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Quotes of the day: Omar Bradley

Published Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 9:57 PM EST
Feb 11 2016

Omar Nelson Bradley (February 12, 1893–April 8, 1981), nicknamed Brad, was a highly distinguished senior officer of the United States Army who saw distinguished service in North Africa and Western Europe during World War II, and later became General of the Army. From the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944 through to the end of the war in Europe, Bradley had command of all U.S. ground forces invading Germany from the west; he ultimately commanded forty-three divisions and 1.3 million men, the largest body of American soldiers ever to serve under a single U.S. field commander. After the war, Bradley headed the Veterans Administration and became Army Chief of Staff. In 1949, Bradley was appointed the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the following year oversaw the policy-making for the Korean War, before retiring from active service in 1953. Bradley was the last of only nine people to hold a five-star rank in the United States Armed Forces. C (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A piece of paper makes you an officer, a radio makes you a commander.

Amateurs talk strategy. Professionals talk logistics.

Armed forces can wage wars but they cannot make peace.

Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.

Character is a sort of an all-inclusive thing. If a man has character, everyone has confidence in him.

Democracy can withstand ideological attacks if democracy will provide earnestly and liberally for the welfare of its people.

I am convinced that the best service a retired general can perform is to turn in his tongue along with his suit, and to mothball his opinions.

If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.

Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.

Our knowledge of science has clearly outstripped our capacity to control it.

Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.

The burden of long-term total preparedness for some indefinite but inevitable war could not help but crush the freedom we prize.

The greatness of a leader is measured by the achievements of the led. This is the ultimate test of his effectiveness.

The second best decision in time is infinitely better than the perfect decision too late.

The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.

The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.

This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.

Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them must share the guilt for the dead.

While as a prudent people we must prepare ourselves to encounter what we may be unable to prevent, we nevertheless must never surrender ourselves to the certainty of that encounter.


(February 12 is also the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin , and Ray Kurzweil)

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Quotes of the day: James Bryant Conant

Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 @ 3:59 PM EST
Feb 10 2016

James Bryant Conant (March 26, 1893 – February 11, 1978) was an American chemist, a transformative President of Harvard University, and the first U.S. Ambassador to West Germany. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A Harvard education consists of what you learn at Harvard while you are not studying.

Behavior which appears superficially correct but is intrinsically corrupt always irritates those who see below the surface.

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.

Democracy is a small hard core of common agreement, surrounded by a rich variety of individual differences.

Diversity of opinion within the framework of loyalty to our free society is not only basic to a university but to the entire nation.

Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance.

Education is what is left after all that has been learnt is forgotten.

Every vital organization owes its birth and life to an exciting and daring idea.

He who enters a uEach honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence.

I venture to define science as a series of interconnected concepts and conceptual schemes arising from experiment and observation and fruitful of further experiments and observations. The test of r scientific theory is, I suggest, its fruitfulness.

It seems as though I were in a lunatic asylum, but I am never sure who is the attendant and who the inmate.

Public education is a great instrument of social change. Through it, if we so desire, we can make our country more nearly a democracy without classes.

Science advances, not by the accumulation of new facts, but by the continuos development of new concepts.

Science emerges from the other progressive activities of man to the extent that new concepts arise from experiments and observations, and that the new concepts in turn lead to further experiments and observations.

Some of mankind's most terrible misdeeds have been committed under the spell of certain magic words or phrases.

The dignity of man is vindicated as much by the thinker and poet as by the statesman and soldier.

Whether a man lives or dies in vain can be measured only by the way he faces his own problems, by the success or failure of the inner conflict within his own soul. And of this no one may know save God.


(February 11 is also the birthday of Burt Reynolds and Thomas Edison.)

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Quotes of the day: Charles Lamb

Published Tuesday, February 09, 2016 @ 5:55 PM EST
Feb 09 2016

Charles Lamb (February 10, 1775 – December 27, 1834) was an English writer and essayist, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced with his sister, Mary Lamb (1764–1847). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.

Alas! can we ring the bells backward? Can we unlearn the arts that pretend to civilize, and then burn the world? There is a march of science; but who shall beat the drums for its retreat?

Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts.

Boys are capital fellows in their own way, among their mates; but they are unwholesome companions for grown people.

Brandy and water spoils two good things.

Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.

Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily blessed with a vein of it.

Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.

He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.

Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.

I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.

I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is.

I could never hate anyone I knew.

I'd like to grow very old as slowly as possible.

It is good to love the unknown.

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.

Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.

Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.

My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.

My theory is to enjoy life, but the practice is against it.

New Year's Day is every man's birthday.

Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.

Nothing puzzles me more than time and space, and yet nothing puzzles me less, as I never think about them.

Pain is life-the sharper, the more evidence of life.

Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.

The beggar wears all colors fearing none.

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.

The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.

The measure of choosing well, is, whether a man likes and finds good in what he has chosen.

The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive- you are leaking.

The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead- letter days.

The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.

We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.

We grow gray in our spirit long before we grow gray in our hair.


(February 10 is also the birthday of Bertolt Brecht, Boris Pasternak, Doug Larson, and William Allen White.)

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Quotes of the day: Dean Rusk

Published Monday, February 08, 2016 @ 11:13 PM EST
Feb 08 2016

David Dean Rusk KBE (February 9, 1909 – December 20, 1994) was the United States Secretary of State from 1961 to 1969 under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Rusk is the joint-second- longest serving U.S. Secretary of State of all time, behind only Cordell Hull and tied with William H. Seward. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Continuity does not rule out fresh approaches to fresh situations.

Give a member of Congress a junket and a mimeograph machine and he thinks he is secretary of state.

I wouldn't make the slightest concession for moral leadership. It's much overrated.

Physicists and astronomers see their own implications in the world being round, but to me it means that only one-third of the world is asleep at any given time and the other two-thirds is up to something.

The best way to persuade people is with your ears- by listening to them.

The usual cause of evil in the world is that at any given time half the people in the world are awake.

We have tried to make it clear that the United States is not just an old cow that gives more milk the more it is kicked in the flanks.

We were eyeball-to-eyeball and the other fellow just blinked. (re: 1962 Cuban missile crisis)

When you solve a problem, you ought to thank God and go on to the next one.


(February 9 is also the birthday of Alice Walker and Brendan Behan.)

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Quotes of the day: Joseph Schumpeter

Published Sunday, February 07, 2016 @ 7:17 PM EST
Feb 07 2016

Joseph Alois Schumpeter (German: [February 8, 1883 – January 8, 1950)[1] was an Austrian-born American economist and political scientist. He briefly served as Finance Minister of Austria in 1919. In 1932 he became a professor at Harvard University where he remained until the end of his career. One of the most influential economists of the 20th century, Schumpeter popularized the term "creative destruction" in economics. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Bureaucracy is not an obstacle to democracy but an inevitable complement to it.

Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.

Democracy is a political method, that is to say, a certain type of institutional arrangement for arriving at political - legislative and administrative - decisions and hence incapable of being an end in itself.

Economic progress, in capitalist society, means turmoil.

Entrepreneurial profit is the expression of the value of what the entrepreneur contributes to production.

Geniuses and prophets do not usually excel in professional learning, and their originality, if any, is often due precisely to the fact that they do not.

History is a record of 'effects' the vast majority of which nobody intended to produce.

Innovation is the market introduction of a technical or organisational novelty, not just its invention.

Politicians are like bad horsemen who are so preoccupied with staying in the saddle that they can't bother about where they're going.

Situations emerge in the process of creative destruction in which many firms may have to perish that nevertheless would be able to live on vigorously and usefully if they could weather a particular storm.

Success depends on intuition, on seeing what afterwards proves true but cannot be established at the moment.

Surely, nothing can be more plain or even more trite common sense than the proposition that innovation... is at the center of practically all the phenomena, difficulties, and problems of economic life in capitalist society.

The ballot is stronger than bullets.

The capitalist achievement does not typically consist in providing more silk stocking for queens but in bringing them within the reach of factory girls in return for a steadily decreasing amount of effort.

The first thing a man will do for his ideals is lie.

The modern mind dislikes gold because it blurts out unpleasant truths.

The stock exchange is a poor substitute for the Holy Grail.

The typical citizen drops down to a lower level of mental performance as soon as he enters the political field. He argues and analyzes in a way which he would readily recognize as infantile within the sphere of his real interests. He becomes primitive again.

We always plan too much and always think too little.


(February 8 is also the birthday of John Ruskin, Jules Verne, and Abraham Lincoln.)

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Quotes of the day: metaphysics

Published Thursday, February 04, 2016 @ 8:50 PM EST
Feb 04 2016

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
-Walt Whitman

Corporations are neither physical nor metaphysical phenomena. They are socioeconomic ploys- legally enacted game-playing- agreed upon only between overwhelmingly powerful socioeconomic individuals and by them imposed upon human society and its all unwitting members.
-Buckminster Fuller

History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past. How we tell these stories- triumphantly or self-critically, metaphysically or dialectally- has a lot to do with whether we cut short or advance our evolution as human beings.
-Grace Lee Boggs

Humanists hold that ethical values are relative to human experience and need not be derived from theological or metaphysical foundations.
-Paul Kurtz

I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
-Woody Allen

In metaphysics, the notion that earth and all that's on it is a mental construct is the product of people who spend their lives inside rooms. It is an indoor philosophy.
-Edward Abbey

It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.
-Louis Sullivan

It's so hard to believe in anything anymore. I mean, it's like, religion, you really can't take it seriously, because it seems so mythological, it seems so arbitrary... but, on the other hand, science is just pure empiricism, and by virtue of its method, it excludes metaphysics. I guess I wouldn't believe in anything anymore if it weren't for my lucky astrology mood watch.
-Steve Martin

Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a thirty-thousand page menu and no food.
-Robert Pirsig

Metaphysics is almost always an attempt to prove the incredible by an appeal to the unintelligible.
-H.L. Mencken

My studies in Speculative philosophy, metaphysics, and science are all summed up in the image of a mouse called man running in and out of every hole in the Cosmos hunting for the Absolute Cheese.
-Benjamin DeCasseres

One may not regard the world as a sort of metaphysical brothel for emotions.
-Arthur Koestler

Religion merges into mysticism and metaphysics and philosophy. There have been great mystics, attractive figures, who cannot easily be disposed of as self-deluded fools. Yet, mysticism (in the narrow sense of the word) irritates me; it appears to be vague and soft and flabby, not a rigorous discipline of the mind but a surrender of mental faculties and living in a sea of emotional experience. The experience may lead occasionally to some insight into inner and less obvious processes, but it is also likely to lead to self-delusion.
-Jawaharlal Nehru

The great question in life is the suffering we cause, and the most ingenious metaphysics do not justify the man who has broken the heart that loved him.
-Benjamin Constant

The moral truth here is obvious: anyone who feels that the interests of a blastocyst just might supersede the interests of a child with a spinal cord injury has had his moral sense blinded by religious metaphysics.
-Sam Harris

The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles, and mean contentment has kept humanity in helpless degradation.
-Emma Goldman

The Yankees, the first mechanicians in the world, are engineers- just as the Italians are musicians and the Germans metaphysicians- by right of birth. Nothing is more natural, therefore, than to perceive them applying their audacious ingenuity to the science of gunnery.
-Jules Verne

We live in a time of twin credulities: the hunger for the miraculous combined with a servile awe of science. The mating of the two gives us superstition plus scientism- a Mongoloid metaphysic.
-Edward Abbey

While the easiest way in metaphysics is to condemn all metaphysics as nonsense, the easiest way in morals is to elevate the common practice of the community into a moral absolute.
-Daniel J. Boorstin

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Quotes of the day: Betty Friedan

Published Wednesday, February 03, 2016 @ 7:05 PM EST
Feb 03 2016

Betty Friedan (February 4, 1921 – February 4, 2006) was an American writer, activist, and feminist. A leading figure in the women's movement in the United States, her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century. In 1966, Friedan co-founded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), which aimed to bring women "into the mainstream of American society now [in] fully equal partnership with men". (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A girl should not expect special privileges because of her sex, but neither should she 'adjust' to prejudice and discrimination.

A woman is handicapped by her sex, and handicaps society, either by slavishly copying the pattern of man's advance in the professions, or by refusing to compete with man at all.

Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.

Chosen motherhood is the real liberation.

It is better for a woman to compete impersonally in society, as men do, than to compete for dominance in her own home with her husband, compete with her neighbors for empty status, and so smother her son that he cannot compete at all.

It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.

It is perhaps beside the point to remark that bowling alleys and supermarkets have nursery facilities, while schools and colleges and scientific laboratories and government offices do not.

Just as darkness is sometimes defined as the absence of light, so age is defined as the absence of youth.

Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims. The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves.

No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor.

The feminine mystique has succeeded in burying millions of American women alive.

The feminist revolution had to be fought because women quite simply were stopped at a state of evolution far short of their human capacity.

The feminists had destroyed the old image of woman, but they could not erase the hostility, the prejudice, the discrimination that still remained.

The insult, the real reflection on our culture's definition of the role of women, is that as a nation we only noticed something was wrong with women when we saw its effects on their sons.

The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own. There is no other way.

Who knows what women can be when they are finally free to be themselves.

Women who 'adjust' as housewives, who grow up wanting to be 'just a housewife,' are in as much danger as the millions who walked to their own death in the concentration camps... they ate suffering a slow death of mind and spirit.

You can have it all, just not all at the same time.


(February 4 is also the birthday of Charles A. Lindbergh.)

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Quotes of the day: Havelock Ellis

Published Monday, February 01, 2016 @ 11:53 PM EST
Feb 01 2016

Henry Havelock Ellis, known as Havelock Ellis (February 2, 1859 – July 8, 1939), was an English physician, writer, progressive intellectual and social reformer who studied human sexuality. He was co-author of the first medical textbook in English on homosexuality in 1897, and also published works on a variety of sexual practices and inclinations, as well as transgender psychology. He is credited with introducing the notions of narcissism and autoeroticism, later adopted by psychoanalysis. He served as president of the Galton Institute and, like many intellectuals of his era, supported eugenics. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


'Charm' - which means the power to effect work without employing brute force- is indispensable to women. Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm.

'Homosexual' is a barbarously hybrid word, and I claim no responsibility for it.

A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest.

All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.

Dreams are necessary to life.

Every artist writes his own autobiography.

Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy.

If men and women are to understand each other, to enter into each other's nature with mutual sympathy, and to become capable of genuine comradeship, the foundation must be laid in youth.

Imagination is a poor substitute for experience.

In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met with by the way.

Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.

Man lives by imagination.

The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.

The byproduct is sometimes more valuable than the product.

The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.

The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago, had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.

There has never been any country at every moment so virtuous and so wise that it has not sometimes needed to be saved from itself.

To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men.

What we call 'morals' is simply blind obedience to words of command.

What we call 'Progress' is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.

When love is suppressed hate takes its place.


(February 2 is also the birthday of James Joyce.)

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Quotes of the day: Langston Hughes

Published Sunday, January 31, 2016 @ 11:47 PM EST
Jan 31 2016

James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A wonderful time- the War:
When money rolled in
And blood rolled out.
But blood was far away
From here-
Money was near.

Blues had the pulse beat of the people who keep on going.

Folks, I'm telling you,
birthing is hard
and dying is mean-
so get yourself
a little loving
in between.

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.

I do not need my freedom when I’m dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.
Is a strong seed
In a great need.
I live here, too.

I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.

I swear to the Lord
I still can't see
Why Democracy means
Everybody but me.

I will not take 'but' for an answer.

It's such a Bore
Being always Poor.

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

Life is a system of half-truths and lies, Opportunistic, convenient evasion.

No woman can be handsome by the force of features alone, any more that she can be witty by only the help of speech.

Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows,
Help us to see
That without the dust the rainbow
Would not be.

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?


(February 1 is also the birthday of S.J. Perelman.)

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Quotes of the day: Samuel Goldwyn

Published Saturday, January 30, 2016 @ 10:23 PM EST
Jan 30 2016

Samuel Goldwyn (born Szmuel Gelbfisz; August 17, 1879 – January 31, 1974), also known as Samuel Goldfish, was a Jewish Polish American film producer. He was most well known for being the founding contributor and executive of several motion picture studios in Hollywood. His awards include the 1973 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1947, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1958. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A hospital is no place to be sick.

A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.

Don't pay any attention to the critics-don't even ignore them.

Don't worry about the war. It's all over but the shooting.

I don't think anybody should write his autobiography until after he's dead.

I don't want yes men around me. I want everyone to tell the truth, even if it costs them their jobs.

I had a terrific idea this morning, but I didn't like it.

I paid too much for it, but it's worth it.

If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive.

If I entered into an agreement with that man, I would be sticking my head into a moose.

If I look confused it's because I'm thinking.

If Roosevelt were alive today, he's turn over in his grave.

It's absolutely impossible, but it has possibilities.

Keep a stiff upper chin.

Let's bring it up to date with some snappy nineteenth century dialogue.

Let's have some new clichés.

Never make forecasts, especially about the future.

Our comedies are not to be laughed at.

Pictures are for entertainment. Messages should be delivered by Western Union.

Spare no expense to make everything as economical as possible.

Television has raised writing to a new low.

That's the trouble with directors: always biting the hand that lays the golden egg.

Too caustic? To hell with the cost. If it's a good picture, we'll make it.

We're dealing with facts, not realities.

What we want is a story that starts with an earthquake and builds to a climax.

Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?

You've got to take the bitter with the sour.


(January 31 is also the birthday Jackie Robinson, John O'Hara, Norman Mailer, Tallulah Bankhead, and Thomas Merton.)

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Quotes of the day: Ferdinand Porsche

Published Friday, January 29, 2016 @ 9:55 PM EST
Jan 29 2016

Ferdinand Porsche (September 3, 1875 – January 30, 1951) was an automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company. He is best known for creating the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle (Lohner-Porsche), the Volkswagen Beetle, the Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK, several other important developments and Porsche automobiles. In addition, Porsche designed the 1923 Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first racing car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A formally harmonious product needs no decoration; it should be elevated through pure form.

A good idea is often surprisingly simple.

Change is easy. Improvement is far more difficult

Committees lead to creations that have no soul.

Design must be functional and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics, without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.

Good design should be honest.

If one does not fail at times, then one has not challenged himself.

If you analyze the function of an object, its form often becomes obvious.

Life itself is a race, marked by a start, and a finish. It is what we learn during the race, and how we apply it, that determines whether our participation has had particular value.


(January 30 is also the birthday of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lloyd Alexander, and Mohandas Gandhi.)

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Quotes of the day: Robert Frost

Published Thursday, January 28, 2016 @ 8:19 PM EST
Jan 28 2016

Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet, highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He became one of America's rare "public literary figures, almost an artistic institution." He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetical works. On July 22, 1961, Frost was named Poet laureate of Vermont. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A jury consists of twelve people who determine which client has the better lawyer.

A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.

Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his sons the hardships that made him rich.

Anyone with an active mind lives on tentatives rather than tenets.

Don't be an agnostic. Be something.

Don't ever take a fence down unless you know why it was put up.

Education is hanging around until you've caught on.

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.

Hell is a half-filled auditorium.

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

I don't take life very seriously. It's hard to get into this world and hard to get out of it. And what's in between doesn't make much sense. If that sounds pessimistic, let it stand.

I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

Nature does not complete things. She is chaotic. Man must finish, and he does so by making a garden and building a wall.

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

The best things and best people rise out of their separateness. I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.

The best way out is always through.

There's nothing I'm afraid of like scared people.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

We get truth like a man trying to drink at a hydrant.

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.

You can be a rank insider as well as a rank outsider.


(Edward Abbey, Paddy Chaefsky, Thomas Paine, and William McKinley)

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Quotes of the day: Howard Zinn

Published Tuesday, January 26, 2016 @ 8:22 PM EST
Jan 26 2016

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian, playwright, and social activist. He was a political science professor at Boston University. Zinn wrote more than twenty books, including his best-selling and influential A People's History of the United States. In 2007, he published a version of it for younger readers, A Young People's History of the United States.

Zinn described himself as "something of an anarchist, something of a socialist. Maybe a democratic socialist." He wrote extensively about the civil rights and anti-war movements, and labor history of the United States. His memoir, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, was also the title of a 2004 documentary about Zinn's life and work. Zinn died of a heart attack in 2010, aged 87. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.

Capitalism has always been a failure for the lower classes. It is now beginning to fail for the middle classes.

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

Historically, the most terrible things- war, genocide, and slavery – have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience

How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?

If the gods had intended for people to vote, they would have given us candidates.

If those in charge of our society- politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television- can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.

In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.

Most wars, after all, present themselves as humanitarian endeavors to help people.

No flag is large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.

One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression.

Pessimism becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy; it reproduces itself by crippling our willingness to act.

Politics is pointless if it does nothing to enhance the beauty of our lives.

The cry of the poor is is not always just, but if you don't listen to it, you will never know what justice is

To be "realistic" in dealing with a problem is to work only among the alternatives which the most powerful in society put forth.

Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.

War itself is the enemy of the human race.

We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.

We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.

When people don't understand that the government doesn't have their interests in mind, they're more susceptible to go to war.


(Hyman G. Rickover, Lewis Carroll, and Samuel Gompers.)

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Quotes of the day: Nelson Rockefeller

Published Monday, January 25, 2016 @ 7:51 PM EST
Jan 25 2016

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 – January 26, 1979) was an American businessman, philanthropist, public servant, and politician. He served as the 41st Vice President of the United States (1974–77) under President Gerald Ford, and as the 49th Governor of New York (1959–73). He also served in the administrations of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt regarding Latin America, and Dwight Eisenhower regarding welfare programs. A member of the wealthy Rockefeller family, he was also a noted art collector, as well as administrator of Rockefeller Center. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


America is not just a power, it is a promise. It is not enough for our country to be extraordinary in might; it must be exemplary in meaning.

I do not believe it right for one group to impose its vision of morality on an entire society.

It is essential that we enable young people to see themselves as participants in one of the most exciting eras in history, and to have a sense of purpose in relation to it.

Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love.

The secret to success is to own nothing, but control everything.

There are three periods in life: youth, middle age and 'how well you look.'

There is no doubt that many expensive national projects may add to our prestige or serve science. But none of them must take precedence over human needs. As long as Congress does not revise its priorities, our crisis is not just material, it is a crisis of the spirit.

Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.


(January 26 is also the birthday of Douglas MacArthur and Paul Newman.)

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Quotes of the day: Audrey Hepburn

Published Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 11:49 PM EST
Jan 19 2016

Actress, fashion icon, and philanthropist Audrey Hepburn (May&nbsp4, 1929 – January 20, 1993) was born in Brussels, Belgium. At age 22, she starred in the Broadway production of Gigi. Two years later, she starred in the film Roman Holiday (1953) with Gregory Peck. In 1961, she set new fashion standards as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Hepburn is one of the few actresses to win an Emmy, Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award. In her later years, acting took a back seat to her work on behalf of children. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!

The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.

When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that's when I think life is over.

Why change? Everyone has his own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it.

You can always tell what kind of a person a man really thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

True friends are families which you can select.

Anyone who does not believe in miracles is not a realist.

There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl's complexion.

Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.

Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you're exactly the same.


(January 20 is also the birthday of John Ruskin, George Burns, DeForest Kelley, and Bill Maher.)

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Quotes of the day: Hedy Lamarr

Published Monday, January 18, 2016 @ 6:16 AM EST
Jan 18 2016

Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor. After an early and brief film career in Germany, which included a controversial love-making scene in the film Ecstasy(1933), she fled from her husband and secretly moved to Paris. There, she met MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood, where she became a film star from the late 1930s to the 1950s. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All creative people want to do the unexpected.

American men, as a group, seem to be interested in only two things, money and breasts. It seems a very narrow outlook.

Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.

Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go without cheesecake.

Compromise and tolerance are magic words. It took me 40 years to become philosophical.

Experts always know everything but the fine points. When I took my citizenship exams, no one there knew how the White House came to be called the White House.

I advise everybody not to save: spend your money. Most people save all their lives and leave it to somebody else. Money is to be enjoyed.

I can excuse everything but boredom. Boring people don't have to stay that way.

I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I don't understand. When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away.

I find very often that very ugly women have really handsome men and vice versa because they don't have any competition. Sometimes handsome men have avoided me.

I have always felt that if a man gives you a solid gold key to his door he is entitled to the courtesy of a visit.

I win because I learned years ago that scared money always loses. I never care, so I win.

I'm a sworn enemy of convention. I despise the conventional in anything, even the arts.

It's funny about men and women. Men pay in cash to get them and pay in cash to get rid of them. Women pay emotionally coming and going. Neither has it easy.

Men are most virile and most attractive between the ages of 35 and 55. Under 35 a man has too much to learn, and I don't have time to teach him.

People are perverse. If you show great affection to them, they'll run the other way.

Plain girls should have someone telling them they are beautiful. Sometimes this works miracles.

The ladder of success in Hollywood is usually a press agent, actor, director, producer, leading man; and you are a star if you sleep with each of them in that order. Crude, but true.


(January 19 is also the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe, Alexander Woollcott, and Janis Joplin. )

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Quotes of the day: Robert B. Parker

Published Sunday, January 17, 2016 @ 3:01 PM EST
Jan 17 2016

Robert Brown Parker (September 17, 1932 – January 18, 2010) was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the 40 novels written about the private detective Spenser. The ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the mid-1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced. His works incorporate encyclopedic knowledge of the Boston metropolitan area. The Spenser novels have been cited by critics and bestselling authors such as Robert Crais, Harlan Coben and Dennis Lehane as not only influencing their own work but reviving and changing the detective genre. Parker also wrote two other series based on an individual character. He wrote nine novels based on the character Jesse Stone and six novels based on the character Sunny Randall. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Afterlife is no less implausible than anything else... All explanations of existence are equally incredible. So you might as well believe something that makes you feel good as not.

Anger doesn't have to be expressed. It is enough to know that you're angry, and know why, and not lie to yourself about it.

Both our opinions are rooted in our experience... Both of them are true, it's just that we've had different experiences.

Coincidence exists, but believing in it never did me any good.

College had little effect on me. I'd have been the same writer if I'd gone to MIT, except I'd have flunked out sooner.

If you are going to live life on your own terms, there need to be terms, and somehow you need to live up to them.

It's better to be feared than loved. Because you can't make them love you. But you can make them fear you.

It's better to be what I am than to be failing at what I am not.

The academic community is composed largely of nitwits.

The key to growing up well, is being tough enough.

There can never be any substitute for your own palate nor any better education than tasting the wine yourself.

Too much positive is either scared or stupid or both. Reality is uncertain.

When in doubt do something; and hope that if you keep doing it you'll come to understand what it is.

You do the best you can and you deal with the consequences. It's all there is.


(January 18 is also the birthday of A.A. Milne and Daniel Webster )

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Quotes of the day: Barbara Jordan

Published Saturday, January 16, 2016 @ 1:50 PM EST
Jan 16 2016

Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996) was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. A Democrat, she was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives, and the first African- American woman to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors. She was a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 1978 to 1980. On her death, she became the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good.

A spirit of harmony can only survive if each of us remembers, when bitterness and self-interest seem to prevail, that we share a common destiny.

But this is the great danger America faces. That we will cease to be one nation and become instead a collection of interest groups: city against suburb, region against region, individual against individual. Each seeking to satisfy private wants.

Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.

Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment.

Fairness is an across-the-board requirement for all our interactions with each other ...Fairness treats everybody the same.

For all of its uncertainty, we cannot flee the future.

How do we create a harmonious society out of so many kinds of people? The key is tolerance- the one value that is indispensable in creating community.

I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He's just incapable of it.

I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in 'We, the people.'

I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in ?We, the people?.

If the society today allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority.

If we promise as public officials, we must deliver. If we as public officials propose, we must produce.

If you're going to play the game properly, you'd better know every rule.

It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision.

Just remember the world is not a playground but a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education. One eternal lesson for us all: to teach us how better we should love.

Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us.

More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future.

One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves.

The American dream is not dead. It is gasping for breath, but it is not dead.

The imperative is to define what is right and do it.

The majority of the American people still believe that every single individual in this country is entitled to just as much respect, just as much dignity, as every other individual.

We are a party of innovation. We do not reject our traditions, but we are willing to adapt to changing circumstances, when change we must. We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future.

We are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the present: unemployment, inflation... but we are attempting on a larger scale to fulfill the promise of America.

We call ourselves public servants but I'll tell you this: we as public servants must set an example for the rest of the nation. It is hypocritical for the public official to admonish and exhort the people to uphold the common good.

We cannot improve on the system of government handed down to us by the founders of the Republic, but we can find new ways to implement that system and realize our destiny.

We have a positive vision of the future founded on the belief that the gap between the promise and reality of America can one day be finally closed. We believe that.

We have made mistakes. In our haste to do all things for all people, we did not foresee the full consequences of our actions. And when the people raised their voices, we didn't hear. But our deafness was only a temporary condition, and not an irreversible condition.

We must exchange the philosophy of excuse- what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility.

We must not become the new puritans and reject our society. We must address and master the future together. It can be done if we restore the belief that we share a sense of national community, that we share a common national endeavor. It can be done.

We want to be in control of our lives. Whether we are jungle fighters, craftsmen, company men, gamesmen, we want to be in control. And when the government erodes that control, we are not comfortable.

What the people want is very simple- they want an America as good as its promise.


(January 17 is also the birthday of Benjamin Franklin.)

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Quotes of the day: Goodman Ace

Published Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 8:54 PM EST
Jan 14 2016

Goodman Ace, (January 15, 1899 - March 25, 1982) was an American radio writer and performer, and producer-writer for television, whose literate writing, wry humour, and relaxed style influenced numerous radio and television writers from the 1930s on. (Click here for full Encyclopedia Brittanica article)


I keep reading between the lies.

The best cure for hypochondria is to forget about your own body and get interested in someone else's.

TV- a clever contraction derived from the words Terrible Vaudeville... we call it a medium because nothing's well done.

Politics makes estranged bedfellows.

I would have answered your letter sooner, but you didn't send one.

Familiarity breeds attempt.

Time wounds all heels.

We're all cremated equal.

I've been working my head to the bone.

You know, my father died of cancer when I was a teenager. He had it before it became popular.

I'm a ragged individualist.


(January 15 is also the birthday of Molière, John Naisbitt, and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr..)

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Quotes of the day: Maureen Dowd

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 7:37 PM EST
Jan 13 2016

Maureen Bridgid Dowd (b. January 14, 1952) is an American columnist for The New York Times and best-selling author. During the 1970s and the early 1980s, she worked for Time magazine and the Washington Star, where she covered news as well as sports and wrote feature articles. Dowd joined the Times in 1983 as a metropolitan reporter and eventually became an Op-Ed writer for the newspaper in 1995. In 1999, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her series of columns on the Monica Lewinsky scandal in the Clinton administration. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Americans want to be protected, but not at the cost of vitiating the values that make us Americans.

As blue chips turn into penny stocks, Wall Street seems less like a symbol of America's macho capitalism and more like that famous Jane Austen character Mrs. Bennet, a flibbertigibbet always anxious about getting richer and her 'poor nerves.'

Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve.

Even when conservatives have all the marbles, they still act as if they're under siege. Now that they are under siege, it is no time for them to act as if they're losing their marbles.

Everybody's talking at once in a hypnotic, hyper din: the cocktail party from hell.

Good and evil are not like the Redskins and the Cowboys.

I don't understand men. I don't even understand what I don't understand about men.

Instead of broadening the choices of how to look good, we have only broadened the ways we try to look alike. Women are headed toward one face, one body and one expression.

It is men's worst fear, personally and professionally, that women will pin the sin on them.

It's more of a man's world today than ever. Men can eat their cake in unlimited bakeries.

Military guys are rarely as smart as they think they are, and they've never gotten over the fact that civilians run the military.

The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.

The sounds of silence are a dim recollection now, like mystery, privacy and paying attention to one thing- or one person- at a time.

Washington is a place where people have always been suspect of style and overt sexuality. Too much preening signals that you're not up late studying cap-and-trade agreements.

We had the Belle Epoque. Now we have the Botox Epoque, permeated by plastic emotions from antidepressants and plastic veneers from collagen, silicone, cosmetic surgery and Botox.

We no longer have natural selection. We have unnatural selection. Survival of the fittest has been replaced by survival of the fakest.

When you go into a fight saying you're probably going to lose, you're probably going to lose.

Women are affected by lunar tides only once a month; men have raging hormones every day.

Women fear that men will have their way and then slither away. Men fear that women will come back and boil their bunnies.

Wooing the press is an exercise roughly akin to picnicking with a tiger. You might enjoy the meal, but the tiger always eats last.

Zingers should glow with intelligence as well as drip with contempt.

The insane have achieved political respectability while the sane act too good for it all. The irrational celebrate while the rational act bored and above-it-all

If wit is the most sophisticated form of humor, pranks are the most juvenile.

A friendship between reporter and source lasts only until it is profitable for one to betray the other.

If you're famous enough, the rules don't apply.

When you're young, and even at times when you're older, it's hard to fathom this: What needs to be nurtured is the stuff that's different, that sets you apart from the pack, rather than the stuff that helps you blend in.

The Republicans, with their crazed Reagan fixation, are a last-gasp party, living posthumously, fighting battles on sex, race, immigration and public education long ago won by the other side. They're trying to roll back the clock, but time is passing them by.

Perpetual optimism is annoying. It is a sign that you are not paying attention.

Just because digital technology makes connecting possible doesn't mean you're actually reaching people.

Celebrity is the religion of our time.

The idea of American exceptionalism doesn't extend to Americans being exceptional.

Don't write anything down, but save everything that anyone else writes down.


(January 14 is also the birthday of Anaïs Nin and Andy Rooney.)

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Quotes of the day: Nate Silver

Published Tuesday, January 12, 2016 @ 10:01 PM EST
Jan 12 2016

Nathaniel Read "Nate" Silver (born January 13, 1978) is an American statistician and writer who analyzes baseball and elections. He is currently the editor-in-chief of ESPN's FiveThirtyEight blog and a Special Correspondent for ABC News. Silver first gained public recognition for developing PECOTA, a system for forecasting the performance and career development of Major League Baseball players, which he sold to and then managed for Baseball Prospectus from 2003 to 2009.

In the 2012 United States presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Silver correctly predicted the winner of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A lot of journalism wants to have what they call objectivity without them having a commitment to pursuing the truth, but that doesn't work. Objectivity requires belief in and a commitment toward pursuing the truth- having an object outside of our personal point of view.

A lot of news is just entertainment masquerading as news.

Actually, one of the better indicators historically of how well the stock market will do is just a Gallup poll, when you ask Americans if you think it's a good time to invest in stocks, except it goes the opposite direction of what you would expect. When the markets going up, it in fact makes it more prone toward decline.

Almost everyone's instinct is to be overconfident and read way too much into a hot or cold streak.

Caesar recognized the omens, but he didn't believe they applied to him.

Distinguishing the signal from the noise requires both scientific knowledge and self-knowledge.

Every day, three times per second, we produce the equivalent of the amount of data that the Library of Congress has in its entire print collection, right? But most of it is like cat videos on YouTube or 13- year-olds exchanging text messages about the next Twilight movie.

Every four years in the presidential election, some new precedent is broken.

I don't play fantasy baseball anymore now because it's too much work, and I feel like I have to hold myself up to such a high standard. I'm pretty serious about my fantasy football, though.

I don't think that somebody who is observing or predicting behavior should also be participating in the 'experiment.'

I prefer more to kind of show people different things than tell them 'oh, here's what you should believe' and, over time, you can build up a rapport with your audience.

I think it's odd that people who cover politics wouldn't have any political views.

If you have reason to think that yesterday's forecast went wrong, there is no glory in sticking to it.

If you're keeping yourself in the bubble and only looking at your own data or only watching the TV that fits your agenda then it gets boring.

In politics people build whole reputations off of getting one thing right.

On average, people should be more skeptical when they see numbers. They should be more willing to play around with the data themselves.

People attach too much importance to intangibles like heart, desire and clutch hitting.

People don't have a good intuitive sense of how to weigh new information in light of what they already know. They tend to overrate it.

People gravitate toward information that implies a happier outlook for them.

People still don't appreciate how ephemeral success is.

Success makes you less intimidated by things.

The key to making a good forecast is not in limiting yourself to quantitative information.

The problem is that when polls are wrong, they tend to be wrong in the same direction. If they miss in New Hampshire, for instance, they all miss on the same mistake.

The public is even more pessimistic about the economy than even the most bearish economists are.

The thing that people associate with expertise, authoritativeness, kind of with a capital 'A,' doesn't correlate very well with who's actually good at making predictions.

The way we perceive accuracy and what accuracy is statistically are really two different things.

There's always the risk that there are unknown unknowns.

We must become more comfortable with probability and uncertainty.

We want to get 80%-85% of predictions right, not 100%. Or else we calibrated our estimates in the wrong way.

We're living in a world where Google beats Gallup.

We're not that much smarter than we used to be, even though we have much more information - and that means the real skill now is learning how to pick out the useful information from all this noise.

You don't want to influence the same system you are trying to forecast.


(January 13 is also the birthday of Ernie Kovacs.)

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Quotes of the day: David Bowie

Published Monday, January 11, 2016 @ 7:17 PM EST
Jan 11 2016

David Robert Jones (January 8 1947 – January 10, 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over four decades, and was considered by critics and other musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All you have to do is wear a hat and carry a Greek newspaper. Nobody will look twice at you.

As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I've got left?

Confront a corpse at least once. The absolute absence of life is the most disturbing and challenging confrontation you will ever have.

Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them.

Heathenism is a state of mind. You can take it that I'm referring to one who does not see his world. He has no mental light. He destroys almost unwittingly. He cannot feel any Gods presence in his life. He is the 21st century man.

I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.

I re-invented my image so many times that I'm in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman.

I think fame itself is not a rewarding thing. The most you can say is that it gets you a seat in restaurants.

I'm always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don't even take what I am seriously.

I'm in awe of the universe, but I don't necessarily believe there's an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.

I'm just an individual who doesn't feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I'm working for me.

I'm not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I'm living on.

I've never responded well to entrenched negative thinking.

Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity. So it's like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You'd better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that's really the only unique situation that's going to be left.

Strangely, some songs you really don't want to write.

That's the shock: All cliches are true. The years really do speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is.

The humanists' replacement for religion: work really hard and somehow you'll either save yourself or you'll be immortal. Of course, that's a total joke, and our progress is nothing. There may be progress in technology but there's no ethical progress whatsoever.

The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.

When you think about it, Adolf Hitler was the first pop star.


(January 11 is also the birthday of Alexander Hamilton, William James, and Jim Hightower.)

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Remembering Florence King

Published Sunday, January 10, 2016 @ 11:07 AM EST
Jan 10 2016

Florence King, a columnist, author and professional misanthrope who was a constitutional crosspatch about all manner of things — in particular those things that smacked in the slightest of what she decried as touchy-feely late-20th-century liberalism — died on Wednesday at her home in Fredericksburg, Va. She was 80.

Her death, announced by the conservative magazine National Review, to which she had long contributed, took place not long after she had moved to an assisted-living community in Fredericksburg. It is reasonable to assume, however, that in moving there Miss King did not ultimately attain her stated goal of living “in a place that does not call itself ‘the community with a heart,’ ” as she once wrote, “where all the young people leave and the rest sit on a porch with a rifle across their knees.”

(Click here for full New York Times obituary.)


A home without a grandmother is like an egg without salt.

America is the only country in the world where you can suffer culture shock without leaving home.

Americans have gotten the message that life is easier if they don't think straight.

As the only class distinction available in a democracy, the college degree has created a caste society as rigid as ancient India's.

By sending the contradictory message that the famous are just plain folks on Mount Olympus, America has forged a relentless tension between loftiness and accessibility. Stir in the fact that the inborn talent and intelligence needed to achieve fame are immune to distributive tinkering by government programs and you have a definition of fame certain to produce envious rage: somebody screwed democracy.

Chinks in America's egalitarian armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism.

Democracy is the crude leading the crud.

Each time a mediocre singer performs, he is saying, in effect, 'This is good enough for you.' The audience, thrust into that familiar American mood of knowing something is wrong but not knowing what it is, unconsciously absorbs the insult and projects it back onto the mediocre performer in the form of inattention, rudeness and noise.

Familiarity doesn't breed contempt, it is contempt.

Golf is an exercise in Scottish pointlessness for people who are no longer able to throw telephone poles at each other.

He travels fastest who travels alone, and that goes double for she. Real feminism is spinsterhood. It's time America admitted that old maids give all women a good name.

Humor inspires sympathetic, good-natured laughter and is favored by the 'healing power' gang. Wit goes for the jugular, not the jocular, and it's the opposite of football; instead of building character, it tears it down.

I do believe in reincarnation, but I do not believe there is life before noon.

I'd rather rot on my own floor than be found by a bunch of bingo players in a nursing home.

I've always said that next to Imperial China, the South is the best place in the world to be an old lady.

I've had sex and I've had food, and I'd rather eat.

In social matters, pointless conventions are not merely the bee sting of etiquette, but the snake bite of moral order.

Judge not, lest ye be judged judgmental.

Men are not very good at loving, but they are experts at admiring and respecting; the woman who goes after their admiration and respect will often come out better than she who goes out after their love.

Misanthropes have some admirable if paradoxical virtues. It is no exaggeration to say that we are among the nicest people you are likely to meet. Because good manners build sturdy walls, our distaste for intimacy makes us exceedingly cordial 'ships that pass in the night.' As long as you remain a stranger we will be your friend forever.

Owning your own home is America's unique recipe for avoiding revolution and promoting pseudo-equality at the same time. To keep citizens puttering in their yards instead of sputtering on the barricades, the government has gladly deprived itself of billions in tax revenues by letting home 'owners' deduct mortgage interest payments.

People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they're all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error.

Showing up at school already able to read is like showing up at the undertaker's already embalmed: people start worrying about being put out of their jobs.

Southerners are so devoted to genealogy that we see a family tree under every bush.

Southerners have a genius for psychological alchemy. If something intolerable simply cannot be changed, driven away or shot they will not only tolerate it but take pride in it as well.

Thank God I'm over the hill... None of the things men do to women could possibly happen to me now unless the U.S. is invaded by one of those new Russian republics whose soldiers aren't fussy.

The confidence and security of a people can be measured by their attitude toward laxatives.

The feminization of America... has mired us in a soft, sickly, helpless tolerance of everything. America is the girl who can't say no, the town pump who lets anybody have a go at her. We are a single- parent country with no father to cut through the molasses and point out, for example, the inconsistency of embracing warm and compassionate 'values' while condemning cold and detached 'value judgments.'

The proliferation of support groups suggests to me that too many Americans are growing up in homes that do not contain a grandmother.

The witty woman is a tragic figure in American life. Wit destroys eroticism and eroticism destroys wit, so women must choose between taking lovers and taking no prisoners.

There are so many different kinds of people in America, with so many different boiling points, that we don't know how to fight with each other... no American can be sure how or when another will react, so we zap each other with friendliness to neutralize potentially dangerous situations.

Those colorful denizens of male despair, the Bowery bum and the rail-riding hobo, have been replaced by the bag lady and the welfare mother. Women have even taken over Skid Row.

True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.

When they came for the smokers, I kept silent because I don't smoke.
When they came for the meat eaters, I kept silent because I'm a vegetarian.
When they came for the gun owners, I kept silent because I'm a pacifist.
When they came for the drivers, I kept silent because I'm a bicyclist.
They never did come for me.
I'm still here because there's nobody left in the secret police except sissies with rickets.

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Observation of the day

Published Monday, January 04, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST
Jan 04 2016

Categories: Observations, Photo of the day, Politics, Quotes of the day

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Quotes of the day: Lady Bird Johnson

Published Monday, December 21, 2015 @ 9:30 PM EST
Dec 21 2015

Claudia Alta Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson (December 22, 1912 – July 11, 2007) was First Lady of the United States (1963–69), as the wife of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. Notably well-educated for a woman of her era, she proved a capable manager and a shrewd investor. After marrying LBJ in 1934 when he was a political hopeful in Austin, Texas, she used a modest inheritance to bankroll his congressional campaign, and then ran his office while he served in the Navy. Next, she bought a radio station and then a TV station, which soon made them millionaires. As First Lady, she broke new ground by interacting directly with Congress, employing her own press secretary, and making a solo electioneering tour. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Any committee is only as good as the most knowledgeable, determined and vigorous person on it. There must be somebody who provides the flame.

Art is the window to man's soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within.

Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.

Even though Christmas can be a lot of work, we all know the bustle is worth the bother.

Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor.

I believe that one of the great problems for us as individuals is the depression and the tension resulting from existence in a world which is increasingly less pleasing to the eye.

It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you.

No news at 4:30 a.m. is good.

Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.

The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.

The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.

The First Lady is an unpaid public servant elected by one person - her husband.

The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.

There is much the government can do and should do to improve the environment. But even more important is the individual who plants a tree or cleans a corner of neglect. For it is the individual who himself benefits, and also protects a heritage of beauty for his children and future generations.

Walk away from it until you're stronger. All your problems will be there when you get back, but you'll be better able to cope.

When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I'll know I'm growing old.

Where flowers bloom so does hope.

While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.

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