"On the Internet nobody knows you are a puppy!"
|| since birth
| conservative libertarian
|| small government, strong defense, freedom of religion
| party affiliation
|| Toga and Slumber Party (TSP), voting for Grand Old Puppies (GOP)
|| Israel (go Bibi)
|| al-Media aka "Weapons of Mass Distraction and Misdirection"
FreeRepublic is a testament to the power of distributed knowledge and thinking
Quotations, Words of Wisdom, Observations, Wisecracks, taglines :
"If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers"
"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" - "The more things change, the more they stay the same" - Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
"We learn from history that we learn nothing from history" - George Bernard Shaw
"Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it" - George Santayana
"Maybe if people started to listen, history would stop repeating itself" - Lily Tomlin
"History doesn't repeat itself, but it emulates itself periodically" - CutePuppy
"Cogito ergo sum" - René Descartes ~ ~ "Sum ergo cogito" - CutePuppy
"Some things in life can be explained only as proof that God has a sense of humor" - CutePuppy
"There are two sources of unhappiness. One is not getting what you want. The other is getting it" - George Bernard Shaw
"If we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time" - Edith Wharton
"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere" - Agnes Repplier
"Money may not buy happiness, but it can buy chocolate which should suffice" - CutePuppy
"If a theory that money can't bring happiness is ever tested, I'd be a willing test subject" - CutePuppy
"Enough money can buy enough happiness" - CutePuppy
"People can't be always happy. However, there are many people who are always miserable" - CutePuppy
"The heights of happiness have limits, the depths of misery have none" - CutePuppy
"People skating on thin ice should not be surprised to find they can't walk on water" - CutePuppy
"Those who think they are gaming the system should not be surprised to find that the system is gaming them" - CutePuppy
"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner" - James Bovard
"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the Congress is in session" - Mark Twain
"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin" - Mark Twain
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man" - Mark Twain
"One of the striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives" - Mark Twain
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics" - Benjamin Disraeli / Mark Twain
"A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes" - Mark Twain
"Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it" - Mark Twain
"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please" - Mark Twain
"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts" - Albert Einstein
"If facts conflict with a theory, either the theory must be changed or the facts" - Baruch Spinoza
"You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts" - Bernard Baruch
"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!" - 'Homer Simpson'
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored" - Aldous Huxley
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing it, doesn't go away" - Philip K. Dick
"You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality" - Ayn Rand
"à la guerre comme à la guerre"
"Praemonitus praemunitus - Forewarned is forearmed"
"The first rule of any game is to know you're in one" - Sandy Lerner
"The first rule of every game is to know and understand the rules of the game" - CutePuppy
"Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win" - Jonathan Kozol
"Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning" - Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.
"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it" - Margaret Thatcher
"When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna" - Napoléon Bonaparte
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake" - Napoléon Bonaparte
"When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging" - Will Rogers
"No plan... extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force" - Helmuth Graf von Moltke
"Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth" - Mike Tyson
"The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy" - Friedrich Nietzsche
"An enemy of your enemy is not necessarily your friend; he may just be a bigger enemy" - CutePuppy
"War is continuation of diplomacy by other means" - Carl von Clausewitz
"Diplomacy and politics are wars by other means" - CutePuppy
"A diplomat is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country" - Sir Henry Wotton
"It is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it"
"For want of a battle the kingdom was lost..."
"Don't shoot the messenger, for you may never again be warned of impending danger" - CutePuppy
"There are many ways to fight and lose a war but only few ways to win it" - CutePuppy
"The Athenian democracy and Roman republic did not disintegrate for lack of lawyers" - CutePuppy
"If war is your problem, lawyers are not the answer" - CutePuppy
"War is not a 'policy' - winning or losing a war is a policy" - CutePuppy
" 'Peace process' and 'State of war' are misnomers. 'Process of war' starts when a 'State of peace' ceases to exist" - CutePuppy
" 'Peace at any price' always comes at a cost too high" - CutePuppy
"Appeasing the unappeasable is never appropriate or opportune" - CutePuppy
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog" - Mark Twain
"It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare" - Mark Twain
"It is virtually necessary for politicians to make a virtue of necessity" - CutePuppy
"Politics is the art of the possible; politicking is the art of pandering" - CutePuppy (hat tip to Otto von Bismarck)
"Politicians often confuse or choose to pretend that vox populi is vox dei" - CutePuppy
" 'Silent majority' will become 'silent minority' if it chooses to remain silent" - CutePuppy
"There are no classless societies; there are healthy societies, with the large middle class, and the dying ones, without" - CutePuppy
"To the Far Left the center looks like the Far Right" - CutePuppy
"Liberals say 'we' meaning 'we, the government'; conservatives say 'we' meaning 'we, the people' " - CutePuppy
"Liberals value feel-good intentions and actions; conservatives value feel-good results" - CutePuppy
"Republicans are good at fighting America's enemies, Democrats are good at fighting Republicans" - CutePuppy
"Democrats criminalize their opponents' politics and politicize their friends' crimes" - CutePuppy
"Democrats have two major constituent groups: 'the poor' who think they benefit from Big Government and 'the rich' who really do" - CutePuppy
"For Democrats, Big Government is big business" - CutePuppy
"Democrats' governing motto: United, they'll stand. The divided we'll govern" - CutePuppy
"Rome is the mob" - attributed to Gaius Julius Caesar and Gaius Gracchus
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money" - Alexis de Tocqueville
"Despotism may govern without faith, but Liberty cannot" - Alexis de Tocqueville
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty" - Thomas Jefferson
"The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes" - Thomas Paine
"They who would give up essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty nor security" - Ben Franklin
"They who would give up essential security for temporary liberty, will have neither security nor liberty" - CutePuppy
"If security is outlawed, only outlaws will have security" - Dan Kaminsky
"Abuse of power, authority or laws is no better than taking advantage of weak or absent laws or authority" - CutePuppy
" 'Government of the people, by the people, for the people' has devolved into 'People of the government, by the government, for the government' " - CutePuppy
"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys" P. J. O´Rourke
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have" - Gerald Ford
"Big government is not the solution to our problems. Big government is the problem" - Ronald Reagan
"[Government's view of the economy:] If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it" - Ronald Reagan
"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy" - Daniel Webster
"The unconditional power to pardon is the power to corrupt" - CutePuppy
"The cost of government always trickles down to population; lower cost trickles down prosperity, higher cost trickles down misery" - CutePuppy
"The government that punishes people for being successful is usually punished for being stupid" - CutePuppy
"Competition always benefits consumers; regulation benefits the governments and the monopolies" - CutePuppy
"Over time, it's natural for technology to get smaller, faster, better and cheaper, and for the government to get bigger, slower, worse and more expensive" - CutePuppy
"Crime doesn't pay. Investment in technology pays for itself. Buying the government pays off in spades" - CutePuppy
"What starts... as a mass movement ends up as a racket, a cult, or a corporation" ("Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket") - Eric Hoffer
"Politicians misusing science, and scientists misusing politics do so only for their own empowerment and enrichment" - CutePuppy
"'Man-made Global Warming' is a 'politi-science' get-rich scheme sold as 'Eco Scare' by Al Gore" - CutePuppy
"Politicians don't call it kickbacks, they call it 'karma'... because one way or another it comes back to them" - CutePuppy
"Socialism is a 'Less-than-Zero-Sum' game - the more you play, the less there is left to play with" - CutePuppy
"Socialism is a pyramid scheme disguised as a system of government" - CutePuppy
"Pay-as-you-go is a government-speak for a pyramid scheme" - CutePuppy
"Communism and fascism are but two sides of the same socialist coin" - CutePuppy
"Fascism is the stage reached after communism has proved an illusion..." - Peter F. Drucker / Friedrich A. Hayek
"Democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried" - Winston Churchill
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter" - Winston Churchill
"Americans can be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities" - Winston Churchill
"If you are not a socialist in your 20s you don't have a heart, if you are a socialist in your 40s you don't have a brain" - Winston Churchill
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries" - Winston Churchill
"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money" - Margaret Thatcher
"To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches" - Margaret Thatcher
"Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy" - Margaret Thatcher
"There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families" - Margaret Thatcher
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't" - Margaret Thatcher
"Being prime minister is a lonely job... you cannot lead from the crowd" - Margaret Thatcher
"Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus" - Margaret Thatcher
"Capital will always go where it's welcome, and stay where it's well treated" - Walter Wriston
"Markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent" - John Maynard Keynes
"Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists" - John Kenneth Galbraith
"The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable" - John Kenneth Galbraith
"Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite" - John Kenneth Galbraith
"Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable" - John Kenneth Galbraith
"Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory" - John Kenneth Galbraith
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies" - Groucho Marx
"Government is failing at a lot of these things that it ought to be doing because it's involved in so many things it shouldn't be doing" - Milton Friedman
"One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results" - Milton Friedman
"Society doesn't have values. People have values" - Milton Friedman
"The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both" - Milton Friedman
"The luxury of today is the necessity of tomorrow" - Ludwig von Mises
"Business is more exciting than any game" - Lord Beaverbrook
"Business, that's easily defined; it's other people's money" - Alexander Dumas
"When you hire people that are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are" - R.H. Grant
"If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are" - Soichiro Honda
"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away mens initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."
- Rev. William J. H. Boetcker (often attributed to Abraham Lincoln)
"Most men believe that it would benefit them if they could get a little from those who have more.
How much more would it benefit them if they would learn a little from those who know more" - Rev. William J. H. Boetcker
"I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Most often two of these qualities come together. The officers who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Those who are stupid and lazy make up around 90% of every army in the world, and they can be used for routine work. The man who is clever and lazy however is for the very highest command; he has the temperament and nerves to deal with all situations. But whoever is stupid and industrious is a menace and must be removed immediately!" - Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord
"God grant me the Strength to change the things I can;
the Serenity to deal with the things I cannot change;
and the Wisdom to know the difference"
- the Serenity Prayer
"Don't underestimate your power to change yourself; don't overestimate your power to change others" - Wayne Dyer
"What doesn't kill us makes us stronger" - Friedrich Nietzsche
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change" - Charles Darwin
"The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet" - Hugh Keough (on Ecclesiastes 9:11)
"Great men dont move to the center. Great men move the center" - L. Neil Smith
"Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things" - Stephen Covey
"Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds" - SEAL teams' rule
"Performance gets worse as group size increases" - Susan Cain
"After all is said and done, a lot more has been said than done"
"Logic is an organised way of going wrong with confidence" - Charles F. Kettering
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit" - Ronald Reagan (also Harry S. Truman)
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power" - Abraham Lincoln
"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely" - Lord Acton
"Power may corrupt ordinary people, but the already corrupt it corrupts absolutely" - CutePuppy
"Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many" - Eric Hoffer
"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength" - Eric Hoffer
"Thoughts become words. Words become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become character. Character becomes your destiny"
"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be" - Lao Tzu
"Risk is the price you pay for opportunity"
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go" - T.S. Eliot
"If we don't try to do things that are impossible, we'll never accomplish the things that are nearly impossible" - Chad Nussbaum
"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it" - Michelangelo
"Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things that don't really matter" - Francis Chan
"Any powerful idea is absolutely fascinating and absolutely useless until we choose to use it" - Richard Bach
"Great minds talk about ideas. Average minds talk about events. Small minds talk about people. And the smallest of minds talk about themselves"
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"With great power comes great responsibility"
"From those to whom much is given, much shall be required" - Luke 12:48
"Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions" - Mark Twain
"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment" - Jim Rohn
"Bad ideas never die, they get resurrected with new makeup and lexicon" - CutePuppy
"Unconventional wisdom is wrong just as often as the conventional wisdom" - CutePuppy
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonardo da Vinci
"Making things really simple to understand can be really difficult" - CutePuppy
"People can overcomplicate the simple and oversimplify the complex when it benefits them" - CutePuppy
"Humans are the only species that use and value aesthetics without regard to functionality" - CutePuppy
"Before expecting or demanding perfection of others, try finding one in yourself" - CutePuppy
"The insignificant man makes demands of others, the significant man makes demands of himself" - Lao Tzu
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is" - Jan van de Snepscheut
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind" - Albert Einstein
"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom" - Albert Einstein
"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious" - Albert Einstein
"Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it" - Albert Einstein
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former" - Albert Einstein
"Genius is being able to see the obvious decades ahead of everyone else" - John Sculley
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits"
"True genius is knowing when to stop" - Johann von Goethe
"A man's got to know his limitations" - 'Dirty Harry Callahan'
"If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bulls**t." - W.C. Fields
"Stupid is as stupid does" - 'Forrest Gump'
"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - 'Homer Simpson'
"First, God created idiots. That was just for practice. Then He created school boards" - Mark Twain
"Never argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience" - Bob Smith
"Ignorance can be cured, but stupidity is forever" - Aristophanes
"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance" - George Bernard Shaw
"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance" - Confucius
"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest" - Benjamin Franklin
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble; it's what you know that just ain't so" - Mark Twain
"None so blind as those that will not see" - Matthew Henry
"None so empty as those who are full of themselves" - Benjamin Whichcote
"The most ignorant and unwilling to learn are the ones most convinced of their opinions" - CutePuppy
"One is not stupid when he is ignorant of the facts, one is stupid when he refuses to learn" - CutePuppy
"If you want a stupid answer, asking a stupid question is the smart way to go" - CutePuppy
"Being smart isn't always an advantage. Sometimes it's a cruel and unusual punishment" - CutePuppy
"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook" - William James
"A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer" - Bruce Lee
"The measure of intelligence is not only what one understands but also what one can accept" - CutePuppy
"Never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence or stupidity" - Napoléon Bonaparte
"In a mad world, only the mad are sane" - Akira Kurosawa
"Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results" - AA / NA (often attributed to Albert Einstein)
"If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got, and will always feel what you've always felt"
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it" - Upton Sinclair
"Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people seem really bright until you hear them speak" - Alan Dundes
"You make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don't, you get stuck in... Democratic Party" - [almost] John Kerry
"Why aren't more peopre interrigent, rike me?" - 'Ronery' Kim Jong Ir
"Eliminate the impossible; whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth" - 'Sherlock Holmes'
"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple" Oscar Wilde
"If we have data, let's look at data. If all we have are opinions, let's go with mine" Jim Barksdale
"The most valuable commodity I know of is information" - 'Gordon Gekko'
"Data is not information. Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not understanding. Understanding is not wisdom. Wisdom is not the truth" - Clifford Stoll, Gary Schubert (extended)
"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. Philosophy is wondering if that means ketchup is a smoothie. Common sense is knowing that ketchup isn't a bloody smoothie" - Miles Kington (extended)
"Wisdom is knowing what you know as well as what you don't know, and knowing what to do with what you know" - CutePuppy
"There are known knowns - there are things we know we know... There are known unknowns - we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know" - Donald Rumsfeld
"There are known problems with known solutions, known problems with unknown solutions, and unknown problems with unknown solutions" - William Schweber
"There is always an easy solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong" - H. L. Mencken
"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise..." - Theodore Rubin
"Problems are the price of progress" - Charles F. Kettering
"If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist" - Ed Koch
"The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally - not a 20 percent traitor" - Ronald Reagan
"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone" - Ronald Reagan
"Real friendship is shown in times of trouble; prosperity is full of friends" - Euripides
"A real friend is someone who walks in when everyone walks out" - Walter Winchell
"A friend is someone who is always there at the right time, and not there at the right time" - Padma Lakshmi
"A friend is someone you can talk to without fear of appearing stupid" - CutePuppy
"Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate" - Thomas Jones
"Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple... our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt" - Henry Graham Greene
"If you have no enemies, you are not important enough to have made any" - Alexandre Dumas
"Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" - Sun Tzu
"Never hate your enemies, it affects your judgment" - 'Michael Corleone'
"We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction" - Aesop
"We can learn even from our enemies" - Ovid
"If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend" - Abraham Lincoln
"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" - Abraham Lincoln
"Our friends show us what we can do, our enemies teach us what we must do" - Johann von Goethe
"A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends" - Baltasar Gracian
"A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies" - Oscar Wilde
"If something is inevitable, it will happen" - Herbert Stein
"If something cannot go on forever, it will stop" - Herbert Stein
"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future" - Yogi Berra
"The best way to predict the future is to make it happen" - Peter F. Drucker / Alan C. Kay
"What we obtain too easily or cheap, we esteem too lightly" - Thomas Paine
"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice" - Thomas Paine
"Principles have no real force except when one is well fed" - Mark Twain
"Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the cost becomes prohibitive" - William F. Buckley, Jr.
"The world already knows what sort of man I am, and I do not grow poorer. You cannot stain a black coat" - 'Ralph Nickleby'
"Cloud nine gets all the publicity, but cloud eight is actually cheaper, less crowded and has a better view" - George Carlin
"Communication is 10 percent what you say and 90 percent how you say it"
"The biggest communication problem is we don't listen to understand. We listen to reply"
"Media is unidentified source of most evil in the world" - CutePuppy
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions"
"Hell is the place where there is no reason"
"It is reasonable to mistrust someone's judgment, it could be fatal to misjudge someone's trust or reason" - CutePuppy
"Passion enlightened by reason leads to creation, passion without reason leads to destruction" - CutePuppy
"We don't have to lose our mind just because we are mad" - CutePuppy
"Love and hate make us lose all reason" - CutePuppy
"Those who are loved can do nothing wrong. Those who are hated can do nothing right" - CutePuppy
"Those who want to hurt or punish others more than they want to help themselves usually fail to do either" - CutePuppy
"Success is the best revenge only if it doesn't consume you, else it comes at too high a price" - CutePuppy