The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated. – H. L. Mencken (1880 – 1956)
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money. – Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)
“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his [or her] deception, the one who lies with sincerity.”: Andre Gide
“And so long as they were at war, their power was preserved, but when they had attained empire they fell, for of the arts of peace they knew nothing, and had never engaged in any employment higher than war.” Aristotle, Politics
“Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
“One of the world’s greatest problems is the impossibilty of any person searching for the truth on any subject when they believe they already have it.” –Dave Wilbur
No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority: Thomas Jefferson: American 3rd US President (1801-09)
“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power.” Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd US president
“Every government interference in the economy
consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force,
to some men at the expense of others.”
— Ayn Rand
“We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.” — George Bernard Shaw – (1856-1950) Irish comic dramatist
— Richard Lamm [Richard Douglas “Dick” Lamm] (1935- ) American politician, lawyer, governor of Colorado (D) (1975-1987), 1996 US presidential candidate for the Reform Party
– William Blum, Killing Hope (1995)
There is no appeal, and execution is
carried out automatically and without pity.”
Robert A. Heinlein
“TIme Enough For Love”
than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask
not your counsel or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands of those
who feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you. May posterity forget
that ye were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams
There can be no such thing as a necessary evil. For if a thing is really
necessary, it cannot be an evil. And if it is an evil, it is not
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Men have been wise in many different modes; but they have
always laughed the same way. ( Samuel Johnson )
We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him
Success is getting what you want; Happiness is wanting what
you get. ( Dale Carnegie )
Much can be analyzed of a man’s character by noting what
excites his laughter. ( Robert C. Savage )
Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency
they’re going to catch you in next. ( Robert C. Savage )
Getting what they deserve doesn’t satisfy many people.
Dying is the last thing I ever intend to do.
The hands of those I meet are dumbly eloquent to me. I have met
people so empty of joy that when I clasped their frosty fingertips it
seemed as if I were shaking hands with a northeast storm. Others
there are whose hands have sunbeams in them, so that their grasp
warms my heart. It may be only the clinging touch of a child’s hand,
but there is as much potential sunshine in it for me as there is in a
loving glance for others. ( Helen Keller ( pure in sight ))
Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs: He suffers
so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
( Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche )
Several have defined man as “an animal that laughs.” They might
equally well have defined him as an animal that is laughed at.
( Henri Bergson )
A sign of greatness is to be able to laugh at yourself with others —
and enjoy it as much as they do.
Great minds … discuss ideas. Average minds … discuss events.
Small minds … discuss people.
The most certain sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness; her
state is like that of thins in the regions above the moon, always
clear and serene. ( Michel de Montaigne ( 1580 ))
All men have happiness as their object: there is no exception.
However different the means they employ, they all aim at the same
end. ( Blaise Pascal )
A man doesn’t know what true happiness is until he gets married.
Then it’s too late. ( Milton Berle )
If we could forget our troubles as easily as we forget our blessings,
how different things would be …..
….. Laughter is heard farther than weeping.
Money can’t buy you happiness. I just helps you look for it in
more places. ( Milton Berle )
Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
Liberty is two wolves attempting to have a sheep for dinner and
finding a well-informed, well-armed sheep.
Edmund Burke said:
“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do
seeing is opening up the question again. Knowing what is going on is the
end goal. Believing is simply the lack of thought.
Since EveryThing in Life is but an Experience, Perfect in BEing What-It-Is,
having nothing to do with Right or Wrong, Good or Bad, Acceptance or
Rejection; I might as well burst out Laughing!!!
—Long Chen Pa—-
He who knows not,
And knows not that he knows not,
Is a fool – shun him.
He who knows not,
And knows that he knows not,
Is a child – teach him.
He who knows,
And knows not that he knows,
Is asleep – wake him.
He who knows,
And knows that he knows,
Is wise – follow him.
If I like it, it’s mine.
If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
If it looks just like mine, it is mine.
If I saw it first, it’s mine.
“If every person has the right to defend – even by force – his person, his
liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the
right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights
THE LAW, by Frederic Bastiat, Paris, 1850
A university creative writing class was asked to write a concise essay
containing these four elements:
– religion – royalty – sex – mystery
The prize-winning essay read: “My God,” said the Queen. “I’m pregnant.
I wonder who did it?”
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
“The history of liberty is a history of the limitations
of governmental power, not the increase of it.”
– Woodrow Wilson
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
– George Bernard Shaw
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s
character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln
“Our government has no character.”
As for believing what I write–I don’t believe anything. I either know
it, or I’m still thinking about it. Tom Ivers
“An oral contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.”
“Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.”
“I had a great idea this morning, but I didn’t like it.”
“Gentlemen, include me out.”
“A hospital is no place to be sick.”
“If I could drop dead right now, I’d be the happiest man alive.”
“I read part of it all the way through.”
“If I look confused it’s because I’m thinking.”
“That’s the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg.”
“Never make forecasts, especially about the future.”
And perhaps the best of them all:
“I don’t want yes men around me. I want everyone to tell the truth, even if it costs them their jobs.”
“Do you have the right to free speech?”
“Do you own a gun?”
“The most effective way of making people accept the validity of the values they are to serve is to persuade them that they are really the same as those which they…have always held, but which were not properly understood or recognized before. And the most efficient technique to this end is to use the old words but change their meaning. Few traits of totalitarian regimes are at the same time so confusing to the superficial observer and yet so characteristic of the whole intellectual climate as the complete perversion of language, the change of meaning of the words by which the ideals of the new regimes are expressed.”
— F. A. Hayek
I have to agree with: Judge Learned Hand when he summed up the principal > of liberty: > > “I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon > constitution, upon laws and courts. These are false hopes, believe me, > these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when > it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help > it. While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save > it.” Quoted from The Big Bluff, by Marvin Cooley
Truth is violated by falsehood but outraged by silence!
It’s never too late by Charley Reese
and find the right road to travel
public-opinion poll or the Dow Jones industrial average is
the food-court test.
mall that has one, buying a cup of coffee or a Coke, and
observing the faces of the people around you.
anxiety or sadness, then you know, that regardless of what
the experts or the statistical indices say, not all is
right in Camelot. If Americans, of all people, cannot be
happy in the midst of an opulent market while they eat,
then something is seriously wrong. The last few times I
checked the food court, the sea was definitely troubled.
the spirit, and, like a lot of common sayings, that’s true.
The four main ideas of the 20th century that were offered
in lieu of religious faith were materialism, skepticism,
the cult of the will and subjectivism. All collapsed.
empty. After one has gotten stuff, stored it, moved it,
maintained it, insured it, one gets to the final stuff, a
cemetery lot and headstone, where all the stuff has to be
abandoned. I don’t remember the declensions of nouns or the
conjugation of verbs from my Latin classes, but I do
remember what a Roman said about stuff. A man becomes a
slave to his possessions.
the myth of perpetual growth. Inevitably that led to the
idea of disposable stuff, such as cheap furniture and
appliances that one buys, uses for a while and then dumps
in order to buy more. It has led to the drug culture. It’s
no wonder Americans consume drugs because the whole idea of
health care in America is fundamentally created by the
a headache? Take a pill. A muscle ache? Take a pill.
Whatever, take a pill — preferably one that the
manufacturers have marked up 1,200 percent. As one
observer once put it, if a doctor can’t drug it or cut it,
he doesn’t know what in the heck to do.
fertile country our ancestors were politically incorrect
enough to take from the people who lived in it, blessed
with wealth beyond the dream of ancient kings, nevertheless
seem to be increasingly neurotic, grumpy, irritable and
wrong road, going ahead isn’t progress. Progress is going
back until you find the right road that takes you where you
want to go.
property-based capitalism built around self-sufficient
farms and small towns and took the road toward giant
industrialism and finance capitalism. We took another wrong
turn away from a life grounded in faith toward a false
utopia run by science. We took yet another wrong turn when
we left the belief in mysteries for the belief in something
even more preposterous — reason. We got further lost when
we abandoned a federal republic of sovereign states and
chose instead the European model of the centralized state.
pointy-heads say can’t be done — turn back the clock and
retrace our steps. If we stay on the current path, we will
end up in a hell of our own creation. Instead of a shining
city on a hill, it will be a nightmarish Gotham run by Big
Brother and his goon squads.
with joy rather than with mockery and embarrassment. A good
society values people more than stuff, honor more than
fame, beauty more than luxury, morality more than wealth.