Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Non-Conformists

"Now let's repeat the non-conformists' oath: I promise to be different! (audience repeats) I promise to be unique! (audience repeats) I promise not to repeat things other people say! (audience repeats, laughs) Good!"
--Steve Martin,
comedy album "A Wild and Crazy Guy"

Monday, October 16, 2017

Roads III

"No single decision you ever made has led in a straight line to where you find yourself now. You peeked down some roads and took a few steps before turning back. You followed some roads that came to a dead end and others that got lost at too many intersections. Ultimately, all roads are connected to all other roads."
--Deepak Chopra,
"The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life"

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Victims

"Vladimir Nabokov said the two great evils of the 20th century were Marx and Freud. He was absolutely correct. Freud has saturated our culture. People operate on Freudian theory in almost everything they do and they're completely unaware of it. I'm really sensitive to how Freudian theory seized the day, because as a novelist I once wrote characters with complete Freudian backgrounds. The basic assumption of Freud is that none of us is responsible for what we are: What we are is a consequence of what our parents did to us, what our culture did to us, what society did to us, the injustices we've suffered. So, in essence, we're victims.

What we do as a society is seek simple answers. Freudianism is a simple answer: If what everybody does is simply a result of what was done to them as a child by their parents, or their culture, then they're not really responsible. All we have to do is put them through a 12-step program and they'll cease being a serial killer or whatever. That's so grossly simplistic. And yet it has dominated the thinking of our century, especially our legal system."

--Dean Koontz,
as quoted in Nick Gillespie & Lisa Snell, "Contemplating Evil: Novelist Dean Koontz on Freud, fraud, and the Great Society", Reason magazine, 1996

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Indispensible

"When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties."
--Marquis de Lafayette

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bad II

"A huge tyrannosaurus ate our lawyer,
Well, I suppose that proves... they're really not all bad"

--Weird Al Yankovic,
"Jurassic Park"

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Inconvenient II

"Our society tends to regard as a sickness any mode of thought or behavior that is inconvenient for the system and this is plausible because when an individual doesn't fit into the system it causes pain to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a cure for a sickness and therefore as good."
--Theodore J. Kaczynski

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Gadgets

"In our new age of terrifying, lethal gadgets, which supplanted so swiftly the old one, the first great aggressive war, if it should come, will be launched by suicidal little madmen pressing an electronic button. Such a war will not last long and none will ever follow it. There will be no conquerors and no conquests, but only the charred bones of the dead on an uninhabited planet."
--William L. Shirer,
"The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany"

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Garbage

"The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage".
--Carl Bernstein

Monday, October 09, 2017

Memory

"My people are few. They resemble the scattering trees of a storm-swept plain...There was a time when our people covered the land as the waves of a wind-ruffled sea cover its shell-paved floor, but that time long since passed away with the greatness of tribes that are now but a mournful memory."
--Chief Seattle,
The Chief Seattle's Speech

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Superior III

"The most important message of a crucifix, to me anyway, was how unspeakably cruel supposedly sane human beings can be when under orders from a superior authority."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.,
"Hocus Pocus" (1990)

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Wolfe

"The Wolfe knowes,
what the ill beast thinkes."
--George Herbert

Friday, October 06, 2017

China

"Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull."
--H.L. Mencken

Sensibilities

"If we set the precedent of limiting the First Amendment, in order to protect the sensibilities of those who are offended by flag burning, what will we say the next time someone is offended by some other minority view, or by some other person's exercise of the freedom the Constitution is supposed to protect?"
--Edward Kennedy,
Constituent letter (1997)

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Whim

"Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while."
--Groucho Marx

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Imperialism

"Imperialism is a system of exploitation that occurs not only in the brutal form of those who come with guns to conquer territory. Imperialism often occurs in more subtle forms, a loan, food aid, blackmail . We are fighting this system that allows a handful of men on earth to rule all of humanity."
--Thomas Sankara

Cheek

"When you take your case to Washington, D.C., you’re taking it to the criminal who’s responsible; it’s like running from the wolf to the fox. They’re all in cahoots together. They all work political chicanery and make you look like a chump before the eyes of the world. Here you are walking around in America, getting ready to be drafted and sent abroad, like a tin soldier, and when you get over there, people ask you what are you fighting for, and you have to stick your tongue in your cheek."
--Malcom X

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Folly IV

"The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also."
--Mark Twain

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Fifty

“Fifty years,” I hackneyed, “is a long time.”

“Not when you’re looking back at them,” she said. “You wonder how they vanished so quickly.”

--Issac Asimov,
"I, Robot" (1950)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sum

"With all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow-citizens,—A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities."
--Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Short II

"Life is too short to be living somebody else's dream."
--Hugh Hefner,
April 9, 1926 - September 27, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bored

"I'm insane. I'm fucked up. I have problems. But I don't get depressed and I don't get bored."
--Warren Zevon,
Quoted in David Bowman, Salon.com - "My Lunch with Warren Zevon," Salon.com (March 17, 2000)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Root II

A form of government that is not the result of a long sequence of shared experiences, efforts, and endeavors can never take root.
--Napoléon Bonaparte,
Statement (1803) as quoted in "The Mind of Napoleon" (1955) by J. Christopher Herold

Monday, September 25, 2017

Bound

"If a man has his eyes bound, you can encourage him as much as you like to stare through the bandage, but he'll never see anything."
--Franz Kafka,
"The Castle" (1926)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Flipping

"True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."
--Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Reading

"I sometimes think that the American story is the one about the reading of the will."
--Lewis H. Lapham,
"Money And Class In America" (1989)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Opposition III

"If the opposition disarms, all is well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves."
--Joseph Stalin,
"The Political Report of the Central Committee, The Fifteenth Congress of the C.P.S.U.(B.) (December 7, 1927)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ladder

"You cannot push any one up a ladder unless he be willing to climb a little himself."
--Andrew Carnegie

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lag

"In England we have come to rely upon a comfortable time lag of fifty years or a century intervening between the perception that something ought to be done and a serious attempt to do it."
--H.G. Wells,
"The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind" (1931)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Own II

"I may die a beggar, but with the Grace of God, I will not die a slave.
I will not be filed, stamped, briefed, debriefed, or numbered...
My life is my own."
--The Prisoner

Monday, September 18, 2017

First III

"If you're not going to offend somebody you don't need the First Amendment".
--Larry Flynt

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rooms

"I walk through rooms of the dead, streets of the dead, cities of the dead: men without eyes, men without voices; men with manufactured feelings and standard reactions; men with newspaper brains, television souls and high school ideals."
--Charles Bukowski,
"Sunlight Here I Am: Interviews and Encounters, 1963-1993"

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Readin'

"I was in Nashville, Tennessee last year. After the show I went to a Waffle House. I'm not proud of it, I was hungry. And I'm alone, I'm eating and I'm reading a book, right? Waitress walks over to me: 'Hey, whatcha readin' for?' Isn't that the weirdest fuckin' question you've ever heard? Not what am I reading, but what am I reading FOR? Well, goddamnit, ya stumped me! Why do I read? Well . . . hmmm...I dunno...I guess I read for a lot of reasons and the main one is so I don't end up being a fuckin' waffle waitress."
--Bill Hicks

Friday, September 15, 2017

Resemblance

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
--Ronald Reagan,
Remarks at a business conference in Los Angeles (March 2, 1977)