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Quotes of the day: Drew Carey

Published Monday, May 23, 2016 @ 4:17 AM EDT
May 23 2016

Andrew Allison "Drew" Carey (born May 23, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, Carey eventually gained popularity starring in his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, and serving as host of the U.S. version of the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, both of which aired on ABC.

Carey has appeared in several films, television series, music videos, a made-for-television film, and a computer game. He has hosted the game show The Price Is Right since 2007 on CBS. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


I have a position of indirect respect and oblique power.

I like to think of my house as nothing more than a glorified console for my television; the ultimate stereo cabinet.

I think that if anyone bothered to take a survey, they would find a sharp decline in atheism during the winters in Cleveland, Ohio.

I wish I could end every rap song I didn't like with a buzzer.

I'm not a good lover, but at least I'm fast.

If frogs could fly... well, we'd still be in this mess, but wouldn't it be neat?

It isn't premarital sex if you have no intention of getting married.

Know what I do when I watch the news now? I turn it off, I get out my bible, I turn to the book of Revelations and just start checking stuff off.

Libertarians are conservatives who still get high.

The difference between Las Vegas and Atlantic City is the difference between getting conned by a beautiful call girl and getting mugged by a crack head.

The only way I'd need a pain reliever to enjoy sex is if all of my fantasies came true at the same time.

There is no such thing as too much fun. People need to know it is okay to tell jokes and be happy.

Vegas is everything that's right with America. You can do whatever you want, 24 hours a day. They've effectively legalized everything there.

You say tomato, I say bourbon and coke.


(May 23 is also the birthday of Margaret Fuller.)

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Quotes of the day: Omar Khayyám

Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016 @ 9:23 AM EDT
May 18 2016

Omar Khayyám (May 18, 1048 – December 4, 1131), was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet, who is widely considered to be one of the most influential scientists of the middle ages. He wrote numerous treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy and astronomy. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread- and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness-
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

A Hair perhaps divides the False and True...

Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend...

As far as you can avoid it, do not give grief to anyone. Never inflict your rage on another. If you hope for eternal rest, feel the pain yourself; but don’t hurt others.

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

Dead yesterdays and unborn tomorrows, why fret about it, if today be sweet.

Don't pursue happiness! Life is as short as a sigh. The dust of people that were once famous turn with the reddish clay on the wheel you are looking at. The universe is a fata morgana; life is a dream.

Drink wine and look at the moon and think of all the civilisations the moon has seen passing by.

Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

Each Morn a thousand Roses brings, you say;
Yes, but where leaves the Rose of Yesterday?

I have not asked for life. But I try to accept whatever life brings without surprise. And I shall depart again without having questioned anyone about my strange stay here on earth.

I value the lover's sighs of happiness and I despise the hypocrite mumbling his prayers.

In monasteries, seminaries, retreats and synagogues, they fear hell and seek paradise. Those who know the mysteries of God never let that seed be planted in their souls.

Men talk of heaven, - there is no heaven but here; Men talk of hell, - there is no hell but here; Men of hereafters talk and future lives, - O love, there is no other life - but here.

Poor soul, you will never know anything of real importance. You will not uncover even one of life's secrets. Although all religions promise paradise, take care to create your own paradise here and now on earth.

Realise this: one day your soul will depart from your body and you will be drawn behind the curtain that floats between us and the unknown. While you wait for that moment, be happy, because you don't know where you came from and you don't know where you will be going.

Scholars really have nothing to teach you. But from the soft touch of the eyelashes of a woman you will know all there is to know about happiness.

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.

There was the Door to which I found no Key;
There was the Veil through which I might not see:
Some little talk awhile of Me and Thee
There was- and then no more of Thee and Me.

Today is the time of my youth I drink wine because it is my solace; Do not blame me, although it is bitter it is pleasant, It is bitter because it is my life.

Waste not your Hour, nor in the vain pursuit
Of This and That endeavour and dispute;
Better be jocund with the fruitful Grape
Than sadden after none, or bitter, Fruit.

When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.

When you have planted the rose of Love into your heart your life has not been in vain.

Yesterday This Day's Madness did prepare;
To-morrow's Silence, Triumph, or Despair:
Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why:
Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.


(May 18 is also the birthday of Mary McLeod Bethune and Tina Fey.)

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Quotes of the day: L. Frank Baum

Published Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 12:38 AM EDT
May 15 2016

Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919), better known by his pen name L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly known for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost works", 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.

As a matter of fact, we are none of us above criticism; so let us bear with each other's faults.

Familiarity with any great thing removes our awe of it

I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folk are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.

I believe that dreams- day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing- are likely to lead to the betterment of the world.

I have learned to regard fame as a will-o-the-wisp which, when caught, is not worth the possession; but to please a child is a sweet and lovely thing that warms one's heart and brings its own reward.

I think the world is like a great mirror, and reflects our lives just as we ourselves look upon it.

I thought it would be a good idea to regulate things myself and run the world as it ought to be run; but I gave it up long ago.

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization.

It is a callous age; we have seen so many marvels that we are ashamed to marvel more; the seven wonders of the world have become seven thousand wonders.

It seems unfortunate that strong people are usually so disagreeable and overbearing that no one cares for them. In fact, to be different from your fellow creatures is always a misfortune.

Never give up. No one knows what's going to happen next.

Never question the truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is filled with wonders.

No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.

Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't you think?

There is no place like home.

To destroy an offender cannot benefit society so much as to redeem him.

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.


(May 15 is also the birthday of Clifton Fadiman and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.)

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Quotes of the day: Roger Zelazny

Published Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 4:33 AM EDT
May 13 2016

Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American poet and writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels, best known for The Chronicles of Amber. He won the Nebula award three times (out of 14 nominations) and the Hugo award six times (also out of 14 nominations), including two Hugos for novels: the serialized novel ...And Call Me Conrad (1965; subsequently published under the title This Immortal, 1966) and then the novel Lord of Light (1967). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Between the black of yesterday and the white of tomorrow is the great gray of today, filled with nostalgia and fear of the future.

Beware the meek ... for we shall attempt to inherit the Earth.

Death is mighty, and is no one's friend.

Death is the only god that comes when you call.

Don't wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects.

I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows.

If the liberal arts do nothing else they provide engaging metaphors for the thinking they displace.

Life is full of doors that don't open when you knock, equally spaced amid those that open when you don't want them to.

Love is a negative form of hatred.

Never trust a cat, anyway. All they're good for is stringing tennis racquets.

No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words.

Nobody steals books but your friends.

Of all the things a man may do, sleep probably contributes most to keeping him sane.

Sleep is perhaps the only among life's great pleasures which need not be of short duration.

That's life: trust and you're betrayed; don't trust and you betray yourself.

The absence of a monument can, in its own way, be something of a monument also.

The dead are too much with us.

The death of an illusion tends to disconcert.

The enemy of the moment is not as important as our own inner weakness. If this is not mended we are already defeated, though no foreign conqueror stands within our walls.

The function of criticism should not be confused with the function of reform.

The universe did not invent justice. Man did. Unfortunately, man must reside in the universe.

There's no such thing as civilization. The word just means the art of living in cities.

There's really nothing quite like someone's wanting you dead to make you want to go on living.

Times have changed since the Good Book was written, and you can't hold with a purely Fundamentalist approach in complex times.

When inspiration is silent reason tires quickly.

When you are about to die, a wombat is better than no company at all.


(May 13 is also the birthday of Stephen Colbert.)

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Published Thursday, May 05, 2016 @ 1:54 PM EDT
May 05 2016

Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power; that is all.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.
-Bob Newhart

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.
-Arnold H. Glasow

Laughter is America's most important export.
-Walt Disney

Laughter is man's most distinctive emotional expression. Man shares the capacity for love and hate, anger and fear, loyalty and grief, with other living creatures. But humor, which has an intellectual as well as an emotional element, belongs to man.
-Margaret Mead

Laughter is poison to fear.
-George R.R. Martin

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

Laughter is the habitual crying of the wise.
-Magdalena Samozwaniec

Laughter is the last refuge of sorrow.
-Stephen Leacock

Laughter is wine for the soul- laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness- the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.
-Sean O'Casey

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
-Max Eastman

Laughter makes the bitter swallowing of truth, for some, a little easier.
-Bill Hicks

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Quotes of the day: Daniel Berrigan

Published Sunday, May 01, 2016 @ 1:44 AM EDT
May 01 2016

Daniel Joseph Berrigan, S.J. (May 9, 1921 – April 30, 2016), was an American Jesuit priest, anti-war activist, and poet. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the plague it promised to heal.

Because we want the peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war, of course, continues, because the waging of war, by its nature, is total- but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial.

Faith is rarely where your head is at. Nor is it where your heart is at. Faith is where your ass is at!

I don't have to prove my life. I just have to live.

I don't know what more to say. I mean, we're all going to die in a world that is worse than when we entered it.

If you are going to follow Jesus, you better look good on wood.

It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better.

No principle is worth the sacrifice of a single human being.

One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible.

tart with the impossible. Proceed calmly towards the improbable. No worry, there are at least five exits.

The arms race is worse than it ever was, the dumping of creation down a military rat hole is worse than it ever was, the wars across the earth are worse than they ever were.

The gift we can offer others is so simple a thing as hope.

There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war- at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

You have to struggle to stay alive and be of use as long as you can.

You just have to do what you know is right.

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Quotes of the day: Cory Booker

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 9:23 PM EDT
Apr 27 2016

(Photo by Kelly Campbell)

Cory Anthony Booker (b. April 27, 1969) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, in office since 2013. Previously he served as mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people. Before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children.

Courage has you say in a defiant spirit you can take everything from me, you could cut me deep, you could render me in shame but you will never ever stop me from loving those who mock me, from loving those that hate me, from loving those who don't forgive me, from loving the cynics, from loving the darkness so much that I myself through my small acts of consistent unyielding love may bring on the light.

Don't let your inability to do everything undermine your determination to do something.

First class in life has nothing to do with the clothes you wear, the car you drive or the house you live in. First class is and always will be about the content of your character, the quality of your ideas and the kindness in your heart.

Give more than is expected, love more than seems wise, serve more than seems necessary, and help more than is asked.

Give the respect you want to receive; embody the grace you hope to encounter; and help others with no expectations whatsoever.

Go out there and swear to this world your oath, not with your words, but with what you do. Not with your hand over your heart, but with your hand outstretched to a world that desperately needs your hand, your help, your insights, your creativity, your honor, your courage. It needs you.

If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse.

In life, it is never the big battle, the big moment, the big speech, the big election. That does not change things. What changes things is every day, getting up and rendering small acts of service and love beyond that what's expected of you or required of you.

It is okay not to like someone, but it is never okay to try and degrade, humiliate, or dehumanize them.

It's about time that we create first class citizenship for every American plain and simple. Every New Jersey-ian. This should not be a popular vote. This is something we should do now.

Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example.

May we help more than we hurt, may we seek to understand more than be understood and may we love more than we judge.

No matter what, we always have the power to choose hope over despair, engagement over apathy, kindness over indifference, love over hate.

No matter who you are, no matter what your color, creed, how you choose to pray or who you choose to love, that if you are an American - first generation or fifth - one who is willing to work hard, play by the rules and apply your God-given talents - that you should be able to find a job that pays the bills.

Real courage is holding on to a still voice in your head that says, 'I must keep going.' It's that voice that says nothing is a failure if it is not final. That voice that says to you, 'Get out of bed. Keep going. I will not quit.'

The right attitude can transform a barrier into a blessing, an obstacle into an opportunity or a stumbling block into a stepping stone.

We choose forward. We choose inclusion. We choose growing together. We choose American economic might and muscle, standing strong on the bedrock of the American ideal: a strong, empowered and ever-growing middle class.

What more could you ask for in life than to be given an impossible challenge?

When American citizens pull together, there is little we can't accomplish.

When happy, be kind. When angry, be kind. When hopeful, be kind. When discouraged, be kind. When ever, be kind.

You need to understand something, you drink deeply from wells of freedom and liberty and opportunity that you did not dig. You eat lavishly from banquet tables prepared for you by your ancestors. You sit under the shade of trees that you did not plant or cultivate or care for. You have a choice in life, you can just sit back, getting fat, dumb, and happy, consuming all the blessings put before you, or it can metabolize inside of you, become fuel to get you into the fight, to make this democracy real, to make it true to its words that we can be a nation of liberty and justice for all.


(April 27 is also the birthday of Herbert Spencer and Ulysses S. Grant.)

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Quotes of the day: Carol Burnett

Published Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 9:50 AM EDT
Apr 26 2016

Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer, whose career spans six decades of television. She is best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, for CBS. She has achieved success on stage, television, and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedy roles. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.

Because nobody goes through life without a scar.

Comedy is tragedy plus time.

Giving birth is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head.

I think we're here for each other.

It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington.

No one ever said life was fair. Just eventful.

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

The audience is never wrong.

We don't stop going to school when we graduate.

When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go.

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.

You do have to love your kids enough to let them hate you. But it's the disease that's hating you, not them.

You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk. It helps to know that you can survive it. That's an education in itself.

You have to have faith that there is a reason you go through certain things. I can't say I'm glad to go through pain, but in a way one must, in order to gain courage and really feel joy.


(April 26 is also the birthday of Bernard Malamud and Ludwig Wittgenstein.)

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Quotes of the day - Daniel Defoe

Published Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 8:22 PM EDT
Apr 24 2016

Daniel Defoe (c. 1660 – April 24, 1731), born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer, and spy, most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is noted for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise the form in Britain with others such as Samuel Richardson, and is among the founders of the English novel. He was a prolific and versatile writer, producing more than five hundred books, pamphlets, and journals on various topics, including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology, and the supernatural. He was also a pioneer of economic journalism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All men would be tyrants if they could.

All our discontents about what we want appeared to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.

As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is the worst of all snares.

It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.

Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.

Necessity makes an honest man a knave.

The best of men cannot suspend their fate:
The good die early, and the bad die late.

The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.

'Tis no sin to cheat the devil.

'Tis very strange Men should be so fond of being thought wickeder than they are.

Vice came in always at the door of necessity, not at the door of inclination.


(April 24 is also the birthday of Anthony Trollope and Robert Penn Warren.)

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Quotes of the day: Charlotte Brontë

Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 10:53 PM EDT
Apr 21 2016

Charlotte Brontë (April 21, 1816 – March 31, 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published her works (including her best known novel, Jane Eyre) under the pen name Currer Bell. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

Better to be without logic than without feeling.

Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us.

Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.

I am always easy of belief when the creed pleases me.

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.

I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.

I can be on guard against my enemies, but God deliver me from my friends!

I feel monotony and death to be almost the same.

If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.

If you are cast in a different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it.

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility; they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.

Let your performance do the thinking.

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.

Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.

Memory in youth is active and easily impressible; in old age it is comparatively callous to new impressions, but still retains vividly those of earlier years.

Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves.

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.

The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed.

The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter- often an unconscious, but still a truthful interpreter- in the eye.

There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.

True enthusiasm is a fine feeling whose flash I admire wherever I see it.

Who has words at the right moment?

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Quotes of the day: Richard Peck

Published Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 6:50 AM EDT
Apr 10 2016

Richard Wayne Peck (born April 10, 1934) is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder (the sequel to A Long Way From Chicago.) For his cumulative contribution to young-adult literature he received the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1990. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Anyone who thinks small towns are friendlier than big cities lives in a big city.

But put two librarians' heads together, and mountains move.

Conformity is the enemy of friendship.

Fame is a funny thing, like a secret, both are hard to keep.

Humor is anger that was sent to finishing school.

I read because one life isn't enough, and in the page of a book I can be anybody.

I'm so far gone that I'm telling the truth. It sounds like a foreign language.

If you're going to read minds, start with a simple one.

Never trust an ugly woman. She's got a grudge against the world, said Grandma, who was no oil painting herself.

Only the nonreader fears books.

The only way you can write is by the light of the bridges burning behind you.

This is how you hold onto your family. You hold them with open hands so they are free to find futures of their own. It's just that simple.

We don't write what we know. We write what we wonder about.

Writing is communication, not self-expression. Nobody in this world wants to read your diary except your mother.


(April 10 is also the birthday of Anne Lamott, Evelyn Waugh, and William Hazlitt.)

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Quotes of the day: Sidney Lumet

Published Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 3:45 AM EDT
Apr 09 2016

Sidney Arthur Lumet (June 25, 1924 - April 9, 2011) was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982). He did not win an individual Academy Award, but he did receive an Academy Honorary Award and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, which was nominated for ten, winning four. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All good work requires self-revelation.

All great work is preparing yourself for the accident to happen.

Everything becomes creative if the person doing the job is.

Good style, to me, is unseen style.

In drama, the characters should determine the story. In melodrama, the story determines the characters.

The nature of the work is to prepare for a good accident .

There are no personal revelations other than feelings arising from the work itself.



(April 9 is also the birthday of Charles Baudelaire, Tom Lehrer, Sam Harris. )

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Quotes of the day: Merle Haggard

Published Thursday, April 07, 2016 @ 5:15 AM EDT
Apr 07 2016

Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country music songwriter, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


At my age, I don't buy but a half a loaf of bread, you know?

By the time you get close to the answers, it's nearly all over.

I wish coke was still cola and a joint was a bad place to be.

I'll tell you what the public likes more than anything, it's the most rare commodity in the world- honesty.

If I hear another line dance song I think I'm going to puke.

If you gotta mess up the ecology of the world in order to raise a bunch of cows, well eat somethin' else. I'm not a fan of the cowboys.

In 1960, when I came out of prison as an ex-convict, I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there's available... in America right now.

It's easier to force feed people than it is to give 'em what they want. It makes more money.

Lay in the weeds and wait, and when you get your chance to say something, say something good.

Memories and drinks don't mix too well.

My second wife... and I worked together after we divorced for a period of maybe 20 years. And I managed to stay friends with another wife. And then there's one that I don't mess with. Everybody's got one of those.

The only thing that I miss lately in all music is somebody that will put out a melody that you can whistle. It doesn't seem like there's anything happening like that.

We need to have music that contributes to the well-being of the spirit. Music that cradles people's lives and makes things a little easier.

We're changing the Constitution out of fear. We spend all our time looking up each other's dresses. Fear's the only issue the Republican Party has. Vote for them, or the terrorists will win.

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Quotes of the day: Milan Kundera

Published Friday, April 01, 2016 @ 10:01 AM EDT
Apr 01 2016

Milan Kundera (b. April 1, 1929) is a Czech-born writer who went into exile in France in 1975, and became a naturalised French citizen in 1981. He "sees himself as a French writer and insists his work should be studied as French literature and classified as such in book stores". (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A person who longs to leave the place where he lives is an unhappy person.

A single metaphor can give birth to love.

A worker may be the hammer's master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.

And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself?

Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.

Culture is perishing in overproduction, in an avalanche of words, in the madness of quantity.

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring. It was peace.

Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.

He suddenly recalled from Plato's Symposium: People were hermaphrodites until God split then in two, and now all the halves wander the world over seeking one another. Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.

How goodness heightens beauty!

Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition.

In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.

Love is by definition an unmerited gift; being loved without meriting it is the very proof of real love.

Loves are like empires: when the idea they are founded on crumbles, they, too, fade away.

Metaphors are dangerous. Love begins with a metaphor. Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory.

Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.

No matter how much we scorn it, kitsch is an integral part of the human condition.

People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.

People are going deaf because music is played louder and louder, but because they're going deaf, it has to be played louder still.

The Greek word for 'return' is nostos. Algos means 'suffering.' So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.

The only relationship that can make both partners happy is one in which sentimentality has no place and neither partner makes any claim on the life and freedom of the other.

The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.

The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.

The worth of a human being lies in the ability to extend oneself, to go outside oneself, to exist in and for other people.

There is no means of testing which decision is better, because there is no basis for comparison. We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold.

There is no perfection only life.

There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos.

Those who consider the Devil to be a partisan of Evil and angels to be warriors for Good accept the demagogy of the angels. Things are clearly more complicated.

Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that's beautiful.

We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.

When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.

You can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not understand that imagination is a value in itself.

You can't measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange.


(April 1 is also the birthday of Abraham Maslow and Otto von Bismarck.)

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Quotes of the day: Marc Chagall

Published Monday, March 28, 2016 @ 11:25 PM EDT
Mar 28 2016

Marc Zakharovich Chagall (July 6, 1887 – March 28, 1985) was a Russian-French artist. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.

Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.

The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.

Great art picks up where nature ends.

The fingers must be educated, the thumb is born knowing.

If all life moves inevitably towards its end, then we must, during our own, color it with our colors of love and hope.

All our interior world is reality, and that, perhaps, more so than our apparent world.

Color is all. When color is right, form is right. Color is everything, color is vibration like music; everything is vibration.

Time is a river without banks.

Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.

Love and fantasy, go hand in hand.

Mozart never composed anything, ever! He copied what was written on his soul.

Mine alone is the country of my soul.

Art seems to me to be above all a state of soul.

Art is foremost a state of mind, and only secondarily a problem of form.

To call everything that appears illogical, fantasy, fairy tale, or chimera would be practically to admit not understanding nature.

In my youth, poverty enriched me, but now I can afford wealth.

One cannot be precise, and still be true.


(March 28 is also the birthday of Daniel Dennett.)

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Quotes of the day: Garry Shandling

Published Saturday, March 26, 2016 @ 4:33 PM EDT
Mar 26 2016

Garry Emmanuel Shandling (November 29, 1949 – March 24, 2016) was an American comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. He was best known for his work in It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show.

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The original Esquire article is here.

I'm more handsome than I act.

You're born a heterosexual. It's not a choice. Who would choose this? The guilt, the shame...and do you think I'm happy having to hire a decorator?

Call me old-school, but I miss the cold war.

Men who betray women also betray other men. Women shouldn't feel so special.

There's a good chance that if you're talking to me when I'm snoring, it means I'm bored.

Gossip is a sin.

I started boxing for exercise, and on the very first day, the trainer got in the ring with me and said, "Whoever controls the breathing in the ring controls the fight." I immediately passed out.

I had a car accident when I was twenty-seven in which I was nearly killed. I had a vivid near-death experience that involved a voice asking, "Do you want to continue leading Garry Shandling's life?" Without thinking, I said, "Yes." Since then, I've been stuck living in the physical world while knowing, without a doubt, that there's something much more meaningful within it all. That realization is what drives my life and work.

Dating a professional actress is tough. Especially if you're up for the same part.

Love is not enough to save a relationship.

My mother did the best she could. Sorry.

Dogs are not people. Be leery of any woman who refers to her dogs as her "kids," because you'll only end up paying for their schooling.

I remember when I was a struggling comic appearing for the first time in Las Vegas. Don Rickles came in to watch the new guy. Afterward, he came backstage, and I asked him if he thought I was funny. He said, "You know when you're funny. You don't have to ask." And he was right.

Smoothies might be fattening. Especially the ones made with frozen yogurt and gin.

Dr. Phil is hiding something. Otherwise, why wouldn't he use his last name?

Everyone at a party is uncomfortable. Knowing that makes me more comfortable.

Nice guys finish first. If you don't know that, then you don't know where the finish line is.

The best television series ever is probably The Twilight Zone.

Some people can fake it their whole lives.

I never listen to the audiotapes of my shrink sessions because the audience is usually so bad, I can't tell which jokes work and which ones don't.

Tom Hanks seems to know exactly what he's doing.

I once saw an elaborate landscape in a gallery, drawn in pencil, that took my breath away. Then I realized the artist probably didn't have enough confidence to use a pen.

A woman once asked me to autograph her T-shirt right across the chest. It only occurred to me later that she may have recognized me.

Nothing can succeed and last without teamwork.

I was anxious and depressed ahead of my time. I didn't need 9/11 to realize that in life, anything can happen. I've been on a state of alert since high school. Code plaid.

Impermanence. Impermanence. Impermanence.

Intellect without heart scares me.

Buddha didn't get married because his wife would have said, "What, are you going to sit around like that all day?"

The problem with the Pledge of Allegiance isn't the "God" part. It's the "pledge" part. Does a child know what kind of commitment he's making, and to whom, and at what cost?

I'll never agree to make another list like this one.

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Published Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 12:30 AM EDT
Mar 19 2016

A guy walks into a psychologist's convention with a banana in his pocket. When asked about the significance of this he says: well,they were all out of grapes.
-Bob Newhart

A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.
-Joey Adams

A psychologist said to me, there are only two important questions you have to ask yourself. What do you really feel? And, what do you really want? If you can answer those two, you probably can leave your neuroses behind you.
-Harold Ramis

A psychopath is someone who enjoys hurting people. A sociopath is someone who enjoys controlling people. An abusive spouse is the best of both worlds.
-Craig Bruce

A wonderful discovery, psychoanalysis. Makes quite simple people feel they're complex.
-S.N. Behrman

After a year in therapy, my psychiatrist said to me, 'Maybe life isn't for everyone.'
-Larry Brown

Although both the natural and moral sciences seek to understand the objects of their observation, in natural science the purpose of this is to be able to control them better, whereas in moral science it is, or ought to be, to be better able to leave them alone. The morally proper aim of psychology, then, is self-control.
-Thomas Szasz

Although it was popular in the rest of the world, 'Psycho' was banned in France for fear it might inspire copycat showers.
-Craig Kilborn

Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.
-Variously attributed

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
-Variously attributed

As a whole part of psychological education it needs to be remembered that a neurosis can be valuable; also that adjustment to a sick and insane environment is of itself not health but sickness and insanity.
-James Agee

Behavioral psychology is the science of pulling habits out of rats.
-Dr. Douglas Busch

Death is psychosomatic.
-Charles Manson

Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions.
-Thomas Szasz

Even the best psychiatrist is like a blindfolded auto mechanic poking around under your hood with a giant foam 'We're #1' finger.
-Dennis Miller

Every modern male has, lying at the bottom of his psyche, a large, primitive being covered with hair down to his feet.
-Robert Bly

Everyone thinks I'm psychotic, except for my friends deep inside the earth.
-Variously attributed

For too long a time- for half a century, in fact- psychiatry tried to interpret the human mind merely as a mechanism, and consequently the therapy of mental disease merely in terms of technique. I believe this dream has been dreamt out. What now begins to loom on the horizon is not psychologized medicine but rather those of human psychiatry.
-Viktor Frankl

Half a psychiatrist's patients see him because they are married- the other half because they're not.
-Arnold H. Glasow

Human beings seem to be far more autonomous and self-governed than modern psychological theory allows for.
-Abraham Maslow

I can't help believing that these things that come from the subconscious mind have a sort of truth to them. It may not be a scientific truth, but it's psychological truth.
-Brian Aldiss

I cannot conceive how anybody in his right mind should go to a psychoanalyst.
-Vladimir Nabokov

I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed.
-James Thurber

I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.
-Bobby Fischer

I don't have any pet peeves. I have major, psychotic hatreds.
-George Carlin

I don't need a psychiatrist. I'm Catholic.
-Dorothy Killgallen

I sent my desk calendar to a psychiatrist. The schedule was insane.
-Carol Simpson

I spent my whole life helping my mother carry around her psychic trunks like a bitter bellhop. So a great load was lifted when she died, and my life was much easier.
-Anne Lamott

I studied criminology, sociology, deviant psychology, abnormal psychology, and went into show business.
-Dan Aykroyd

I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another form. You can not believe in God, but you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.
-Michael Crichton

I think the mistake a lot of us make is thinking the state appointed psychiatrist is our 'friend.'
-Jack Handey

I think when I went to psychoanalysis, I actually believed that people said what they meant. This was my whole problem.
-John Malkovich

If the psychic energies of the average mass of people watching a football game or a musical comedy could be diverted into the rational channels of a freedom movement, they would be invincible.
-Wilhelm Reich

If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist.
-Ed Koch

If you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is to keep a pair of cats.
-Aldous Huxley

If you're gay and you can't hold hands, or you're black and you can't catch a taxi, or you're a woman and you can't go into the park, you are aware there's a menace. That's costly on a psychic level. The world should be striving to make all its members secure.
-Tony Kushner

In America all too few blows are struck into flesh. We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that. We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell.
-Norman Mailer

Intelligence is one of the greatest human gifts. But all too often a search for knowledge drives out the search for love. This is something else I've discovered for myself very recently. I present it to you as a hypothesis: Intelligence without the ability to give and receive affection leads to mental and moral breakdown, to neurosis, and possibly even psychosis. And I say that the mind absorbed in and involved in itself as a self-centered end, to the exclusion of human relationships, can only lead to violence and pain.
-Daniel Keyes

It is characteristic of all movements and crusades that the psychopathic element rises to the top.
-Robert Lindner

It is curious how an age of public self-revelation, and of the use of psychological jargon, should also be an age when self-examination is rarely practised.
-Theodore Dalrymple

It is doubtless true that religion has been the world's psychiatrist throughout the centuries.
-Karl Menninger

It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved.
-Tom Wolfe

It's disheartening to know that you live in a country that's just teeming with semi-literate, mediocre psychos.
-Henry Rollins

It's psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I'll get a saw.
-Bill Watterson (From the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes)

It's true I don't want to join the Army or turn lathes in precision parts factories, I'm nearsighted and psychopathic anyway. America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
-Allen Ginsberg

Legislators and revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time are either psychopaths or mountebanks.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lord, let me be the person my psychiatrist medicates me to be.
-Variously attributed

My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.
-Karl Kraus

Neurotic means he's not as sensible as I am, and psychotic means he's even worse than my brother-in-law.
-Karl Menninger

Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.
-Rita Rudner

Never underestimate the power of psychosis.
-Variously attributed

No man is a hero to his wife's psychiatrist.
-Eric Berne

No psychic value can disappear without being replaced by another of equivalent intensity.
-Carl Jung

No very sharp line can be drawn between social psychology and individual psychology.
-George Herbert Mead

Not all who hesitate are lost. The psyche has many secrets in reserve. And these are not disclosed unless required.
-Joseph Campbell

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment, and especially on their children, than the unlived lives of the parents.
-Carl Jung

One of the primary tests of the mood of a society at any given time is whether its comfortable people tend to identify, psychologically, with the power and achievements of the very successful or with the needs and sufferings of the underprivileged.
-Richard Hofstadter

Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
-Brendan Behan

Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.
-George Bernard Shaw

Personality problems may sometimes be loud protests against the crushing of one's psychological bones, of one's true inner nature.
-Abraham Maslow

Powerful men in particular suffer from the delusion that human beings have no memories. I would go so far as to say that the distinguishing trait of powerful men is the psychotic certainty that people forget acts of infamy as easily as their parents' birth.
-Stephen Vizinczey

Psychiatrists classify a person as neurotic if he suffers from his problems in living, and as psychotic if he makes others suffer.
-Thomas Szasz

Psychiatry is the care of the id by the odd.
-Variously attributed

Psychoanalysis is for hysterical pathological cases, not for silly rich American women who should be learning to darn socks.
-Sigmund Freud

Psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love.
-Sigmund Freud

Psychoanalysis is that mental illness for which regards itself as therapy.
-Karl Kraus

Psychoanalysis pretends to investigate the Unconscious. The Unconscious by definition is what you are not conscious of. But the Analysts already know what's in it. They should, because they put it all in beforehand. It's like an Easter Egg hunt.
-Saul Bellow

Psychoanalysts are not occupied with the minds of their patients; they do not believe in the mind but in a cerebral intestine.
-Bernard Berenson

Psychoanalysts seem to be long on information and short on application.
-Gene Fowler

Psychologists have hitherto failed to realize that imagination is a necessary ingredient of perception itself.
-Immanuel Kant

Psychology is as unnecessary as directions for using poison.
-Karl Kraus

Psychology is as useless as directions for using poison.
-Karl Kraus

Psychotherapy conquered what is in effect the human condition by annexing it in its entirety to the medical profession.
-Thomas Szasz

Psychotherapy is the theory that the patient will probably get well anyhow and is certainly a damn fool.
-H.L. Mencken

Psychotics are consistently inconsistent. The essence of sanity is to be inconsistently inconsistent.
-Larry Wall

Psychotics build castles in the air. Neurotics live in them. And psychiatrists collect the rent.
-Variously attributed

Race has been much more devastating, but there's one psychological factor (that's different): Very few black kids have ever had to worry about telling their parents that they were black.
-Barney Frank (on homosexuality)

Recognizing the structure of your psychology doesn't mean that you can easily rebuild it.
-Dean Koontz

Since this is the age of science, not religion, psychiatrists are our rabbis, heroin is our pork, and the addict is the unclean person.
-Thomas Szasz

So long as men denounce each other as mentally sick (homosexual, addicted, insane, and so forth)- so that the madman can always be considered the Other, never the Self- mental illness will remain an easily exploitable concept, and Coercive Psychiatry a flourishing institution.
-Thomas Szasz

So many of the ideas on which our psychologists base their beliefs about human intelligence, memory, and learning are all wishful thinking.
-Daniel Keyes

Social psychology is especially interested in the effect which the social group has in the determination of the experience and conduct of the individual member.
-George Herbert Mead

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.
-Florence King

Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
-Alfred Hitchcock

The biggest difference between the psychiatrist and the patient is that the psychiatrist has learned how to live with it.
-David Gerrold

The business of psychology is to tell us what actually goes on in the mind. It cannot possibly tell us whether the beliefs are true or false.
-Hastings Rashdall

The egg cream is psychologically the opposite of circumcision. It pleasurably reaffirms your Jewishness.
-Mel Brooks

The madness of depression is, generally speaking, the antithesis of violence. It is a storm indeed, but a storm of murk. Soon evident are the slowed-down responses, near paralysis, psychic energy throttled back close to zero. Ultimately, the body is affected and feels sapped, drained.
-William Styron

The power of authority is never more subtle and effective than when it produces a psychological 'atmosphere' or 'climate' favorable to the life of certain modes of belief, unfavorable, and even fatal, to the life of others.
-Arthur James Balfour

The principal benefit acting has accorded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.
-Marlon Brando

The psychologist who famously remarked that chastity was the rarest of all sexual perversions might have added that Religion was the most common.
-Arthur C. Clarke

The refusal of free inquiry derives from an awareness of the fragility of the basis of religious faith; and since certainty is psychologically preferable to truth, the former often being willfully mistaken for the latter, anything that threatens certainty is anathematized with fury.
-Theodore Dalrymple

The Religious Right care more about what goes on before birth and after death than what happens in between. And that by any definition, is a psychosis.
-Variously attributed

The study of crippled, stunted, immature, and unhealthy specimens can yield only a cripple psychology and a cripple philosophy. The study of self-actualizing people must be the basis for a more universal science of psychology.
-Abraham Maslow

The suppression of natural sexual gratification leads to various kinds of substitute gratifications. Natural aggression, for example, becomes brutal sadism which then is an essential mass-psychological factor in imperialistic wars.
-Wilhelm Reich

The truth of faith cannot be confirmed by latest physical or biological or psychological discoveries- as it cannot be denied by them.
-Paul Tillich

There are hardly any excesses of the most crazed psychopath that cannot easily be duplicated by a normal kindly family man who just comes in to work every day and has a job to do.
-Terry Pratchett

There has always been violence in art. There is violence in the Bible, violence in Homer, violence in Shakespeare, and many psychiatrists believe that it serves as a catharsis rather than a model.
-Stanley Kubrick

There is an entire branch of psychology specializing in children who will not join the common madness.
-Robert Brault

There is an important idea in psychology: The 'just world theory,' which says that it is very important for us to convince ourselves that the world is just and things happen for a reason. That there is some elemental fairness in everything, which creates the illusion of justice.
-Malcolm Gladwell

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
-Bernard Williams

There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.
-Thomas Szasz

This is not a psychotic episode. This is a cleansing moment of clarity.
-Paddy Chayefsky

This shattering recognition of our mortality is at the root of far more mental illness than I suspect even psychiatrists are aware.
-Stanley Kubrick

To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior 'righteous indignation'- this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.
-Aldous Huxley

Two people can see the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right. It's not logical; it's psychological.
-Stephen Covey

We exist on several different planes, and when we said nothing had any reason we were referring to the psychological and social plane.
-Eugene Ionesco

We have psychologized like the insane, who aggravate their madness in struggling to understand it.
-Charles Baudelaire

When I believe, I am crazy. When I don't believe, I suffer psychotic depression.
-Philip K. Dick

Write documentation as if it will be read by psychopaths who know where you live.
-Variously attributed

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Published Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 7:29 PM EDT
Mar 17 2016

All things considered, insanity is the only alternative.
-Variously attributed

As a whole part of psychological education it needs to be remembered that a neurosis can be valuable; also that adjustment to a sick and insane environment is of itself not health but sickness and insanity.
-James Agee

Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.
-H.P. Lovecraft

For love, as he knew it, was an aberration, a form of temporary insanity, a short-lived state of autosuggestion.
-Robert Sheckley

Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.
-Steve Landesberg

Human beings have speculated about the relationship between inspiration and insanity for centuries.
-Patty Duke

I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
-Variously attributed

I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree.
-Desiderius Erasmus

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
-Hunter S. Thompson

I plead contemporary insanity.(T-shirt)
-Variously attributed

I'm no preacher but I can tell you this- the lives that people lead are driving them crazy and their insanity comes out in the way they drive.
-Charles Bukowski

Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason. Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers, but creative artists very seldom.
-G.K. Chesterton

In an individual one would regard it as evidence of insanity to see someone repeatedly undertaking enterprises that resulted in his losing precisely what he claimed he was trying to achieve; it is not less lunatic to do it on the international scale, but if you've been catching the news lately you'll have noticed it's being done more than ever.
-John Brunner

Insanity hovered close at hand, like an eager waiter at an expensive restaurant.
-Arundhati Roy

Insanity in the individual is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Insanity is contagious.
-Joseph Heller

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.
-Rita Mae Brown

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a raise.
-Robert Brault

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.
-Ray Bradbury

Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?
-Arthur C. Clarke

Madness may be a sane response to an insane world, and insanity breeds special perceptions.
-R.D. Laing

Marriage means commitment. Of course, so does insanity.
-Variously attributed

Sanity is a small box; insanity is everything.
-Charles Manson

The American insanity for Loving Everybody is ruining my good temper and delivering my stomach to enormous bouts with acidity.
-Taylor Caldwell

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
-Ian Fleming

The ecstatic insanity of romantic pursuit can be so enhanced by music that entire romantic conquests, victories and ruinous, crushing defeats can be tied to songs to such a degree that it's almost unbearable to listen to them again, as they bring back the memories so vividly.
-Henry Rollins

Theism is the only legal form of insanity.
-Robert G. Ingersoll

There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
-Oscar Levant

There is no insanity so devastating in man's life as utter sanity.
-William Allen White

To lie, of course, is to engender insanity.
-Anaïs Nin

Too far a retreat from reality is insanity.
-Poul Anderson

When one contemplates the streak of insanity running through human history, it appears highly probable that homo sapiens is a biological freak, the result of some remarkable mistake in the evolutionary process. The ancient doctrine of original sin, variants of which occur independently in the mythologies of diverse cultures, could be a reflection of man's awareness of his own inadequacy, of the intuitive hunch that somewhere along the line of his ascent something has gone wrong.
-Arthur Koestler

When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion, it is called Religion.
-Robert Pirsig

Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?
-Rachel Carson

You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
-Henry Rollins

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Democracy is...

Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016 @ 3:12 PM EDT
Mar 16 2016

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
-George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management.
-Doug Larson

Democracy is a genus, not a species. Getting a democracy is rather like getting a 'mammal' for a gift. Kittens are nice. Wolverines will lunch on your eyeballs. You don't drop a wolverine in your friend's lap, and then walk away feeling you've done him a favor, since 'the best pets are mammals.'
-Will Wilkinson

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
-H.L. Mencken

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.
-Joseph A. Schumpeter

Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
-Laurence J. Peter

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

Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.
-H.L. Mencken

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
-Jorge Luis Borges

Democracy is an experiment, and the right of the majority to rule is no more inherent than the right of the minority to rule; and unless the majority represents sane, righteous, unselfish public sentiment, it has no inherent right.
-William Allen White

Democracy is an objective. Democratization is a process. Democratization serves the cause of peace because it offers the possibility of justice and of progressive change without force.
-Boutros-Boutros Ghali

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
-Harry Emerson Fosdick

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
-Robert Byrne

Democracy is buying a big house you can't afford with money you don't have to impress people you wish were dead.
-Johnny Carson

Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.
-Reinhold Neibuhr

Democracy is fine by me, but sometimes I'm not sure about you. (song lyrics)
-Garrison Keillor

Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse. So we are forced to accept democracy. It has good points and also bad. But merely saying that democracy will solve all problems is utterly wrong. Problems are solved by intelligence and hard work.
-Jawaharlal Nehru

Democracy is like a raft. It won't sink, but you'll always have your feet wet.
-Russell B. Long

Democracy is like a tambourine- not everyone can be trusted with it.
-John Oliver

Democracy is mob rule, but with income taxes.
-Variously attributed

Democracy is more cruel than wars or tyrants.
-Lucias Annaeus Seneca

Democracy is more vindictive than Cabinets. The wars of peoples will be more terrible than those of kings.
-Winston Churchill

Democracy is no harlot to be picked up in the street by a man with a tommy gun.
-Winston Churchill

Democracy is people of all races, colors, and creeds united by a single dream: to get rich and move to the suburbs away from people of all races, colors, and creeds.
-Johnny Carson

Democracy is something that you must learn each generation. It has to be taught.
-Anthony Kennedy

Democracy is still upon its trial. The civic genius of our people is its only bulwark.
-William James

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
-H.L. Mencken

Democracy is the crude leading the crud.
-Florence King

Democracy is the eagle on the back of a dollar bill, with 13 arrows in one claw, 13 leaves on a branch, 13 tail feathers, and 13 stars over its head. This signifies that when the white man came to this country, it was bad luck for the Indians, bad luck for the trees, bad luck for the wildlife, and lights out for the American eagle.
-Johnny Carson

Democracy is the name we give to the people when we need them.
-Robert Pelleve

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
-Sydney J. Harris

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

Democracy is the theory that the people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
-H.L. Mencken

Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
-Winston Churchill

Democracy is timelessly human, and timelessness always implies a certain amount of potential youthfulness.
-Thomas Mann

Democracy is too good to share with just anybody.
-Nigel Rees

Democracy is welcoming people from other lands, and giving them something to hold onto- usually a mop or a leaf blower.
-Johnny Carson

Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business; and it gives in the long run a net result of zero.
-Thomas Carlyle

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Demagogues and dictators

Published Tuesday, March 15, 2016 @ 9:31 PM EDT
Mar 15 2016

A demagogue is a person with whom we disagree as to which gang should mismanage the country.
Don Marquis

A man is not a dictator when he is given a commission from the people and carries it out.
-Huey P. Long

America's two great specialties are demagogues and rock and roll, and we've all heard plenty of both in our time.
-Stephen King

America's two great specialties are demagogues and rock and roll, and we've all heard plenty of both in our time.
Stephen King

Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.
-Noam Chomsky

Demagogue: One who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.
H.L. Mencken

Demagogues and agitators are very unpleasant, they are incidental to a free and constitutional country, and you must put up with these inconveniences or do without many important advantages.
Benjamin Disraeli

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
-Alan Coren

Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
-Winston Churchill

Dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact that they foster idiocy.
-Jorge Luis Borges

Elections give the illusion of freedom but are in fact a game among the powers that be, this is why we talk of 'formal democracy.' Instead of drawing forth the best energies of a people, this legal institution hands actual control to very different forces, turning democracy into another form of oligarchy and dictatorship.
-Karl Jaspers

Every dictatorship has ultimately strangled in the web of repression it wove for its people, making mistakes that could not be corrected because criticism was prohibited.
-Robert F. Kennedy

I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially.
-E.B. White

I know ours is a world made by men for men, their dictatorship is so ancient it even extends to language.
-Oriana Fallaci

It is from weakness that people reach for dictators and concentrated government power. Only the strong can be free. And only the productive can be strong.
-Wendell Willkie

It is not the bad dictators who made the world bad; it is bad thinking. It is, therefore, in the realm of ideas that we will have to restore the world!
-Fulton J. Sheen

My career is a fascist state. I'm the dictator, the chief of police, the head of the army. Anybody who tries to interfere is put up against the wall and shot.
-Michael Caine

Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger. (At the Nuremberg Trials)
-Herman Goering

Of course we're unilateral. If we Americans had wanted to be ordered around by English wig-tops, French functionaries, bossy Germans, disorganized Italians, tin-pot Latin American dictators, and Ice Age Siberian bureaucrats, we would have stayed where we were.
-P.J. O'Rourke

People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship.
-Karl Popper

Reason can never be the absolute dictator of man's mental or moral economy.
-Theodore Dalrymple

Republicans say that Democrats want a huge, monolithic federal institution that will compromise personal liberty and freedom by controlling individuals' lives with intrusive policies and a dictatorial agenda. Republicans, of course, believe that is the job of organized religion.
-Dennis Miller

Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable.
-Shimon Peres

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.
-Charles Bukowski

The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations.
-Noam Chomsky

The necessary foundation of every authoritarian government is a public that prefers to feel rather than to reason. Emotion is the wild stag skillfully ridden by all dictators.
-Brian Ferguson

The only place where you can be a dictator and still be loved is on the movie set.
-Frederico Fellini

The rank and file have let their servants become their masters and dictators... Provision should be made in all union constitutions for the recall of leaders. Big salaries should not be paid. Career hunters should be driven out, as well as leaders who use labor for political ends. These types are menaces to the advancement of labor.
-Mary Harris Jones (Mother Jones)

The secret of the demagogue is to appear as dumb as his audience so that these people can believe themselves as smart as he is.
Karl Kraus

The ultimate failures of dictatorship cost humanity far more than any temporary failures of democracy.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt

War is no longer made by simply analysed economic forces if it ever was. War is made or planned now by individual men, demagogues and dictators who play on the patriotism of their people to mislead them into a belief in the great fallacy of war when all their vaunted reforms have failed to satisfy the people they misrule.
Ernest Hemingway

We should not allow the word 'democracy' to be utilized apologetically to represent the dictatorship of the exploiting classes.
-Che Guevara

Wherever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.
-Harry S. Truman

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Quotes of the day: Raymond Aron

Published Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 1:40 AM EDT
Mar 14 2016

Raymond-Claude-Ferdinand Aron (March 14, 1905 - October 17, 1983) was a French philosopher, sociologist, journalist, and political scientist. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Despotism has so often been established in the name of liberty that experience should warn us to judge parties by their practices rather than their preachings.

Foreknowledge of the future makes it possible to manipulate both enemies and supporters.

If tolerance is born of doubt, let us teach everyone to doubt all the models and utopias, to challenge all the prophets of redemption and the heralds of catastrophe.

In a way, all sociologists are akin to Marxists because of their inclination to settle everyone's accounts but their own.

In writing if it takes over 30 minutes to write the first two paragraphs select another subject.

Intellectuals cannot tolerate the chance event, the unintelligible: they have a nostalgia for the absolute, for a universally comprehensive scheme.

Peace impossible, war improbable.

Racism is the snobbery of the poor.

Reality is always more conservative than ideology.

Skepticism cannot be revolutionary, even though it speaks the language of revolution.

The intellectual who no longer feels attached to anything is not satisfied with opinion merely; he wants certainty, he wants a system. The revolution provides him with his opium.

The man who no longer expects miraculous changes either from a revolution or from an economic plan is not obliged to resign himself to the unjustifiable. It is because he likes individual human beings, participates in living communities, and respects the truth, that he refuses to surrender his soul to an abstract ideal of humanity, a tyrannical party, and an absurd scholasticism.

What passes for optimism is most often the effect of an intellectual error.


(March 14 is also the birthday of Albert Einstein.)

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Quotes of the day: Garson Kanin

Published Sunday, March 13, 2016 @ 6:19 PM EDT
Mar 13 2016

Garson Kanin (November 24, 1912 – March 13, 1999) was a prolific American writer and director of plays and films. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Amateurs hope. Professionals work.

An enlightened society understands that education should be a continuing, never-ending process.

Books are men of higher stature; the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear.

By and large, every successful enterprise is the result of one individual's imagination, enterprise, and perseverance.

Great beauties are infrequently great actresses, simply because they do not need to be.

I want everyone to be smart. As smart as they can be. A world of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in.

Life is not, or should not be, a spectator sport. It must be lived, not observed.

So it can be seen that the trouble with the motion-picture art was (and is) that it is too much an industry; and the trouble with the motion picture industry is that it is too much an art. It is out of this basic contradiction that most of the ills of the form arise.

The best part of one's life is the working part, the creative part. Believe me, I love to succeed... However, the real spiritual and emotional excitement is in the doing.

The full moblization of a nation's labor force is essential to its power and well-being.

The Hollywood laborers, the carpenters and painters, were always perfect. Then came the technicians, the electricians and special effects men. They were marvelous. However, the higher you climbed in the system, the lower the level of competence, until you reached the head of the studio, who turned out to be an idiot.

The use of talent is far more important than the possession of talent.

There are thousands of causes for stress, and one antidote to stress is self-expression. That's what happens to me every day. My thoughts get off my chest, down my sleeves and onto my pad.

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.


(March 13 is also the birthday of L. Ron Hubbard and Walter Annenberg.)

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re: Donald Trump

Published Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 10:31 PM EST
Mar 10 2016

As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big.
-Donald Trump

In an argument, you have to learn to control your emotions. The other person is the revolver, but you are the trigger. The revolver won't hurt you as long as the trigger isn't pulled.
-Donald Trump

In what is widely thought to be the largest leveraged buyout to date, Donald Trump announced that if everyone in the world will lend him all the money they have, he will buy everything they own.
-P.J. O'Rourke

One day Donald Trump will discover that he is owned- lock, stock and roulette wheel- by Lutheran Brotherhood, and must negotiate his debt load with a committee of silent Norwegians who don't understand why anyone would pay more than $120 for a suit.
-Garrison Keillor

Show me someone without an ego, and I'll show you a loser.
-Donald Trump

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America is...

Published Wednesday, March 09, 2016 @ 7:40 PM EST
Mar 09 2016

America is a country no one should go to for the first time.
-Jawaharlal Nehru

America is a country ready to be taken, in fact, longing to be taken by political leaders ready to restore democracy and trust to the political process.
-Arianna Huffington

America is a country that can choke on a gnat, or swallow tigers.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II

America is a country with a First Amendment, and you're allowed to publish just about anything you want, as long as it's not real secret information. Of course, nobody really does that except for, you know, you guys in the media.
-Tom Clancy

America is a democracy and has no Hitler, but I am afraid for her future; there are hard times ahead for the American people, troubles will be coming from within and without. America cannot smile away their Negro problem nor Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There are cosmic laws.
-Albert Einstein

America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind.
-Norman Mailer

America is a land of wonders, in which everything is in constant motion and every change seems an improvement.
-Alexis de Tocqueville

America is a land where a citizen will cross the ocean to fight for democracy- and won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
-Bill Vaughan

America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.
-Arnold J. Toynbee

America is a melting pot. The people at the bottom get burned while all the scum floats to the top.
-Charlie King

America is a mistake, admittedly a gigantic mistake, but a mistake nevertheless.
-Sigmund Freud

America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is a chaos.
-Max Lerner

America is a place where Jewish merchants sell Zen love beads to agnostics for Christmas.
-John Burton Brimer

America is a tune. It must be sung together.
-Gerald Stanley Lee

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.
-John Updike

America is a young country with an old mentality.
-George Santayana

America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.
-Gloria Steinem

America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine Providence in behalf of the human race.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.
-Claire Wolfe

America is Elvis Presley- the most beautiful, talented, rebellious nation in the history of Earth. And now, you're in your Vegas years. You've squeezed yourself into a white jumpsuit, you're wheezing your way through 'Love Me Tender' and you might be about to pass away bloated on the toilet. But you're still the King.
-John Oliver

America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.
-Paul Tsongas

America is neither free nor brave, but a land of tight, iron-clanking little wills, everybody trying to put it over everybody else, and a land of men absolutely devoid of the real courage of trust, trust in life's sacred spontaneity. They can't trust life until they can control it.
-D.H. Lawrence

America is not a land of money but of wealth-not a land of rich people, but of successful workers.
-Henry Ford

America is not a melting pot. It is a sizzling cauldron.
-Barbara Mikulski

America is not Europe. America was created as an escape from, and antidote to, Europe.
-Michael Kelly

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.
-Nelson Rockefeller

America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true.
-James T. Farrell

America is still a government of the naive, for the naive, and by the naive. He who does not know this, nor relish it, has no inkling of the nature of his country.
-Christopher Morley

America is still mostly xenophobic and racist. That's the nature of America, I think.
-Jerry Garcia

America is the best half-educated country in the world
-Nicholas Murray Butler

America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences.
-George Santayana

America is the land of wide lawns and narrow minds.
-Ernest Hemingway

America is the land where people are free to dream whatever they want, so long as that dream doesn't make Midwesterners feel icky.
-Lewis Black

America is the most inventive country in the world because everybody has access to information.
-Tom Clancy

America is the only country in the world that's still in the business of making bombs that can end the world and TV shows that make it seem like a good idea.
-Bill Maher

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

America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked.
-David Letterman

America is the sum of all our journeys as we search for our national community and our national culture.
-Paul Tsongas

America isn't young, you know. It's ancient and evil. With aluminum siding.
-Rudy Rucker

America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still.
-E.E. Cummings

Anything anybody can say about America is true.
-Emmett Grogan

But America is a great, unwieldy Body. Its Progress must be slow. It is like a large Fleet sailing under Convoy. The fleetest Sailors must wait for the dullest and slowest.
-John Adams

CEOs of large corporations earn 400 times what their workers make. That is not what America is supposed to be about.
-Bernie Sanders

Disneyland is a white pioneer's idea of what America is. Wacky American animals. American conviviality, zappy, zany, congenial and nice, like a parade of demented, bright Shriners.
-Jonathan Miller

Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same- hardihood. Give them raw truth.
-John Jay Chapman

From New England's Puritans we inherited the idea that America is blessed and ordained by God above all nations, but lost the fear of wrath and retribution.
-Sarah Vowell

I don't make movies for America. I make movies for planet Earth. America is just another market.
-Quentin Tarentino

I want to be American. America is the coolest place on the face of the Earth. You've got freedom of speech. You've got McDonald's.
-Ozzy Osbourne

If a jerk burns the flag, America is not threatened, democracy is not under siege, freedom is not at risk.
-Gary Ackerman

If all the world's a stage, America is the shiny vertical pole in the middle.
-John Alejandro King (The Covert Comic)

My advice to the women of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias.
-William Allen White

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
-Carl Sandburg

Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.
-Matthew Arnold

Politics in America is the binding secular religion.
-Theodore H. White

Russia, France, Germany and China. They revere their writers. America is still a frontier country that almost shudders at the idea of creative expression.
-James A. Michener

The biggest big business in America is not steel, automobiles, or television. It is the manufacture, refinement and distribution of anxiety.
-Eric Sevareid

The biggest difference between England and America is that England has history, while America has geography.
-Neil Gaiman

The business of America is not business. Neither is it war. The business of america is justice and securing the blessings of liberty.
-George F. Will

The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.
-Thomas Paine

The fate of America cannot depend on any one man. The greatness of America is grounded in principles and not on any single personality.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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.'
-Florence King

The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples.
-Walter Lippmann

The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof.
-Mary McCarthy

The most famous living artist in America is Andy Warhol, unfortunately. (1979)
-John Heilpern

The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?
-Variously attributed

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
-King Edward VIII

The trouble with America is that there are far too many wide-open spaces surrounded by teeth.
-Charles Luckman

The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
-Louis Kronenberger

The unreal is natural, so natural that it makes of unreality the most natural of anything natural. That is what America does, and that is what America is.
-Gertrude Stein

The youth of America is their oldest tradition.
-Oscar Wilde

To be a celebrity in America is to be forgiven everything.
-Mary McGrory

Too much of what passes as tolerance in America is not the result of principled judgment but is simple moral indifference.
-Daniel Taylor

We all know that America is the worst country in the world, except for all the others.
-Mort Sahl

Whoever kindles the flames of intolerance in America is lighting a fire underneath his own home.
-Harold E. Stassen

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Quotes of the day: Michael Eisner

Published Monday, March 07, 2016 @ 5:24 PM EST
Mar 07 2016

Michael Dammann Eisner (b. March 7, 1942) is an American businessman. He is best known as the chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company from 1984 until 2005. Prior to Disney, he was president and CEO of rival movie studio Paramount Pictures from 1976 to 1984, and had brief stints at the major television networks NBC, CBS and ABC. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Eventually the consumer will come to appreciate the editorial point of view of every different brand. User-generated content without editorial oversight will simply be background noise.

Graduate school is a place to hide for a couple of years.

I don't think individual achievement in business is the most meaningful way for it to operate.

I find that, once you get into a position where you can afford a pair of shoes and a decent level of living, success in itself is empty.

I grew up Jewish. I am Jewish. I went to an Episcopal high school. I went to a Baptist college. I've taken every comparative-religion course that was available. God? I have no idea.

If it's not growing, it's going to die.

If you are not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road.

In every business, in every industry, management does matter.

It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.

Many people you think are individual achievers in fact have either a strong spousal partner over many years or a business partner who's either in the background, not given enough publicity or less egocentric.

Nobody has a bigger cult than Warren Buffett.

Recovering from failure is often easier than building from success.

Sometimes you have to be worn out and burnt out to become authentic and original.

Succeeding is not really a life experience that does that much good. Failing is a much more sobering and enlightening experience.

The odds of being successful are the same for every group that is educated in America. It's just that the group that is not wealthy is 95 percent of the population. So if there are 100 successful people in a room, probably 95 out of 100 came from more modest means.

There's a fine line between what would characterize you as a troglodyte and what would characterize you as a brilliant, avant- garde, forward-thinking genius. There's some middle ground.

There's no good idea that can't be improved on.

To punish failure is yet another way to encourage mediocrity.

When I read biographies, I'm only interested in the first few chapters. I'm not interested in when people become successful. I'm interested in what made them successful.

When you're trying to create things that are new, you have to be prepared to be on the edge of risk.

You either play by the rules, change the rules, or get out, altogether.

Categories: Michael Eisner, Quotes of the day

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