Monday, 15 August 2022

The Right of People Not to Listen


Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~ Buddha #Quote

Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice. ~ H. L. Mencken #Quote

The most basic of conservative principles is that if you reward bad behavior you get more of it. ~ Mark Steyn #Quote

The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else. ~ Umberto Eco #Quote


Deliberation is a function of the many; action is the function of one. ~ Charles de Gaulle, War Memoirs, 1960 #Quote

There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past. ~ George Carlin #Quote

I wish I could play little league now. I'd be way better than before. ~ Mitch Hedberg #Quote

The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen. ~ Tommy Smothers #Quote

Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled. ~ Horace #Quote

Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes. ~ Mickey Mouse #Quote

Self-doubt is hard to deal with but it does keep our standards high. The worst art is made by people who think everything they do is great.
~ Via: http://www.raptitude.com/ #Quote

If you can't sleep 🛌, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep 🛌. ~ Dale Carnegie #Quote

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~ Martin Luther King Jr #Quote

Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge. ~ Mark Twain #Quote #Quote

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat 🐈, I say only that the cat 🐈 died nobly. ~ Arnold Edinborough #Quote


The time ⏳ you enjoy wasting is not wasted time ⏳. ~ Bertrand Russell #Quote

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time ⏳ I was too famous. ~ Robert Benchley #Quote

I am being frank about myself in this book 📖. I tell of my first mistake on page 850. ~ Henry Kissinger, of his memoirs #Quote

Love is like the wind 🌬, you can’t see it but you can feel it. ~ Nicholas Sparks #Quote

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. ~ Wernher von Braun #Quote

Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind. ~ Marston Bates #Quote

A man may be a fool and not know it -- but not if he is married. ~ H. L. Mencken #Quote

The taxing power is especially something after which the reformer's finger always itches. ~ William Graham Sumner #Quote

The bad news is time ⏳ flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. ~ Michael Althsuler #Quote

The world breaks everyone, and afterwards many are strong at the broken places. ~ Ernest Hemingway #Quote

Cursed is everyone who places his hope in man. ~ Saint Augustine #Quote

People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table. ~ Max Beerbohm

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~ Oscar Ameringer #Quote

The only victories that have ever stuck were spiritual. ~ Martin H. Fischer #Quote

To know the height of a mountain 🏔, one must climb it. ~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827 #Quote

Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. ~ Bob Dylan #Lyrics

We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed. ~ Attributed to Thomas Fuller #Quote

"He means well" is useless unless he does well. ~ Plautus #Quote

I ask for so little. And boy do I get it. ~ Dilbert (Scott Adams) #Quote

Have you ever been on a shrimp boat 🛥?
No, but I've been on a real big boat 🚢.
~ Forrest Gump #LinesFromMovies

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  ~ Unknown #Quote

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. ~ Joseph Heller #Quote

It is no fault of Christianity that a hypocrite falls into sin. ~ Saint Jerome #Quote

It was no longer esteemed infamous for a Roman to survive his honour and independence. ~ Edward Gibbon #Quote

There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry... Yesterday and Tomorrow. ~ Robert Jones Burdette #Quote

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg #Quote

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. ~ Arabic #Proverb

My Grandmother wouldn't even speak the word Democrat if there were children in the room, she'd say Bastards instead. ~ P. J. O'Rourke #Quote

[He] possessed that vehemence of speech, which seldom fails to impart the persuasion of the soul. ~ Edward Gibbon #Quote

You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot. ~ John Green, Will Grayson #Quote

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their acts. ~ Harold Nicholson #Quote

Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy. ~ Robert Tew #Quote

Imagination labors best in distant fields. ~ Mark Twain #Quote

A bank is a place that will lend you money 💰 if you can prove that you don’t need it. ~ Bob Hope #Quote

No man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear. ~ George MacDonald #Quote

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ~ Lao Tzu #Quote

There are times in life when there's absolutely nothing you can do, also known as a chance to relax. ~ Robert Brault #Quote

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. ~ Steven Weinberg #Quote

We begin to die at birth; the end flows from the beginning. ~ Marcus Manilius #Quote

Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate. ~ Thomas Jones #Quote

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. ~ J.K.  Rowling #Quote

The great questions of our time ⏳ will be decided not by resolutions and majority votes, but by blood and iron. ~ Otto von Bismarck #Quote

Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer. ~ Norwegian #Saying

Just because you're not a drummer, doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time ⏳. ~ Thelonious Monk #Quote

Money 💰 swore an oath that nobody who did not love it should ever have it. ~ Irish #Proverb

Our bodies are the burial grounds of dead time ⏳. ~ T.A. Sachs, in answer to William Habington "Time ⏳where didst thou those years inter, Which I have seene decease?" #Quote

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. ~ Maya Angelou #Quote

Failure to plan ahead on your part does not create an emergency on my part. ~ Steven Dutch #Quote

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t. ~ Erica Jong #Quote

Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse. ~ Arthur 'Bugs' Baer #Quote

It ain't over till it's over. ~ Yogi Berra (New York Yankees, 9-) #Quote

I've developed a new philosophy... I only dread one day at a time ⏳. ~ Charlie Brown (Charles Schulz) #Quote


Beethoven can write music 🎶, thank God -- but he can do nothing else on earth 🌎. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven #Quote

By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand. #CuriousTrivia

To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times. ~ Mark Twain #Quote


Monday, 1 August 2022

Only a False-Face Urge

Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else? ~ James Thurber #Quote

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. ~ Robert Benchley #Quote

Today's rebel is tomorrow's tyrant. ~ Will and Ariel Durant #Quote

There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age — I missed it coming and going. ~ J.B. Priestly #Quote

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. ~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach #Quote

You can never get enough of what you don’t really need. ~ Eric Hoffer #Quote

Biography is one of the new terrors of death. ~ John Arbuthnot #Quote

Taxes are going up so fast that the government is likely to price itself right out of the market. ~ Dan Bennett #Quote

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion. ~ Henry Steele Commager #Quote

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough. ~ Albert Einstein #Quote

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success. ~ Oscar Wilde #Quote

If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you, and you'll never learn. ~ Ray Bradbury #Quote

A reformer should be exempt from the suspicion of interest, and he must possess the confidence and esteem of those whom he proposes to reclaim. ~ Edward Gibbon #Quote

Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune. ~ Thomas Fuller #Quote

Releasing the pressure, it's good for the teapot and the water 🌊. Try it sometime. ~ Jeb Dickerson #Quote

The line, often adopted by strong men in controversy, of justifying the means by the end. ~ Saint Jerome #Quote

There are times to stay put and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself. ~ Lemony Snicket #Quote

An egotist is a man who thinks that if he hadn't been born, people would have wondered why. ~ Dan Post #Quote

The best way out is always through. ~ Robert Frost #Quote

How little it takes to make life unbearable. . . . A pebble in the shoe, a cockroach in the spaghetti, a woman's laugh 🤣. ~ H. L. Mencken #Quote

Because I really want to live in a country where the poor people are fat. ~ Unknown Indian Immigrant when asked why he wants to come to America #Quote

When our vices desert us, we flatter ourselves that we are deserting our vices. ~ François VI de la Rochefoucauld #Quote

Truly environmentalism has displaced economics as the dismal science. ~ Steven Hayward #Quote

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~ Author unknown #Quote

Science is built of facts the way a house is built of bricks; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a pile of bricks is a house. ~ Henri Poincaré #Quote

Let them grumble, that is how it is going to be ( Ainsi sera, groigne qui groigne). ~ Margaret of Austria (phrase made famous by Anne Boleyn, who learned it from Margaret) #Quote

No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. ~ Mark Twain #Quote #Quote

If a man is worth knowing at all, he is worth knowing well. ~ Alexander Smith #Quote

No, you can't go getting mad at people because they're shitty. Life will get mad at them, don't worry. ~ Samuel Halpern #Quote

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. ~ Alfred Whitney Griswold, New York Times, 24 February 1959 #Quote

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people. ~ Orson Welles #Quote

When children stand quiet they have done some ill. ~ George Herbert #Quote

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us. ~ Hermann Hesse #Quote

If you happen to be one of the fretful minority who can do creative work, never force an idea; you'll abort it if you do. Be patient and you'll give birth to it when the time ⏳ is ripe. Learn to wait. ~ Robert Heinlein #Quote

It is only an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it. ~ W. Somerset Maugham #Quote


Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority. ~ Thomas H. Huxley #Quote

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil. ~ George Orwell #Quote

It is dangerous to be right when your country is wrong. ~ Voltaire (François Marie Arouet) #Quote

Inflation is one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation. ~ Milton Friedman #Quote

Whose cruel idea was it for the word 'lisp' to have 's' in it? #Ponderables

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them? ~ Rose Kennedy #Quote

The only liberty an inferior man really cherishes is the liberty to quit work, stretch out in the sun, and scratch himself. ~ H. L. Mencken #Quote

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything. ~ Voltaire (François Marie Arouet) #Quote

Of my friends I am the only one I have left. ~ Terence #Quote

Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so. ~ Mark Twain #Quote

Vanity makes us do more things against inclination than reason. François De La Rochefoucauld #Quote

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

Humour is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him. ~ Romain Gary #Quote

I don't see why I have to make one man miserable when I can make so many men happy. ~ Ellyn Mustard #Quote

Lack of money 💰 is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle. ~ Ken Hakuta #Quote

It is not a sign of arrogance for the king to rule. That is what he is there for. ~ William F. Buckley #Quote

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today. ~ E. Joseph Cossman #Quote

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

Wrinkles are Beauty's death-lines. ~ James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882 #Quote

Aggression unchallenged is aggression unleashed. ~ Phaedrus #Quote

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. ~ Benjamin Franklin #Quote

[The C programming language] makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do, it blows your whole leg off. ~ Bjarne Stroustrup #Quote

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ~ George Bernard Shaw #Quote

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #Quote

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. ~ Mark Twain #Quote

We are each a dozen people who were all the same child. ~ Robert Brault #Quote

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. ~ Rudyard Kipling #Quote

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. ~ Oscar Wilde #Quote #Quote

It is well-nigh obvious that those who are in favour of the death penalty have more affinities with murderers than those who oppose it. ~ Remy de Gourmont #Quote

[A] country without a word to describe its love for what is best within it, is a country ill-equipped to defend what is best within it. ~ Jonah Goldberg #Quote

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. ~ Henry David Thoreau #Quote

You're only as young as the last time ⏳ you changed your mind. ~ Timothy Leary #Quote

[The] Roman government appeared every day less formidable to its enemies, more odious and oppressive to its subjects. ~ Edward Gibbon #Quote

Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face. ~ Nelson DeMille #Quote

It's strange that men should take up crime when there are so many legal ways to be dishonest. ~ Unknown, quoted in Sunshine magazine #Quote

They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own. ~ Antonio Porchia #Quote

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. ~ Clarence Darrow #Quote

I was a modest, good-humoured boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable. ~ Max Beerbohm #Quote

Whoever has his foe at his mercy, and does not kill him, is his own enemy. ~ Sa'di #Quote

A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar. ~ Mark Twain #Quote

I wouldn't want to join any club that would accept me as a member. ~ Groucho Marx #Quote

Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. ~ Franklin P. Jones #Quote

There are lots of people I admire and respect, but I don’t necessarily want to be like them. I’m too happy being myself. ~ James D’arcy #Quot

If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you. ~ Calvin Coolidge #Quote

Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. ~ T. S. Eliot #Quote

The more I practice, the luckier I get. ~ Unknown #Quote

It is a sign of a creeping inner death when we no longer can praise the living. ~ Eric Hoffer #Quote

Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #Quote

A precedent embalms a principle. ~ Benjamin Disraeli #Quote

If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us. ~ Anon #Quote

Life does not cease to be funny when people die, any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh 🤣. ~ George Bernard Shaw #Quote

Society in its full sense . . . is never an entity separable from the individuals who compose it. ~ Ruth Benedict #Quote

The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away. ~ John S. Caldwell #Quote

There is no such thing on this earth 🌎 as something for nothing. ~ William Graham Sumner #Quote

The years teach much which the days never knew. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #Quote


Tuesday, 26 July 2022

When the Gods Wish to Punish Us



I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left. ~ Voltaire #Quote

Freedom is the silence of the law. ~ George F. Will #Quote

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger. ~ Nietzsche #Quote

Cabbage twice cooked is death. ~ Greek #Proverb.

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. ~ Oscar Wilde #Quote

[The] emperor of the West, the feeble and dissolute Valentinian, [had] reached his thirty-fifth year without attaining the age of reason or courage. ~ Edward Gibbon #Quote #Quote

One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I'm having a good time ⏳. ~ Nancy Astor #Quote

Peace ☮, n. In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #Quote

The worst part of censorship is XXX XXXXXX XX XXXXXXX. ~ #BumperSticker

It's hard to feel middle-aged, because how can you tell how long you are going to live? ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 #Quote

I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher. ~ Mark Twain, a Biography #Quote

[O]ften, I am not all that exhausted, just either whining, apathetic or just simply not getting on to the next thing. This is why I try to be in environments that don't give me the opportunity to go sideways. Age has forced me to trade in some energy for more resolve. I think it's a good deal. ~ Henry Rollins, "Empowerment Through Libraries," November 2013, LA Weekly #Quote

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. ~ Mark Twain #Quote

I can't change the direction of the wind 🌬, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. ~ Jimmy Dean #Quote

Correctness is clearly the prime quality. If a system does not do what it is supposed to do, then everything else about it matters little. ~ Bertrand Meyer #Quote


Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #Quote

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. ~ Oscar Wilde #Quote

If ever this vast country is brought under a single government, it will be one of the most extensive corruption. ~ Thomas Jefferson #Quote

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. ~ James Thurber #Quote

It's always Now. ~ Eckhart Tolle #Quote

Success didn't spoil me, I've always been insufferable. ~ Fran Lebowitz #Quote

It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world. ~ John Green, Paper Towns #Quote

The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned. ~ William Somerset #Quote

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

Extreme justice is often injustice. ~ Jean Racine #Quote

He who is not busy being born is busy dying. ~ Bob Dylan #Lyrics

We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld #Quote

The contempt of risk, and the presumptuous hope of success, are in no period of life more active than at the age at which young people choose their professions. ~ Adam Smith #Quote

Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight. ~ Bill Gates #Quote

No nation was ever ruined by trade. ~ Benjamin Franklin #Quote

A general and a bit of shooting makes you forget your troubles . . . it takes your mind off the cost of living. ~ Brendan Behan #Quote

Men are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not. ~ Oscar Wilde #Quote

Life is pain . . . Anyone who says differently is selling something. ~ William Goldman (The Princess Bride) #Quote

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything. ~ Aesop #Quote

Writing about music 🎶 is like dancing about architecture. ~ Frank Zappa #Quote

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~ Abraham Lincoln #Quote

[The] operation of the wisest laws is imperfect and precarious. They seldom inspire virtue, they cannot always restrain vice. ~ Edward Gibbon #Quote

There is always sufficient reason for despair, but there is never sufficient purpose. ~ Robert Brault #Quote

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave! #CuriousTrivia

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill #Quote

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~ Søren Kierkegaard #Quote

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. ~ Arnold Glasow #Quote

One does what one is; one becomes what one does. ~ Robert von Musil, Kleine Prosa #Quote

It doesn't matter where I go, just as long as no one goes with me. I could vacation in my own home if everyone would leave me the fuck alone. ~ Samuel Halpern #Quote

By the time ⏳ I have money 💰 to burn, my fire 🔥 will have burnt out. ~ Unknown #Quote

Why are hemorrhoids called "hemorrhoids" instead of “assteroids"? #Ponderables

My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn’t need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle. ~ Henny Youngman #Quote

He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner. ~ Benjamin Franklin #Quote

Bart: You don't look like a mom. You look happy. ~ The Simpsons #LinesFromTV


I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally. ~ W. C. Fields #Quote

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

Beware the Ides of March. ~ William Shakespeare #Quote

[His pride] had not yet sunk to the level of his fortune. ~ Edward Gibbon #Quote

We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles. ~ Unknown #Quote

What men value in this world is not rights but privileges. ~ H. L. Mencken #Quote

An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions. ~ Robert A. Humphrey #Quote

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. ~ Oscar Wilde #Quote


When there is food on the table there are many problems. When there is no food, there is only one problem. ~ Chinese #Proverb

So-called "progressives" actively wage war on progress. . . . Ultimately, progressives are at war with mass prosperity. ~ Mark Steyn #Quote

Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them. ~ Unknown #Quote

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. ~ Albert Einstein, PhD #Quote

In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes. ~ Andy Warhol #Quote

The doors of wisdom are never shut. ~ Benjamin Franklin #Quote

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. ~ Socrates #Quote

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. ~ Margaret Thatcher #Quote