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Optimism & Pessimism
A lot of people become pessimists from financing optimists.
A pessimist is one who builds dungeons in the air.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.
It is impossible for an optimist to be pleasantly surprised.
Smile, they said,
Start every day with a smile and get it over with.
The glass is neither half empty nor half full. It is twice as large as it needs to be.
The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it.
Twixt the optimist and pessimist
Originality is the art of concealing your source.
When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
The only paradise is paradise lost.
We are the people our parents warned us about.
We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.
An author's first duty is to let down his country.
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature.
'My country right or wrong' is like saying 'My mother drunk or sober'.
Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
Patriotism is the veneration of real estate above principles.
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Don't tell me peace has broken out.
Ah, what is man?
Emmanuel Kant but Genghis Khan.
Existentialism has no future.
For every philosopher, there exists an equal and opposite philosopher.
For every why he had a wherefore.
An existential map has 'you are here' written all over it.
Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but, in practice, there is.
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
Most people are fools, most authority is malignant, god does not exist, and everything is wrong.
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
My son has taken up meditation - at least it's better than sitting doing nothing.
O Lord, help me be pure, but not yet.
The conclusion of your syllogism is fallacious, being based upon licensed premises.
What's right is what's left if you do everything else wrong.
What if there were no hypothetical situations?
When ideas fail, words can come in handy.
Why is this thus? What is the reason of this thusness?
Your karma ran over my dogma.
A radioactive cat has eighteen half-lives.
A rolling stone gathers momentum.
Absolute zero is cool.
All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
Chemistry is physics without thought; mathematics is physics without purpose.
God does not play dice with the cosmos.
God runs electromagnetics by wave theory on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the Devil runs them by quantum theory on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Every body continues in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, except insofar as it doesn't.
Quarks are the dreams that stuff is made of.
Schrödinger rules the waves.
We live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinian physics ruled by Frankensteinian logic.
What makes the universe so hard to comprehend is that there's nothing to compare it with.
Always be a poet, even in prose.
he sang his didn't he danced his did
I know that poetry is indispensable, but to what I could not say.
It's hard to say why writing verse
lady will you come with me into
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
Poetry is proof that rhyme doesn't pay.
She has muscles that men adore so
Some prose writers go from bad to verse.
The best words in the best order.
The earth keeps some vibration going
The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things.
There is no money in poetry, but then there is no poetry in money, either.
A conservative is a politician who wants to keep what the liberals fought for a generation ago.
A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
A liberal is a conservative who has gone to jail, and a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.
A liberal is someone too poor to be a capitalist, and too rich to be a communist.
A liberal thinks that goats are just sheep from broken homes.
An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.
Any man who is under thirty, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over thirty, and is not a conservative, has no brains.*
Banana Republic Constitution: Prohibido todo lo que no sea obligatorio.
Bread is the staff of life; toast a decadent capitalist luxury.
Congressmen are the finest body of men money can buy.
Conspiracy theories depend on the perpetrators being endlessly clever. The facts work if you assume everyone is endlessly stupid.
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
Don't vote, it only encourages them.
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind the slime of a new bureaucracy.
For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.
I must follow them. I am their leader.
If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
If I were two-faced would I be wearing this one?
If voting changed anything it would be illegal.
In a mature society, 'civil servant' is semantically equal to 'civil master'.
In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.
Men and nations will act rationally when all other possibilities have been exhausted.
Nothing can so alienate a voter from the political system as backing a winning candidate.
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad name.
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
One fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge where there is no river.
Politics is like being a football coach. You've got to be smart enough to play the game and dumb enough to think it is important.
Politics is the art of the possible.
Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
Pro is to con as progress is to Congress.
Taxes are not raised for the benefit of the taxed.
The supply of government exceeds the demand.
We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.
What luck for rulers that men do not think.
You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.
I complained that I had no shoes
I owe much; I have nothing; the rest I leave to the poor.
It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg.
We didn't starve, but we didn't eat chicken unless we were sick, or the chicken was.
A pedestal is as much a prison as any small confined space.
Stone walls do not a prison make
Two men look out through the same bars:
For every solution he had a problem.
Inside every big problem there is a small problem struggling to get out.
Professionals built the Titanic, amateurs built the Ark.
An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.
A lot of what appears to be progress is just technological rococo.
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
Automatic simply means that you can't repair it yourself.
Horsepower was a wonderful thing when only horses had it.
Is it progress when a cannibal uses a knife and fork?
It is better for civilisation to be going down the drain than to be coming up it.
Men have become tools of their tools.
Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to modern people who blow horns to break up traffic jams.
Progress may have been acceptable once but it has gone on too long.
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
The impossibility of yesterday has become the luxury of today and the necessity of tomorrow.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
What was sliced bread the greatest thing since?
You are making progress if each mistake is a new one.
There are few who would not rather be taken in adultery than in provincialism.
A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.
A neurotic builds castles in the air.
A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.
All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
Either heaven or hell will have continuous background music. Which one you think it will be tells a lot about you.
He was so narrow-minded he could see through a keyhole with both eyes.
He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser.
I am now cured of schizophrenia: but where am I now that I need me?
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
I have always been crazy, but it kept me from going insane.
If everybody hated you, you'd be paranoid too.
Just because you are not paranoid doesn't mean somebody isn't out to get you.
Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.
My inferiority complex is not as good as yours.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
Psychiatry is the care of the Id by the odd.
Psychoanalysis makes quite simple people feel they're complex.
Schizophrenia is better than dining alone.
There's nothing wrong with the average person that a good psychiatrist can't exaggerate.
What a terrible thing to have lost one's mind. Or not to have a mind at
all. How true that is.
Punctuality is the thief of time.
Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.
A cult becomes a religion when it stops killing its members and starts killing non-members.
A religious conservative is a fanatic about a dead radical.
All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
Avoid like the plague any clergymen who are also businessmen.
Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?
I believe in the Lord's Prayer or a bottle of Jack Daniel's; whatever gets you through the night.
If God is watching us, the least we can do is be entertaining.
Living with a saint is more gruelling than being one.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Sacred cows make the best hamburger.
The nearer the Church the further from God.
The Bible was written by the same people who said the Earth was flat.
The world holds two classes of men: intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.
There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
When the Europeans arrived, we had the land and they had the Bible. We closed our eyes to pray and when we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible.
When we talk to God, we're praying. When God talks to us, we're schizophrenic.
Why does the Vatican have lightning rods?
A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms.
All the effects of nature are only the mathematical consequence of a small number of immutable laws.
Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get very nervous and give the wrong answers.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Art is I; science is we.
All probabilities are 50%. Either a thing will happen or it won't.
Entropy isn't what it used to be.
Heisenberg may have been here.
Human beings were invented by water as a device for transporting itself from one place to another.
If scientists knew what they were doing, it wouldn't be called research.
If the odds are a million to one against something occurring, chances are 50-50 it will.
In any collection of data, the figure most obviously correct, beyond all need of checking, is the mistake.
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
It has been discovered that research causes cancer in rats.
Klein bottle for rent. Inquire within.
No leg's too short to reach the ground.
Osborn's Law: Constants aren't; variables won't.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.
Scientific apparatus offers a window to knowledge, but as they grow more elaborate, scientists spend ever more time washing the windows.
The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning, while those other subjects merely require scholarship.
The goal of science is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice.
Velilind's Laws of Experimentation:
I know that's a secret, for it's whispered everywhere.
I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
The secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.
A kiss that speaks volumes is seldom a first edition.
Celibacy is not hereditary.
Chaste makes waste.
Continental people have sex lives; the English have hot-water bottles.
Her kisses left something to be desired: the rest of her.
I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood: sex and the dead.
I like sadism, necrophilia, and zoophilia. Am I flogging a dead horse?
I'd like to meet the man who invented sex and see what he's working on now.
I'm as pure as the driven slush.
Incest is relatively boring.
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
I've been in more laps than a napkin.
Love is a matter of chemistry, sex is physics.
Man has two basic desires: to get and to beget.
Men seldom make passes
Mistress: Something between a master and a mattress.
Never sleep with anyone crazier than yourself.
No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there's too much fraternizing with the enemy.
Of the delights of this world, man cares most for sexual intercourse, yet he has left it out of his heaven.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to conceive.
Sex is an emotion in motion.
Sex is not the answer. Sex is the question. 'Yes' is the answer.
Sexual harassment at work - is it a problem for the self-employed?
She was just a passing fiancée.
The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.
What men call gallantry and gods adultery
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