Friday, April 30, 2021

April Words of Wisdom

It's been a really quotable month! --Me

A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished fro truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact. --Dan Kahneman

That's the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody's going to be against, and everybody's going to be for. Nobody knows what it means because it doesn't mean anything. --Noam Chomsky

Be the light that darkness fears. --Unknown

They don't like it when your authenticity is louder than their facade. --Gina Carano

Love me or hate me; both are in my favor. If you love me, I'll always be in your heart. If you hate me, I'll always be in your mind. --William Shakespeare

The older I get, the more I realize that arguing on the basis of facts and logic only gets you labeled as someone who is out of step with the times, if not lacking in compassion. --Thomas Sowell

Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't. --Anthony Bourdain

Ask not for lighter burdens, but for broader shoulders. --Unknown

We must neither behave as children by resisting honesty, nor allow ourselves to be treated as children by having honesty withheld. --John McWhorter

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. 
--President John F. Kennedy

The snake that cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind. --Friedrich Nietzsche

No matter how hard the world pushes against me, there's something stronger - something better - pushing right back. --Albert Camus

A problem cannot be solved with the same consciousness that created it. 
--Albert Einstein

Grow, or don't. But death is still coming. --Unknown

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. --Thomas Edison

Truth does not mind being questioned. A lie does not like being challenged. 

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer. --W. Somerset Maugham

Man cannot remake himself without suffering for he is both the marble and the sculptor. --Alexis Carrel

Some things are believed because they are demonstrably true, but many other things are believed simply because they have been asserted repeatedly. 
--Thomas Sowell 

Minds are like parachutes - they function only when they are open. --Thomas R. Dewar

Some will be attracted to my light. Others will fear it. I've decided to shine anyway. --Unknown

If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be. --Joseph Campbell

Exemplary persons are steadfast in the face of adversity, while petty persons are engulfed by it. --Confuscius 

The greatest calamity that could befall us would be submission to a government of unlimited powers. --Thomas Jefferson

Censorship turns us into children, whose eyes and ears are covered because the authorities know better. --Brendan O'Neill

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it. --Upton Sinclair

It's time to cancel the cancel culture before it kills our culture. --Piers Morgan

An individualist says: "I will not run anyone's life - nor let anyone run mine. I will not rule nor be ruled. I will not be a master nor a slave." --Ayn Rand

The forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe, for the axe was clever and convinced the trees that because his handle was made of wood he was one of them. --Turkish proverb

If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last. --President Ronald Reagan

Decision is often the difference between greatness and mediocrity. In every man's life there comes a time when he must search for a cause, a work, and ideal to which he can give himself. Whether he says 'Yes' or 'No' to the challenge will determine his future. --Wilferd Peterson

No corporation should be so big and powerful that it can override the voice of the people. --Senator Josh Hawley

I like old bookstores, the smell of coffee brewing, rainy day naps, farmhouse porches, and sunsets. I like the sweet simple things that remind me that life doesn't have to be complicated to be beautiful. --Brooke Hampton

May the shells of the shore remind you that treasures arrive everyday in the form of simple things. --Sandy Gingras

I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. --Thomas Jefferson

Do noble things, not dream them all day long: And so make life, death, and the vast forever one grand, sweet song. --Charles Kingsley

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. 
--Henry Ford

A hero who does not have many reasons to solve a problem will gradually become uninteresting. --Donald Maass

Above all things - read. --Ngaio Marsh

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