportunities to remedy the unjust distribution of environmental hazards among economic classes and racial and ethnic communities.

What is new is that environmentalism intensely illuminates the need to confront the corporate domain at its most powerful and guarded point- the exclusive right to govern the systems of production.


(September 30 is also the birthday of Truman Capote and Elie Wiesel.)

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Quotes of the day: Enrico Fermi

Published Monday, September 28, 2015 @ 3:15 PM EDT
Sep 28 2015

Enrico Fermi (September 29, 1901 – November 28, 1954) was an Italian physicist, who is credited with the creation of the first nuclear reactor, the Chicago Pile-1. He made significant contributions to the development of quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical mechanics. He is one of the men referred to as the "father of the atomic bomb". Fermi held several patents related to the use of nuclear power, and was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity by neutron bombardment and the discovery of transuranic elements. He was widely regarded as one of the very few physicists to excel both theoretically and experimentally. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A miracle is anything with a probability of less than 20%.

Before I came here, I was confused about this subject. Having listened to your lecture, I am still confused- but on a higher level.

Crime is the anti-social form of the struggle for existence.

If I could remember the names of all these particles, I'd be a botanist.

Ignorance is never better than knowledge.

It is clear that the use of such a weapon cannot be justified on any ethical ground which gives a human being a certain individuality and dignity even if he happens to be a resident of an enemy country.

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward.

Never underestimate the joy people derive from hearing something they already know.

Once basic knowledge is acquired, any attempt at preventing its fruition would be as futile as hoping to stop the earth from revolving around the sun.

Such a weapon goes far beyond any military objective and enters the range of very great natural catastrophes. By its very nature it cannot be confined to a military objective but becomes a weapon which in practical effect is almost one of genocide.

There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.

Whatever Nature has in store for mankind, unpleasant as it may be, men must accept, for ignorance is never better than knowledge.


(September 29 is also the birthday of Miguel de Cervantes.)

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45 Best Ways

Published Sunday, September 27, 2015 @ 12:03 PM EDT
Sep 27 2015

Being a nerd, which is to say going too far and caring too much about a subject, is the best way to make friends I know.
-Sarah Vowell

Even those who fancy themselves the most progressive will fight against other kinds of progress, for each of us is convinced that our way is the best way.
-Louis L'Amour

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

I think I have learned that the best way to lift one's self up is to help someone else.
-Booker T. Washington

It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
-Benjamin Disraeli

It is deplorable that many people think that the best way to improve the world is to forbid something. However, they're morally more advanced than the people who think the best way to improve the world is to kill somebody.
-John McCarthy

It is my experience that the best way to deal with American politics is 50 milligrams of Zoloft 3 times a day.
-Will Durst

My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Often the best way to win is to forget to keep score.
- Marianne Espinosa Murphy

One of the best ways to achieve justice is to expose injustice.
-Julian Assange

One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence.
- Charles Austin Beard

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
-Steve Jobs

Sometimes the best way to convince someone he is wrong is to let him have his own way.
-Hugh Roe O'Donnell

Sometimes the best way to forgive is to let the other person forget.
-Robert Brault

Sometimes the best way to learn something is by doing it wrong and looking at what you did.
-Neil Gaiman

The best way is always the simplest. The attics of the world are cluttered up with complicated failures.
-Henry Ford

The best way of forgetting how you think you feel is to concentrate on what you know you know.
-Mary Stewart

The best way out is always through.
-Robert Frost

The best way that a man could test his readiness to encounter the common variety of mankind would be to climb down a chimney into any house at random, and get on as well as possible with the people inside. And that is essentially what each one of us did on the day that he was born.
-C.S. Lewis

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, 'I've got responsibilities.'
-Richard Bach

The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.
-Gene Fowler

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
-Benjamin Disraeli

The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.
-Alan Saporta

The best way to find out if you have any friends is to go broke. The ones that hang on longest are your friends. I don't mean the ones that hang on forever. There aren't any of those.
-Raymond Chandler

The best way to get even is to forget.

The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it's to post the wrong answer.
-Ward Cunningham

The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of their tires.
- Dorothy Parker

The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

The best way to learn to be an honest, responsible adult is to live with adults who act honestly and responsibly.
-Claudia Jewett Jarrett

The best way to live is by not knowing what will happen to you at the end of the day.
-Donald Barthelme

The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
- Oscar Wilde

The best way to make money in business is not to think too much about making it.
-Henry Ford

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
- Paul Valery

The best way to mend a broken heart is time and girlfriends.
-Gwyneth Paltrow

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Really smart people with reasonable funding can do just about anything that doesn't violate too many of Newton's Laws.
-Alan Kay

The best way to rob a bank is to own one.
-William Crawford

The best way to spoil a good story is by sticking to the facts.
-Evan Esar

The best way to submit a thick report is to use thick paper.
-Don Lancaster

The best way to teach somebody something is to have them think they're learning something else.
-Randy Pausch

The best way to turn a woman's head is to tell her she has a beautiful profile.
-Sacha Guitry

Two creative spirits in a relationship, I don't think that's the best way to go.
-David Letterman

What I do with my life is of my own doing. I live it the best way I can.
-Frank Sinatra

When there is no turning back, then we should concern ourselves only with the best way of going forward.
-Paulo Coelho

Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
-Benjamin Disraeli

Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way to do it would be start his own religion.
-L. Ron Hubbard

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