Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  — Benjamin Franklin


“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”

C. L Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Alice in Wonderland


“changing places in fancy with the sufferer.”  — Adam Smith, on the act of perspective-taking


The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right…. — Judge Learned Hand, “The Spirit of Liberty,” speech at an “I Am an American Day” ceremony, Central Park, New York City, May 21, 1944.—Hand, The Spirit of Liberty, 3d ed., enl., ed. Irving Dilliard, p. 190 (1960).


Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.  — Will Rogers


You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. — Jack London


“Professional liberals are too arrogant to compromise. In my experience, they were also very unpleasant people on a personal level. Behind their slogans about saving the world and sharing the wealth with the common man lurked a nasty hunger for power. They’d double-cross their own mothers to get it or keep it.”
— Harry S Truman, pp. 55, American Heritage 7/8 1992, from a 1970 interview


I KEEP six honest serving-men

(They taught me all I knew);

Their names are What and Why and When

And How and Where and Who.

— Rudyard Kipling, The Elephant’s Child


We are a lot better at <em><strong>doing </strong></em>outside the box than <strong><em>thinking </em></strong>outside the  box.  Nassim Taleb, author of <em>The Black Swan, </em> in an interview on 5/3/10


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