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Quotes of the day: A.A. Milne

Published Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 6:44 AM EST
Jan 31 2014

Alan Alexander Milne (January 18, 1882 - January 31, 1956) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.

Bores can be divided into two classes; those who have their own particular subject, and those who do not need a subject.

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.

For one person who dreams of making fifty thousand pounds, a hundred people dream of being left fifty thousand pounds.

Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.

I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.

If a statement is untrue, it is not the more respectable because it has been said in Latin.

If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name.

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.

It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before.

No brain at all, some of them, only grey fluff that's blown into their heads by mistake, and they don't Think.

No doubt Jack the Ripper excused himself on the grounds that it was human nature.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts.

The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief- call it what you will- than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course.

The spring has sprung, the grass is rizz. I wonder where them birdies is?

The things that make me different are the things that make me.

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.

What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.

When you do the things that you can do, you will find a way.

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.

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Quotes of the day: Mohandas Gandhi

Published Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 6:52 AM EST
Jan 30 2014

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma (Sanskrit: "high-souled," "venerable")—applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa,—is now used worldwide. He is also called Bapu (Gujarati: endearment for "father," "papa.") in India. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A convert's enthusiasm for his new religion is greater than that of a person who is born in it.

A good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty.

A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.

A man of truth must also be a man of care.

All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul.

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.

An unjust law is itself a species of violence.

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal, and not in reaching it.

Good government is no substitute for self-government.

Good travels at a snail's pace. Those who want to do good are not selfish, they are not in a hurry, they know that to impregnate people with good requires a long time.

I hold that democracy cannot be evolved by forcible methods. The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within.

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

I worship God as Truth only. I have not yet found Him, but I am seeking after Him.

In reality there are as many religions as there are individuals.

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence. Violence is any day preferable to impotence. There is hope for a violent man to become non-violent. There is no such hope for the impotent.

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

I’m a lover of my own liberty, and so I would do nothing to restrict yours.

Jealousy does not wait for reasons.

Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.

Man easily capitulates when sin is presented in the garb of virtue.

My faith is brightest in the midst of impenetrable darkness.

Nonviolence should never be used as a shield for cowardice. It is a weapon for the brave.

Nothing is impossible for pure love.

Poverty is the worst kind of violence.

Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different road, so long as we reach the same goal. Wherein is the cause for quarreling?

Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.

Selfishness is blind.

Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.

So long as a man does not of his own free will put himself last among his fellow creatures, there is no salvation for him.

Strength of numbers is the delight of the timid. The valiant in spirit glory in fighting alone.

The cry for peace will be a cry in the wilderness, so long as the spirit of nonviolence does not dominate millions of men and women.

The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need but not for every man's greed.

The ideally non-violent state will be an ordered anarchy. That State is the best governed which is governed the least.

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the 'still small voice' within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

To befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion.

To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman

Truth never damages a cause that is just.

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

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Quotes of the day: Thomas Paine

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Jan 29 2014

Thomas Paine (January 29, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called "a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination".

At the time of his death, most American newspapers reprinted the obituary notice from the New York Citizen, which read in part: "He had lived long, did some good and much harm." Only six mourners came to his funeral, two of whom were black, most likely freedmen. The writer and orator Robert G. Ingersoll wrote:

"Thomas Paine had passed the legendary limit of life. One by one most of his old friends and acquaintances had deserted him. Maligned on every side, execrated, shunned and abhorred- his virtues denounced as vices- his services forgotten- his character blackened, he preserved the poise and balance of his soul. He was a victim of the people, but his convictions remained unshaken. He was still a soldier in the army of freedom, and still tried to enlighten and civilize those who were impatiently waiting for his death. Even those who loved their enemies hated him, their friend– the friend of the whole world– with all their hearts. On the 8th of June, 1809, death came– Death, almost his only friend. At his funeral no pomp, no pageantry, no civic procession, no military display. In a carriage, a woman and her son who had lived on the bounty of the dead– on horseback, a Quaker, the humanity of whose heart dominated the creed of his head– and, following on foot, two negroes filled with gratitude– constituted the funeral cortege of Thomas Paine.

(Click here for full Wikipedia article.)


A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice.

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

An army of principles will penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.

An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws.

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

He who dares not offend cannot be honest.

He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.

I care not how affluent some may be, provided that none be miserable in consequence of it.

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.

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

In the early ages of the world, according to the Scripture chronology there were no kings; the consequence of which was, there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throws mankind into confusion.

Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.

It is of the utmost danger to society to make it (religion) a party in political disputes.

It is the duty of a patriot to protect his country from its government.

It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all.

Man cannot make, or invent, or contrive principles; he can only discover them, and he ought to look through the discovery to the Author.

Men did not make the earth. It is the value of the improvements only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property. Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds.

My own mind is my own Church.

Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.

Reason obeys itself; and Ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.

That which is now called natural philosophy, embracing the whole circle of science, of which astronomy occupies the chief place, is the study of the works of God, and of the power and wisdom of God in his works, and is the true theology.

The Bible is a book that has been read more and examined less than any book that ever existed.

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

The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries, that have afflicted the human race, have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion. It has been the most dishonorable belief against the character of the divinity, the most destructive to morality, and the peace and happiness of man, that ever was propagated since man began to exist.

The nearer any disease approaches to a crisis, the nearer it is to a cure. Danger and deliverance make their advances together, and it is only the last push, in which one or the other takes the lead.

The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.

The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.

The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.

There is something exceedingly ridiculous in the composition of monarchy; it first excludes a man from the means of information, yet empowers him to act in cases where the highest judgment is required.

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

Though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.

To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen and unsupposed circumstances... that no human wisdom can calculate the end.

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.

When man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.

When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have freedom.

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime.

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Quotes of the day: Alan Alda

Published Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 2:55 AM EST
Jan 28 2014

Alan Alda (born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo; January 28, 1936) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is best known for his starring roles as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H and Arnold Vinick in The West Wing, and his supporting role in the 2004 film The Aviator, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Journalism and a member of the advisory board of The Center for Communicating Science. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.

Don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Laugh at yourself, but don't doubt yourself.

For humans, flying isn't magic, it's physics.

I wouldn't live in California. All that sun makes you sterile.

I'm in the real world, some people try to steal from me, and I stop them, frequently, take them to court. I love a good lawsuit. It's fun.

If I can't get the girl, at least give me more money.

If you know what you're looking for, that's all you'll get- what's previously known. But when you're open to what's possible, you get something new- that's creativity.

It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich.

It's really clear to me that you can't hang onto something longer than its time. Ideas lose certain freshness, ideas have a shelf life, and sometimes they have to be replaced by other ideas.

It's too bad I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that.

Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.

Loneliness is everything it's cracked up to be.

My mother didn't try to stab my father until I was six.

The good thing about being a hypocrite is that you get to keep your values.

The most striking thing about the scientists I met was their complete dedication to evidence. It reminded me of the wonderfully plainspoken words of Richard Feynman who felt it was better not to know than to know something that was wrong.

When people are laughing, they're generally not killing one another.

You can lend them your talents, but don't give them your soul.

You can tell a lot about people by the way they treat the help.

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

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Quotes of the day: Lewis Carroll

Published Monday, January 27, 2014 @ 12:02 AM EST
Jan 27 2014

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (January 27, 1832 - January 14, 1898), better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky," all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy, and there are societies in many parts of the world (including the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, and New Zealand dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of his works and the investigation of his life. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare to live in any scene in which we dare not die.

Everything's got a moral, if you can only find it.

I suppose every child has a world of his own- and every man, too, for the matter of that. I wonder if that's the cause for all the misunderstanding there is in Life?

If you want to inspire confidence, give plenty of statistics– it does not matter that they should be accurate, or even intelligible, so long as there is enough of them.

In some ways, you know, people that don't exist, are much nicer than people that do.

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backward.

Some children have the most disagreeable way of getting grown-up.

(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought-
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


On Dreaming, After Falling Asleep Watching TV

by Isabelle Di Caprio
(published in MAD magazine, circa 1963)

Twas Brillo and G.E. Stoves
Did Proctor-Gamble in the Glade
All Pillsbury were the Tasty Loaves
And in a Minute Maid

"Beware the Station Break, my son,
The voice that lulls, the ads that vex,
Beware the Doctor's Claim and shun
That horror called Brand-X!"

He took his Q-Tip swab in hand,
Long time the Tension Headache fought,
So Dristan he by a Mercury,
And Bayer break'd in thought.

And as in Bufferin Gulf he stood,
The Station Break, with Rise of Tame,
Came Wisking through the Pride-hazed wood,
And Cream-Rinsed as it came!

"Buy one, buy two, we're almost through!"
The Q-Tip Dash went Spic-and-Span,
He Tide Airwick, and with Bisquick,
Went Aero-Waxing Ban.

"And hast thou Dreft the Station Break?
Ajax the Breck, Excedrin boy,
Oh Fab wash day! Cashmere Bouquet!"
He Handi-wrapped with Joy.

Twas Brillo and G.E. Stoves
Did Proctor-Gamble in the Glade
All Pillsbury were the Tasty-Loaves
And in a Minute Maid.

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Cleaning off the desktop

Published Sunday, January 26, 2014 @ 5:48 AM EST
Jan 26 2014

Granddaughters Joelle and Lea. Joelle appears to be thinking, "I don't mind the sleepover business, but she's touching my bear."


Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) on marriage between a man and a woman:

'The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice. The husband’s part is to show up during the times of deep stress, take the leadership role and be accountable for the outcome, blaming no one else.'

To be fair, it sounds better in the original Klingon.

-Zay N. Smith


I'm a non-violent kind of guy, but I sincerely believe anyone who uses the word 'whilst' should be soundly thrashed.



"Secret formulas" abound on social media for wondrous cleaning solutions you can make in your home.

Don't waste your time.

Homemade whatevers - rug cleaner, spot remover, detergent - all contain just one real, active ingredient: dishwashing liquid. That's it. Period. Be especially wary of the ones which include both vinegar and baking soda. When mixed, the acetic acid in the vinegar and the baking soda react to form carbonic acid and sodium acetate. Carbonic acid sounds impressive, but all it really is carbonated water. And when it stops fizzing, it's because all the carbon dioxide has escaped from the mixture. Take the carbon dioxide out of carbonic acid, and you have... water. So you're left with just water and sodium acetate. Sodium acetate is a nifty chemical, with lots of uses- but cleaning ain't one of them. Just just save yourself the trouble and just use the soap and water.

(Courtesy of the late George Kraynick, my sophomore chemistry teacher.)


Ok, maybe it is a real dog and pony show...


I'm not arguing, I'm explaining why I'm right.
-Bill Murray



Funeral home directors: when the only phrase in a death notice that appears in initial caps and within quotation marks is "Dear Wife", you're sending a mixed message...



"It was the first kiss between an African-American woman and a white Canadian in a toupee."
-Craig Ferguson (describing Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner in the original Star Trek tv series.)


"Kraft has recalled over 1.7 million pounds of Velveeta products for mis-labeled ingredients. They accidentally called it 'cheese'."
-Stephen Colbert


Alcohol is really just the liquid version of Photoshop.
-Bill Murray


Am I supposed to feel safer because corporations, not terrorists, are blowing up fertilizer plants, drowning towns in oil, and poisoning the water?


It's a girl my Lord
In a flatbed Ford
Slowing down to do
Some misandry
(from Twitter)



Agnostic apathetic isolationist.
I don't know. I don't care. Go away.



I'm no scientist, but legalizing marijuana in your state seems to cause immediate football superiority.


Granddaughter Joelle takes the term "menu sampler" literally.
(With her mom, Angela, and senior granddaughter Leanna.)


Excluding starches, preservatives, emulsifiers and artificial flavoring, Soylent Green is actually less than 2% people.
-The Covert Comic

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Quotes of the day: Douglas MacArthur

Published Sunday, January 26, 2014 @ 4:58 AM EST
Jan 26 2014

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) was an American general and field marshal of the Philippine Army who was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines Campaign, which made him and his father Arthur MacArthur, Jr., the first father and son to be awarded the medal. He was one of only five men ever to rise to the rank of General of the Army in the U.S. Army, and the only man ever to become a field marshal in the Philippine Army. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.

Americans never quit.

Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.

I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.

I have returned.

In no other profession are the penalties for employing untrained personnel so appalling or so irrevocable as in the military.

In war there is no substitute for victory.

It is fatal to enter an war without the will to win it.

It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.

It was close; but that's the way it is in war. You win or lose, live or die- and the difference is just an eyelash.

It's the orders you disobey that make you famous.

Never give an order that can't be obeyed.

Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die.

Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear- kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor- with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.

Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind.

Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the application of external force is pure nonsense. Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our free institutions- those institutions we proudly called the American way of life.

The issues are global and so interlocked that to consider the problems of one sector, oblivious to those of another, is but to court disaster for the whole.

There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.

We are not retreating; we are advancing in another direction.

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

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Quotes of the day: Virginia Woolf

Published Saturday, January 25, 2014 @ 12:07 AM EST
Jan 25 2014

Adeline Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941) was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and i>Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.

Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation.

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.

Better was it to go unknown and leave behind you an arch, then to burn like a meteor and leave no dust.

Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us.

Books are the mirrors of the soul.

By the truth we are undone. Life is a dream. 'Tis the waking that kills us. He who robs us of our dreams robs us of our life.

Friendships, even the best of them, are frail things. One drifts apart.

Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do.

Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.

Habits and customs are a convenience devised for the support of timid natures who dare not allow their souls free play.

How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn’t pull the trigger?

How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.

Human beings have neither kindness, nor faith, nor charity beyond what serves to increase the pleasure of the moment.

I am rooted, but I flow.

I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun.

I have lost friends, some by death... others by sheer inability to cross the street.

I like books whose virtue is all drawn together in a page or two. I like sentences that don't budge though armies cross them.

I prefer men to cauliflowers.

I read the book of Job last night-I don't think God comes well out of it.

I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

Illusions are to the soul what atmosphere is to the earth.

It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.

It is far more difficult to murder a phantom than a reality.

It is no use trying to sum people up

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.

Never pretend that the things you haven't got are not worth having.

No passion is stronger in the breast of a man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.

Nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates happiness from melancholy.

On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.

Once you begin to take yourself seriously as a leader or as a follower, as a modern or as a conservative, then you become a self-conscious, biting, and scratching little animal whose work is not of the slightest value or importance to anybody.

One can only believe entirely, perhaps, in what one cannot see.

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.

Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.

She thought there were no Gods; no one was to blame; and so she evolved this atheist's religion of doing good for the sake of goodness.

The beauty of the world... has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.

The middle age of buggers is not to be contemplated without horror.

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

The strongest natures, when they are influenced, submit the most unreservedly: it is perhaps a sign of their strength.

Though we see the same world, we see it through different eyes.

To let oneself be carried on passively is unthinkable.

We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.

What does the brain matter compared with the heart?

When the body escaped mutilation, seldom did the heart go to the grave unscarred.

Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.

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Quotes of the day: Elizabeth Wharton

Published Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 12:05 AM EST
Jan 24 2014

Edith Wharton (born Edith Newbold Jones; January 24, 1862 - August 11, 1937) was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in literature, for her twelfth novel, The Age of Innocence. In addition to writing several respected novels, Wharton produced a wealth of short stories and is particularly well regarded for her ghost stories. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.

Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins.

Every house is a mad house at some time or another.

Half the trouble in life is caused by pretending there isn't any.

I don't know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting.

I was just a screw or cog in the great machine I called life, and when I dropped out of it I found I was of no use anywhere else.

If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.

In every heart there should be one grief that is like a well in the desert.

In our individual loves, though the years are sad, the days have a way of being jubilant.

In the rotation of crops there was a recognized season for wild oats; but they were not sown more than once.

Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.

My little dog- a heartbeat at my feet.

Nothing is more perplexing to a man than the mental process of a woman who reasons her emotions.

Silence may be as variously shaded as speech.

The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it. You might as well say that the only way not to think about air is to have enough to breathe.

The real marriage of true minds is for any two people to possess a sense of humor or irony pitched in exactly the same key, so that their joint glances on any subject cross like interarching searchlights.

The worst of doing one's duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else.

There are two ways of spreading light: to be
The candle or the mirror that reflects it.

There's no such thing as old age; there is only sorrow.

They are all alike you know. They hold their tongues for years and you think you're safe, but when the opportunity comes they remember everything.

True originality consists not in a new manner, but in a new vision.

What a shame it is for a nation to be developing without a sense of beauty, and eating bananas for breakfast.

When people ask for time, it's always for time to say no. Yes has one more letter in it, but it doesn't take half as long to say.

Who's 'they'? Why don't you all get together and be 'they' yourselves?

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Quotes of the day: Salvador Dalí

Published Thursday, January 23, 2014 @ 12:02 AM EST
Jan 23 2014

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (May 11, 1904 - January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, in the Catalonia region of Spain.

Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in August 1931. Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Dalí attributed his "love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes" to an "Arab lineage", claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors.

Dalí was highly imaginative, and also enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior. His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork, to the dismay of those who held his work in high esteem, and to the irritation of his critics. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.

An elegant woman is a woman who despises you and who has no hair under her arms.

Everything alters me, but nothing changes me.

Happy is he who causes scandal.

Have no fear of perfection- you'll never reach it.

I am going to my room to masturbate before I have a light lunch, if you would like to come and watch.
(To party guests)

I am not strange. I am just not normal.

I am Surrealism.

I don't do drugs. I am drugs.

I think that the sweetest freedom for a man on earth consists in being able to live, if he likes, without having the need to work.

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

It's either easy or impossible.

So little of what could happen does happen.

Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic.

The daily life of a genius, his sleep, his digestion, he ecstasies, his nails, his colds, his blood, his life and death are essentially different from the rest of mankind.

The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.

The reason some portraits don't look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures.

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.

There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.

There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.

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Quotes of the day: Francis Bacon

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014 @ 12:05 AM EST
Jan 22 2014

Sir Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban, Kt., QC (January 22, 1561 - April 9, 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.

Bacon was knighted in 1603, and created Baron Verulam in 1618 and Viscount St. Alban in 1621; as he died without heirs, both peerages became extinct upon his death. He famously died by contracting pneumonia while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A wise man will make more opportunities, than he finds.

Be angry, but sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Anger must be limited and confined, both in race and in time.

But by far the greatest obstacle to the progress of science and to the undertaking of new tasks and provinces therein is found in this- that men despair and think things impossible.

Certainly fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.

Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.

Fortune is like the market, where many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.

Glorious men are the scorn of wise men, the admiration of fools, the idols of parasites, and the slaves of their own vaunts.

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.

Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.

Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced.

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible.

In charity there is no excess.

It is a strange desire, to seek power and to lose liberty.

It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed.

It is true that that may hold in these things, which is the general root of superstition; namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.

Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.

Nature is often hidden; sometimes overcome; seldom extinguished.

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

Riches are for spending.

Silence is the virtue of a fool.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested...

The human understanding is of its own nature prone to suppose the existence of more order and regularity in the world than it finds.

The joys of parents are secret; and so are their griefs and fears. They cannot utter the one; nor they will not utter the other.

The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament, is affectation; to make judgment wholly by their rules, is the humor of a scholar.

Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion.

Virtue is like a rich stone- best plain set.

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Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 @ 4:32 AM EST
Jan 21 2014

A mistake in judgment isn't fatal, but too much anxiety about judgment is.
-Pauline Kael

A sense of humor is a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge.
-Dave Barry

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

Anxiety and conscience are a powerful pair of dynamos. Between them, they have ensured that I shall work hard, but they cannot ensure that one shall work at anything worthwhile.
-Arnold J. Toynbee

Anxiety destroys scale, and suffering makes us lose perspective.
-Saul Bellow

Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes one feel as you might when a drowning man holds unto you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.
-Anaïs Nin

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
-Søren Kierkegaard

Anxiety is the unwillingness to play even when you know the odds are for you. Courage is the willingness to play even when you know the odds are against you.
-Thomas Szasz

As for the men in power, they are so anxious to establish the myth of infallibility that they do their utmost to ignore truth.
-Boris Pasternak

Deep within every human being there still lives the anxiety over the possibility of being alone in the world, forgotten by God, overlooked among the millions and millions in this enormous household.
-Søren Kierkegaard

Early in life, I was visited by the bluebird of anxiety.
-Woody Allen

He whose honor depends on the opinion of the mob must day by day strive with the greatest anxiety, act and scheme in order to retain his reputation. For the mob is varied and inconstant, and therefore if a reputation is not carefully preserved it dies quickly.
-Benedict Spinoza

I think she must have been very strictly brought up, she's so desperately anxious to do the wrong thing correctly.
-H.H. Munro Saki

I'm a firm believer in anxiety and the power of negative thinking.
-Gertrude Berg

In the great fulfillment we must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation.
-Warren G. Harding

In the US the people are blinkered by the millions of flags that flutter on the forest of poles and hang from every other window. They block the political view and the thunder of their flapping means that even anxious questions, let alone protests, cannot, will not, be heard.
-Phillip Adams

It is a general error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
-Edmund Burke

It is said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.
-Charles H. Spurgeon

Laugh at your worries and insecurities. View your anxieties with humor.
-Paulo Coelho

Men have gained control over the forces of nature to such an extent that with their help they would have no difficulty exterminating one another to the last man. They know this, and hence comes a large part of their current unrest, their unhappiness and their mood of anxiety.
-Sigmund Freud

Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

My anxieties have anxieties.

(In the comic strip Peanuts)
-Charles M. Schulz

No good has ever come from feeling guilty, neither intelligence, policy, nor compassion. The guilty do not pay attention to the object but only to themselves, and not even to their own interests, which might make sense, but to their anxieties.
-Paul Goodman

Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's jobs with yesterday's tools.
-Marshall McLuhan

Poetry is what happens when an anxiety meets a technique.
-Lawrence Durrell

Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth.
-Benjamin Disraeli

The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
-Sigmund Freud

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

The media no longer hesitant to whip up lurid anxieties in order to increase sales, in the process undermining social confidence and multiplying fears.
-A.C. Grayling

There are only two reasons to sit in the back row of an airplane: Either you have diarrhea, or you're anxious to meet people who do.
-Richard Jeni

We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.
-Abraham Lincoln

We still proclam the old ideals of liberty but we cannot voice them without anxiety in our hearts. The question is no longer one of establishing democratic institutions but of preserving them.
-Charles Evans Hughes

What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease.
-George Dennison Prentice

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Quotes of the day: John Ruskin

Published Monday, January 20, 2014 @ 12:03 AM EST
Jan 20 2014

John Ruskin (February 8, 1819 - January 20, 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draftsman, watercolorist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging from geology to architecture, myth to ornithology, literature to education, and botany to political economy. His writing styles and literary forms were equally varied. Ruskin penned essays and treatises, poetry and lectures, travel guides and manuals, letters and even a fairy tale. The elaborate style that characterized his earliest writing on art was later superseded by a preference for plainer language designed to communicate his ideas more effectively. Click for full Wikipedia article.


All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time.

Education does not mean teaching people to know what they do not know; it means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.

Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.

Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.

Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts- the book of their deeds, the book of their words, and the book of their art.

How false is the conception, how frantic the pursuit, of that treacherous phantom which men call Liberty.

In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.

In old times, men used their powers of painting to show the objects of faith; in later times, they used the objects of faith that they might show their powers of painting.

Modern traveling is not traveling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel.

No small misery is caused by overworked and unhappy people, in the dark views which they necessarily take up themselves, and force upon others, of work itself.

Of human work none but what is bad can be perfect in its own bad way.

Punishment is the last and least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance.

The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price, and to be bought for it.

The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition.

The simplest and most necessary truths are always the last believed.

The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions.

The world is full of vulgar Purists, who bring discredit on all selection by the silliness of their choice; and this the more, because the very becoming a Purist is commonly indicative of some slight degree of weakness, readiness to be offended, or narrowness of understanding of the ends of things.

There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.

There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men, that most love variety and change.

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.

When we build, let us think that we build for ever.

Whereas it has long been known and declared that the poor have no right to the property of the rich, I wish it also to be known and declared that the rich have no right to the property of the poor.

You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil.

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Cleaning off the desktop

Published Sunday, January 19, 2014 @ 11:32 AM EST
Jan 19 2014




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Quotes of the day: Edgar Allan Poe

Published Sunday, January 19, 2014 @ 2:44 AM EST
Jan 19 2014

Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

In January 1845 Poe published his poem, The Raven, to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. For years, he had been planning to produce his own journal, The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. On October 7, 1849, at age 40, Poe died in Baltimore; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.

Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today. The Mystery Writers of America present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All that we see or seem,
Is but a dream within a dream.

But as in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of today, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.

Can it be fancied that Deity ever vindictively
Made in his image a mannikin merely to madden it?

Coincidences, in general, are great stumbling blocks in the way of that class of thinkers who have been educated to know nothing of the theory of probabilities- that theory to which the most glorious objects of human research are indebted for the most glorious of illustration.

Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.

I have great faith in fools- self-confidence my friends will call it.

I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.

I was never really insane except upon occasions where my heart was touched.

If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.

It is with literature as with law or empire- an established name is an estate in tenure, or a throne in possession.

It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.

Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man.

Man is an animal that diddles, and there is no animal that diddles but man.

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.

Sleep, those little slices of death- how I loathe them.

Sound loves to revel in a summer night.

That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?

The customs of the world are so many conventional follies.

The most natural, and, consequently, the truest and most intense of the human affections are those which arise in the heart as if by electric sympathy.

The plots of God are perfect. The universe is a plot of God.

The realities of the world affected me as visions, and as visions only, while the wild ideas of the land of dreams became, in turn,- not the material of my every-day existence- but in very deed that existence utterly and solely in itself.

There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction.

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.

To observe attentively is to remember distinctly.

To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.

We should bear in mind that, in general, it is the object of our newspapers rather to create a sensation - to make a point - than to further the cause of truth.

Whether people grow fat by joking, or whether there is something in fat itself which predisposes to a joke, I have never been quite able to determine...

Years of love have been forgot
In the hatred of a minute.

Yes, Heaven is thine; but this
Is a world of sweets and sours;
Our flowers are merely- flowers.

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Quotes of the day: Daniel Webster

Published Saturday, January 18, 2014 @ 7:50 AM EST
Jan 18 2014

Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) was a leading American statesman and senator from Massachusetts during the period leading up to the Civil War. He first rose to regional prominence through his defense of New England shipping interests. Webster's increasingly nationalistic views, and his effectiveness as a speaker, made him one of the most famous orators and influential Whig leaders of the Second Party System. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A strong conviction that something must be done is parent of many bad measures.

An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, the power to destroy.

There is always room at the top.

There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession.

Let it be borne on the flag under which we rally in every exigency, that we have one country, one constitution, one destiny.

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.

Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.

What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality.

I mistrust the judgment of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned.

The proper function of a government is to make it easy for the people to do good, and difficult for them to do evil.

There is nothing so powerful as truth- and often nothing so strange.

Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution of your country and the government established under it. Leave evils which exist in some parts of the country, but which are beyond your control, to the all-wise direction of an over-ruling Providence. Perform those duties which are present, plain and positive. Respect the laws of your country.

A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.

There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.

The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.

There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.

We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people.

Nothing will ruin the country if the people themselves will undertake its safety; and nothing can save it if they leave that safety in any hands but their own.

Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.

Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on Earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.

Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable.

Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.

The dignity of history consists in reciting events with truth and accuracy, and in presenting human agents and their actions in an interesting and instructive form. The first element in history, therefore, is truthfulness; and this truthfulness must be displayed in a concrete form.

Standing armies are the oppressive instruments for governing the people, in the hands of hereditary and arbitrary monarchs.

Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.

Lawyers on opposite sides of a case are like the two parts of shears; they cut what comes between them, but not each other.

The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.

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Published Friday, January 17, 2014 @ 4:00 AM EST
Jan 17 2014

Alcoholism isn't a spectator sport. Eventually the whole family gets to play.
-Joyce Rebeta-Burditt

All parts of the human body get tired eventually- except the tongue.
-Konrad Adenauer

Arcane knowledge can be useful, even though its acquisition can seem pointless. That funny-looking key you picked up a few years ago might eventually unlock a door leading to a totally unexpected opportunity.
-Kevin G. Barkes

Critics search for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually find.
-Peter Ustinov

Eventually all the things you acquire by dishonesty are gone, and you are left with only your dishonesty.
-Robert Brault

Eventually you realize that the reason God didn't always answer your prayers is that He was answering your mom's prayers.
-Robert Brault

Eventually you realize that your mom knows exactly who you are and has been trying to break it to you gently all your life.
-Robert Brault

Eventually, somebody is going to be a hero, and somebody's going to be president. Not necessarily the same person.
-Howard Baker, Jr.

Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.
-Eric Hoffer

Fashion is about eventually being naked.
-Vivienne Westwood

I believe that every dark cloud has a silver lining that contains abnormally high traces of mercury which will eventually lead to the onset of neurological disorders.
-Dennis Miller

I'll feel that horrible feeling in my stomach you get when you've gone over to the Dark Side. But I'll be fine. That's the good thing about the Dark Side. Eventually, your eyes adjust.
-James Lileks

If an infinite number of rednecks riding in an infinite number of pickup trucks fire an infinite number of shotgun rounds at an infinite number of highway signs, they will eventually produce all the world's great literary works in Braille.
-John A. Banker

If you locked William Shakespeare in a room with a typewriter for long enough, he'd eventually write all the songs by the Monkees.

If you maintain a consistent political position long enough, you will eventually be accused of treason.
-Mort Sahl

In my experience, the trouble with oaths of the form, 'death before dishonor,' is that eventually, given enough time and abrasion, they separate the world into just two sorts of people: the dead, and the forsworn. It's a survivor's problem, this one.
-Lois McMaster Bujold

In the old days, quality was just an empty word meaning 'good.' Eventually, it evolved into a complicated method for transferring your money to business consultants.
-Scott Adams

It is inevitable, that eventually the people will demand absolute security from the state... And absolute security is absolute slavery.
-Taylor Caldwell

Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like.

Love is the most practical thing in the world. If you take an attitude of love toward everybody you meet, you'll eventually get along.
-Will Durant

Man can be chained but he cannot be domesticated, and eventually he always breaks his chains.
-Robert A. Heinlein

No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids.
-Bill Cosby

Our elections are free, it's in the results where eventually we pay.
-Bill Stern

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.
-Edward R. Murrow

The political spectrum isn't a line so much as a circle, and no matter which direction you head from 12 o'clock, you eventually wind up on the bottom by the hatch where the cuckoos pop out.
-Tamara K (Indiana blogger)

The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive, and eventually releases him again for another chance.
-Peter De Vries

There will come a time when it isn't 'They're spying on me through my phone' anymore. Eventually, it will be 'My phone is spying on me.'
-Philip K. Dick

Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.
-Nikola Tesla

We had a quicksand box in our back yard. I was an only child, eventually.
-Steven Wright

We have all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.
-R. Wilensky

When I eventually met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always.
-Rita Rudner

When the remodeling contractor points out that Rome wasn't built in a day, it is necessary to point out that Rome was, eventually, built.
-James Lileks

When you actually meet the devil and he offers you a deal most artists eventually negotiate.
-Marc Maron

When, in the late 1940s, we faced a global Cold War against another system of ideological fanatics certain that their authoritarian values would eventually rule the world, we prevailed in time. We prevailed because we exercised patience as well as vigilance, self-restraint as well as self-defense, and reached out to moderates and modernists, to democrats and dissidents, within that closed system.
-Theodore (Ted) Sorensen

You can only work with mirrors for so long, and eventually the reality hits.
-Bob Olstein

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Published Thursday, January 16, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Jan 16 2014

Money alone determines your entire life, political as well as private.
-Germaine de Stael

Money alone sets all the world in motion.
-Publilius Syrus

Money can be lost or stolen, health and strength may fail, but what you have committed to your mind is yours forever.
-Louis L'Amour

Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.
-Kinky Friedman

Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable.
-Clare Boothe Luce

Money can't buy love, but it can definitely rent by the hour.
-Kathy Lette

Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.
-Laurence J. Peter

Money can't buy you friends, but you do get a better class of enemy.
-Spike Milligan

Money can't buy you happiness, but it helps you look for it in a lot more places.
-Milton Berle

Money cannot buy health, but I'd settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair.
-Dorothy Parker

Money does not make you happy but it quiets the nerves.
-Sean O'Casey

Money doesn't buy class.
-Andy Rooney

Money doesn't talk, it swears.
-Bob Dylan

Money is a poor man's credit card.
-Marshall McLuhan

Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.
-P.T. Barnum

Money is always there, but the pockets change.
-Gertrude Stein

Money is appropriate, and one size fits all.
-William Randolph Hearst

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
-Woody Allen

Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets.
-Frederico Fellini

Money is how people with no talent keep score.

Money is human happiness in the abstract: he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes his heart entirely to money.
-Arthur Schopenhauer

Money is like a sixth sense-and you can't make use of the other five without it.
-W. Somerset Maugham

Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and it enlivens the other who turns it upon his fellow man.
-Kahlil Gibran

Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
-Francis Bacon

Money is only unused power. The real purpose of wealth, after food, clothing and shelter, is philanthropy.
-Leon Levy

Money is the fruit of evil, as often as the root of it.
-Henry Fielding

Money is the power of the impotent.
-Leon Samson

Money is the root of all evil. Man needs roots.

Money is what people without talent use to keep score.
-Jeremy C. Epworth

Money isn't everything but it sure keeps you in touch with your children.
-J. Paul Getty

Money isn't everything: usually it isn't even enough.

Money often costs too much.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Money tends to make you stupid.
-H. Ross Perot

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

Money will ruin the life of any man who treats it like anything but a tool with which to work.
-Henry Ford

Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.
-Henry James

Money, like vodka, turns a person into an eccentric.
-Anton Chekhov

Today is also the birthday of the late author, filmmaker, professor and political activist Susan Sontag (d. December 28, 2004)

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Quotes of the day: John Naisbitt

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 6:34 AM EST
Jan 15 2014

John Naisbitt (b January 15, 1929) is an American author and public speaker in the area of futures studies and author of Megatrends (1982). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Almost all change is evolutionary, not revolutionary... expectations always travel at higher speeds.

Don't get so far in front of the parade that no one knows you're in the parade.

In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn.

In the stream of time, the future is always with us.

In their search for quality, people seem to be looking for permanency in a time of change.

Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.

It is in the nature of human beings to bend information in the direction of desired conclusions.

Lawyers are like beavers: They get in the mainstream and dam it up.

Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.

Most change is not in what we do, but how we do it.

Strategic planning is worthless- unless there is first a strategic vision.

The most reliable way to forecast the future is to try to understand the present.

The new leader is a facilitator, not an order giver.

The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many.

Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are going.

Value is what people are willing to pay for it.

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.

We blur the distinction between real and fake.

We favor the quick fix, from religion to nutrition.

We have for the first time an economy based on a key resource (information) that is not only renewable, but self-generating. Running out of it is not a problem, but drowning in it is.

We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human race.

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Darth Tater...

Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 @ 8:30 AM EST
Jan 14 2014

...is apparently a girl.

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Quotes of the day: Anaïs Nin

Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 @ 6:36 AM EST
Jan 14 2014

Anaïs Nin (born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) was an American author born to Spanish-Cuban parents in France, where she was also raised. She spent some time in Spain and Cuba but lived most of her life in the United States where she became an established author. She published journals (which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death), novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica. A great deal of her work, including Delta of Venus and Little Birds, was published posthumously. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All those who try to unveil the mysteries always have tragic lives. At the end they are always punished.

Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes one feel as you might when a drowning man holds unto you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.

Art is the method of levitation, in order to separate one's self from enslavement by the earth.

Creation which cannot express itself becomes madness.

Experience teaches acceptance of the imperfect as life.

For you and for me the highest moment, the keenest joy, is not when our minds dominate but when we lose our minds...

How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than set out to create it for herself.

Human beings can reach such desperate solitude that they may cross a boundary beyond which words cannot serve, and at such moments there is nothing left for them but to bark.

I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits.

I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.

I seek the real stuff of life. Profound drama.

I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself.

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

Literature is one vast hypocrisy, a giant deception, treachery. All writers have concealed more than they revealed.

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.

Love reduces the complexity of living.

Memory is a great betrayer.

Nothing too long imagined can be perfect in a worldly way.

Passion gives me moments of wholeness.

People living deeply have no fear of death.

Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.

Societies in decline have no use for visionaries.

Solitude may rust your words.

Stories do not end.

The enemy of a love is never outside, it's not a man or woman, it's what we lack in ourselves.

The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.

There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.

To lie, of course, is to engender insanity.

What I cannot love, I overlook.

Worlds self made are so full of monsters and demons.

You cannot save people, you can only love them.

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Sign of the day

Published Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 8:44 AM EST
Jan 13 2014

(Posted by Erica J. Harris on Facebook)

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Cleaning off the desktop

Published Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 7:51 AM EST
Jan 13 2014



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"It's been real."

Published Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 7:05 AM EST
Jan 13 2014

Ernie Kovacs (January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962) was an American comedian, actor, and writer whose uninhibited and visually experimental style continues to influence and inspire television comedy. Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, Saturday Night Live, The Uncle Floyd Show, Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and television entertainers including David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, and Craig Ferguson have all used elements of the absurdist humor introduced by Kovacs.

Please visit www.erniekovacs.net, a comprehensive resource with links to scores of Kovacs-related material.


It's been real.

Television: A medium. So called because it's neither rare nor well done.

I was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1919 to a Hungarian couple. I've been smoking cigars ever since.

You don't do anything you lose money on unless you like it a lot.

I know what television is not. It is not photographed radio or vaudeville.

I don't know. I just do it.

I have never really understood classical music, so I would like to take this opportunity to explain it to others.


"Nothing in moderation."

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Quotes of the day: Jack London

Published Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 12:37 AM EST
Jan 12 2014

John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories To Build a Fire, An Odyssey of the North, and Love of Life. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Age is never so old as youth would measure it.

Don't loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don't get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it.

Humor is the hardest to write, easiest to sell, and best rewarded.

I believe that when I am dead, I am dead. I believe that with my death I am just as much obliterated as the last mosquito you and I squashed.

I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but for what I think of myself.

I love the flesh. I'm a pagan. 'Who are they who speak evil of the clay? The very stars are made of clay like mine!'

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.

Life achieves its summit when it does to the uttermost that which it was equipped to do.

Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.

Life? Bah! It has no value. Of cheap things it is the cheapest.

Limited minds can recognize limitations only in others.

Morality is only evidence of low blood pressure.

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

There are things greater than our wisdom, beyond our justice. The right and wrong of this we cannot say, and it is not for us to judge.

Too much is written by the men who can't write about the men who do write.

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Quotes of the day: Alexander Hamilton

Published Saturday, January 11, 2014 @ 6:09 AM EST
Jan 11 2014

Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 (or 1757) – July 12, 1804) was a founding father of the United States, chief of staff to General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the Constitution, the founder of the nation's financial system, and the founder of the first American political party. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A fondness for power is implanted in most men, and it is natural to abuse it when acquired.

A national debt, if not excessive, will be to us as a national blessing. It will be a powerful cement of our union.

And it is long since I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value.

Civil liberty is only natural liberty, modified and secured by the sanctions of civil society.

Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.

I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man.

In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.

Inequality will exist as long as liberty exists. It unavoidably results from that very liberty itself.

It is a maxim deeply ingrafted in that dark system, that no character, however upright, is a match for constantly reiterated attacks, however false.

Laws are a dead letter without courts to expound and define their true meaning and operation.

Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.

Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals, for the most part governed by the impulse of passion.

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.

Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.

Remember civil and religious liberty always go together: if the foundation of the one be sapped, the other will fall of course.

The passions of a revolution are apt to hurry even good men into excesses.

The system, though it may not be perfect in every part, is, upon the whole, a good one; is the best that the present views and circumstances of the country will permit; and is such an one as promises every species of security which a reasonable people can desire.

There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.

To produce the desirable changes, as early as may be expedient, may therefore require the incitement and patronage of government.

Unless your government is respectable, foreigners will invade your rights; and to maintain tranquillity you must be respectable; even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.

We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.

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Quotes of the day: Lord Acton

Published Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 12:04 AM EST
Jan 10 2014

John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, KCVO, DL (January 10, 1834 - June 19, 1902)- known as Sir John Dalberg-Acton, 8th Bt from 1837 to 1869, and usually referred to simply as Lord Acton- was an English Catholic historian, politician, and writer. He was the only son of Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, 7th Baronet and a grandson of the Neapolitan admiral Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet. He is famous for his remark, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare, and its triumphs have been due to minorities, that have prevailed by associating themselves with auxiliaries whose objects differed from their own; and this association, which is always dangerous, has been sometimes disastrous, by giving to opponents just grounds of opposition.

Be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites.

Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.

Fanaticism displays itself in the masses; but the masses were rarely fanaticised; and the crimes ascribed to it were commonly due to the calculations of dispassionate politicians.

Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority.

History provides neither compensation for suffering nor penalties for wrong.

It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist.

Judge not according to the orthodox standard of a system religious, philosophical, political, but according as things promote, or fail to promote the delicacy, integrity, and authority of Conscience.

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.

Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought.

Liberty, next to religion has been the motive of good deeds and the common pretext of crime...

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Put conscience above both system and success.

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. The law of liberty tends to abolish the reign of race over race, of faith over faith, of class over class.

The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.

The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.

The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history, like the grains of gold in the sand of a river; and the knowledge of the past, the record of truths revealed by experience, is eminently practical, as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future.

The story of the future is written in the past, and that which hath been is the same thing that shall be.

The strong man with the dagger is followed by the weak man with the sponge.

There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.

There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.

There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.

There is not a more perilous or immoral habit of mind than the sanctifying of success.

Universal History is ... not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.


Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
-Eric Hoffer

In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.
-David Brin

Power corrupts- isn't that what it's for?

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat, though.
-John Lehman

Power corrupts; PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.
-Vinton Cerf

Power dements even more than it corrupts, lowering the guard of foresight and raising the haste of action.
-Will Duran

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
-John Steinbeck

Power interrupts. Uninterruptible power interrupts absolutely.
-Craig Bruce

You know, 'power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely?' It's the same with powerlessness. Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely.
-Studs Terkel

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It's impossible...

Published Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 12:32 AM EST
Jan 09 2014


Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.
-Doug Larson

Almost nothing is impossible if you put the screws to the right people.

As you accumulate more history you get more interested in history, but the great benefit of youth is that you don't have to forget that stuff is impossible.
-Bruce Sterling

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
-Bette Davis

Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible.
-Javier Pascual Salcedo

Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim.
-Graham Greene

Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.
-Edwin H. Land

Everything is theoretically impossible, until it's done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.
-Robert A. Heinlein

How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

However far modern science and technics have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson: Nothing is impossible.
-Lewis Mumford

I'm struck by how laughter connects you with people. It's almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you're just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy.
-John Cleese

If youth were not ignorant and timid, civilization would be impossible.
-Honoré de Balzac

In France, only the impossible is admired.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

It always seems impossible until it's done.
-Nelson Mandela

It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.
-Jim Bishop

It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law.
-Cecil B. DeMille

It is impossible not to notice that our world is tormented by failure, hate, guilt, and fear.
-William Saroyan

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.
-Thomas Paine

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
-William G. McAdoo

It is impossible to design a system so perfect that no one needs to be good.
-T.S. Eliot

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
-Jerome K. Jerome

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.
-H.L. Mencken

It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles.
-Muriel Spark

It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.
-Jean de la Fontaine

It is impossible to write ancient history because we do not have enough sources, and impossible to write modern history because we have far too many.
-Charles Peguy

It is not impossible to govern Italians. It is merely useless.
-Benito Mussolini

It is totally impossible to be well dressed in cheap shoes.
-Hardy Amies

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
-Yogi Berra

It's absolutely impossible, but it has possibilities.
-Samuel Goldwyn

It's either easy or impossible.
-Salvador Dali

It's impossible to know accurately how you look in your sunglasses.
-George Carlin

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
-Walt Disney

Love is an emotion that is based on an opinion of women that is impossible for those who have had any experience with them.
-H.L. Mencken

Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.
-Oscar Wilde

Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.
-G.M. Trevelyan

Nothing is impossible for pure love.
-Mohandas K. Gandhi

Nothing is impossible for those who don't have to do it.

Nothing is impossible to a determined woman.
-Louisa May Alcott

Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others.
-Jonathan Winters

Nothing is unthinkable, nothing impossible to the balanced person, provided it comes out of the needs of life and is dedicated to life's further development.
-Lewis Mumford

Only those who attempt the absurd...will achieve the impossible.
-M.C. Escher

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
-A.A. Milne

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
-Christopher Reeve

Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.
-Doug Larson

The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.
-Agatha Christie

The impossible is often the untried.
-Jim Goodwin

The impossible often has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks.
-Douglas Adams

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
-Arthur C. Clarke

The opposite of nature is impossible.
-Buckminster Fuller

The richer a society, the more impossible it becomes to do worthwhile things without immediate pay-off.
-E.F. Schumacher

The trouble with you and me... is that we want everyone in the world to personally love us, and of course that's impossible; you just don't meet everyone in the world.
-Leonard Bernstein

The word impossible is not French.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.
-Pearl S. Buck

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
-Paulo Coelho

We live in a time when the words impossible and unsolvable are no longer part of the scientific community's vocabulary. Each day we move closer to trials that will not just minimize the symptoms of disease and injury but eliminate them.
-Christopher Reeve

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
-Arthur C. Clarke

When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to fail. If you're going after Moby Dick, take along the tartar sauce.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

When someone tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football.

When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.
-Isak Dinesen

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Who is the bigger fool? The fool who demands the impossible or the fool who comes in on weekends to do it?
-Craig Bruce

Woman's one comfort is that, even though it may be impossible to prevail against man, it is always possible to enslave and torture one.
-H.L. Mencken

(Today is also the birthday of Richard M. Nixon)

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Published Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 6:17 AM EST
Jan 08 2014

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977) was an American singer, musician, and actor. One of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "The King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "The King". Presley is one of the most celebrated musicians of 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, blues and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. He was nominated for 14 Grammys and won three, receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. He has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.

Don't let your head get too big, it'll break your neck.

Don't criticize what you don't understand, son. You never walked in that man's shoes

I believe the key to happiness is: someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to.

I don't feel I'll live a long life. That's why I have to get what I can from every day.

I don't know anything about music. In my line, you don't have to.

I have no use for bodyguards, but I have a very special use for two highly trained certified public accountants.

I was training to be an electrician. I suppose I got wired the wrong way round somewhere along the line.

I'd never do anything vulgar before an audience. My mother wouldn't permit it.

Music should be something that makes you gotta move, inside or outside.

My voice is ordinary. If I stand still while I'm singing, I might as well go back to driving a truck.

Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it you have it all over.

Singers come and go, but if you're a good actor, you can last a long time.

Talent is being able to sell what you're feeling.

The image is one thing and the human being is another. It's very hard to live up to an image.

The Lord can give, and the Lord can take away. I might be herding sheep next year.

The only thing worse than watchin' a bad movie is bein' in one.

There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.

Those movies sure got me into a rut.

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.

When things go wrong, don't go with them.

When you're a celebrity, people treat you nicer. The bad part is, they also tell you what they think you want to hear, which ain't always the truth.

You only pass through this life once; you don't come back for an encore.


Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century. He introduced the beat to everything, music, language, clothes, it's a whole new social revolution- the 60s comes from it.
-Leonard Bernstein

We're the Axis of Elvis.
-John Lileks

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

He was a unique artist… an original in an area of imitators.
-Mick Jagger

A lot of people have accused Elvis of stealing the black man's music, when in fact almost every black solo entertainer copied his stage mannerisms from Elvis.
-Jackie Wilson

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate him eleven.
-Sammy Davis, Jr.

Before Elvis, there was nothing.
-John Lennon


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Welcome to my existence...

Published Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 5:12 PM EST
Jan 07 2014

(YouTube video: art imitates life.)

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Exchange of the day

Published Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 1:28 PM EST
Jan 07 2014

Conversation at the store:

"You should really stock more cat litter this time of year."

"You mean for people to keep in their cars for traction?"

"Yeah, and the cats drink more when they're depressed."

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Quotes of the day: Nikola Tesla

Published Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 5:58 AM EST
Jan 07 2014

Nikola Tesla (July 10, 1856 - January 7, 1943) was one of the great geniuses of the early electrical age. His invention of the alternating current motor set the stage for the power and lighting systems now used every day around the world. Educated in Austria, Nikola Tesla emigrated to New York in 1884, where he found work with Thomas Edison. Edison worked with direct current, but Tesla favored a system he called alternating current, and soon enough the two inventors clashed and became rivals. Tesla went to work for George Westinghouse, and alternating current ultimately became the most widely-used system of public power. Tesla patented over 700 inventions, making major contributions to the fields like radio, remote control, and public lighting. The Tesla Coil, a gadget which projects lightning-like bolts and sparks in spectacular fashion, remains a popular feature in science museums around the world. His well-known phobias and eccentricities (including an increasing fear of germs) were winked at without scorn, thanks to his successes. Always better at science than finance, Nikola Tesla spent his last years in seclusion at the New Yorker hotel in Manhattan, and is now regarded as an underappreciated genius. (via InfoPlease)
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But the female mind has demonstrated a capacity for all the mental acquirements and achievements of men, and as generations ensue that capacity will be expanded; the average woman will be as well educated as the average man, and then better educated, for the dormant faculties of her brain will be stimulated to an activity that will be all the more intense and powerful because of centuries of repose. Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress.

It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages around the world so simply that any individual can carry and operate his own apparatus. (in 1909)

Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.

Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known factors.

Of all the frictional resistances, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance, what Buddha called 'the greatest evil in the world.' The friction which results from ignorance can be reduced only by the spread of knowledge and the unification of the heterogeneous elements of humanity. No effort could be better spent.

On more than one occasion you have offended me, but in my qualities both as Christian and philosopher I have always forgiven you and only pitied you for your errors

One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.

Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world.

Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.

The individual is ephemeral, races and nations come and pass away, but man remains. Therein lies the profound difference between the individual and the whole.

The last 29 days of the month are the hardest.

The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. No big laboratory is needed in which to think. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.

The opinion of the world does not affect me. I have placed as the real values in my life what follows when I am dead.

The practical success of an idea, irrespective of its inherent merit, is dependent on the attitude of the contemporaries. If timely it is quickly adopted; if not, it is apt to fare like a sprout lured out of the ground by warm sunshine, only to be injured and retarded in its growth by the succeeding frost.

The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.

The spread of civilization may be likened to a fire; First, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power.

There is no conflict between the ideal of religion and the ideal of science, but science is opposed to theological dogmas because science is founded on fact. To me, the universe is simply a great machine which never came into being and never will end.

Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them.

Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.

We build but to tear down. Most of our work and resource is squandered. Our onward march is marked by devastation. Everywhere there is an appalling loss of time, effort and life. A cheerless view, but true.

You may live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension.

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Quotes of the day: Khalil Gibran

Published Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 4:16 AM EST
Jan 06 2014

Khalil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese artist, poet, and writer chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success.

An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.

And think not you can guide the course of love. For love, if it finds you worthy, shall guide your course.

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.

Every man is two men; one is awake in the darkness, the other asleep in the light.

Every man loves two women; the one is the creation of his imagination and the other is not yet born.

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

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

Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so that the other half may reach you.

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind, yet strangely, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

If it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created in years or even generations.

Let there be space in your togetherness.

Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.

Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and it enlivens the other who turns it upon his fellow man.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.

Remembrance is a form of meeting. Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.

Should we all confess our sins to one another we would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality.

Some who are too scrupulous to steal your possessions nevertheless see no wrong in tampering with your thoughts.

The appearance of things change according to the emotions and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.

The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.

The truly great man is he who would master no one, and who would be mastered by none.

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too self-ful to seek other than itself.

Words are timeless. You should utter them or write them with a knowledge of their timelessness.

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

Would it not be more economical for the governments to build asylums for the sane instead of the demented?

Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth. For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.


(Today is also the birthday of Carl Sandburg)

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Clearing off the desktop

Published Sunday, January 05, 2014 @ 3:00 PM EST
Jan 05 2014







How to tell if your cat is fully charged.



(via PostSecret.)
Dr. Phil, or the viewer?
Either way works.



I intend to keep my New Year resolutions for 2014. The first? Switch to the Gregorian calendar. Which gives me an extra ten days...

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Quotes of the day: Konrad Adenauer

Published Sunday, January 05, 2014 @ 5:05 AM EST
Jan 05 2014

Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer (January 5, 1876 – April 19, 1967) was a German statesman. As the first post-war Chancellor of Germany (West Germany) from 1949 to 1963, he led his country from the ruins of World War II to a productive and prosperous nation that forged close relations with old enemies France and the United States. During his years in power Germany achieved democracy, stability, international respect and economic prosperity ("Wirtschaftswunder", German for "economic miracle"). He was the first leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), a Christian Democratic party that under his leadership became, and has since remained, the most powerful party in the country. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A thick skin is a gift from God.

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.

We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon.

All parts of the human body get tired eventually- except the tongue.

An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.

In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity.

The art of politics consists in knowing precisely when it is necessary to hit an opponent slightly below the belt.

In an instant age, perhaps we must relearn the ancient truth that patience, too, has its victories.

I do not ask to be young again; all I want is to go on getting older.

When the world seems large and complex, we need to remember that great world ideals all begin in some home neighborhood.

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Quotes of the day: Everett Dirksen

Published Saturday, January 04, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Jan 04 2014

Everett McKinley Dirksen (January 4, 1896 – September 7, 1969) was an American politician of the Republican Party. He represented Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives (1933–1949) and U.S. Senate (1951–1969). As Senate Minority Leader for a decade, he played a highly visible and key role in the politics of the 1960s, including helping to write and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Open Housing Act of 1968, both landmarks of civil rights legislation. He was also one of the Senate's strongest supporters of the Vietnam War and was known as "The Wizard of Ooze" for his oratorical style. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


During a political campaign everyone is concerned with what a candidate will do on this or that question if he is elected except the candidate; he's too busy wondering what he'll do if he isn't elected.

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.

I've decided to be a dull, morose bore at these press meetings. It's the only safe course. You give me no choice. I tell a joke and you convert it into an international incident. I coin a whimsical term and you make it appear I am at odds with the President. I indulge in some polite banter and you interpret it as a split in the Party.

Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums, who can't, and those in cemeteries.

Oh, I never said that. A newspaper fella misquoted me once, and I thought it sounded so good that I never bothered to deny it.
(regarding the attributed quote, 'A billion here, a billion there, sooner or later it adds up to real money.' Others claim he made the statement on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.)

The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.

The oil can is mightier than the sword.

When a member of the House moves over to the Senate, he raises the IQ of both bodies.

When all is said and done, the real citadel of strength of any community is in the hearts and minds and desires of those who dwell there.

When I feel the heat, I see the light.

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Quotes of the day: J.R.R. Tolkien

Published Friday, January 03, 2014 @ 3:35 AM EST
Jan 03 2014

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE (January 3, 1892 - September 2, 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.

A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.

A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.

Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.

Fair speech may hide a foul heart.

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.

False hopes are more dangerous than fears.

Fear both the heat and the cold of your heart, and try to have patience, if you can.

He who breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.

His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom

I believe that legends and myths are largely made of 'truth.'

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge.

I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.

I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.

It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.

It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill.

It's a dangerous business going out your front door.

It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.

Little by little, one travels far.

Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.

Men's hearts are not often as bad as their acts, and very seldom as bad as their words.

Never laugh at live dragons.

Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know.

The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.

There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.

Where there's life there's hope.

You can only come to the morning through the shadows.

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Quotes of the day: Isaac Asimov

Published Thursday, January 02, 2014 @ 6:42 AM EST
Jan 02 2014

Isaac Asimov (born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov; c. January 2, 1920 - April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published in nine out of ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Creationists make it sound as though a “theory” is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.

Happiness is doing it rotten your own way.

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.

I feel that if there were an afterlife, punishment for evil would be reasonable and of a fixed term. And I feel that the longest and worst punishment should be reserved for those who slandered God by inventing Hell.

I believe that scientific knowledge has fractal properties, that no matter how much we learn, whatever is left, however small it may seem, is just an infinitely complex as the whole was to start with. That, I think, is the secret of the Universe.

If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

If the doctor told me I had only six months to live, I'd type faster.

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.

It is no defense of superstition and pseudoscience to say that it brings solace and comfort to people... If solace and comfort are how we judge the worth of something, then consider that tobacco brings solace and comfort to smokers; alcohol brings it to drinkers; drugs of all kinds bring it to addicts; the fall of cards and the run of horses bring it to gamblers; cruelty and violence bring it to sociopaths. Judge by solace and comfort only and there is no behavior we ought to interfere with.

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.

Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put an orgy in my room and I wouldn't look up. Well, maybe once.

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.

People are entirely too disbelieving of coincidence.

Properly read, it (the Bible) is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.

Thin people are thin because they don't know any better.

To insult someone we call him "bestial." For deliberate cruelty and nature, "human" might be the greater insult.

There are many aspects of the universe that still cannot be explained satisfactorily by science; but ignorance only implies ignorance that may someday be conquered. To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

We are reaching the stage where the problems we must solve are going to become insoluble without computers. I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.

When life is so harsh that a man loses all hope in himself, then he raises his eyes to a shining rock, worshiping it, just to find hope again, rather than looking to his own acts for hope and salvation. Yes, atheism is a redemptive belief. It is theism that denies man's own redemptive nature.

You can't reason with someone whose first line of argument is that reason doesn't count.


To be sure, the Bible contains the direct words of God. How do we know? The Moral Majority says so. How do they know? They say they know and to doubt it makes you an agent of the Devil or, worse, a Lbr-l Dm-cr-t. And what does the Bible textbook say? Well, among other things it says the earth was created in 4004 BC (Not actually, but a Moral Majority type figured that out three and a half centuries ago, and his word is also accepted as inspired.) The sun was created three days later. The first male was molded out of dirt, and the first female was molded, some time later, out of his rib. As far as the end of the universe is concerned, the Book of Revelation (6:13-14) says: "And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind."... Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly.


I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it. Now, when I read constantly about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that the door is closing and that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.

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Happy New Year!

Published Wednesday, January 01, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Jan 01 2014

2014 will bring granddaughter Joelle's first birthday and my 60th. We both plan to make the most of it. You should, too.

2013 was, I believe, the first year in which I didn't miss a single daily KGB Report post. Whether that's an accomplishment worth celebrating s a determination best left to the reader.

In any event, sincere wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year, and thanks for reading!

Categories: Holidays, KGB Family, New Years

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