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1 "The doctor who has no doubt, is no doctor, but a murderer." (PBS) Poirot doubt, doctor, medicine
2 "Yeah, but look at this way: very seldom anymore will you hear the preamble to a conversation, 'remember the time'." on aging John Prather age
3 "People are staying away in droves." Sam Goldwyn desirability, misspeech
4 "If people don't want to come, nothing will stop them." Sol Hurok desirability, misspeech
5 "It's a great mistake to want the job too much, for you tend to do things you might ordinarily never do." PBS special George Schultz desire, mistake
6 "Loyalty is but a step away from delusion." Doc Martin (PBS) Auntie Joan delusion
7 "Kind of like a shark ... have to keep moving, or they die, don't they?" unknown survival
8 "The person that says they love you is the one hurting you the most." on domestic violence Telling Amy's Story violence
9 "I don't know any other game where the rules are unknown even to the players." (PBS) Poirot rules
10 "There's a huge difference between realizing something and understanding it." 08-05-2010 Funky Winkerbean understanding
13 "No one has ever offered a plausible account of why thousands of scientists at hundreds of universities in dozens of countries would bother to engineer a climate hoax. Nor has anyone been able to explain why Mother Nature would keep playing along ..." The New Yorker, 04-12-2010 Elizabeth Kolbert science, climate
14 "We passed a new law that if you go fishing, and you release your catch back into Possum Lake, you WILL be charged with cruelty to animals." The Red Green Show humor
15 "Simplicity comes at the end, not the beginning." LWD simplicity
16 "Equal means getting the same thing, at the same time, and in the same place." Thurgood Marshall equality
17 "No matter how he stuffs his readers with verbiage, it never amounts to a core of truth." J.D. Salinger writing
18 "Cynicism is merely the Romantic's condom." PBS's Waiting For God Diana Trent cynic, romanticism
19 "The little editor in your mind is no longer returning your calls, is he, Nona?" by Marciuliano & Macintosh Sally Forth mind
21 Old Age: when all your excuses for not doing the chores finally become true. Alex Forbes age
23 What is Deja-vu? Do you have a strong feeling we've been over all this before? Alex Forbes repetition
24 'Boy, I feel a Lot safer now that she's behind bars. O. J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant are still walking around; Osama Bin Laden too, but they take the ONE woman in America willing to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and they haul her tail off to jail.' on Martha Stewart George Carlin humor
25 Bumper sticker seen on "Support our Teachers" auto: "Why is money always available for war, not for education?" Our guess: there's four whole syllables in 'education', only one in 'war'. Alex Forbes war, education,
26 SNACK MIX. Thank you for flying US Airways. Contents 14 grams (0.4938 ounce) because we care SO much about you on this flight. Alex Forbes travel
27 "I didn't really say everything I said" Yogi Berra mis-speech
28 "There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths, including this one" edited to clarify the obvious Alfred North Whitehead logic, equivocation
29 Example of transparency, as in this software upgrade must have complete transparency for the user: "walking into the spinning propeller of an airplane". Jim W. humor
30 You're ready for retirement when it takes seven days to recuperate from a five-day work week. Alex Forbes retirement
31 "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." Winston Churchill virtue, criticism
32 "A modest little person, with much to be modest about." Winston Churchill modesty
33 "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow death
34 "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." about Ernest Hemingway William Faulkner writing, criticism
35 "Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?" (about William Faulkner) Ernest Hemingway writing
36 "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." Moses Hadas writing
37 "He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know." Abraham Lincoln writing, criticism
38 "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." Groucho Marx enjoyment, criticism
39 "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." Mark Twain death
40 "He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." Oscar Wilde enemy, criticism
41 "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one." to Winston Churchill George Bernard Shaw writing
42 "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ... if there is one." in response to the opening night invitation from George Bernard Shaw Winston Churchill writing
43 "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." Stephen Bishop absence
44 "He is a self-made man and worships his creator." John Bright vanity, criticism
45 "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." Irvin S. Cobb enemy, criticism
46 "He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others." Samuel Johnson criticism
47 "He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." Paul Keating criticism
48 "He had delusions of adequacy." Walter Kerr criticism
49 "There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure." Jack E. Leonard criticism
50 "He has the attention span of a lightning bolt." Robert Redford criticism
51 "They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge." Thomas Brackett Reed criticism
52 "He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them." about Richard Nixon James Reston criticism
53 "In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." Charles, Count Talleyrand criticism
54 "He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." Forrest Tucker criticism
55 "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" Mark Twain criticism
56 "His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." Mae West criticism
57 "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." Oscar Wilde criticism
58 "He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination." (1844-1912) Andrew Lang criticism
59 "He has Van Gogh's ear for music." Billy Wilder criticism
60 "I'm old! It's the medications! What do I know anymore?" ABN Jr. aging
61 "One of the jabs against me was, 'She may know clean water, but what's she know about running a city?' ... Let me tell you, dirty water, dirty politics, it all comes from the same source." Donna Frye was a clean water activist and two time San Diego mayoral candidate. Donna Frye politics
62 "Your woes are a Punishment. My woes are a Test." M. Jegi trial
63 "My rights are protected by judicial restraint. Your rights are imposed by activist judges." M. Jegi rights
64 Watching the Academy Awards: "Who are these people? Where's David Niven?" "Elderberries" comic strip Phil Frank & Joe Troise aging
66 This just in: RJ Reynolds has repositioned its Now cigarettes image. The new brand name will be "Sooner or Later". Alex Forbes smoking
67 Light travels faster than sound, which is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. unknown speech
68 "They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years and hell, we're not using it anymore." contributed by DN constitution
69 "Any fool could see it coming - I saw it right away." Woody, in Cheers intelligence, fools,
70 "The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. It is in the nature of things that the progress of Reason is slow and no one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies. One can encourage freedom, never create it by an invading force." (1791) Maximilien de Robespierre freedom
71 "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." Derek Bok education
72 How likely is that? "One of those scenarios where you have to have a blue shoe on your left foot on the TX side of the border pointing south, and a red shoe on the right foot in Oklahoma, pointing east, and singing 'I want to be a cowboy' " LDK, Kansas City chance
73 "HAM AND EGGS - A day's work for a chicken; a lifetime commitment for a pig." found on actual T-shirts work
74 "The original point-and-click interface was a Smith&Wesson." found on actual T-shirts humor
75 "I look about me, even in a foul hole like Mitching Hill, and I ask myself - How can I leave this foul hole a better and happier foul hole than I found it?" Uncle Fred Flits By P.G. Wodehouse humor, improvement
76 It's easier not to make money when you're not busy than it is to make money when you are busy. Dave Norton humor
77 Old age ain't no place for sissies. Bette Davis aging
78 Murphy's Law of Weeds: Is it a weed? If you pull on the plant and it easily comes out, roots and all - it's not a weed. If, however, you pull and it does not come out or breaks at the root - it's a weed. rboe humor
79 God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference. unknown humor
80 On news of a recent economic upturn: "OK, we've replaced that bad rivet on the Titanic. All systems are now go for the arctic passage." Alex Forbes economy
81 "Things are more like they are now than they've ever been before." Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower mis-speech
82 "You can observe a lot by just watching." Yogi Berra mis-speech
83 WORK is for people who don't know how to fish. bumper sticker work
84 What good is a smart bomb when you have a dumb president? "Boondocks" Huey Freeman politics
85 Acronyms for the computer Help Desk age: PEBKAC - Problem exists between keyboard and chair; CKI - Issue Keyboard Chair Interface; PICNIC - Problems in chair not computer. Al Micheli computers
86 You are proven to be a tireless worker and able to stumble over all obstacles placed in your path. Gary Newell fortune
87 "I'm proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money." Arthur Godfrey taxes
88 "I owe the government $3,400 in taxes. So I sent them two hammers and a toilet seat." Mchael McShane taxes
89 Seen at an I-Max film at the Space Theater. The credits at the end carry the statement that film was paid for by Bank of America and the National Science Foundation. The script reads: "Funded By - Bank of America - NSF" Dave and Ellie Norton mis-speech
90 The Western rush to explain everything in terms of other things which are also not truly grasped leaves a vacuum, the filling of which is only approximated by art. essay "Black Elk Speaks" Alex Forbes art
91 "There must be something wrong with work, or else the rich would have taken it away from us by now." Cantinflas work
92 Law of Office Entropy: Entropy assumes a beginning state of order and thermal disequilibrium in natural processes, from which we can extract useful work. As the day progresses, all processes decay into chaotic randomness. When there is no longer any way to put boundaries between "hot" and "cold", no more useful work can be extracted. Alex Forbes work
93 "In comedy, timing is critical. In rain-dancing, timing is everything." Dave Norton time
95 Alzheimer's Uncertainty Principle: "Well, I knew until you asked me." Dave and Ellie Norton memory
96 "You can't hold a man down without staying down with him." Booker T. Washington oppression
98 "A man's religion is his own business" is as true now as it was 150 years ago. Whether it's George Bush or Al Gore, I don't want them tinkering with that. Alex Forbes religion, privacy
102 Creationism as a competing mythology: all of these notions should be aired thoroughly, and with the same credulity and respect we experienced when learning of the WWII Cargo Cult of the South Pacific. Alex Forbes religion
103 Prayer in schools: maybe, but it has to be a different religion each week, preferably in videos hosted by David Letterman, Redd Foxx, Stephen Hawking, or Chevvy Chase. OK, kids ... Mother Theresas need not apply. Alex Forbes religion
104 "Prostheletize": wearing each others' wooden legs in public, such as in church. Alex Forbes religion
105 Ireland, (the recent and former) Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan are all excellent examples of the many benefits of state religions. Alex Forbes religion
106 BOHICA: "Bend over, here it comes again". US Navy acronym sayings
107 Marine corps Job: "It is God's job to forgive Osama bin Laden. It is our job to arrange a face to face meeting." Marine Scout Sniper. war
108 "If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got." Gary Newell humor, action,
109 "Terrifying an innocent person and terrorizing him is objectionable and unjust." interview with ABC reporter John Miller, May 1998 Osama Bin Laden war
110 "We do not have to differentiate between military or civilian. As far as we are concerned, they are all targets." interview with ABC reporter John Miller, May 1998 Osama Bin Laden war
111 Inner Strength: If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills, if you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, if you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, if you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it, if you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time, if you can overlook when people take things out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong, if you can take criticism and blame without resentment, if you can face the world without lies and deceit, if you can conquer tension without medical help, if you can relax without liquor, if you can sleep without the aid of drugs, Then... ...you are probably a cat or a dog. Unknown humor
112 So sorry we missed out: Attention: An "english" speaking representative will be contacting you to verify your correct mailing information prior to shipping you your FREE special report(s). A valid phone number is required! We apologize, but this investment opportunity does not apply to United States, India and Pakistan residents at this time. currency trading spam mail humor
113 You're only as famous as they think you are. anonymous fame
114 I had one heck of a time working that memory dialing on our new cordless phone. I just went back to looking up the number, then dialing it. That works fine, and I don't have to remember all those crazy numbers any more. Alex Forbes memory
115 But nobody can understand or predict idiots. Take your standard steam engine thermodynamic model and modify it to allow for the possibility that all that water, steam and lubricating oil can unpredictably turn into glue. That's our modern office. Alex Forbes work
116 Economic Week in Review: Your interpretation of the week's economic reports may depend on whether you typically see a glass as half-full or half-empty (Vanguard). -- So, is the glass half-full, half-empty, or just all foogaly-boogaly? Alex Forbes economics
117 * Science Education: Jointly to the Kansas Board of Education and the Colorado State Board of Education "for mandating that children should not believe in Darwin's theory of evolution any more than they believe in Newton's theory of gravitation, Faraday's and Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism and Pasteur's theory that germs cause disease." Ig Nobel Prizes 1999 religion
118 "Jews may have invented guilt, but Christians perfected it." unknown religion
120 "Es brilig war. Die schlichten Toven, Wirrten und wimmelten in Waben; Und aller-muemsige Burggoven, Die mohmen Raeth' ausgraben." The Jaberwock auf Deutch literature
121 "Young Enough For Me: old people don't see much age in older people's faces: they see a young woman in a wreck." The New Yorker, 3/12/01 A.R. Ammons age, appearance
122 Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. Robert Heinlein ignorance
123 It is a fatal fault to reason whilst observing, though so necessary beforehand and so useful afterwards. Charles Darwin reason
124 "Scientists and educators alike need to realize that the educated person is not the person who can answer the questions, but the person who can question the answers." Theodore Schick Jr. education
125 "Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?" George Carlin humor
126 "If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?" George Carlin help, humor
127 "Is the glass of water half-full, or half-empty", Pat Buchanan style: "You see, my friend, that just goes to show you how a damned liberal will always take anything you say, and twist it around so it means the exact opposite." Alex Forbes speech
128 "There, but for me, go I." anonymous humor
129 "You would worry less about what people thought of you if you realized how seldom they do." David Foster Wallace opinion
130 Nothing matters very much, and very few things matter at all. "Lord Balfour's Contention" sayings
131 If you find something you like, buy a lifetime supply. They are going to stop making it. "Gerhardt's Law" sayings
132 If you find something you like at Costco, buy a lifetime supply. They are going to stop carrying it. "Norton's Corollary" sayings
133 "Once you know what you want to be true, instinct is a very useful device for enabling you to believe that it is." Douglas Adams belief
134 It is useless for sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while wolves remain of a different opinion. Inge's Axiom sayings
135 Any food that starts out hard will soften when stale, any food that starts out soft will harden when stale. Isaac's Strange Rule of Staleness sayings
136 The only things that start on time are those for which you arrive late. Fourth Law of Arrival sayings
137 Q: "Is there any way I can bother you right now?" A: "There are many ways you can bother me right now." Dan McMenamin sarcasm
138 A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested, whereas a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged. anonymous politics
139 Rights, like any other abstract principle, lose meaning and applicability when exercised only in a single narrow context. Rights and ideas need to be applied in multiple instances to maintain health and universality. Alex Forbes rights
141 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. Ameringer's Axiom politics
142 You know you're a baby boomer when you hear the expression "an old person's gait" and become terribly self-conscious about the way you get up out of your chair and walk. Alex Forbes aging
143 You know you're a baby boomer if you're eying the Senior Citizen discount policy on the restaurant menus, but you aren't really asking your server about the qualifying age. Alex Forbes aging
144 You know you're a baby boomer if you remember when the per-gallon price of gas was pocket change, enough to get you from San Francisco to Sacramento, and two-lane highways were really FAST. Alex Forbes aging
145 You know you're a baby boomer if you're starting to sound like your parents and their parents, and sometimes find yourself wishing you could tell them how RIGHT they were! Alex Forbes aging
146 The horse's mouth: that part of an equine anatomy presented to those inspecting its teeth. Alex Forbes judgement
147 Dog ate your homework? I was in a Biology class once, and the homework ate my dog. Dan McMenamin education
149 Typewriter Viruses (1): When hackers write their viruses, why do they ignore the typewriters? Alex Forbes definitions
150 Typewriter Viruses (2): If they did write viruses for typewriters, what would they have been called? "Whiteout Bug", "Ribbon.exe", or "Carbon Copy"? Alex Forbes definitions
151 "Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot." Machiavelli power
152 "Politicians, like diapers / from season to season / need to be changed / for the very same reason." Oregon roadway sign politics
153 That may work in practice, but it won't hold up in theory. unknown sayings
154 Diplomat: one who can tell you to go to hell and talk you into looking forward to the trip. Dan McMenamin politics
155 Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein insanity
156 If someone asks what time it is, never tell them how to build a clock. Just tell them the time. On the other hand, should someone ask how they might go about actually building a clock, well, nine times out of ten, it's best to just tell them the time. Alex Forbes humor
157 Yeah, maybe life can be tough, but he's nobody's fool. If others won't help him out, and cheer him on, he'll never get stuck doing it all by himself. Alex Forbes observation
158 Find yourself pining for the good old days? These ARE "the good old days". Hope you feel better now. Alex Forbes nostalgia
159 Sticking by what we believe in is a good thing, but not being able to question our beliefs is bad. Uncritical acceptance robs our beliefs of any real value or satisfaction, even should the object of our belief later prove out to countless others. Alex Forbes belief
160 People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them. Dave Barry belief
161 The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them. Dave Barry protest
162 A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. Dave Barry manners
163 When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy. Dave Barry insanity
165 People always get tired of one another. I grow tired of myself whenever I am left alone for ten minutes, and I am certain that I am fonder of myself than anyone can be of another person. George Bernard Shaw self-respect
167 Great fleas have lesser fleas upon their backs to bite 'em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so on ad infinitum, And the great fleas, themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on, While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on. Augustus DeMorgan universe
173 Why Yawning is Contagious: You yawn to equalize the pressure across your eardrums. This pressure change outside your eardrums unbalances the pressures in nearby people's ears, causing them to yawn to even it out. unknown observation
174 COMPLEMENT DATE - (1) Y2K programmers' concern; (2) blind date for people with self-esteem issues. Alex Forbes definitions
175 Pseudo-assertion: "This sends a message to young people." Alex Forbes definitions
176 "The Scots long ago came up with an ancient word for a magic spell that creates an illusion of beauty where no beauty exists. The word is 'glamour'." L. M. Boyd beauty
177 "...lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from e-mail..." Family Circus computers, email
178 Most of the things for which I find regret aren't the things that I did do, but those things that I didn't. Alex Forbes regret
179 Now only $179.00: L.L. Bean/Nikon Mountaineer Binoculars, item JV14389, "Waterproof, shockproof binoculars that let you see up to 100 yards away." And, after that? Alex Forbes observation
180 A guy bought some lemonade from some kids last weekend, gave them a buck and told them to keep the change. One of the kids said to the other, "How come they all give us a dollar and say keep the change?" "I don't know why", was the crafty business kid's answer, "but we don't have any change anyway." Leah Garchik children
181 Everyone has a photographic memory. Not everyone has film. Alex Forbes observation
182 "I was figuring on starting some kind of business but most every business is already engaged in more than is necessary; and then I ain't got no business ability. What I want is something that don't call for no kind of ability whatsoever and no kind of exertion to speak of, and ain't out of town, and pays good, and has a future." Traveler's Times work
183 A fool and his money are soon depreciated off the books. Alex Forbes money
184 Fortune cookie: It is a simple task to make things complex, but a complex task to make them simple. Alex Forbes simplicity
185 A politician is as good as his word. Alex Forbes politics
186 A thousand golden crystal leaves of Fall need raking. Alex Forbes observation
188 Aliens: those 90% not born in the country in which you are reading this. Alex Forbes foreign
189 Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what your country can do to you. Alex Forbes politics
190 Banality: pearls of platitudipity. Alex Forbes definitions
191 Beauty is in the eye of the beholden. Alex Forbes beauty
192 Beavis & Butthead: opiate of the crassest. Alex Forbes definitions
193 Blasphemous Infidels: the 5.2 billion who never heard of your church. Alex Forbes religion
194 California Cuisine: avocado toccata on fugue at Chevy's. Alex Forbes definitions
195 Consultant: One who is paid to tell others what a great job they are doing. Alex Forbes definitions
196 Country-Western dance: how cowboys clean the day's work off their boots. Alex Forbes definitions
197 Don't worry how many secrets about you everybody else already knows. Alex Forbes observation
198 Dream of the trappings of success, but remember the trap part. Alex Forbes observation
199 Equality: taxation without misrepresentation. Alex Forbes definitions
200 Excellence is the extraordinary art of understanding the ordinary. Alex Forbes excellence
201 Expert: one who is paid to tell others what they want to hear. Alex Forbes definitions
202 Faint of heart collects the baseball cards of life. Alex Forbes observation
203 Filibuster, Congressional junket, Ollie North: a quirk, a perk and a jerk. anonymous observation
204 Flame (1): Common ground between the moth and the candle. Alex Forbes definitions
205 Flame (2): Detonation of certain excessively gassy writing styles. Alex Forbes definitions
206 Flame (3): To flare up with dramatic brilliance of contrast; e.g., Sylvester, at Buckingham Palace. Alex Forbes definitions
207 Follow your heart, but make sure you know where it's going. Alex Forbes observation
208 Fortune-telling: the art of predicting your future net worth, for a fee. Alex Forbes definitions
209 Friend Of The Court: one with an axe to grind. Alex Forbes definitions
210 Global warming: ecological trial balloons. Alex Forbes definitions
211 Go for the gusto, but don't leave the cash at home. Alex Forbes observation
212 Gold standard: an outdated conspiracy to substitute something of value for the dollar. Alex Forbes definitions
214 Good news: what they don't tell you until you've bought into it. Alex Forbes definitions
215 Government subsidy of the arts: Pap Art. Alex Forbes definitions
217 Iconoclast: a skeptic with credentials. Alex Forbes definitions
218 In Poor Taste: when your neighbor laughs at someone else's misfortune. Alex Forbes definitions
219 In the '90's we endured a notable shortage of decent Christians who were both Christian and decent. Alex Forbes religion
221 Laughter: the best medicine for diarrhea. Alex Forbes definitions
222 Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness: the veto item at the bargaining table. Alex Forbes definitions
223 Look to the stars, but keep your eyes on your footing. Alex Forbes observation
224 Man's reach must exceed his grasp, else what's a credit card? Alex Forbes observation
225 Pseudo-assertion (2): "Little is known ..." Alex Forbes definitions
226 May all who love the Lord, love you. And those who don't love you, may the Lord give them a limp so you can see them coming. Irish Proverb sayings
227 Mend your fences. You have a big day ahead of you tomorrow. Alex Forbes sayings
228 Mendicant: a dedicated beggar. Alex Forbes definitions
229 Metaphor: not quite like anything you want to hear again. Alex Forbes definitions
230 Metaphysics (1): that which is understood to come before that which is not understood. Alex Forbes definitions
232 Microwave clams: moleculed molluscules. Alex Forbes definitions
233 Minority: a class of people seeking classification as people. Alex Forbes minority
234 Pseudo-assertion (1): "Much could be written". Alex Forbes definitions
235 Nearest the heart lie the truths we most seldom seek. Alex Forbes observation
236 Non-negotiable demand: in politics, the inalienable right to force and fraud. Alex Forbes definitions
237 On Golden Pond: what is golden is always smooth on the surface. Alex Forbes definitions
238 Opera: yodeling, extended to any native tongue. Alex Forbes definitions
239 Paperwork: A timesaving method of generating archival records before they can possibly be read. Alex Forbes definitions
240 Pay Toilet: a device for playing both ends against the middle. Alex Forbes definitions
241 Perspiration: that part of invention which disinspires. Alex Forbes definitions
242 Politically Correct: an opinion for which there is no cure. Alex Forbes definitions
243 Politically Incorrect: a form of name-calling, characterized by feelings of inferiority to the accused. Alex Forbes definitions
244 Poor White Trash: the American euphemism for those separated, by accident of heritage, from an equal opportunity to exploit themselves. Alex Forbes definitions
245 Prejudice: a deliberative verdict of guilty before the defendant has been identified, or a charge has been defined. Alex Forbes prejudice
246 Protozoan Eden: Go forth, be fruitful and divide. Alex Forbes definitions
247 Pseudo-assertion (3): "The possibilities are endless." Alex Forbes definitions
248 Public School: a free clinic for getting over the natural desire to learn. Alex Forbes definitions
249 Real experience and truth always begin in the first person singular. Alex Forbes experience
250 Sagacity: the sobering experience of learning first-hand. Alex Forbes wisdom
251 Sin: a particularly odious thought or deed, distinguished from mere crime by lack of an injured party. Alex Forbes definitions
253 Success: that which succeeds like itself. Alex Forbes definitions
254 The person of your dreams expects more of your waking moments. Alex Forbes observation
255 There are many ways to skin a cat, but don't expect him to like it. Alex Forbes observation
256 Pseudo-assertion (4): "You could say that." Alex Forbes definitions
257 Tribe: any anthropological group related by ancestral prejudice. Alex Forbes definitions
258 True Love: when you absolutely, positively have to be there overnight. Alex Forbes love
259 Vice: that proportion of existence which can be measured and taxed. Alex Forbes vice
260 Virtue: the ability of others to flatter us with insincere imitation. Alex Forbes virtue
261 "Yesterday's the past, Tomorrow's the future, but today is a GIFT. That's why it's called the present." Family Circus life
262 We have met the enemy and he is us. Pogo observation
264 When your age hits the speed limit, it's time to slow down. Alex Forbes age
265 Your many ingratiating qualities will earn closer scrutiny soon. Alex Forbes fortune
266 "Good is better than evil, 'cause it's nicer." - Li'l Abner Al Capp morality
267 You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-savings time. Dave Barry observation
268 Your friends love you, anyway. Dave Barry friendship
269 No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously. Dave Barry observation
270 The most powerful force in the universe is gossip. Dave Barry gossip
271 You should not confuse your career with your life. Dave Barry life
272 If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and He decides to deliver a message to humanity, He WILL NOT use, as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle. Dave Barry religion
273 Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Dave Barry society
274 There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11. Dave Barry observation
275 There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." Dave Barry observation
276 The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers. Dave Barry belief
277 If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings." Dave Barry business
278 Whom we associate with affects how we relate to others. If you grind the same beans and brew them in different pots, they all taste like different coffees. Alex Forbes association
280 "If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving." unknown wisdom
281 "Rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy." Dorothy Parker humor
282 "Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker." Ogden Nash humor, liquor
283 "It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission." U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopp wisdom
284 "I think not," said Descartes, and promptly disappeared. unknown humor
285 "Nothing good ever came of hiding things." (PBS Lark Rise to Candleford) Robert Timmons wisdom
287 "You know, Mother and I were talking the other day when it occurred to her - it would have been on Wednesday, no, no, I remember distinctly: it would have been on Tuesday, Tuesday at precisely two o'clock, because we always sit down to tea at that time of the mid-afternoon, as you'll recall - and can you imagine, if you can possibly visualize this, Mother said to me that she thought I was a terribly nice and very likable person and all that, but that she was just beginning to become concerned that I might possibly strike some people as being a little bit dull ..." Traveler's Times bore
288 "Once a King you're King forever, but once a night is enough." From Russia With Love Ian Fleming love
289 You shouldn't try to teach a pig to sing. You waste your time and it annoys the pig. Mark Twain education
290 "The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him." Gilbert K. Chesterton war
291 "Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself, 'Lillian, you should have remained a virgin.'" Lillian Carter children
292 "I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: - 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.'" Eleanor Roosevelt fame
293 "Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to withdraw that statement." Mark Twain beauty
294 "The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible ." George Burns religion
295 "Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year." Victor Borge friendship
296 "Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint." Mark Twain medicine
297 "By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher." Socrates marriage
298 "I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury." Groucho Marx marriage
299 "My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe." Jimmy Durante marriage
300 "I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back." Zsa Zsa Gabor marriage
301 "My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying." Rodney Dangerfield death
302 "Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat." Alex Levine drinking
304 "Money can't buy you happiness .... But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery." Spike Milligan money
305 "Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP." Joe Namath childhood
306 "I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap." Bob Hope age
307 "I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it." W. C. Fields drinking
308 "We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress." Will Rogers age
309 "Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you." Winston Churchill temptation, age
310 "Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty .. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out." Phyllis Diller age
311 "By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere." Billy Crystal age, wisdom
312 "And the cardiologist's diet: - If it tastes good spit it out." unknown eating, diet
314 "Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself." Rita Mae Brown temptation
315 History tells us that how much we want to believe a proposition is not a reliable guide as to whether it is true. Steven Pinker belief
316 "Old sins cast long shadows." Hercule Poirot sin
317 Happiness can't buy money. Alex Forbes happiness
318 Have you ever noticed how when someone says 'stop interfering!' no matter whether there's any cause to say such a thing or not, invariably it turns out they have something to hide? Alex Forbes secret
319 When someone bails out of a spirited honest discussion with the declaration 'we obviously can't discuss this,' if you bring your ear up close to the sea shell, you can often hear the roar of a mind slamming shut. Alex Forbes disagreement
320 "The power of superstition, it is a very great power indeed." Hercule Poirot superstition
321 Heard on PBS: Now that Bin Laden's gone, who will al-Qaeda find to take over? 'Rick Santorum,' I said. Well, why can't they take Santorum? He dresses better, causes lots of harm, and everything he does seems perfectly legal. Alex Forbes politics
322 "The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers." Socrates youth
323 "Life first, Miss Lemon, filing second." Poirot life
324 "God makes droughts. Man makes famines." -- John Githong'o, Kenyan Anti-Corruption campaigner John Githong'o nature, man
325 "There are more beauty parlors than there are beauties." Andy Rooney beauty
326 "If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one." Andy Rooney communication
327 "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." Mark Twain travel
328 "People say he [Newt Gingrich] has as much baggage as Delta Airlines." Charles Krauthammer politics
329 Programming is 10% research, 10% creativity, and 80% trying to remember how we handled that problem last time. Alex Forbes computers
330 "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." Anatole France equality
331 It's time for mainstream Christians to take back the name "Christian." Alex Forbes bigotry
332 "A true friend of yours loves and wants to be in relationship with the person you really are. A faux friend of yours loves and wants to be in relationship with the person they need you to be." John Shore friendship
333 "You can never trust a Hawaiian, because the ii's are too close together." Alec, "May to December" trust
335 "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." Blaise Pascal fanaticism
336 It is not necessarily a mortal sin to feel uncomfortable when others' lifestyle, religion, race or political conviction differs from our own. But to use the law to exclude them from the process is a profound treason to the spirit and future of democracy. Alex Forbes equality
337 "I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train." Oscar Wilde personality
338 Conspicuous consumption: "San Simeon was the place God would have built--if he had the money." (commenting on Hearst Castle) George Bernard Shaw wealth
339 "He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage -- he won't encounter many rivals." Georg Lichtenberg pride
340 "Compromisers may not make great heroes, but they do make great democracies." Walter Isaacson compromise, democracy
341 "For every human problem, there is a neat, simple solution; and it is always wrong." H. L. Mencken advice
342 "When someone says it's not about the money - it's about the money." H. L. Mencken money
343 "Conformity is the high road to mediocrity." Stan Ricker conformity, mediocrity
344 "We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate." [1854] Henry David Thoreau communication
345 "I'm so mad I'd write the Mayor, if I could only write ... if he could only read." (POGO) Walt Kelly humor, politics
346 Democracy cannot be "exported." It's demand-pull, not supply-push. Alex Forbes democracy
347 BBC's "Keeping Up Appearances," on the spousal passions: "Marriage is a fine institution, designed to eradicate feelings like that." Hyacinth Bucket marriage
349 "There is nothing in this world that is so damaged it cannot be repaired." Poirot grief
350 "I am coming to be quite contented learning to do very little - slowly." Lionel Hardcastle aging, contentment
351 "Shakespeare does not tell us what to think; he tells us what to think about." (on Charlie Rose show) Michael Kahn speech
352 "Half the lies people tell about me aren't true." Yogi Berra mis-speech
353 "I didn't say that I didn't say it. I said that I didn't say that I said it. I want to make that very clear." George Romney mis-speech
354 "That's just your opinion" is really a logical argument ad-hominem dressed down in second-hand clothes. Alex Forbes debate
355 Violence "in a good cause" is even more dangerous than simple plug-ugly violence, for it doesn't just destroy people and property. It drags down the cause as well. Alex Forbes violence
356 "At a certain point, I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married." Barack Obama marriage
357 "During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution." James Madison religion, pride, ignorance, bigotry
358 "There are people that hang themselves ... Stephen actually builds his own gallows." -- Lionel, in "As Times Goes By" Lionel Hardcastle humor
359 "Great riches create great poverty, and would be destructive of a country. You must not let any one man be too poor, and you must not let any one man be too rich; The mill that grinds out the extra rich is the same mill that will grind out the extra poor, because, in order that the extra rich can become so affluent, they must necessarily take more of what ordinarily would belong to the average man." Socrates wealth, poverty,
360 "There is in every village a torch: the schoolteac­her; and an extinguish­er: the priest." Victor Hugo religion
361 "No one has to tolerate intolerance." popular tolerance
362 Yes can be changed to No a lot faster than a No can be changed to a Yes. Meditations agreement
363 We have charities and philanthropic foundations to bring unconditional good into the world. We have governments to ensure those charities and philanthropies always have plenty of work. Alex Forbes charity
364 "Can it be that the evil in the world is in general of more use than the good?" Georg Christoph Lichtenberg decency, evil,
365 "We have the best Congress money can buy." Will Rogers politics
366 Conservative or Liberal, political smears are low-life propaganda. Like counterfeit money, they devalue the currency and undermine the public trust. Alex Forbes politics
367 Regarding "Forgiving Our Enemies" - I never had many enemies. Now they've all passed on to browner pastures, and I'm content to leave it at that. Alex Forbes enemy
368 BBC News had a post "Why do we procrastinate so much?" I can always read that later ... Alex Forbes procrastination
369 In populating North America, Europe exported to our shores all of its bad habits ... and a few good ones. Alex Forbes america
370 "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes." Mark Twain lie, truth,
371 Prejudice is the hyena nipping at the hamstrings of the civilized world. Alex Forbes prejudice
373 "We always pester innocent people more than guilty ones." Inspector Maigret crime
374 "I feel like I am driving Ferrari" -- Riccardo Muti, Music director of the Chicago Symphony, discussing his return to the Chicago Symphony after 30 years. Riccardo Muti music
375 "Dogs look up to us; Cats look down on us; Pigs regard us as equals." -- PBS "Call The Midwife" BBC humanity
376 Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: nothing succeeds like excess. Alex Forbes wealth
377 Just because we can hear the percolator perking doesn't mean there's coffee grounds in the basket. Alex Forbes wisdom
378 As much as I always admired punctuality on the little things, I never quite managed to arrive on time for the big ones. Alex Forbes behavior, punctuality, importance
379 "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one." Daily Kos politics
380 "There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always 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'." Isaac Asimov ignorance
381 "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe character
383 "Truth is like the sea. You can always smell it before you can see it." Inspector Maigret truth
384 "It's the lies you tell yourself that kill you." Inspector George Gently lie
385 "When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane, you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash." flight instruction manual aviation
386 "All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!" - a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live." Mark Twain death, life
387 "You don't have to beta test rights." Jon Stewart rights
388 "You fall down, ah? But, you shall get up again." Poirot adversity
389 "We never get accustomed to being less important to other people than they are to us." - The Third Man Graham Greene rank
390 "A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead." - The End of the Affair Graham Greene experience, perspective
391 "Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim. It is, one is told, the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin the corrupt or evil man never practices. He always has hope. He never reaches the freezing-point of knowing absolute failure. Only the man of goodwill carries always in his heart this capacity for damnation." Graham Greene despair
392 "There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in." Graham Greene childhood
393 "In a mad world it always seems simpler to obey." ― Our Man in Havana Graham Greene obedience
394 "Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers." -- variously attributed to Socrates and the wall of an ancient Roman pub in Pompeii. Socrates youth
395 In my parents' time, when they had only radio and newspapers, it was said we should only believe half of what we hear. In today's wonderful Information Age, we should only believe 1/10 of 1% of what we hear. Now THAT'S progress! Alex Forbes opinion
396 "All things find their places. Even memories." Maigret memory
397 "Merely because a man does not offer you a drink, Hastings, does not mean he is guilty of other crimes." Poirot drinking
398 In a recent interview aired on PBS, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak advised today's youth: don't set your mind on things having a certain outcome. Whichever way they turn out, that's the way it's going to be. Steve Wozniak advice
399 "How can I miss you when you won't go away..." Dan Hicks absence
400 Red Green's advice to us crabby old timers: "Don't tell ME all your friends are dead; they're probably just using that as an excuse." Red Green age
401 Truth always sneaks in the back door when nobody's looking. Alex Forbes truth
402 "I don't understand why rude people expect to be treated politely." -- heard on Inside Washington, June 9, 2013 PBS manners
403 "One if by land, two if by sea, three if by pogo stick, four if by seven-league boot." Paul Revere humor
405 Great rejoinder on TV last night. Some wealthy Old World hostess was quoted as boasting about how charitably she takes care of her domestic. "When I'm done with my dresses, I give all my discards to her." Reply: "And of course she does the same for you?" Unknown class
406 "Everyone wants a happy life without difficulties or suffering. We create many of the problems we face. No one intentionally creates problems, but we tend to be slaves to powerful emotions like anger, hatred and attachment that are based on misconceived projections about people and things. We need to find ways of reducing these emotions by eliminating the ignorance that underlies them and applying opposing forces." Dalai Lama happiness, emotion,
407 Listening to a new piece of classical music can take a little time. It's like a hardwood fire. Getting it to start may take a little more work, but, once it's started, it doesn't burn out. Alex Forbes music
408 SIGN OF THE TIMES: fleetingly glimpsed roadside billboard, from some sort of pest control company: "Infestment Counseling." Alex Forbes humor
409 "Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future." John F. Kennedy children, future
410 "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." Buddha anger
411 Sobriety is another kind of pilgrimage. We leave the pain of the journey behind, and the wonder and joy of the new world welcome us with open arms! Alex Forbes self-improvement
412 Pseudo-assertion (5): "There may be something in what you say ..." Alex Forbes definitions
413 "We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by." Will Rogers hero
414 "Your past mistakes are meant to guide you, not define you." Unknown learning, mistake
415 "We lived better when things were worse." Inspector DeLuca life
416 Stealing: finding things before other people lose them. Montalbano dishonesty
417 "Cubans joke that the Revolution produced three successes and three failures. The successes were health care, education, and social equality. The failures were breakfast, lunch, and dinner." -- excerpt, PBS summary of "Cuba's Secret Side" documentary. PBS life, government
418 'Escape' doesn't always mean fleeing a particular group or location, but it always begins with rejection of a particular mindset. And that requires a deliberative move toward a better one. Alex Forbes spirit
419 "Oh, to be seventy again." Georges Clemenceau age
420 Change is the hurricane that takes its sweet time to arrive. It's swift and impartial in rearranging lives, and quick to leave, and its effects often last a lifetime. Alex Forbes change
421 "But enough about me...what do you think of me?" Bette Midler vanity
422 He who cannot forgive … breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass." old African proverb forgiveness
423 "Though the mills of God grind slowly; Yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience he stands waiting, With exactness grinds he all." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow judgement
424 Nelson Mandela set history in motion. They put him in prison. He waited there 27 years for history to catch up. Alex Forbes freedom
425 "We have decided, not without some internal strife, to support the government." ~~ Silvio Berlusconi, Italian PM Oct 3, 2013, a week before John Boehner broke the U.S. House logjam and ended the partial government shutdown. Silvio Berlusconi government
426 Sketch on Jon Stewart show: "Where in hell does the government get off telling ME who I can't deny marriage to?" - Jan 8, 2014 Jon Stewart show humor
427 "I'm telling you there's an enemy that would like to attack America, Americans, again. There just is. That's the reality of the world. And I wish him all the very best." ~~ George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009 George W. Bush mis-speech
428 "In terms of the economy, look, I inherited a recession, I am ending on a recession." ~~ George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009 George W. Bush mis-speech
429 "I want to share with you an interesting program -- for two reasons, one, it's interesting, and two, my wife thought of it -- or has actually been involved with it; she didn't think of it. But she thought of it for this speech." ~~ George W. Bush, Washington D.C., Oct. 21, 2008 George W. Bush mis-speech
430 "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"~~ George W. Bush, Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000 George W. Bush mis-speech
431 "I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense." ~~ George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 18, 2006 George W. Bush mis-speech
432 "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." ~~ George W. Bush, Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005 George W. Bush mis-speech
433 "Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness." ~~ George W. Bush, CNN online chat, Aug. 30, 2000 George W. Bush mis-speech
434 "I want to make a picture about the Russian secret police -- the GOP." Samuel Goldwyn mis-speech
435 "Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. Take away the law-establishment, and every religion re-assumes its original benignity." ~~ The Rights of Man (1791) Thomas Paine religion
436 "Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear." ~~ letter to Peter Carr (1787) Thomas Jefferson religion
437 "To argue with a man who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead." ~~ The American Crisis No. V (1776) Thomas Paine religion
438 "Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry." ~~ A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom (1779) Thomas Jefferson religion
439 "You can tell the size of a man by the size of things that bother him." ~~ 45 Ultimate Tips For Men Unknown advice
440 When there's only one road to a destination, we'll always arrive at a dead end. Alex Forbes choice
441 "If Rome is burning, there is no point in endlessly retuning Nero's fiddle." ~~ The Guardian Simon Jenkins climate
442 There is an old trope about "arrogance" attributed to James Inhofe: how arrogant of us to think we could change His works. Well, what greater arrogance to think that God or Mother Nature, your choice, might smile indulgently over our exponentially increasing befoulment of the air, land and water they gave us — or not even notice! Alex Forbes climate
443 "Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future? Because there is nowhere else to look." ~~ Connections James Burke history
444 "What's the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we're willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?" ~~ chemist F. Sherwood Rowland F. Sherwood Rowland science, prediction
445 I have everything but the truth." Inspector Morse truth
446 We must not let ourselves be driven by what was wrong with the others. The friend of your friend may have been a very bad person, but that does not make me a better person. Alex Forbes judgement
447 "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don’t really have to do anything — you just let them talk." Barack Obama ignorance
448 "For, what we have in the moment ... is enough." Call The Midwife happiness
449 "There is one feature I notice that is generally missing in cargo cult science. ... It's a kind of scientific integrity, a principle of scientific thought that corresponds to a kind of utter honesty ..." Richard Feynman science
450 On the popular typing of "there" for "their": There there, their 'their' is not 'there' ... Alex Forbes speech
451 Have you ever noticed: when someone says "I'm just telling it like it is," it isn't? Alex Forbes truth
452 "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." Mark Twain knowledge
453 You'll never find anyone so totally, indignantly OUTRAGED as the miscreant who, after a lifetime of transgressions, screw-ups and wrong-doing, is finally accused of something he didn't do! Alex Forbes anger
454 Prevarication is a lie, all dressed up in equivocation and ornamental excuses. Alex Forbes truth
455 CATARACTS : Chances are, when you spot a jetliner soaring high above in the night sky, you see a red light (port wing), green light (starboard wing) and one or more white lights to better identify the fuselage size. But, envy those of us with cataracts, for we get to see a flying Christmas Tree! Alex Forbes vision
456 "To be positive is to be mistaken at the top of one's voice." Ambrose Bierce certainty, mistake
457 I don't like making plans for the day because then the word "premeditated" gets thrown around in the courtroom. Unknown humor
458 I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the jim this morning. Unknown humor
459 I never rode a burro (donkey), so I signed up for lessons. My burro wouldn't budge. I asked the instructor, "Now what?" He said, "You got to git your ass in gear." Lesson here for Congress ... Alex Forbes humor
460 Two things about the Fourth of July that are better than New Year's Eve: The Fourth celebrates something that makes a difference, and we don't have to stay up until midnight for people to run out of fireworks. Alex Forbes holiday
461 "The guiding principle of Baroque architecture is that more is never enough." Burt Wolf fashion
462 I'm less interested in who's to blame than I am in finding solutions. But when parties to the problem refuse to even discuss solutions, I'm more interested in blaming someone... Alex Forbes disagreement
463 If it's not "Liberty and Freedom for All," it's not liberty, and it's not freedom. Alex Forbes freedom
464 I like the old grey-haired anchor on Channel 5, because he's articulate, presents the facts of the day, doesn't think he's a comedian or auctioneer, doesn't shout at you, and because he's an old grey-haired guy. Alex Forbes television
465 A 'Charlie Rose' guest cites an old Chinese proverb. "The mountains are near. The Emperor is far away." Beijing's Central Committee tries to regulate commerce, but, at the local level, it's "maximize profits at any cost." And I'm thinking, "Gee! We're doing the same thing!" Alex Forbes business
466 Trying to make sense of the world strictly by TV and the internet is like trying to figure out what an aircraft is by examining vapor trails. Alex Forbes reading
467 Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) warned us: "The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous." Why, I have it personally from the Lord Almighty hisself that we can continue to generate CO2, crap our pants, and pee in the goldfish bowl called Earth. But, He also told me that if we do break this great big toy, he's not buying us another one. Alex Forbes climate
468 The emergency rescue crash truck arrived just as the test pilot climbed out of the crash landing of his experimental aircraft. 
Rescue worker: "What happened?" 
Pilot: "I don't know; I just got here myself." Military aviation history legend aviation
469 "It’s just not good enough to carp about what's wrong with this world. To fix it, we have to learn how to make the good in it work again. " ~~ "The Mysteriously Unsuccessful Boy" Alex Forbes accomplishment
470 Do you know how a statistician proves that all odd numbers are prime? "1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is experimental error, 11 is prime, 13 is prime, 15 is experimental error, ..." Unknown statistics
471 "There is a fine line between carefree and callous. I only ask that you tread it carefully." ~~ Miss Lane,"Lark Rise to Candleford" PBS judgement
472 If God devoted 100% of his time to Planet Earth, he'd have no time left for Alabama." Alex Forbes america
473 "To love another person is to see the face of God." ~~ From the Musical, "Les Miserables" Stage & Screen love
474 Life is a sprinkling of critical events threaded together by a series of vignettes. We may hope the turning points are happy ones, but it's the vignettes that become the real spice of life. Alex Forbes life
475 A man's gotta know his limitations." ~~ iconic quote from "Dirty Harry." Clint Eastwood weakness
476 "The mind is a dangerous neighborhood; I try not to go there alone." ~~ overheard on PBS, discussing spirituality, fear and loneliness. PBS loneliness
477 "I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy." Oscar Wilde hypocrisy
478 "I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it." Abraham Lincoln hypocrisy
479 "I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said." William F. Buckley Jr. hypocrisy, sarcasm
480 "The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson hypocrisy
481 "He does not believe that does not live according to his belief." Sigmund Freud hypocrisy
483 "The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it. Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve." ~~ October 28, 2014 Pope Francis creation
484 "It's easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled." Mark Twain deception
485 "I just need to see a few more campaign ads and then I think I'll be ready to make my final decision." Said no one ever. someecards politics
486 "Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain — and most fools do." Dale Carnegie fools
487 "Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else." Margaret Mead identity, uniqueness
488 The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief. ~ Othello William Shakespeare smile
489 "He who can smile in the face of adversity has found someone else to blame it on." Author Unknown adversity, blame
490 Focusing on stress is like trying to put out a fire by adding more combustibles. Alex Forbes adversity
491 "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." H. L. Mencken america, intelligence
492 "Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." H. L. Mencken happiness, fear,
493 "The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful." H. L. Mencken knowledge, knowledge
494 "You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth." H. L. Mencken life, quality
495 "Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret." Ambrose Bierce anger, speech
496 "Sweater, n. Garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly." Ambrose Bierce motherhood, childhood,
497 "Selfish, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others." Ambrose Bierce selfishness
498 "Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner, confessedly unworthy." Ambrose Bierce prayer
499 "Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based." Ambrose Bierce religion, scriptures
500 "Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are not as they ought to be." Ambrose Bierce cynic
501 "Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math." Ambrose Bierce taxes, math,
502 "Apologize: To lay the foundation for a future offence." Ambrose Bierce regret, apology
503 "A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks th' Lord wud do if He knew th' facts iv th' case." Finley Peter Dunne religion, fanaticism
504 The difference between advanced economies and developing nations is EDUCATION, but at least kids in developing nations can have hope for the future. An advanced economy without education is a failed state in the making. Alex Forbes education, economics
506 People are like flowers planted here on earth. Some grow and become beautiful. Others never flower and merely take up space in the garden. Bill Casey humanity, people,
507 "We live in a world where people cherry-pick their science to fulfill their own personal philosophies..." Neil deGrasse Tyson science
508 "You do it too" is the shabbiest form of denial. Alex Forbes hatred, delusion,
509 The foulest crime of the soul is to lie about love, for when you deceive another in love, you rob both of you of that spark that makes life truly worth living. Alex Forbes love, deception
510 "I never know when I've gone too far, but I'm always glad when I do." ~~ heard on PBS Sid Vicious, PBS/BBC extremes, excess
511 If you have a question about science, a good place to start might be asking a scientist. But if you have a question about politics, asking a politician is like asking your bartender for stock tips, a factory owner about reducing poverty, or an evangelist about safe sex. Alex Forbes politics, experience,
512 It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity. Dave Barry humor, coffee
513 The friend of your friend may have been a very bad person, but that does not make me a better person. Alex Forbes friendship, character
514 Dog have owners; cats have staff. Facebook meme home, pets,
515 Rights are not ours to take away or bestow. When you disagree with this principle, you threaten ALL rights by redefining them as subject to the whims and changing tides of the disgruntled. Alex Forbes rights, equality, constitution
516 "A bit of a tree change" Australia travel, sayings,
517 Cute quip on Channel 5 Weather: there'll be high clouds over the coast tomorrow morning, "Expect the stratus quo." Channel 5 News television, quip
518 The very idea that you have to "bless" a cake with your personal views before making and selling it smacks of witchcraft. Alex Forbes marriage, religion,
519 'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.' Lewis Carroll opinion, truth, ,
520 "I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance...." Reuben Blades ignorance, media,
521 "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried." ― G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World G.K. Chesterton religion, hypocrisy, charity
522 ''A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.'' Jon Fontaine destiny, avoidance
523 "Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too." Will Smith hatred, justice
524 "It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching." Francis of Assisi preaching, consistency,
525 "A political gaffe occurs when a politician accidentally tells the truth." Michael Kinsley politics, truth
526 Geocentrism was the feel-good, intuitive answer to all questions about our quest to understand the cosmos, until we discovered the Earth actually DOES revolve around the sun. Then, it became a matter of mere hypocrisy. Alex Forbes hypocrisy, knowledge
527 "Conservatives who for 8 years sowed the dragon's teeth of partisan politics are horrified to discover they have grown an actual dragon." Stephen King politics, , conservatives
528 Today I was reading an e-mail about reckless banking. I have an idea. Let's change the system to wreckless banking. Alex Forbes , banking
529 Old timers are like bank vaults. Until we're let in, we have no idea of the wondrous riches stored there. Alex Forbes age, wisdom
530 "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." Mark Twain history
531 On news reporting: "Being fair to the facts should be our goal, not some artificial formulation as if all sides have equal merit." Steve Raymer , media, reporting
532 "Always do what's right. This will gratify some and astonish the rest" Mark Twain , deeds
533 There's a reason for everything, and if we don't know what it is, there's a reason for that too. Robert Vinther reason,
534 People fret, "You mean I wasn't put here for a purpose?" They have it backwards. They're here to find a purpose and live up to it. Alex Forbes religion,
535 WORLD'S SHORTEST WEDDING VOWS: "And do you take this man for your lawfully wedded husband?" "Adieu, adieu!" Alex Forbes love, marriage
536 Didja hear the one about the couple that wanted to remodel their run-down home? They ended up calling "Axe This Old House." Alex Forbes home, humor
537 Time, like a railroad train, doesn't even notice when a milestone is passed. Alex Forbes time, events
538 "My mother used to say, some folks would climb to the top of a tree to tell a lie." Frank Hughes lie
539 Crooked politicians are DIFFERENT from your regular, run of the mill dishonest crook, because politicians don't just steal from us, they try to make us like it! Alex Forbes politics, dishonesty, crooks
540 “Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie.” Miyamoto Musashi truth, , lie
541 "Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel." Mark Twain , press
542 "Isn't life happy / Isn't life gay / Isn't life the perfect way / To pass thee time away?" Mason Williams , life
543 We are all walking contradictions of what "normal" looks like. Erin Brockovich, Facebook personality, behavior, opposites, normal
544 Funny how humanity says “Well, don’t judge; wait and see what happens,” and then when it happens, we say, “Well, it is what it is.” Alex Forbes humanity, judgement, nonjudgemental
545 Crooks with their fingers on all the levers of power are more dangerous than the worst criminals or serial killers. Alex Forbes crooks, power
546 “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” – interviewing Bill Maher Neil DeGrasse Tyson universe, belief, cosmology
547 "It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure." Ernie Harwell , goodbye
548 "See, when you drive home today, you've got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you've got a little bitty rearview mirror. And the reason the windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small is because what's happened in your past is not near as important as what's in your future." Joel Osteen , perspective, priorities
549 "A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding." Herbert Marshall McLuhan opinion, reason,
550 "Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." Mark Twain ,
551 "We can't be doing things like thinking these things through. It takes forever. Oh, I say, rock on!" Rocky, "As Time Goes By" , humor, planning
552 “Most of us do what is ‘reasonable’ even when it isn’t any good.” Robert M. Pirsig morality, action, ethics
553 "While strangers on the train sit beside each other in silence, their shoes are making friends." Anonymous friendship
554 Hatred is like opiate addiction: self-induced, hurts self and others, and is harder to heal. Alex Forbes hatred, behavior
555 “But if the vision was true and mighty, as I know, it is true and mighty yet; for such things are of the spirit, and it is in the darkness of their eyes that men get lost.” ~~ John G. Neihardt, from "Black Elk Speaks" Black Elk

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