Friday, March 20, 2009

More wonderful (or outrageous) quotations, anecdotes, and aphorisms

"Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothing yet. Wait a minute, I tell you, you ain't heard nothing." —Al Jolson, uttering the first words of the first talking motion picture, 'The Jazz Singer', Times Square, New York City premiere, 1927

Video: "The Great Train Robbery." —Silent Motion Picture, 12 minutes, Thomas A. Edison, 1903, Library of Congress

"When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people." —Abraham Joshua Heschel

"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." —Mark Twain

"Never criticize someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes. That way, you're a mile away and you've got their shoes." —Colin Corneau

"It's not an optical illusion. It just looks like one." —Anon.

"I miss the days when I used to be nostalgic." —Michael Benveniste

"Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything." —Charles Kuralt

"If it's not fun, you're not doing it right." —Bob Basso

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." —Walt Disney

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." —Katharine Hepburn

"Dance as though no one is watching you; love as though you have never been hurt before, sing as though no one can hear you, live as though heaven is on earth." —Alfred Souza

"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." —Albert Einstein

"Many years ago and far away, an employer wanted to compare VAX vs IBM run times. They developed some code to do a bunch of math and then printed out how long it took. IBM took 30 seconds; VAX took 0.001 seconds. They were astounded. Turns out, the compiler figured out that if you aren't going to use the result, it would optimize away the calculation." TomatoTomahto

"Middle age is when you can finally afford the things that a young man could truly enjoy." —Dave Kadolph

"In terms of addiction, there is nothing more powerful than men's toys." —Sammy Davis Jr.
[No sexism intended: It's wrong to rewrite quotations of what others said or wrote (and possibly anachronistic), but please mentally substitute "person/people" or the like, whenever you read "man/men" meaning human/humans.]

It Might Not Even Matter How Much Something Costs: "The most expensive asset we own is one we don't use." —Albert Erickson

"There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness.' :'!':" —Greg Lamont

"Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and a while, you might just miss it." Ferris Bueller

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." —Abraham Lincoln

"You can observe a lot by just watching." —Yogi Berra

"I never said half the things I said." —Yogi Berra

"The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man who has no secrets to keep." —Edgar Watson Howe

"Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions." John Locke

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." —Preamble to the Declaration of Independence

"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 time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings' " Lewis Carroll – The Walrus and The Carpenter in "Through the Looking-Glass"

"Photography is my one recreation and I think it should be done well." —Lewis Carroll

"Pictures are not incidental frills to a text; they are essences of our distinctive way of knowing." —Stephen J. Gould

"Having more than one lens assures you that you'll always have the wrong lens on the camera!!" —Ted Orland

"I would not join any club that would have someone like me for a member." —Groucho Marx

"Everything I write is a personal opinion. Even when I quote facts, they are the facts I personally choose to accept." —Mario Giannini

"I took the road less traveled and that has made all the difference." —Robert Frost

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." —Brian Littrell

"For fast acting relief, try slowing down." —Lily Tomlin

"A new study suggests that consuming chocolate may increase your chances of grabbing the prestigious [Nobel] prize." Cum hoc ergo propter hoc



"Dinosaurs didn't die out, they just flew away." —Donna L. Cooper

"We have no paupers ... The great mass of our [United States] population is of laborers; our rich, who can live without labor, either manual or professional, being few, and of moderate wealth. Most of the laboring class possess property, cultivate their own lands, have families, and from the demand for their labor are enabled to exact from the rich and the competent such prices as enable them to be fed abundantly, clothed above mere decency, to labor moderately and raise their families. ... Can any condition of society be more desirable than this?" —Thomas Jefferson, 1814

"The world now contains more photographs than bricks." —John Szarkowski, Curator of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, 1976

"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." —Leo Tolstoy

"If I have seen further, it is by standing on ye shoulders of giants." —Sir Isaac Newton in a letter to Robert Hooke 15 February 1676

"I saw a lot of white men almost fight today. I do not think this is good." Hin-mah-too-yah-la-kekt (Thunder Rolling Down the Mountains), also known as Chief Joseph, of the Nez Perce Indian tribe, after impassively watching a football game between the Universities of Washington and Nebraska in Seattle in 1903

"When I feel like exercising I just lie down until the feeling goes away." Robert Maynard Hutchins, who pulled the University of Chicago out of the Big Ten Conference and eliminated the school’s football program

"When you're in a hole, stop digging." —Denis Healey

"A projected 857 percent reduction in energy used for U.S. residential lighting by 2040." National Geographic innumerate environmental department of the impossible

"The hell with the past — I'd like to put the future behind us." New Yorker cartoon

"I think it is really a variable-weight tripod: the farther you carry it, the heavier it gets." —Stephen S. Mack

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." —Winston Churchill

"There is nothing that does so much harm as good intentions." —Milton Friedman

"Be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." Gloria Vanderbilt

"Vivian: The stores are not nice to people – I don't like it.
Edward: Stores are never nice to people. They're nice to credit cards." —Pretty Woman [movie]

"Legal plunder has two roots: One of them is in human greed; the other is in false philanthropy." —Frederic Bastiat

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." Thomas Jefferson

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." —Thomas Jefferson

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing [AFFH] tyranny: "Joe Biden and Democrats are Set to Abolish the Suburbs." National Review and explained repeatedly

[+Creepy censorship: Google ( twice bounced e-mails only containing links to the National Review magazine articles as "Message not allowed ... 550 High probability of spam" but when Atlantic was substituted for National Review, an otherwise identical e-mail was delivered.]

"Quantum Mechanics: the dreams stuff is made of." —William A. Arnett

"Film isn't dead. It just smells funny." —Lars Vinberg

"May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live." —Irish Blessing

"Invest we must." —Jack Bogle

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." —Anon

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." —Mark Twain

"If you want your children to succeed, let them fail early and often." Head of psychiatry at a children's hospital

"From today, painting is dead." —Paul Delacroix, c. 1839, on seeing his first daguerreotype

"I suddenly understood that photography can fix eternity in a moment." Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Momma don't take my Kodachrome away!" Paul Simon

How to Choose a 4x5 Camera: " ... And if you find you're not using it, then set it up in the corner of the living room as a conversation piece! Like a racehorse put out to pasture. They're pretty things, and exotic to normal citizens. Instead of actually using it, you can explain to your friends how to use it, and let them get under the dark cloth and look at the image on the ground glass. It's all good." Michael C. Johnston

"Buying a Nikon doesn't make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner!" —M. David Farrell, Jr.

Camera brand agnosticism: "It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter." —David Hume Kennerly, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist and former White House photographer for President Gerald R. Ford, in the early '80s, when Michael C. Johnston asked him what camera he used

"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough." Robert Capa, photojournalist

... "but [Capa] also died [from] being too close [to] a landmine. So please be careful." —Pascal Méheut

"If a camera has a soul, you will find it in the lens." —PaulC

"Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants." —Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography." —George Eastman

"My first thought is always of light." —Galen Rowell

"Software and cathedrals are much the same – first we build them, then we pray." —Sam Redwine

"We are still a nation of laws. You just have to check with Barack Obama every day to see what they are." —Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

"I'm waiting for the day when my children ask 'What did you do in the analog-digital war, Daddy?'" Colin B

"There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant." —Emerson

World wide web inventor, "Sir Tim Berners-Lee['s] ... parents ... met while building the Ferranti Mk 1, the world's first commercially available computer ... " Iain Thomson

"There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey." —John Ruskin

"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society. ... There is little value in ensuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. ... " President John F. Kennedy, April 27, 1961

"A good photograph is one that makes the viewer so aware of the subject that they are unaware of the print." —Kodak

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it." Agent K

"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst." Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad." —Henry Kissinger

"Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny." —Edmund Burke

"If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law." —Winston Churchill

"Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind." —Douglas MacArthur

"People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous." —Edmund Burke

"It's as though someone, whose tastes you don't share, has come into your home and re-arranged all the furniture." —Review of Microsoft Word 6 menu's compared to Word 5.1

"If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere." —Henry Kissinger

"I feel, therefore I photograph." —grahamp

"I want to end the income tax – and replace it with … nothing." —Sharon Harris

"Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false naming of real events." —Adrienne Rich

"The most important thing you should know about me is that I am not an expert." —Anon.

"If one is under twenty-five and is not a socialist, he has no heart; if one is over 25 and still a socialist he has no brain." —after Jules Claretie, 1875

"What's the other thing we know about this population ... [age] 18 to 24? They are stupid." —Kamala Harris, 2015

"No one spends someone else's money as wisely as he spends his own." Dick Armey

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." —Margaret Thatcher

"With all due respect to Margaret Thatcher, the final act in socialism isn't running out of other people's money, but bloodshed in the streets." —Charles Payne

"The Cuban [economic] model doesn't even work for us anymore." —Fidel Castro, Sept. 2010

"There's plenty of money in this world. There's plenty of money in this country. It's just in the wrong hands." —New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

"Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it." —Anonymous

Warning to Obama that Socialism Does Not Work: "In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state's role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated." Vladamir Putin, 2009 [... and Russia did not celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.]

"It is easy to despise what you cannot get." —Aesop

"The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." —Joseph Stalin

"Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations." —George Orwell

"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude." —Alexis de Tocqueville

"Preserving debt affordability at levels consistent with [U.S. Treasury bond] AAA ratings will invariably require adjustments of a magnitude that, in some cases, will test social cohesion." —Moody's Investors Services, Inc., 3/16/2010

"LIGHTS ALL ASKEW IN THE HEAVENS. Men of Science More or Less Agog Over Results of Eclipse Observations. EINSTEIN THEORY TRIUMPHS." The New York Times, Monday, November 10, 1919, headline about Sir Arthur Eddington's experimental confirmation of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

Albert Einstein tutoring

"I don't teach my students, I provide the circumstances in which they can learn." —Albert Einstein

"Amdahl's Law implies that higher IQ only improves the parts of the problem which are dependent on IQ in the first place." —shess

"When an elder dies, a library is lost." —African proverb

"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." John Donne

"All I want to do is have some fun until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard." Sheryl Crow

"If I had to choose between government without newspapers, and newspapers without government, I wouldn't hesitate to choose the latter." —Thomas Jefferson

"I don't have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They're upstairs in my socks." —Groucho Marx

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." —Mark Twain

"Dance with who brung ya." —Old American rural country saying

"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable." U.S. President James A. Garfield

"Big things happen fast." —Vesta Mason Clement

"The greatest enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan." —Von Clausewitz

"I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business." —Edmund Burke

" ... trash talk ... Washington floats on a river of aspersion." —David Brooks

"A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.' " International Pun Contest: "The ability to make and understand puns is considered to be the highest level of language development."

"Q. Where do pencils go on vacation?
A. Pennsylvania." —Advertisement

After theoretical scientist, Dr. Mental, divorced her husband, Perry, what was she called?

"Don't anthropomorphize digital cameras. They don't like it." —Carlos Echenique

"Eternity is a very long time, especially towards the end." —Stephen Hawking [also attributed to Woody Allen]

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.” Albert Einstein

"There was a young lady called Bright; Who could travel much faster than light [sic]. She set out one day; In a relative way; And returned on the previous night." —Arthur Buller, Punch, Dec. 19, 1923

"You don't take a photograph – you ask to quietly borrow it." —Debbi, Texas

Priorities in upgrading photographic quality: First improve the photographer's skills, camera/lens support (tripod, etc.), lens, and camera body last. Thom Hogan

"A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog." —Charles Doran

"Don't go for the geniuses. They never want to sleep." —First lady, Abigail Bartlett, M.D., played by Stockard Channing on "The West Wing"

"I am always learning." —Michelangelo

"Social Conservatives hate big government; they want it just small enough so it can fit into our bedrooms ... " —paraphrasing Josh Lyman on "The West Wing"

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." —Thomas Jefferson

"A genuine leader is not a seeker of consensus, but a builder of consensus." —Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

" ... we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people." —President Donald J. Trump, Inaugural Speech, 1/20/2017

'The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." Steve Jobs – 1955-2011 R.I.P.

"When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is, and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life. Have fun. Save a little money. ... That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that people can use. Once you learn that you'll never be the same again." Steve Jobs

"[Steve] Jobs was a genius. What he did, particularly when he came back to Apple ... his ability to pick people, his taste in people, even for skill sets that he didn't have himself ... it's truly phenomenal. And there's no chance in hell it happens without him. ... So that period between when he goes back to Apple and when he sadly dies quite young, no one else can do what he did there. I couldn't have done that. I don't know anyone who could have." —Bill Gates

In 2009, "Steve Jobs, the inventive and often strong-willed co-founder of Apple, warned ... Obama that the United States needed to become more business-friendly if it did not want to lose its edge. He talked about how much easier it was to build a factory in China than in the U.S., where there were too many regulations and needless costs. And he complained about the U.S. education system, saying unions protected bad teachers and kept principals from hiring good ones."

Apple's current approach to its customers: "There's a fundamental disconnect between making products that are supposed to be friendly and easy to use while simultaneously forcing customers to dig deeply through hidden and confusing settings and details and changes to figure out what in the world is happening to them." Ric Ford, 2015

Designed by morons: "Apple has been working up to this level of malpractice for years now, making ill-conceived workflow-destroying changes ... This is scary incompetence taken to putrid new Apple Core Rot levels. ... worrisome decline of OS X quality and integrity. ... The risks in upgrading OS X have become unacceptable due to software testing incompetence, half-assed design practices, arbitrary changes that leave users hung out to dry, and overall juvenile judgment at Apple ... which has infected both OS X and iOS and is metastasizing. Your goose is Cooked if you trust Apple as a professional: it is part of the logical progression from the first warning shot with Apple’s Final Cut fiasco some years back." Lloyd Chambers, 2015

"Apple hardware usually rocks, the software is usually rocks." Lloyd Chambers, 2020

Law Of Unintended Consequences: "The price of features is trouble." —Anonymous

"Since each recent major release of OS X further degrades the user interface and offers little new functionality of value to me, I have been induced to delay upgrading a stable version until there is a pressing reason." Dan Y

Apple Software Quality: "There is a loyal Apple OS user base that sees Apple as a tool maker, not a fashion house. Quality control and an intuitive interface would be a good start." MacInTouch Reader, 2015

Obama budget with nearly $1.5 trillion in deficit spending fails to get a single Democratic vote … again: "President Obama's $3.6 trillion [2013] budget ... was unanimously defeated, 414-0." —United States House of Representatives, March 28, 2012 [Similarly unanimously defeated 97-0 in the Democrat-controlled Senate in May 2011.]

FEMA response to Hurricane Sandy:

"If you argue with an idiot, there are two idiots." —Robert Kiyosaki

"We live in a society where if you don't have a job, you are left to die." —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) NY

"The world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change." —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) NY, January 21, 2019

"Did you know that the word 'gullible' has been removed from the dictionary?" April Fools

If you believe that: "There is a bridge that I'd like to sell you." George C. Parker

"Here in the United States we are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence, and not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free and we will stay free. … Tonight we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country." —President Donald J. Trump, State of the Union Address, February 5, 2019

Democratic Socialism: "Our movement continues and it's getting stronger every day. Many of the ideas we fought for, that just a few years ago were considered 'radical' are now mainstream." Bernie Sanders speaking at the Biden Democrat presidential nominating convention, August 17, 2020

"The reason I say that I think Biden has a chance to be the most progressive president since FDR is that is exactly what Joe Biden said to me." Socialist Bernie Sanders

"I beat the socialist, that's how I got … the nomination. Do I look like a socialist? Look at my career, my whole career. I am not a socialist." —Joe Biden, September 21, 2020

"In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

"If you look at Joe Biden's goals and Bernie Sanders' goals, they're not that different ... " —Former President Barack Obama, The New Yorker, August 31, 2020

"I think overall we can likely push Vice-President Biden in a more progressive direction across policy issues." —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, September 16, 2020

"We're flirting with fire. … It's something you've got, 'I want it, and if I don't get it, it's not fair.' … Ultimately, you can't have the anarchy of 'what's yours is mine, because it's not fair.' It's not going to float with America." Scott Shellady

Climate emergency: "Biden believes the green new deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face." Biden website, September 30, 2020
"No, I don't support the green new deal." —Joe Biden, first presidential debate, September 30, 2020

"The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn't originally a climate thing at all. Do you guys think of it as a climate thing? Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing." —Saikat Chakrabarti, Chief of Staff to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) NY, and FAQ author of the Green New Deal, admission to a 'Washington Post' reporter

"All warfare is based on deception." Sun Tsu

Green New Deal FAQ: "Economic security to all who are ... unwilling to work. Upgrade or replace every building in US for state-of-the-art energy efficiency. Build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) NY, February 5, 2019

"The road to the nomination for the Democratic party runs through Venezuela." —Senator Lindsey Graham, February 5, 2019

Democratic presidential debate fossil fuel energy question:
"Would you be willing to sacrifice some of that growth even knowing that potentially it could displace thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in the interest of transforming to that greener economy?"
"The answer is YES." Joe Biden, PBS NewsHour/Politico, December 19, 2019

Vow to constituent: "I want you to look in my eyes, I guarantee you, I guarantee you we're going to end fossil fuel." —Joe Biden, New Castle, New Hampshire, September 6, 2019

Who lied?: "I'm not banning fracking, no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me." —Joe Biden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 31, 2020

Q. "Would there be any place for fossil fuels including coal and fracking in a Biden administration?" —CNN, July, 2019
A. "No, we would work it out, we would make sure it's eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those." —Joe Biden

"There's no question I'm in favor of banning fracking." —Kamala Harris, CNN September 4, 2019

Q. "Would there be any place for fossil fuels including coal and fracking in a Biden administration?"
A. "NO." Joe Biden, CNN, July 31, 2019

"No one is going to build another coal burning [plant] … We gotta shut down the ones we have. But no one is going to build a new one." Joe Biden, CNN, September 4, 2019

"Anybody who can go down 300 to 3,000 feet in a mine, sure as hell can learn how to [computer] program as well. ... Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program for god's sake." Joe Biden

"There is always an easy solution to every human problem — neat, plausible and wrong." —Henry Louis Mencken

" ... It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. ... " —Winston Churchill, from an Oct. 1939 radio broadcast

"Nobody should be in jail for a nonviolent crime." Joe Biden

"Play the radio, make sure that ... you have the record player on at night. ... " Joe Biden

" ... Trump won significantly the last two [sic] times." —Joe Biden, Cincinnati, October 12, 2020

We hold these truths to be self evident: "All men and women created by go you know you know the thing you know how we talk about we the people." Joe Biden, Houston Texas, March 2, 2020 [also confusing his wife of 28 years with his sister]

"I'm running as a proud Democrat for the Senate [sic]." —Presidential Candidate Joe Biden, Toledo Ohio, October 12, 2020

"I had nurses at Walter Reed Hospital ... they actually breathed in my nostrils to get me moving." —Joe Biden, July 23, 2020

"The President [Obama] put me in charge of getting out the recovery money which was 800 and, I don't know, excuse me, was 80, almost $89 billion, I guess it came to 84 at the end, 84 billion [sic] … But we declared our independence on December 7th [sic], by the way, and it's not just D-day [sic]." Joe Biden, May 27, 2020

"U.S. troops died in Iran [sic] and Afghanistan ... You could take care, people who were quartermaster, you can sure in hell take care of running a, you know, a department store, a thing where in the second floor of a ladies department or, you know what I mean?" —Joe Biden, Tampa, Florida, September, 2020

"I never considered voting for Trump in 2016. I may be forced to vote for him this year. … Joe Biden would be a figurehead president, incapable of focus or leadership, who would run a Teleprompter presidency with the words drafted by his party's hard-left ideologues." —Danielle Pletka, AEI Senior Fellow, Washington Post, September, 2020

"The Green New Deal is a Trojan Horse for Socialism." U.S. Chamber of Commerce

"China would prefer Joe Biden." —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, CNN, August 9, 2020

"Is it OK to still have children?" —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) NY

"Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." —Mark Twain

Plants will suffocate, ending life on earth in 1-2 million years, if the 250 million year trend continues of dropping atmospheric CO2 levels to below 150ppm, as sea shells accumulating on the ocean floor sequester carbon dioxide:

The Positive Impact of Human CO2 Emissions on the Survival of Life on Earth.  Patrick Moore, PhD

'Completely crazy' Green New Deal 'insanity' would 'cause people to starve:' "It would be the end of civilization if 85% of the world's and 85% of the US's energy in the form of coal, oil, and natural gas was phased out over the next few years. ... We do not have anything to replace them with. ... [Green New Deal advocates] are opposed to approximately 98.5% of all the electricity we are using and nearly 100% of all the vehicle and transportation and ships' and planes' energy that we are using. ... You don't have a plan to feed 8 billion people without fossil fuels ... or get the food into the cities. ... If we ban fossil fuels ... agricultural production would collapse .. and half the population would die in a very short period of time ... and there wouldn't be a tree left on this planet." Patrick Moore, Greenpeace co-founder, 3/11/2019

"There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." —Chris Hatfield, Astronaut mantra

Electrical power grid instability causes California blackouts: "We have a much more risky supply of energy now because the sun doesn't always shine when we want and the wind doesn't always blow when we want." —Professor Frank Wolak, Economics, Stanford University

"The annual output of Tesla's Gigafactory, the world's largest battery factory, could store three minutes' worth of annual U.S. electricity demand. It would require 1,000 years of production to make enough batteries for two days' worth of U.S. electricity demand." Mark P. Mills, The 'New Energy Economy': An Exercise in Magical Thinking

White House Science 'Czar' Tells Students: "We [the United States] can’t expect to be number one in everything indefinitely." Dr. John P. Holdren, Director, Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

"Stay on target ... Stay on target ... " —Star Wars

War with Radical Islamists: "Mr. Obama indicated that he did not see enough cable television to fully appreciate the anxiety after the [terrorist] attacks in Paris and San Bernardino." —Redacted by The New York Times

Terrorism: "It can happen here almost any time. … If [you] knew what I know about terrorism, [you] would never leave the house ..." —Marine Corps General John F. Kelly, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, 5/26/2017

"Q. What keeps you awake at night?
A. Nothing – I keep other people awake at night."
—Marine Corps General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis, U.S. Secretary of Defense

"Today's consumer protection hurts consumers more than it helps us. Competition and the open society protects us far better than government ever can or ever will." John Stossel

"A citizen's right to film government officials, including law enforcement officers, in the discharge of their duties in a public place is a basic, vital, and well-established liberty safeguarded by the First Amendment." —Federal First Circus Court of Appeals, Boston, MA, 2011

Clueless: " ... there are these incredibly hot rocks, 'cause the interior of the earth is extremely hot, several million degrees ... " —Al Gore, Nobel Laureate

"Caution: Cape does not enable user to fly." —Warning label on a Batman costume

"Who told you to think? I don't give you enough information to think." Total Recall (movie)

"If you want to create jobs the quickest way to do it is to provide more funding for food stamps ... it's the biggest bang for the buck." —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat - California)

"Our country was founded by geniuses, but it's being run by idiots." —Senator Kennedy, R-Louisiana

"Do you catch lyme disease at night from a luna tick?" —Anon

"College graduates should not have to live out their twenties in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters, and wondering when they can move out and get going with life." —Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI)

"What if they gave a war and nobody came?" —Paraphrasing Carl Sandburg

Vietnam War: "It was a stupid war. Anyone who went was a sucker." —Anonymous former Trump administration officials, claiming to quote President Trump

Draft Resistance in the Vietnam Era: "In 1972, there were more conscientious objectors than actual draftees ... " Jessie Kindig [Protester chant: "Hell no, we won't go!"]

"Dictatorial Powers: The sad truth is that government does everything incompetently, whether it is something trivial or something on which the fate of the country depends. War is the health of the state because the government uses war to fighten us into surrendering our liberties and our property." —Judge Andrew Nepolitano

"When men become locked in battle, there should be no artifice under the name of politics, which should handicap your own men, decrease their chances for winning, and increase their losses." —General Douglas MacArthur

"I think I shredded most of that. Did I get them all? ... " —Colonel Oliver North, Iran-contra hearings, 1987

"Investors everywhere are checking their accounts to see how much money they made. That's the way it is, you know, when stocks go up you look, when they go down, you tend not to look, you look away." —Stuart Varney, September 3, 2020

Investments: "In really bad markets, the only thing that goes up is correlation. ... If you want the return, you have to accept the volatility." —nedsaid

"Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen." —Mark Twain

"I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself." —Ronald Reagan

"There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice." —Mark Twain

"Keep her warm. Don't forget to hold hands and snuggle in the tent. Tell her you love her." Ben Miller

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." —Mark Twain

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." —Groucho Marx

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the uneven division of blessings, while the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal division of misery." —Winston Churchill

"Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried." —Winston Churchill

Principle of defensive design: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." Edward Aloysius Murphy, Jr., aerospace engineer who worked on safety-critical systems

"May the farce be with you." Mel Brooks

"The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size." —Albert Einstein

" ... repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny ... HE has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their Substance." Declaration of Independence

"The Declaration of Independence is a great spiritual document – still the preeminent support of free government throughout the world. ... If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. Any change from the Declaration's eternal truths would be reactionary, not progressive." Calvin Coolidge

"It's all rigged." —Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado)

"It ain't bragging if you can do it." —Dizzy Dean

"The press' job is to ... protect the liberty and freedom of all of us from ... organized governmental power. When they ... decide ... what truth that you may know, as an American, and what truth you are not allowed to know, they have, then, made themselves a fundamental threat to the democracy, and ... made themselves the enemy of the American people." Pat Caddell, Democrat strategist and Jimmy Carter's pollster

"I believe [John B.] Gurdon has ideas about becoming a scientist; on his present showing this is quite ridiculous ... he would have no chance of doing the work ... and it would be a sheer waste of time, both on his part and of those who would have to teach him." —His high school biology teacher writing about the future Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine [After cloning the first animal, a frog, Dr. Gurdon then had to wait 50 years to receive that recognition for his breakthrough, commenting "I am lucky to be still alive."]

"Difficult to predict the future is!" —Yoda

"Seen at a coffee shop: Sleep is the primary symptom of caffeine deprivation." —Travis Saling

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." —Richard Avedon

"There is no real magic in photography, just the sloppy intersection of physics and art." —Kirk Tuck

"Use a picture. It is worth a thousand words." Arthur Brisbane, newspaper man, 1911

"It's a lot easier to post a photo than it is to write 1,000 words ... " —Mathieu Parvin

"We’re Apple. We don't wear suits. We don't even own suits." —Steve Jobs, Apple CEO

"Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club! ... " Tyler Durden

"We don't have a domestic spying program." Barack Obama to Jay Leno

Hitler on the wire, British World War II propaganda poster

"No one has willfully or knowingly disobeyed the law or tried to invade your civil liberties or privacies ... there were no mistakes ... we don't hold data on U.S. citizens." —NSA Director General Keith Alexander

NSA Violated Fourth Amendment and the FISA: "Illegal searches conducted by the National Security Agency under Obama were 'widespread' and created a 'very serious Fourth Amendment issue." U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court

The walls don't have ears but Alexa does.

"[George Orwell's] 1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual." from a T-shirt

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes." —Dwight David Eisenhower, Presidential farewell address

"Liberalism means A and B decide what C shall do for D. Oh, and they charge a commission for having done so." —Milton Friedman

¿Land of the free?: "Although the United States is home to 5 percent of the world's population, almost a quarter of the world's prisoners are incarcerated in American prisons." U.S. Department of Justice

"It's called 'the American Dream' 'cause you have to be asleep to believe it." —George Carlin

"I am less interested in the return on my money than the return of my money." —Will Rogers

"Amateurs worry about sharpness; Professionals worry about sales; Photographers worry about light." —Jamie Howell

"A dog teaches a boy three things: fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down." —Robert Benchley

"On top of all my other medical problems, now they tell me I have hypochondria ... " —Rick Oleson

"Over 20% of what William Shakespeare wrote consists of just ten words: the, and, I, to, of, a, you, my, in, and that." nisiprius

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive." —Gilda Radner

"Photography is not like painting. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera." Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Identify the dominant philosophy of a society and you can predict its future." Ayn Rand

Zero Aggression Principle: "It is always wrong to initiate force to achieve a social or political goal." Jim Babka

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." —Winston Churchill

"The left is concerned with only one thing, control, and they disguise this control as charity." Elbert Guillory

"Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution– the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off." Ayn Rand

Four Trillion Dollar Oops: "Our home ownership strategy will not cost the taxpayers one extra cent." —William Jefferson Clinton, June 5, 1995

"President Barack Obama was a pioneering contributor to the national subprime real estate bubble, and roughly half of the 186 African-American clients in his landmark 1995 mortgage discrimination lawsuit against Citibank have since gone bankrupt or received foreclosure notices. As few as 19 of those 186 clients still own homes with clean credit ratings ... " Daily Caller

What caused the financial crisis?: "There was a lot of pressure on banks to make loans to everyone. 'Red lining,' if you remember, was the term where banks took whole neighborhoods and said 'people in these neighborhoods are poor and they're not going to be able to pay off their mortgages.' Tell your salesman 'don't go into those areas.' And then Congress got involved, and local elected officials as well, and said 'Oh that’s not fair, these people should be able to get credit.' And once you started pushing in that direction, banks started making more and more loans where the credit of the person buying the house wasn't as good as you would like." —New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, 2008

"Mark my words ... Medicare in about eight to nine years goes into the red ... It is going broke. ... What is truly scary – what is truly risky – is if we do nothing [because Medicare is] unsustainable ... [and] running out of money. ... [Medicare must be reformed] to be there for the next generation, not just for this generation." President Obama

"A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth ... " —Michael Kinsley

"I'm into painting with light – not painting by numbers!" —Allan Swindles

"The United States abolished involuntary servitude (slavery) with the 13th amendment only to reinstate it with the 16th amendment." —John Galt

"Lincoln said 'government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free' but a tax burden approaching 50% now approximates half slave and half free." —Anonymous

"Silence like a cancer grows." —Simon and Garfunkel, "The Sound Of Silence" Lyrics

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." —Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO

"Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has no problem calling for the destruction of Israel and blaming it for attacks linked to his own party, but when his [sister's husband] needs life-saving heart surgery, only Israeli doctors will do." Paul Alster

"The function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable." —John Kenneth Galbraith

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." —Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." —Albert Einstein

"On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question." —Charles Babbage (1791-1871)

"The milliHelen (the amount of beauty required to launch 1 ship)." —Patrick Perez

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" —Carl Sagan

"I challenge the growing trend in our society to give numbers a credence that they simply don't deserve, all the while assigning far less importance to the things that can't be expressed with numbers – qualities such as wisdom, integrity, ethics, and commitment." —Jack Bogle

"I have been in 57 states ... " B. Hussein Obama

"Mississippi … is 51st in the nation in economic development." —Robert Patillo, Civil Rights Attorney

Protests have now "spread to 1,000 countries." —Diane Sawyer, ABC News

"Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package, 500 million Americans will lose their jobs." —Nancy Pelosi

"But you can't erase what you've already done ... giving a five hundred trillion dollar tax cut to 120,000 families." Joe Biden

"Now we have over 120 million dead from COVID." Joe Biden, June 25, 2020

"From the time I got to the Senate, 180 years ago." —Joe Biden

"You get a tax break for a racehorse, why in God's name couldn't we provide [a] tax credit for everybody who has childcare costs? ... It would put 720 million women back in the workforce. ... " Joe Biden, 3/2/2020

Guns: "One-hundred-fifty million people have been killed since 2007 ... more than all the wars, including Vietnam from that point on." Presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Feb. 2020

"Over 170 million jobs" could be lost due to sequestration. —Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), March 1, 2013

Heroic police prevent massacre: "We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence." —Gov. Terry McAuliffe

"South Korea is within miles of the border of North Korea." —Hillary Clinton

"If ignorance is bliss, then why aren't there more happy people?" —graffiti

"I would love to spend a lot of my time venting and yelling at people." ... "I ... talk to experts ... so I know whose [tuchus] to kick." Barack Hussein Obama, II, 44th President of the United States

"You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream – the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order – or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism." —Ronald Wilson Reagan, "A Time For Choosing"

"62% of Americans say the political climate prevents them from sharing their political views." Cato Institute national survey, 2020

"Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down." Frederick Douglass

"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?" Thomas Jefferson

"You shall not criticize anything or anybody in the government any longer or you shall go to jail." —Progressive California Senator Hiram Johnson explaining President Woodrow Wilson's Sedition Act

"The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing." —Edmund Burke

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." —Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." —Edmund Burke

"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, 'The Innocents Abroad'

"Americans will always do the right thing ... after they've exhausted all the alternatives." —Winston Churchill

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." —Ronald Reagan

"This nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth." President John F. Kennedy, May 25, 1961

"A lead – however earnestly and expensively won – once lost is nearly impossible to regain." —Neil Armstrong

"NASA won't launch a mission to hunt deadly asteroids." Tim Fernholz

"I've never been interested in the process of photography, never, never. Right from the beginning. For me, photography with a small camera like the Leica is an instant drawing." —Henri Cartier Bresson

"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." —Dorothea Lange

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again."Henri Cartier Bresson

"A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest" —Paul Simon

Summit tests freedom of press: "Obama's disregard for media reaches new heights ... putting on a clinic for some of the world's greatest dictators in how to circumvent a free press." Dana Milbank, Washington Post

"Progressive" anti-capitalist mentality: "A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. " —Theodore Roosevelt

"You will never correct by logic a man's error, if that error did not get into his mind by logic" —Mark Twain

"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." —North Korean "Supreme Commander" Kim Jong-il

"I believe in returning the nation's wealth to its rightful owners. ... I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody." ... "I do think at some point you've made enough money." Barack Hussein Obama, II, 44th President of the United States

Society's Lottery Winners: "If you've got a business—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." Barack Obama [The first President in U.S. history to never have GDP growth during his term reach at least 3%.]

"[Obama] is hostile to free markets, hostile to entrepreneurship ... he thinks that if you succeed in business it's because you are that Hollywood villain who exploits people, poisons people ... he has no conception of how you get new things for people." —Steve Forbes

"Question– A word or phrase to describe Barack Obama?:"
"Answers– Pathetic ... great speaker ... jellyfish marshmallow ... annoying ... delusional ... naive ... can't believe him ... lost ... good talker and tries hard ... out of touch ... politician ... full of himself ... clueless ... ineffective ... elitist ... doesn't respect American values ... overwhelmingly cocky ... anti-American ... un-American ... amateur ... zero leadership ... out of his depth ... arrogant ... still waiting on this hope and change." —Frank Luntz focus group, Face the Nation, CBS-TV, 12/13/2015

"Spite and envy are not sound bases for public policy." —J.D. Foster, Heritage Foundation

"The American public overwhelmingly voted for Socialism when they voted for President Obama." —Rev. Al Sharpton

"For better or for worse we have a black muslim in the white house." Madonna

"Obama is talking about how he is going to 'spread the wealth' and like most people who set out to spread the wealth he ends up spreading poverty." Professor Thomas Sowell, Hover Institution, Stanford

"The biggest threat to our national security is our debt." —Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

"Everything Ronald Reagan did to the Soviet Union, Barack Obama is doing to America today." Michael Reagan

C'mon Man: "I'm going to get rid of the bulk of Trump's $2 trillion tax cut … and a lot of you may not like that but I'm going to close loopholes like capital gains and stepped up basis." Joe Biden, Wall Street Journal, June, 2020

"Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it. Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter." —Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged"

"One of the tragedies of the civil rights movement was that the civil rights movement became so court focused, I think, there was a tendency to lose track of the political and organizing activities on the ground that are able to bring about the coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change." —Barack Hussein Obama {"I am not a dictator." ... will not use a “Jedi mind-meld” ... }

" ... I actually believe in redistribution. ... " —Barack Obama, Loyola University of Chicago, October 19, 1998

"We'll keep clinging to our Constitution and our guns and religion and you can keep the change. ... and when they say 'yes we can,' we'll say 'no you don't!' " —Sarah Palin

Malarkey! "Paying more taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans ... the people who do not need a tax cut ... We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people ... It's time to be patriotic ... " Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States

"I've got a bad feeling about this." Star Wars

"Top 40% Paid 106.2% of Income Taxes; Bottom 40% Paid –9.1%." Congressional Budget Office

High taxes on poor people are for their own good: "The problem is in people who don't have a lot of money, and so higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves. So I listen to people saying 'Oh we don't want to tax the poor.' Well, we want the poor to live longer. There's just no question, if you raise taxes on full sugary drinks for example, they will drink less." —Billionaire Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, May 22, 2018

"If you elect me, your taxes are going to be raised, not cut." —Joe Biden

"The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation." Vladimir Lenin

"Over and over again courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging one's affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does so, rich or poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands: taxes are enforced extractions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant." Judge Learned Hand

"... 'just a gimmick' ... taxing millionaires and billionaires ... I agree ... " —President Obama

"Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent." —Louis D. Brandeis

"Healthcare is not free." —Senator Bernie Sanders, 4/15/2019

Reality according to Obama's Nobel Prize winning economist: "Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising ... There is this question of how we're going to pay for the programs. ... The year 2025, the year 2030, something is going to have to give ... We're going to need more revenue … Surely it will require some sort of middle class taxes as well. ... We won't be able to pay for the kind of government the society will want without some increase in taxes … on the middle class, maybe a value added tax. ... And we're also going to have to make decisions about health care, doc pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits. So the snarky version, which I shouldn't even say because it will get me in trouble, is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this." —Paul Krugman

"Donald Trump is trying to kill you." —Paul Krugman, New York Times, April 4, 2019

"You know what the President's handicap is? [Obama] doesn't understand economics." —Jay Leno

"I can resist everything except temptation." —Oscar Wilde

"The time is always right to do what is right." —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"All current Cisco IP phones, including the ones seen on desks in the White House and aboard Air Force One, have a vulnerability that allows hackers to take complete control of the devices. " IEEE Spectrum

" ... What could go wrong? ... the wing [of the Boeing 787] is attached to the fuselage in the middle section of the plane using epoxy tape ... " IEEE Spectrum

"I would definitely say that I am a Marxist." —Lee Harvey Oswald, the assasin who murdered President John F. Kennedy

We've been Obamboozled: "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what." —Barack Hussein Obama ["deceitful and incompetent"]"Lie of the year" 2013

"We need death panels. ... the [Medicare] Independent Payment Advisory Board ... We may shrink from such stomach-wrenching choices, but they are inescapable." Steven Rattner

A liberal economist's view of how to balance the federal budget: "Some years down the pike, we're going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes." —Paul Krugman, 11/14/2010

"We're going to have to, if you're very old, we're not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It's too expensive ... so we're going to let you die." —Robert Reich

"Death panels are an Obamination." —A. Pauling

Socialism = Mass Murder: "I think it would be a good thing to make everybody come before a properly-appointed board, just as they might come before the income tax commissioner, and say every five years, or every seven years, just put them there, and say, 'Sir, or madam, now will you be kind enough to justify your existence?' If you're not producing as much as you consume or perhaps a little more, then, clearly, we cannot use the big organizations of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us and it can't be of very much use to yourself ... I appeal to the chemists to discover a humane gas that will kill instantly and painlessly. In short, a gentlemanly gas – deadly by all means, but humane not cruel." George Bernard Shaw, 'The Listener' (BBC Magazine, London), February 7, 1934

"Live Free or Die" New Hampshire

"I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom." —U.S. President Calvin Coolidge

The title says it all ... "The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy – If We Let It Happen." —Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Peter Tanous

"Tax increases are highly contractionary. .... The large effect stems in considerable part from a powerful negative effect of tax increases on investment." —Christina and David Romer

"The great debate is still Keynes versus Hayek. All else is footnote." —Mario Rizzo

"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." Benjamin Franklin

"I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution ... an article taking from the federal government the power of borrowing." ... "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes ... " —Thomas Jefferson

"We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security." —Dwight David Eisenhower

"We don't have a spending problem." —Barack Obama, December, 2012

"A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you're talking real money." Everett Dirksen, Senate Minority Leader [R]

"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." —George Mason

"The president [Obama] claims he can start secret foreign wars using the CIA, secretly kill Americans using drones, and now secretly spy on anyone anywhere using the NSA. Is the president an unwitting dupe to a secret rats' nest of uncontrolled government spies and killers? Or is he a megalomaniacal, totalitarian secret micromanager who lies regularly, consistently and systematically about the role of government in our lives?" —Judge Andrew Napolitano

"We aught never to do wrong when any one is looking." —Mark Twain

"A gold mine is nothing but a hole in the ground with a liar at the bottom." —Mark Twain

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible." —Vince Lombardi

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape." —Anonymous "old college professor"

"The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent." —John Maynard Keynes

"Most money management firms are parasites." —Paul Solman

"Using a minimum wage increase to create jobs is like using an oven to create ice cubes—it just doesn’t work." —Michael Saltsman, research director at the Employment Policies Institute [Minimum wage laws do not require that anyone make more money, instead they require anyone not worth paying the new higher minimum wage to be fired (or not to be hired)!]

"Nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime." —President Obama, 2/12/2013 (after increasing the national debt by 58.6 trillion dimes)

"I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." —Thomas Jefferson

... "Where did you hear that?"
"The Internet."
"And you believed that?"
"They can't put anything on the Internet that isn't true."
"Where did you hear that?"
"The Internet." TV Commercial

"If you want to take better pictures, put yourself in front of more interesting stuff." —Anonymous

"If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been due more to patient attention, than to any other talent." —Sir Isaac Newton

Obamacare fiasco: "They were running the biggest start-up in the world, and they didn't have anyone who had run a start-up, or even run a business." David Cutler, Harvard professor and health adviser to Obama's 2008 campaign

The United States is "not blind, and I don't think we're stupid." John Kerry, US Secretary of State

"Israel ... offered a two state solution in 1937, 1948, 1967, 2000, 2005, and 2008. Every time the Palestinians have rejected it. ... Will the Palestinians recognize Israel as the nation state of the jewish people and stop incentivizing people to engage in terror? Until that happens there won't be a state." Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz

"In the contest between the master and the slave, the Almighty has no attribute that can side with us. I tremble for my country when I think that God is just." —Thomas Jefferson

"Once slavery was legal everywhere in the world. Now it is officially illegal everywhere in the world." —Morgan Freeman

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. ... this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln, a founder of the Republican Party (The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery was passed with 100% Republican votes and 22% Democrat votes. The 14th Amendment granting citizenship to freed black slaves was passed with 100% Republican votes and 0% Democrat votes. The 15th Amendment granting blacks the right to vote passed with 100% Republican votes and 0% Democrat votes. In the infamous Supreme Court Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857, overruling the two dissenting Republican Justices, the seven Democrat Justices ruled that slaves were property, not citizens, and that "the U.S. Constitution was not meant to include American citizenship for black people, regardless of whether they were enslaved or free, and so the rights and privileges that the Constitution confers upon American citizens could not apply to them." Democrat President Woodrow Wilson reinstated race segregation. The first black U.S. Senator was Mississippi Republican, Hiram Rhodes Revels, in 1870, as was the first popularly elected U.S. Senator, Massachusetts Republican Edward W. Brooke, III, in 1996.)

In Congress, 80% of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but only 64% of Democrats; 87% of Republicans and 79% of Democrats voted for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. —Data from The New York Times

"Lyndon Johnson said: 'without Republicans, there is no passage' of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act. Future Democratic Leader in the Senate, Robert Byrd, [a KKK leader and Hillary Clinton's mentor] filibustered the bill; Al Gore's father wasn't there; Bill Clinton's mentor, segregationist J. William Fulbright – all of these men voted against it. Most people don't know this." —Sean Hannity

So why are black Americans mostly Democrats today?: "The States that succeeded in the Civil War were Democrat States. The racist states until the 1960's were Democrat States. The Democratic Party was the largest and most powerful institution supporting slavery in the English speaking world and it's the only one to have survived to the 21st century. Slave holding is very unusual among English speaking peoples – Canadians didn't do it, Australians didn't do it. The Democratic Party and the States they controlled did it. ... It's a party with an incredible century and a half history of institutional racism – there's nothing else like it on the planet. ... The Democratic Party has never come to terms with the evil of its past – the idea that it was a Party committed to the proposition that one human being can own another human being, and they have never said a word about that. They've never apologized for it – they have never atoned for it ... When is the Democratic Party going to apologize for being the biggest slave holding institution on the planet and sticking with racism for the century after the abolition of slavery? ... The Democratic Party ... history ... is uniquely virulently racist and pro-slavery to a degree unseen in the English speaking world ... " —Mark Steyn

"As recently as 1924, at the Democrat convention, at Madison Square Garden in New York, the Klan controlled the convention. People don't know that Franklin Roosevelt's first appointment to the Supreme Court was a member of the Klan in Alabama who had been a lawyer for the Klan." —Mark Levin

Texas: "I will point out as a proud Texas resident that the Republican Party was founded by black men. Think about that for a second." —Katrina Pierson ["Throughout Reconstruction, African Americans comprised about 90% of GOP membership, and 44 African Americans served in the Texas legislature as Republicans."]

"Americans who think that they are Democratic Socialists need to learn that the Democrat Party has a long shameful history of being the party of slavery and racism in America, [and realize that Socialism is the modern version of slavery.]" —Anonymous

"Aspects and assumptions of whiteness and white culture:"

Aspects and assumptions of whiteness and white culture; Deleted due to racism.

Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, 'Talking About Race' [Deleted]

Divisive, anti-American propaganda: " ... government ... employees ... have been required to attend trainings where they are told that 'virtually all White people contribute to racism' or where they are required to say that they 'benefit from racism.' ... that there is racism embedded in the belief that America is the land of opportunity or the belief that the most qualified person should receive a job. ... we cannot accept our employees receiving training that seeks to undercut our core values as Americans and drive division within our workforce. ... cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions ... related to any training on 'critical race theory,' 'white privilege,' or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil. ... The divisive, false, and demeaning propaganda of the critical race theory movement is contrary to all we stand for as Americans and should have no place in the Federal government." Federal Cease and Desist Executive Order, September 4, 2020 [OMB M-20-34]

"Critical race theory, the 1619 project, and the crusade against American history is toxic propaganda, ideological poison that if not removed will dissolve specific bonds that tie us together, [and] will destroy our country. That is why I recently banned trainings in this prejudiced ideology, from the federal government, and banned it in the strongest manner possible." —President Donald J. Trump, September, 2020

"The participation of contractors' employees in training that promotes race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating similarly undermines efficiency in Federal contracting ... Such requirements promote divisiveness in the workplace and distract from the pursuit of excellence and collaborative achievements in public administration." —President Donald J. Trump, executive order combating race and sex stereotyping, September 20, 2020

1776 Commission: "I will soon sign an executive order establishing a national commission to promote patriotic education. It will be called the 1776 Commission. It will encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history, and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of our founding." —President Donald J. Trump

"In workplaces, schools and college campuses across the nation, woke scolds make bank by falsely claiming that there is an epidemic of racism. There isn't. America is not a racist country. It's the most inclusive and diverse society in the history of human civilization. ... The Orwellian doctrines of 'diversity,' 'inclusion' and 'equity' have convinced many that they are ill and are guilty of spreading the sickness. It's fake. It's a hoax. ... Who brought this plague of Marxists upon us?" Libby Emmons

"From Joseph Stalin to Fidel Castro to our own time, the communists' favorite propaganda tactic has been to paint the West, and the U.S. in particular, as racist." Jason Whitlock

"There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs." Booker T. Washington, My Larger Education, 1911

"The worst enemy that the Negro [has] is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal. It is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn't taken, tricked or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems." Malcolm X

Rise of Victimhood Culture: "Virtually all of the high profile, widely reported hate crimes over the past 2 to 3 years have been hoaxes. ... fake. ... In a fair number of cases money does change hands, if you're talking about insurance money… A broader motivation for these hoaxes is that the demand for bigots in America greatly exceeds the supply. ... lt is not much of a secret that in America we have a very well-funded grievance industry." Dr. Wilfred Riley, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kentucky State University, February 19, 2019

Opportunity/Education: " ... it's also providing economic opportunity, which this administration has done. It's also giving them a meaningful education that allows them to seize that opportunity. I think there is systemic racism in this country, but I think the best example of systemic racism that I'm talking about is the educational system which is relegating our inner-city children to schools that are failing and fail them. And the President, as you know, is for school choice, to put the buying power in the parents' hands of every inner city kid so they can pick their education." —U.S. Attorney General William Barr

"One of the big #FakeNews narratives is that 'institutional,' 'structural' and 'systemic' racism remain a major problem in America, when, in fact, race has never been a more insignificant barrier to success in America." Larry Elder

Doublethink: "The dumbest idea is that the same nation with minorities being mayors and police chiefs of its large cities could both still suffer from systemic racism and twice elect a black president, ['the world's first black leader of a predominantly white country.']" —John King

"From my standpoint as a black American, as far as I'm concerned, it is a high tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves." —Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court nomination Senate Hearing, October 11, 1991

"Last year there were 10 million arrests in the United States … Police officers were involved in fatal shootings 1,004 times … 41 of those were unarmed people … 19 white people unarmed were shot and killed by police last year, 9 were black … There were 89 cops killed ... in the line of duty last year." —Former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernard Kerik, June 2, 2020

Looting by rioters:. "I will not put an officer in harm's way to protect the property inside of a building." —Raleigh, North Carolina Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, June 2, 2020

Arson during riots: "A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … Yes, America is burning, but that's how forests grow." —Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, June 2, 2020

Newspeak: "Fiery But Mostly Peaceful Protests." CNN Chyron graphic

Calling for mob rule: "I just don't even know why there aren't uprisings all over the country, maybe there will be." —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat, San Francisco, CA, C-SPAN, June 14, 2018

Chicago Mayor finally admits: " … the core of what happened [Michigan Avenue ‘Miracle Mile’ looting] – that's organized criminal activity … It was a planned attack." Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, August 12, 2020

"The No. 1 problem in almost all the cities is George Soros-elected, left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up." Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

Destroying the black middle class: "They are bullies, cowards, Marxists. ... We are under attack. It's the evil of trying to destroy our middle class. ... I lived in the middle class ... I grew up in it and I saw how the leftists, the elitists ... destroyed my middle class. It went from 50% of business ownership down to 3.8%." —Burgess Owens, former Super Bowl champion, June 4, 2020

"No one – not a single solitary person defended or excused the death of George Floyd, so why is this rioting happening? Because that is what the media wanted ... Black America, wake up, enlighten yourselves. Do not be owned by a mainstream media agenda." Candace Owens

One hundred to one liberal bias on campus: "... study of the political affiliation of 12,372 professors in the two leading private colleges and two leading public colleges in 31 states. ... donations to political candidates (using the Federal Election Commission database) ... only 22 Republican donors, compared with 2,081 Democratic donors." Langbert and Stevens

Bias of 375 to 1: "Political contributions from Twitter employees in 2020 [election] cycle: $220,507 to Democrats, $589 to Republicans." —Center for Responsive Politics

Why the U.S. is a constitutional republic instead of a democracy?: "Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." —John Adams, April 15, 1814

"Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion." —Edmund Burke

"It won't happen again until the next time." —Radio advertisement for silver coins

"That's right people ... Skynet 2.0 doesn't want to wipe us out, it wants to sell us stuff." Comment about robotic telemarketing phone calls

T-shirt slogans:
"God is Dead." —Nietzsche, 1882
"Nietzsche is Dead." —God, 1900

Useful idot: "Not to share one's wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood. It is not our own goods which we hold, but theirs." 'Marxist' Pope Francis quoting John Chrysostom

Communist Manifesto (ten planks):

1. Abolition of private property and the application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralization of the means of communications and transportation in the hands of the State.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state, the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries, gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of population over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.
—Karl Marx, 1848

"The problem in Venezuela is not that Socialism has been poorly implemented, but that Socialism has been faithfully implemented. From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, whereever true Socialism or Communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those that preach the tenents of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems." —U.S. President Donald J. Trump, address to the United Nations General Assembly, 2017

Last appearance before the House of Commons: "What the honorable member [Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrat member of Parliament for Southwark and Bermondsey)] is saying is that he would rather that the poor were poorer, provided that the rich were less rich ... So long as the gap is smaller, they would rather have the poor poorer. You do not create wealth and opportunity that way [i.e., with socialist policies]. You do not create a property-owning democracy that way." British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher, November 22, 1990

"If you can save 50% of your take-home pay starting at age 20, you'll be wealthy enough to retire by age 37." Mr. Money Mustache

" ... shark bites are very rare ... More people are killed by toasters and cows in a year than by sharks. The average American is approximately one million times more likely to die from a heart attack than a shark bite." —David Shiffman, shark researcher at the University of Miami

"There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them." —Andre Gide

Photography: "The negative is the score, the print the performance." —Ansel Adams

"We do not see things the way they are. We see things the way we are." —Anaïs Nin

"Take only photographs and leave only footprints." —Anonymous

"Just destroy all the tapes." —Richard Nixon

"A lie will fly around the whole world while the truth is getting its boots on." Jonathan Swift

Fake News: "That is a garbage document ... it never should have been presented ... Trump's right to be upset (angry) about that." —Bob Woodward

"Obvious fabrications ... [Trump is] ... someone who has been involved with beauty contests for many years and has met the most beautiful women in the world. I find it hard to believe that he rushed to some hotel to meet girls of loose morals, although ours are undoubtedly the best in the world. ... People who order fakes of the type now circulating against the U.S. president-elect, who concoct them and use them in a political battle, are worse than prostitutes because they don't have any moral boundaries at all." —Vladimir Putin

Not accepting election results: "... refuse to ... respect the results of this election. ... That is a direct threat to our democracy." —Hillary Clinton, 10/25/2016

"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." —George Washington Carver

"Welcome to Washington, D.C., the city that you pay for." —Tucker Carlson

"I'm not a member of any organized party. I'm a Democrat." —Will Rogers

Loss of privacy online: "Crosses the creepy line." —Eric Schmidt while Google's CEO

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And by that I mean it’s an opportunity to do things you did not think you could do before." —Rahm Emanuel, Obama's White House Chief of Staff

"Put down the can opener, and step away from that can of worms." —Ctein's famous advice

"Under capitalism everybody provides for their own needs by serving others." —Ludwig von Mises

"Pick up the film camera again ... Life is an experience, and I don't want to spend it in front of a computer." —snaggs

"Film is to digital as a symphony orchestra is to a kazoo." —Brian C. Miller

"There is an uncertainty relationship between truth and clarity." —Niels Bohr, founder of quantum mechanics

Missing something?: "We can't see 95.1% of the universe: Dark energy 68.3% – faster expansion – cosmological constant; Dark matter 26.8% – gravity bending light; Only 4.9% visible matter." Physics

Astronomers have discovered that there are supermassive black holes at the center of most galaxies: a 4 million solar mass black hole in the center of our Milky Way, 140 million solar mass black hole at the heart of our nearest neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy (with which our Milky Way galaxy will collide and merge in approximately 4 billion years), and an approximately 20 billion solar mass black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy! How the Universe Works: Black Holes

"If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough." —Albert Einstein

"There is no doubt that our first order of business is going to be to get our deficits and debt under control." —President Barack Obama, October 29, 2012

"Why are there no speaker jacks on a stereo camera?" —Richard Ide

"The quickest way to take the joy out of a hobby is to make it a business." —Dave W. Thomas

"When a passion turns into a career, it eventually takes fun out of it. ... In the end, you will lose your hobby." —T. Kamiya

"Cats look down on us. Dogs look up to us. Pigs treat us as equals." —"Call the Midwife"

"Wasn't there an old saying 'f/8 and be there!'?" —Anonymous photographer's advice

"What you see here, what you do here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here." —Sign in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

"Why did FEMA/DHS buy 1.5 billion rounds of ammunition?" Concerned Citizen

Public Sector Unions: "All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining ... cannot be transplanted into the public service. The very nature and purpose of Government make it impossible." —Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Ten percent of all photos ever taken were shot in 2011." —Fortune magazine, September 24, 2012, page 166

"Every day, more photo's are taken with the iPhone than any other camera." Apple

"Do we see sometimes us going overboard in our campaign, are there mistakes that are made, areas where there is no doubt that somebody could dispute how we are presenting things? You know, that happens in politics ... " —President Obama, CBS "60 minutes" interview outtake

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.—Bertrand Russell

"Six words captures [Mr. Obama's approach to the middle east]: Praise Muslims, Ignore Christians, Blame Jews. ... Just look at his background ... most of his life, literally from the cradle up, in the hard left milieu in which it is an article of faith, a fundamental dogma, that Israel is a capitalistic oppressor and the Palestinians are noble freedom fighters and then you have his time with the Reverend Wright. In Rev. Wright's Church and in that segment of the left it's virulently anti-semitic. ... The Palestinians have had one chance for peace after another (1948, 1956, 1967, 1973) ... it has never been Israel that has prevented peace. It has been Palestinian intransigence. ... Israel is an island of civilization – of our civilization – surrounded by brutal states and barbarous societies. Only Israel has womens' rights, the rule of law, property rights, serious education, civil society, prosperity and for all the oil money pored into the middle east you have a vast wasteland beyond Israel's borders. Stand up on a hilltop, a mountain top in northern Israel. You can tell where the arab world begins because the green turns brown. Israel has earned its keep and the Israel haters on the far left are utterly out of touch with humanity and decency." —Lt. Col. Ralph Peters

"When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews." —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"... Government spending is taxation. ... You need sound money, free trade, minimal regulations, low rate flat taxes, and spending restraint. You get those five ... this economy will roar and we'll bring that deficit right down with it." —Arthur Laffer

"Free trade is not based on utility but on justice." —Edmund Burke

"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it." —Chinese Proverb

"If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law." —Winston Churchill

"It must not be forgotten that it is especially dangerous to enslave men in the minor details of life." —Alexis de Tocqueville

"I can tolerate risk – it's losing money that bothers me." —Lbill

"A foole and his money is soone parted." —J. Bridges, 1587

"The welfare state has always been judged by its good intentions, rather than its bad results." Thomas Sowell

"You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn't waste either." —Galen Rowell

"We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct." —Niels Bohr

"Macs WANT to be anthropomorphosized." —Nick May

"If not us, then who? If not now, then when?" John Lewis, 1961

"Washington, D.C., [has] all the charm of a northern industrial city and all the efficiency of a southern town." —John F. Kennedy

"I try to be cynical, but it's hard to keep up." —Lilly Tomlin

"The stone age did not end for lack of stone." —attributed to the former Saudi Oil Minister, Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge." —Charles Darwin

Monopolies: "We don't care; we don't have to. We're the phone company." —Lily Tomlin's character, Ernestine

"Its a dangerous business going out your front door." —J.R.R.Tolkien

"The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it." —Eric Schmidt, Google Executive Chairman

"The only free cheese is in a mousetrap." —Gekko

" ... conservatives ... have no place in the State of New York." —New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

"There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president." President Obama

"Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out." —Richard Feynman

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquent, it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." —George Washington

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." —James Madison

"Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate." —"Shmoo"

"Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don't need an appointment." —Catherine Aitken

"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceeds the criticisms made of the habits of the poor by the well housed, well warmed, and well fed." —Herman Melville

"If you tax people who work and pay people who don't work, don't be surprised if you find a lot of people not working." —Arthur Laffer

"If you are not rich or if you are not financially secure, blame yourself." —Herman Cain

"There is no reason why, in a society that has reached the general level of wealth ours has attained, the first kind of security should not be guaranteed to all – some minimum of food, shelter, and clothing sufficient to preserve health and the capacity to work." —Friedrich Hayek

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." —Thomas Jefferson

"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see." —Arthur Schopenhauer

"A lot of young people think they are invincible, but the truth is that young people are knuckleheads. " —Michelle Obama

"History is actually written by those with far too much time on their hands." Sejanus Aelianus

U.S. Fatalities: "35,092 motor vehicle fatalities in 2015." Wikipedia

"15,872 homicides in 2014." CDC

"7,881 black homicide victims in 2016 (up from 7,039 in 2015)." —FBI Uniform Crime Reporting

Violence and murder in New York City spiked significantly: "We now have fewer people in our jails than any time since World War II, and we are safer for it and better for it." —Democrat New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, July 2020

"Forty-nine of every 50 muggings and murders in [New York City] were the work of black or Hispanic criminals. ... Blacks and Hispanics commit 96 percent of all crimes in the city." Patrick J. Buchanan

"Our prisons are filled today almost exclusively with fatherless men." —Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute

"Don't let the Media fool you! The majority of Americans support the police. [and they] Do not support the destroying of their city. The biggest problem with growing up black in America … is not racism, police brutality, or black on black crime … It's the mental brainwashing." Brandon Tatum

Stop and Frisk: "Ninety-five percent of your murders – murderers and murder victims – fit one M.O. You can just take a description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16 to 25 … That's true in virtually every city … People say, 'Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.' Yes, that's true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods … Because that's where all the crime is. And the way you get the guns out of the kids' hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them." Michael Bloomberg, Former New York City Mayor, Aspen Institute, 2/10/2015 Speech

Michael Brown saying 'hands up don't shoot.': "We found it was a complete and total lie. The fact is police shootings against blacks, according to the CDC, are down 75% in the last 45 years. ... The police are more hesitant, more reluctant to use deadly force against blacks than on whites. If you look at black men who've been killed unarmed last year, there were 17. You were more likely as a black person to be injured by lightning than to be killed as an unarmed black man by cops. By contrast, there were 500 whites that were killed, not all of whom were unarmed. ... The whole thing is bogus." Larry Elder, Salem Radio, 2017

Hands up don't shoot: "71% of 233 blacks fatally shot by police in 2016 (down from 259 in 2015) were carrying a knife or gun." —Washington Post Fatal Force Database

Black people are not disproportionally targeted by police: "Justice Department statistics show that blacks are in fact killed 2 1/2 times more often than whites are by police. ... But that is far less than what the data would predict, given black crime rates. Take New York City, for example, … blacks are 35 times more likely to commit robberies than whites, 38 times more likely to commit murders, and 51 times more likely to engage in shootings … " … "blacks were murdered, approximately 93 percent by other blacks." Peter Kirsanow, Attorney and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

"A picture is worth a thousand words; A missed picture is only worth a sigh." —Araldite

"Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life." —Anonymous

"Intellectual work is misnamed; it is a pleasure, a dissipation, and is its own highest reward. The poorest paid architect, engineer, general, author, sculptor, painter, lecturer, advocate, legislator, actor, preacher, singer, is constructively in heaven when he is at work; and as for the magician with the fiddle-bow in his hand, who sits in the midst of a great orchestra with the ebbing and flowing tides of divine sound washing over him – why, certainly he is at work, if you wish to call it that, but lord, it's a sarcasm just the same. The law of work does seem utterly unfair – but there it is, and nothing can change it: the higher the pay in enjoyment the worker gets out of it, the higher shall be his pay in cash also." —Mark Twain, 'A Connecticut Yankee'

"An awful lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced in the making of this post." —Dr Croubie

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." —Arthur Schopenhauer

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win." —Mahatma Gandhi

"I don't foresee any Black Swans appearing in the future." —Brad baw703916

"Complexity is easy; Simplicity is hard." —Edmund Keane

"We are spending more money than we have ever spent before and it [the 'New Deal'] does not work ... we have never made good on our promises ... I say after eight years of this [FDR] administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started ... and an enormous debt to boot." —Henry Morgenthau, Jr., U.S. Treasury Secretary, 1939 [when the federal government spent 4.3% of GDP vs. 26% in 2009]

"... The [two trillion dollar federal corvid-19 pandemic] stimulus plan ... will hurt the economy. It won't help the economy; it will make the recovery slower than it otherwise would have been, which is really a shame. It will increase debt besides. ... This stimulus plan will make things worse, not better. What we need to do is let people who work and produce keep their income, not have the government take it. And by putting that stimulus package in, just like in the 2008-2009 period, and in the great depression, it will make the economy worse not better. ... Government spending is taxation. Government doesn't create resources … they re-distribute resources. Whenever the government spends a trillion dollars, it takes a trillion dollars from workers and producers ... So government spending is taxation and as such government spending will reduce the growth rate of the U.S. and will hurt the economy in bad bad times. ... We need free markets more than ever." —Arthur Laffer, April 2, 2020

"Our problem is not that [Obama] is a bad person. Our problem is that he is a bad President. These are tired and old big government ideas that have failed every time and everywhere they have been tried. These are ideas that people come to America to get away from." —Senator Marco Antonio Rubio (R-FL), son of Cuban refugees

"... We stand for free peoples and free markets." —Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite." —James Madison, The Federalist No. 45

"The Federal Government can do most anything in this country." Congressman Pete Stark, (D) California

"I have altered our agreement; pray I don’t alter it further." —Darth Vader

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries ... and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it." —Niccolo Machiavelli

"Disclaimer: I am making all of this up." —Anon.

"Don't Steal – The government hates competition." Bumper Sticker

"I have wondered at times about what the 10 Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress." —Ronald Reagan

"To do creative work I must be completely free." —Nikola Tesla

"Welfare Nation: In the 4th quarter of 2011 more Americans were on welfare than working full-time, with 108.6 million Americans receiving welfare while only 101.7 million were working full-time." —Data from U.S. Census Bureau

"Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify." —Henry David Thoreau

"Biggest most blatant lie I can ever remember from a President.": "We will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what." —Obama, June 15, 2009

"False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil." —Socrates

"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." —Thomas Paine, The Crisis, 1776

Film vs. digital fashion photography: "I'm still looking for that perfect woman but I want mine airbrushed, not Photo-Shopped." —Tom Cheshire

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." —Mark Twain

"If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed." —Stanley Kubrick

" ... the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera." —Yousuf Karsh

"You press the button, we do the rest." George Eastman

"It's about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby." —Elliott Erwitt

"It's life ... activities available, just add meaning." —A Beautiful Mind (motion picture)

"The more I practice, the luckier I get." —Arnold Palmer

"At a gallery opening in New York, years ago ... Ernest Hemingway said to Irving Penn, 'I like your photographs, what kind of camera do you use?' Penn replied, 'I like your novels, what kind of typewriter do you use?'" —Steve Porte

"Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it." —Nikonparrothead

"If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed." —Mark Twain

"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." —Kipling

"I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." —Isaac Newton

"Private property and freedom are inseparable." —George Washington

"Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist." —John Adams

"Windows 8 ... weak on tablets, terrible for PCs ... misguided ... smothers usability ... a monster that terrorizes poor office workers and strangles their productivity." Jakob Nielsen

"Neurotics build castles in the sky; Psychotics live in them; and Psychiatrists collect the rent." —Anonymous

"Some 94% of U.S. healthcare organizations have suffered a data breach in the past two years, and 45% have admitted to experiencing 5 such breaches over the same period. ... 73% of healthcare providers surveyed admit that they still have insufficient resources to prevent and detect data breaches ... and 67% of organizations don't have controls to prevent and/or quickly detect medical identity theft." Ponemon Institute

"I think people wouldn't have such a low opinion of mold if it was shiny." Anonymous

"Please do not feed the animals ... the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves." —National Park Service (posted sign)

"Philanthropists ignore the fundamental cause of poverty, including poor health care, around the world: lack of capitalism. Wherever and to whatever extent capitalism exists, the productive ability of individuals is unleashed, enabling them to make their lives progressively better. The West used to be as poor as Africa today; it is capitalism that made us rich. ... Anyone who is truly committed to helping the world’s poor should first and foremost use their charitable dollars and their public platforms for the promotion of capitalism." Yaron Brook, Ph.D.

"Businessmen ... do the right thing by not giving money to charity ... [because] ... the value added to the world ... creating better products and services for all of us ... the multiplier effect ... is much greater than the value he will ever add in any kind of charitable activity." —Yaron Brook, Ph.D. with John Stossel

"I know that, at this very moment, there are radio signals from other civilizations passing through this room which we could detect if we but pointed our antennas in the right direction and tuned to the right frequency." Frank Drake

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: "If aliens exist and they are intelligent, they will already be encrypting their communications, meaning humans may miss out on detecting them, let alone decoding their content ... You can't distinguish a properly encrypted communication from random behaviour. ... aliens could be trying to contact us on Earth, but we may never detect them because their messages are likely encrypted so we are unable to spot them ... If you look at encrypted communication, if they are properly encrypted, there is no real way to tell that they are encrypted. ... When we think about everything we're hearing ... all of their communications are encrypted by default so what we are hearing ... is indistinguishable to us from cosmic microwave background radiation." —Edward Snowden

" ... I'm terrified about what will happen to interest rates once financial markets wake up to the implications of skyrocketing budget deficits ... my prediction is that politicians will eventually be tempted to resolve the crisis the way irresponsible governments usually do: by printing money, both to pay current bills and to inflate away debt. And as that temptation becomes obvious, interest rates will soar. It won't happen right away ... But unless we slide into Japanese-style deflation, there are much higher interest rates in our future." Paul Krugman, 2003

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich." —William John Henry Boetcker, 1916

"Anything wise can be attributed to Lincoln, and anything funny can be attributed to Twain." —Winston Churchill

What Obama's favorite soak-the-rich tax advocate really thinks: "I will not pay a dime more of individual taxes than I owe, and I won't pay a dime more of corporate taxes than we owe. And that's very simple ... I will do anything ... to reduce Berkshire's tax rate ... For example, on wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That's the only reason to build them. They don't make sense without the tax credit." Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway CEO

"If solar power scaled like computer-tech, a single postage-stamp-size solar array would power the Empire State Building. That only happens in comic books." Mark P. Mills, Foundation for Economic Education, 41 Inconvenient Truths on the 'New Energy Economy'

"If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up." Ferris Bueller

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." —President Dwight David Eisenhower

"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit." —Abraham Lincoln, Speech to Congress, January 12, 1848

"For God's sake, let's always keep Vanguard a place where judgment has at least a fighting chance to triumph over process." Jack Bogle

"Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, lets write a swimming pool." —Paul McCartney

"In the U.S., the richest 1 percent of men lives 14.6 years longer on average than the poorest 1 percent of men, while among women in those wealth percentiles, the difference is 10.1 years on average." MIT News

The blueprint for "Obamacare [was] written in prison by convicted felon [Robert Creamer, the husband of Illinois Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky]." Logan Inkosovo

"I am a CPA. My clients are unable or unwilling to jump through the 'hoops' the regulators have established. Hence they are just sitting on the sidelines rather than investing and creating jobs." Terrence Nemec

"After the second world war we cut our government spending by 60% and the economy boomed. We cut ourselves all the way to a big surplus." —George Gilder

"You cannot cut your way to deficit reduction." —Nancy Pelosi

"Good Grief!" —Charlie Brown

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." —Samuel Adams

"In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority." —Edmund Burke

" ... all adults should own their lives and property, and have the right to make their own choices as to how they live their lives, as long as they respect the same right of other people." Judge James P. Gray

The Golden Rule (negative form): "That which is hateful to you, do not unto another: This is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary — [and now] go study." —Hillel, first-century-BCE rabbinic sage


"A Massachusetts woman this week won the right to wear a colander on her head in her driver's license photo after citing religious reasons. Lindsay Miller identifies as a 'Pastafarian' and member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which some critics call a parody religion." Andrea Noble

"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves." —Henry David Thoreau

"I, like most of the American people, don't begrudge people success or wealth ... That's part of the free market system." —U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, II

"I am not a crook." —U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon

"Academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.” —Henry Kissinger, et al

"I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes." —Anon.

"Any fool can take a picture but a photographer that can make an ugly [person] look good will have a job for life" —Groucho Marx

"If you don't want to work, you have to work to earn enough money so that you won't have to work." —Ogden Nash

"The universe is big. Really big." —Douglas Adams

"The American Republic will endure until the day the Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the public's money." —Alexis de Tocqueville

"The production of a perfect picture by means of photography is an Art; the production of a technically perfect negative is a science." —Hurter & Driffield, 1890

On internet advertising vs. privacy: "If you're not paying for something, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold." —blue_beetle

Orwellian VPN Block message: "YouTube (owned by Google) does not let you watch videos anonymously." —YouTube Privacy Warning

"Nobody is listening to your telephone calls." —President Obama, "The Drone Ranger"

"Do transcontinental railroad enthusiasts have a one track mind?" —Anonymous

"There’s a photograph everywhere and it's the photographer's job to find it." —Anonymous

Death Panel: "Some people live. Some people die." —Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, comments on giving Sarah Murnaghan, a dying 10 year old Pennsylvania girl with end-stage cystic fibrosis, a death sentence by deliberately refusing her a life saving adult lung transplant (Sebelius' action was subsequently overruled by a judge)

Baracknophobia: "There hasn't been a bigger con man in the White House than Barack Obama." Ralph Nader, June 2013

"When starships transporting colonists first depart the solar system, they may well be headed toward a Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite discovered planet as their new home." George R. Ricker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"There are many things the government can't do, many good purposes it must renounce. It must leave them to the enterprise of others. It cannot feed the people. It cannot enrich the people. It cannot teach the people." —Lord Acton

"I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally." —W. C. Fields

"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design." —Freidrich Hayek

"If I could say it in words, I wouldn't need a camera." Lewis Wickes Hine

Robert Frost's response when asked to explain a poem: "You want me to say it worse?"

"Civility is not a sign of weakness." —JFK

"[President Obama] has been an unmitigated disaster to the country." —Former Vice President Richard Cheney (in a 75 minute speech given just three weeks after receiving a heart transplant)

"The history of taxation shows that taxes which are inherently excessive are not paid. The high rates inevitably put pressure upon the taxpayer to withdraw his capital from productive business." —Andrew Mellon, U.S. Treasury Secretary during the 1920's

"For a few hundred dollars, you can get equipment that is 95% perfect. You will go broke trying to get that last 5%." —David Charlap's grandfather

"Although the moon is smaller than the earth, they are about the same distance apart." —Nathan Tenny

"If you believe everything you read, better not read." —Japanese proverb

"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it." —Ellen Goodman

"Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. ... Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had." Michael Crichton

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." —Albert Einstein

"We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong." —Sir Arthur Eddington

"If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?" —Laurence J. Peter

"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures." —Daniel Webster

"Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something." —Robert Heinlein

"You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play." —Warren Beatty

"All my life, I always wanted to be somebody.  Now I see that I should have been more specific." —Jane Wagner, The Search For Intelligent Life In The Universe, performed by Lily Tomlin

"Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" —Oliver Hardy (of Laurel and Hardy)

"Technology is anything that wasn't around when you were born." —Alan Curtis Kay

"If you don't fail at least 90 percent of the time, you're not aiming high enough." —Alan Curtis Kay

"If others would think as hard as I did, then they would get similar results." —Sir Isaac Newton

"Consensus is the absence of leadership." —Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister

Our Internet Surveillance State: "The Fourth Amendment does not protect communications held in electronic storage, such as email messages stored on a server, because internet users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communication." —Office of Chief Counsel, IRS Criminal Tax Division, 2009

"The only thing a thief steals that can't be replaced is whatever faith you had left in other people." Anonymous

Obamacare "is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress ... it is just beyond comprehension ... " Senator Jay Rockefeller, Democrat, West Virginia, Obamacare architect

"It’s more important for a photographer to have very good shoes than to have a very good camera." —Sebastião Salgado

Scientific method: "In general we look for a new law by the following process. First we guess it. Then we compute the consequences of the guess to see what would be implied if this law that we guessed is right. Then we compare the result of the computation to nature, with experiment or experience; compare it directly with observation, to see if it works. If it disagrees with experiment it is wrong." —Richard Feynman

"47 of ... 53 ... 'landmark' ... cancer research ... publications ... could not be replicated." Sharon Begley, 2012

"Half of all published studies turn out to be incorrect, and it was found that 84.7% of statistics are entirely made up!"

"There is a 0.273972% chance that it's your birthday." —pseudostat

"If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment." —Ernest Rutherford

Lacking falsifiability: "Not even wrong." Wolfgang Pauli

"Superstition is the religion of feeble minds." —Edmund Burke

"The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away." —Tom Waits, Small Change

"He who believes that the past cannot be changed has not yet written his memoirs." —Torvald Gahlin

"The single most useful [photography] advice I ever got was to make sure that I have the lens pointed at something that's actually interesting." —Matt Laur

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty." —Patrick Henry

"When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon." —Thomas Paine

"No people will tamely surrender their liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved." —Samuel Adams

"I believe each individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruit of his labor, so far as it in no wise interferes with any other man’s rights—that each community, as a State, has a right to do exactly as it pleases with all the concerns within that State that interfere with the rights of no other State, and that the general government, upon principle, has no right to interfere with anything other than that general class of things that does concern the whole." Abraham Lincoln, July 10, 1858

"The era of big government is over." —William Jefferson Clinton, State of the Union Address (when government was half the size)

"Film is cheap. Opportunities are priceless." —Mongo

"The more I know about people, the better I like my dog." —Mark Twain

"I love mankind... it's PEOPLE I can't stand!!" —Linus

"It costs 1.75 trillion dollars [per year] to comply with just [United States] Federal regulations – that is a number larger than just eight economies in the world." —Senator Ron Johnson (R) Wisconsin, 11/7/2011

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." —Thomas Jefferson

"The pioneers of a warless world are the [youth] who refuse military service." —Albert Einstein

To save the soul of America: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety." —Benjamin Franklin

"There is nothing in the world which cannot be misunderstood or abused." —Alfred Nobel (with 355 patents, including for his invention, dynamite, that was not used to build the Central Pacific Railroad)

Walt Disney "lacked imagination and had no good ideas." —Kansas City Star editor who fired Disney in 1919

Did you know that breathing into a paper bag to treat hyperventilation syndrome was invented by New York City physician Alexander Winter, M.D.? (The medical journals refused to publish his article about the easy treatment he had created, but eventually the Journal of the American Medical Association published his letter to the editor describing the simple cure which is now almost universally known and often shown being used in movies and TV dramas.)

"I typically prefer buying the best since I have done so many times the most expensive route: buy cheap, buy better and buy best and you end up having 3 of each item ... " —Samuli Vahonen

"On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time." George Orwell

"There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist." —Indiana Jones

"Is this the right room for an argument?" —Monty Python's Flying Circus

"I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." —Michael Dell on what he would do if he were Apple acting chief executive Steve Jobs

"We shall consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves." —Thomas Jefferson

"It is preposterous that businesses are under attack in the United States of America" Steve Wynn

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." —Will Rogers

"There is no such thing as a profit; there are only costs." —Peter Drucker [Profits are the cost of capital – would you invest in a company without them? – as wages are the cost of labor.]

"Start every day with a smile, and get it over with." —W. C. Fields

"Results are uncertain even for the more experienced photographers." —Matthew Brady

"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera." —Lewis Hine

"The quickest way to make money at photography is to sell your camera." —Anon.

"Few people have the resources to resist authority." Yale Professor Stanley Milgram, "The Perils of Obedience"

"Everyone has a plan, until they get hit." —Mike Tyson

"To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. 'Tis much better to do a little with certainty, and leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things by conjecture without making sure of anything." —Sir Isaac Newton

"The important thing is never to stop questioning." —Albert Einstein

"Do, or do not. There is no 'try'." —Yoda

Huge trainwreck: "We have to pass the [Obamacare] bill so that you can find out what is in it ... " —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat - California)

Unions warn in a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi that Obamacare will "shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class. ... Perverse incentives are causing nightmare scenarios. ... [Obamacare] will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans." James P. Hoffa, general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Joseph Hansen, international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union; and Donald “D.” Taylor, president of UNITE-HERE

Obamacare Taxes: "Within the 2013 to 2022 budget period, there seems little debate that the health-care law has about $1 trillion in taxes." Washington Post Fact Checker

"You can't derail something when it has already left the station." Covered California executive director Peter Lee to "rebut mounting criticism over the rollout of Obamacare nationwide."

"Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly." Dalai Lama

"My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am." —Anonymous

"It's not about the ones who say no, but about the ones who say yes. Your life isn't made up of people who aren't in it." —David Geffen

"It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission." Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

"B(a) = PIA(a) x (1 - e(n)) x (1 + d(n)) x Z(a) + max((.5 x PIA*(a) - PIA(a) x (1+d(n))) x E(a,q,m), 0) x (1- u(a,q,n,m)) x D(a)" Social Security Benefit Amount

When asked what camera he uses: "Whatever I can carry." —Ansel Adams, at about age 80

Soft bigotry of low expectations: "I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, I observed in different countries that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves and became richer." —Benjamin Franklin, 1766

"Best advice I ever got ... 'Let me tell you all you need to know about the investment business: Nobody knows nuthin'.' " —John C. Bogle, Founder, Vanguard Investments

"You can afford any car when your net worth increases or decreases by that amount on an average market day. It's the livesoft rule." Nicolas

"Far more money has been lost by investors preparing for corrections than has been lost in corrections themselves." —Peter Lynch

"it is always wise to expect the unexpected." —John Bogle

Lawlessness in America: "There ain't no rules around here – we're trying to accomplish something – and therefore when the deal goes down, all this talk about rules – we make them up as we go along ... " Alcee Hastings, Chairman, Rules Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat, Florida, March 20, 2010

"If you don't tie our [Congress'] hands, we'll keep stealing." —Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.)

"The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it." —H. L. Mencken

"Don’t worry about the unsustainable. The unsustainable won't last.” —Herb Stein

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

" ... it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the [health care] legislation together to control the people." —Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), the longest serving member of the House of Representatives

"It's legal to hunt humans ... " —Dianne Feinstein, Senator (D-CA)

"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." Gideon J. Tucker in Final Accounting in the Estate of A. B., 1866

"When the capital development of a country is the byproduct of the operations of a casino, the job is likely to be ill done." —John Maynard Keynes

"All electronics gear works on smoke. If you let the smoke get out, it stops working." —Robert Wallis

"There is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in." —Leonard Cohen

"The bigger the government the smaller the citizen." Dennis Praeger

Washington's War on Prosperity: "There will be a time for them to make profits ... Now is not that time." —Barack Hussein Obama, II, 44th President of the United States

"I don't worry about the constitution ... it doesn't matter to me." —Rep. Phil Hare (Democrat - Illinois)

"If we lose freedom, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth." —Ronald Wilson Reagan

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." Ronald Reagan, 40th President of United States

"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." —John Adams

"Gentlemen: You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for the law is too slow. I'll ruin you. Yours truly, Cornelius Vanderbilt."

"I was tired yesterday and I'm tired again today. I'm retired." —Sleepless

"One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012, R.I.P.

" ... President Obama['s] ... decision to cancel ... America’s only path to low Earth orbit ... will have wasted our current ten plus billion dollar investment ... and ... lost the many years required to recreate the equivalent of what we will have discarded. ... to be without carriage to low Earth orbit and with no human exploration capability to go beyond Earth orbit for an indeterminate time into the future, destines our nation to become one of second or even third rate stature. ... the USA is far too likely to be on a long downhill slide to mediocrity. ... " Neil Armstrong, Commander, Apollo 11, James Lovell, Commander, Apollo 13, and Eugene Cernan, Commander, Apollo 17

"By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon, and it will be American." —Newt Gingrich, presidential candidate

"Under my plan of a cap and trade [carbon dioxide tax] system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." ... "if somebody wants to build a coal fired plant they can, it's just that it will bankrupt them ... " —Barack Hussein Obama

"Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe ... " —Steven Chu, Ph.D., September, 2008, prior to taking office as U.S. Secretary of Energy

"The EPA does not anticipate that this proposed rule [destroying the coal industry] will result in notable CO2 emission changes, energy impacts, monetized benefits, costs, or economic impacts by 2022." —Environmental Protection Agency

Explaining the policy that the federal Environmental Protection Agency intended to "crucify" oil and gas companies like Romans conquering villages in the Mediterranean, stating, "... find the first five guys they saw and ... crucify them." —Al Amerdariz, the top EPA official for the oil rich Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana region 6. (For example, the EPA tried to crucify one of the best companies, filing baseless false charges that were thrown out of court, against Range Resources among the first drillers to discover the potential of the biggest gas field in America.)

"There's no such thing as ethical oil. There's only dirty oil and dirtier oil." —Al Gore, Former U.S. Vice President

"Hurry, before this wonderful product [petroleum] is depleted from Nature's laboratory!" —Advertisement for Kier’s Rock Oil, 1855

"With no assured source of [new] domestic [oil] supply in sight, the United States is confronted with a crisis of the first magnitude." —U.S. Geological Survey report to the Senate, 1916

"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." —Sir Winston Churchill

Biden's description of Obama: " … You got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean … " Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) 2007

Cavalier Wise Guy: "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black." Joe Biden, May 21, 2020

"I'm beginning to get bored by my own talk here." Joe Biden, June 11, 2020

"I also think about Joe Biden who says 'if you aren’t voting for me, you ain't black,' who argued that Republicans would 'put us back in chains,' who says there's no diversity of thought in the black community. Mr. Vice President, look at me. I am black. We are not all the same, sir. I am not in chains. My mind is my own and you can’t tell me how to vote because of the color of my skin. Joe Biden is a backwards thinker in a world that is craving forward-looking leadership. There's no wisdom in his record or plan. Just a trail of discredited ideas and offensive statements." —Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron

"I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be." Barack Obama, "comedian"

"WARNING: Obamacare may be hazardous to your health." Billboard in Times Square, New York City (parodying cigarette warning label), Heritage Foundation

" ... Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. ... " —President Donald J. Trump

" ... on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." —Douglas Adams

Iran's President says Israelis have no mideast roots: "They have no roots there in history." Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." —Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1871, the Jewish population was double any other group in Jerusalem: "The Mohammedans are four thousand ... The Jews are eight thousand ... " —William H. Seward (former Secretary of State under President Abraham Lincoln), "Travels around the World," 1873

"Why UN resolution condemning Israel is Wiesenthal Center's top anti-Semitic incident of 2016." Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper

"Remember, Gaza got withdrawal of Israeli settlements a decade ago and it's now become a haven for terrorism, warfare, and missiles going into Israel. So we have tried the anti-settlement thing. And by-the-way, I'm going to be blunt here, 'anti-settlement' means Jew free. We should have learned from World War II, we should not tolerate that anywhere in the world. ... When the U.S. is not active in the world, we get a replay of the 1930's when we nearly lost civilization. We have to be active. We make mistakes, but when we withdraw we see what's happening in the world today. It becomes more unsafe and eventually it comes right up to our shores." —Steve Forbes

Middle east peace: "The Palestinians continue to teach their school kids that it's great to murder Jews. They continually pay out great sums of money in pensions to people who murder Jews and do terror attacks and they continuously delegitimize Israel as a nation. This is not about land ... This is about the existential life of Israel. And it comes down to this: this is not a political, diplomatic; this is not an economic, or even a military issue. It is – and let me be blunt – and it is going to shock people to say it – this is ultimately a theological question – you cannot avoid it. It comes down to whether that land was given through the promise of Isaac or Ishmael. And that goes back a lot further than the Balfour agreement, UN resolution, 1967, 1973, Oslo in '93 – you can go through all of those and say those were the markers. No they weren't – this goes back to Abraham, and if you don't take it back there, you're not going to see it resolved successfully, because that's where it originated." —Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

"We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. ... And we will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally, the State of Israel. ... We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem." —Donald J. Trump

"There's plenty of money in the world, plenty of money in this nation, it's just in the wrong hands." —Bill De Blasio, Mayor, New York City (D), January, 2019

"I am proposing a tax on the wealth of the richest Americans." —Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) Mass., January, 2019

"I want these billionaires to stop being free loaders. I want them to pick up their fair share." —Senator Elizabeth Warren

"I see people say 'the rich have to pay their fair share.' ... The top 1% of Americans pay 37% of all the income taxes. The top 1% basically pay more then the lowest 90%. So who's carrying the freight here? The most successful are not only paying their 'fair share,' they are paying the most, by far. Attempt to tax them, they will avoid the taxation and they will stop investing and taking risks. It's a nonstarter. … I don’t know where these people [are coming from] … 'Pay your fair share' … What are you talking about? The most successful already pay all the taxes ... give them an incentive to take risk." Larry Kudlow

"It's way past time to put an end to the era of shareholder capitalism." —Joe Biden, July 9, 2020

"Look at the Democrat debate. We have a Socialist there and none of the Democrats want to distance themselves from the Socialist. These people are Communists. The Democrat Party is dead. There are no Democrats left. They're all Communists and all they want to do is take other peoples' money and rob people of the American Dream ... " —Sandra Lynn 'Sam' Sorbo, October 16, 2015

"Democratic Socialism is the Scenic Route to Serfdom." Cato Video

"These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger. Who's the banana republic now?" —Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, 2011

"We believe in the American dream, not in the socialist nightmare." —President Donald J. Trump

Fatal Conceit: the erroneous socialist idea that "man is able to shape the world around him according to his wishes." F. A. Hayek

"There's not a huge difference between people who want something and people who are getting it, other than the ability to take a risk." —Sam Parr

"The art market has no better an idea of what constitutes a good photograph than anyone else does." Michael C. Johnston

"44% of Philadelphia public school teachers who have school-age kids put their kids in a private school." —Larry Elder, July 20, 2020

"Be yourself. No one can say you're doing it wrong." —Charles M. Schulz

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." —Thomas Jefferson

"Those who think they can, and those who think they can't, are both right." —Henry Ford

Clarke’s Law: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C. Clarke

Clark’s Law: "Any sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from malice." — J. Porter Clark

"Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk." Edward Weston

"My husband has bet me $20 you won't say even three words to me. What do you answer to that?" Calvin ["Silent Cal"] Coolidge: "You lose."

"You're guaranteed to miss 100% of the shots you don't take" —Wayne Gretzky

"Scarcity is a myth perpetrated by those that want the protection racket of regulation." Andy Kessler

"There are 10,000 living species [of birds, but] only about 4,000 mammals, so [it is] still the age of dinosaurs." —Jacques Gauthier, Nova

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it." —'K', Men in Black

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools." —Douglas Adams

"[Obama] was a social activist in the Saul Olinsky school that says rich people are mean, businesses are terrible, take down the power structure, go after them ... " —Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, 11/3/2010

"[Obama] is embarassed by America and our success and ... the feeling is mutual." —Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Governor, 11/3/2010

Massive casualties from easily avoidable overdoses, disease transmission, and shootings in America's war on drugs: "The addiction rate of people put on prescription opioids was about 1%. It's very rare that a doctor prescribes a pain killer for a patient in pain who then gets hooked and becomes a heroin addict. ... our opioid overdose problem is not a product of the patient-doctor relationship. It's a product of drug prohibition ... " Policy Report: The Myth of an Opioid Prescription Crisis

"We have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children's future, for the temporary convenience of the present ... government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." —President Ronald Reagan

"We have four basic general areas of policy: the one everyone focuses on is low rate flat taxes; our second policy was sound money – the value of the dollar maintained itself over time; the third area which was free trade; and the fourth area is what we call 'incomes policies' – these are all the indirect ways government can effect businesses – regulations or minimum wage, union activity – all four of those are equally important; you can't have a healthy economy with any one of those being out of kilter." —Arthur Laffer

"Wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from bad decisions." —Anon.

"I love America, but I can't spend the whole year here. I can't afford the taxes." —Mick Jagger

"Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need." —Will Rogers

"Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game." —Donald Trump

"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work." —Robert Orben

"Always borrow money from a pessimist, he doesn't expect to be paid back." —Anonymous

"They were a people so primitive they did not know how to get money, except by working for it." —Joseph Addison

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." —Will Rogers

"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right." —Isaac Asimov

"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day." —Robert Frost

"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is." —Variously attributed to Yogi Berra, Albert Einstein, Chuck Reid, and Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut

"Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, criminal, grasping, and unintelligent." —Henry Louis Mencken

"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." —Henry Louis Mencken

"Every election is a sort of advance auction of stolen goods." —Henry Louis Mencken

"The left-wing mob is trying to demolish our heritage so they can replace it with a new repressive regime that they alone control. They're tearing down statues, desecrating monuments, purging dissenters. ... The left is not trying to promote justice or equality, or lift up the downtrodden. They have one goal, the pursuit of their own political power. ... And if you give power to people that demolish monuments and attack churches, and seize city streets, and set fire to buildings, then nothing is sacred and no one is safe." ... "We embrace the noble vision of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and believe that people should not be judged based on the color of their skin, but the content of their character." —President Donald J. Trump, Turning Point USA event, Phoenix Arizona, June 23, 2020 [Reacting to mob desecrating and attempting to tear down the Freedmen’s Monument in Lincoln Park, Washington, DC, dedicated by Frederick Douglass in 1876, paid for by freed slaves to honor Lincoln, a statue depicting President Abraham Lincoln emancipating the slaves from bondage.]

"Celebrate the progress America has made on delivering its promise of equality and opportunity and highlight the resilience of its people ... in the spirit of 1776, the date of America's true founding." Robert L. Woodson

"An expert is someone who has made every possible mistake in a narrow field." —Neils Bohr

"The lady of the house has to be a pretty swell sort of person to put up with the annoyance of a photographer." —The Little Technical Library: Developing, Printing, and Enlarging

"And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don't just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn't do it any better. If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can't be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be the best little shrub on the side of the hill. Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are." —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Barratt Junior High School, Philadelphia, October 26, 1967

"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, First Inaugural Address

The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans: "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country." President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

"Anything more than 500 yards from the car just isn't photogenic." —Edward Weston

"If you keep on talking that much sense, you're going to break the Internet." —Grevture

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing." —Sir Arthur C. Clarke

"A photograph must be more interesting than the thing photographed." —Gary Winogrand

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge." —Charles Darwin

"In 46 years as a photographer, I have never yet taken a good picture at a time when I did not have my camera with me." Dave Jenkins

"Don't let anybody tell you that its corporations and businesses that create jobs." —Hillary Clinton, 2014

"There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes." Abraham Lincoln

Vaccinate your children!: "Measles killed 110,000 children worldwide in 2017, most of them under age 5." World Health Organization

"Never forget that professionals built the Titanic." —Father Brown

Titanic exhibit closed due to water damage

"That's not fake. It's real plastic." —Andy Warhol

"When picking between two evils, I choose the one I haven't tried before." —Mae West

"I used to be Snow White, but I drifted." —Mae West

"I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit

"The government cannot ban T-shirts, because Americans have a right to bare arms." Harry Miller

"We live in a democracy. We don't live in a monarchy. I'm not the king. I'm the President. And so, I can only implement those laws that are passed through Congress." —Barack Obama, Univision Radio, October 25, 2010

"You can't keep snakes in your backyard and expect that they will only bite your neighbors." —Hillary Clinton

"For those few people knocking me for tweeting at three o'clock in the morning, at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!" —Donald J. Trump

" ... the stupidity of the American voter ... was really really critical for [the Obamacare law] to pass" ... "a very clever ... exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter." —Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, M.I.T. Professor and Healthcare Economist

"Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA [Obamacare] will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class." —Highly publicized warning letter to Senator Harry Reid and Representative Nancy Pelosi from labor leaders including Jimmy Hoffa, July 2013

Q. "When you see around the globe the maldistribution of wealth, the desperate plight of millions of people in underdeveloped countries, when you see so few haves and so many have-nots, when you see the greed and the concentration of power – did you ever have a moment of doubt about capitalism and whether greed's a good idea to run on?" —Talk-show host, Phil Donahue
A. "Is there some society you know that doesn't run on greed? You think Russia doesn't run on greed? You think China doesn't run on greed? What is greed? Of course, none of us are greedy; it's only the other fellow who's greedy. The world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests. The great achievements of civilizations have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn't construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you're talking about – the only cases in recorded history – are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade." —Nobel laureate, Milton Friedman

"There was nobody at NSA who really had a full idea of how the program was operating at the time." anonymous intelligence official

"We should bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security, for the weak point of America is its economy, which has already begun to stagger due to the military and security expenditure." al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, 9/12/2001, explaining how they plan to do to the United States exactly what the U.S. did to collapse the Soviet Union

"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." —Vladimir Lenin

"Everywhere that capitalism ... took hold, national wealth began to increase and poverty began to fall. Everywhere that capitalism didn't take hold, people remained impoverished. Everywhere that capitalism has been rejected since then, poverty has increased." —Charles Murray

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. ... It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies ... Americans deserve better." —Senator Obama, 2006

"Ask any manufacturer what holds him or her back and they will tell you that they can't operate in a fog of total uncertainty concerning how they will be taxed or how government spending will impact them or their customers directly ... And as to asking their opinion of the impact of regulation on their businesses – from the Affordable Care Act to the thousands of other regulations enumerated in the Federal Register – don’t even go there, unless you delight in hearing profanities." —Richard Fisher, President, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank

"You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people." —Will Rogers

"The market is the most efficient mechanism anywhere in the world for transferring wealth from impatient people to patient people." —Warren Buffett

"I'm an indexer. I own the market. And I'm happy." John Bogle

"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken." —Oscar Wilde

[Inauguration Day!] The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun: "The effort to impeach President Donald John Trump is already underway." Washington Post, Headline, January 20, 2017

Coup d'état attempt began within 10 days after Trump inauguration: "#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately. #lawyers" Mark S. Zaid, Lawyer for "whistleblower" (@MarkSZaidEsq) January 31, 2017

"Viva le Resistance." —Kevin Clinesmith, FBI lawyer, who later pled guilty to falsifying evidence

Coup d’état: "The fact is President Obama knew everything. Vice President Biden, as dumb as he may be, he knew everything. And everybody else knew everything ... and Comey and Brennan and Clapper. They all were terrible, and they lied to Congress. They spied on my campaign, which is treason. They spied both before and after I won. Think of that. Using the intelligence apparatus of the United States to take down a President, a legally elected President, a duly elected President of the United States. It's the single biggest political crime in the history of our country ... We caught them. ... They're all guilty as hell. ... It goes right to Obama, and it goes right to Biden." —President Donald J. Trump, August 16, 2020

Willful blindness: "It is astonishing that the media refuses to see what is one of the biggest stories in decades. The Obama administration targeted the campaign of the opposing party based on false evidence." Jonathan Turley, Professor of Law, George Washington University, The Hill, July 25, 2020

"Do not believe any article or story you read or see that uses 'anonymous sources' ... Only accept information if it has an actual living name on it. The Fake News Media makes up many 'sources say' stories. Do not believe them!" —Donald J. Trump

TV's Corporate Masters:
"ABC = Disney; CBS = CBSViacom; NBC = Comcast; CNN = AT&T; Yahoo! News = Verizon"
—Lou Dobbs

"I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve." —Jane Austen

"I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other." —Jane Austen

"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort." —Jane Austen, 'Emma'

"Arguing about camera systems is a highly sublimated form of tribal warfare. It's also way easier than making a compelling photograph." —Howard Cubell

"Work like hell, tell everyone everything you know, close a deal with a handshake, and have fun." Harold Edgerton

"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day." —Robert Frost

Nikola Tesla, b. July 10, 1856: "inventor of radio (1891), wireless communication, remote controls, practical electrical power, neon signs (1893), arc light, the speedometer, RADAR, the microwave oven, the fluorescent lamp (1890), X-rays, hydroelectric power (1896), SONAR, the magnetometer, secure communications, the guided weapon, the gas-turbine rotary wing aircraft (1924) and ... the spark plug in 1897 ... " Nikola Tesla descendent

"An optimist says 'the glass is half full.' A pessimist says 'the glass is half empty.' But the engineer says 'the glass is twice as large as it needs to be.'" —"tarnish"

"We don't stop playing with trains because we get old; we get old because we stop playing with trains." —Belmondo

"The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco." —attributed to Mark Twain

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life."

"Today is yesterday, tomorrow."

"Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it." —Niels Bohr

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." —Neils Bohr

"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." —Yogi Berra

"The world wouldn't be – In such a snarl – If Marx had been Groucho – Instead of Karl." —Irving Berlin

"The only thing new in this world is the history that you don't know." —Harry S Truman

Danger of government regulation in America: "A network of small, complicated rules. It does not break wills, but softens them. It does not tyrannize, it hinders, represses, stupifies, and finally it reduces each nation to being nothing more than a flock of timid animals, of which the government is shepherd." Alexis De Tocqueville, "Democracy in America," 1840

"The recession of 1914 gave [President Woodrow] Wilson and the Democrats the stigma of having regulated prosperity out of the economy." Carl J. Mayer, Personalizing the Impersonal: Corporations and the Bill of Rights, 41 Hastings L.J. 586 (1990)

"Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it." —Thomas Jefferson

"Outside its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or economically as the private sector." —Ronald W. Reagan

"Whatever you are, be a good one." —Abraham Lincoln

"Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none." —Thomas Jefferson

"If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians." — Warren Buffett

"I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery ... I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so." —President Abraham Lincoln, inaugural address

"You know you can't please everyone so you got to please yourself." —Rick Nelson

"Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera." —Yousuf Karsh

"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it." —Frank Zappa

"A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable." —Franklin D. Roosevelt

Steve: "Don't you ever sleep???????"; Paul: "I have a condition called insomnia photografica. Nothing serious. My doctor says I can live to be a hundred years old. Thanks for your concern!"

"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." —Max Planck

"Real cost of government – the total tax burden – equals what government spends plus the cost to the public of complying with government mandates and regulations and of calculating, paying, and taking measures to avoid taxes." ... "Anything that reduces that real cost – lower government spending, elimination of costly regulations on individuals or businesses, simplification of explicit taxes – is a tax reform." —Milton Friedman, 1999

"I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this [White] house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof." —John Adams, writing to his wife Abigail, on Nov. 2, 1800, his second day as President

"Nothing in President Obama's statement came close to being correct." The Washington Post, March 4, 2013, "Four Pinocchio's"

"People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one, and if you repeat it frequently enough, people will sooner or later believe it." —Walter Langer, Psychoanalyst

Liar, Liar, pants on fire: "We will not be adding more to the national debt." —Barack Hussein Obama, II, 2/18/2010 [the month that Obama added a record $223 billion to the national debt – more than previous entire years!]

" ... driving up our national debt ... adding ... trillion[s of] dollars ... that's irresponsible, its unpatriotic." —Barack Hussein Obama

Another whopper: "You got their plan, which is let's have dirtier air, dirtier water, [and] less people with health insurance ... " Barack Hussein Obama

"I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people." —Issac Newton

" ... it is not because we care about children, and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power, and we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year." —Robert Chanin, who was the head lawyer for the National Education Association, Teacher's Union (the largest Labor Union in the United States)

"Put not your trust in princes ... " —Psalm 146:3

[What are the other things?] "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard ... " President John F. Kennedy, Rice University, September 12, 1962

America's goal in the Cold War: "My idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic ... It is this: We win and they lose." —Ronald Reagan to Richard V. Allen, 1977

"[The Chinese government is] trying to stop history, which is a fool's errand. They cannot do it. But they're going to hold it off as long as possible." U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's assertion that the repressive Chinese system will eventually collapse

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you." —Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"

"Do not fold, spindle or mutilate." —From an IBM punch card

"Ne-ver mind … " Emily Litella

"Go west, young man, go west!" John L.B. Soule, Terre Haute Express, 1851

"One of the most important things in life is what Judge Learned Hand described as 'that ever-gnawing inner doubt as to whether you're right.' If you don't have that, if you think you've got an inside track to absolute truth, you become doctrinaire, humorless and intellectually constipated. The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by such religious and political and racial fanatics, from the persecutions of the Inquisition on down to Communist purges and Nazi genocide." Saul Alinsky

"May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion." —Dwight D. Eisenhower

The politician's prayer: "May the words I utter today be tender and sweet, because tomorrow I may have to eat them." —Senator John McCain

"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself." —Albert Einstein

"If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid." —Epictetus

"Photography is 90% mental, the other half is the equipment." —paraphrase of Yogi Berra by RBFresno

"Personally I never liked a photo just because it was in focus or properly exposed. Achieving that shouldn't make you feel like a photographer – you need to take the medium well beyond that. Shock, inspire, create beauty, make a social commentary, etc. – that's photography." —Graham Mitchell

"Riding a Harley, playing a guitar though a vacuum tube Marshall amplifier, listening to an album on vinyl and shooting a rangefinder ... all some of lifes great choices." —millsart

"If you want to succeed, double your failure rate." Thomas Watson, IBM President

" 'Richard Nixon, if he were alive today, would feel vindicated that all the crimes he committed against me – which forced his resignation facing impeachment – are now legal.' (Thanks to the Patriot Act and other laws passed in recent years.)" Daniel Ellsberg

"I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."

"Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then." —Bob Seeger

"Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy." —Sir Isaac Newton

"Never install version point zero of anything." —Gates' Law

New Deal failed: "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work." —Henry Morgenthau, Jr., U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under FDR, 1939

"We didn't admit it at the time, but practically the whole New Deal was extrapolated from programs that Hoover started." —Rexford G. Tugwell, New Deal Architect

"Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so."—Ronald Wilson Reagan,

"Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." —Albert Einstein

"What is harder, is trying to photograph the past." —Paul VanAudenhove

"A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true." —Sir Isaac Newton

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." —Upton Sinclair

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." —Winston Churchill

"Greed has fed more mouths than charity ever could." —Rush Limbaugh

"An across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes ... to expand the incentives and opportunities of private expenditures." President John F. Kennedy, Speech advocating income tax cuts to grow the economy, New York Economic Club, December 1962

"In both spirit and substance, our tax system has come to be unAmerican. By lowering everyone's tax rates all the way up the income scale, each of us will have a greater incentive to climb higher, to excel, to help America grow. The power of these incentives will send one simple straightforward message to an entire nation. America go for it." —President Ronald Reagan, 1985

Freedom from the Income Tax: "Could America exist without an income tax? The idea seems radical, yet in truth America did just fine without a federal income tax for the first 126 years of its history. Prior to 1913, the government operated with revenues raised through tariffs, excise taxes, and property taxes, without ever touching a worker’s paycheck." —Ron Paul

"National corporate tax rates: United States 35%, France 33%, China 25%, United Kingdom 19%, Germany 15%, Ireland 13%." —Deloitte, 2017  [United States corporate tax rate was lowered to a more internationally competitive 21% in 2018 .]

"Difficult to predit the future is!" —Yoda, "Star Wars"

"Nobody understands quantum mechanics." —Richard Feynman

"Why would anyone want to photograph an indisputably colorful world in monochrome? If color film had been invented first, would anybody even contemplate photographing in black and white?" Russell Miller

"Black and white ... creates a nostalgia for the present." —"American Masters" Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)

"No photographer is as good as the simplest camera." —Edward Steichen

"As the famous inventor Thomas Edison said, 'The problem with quotes on the Internet is that you can't track down who actually said them.'"

"Above all, try something." —Franklin D. Roosevelt

"This is my last election ... After my election, I have more flexibility." —Barack Obama ... "caught on an open microphone, telling outgoing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that he would be more amenable to Russian interests on the issue of missile defense if he survived the November [2012] elections."

"Gentlemen. You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!" President Merkin Muffley

"The private sector is doing fine." Barack Obama, June, 2012, while 23 million Americans lack full time employment and the Federal Reserve reports that Americans' median net worth shrank from $126,000 in 2007 to $77,000 in 2010.

"Our young men should spend more time considering the composition and merit of their images, and less time with magnifying glasses counting how many bricks and shingles they can resolve."—From an 1841 Paris newspaper article on Daguerrotype photography.

"This notion that somehow we caused the deficits is just wrong. It's just not true." —President Barack Hussein Obama II, June, 2012.

"This [California] budget is a slow-motion train wreck, and you’re driving the bus." —Senator Tom Berryhill

"You might keep your ear to the ground for a bit before pulling the trigger." —Louis Meluso

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." —Ken Olson, President, Chairman and Founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

"You can have too many lenses but never enough!" —Marc S.

"It's Déjà Vu all over again!" —Yogi Berra

History: "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." —George Orwell

"There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them." —George Orwell

"There's a sucker born every minute." George Hull

"A millimeter makes all the difference [in how you position your camera.]" Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Optimism is the belief that good things will happen to you and that negative events are temporary setbacks to be overcome." —Mayo Clinic definition

"A gaffe is when a politician is caught telling the truth ... " —CNN

"So it's not that I don't believe in your future, it's just that I've been waiting for it so long that it seems like it's almost the past."Skot Nelson

"I never worry about the future; it comes soon enough." —Albert Einstein

"One who makes no mistakes makes nothing at all." —Giacomo Casanova

"Do one thing everyday that scares you." —Eleanor Roosevelt

"In the end it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." —Abraham Lincoln

"If I'd followed all the rules, I'd never have gotten anywhere." —Marilyn Monroe

"Life is either daring adventure or nothing at all." —Helen Keller

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." —Mae West

"I've found that it's much easier to get close to wild animals when I act more like a prey species than like a predator (don't try this with large meat-eaters). After an hour or so of prey-like behavior they figure out I'm not a threat and treat me like background scenery." Douglas Herr, Nature Photographer

"[The electric car] has been long recognized as the ideal solution ... cleaner and quieter ... much more economical." —New York Times, November 12, 1911, over a hundred years ago.

California mandates only electric cars by 2035: "California's record of rolling blackouts – unprecedented in size and scope – coupled with recent requests to neighboring states for power begs the question of how you expect to run an electric car fleet that will come with significant increases in electricity demand, when you can't even keep the lights on today." EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to California Governor Gavin Newsom, September, 2020

"I guess it's like Belloc said to Indy in Raiders Of The Lost Ark, 'Bury it in the sand for 1,000 years and it becomes priceless.'" Maggie Osterberg

"I’m not saying we won't get our hair mussed, but 10 to 20 million [dead] tops!" Gen. Buck Turgidson

The Information Revolution: "The explorers of the modern era are the entrepreneurs, men with vision, with the courage to take risks and faith enough to brave the unknown. These entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. They are the prime movers of the technological revolution." —President Ronald Reagan, speaking to students at Moscow State University, USSR, 1988

"The constitutional lawyer in the White House [President Obama] seems determined to demolish the foundations of our civil liberties." Noam Chomsky

"Welcome to the wonderful world of software subscriptions, the gift that goes on taking." —Neil Maller

"Tell me what other profession would have allowed me to enter both the lions' cage at the Vincennes Zoo and Picasso's studio?" Robert Doisneau, Photographer, 1912–1994

"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company." —President George Washington

"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." President James Madison, who kept the notes at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787

Oyez! Oyez! Oy Vey: "Modern cell phones ... are now such a pervasive and insistent part of daily life that the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy." U.S. Supreme Court

"We have perfect cameras. We have perfect lenses. We make perfectly clean pictures. And very often they are perfectly boring. ... " —Jaap Veldman

"A new U.S. poll shows Americans think President Barack Obama is the country's worst president since World War II." Voice of America

"No photographer is as good as the simplest camera." —Edward Steichen

"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen [pounds] nineteen [shillings] and six [pence], result happiness ... Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery." Wilkins Micawber, character in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield

"Every person alive is host to about 100 trillion bacterial cells. They outnumber human cells 10 to one and account for 99.9 percent of the unique genes in the body." Jane E. Brody

"Price, Quality, Speed – pick any two." —Anonymous

How to get the great shot: "f/8 and be there." —Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig

"There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult." —Warren Buffett

"No helmet system can protect you from serious brain and/or neck injuries including paralysis or death. To avoid these risks, do not engage in the sport of football." Warning on football helmet

"There is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system." —Milton Friedman

"It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with the experiment, it's wrong." —Richard Feynman

"As the saying goes, you can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many backups." Scott Citron

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." —Epictetus

"A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." —Richard Avedon

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be under the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." —President James Madison

"The one who dies with the most camera equipment wins!" dotyj

"We've had cameras without mirrors for a hundred years. When we say 'mirrorless' we actually mean that it is a digital camera with interchangable lenses, capable of a viewing system that views through the lens, and yet there is no reflex mirror." BeBu Lamar

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge." —Charles Darwin

"I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." —President Thomas Jefferson

Obamacare: "This bill takes what I call the spaghetti approach – which is take a bunch of ideas that might work and throw them against the wall and see what sticks." — Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, M.I.T. Professor and Healthcare Economist

"For me simply by executive order ignore those Congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President" ... "I know that some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. ... But that just not how our system works. That's not how our democracy functions. That's not how our Constitution is written." ... "This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true." ... "The problem is that I'm the President of the United States, I'm not the Emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed." ... "The easy way out is to try to yell and pretend that I can do something by violating our laws."—President Obama, 2011-2013

"If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." —Samuel Adams

"The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite." —President Thomas Jefferson

"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." —President Ronald Reagan

"The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win." —Will Rogers

"Big companies are like marching bands. Even if half the band is playing random notes, it still sounds kind of like music. The concealment of failure is built into them." —Douglas Coupland

"An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing." —Anonymous

"Do not trust any statistic you did not fake yourself." —Winston Churchill

"I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money." —Pablo Picasso

"Without heroes we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go." —Bernard Malamud

"Where there is no law, there is no liberty." —Benjamin Rush

Ma Bell Monopoly: "We don't care – we don't have to – we're the phone company." Lilly Tomlin, SNL

"Don't believe everything you read on the internet." —Thomas Jefferson

"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design." —Friedrich Hayek

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something, and I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do." —Edward Hale

"If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization." —Weinberg's Second Law

"I detest the man who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another." —Homer

Politifacts 2013 Lie of the Year: "If you like your [health] plan you can keep it." President Obama

"There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice." —Montesquieu

"Trolls ruin the Internet. We know who you are and we're watching you." —Anonymous

"I wouldn't mind being a doctor if I didn't have to be around sick people." —M.A.S.H.

Hint – 90 miles off Miami: "I think it would be unrealistic for me to map out exactly where Cuba will be ... " —President Obama, December, 2014

"Anger consumes and kills the soul." Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson

"It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." —Frederick Douglass

"We have paid a heavy price for having a President whose priority is expanding his own power. The Constitution is treated like a nuisance." —Senator Barack Obama

"The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." —Barack Obama 9/25/2012

"I think [Obama] is the worst president of my lifetime. I fundamentally disagree with him. I think he's doing a lot of things wrong." —Former Vice President Dick Cheney

"I do not believe that the president [Obama] loves America. ... He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country. ... he criticizes America. His grandfather introduced him to Frank Marshall Davis who was a communist. [Giuliani also citing Obama's early life influences, friendship with terrorists such as Weather Underground Pentagon bomber Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Obama being a disciple of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky, 17 years with Chicago pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright who preaches 'God damn America' after the 9/11 attack, and Obama's stated desire to 'fundamentally transform America.'] ... This is an American president I've never seen before. ... The reality is, from all that I can see of this president, all that I've heard of him, he apologizes for America, he criticizes America ... I don't feel this love of America [from Obama]. I believe his initial approach is to criticize this country, and then afterwards to say a few nice things about it. ... I don't hear from him what I heard from Harry Truman, what I heard from Bill Clinton, what I heard from Jimmy Carter, which is these wonderful words about what a great country we are, what an exceptional country we are. ... Some people thought it was racist – I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people. This isn't racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism." Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor, 2/2015

Anti-Americanism: "The myth of America as the greatest nation on earth is at best outdated and at worst, wildly inaccurate." New York Times Opinion, c. 7/4/2019

"If it be asked, what is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, an inviolable RESPECT for the Constitution and Laws." —Alexander Hamilton

"A Nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins." —Benjamin Franklin

"The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God." President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

"I think that things must always be stated clearly. Yes, France is at war with terrorism, jihadism, and radical Islam." —Manuel Valls, French Prime Minister

"It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its laws ['sharia'] on all nations and extend its power to the entire planet." —Imam Hassan al-Banna, founder in 1928 of al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin ("The Muslim Brotherhood" with motto stating " ... Jihad is our way. Death in the service of God is the loftiest of our wishes. ... ")

President of Egypt, speaking to Imams, 2015: "It is inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire Islamic world to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing, and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible. That thinking, ideas that we have sanctified over the years is antagonizing the entire world. ... Is it possible that 1.6 billion Muslims should want to kill the rest of the world's inhabitants, that is 7 billion, so that they themselves may live? Impossible. I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You Imams are responsible before Allah. The entire world is waiting for your next move, because this Islamic world is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost. And it is being lost by our own hand." —Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Egyptian President

"Muslims ... have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism." —Hillary Clinton, 11/2015

"Vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you leave the Christian religion you should be killed for it. Vast numbers of Christians do not treat women as second class citizens. Vast numbers of Christians do not believe if you draw a picture of Jesus Christ you should get killed for it. So yes, does ISIS do Khmer Rouge-like activities where they just kill people indiscriminately who aren't just like them? Yes. And would most Muslim people in the world do that or condone that? No. But most Muslim people in the world do condone violence just for what you think. ... There was a Pew poll in Egypt done a few years ago – 82% said, I think, stoning is the appropriate punishment for adultery. Over 80% thought death was the appropriate punishment for leaving the Muslim religion. I'm sure you know these things. ... So to claim that this religion is like other religions is just naive and plain wrong. It is not like other religions. The New York Times pointed out in an op-ed a couple weeks ago that in Saudi Arabia just since August 4th, they think it was, they have beheaded 19 people. Most for non-violent crimes including homosexuality." Bill Maher

"We will ... unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth." —President Donald J. Trump, 1/20/2017

"This is a war ... within Islam." —Jordanian King Abdullah, II, 11/2015

"Whoever kills an innocent person, it is as though he has killed all of mankind." —Quran

"The 'refugee' crisis: Hijra is a core part of jihad ... Islamic conquest through migration. The objective is to overwhelm non-Muslim territories with Muslim populations until they achieve domination through sheer numbers." Monica Crowley

Rotterdam Mayor to Muslim immigrants living in Holland: "It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom ... But if you don't like freedom, for heaven's sake pack your bags and leave." ... "Stop seeing yourself as victims, and if you don't want to integrate, leave." —Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, a Moroccan-born Muslim and son of an Imam, 2015

"Don't believe everything you read on the internet." —Abraham Lincoln

"Every joke has a bit of a joke. ... The rest is the truth." —Marat F

"First comes the spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter, and then we have spring and summer again ... In a garden, growth has its seasons as long as the roots are not severed, all is well and all will be well, and all will be well in the garden." —Chauncey Gardiner, "Being There"

"I like to watch TV." —Chauncey Gardiner, "Being There"

"Using 100% recycled electrons – because I care." —Roger Cole

"My friends know I always have my camera. I have explained that it is like them always having their cell phones. They might need to take a call; I might need to take a picture." —Mark Amos

"When someone shops for a sailing boat, they look for a very slender and graceful exterior, an extremely roomy interior with full standing height everywhere, and they want it for free." —Peter Norlin (1941-2012), Swedish yacht designer

"[definition] Boat (noun): A hole in the water into which you pour money." —Anonymous

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." ("The more things change, the more they stay the same.") —Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

"We judge photographers by the photographs we see. We judge cameras by the photographs we miss." —Haim Zamir

"You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time." John Lydgate, c. 1370–c. 1451

"If you don't know who the mark is, get up and leave the table, because it's you." —Old adage among professional poker players

"When we look at the history of gun control in this country, it has been to keep guns out of the hands of black people." —Professor Jason Nichols, University of Maryland (Citing work by Adam Winkler at UCLA)

"Seventy percent of black kids are raised without fathers and Obama said a kid without a dad is five times more likely poor, nine times more likely to drop out of school, and twenty times more likely to end up in jail. It is far and away the biggest problem in this country that is being ignored. ... The answer is to undo the welfare state." —Larry Elder

Totally Condemning White Nationalists and Neo-Nazis: "You had people, and I'm not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally, but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists, OK, and the press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people but you also had troublemakers, and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats. You got a lot of bad people in the other group too." —President Donald J. Trump, C-SPAN, August 15, 2017, after Charlottesville [Caution: Frequently misquoted.]

"In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul." —President Donald J. Trump, August, 2019

"We choose truth over facts." Former Vice President Joseph Biden

"Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids … " Former Vice President Joe Biden

"You're a lying dog-faced pony soldier." Joe Biden

"Covid is taken this year just since the outbreak has taken more than 100 years look here the lives it's just when you think about it more lives this year than any other year for the past hundred years." —Joe Biden, Pittsburgh, September 1, 2020

Bit Rot: "We are nonchalantly throwing all of our data into what could become an information black hole. ... We don’t want our digital lives to fade away. If we want to preserve them, we need to make sure that the digital objects we create today can still be rendered far into the future ... we stand to lose an awful lot of our history ... If there are photos you really care about, print them out." —Vint Cerf

"What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?" —Seth Ellis

"In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act." —George Orwell

"The problem with mixing color and black-and-white [photographs shown] together is that color is so great it makes black-and-white look bad, and black-and-white is so great it makes color look bad." Michael C. Johnston

"Such commentary has become ubiquitous on the Internet and is widely perceived to carry no indicium of reliability and little weight." —Digital Media News v. Escape Media Group, May 2014

"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both comonly succeed, and are right." —H.L. Mencken

"I read somewhere that smartphone years are roughly equivalent to dog years." Mike Johnston

"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." President Harry S Truman

"Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. " Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933

"Wall Street makes money on complexity. Everyone else makes money on simplicity. If it isn't simple and cheap, don't buy it." —Scott Burns

"We ignore the real diamonds of simplicity, seeking instead the illusory rhinestones of complexity." Jack Bogle

"No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess." —Sir Isaac Newton

"President Barack Obama 46% Favorable; President Jed Bartlet 82% Favorable; President Frank Underwood 57% Favorable; President David Palmer 89% Favorable; President Laura Roslin 78% Favorable; President Fitzgerald Grant 60% Favorable" Reuters-Ipsos Presidential Popularity Poll, March, 2015

"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously and accepting both of them." —George Orwell

"Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care." —Theodore Roosevelt

"The world is going to pieces and people like Adams and Weston are photographing rocks." —Henri Cartier Bresson, in the 1930's

Unquotable Yes: "You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment." Francis Ewan Urquhart

Whatever: "This morning I had meetings with Ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in this House, I will be having further such meetings later today. ... I refer the right honourable gentleman/lady to the answer I gave some moments ago." Prime Ministers Question Time, UK Parliament

"I really dislike [Apple's] hide-and-seek user interface design." Dan Y

Playing it safe rarely leads to the best outcome: "Fear ruins good work." anonymous advertising executive

"To be honest, most of my pictures suck. The saving grace of that admission is that most of your pictures suck, too. How could I possibly know such a thing? Because most of everybody's pictures suck, that's how. I've seen Cartier-Bresson's contact sheets, and most of his pictures sucked." Michael C. Johnston

"The leave-me-alone coalition thinks that government doesn't know everything and that government really shouldn't be telling us what to do." —Rand Paul

"Give me Liberty or give me Debt!" —with apologies to Patrick Henry

Obama Drama: "We now have over nine trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back, $30,000 for every man, woman, and child – that's irresponsible, it's unpatriotic." —Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, 2008

"We don't have an immediate crisis in terms of debt, in fact, for the next ten years its going to be in a sustainable place." —President Barack Obama, March, 2013, at $16 trillion national debt and counting

"A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army ... We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt." —Thomas Jefferson

"If you had somebody who ... wanted to take America down ... it would look exactly like what Barack Obama is doing. I think his actions ... are those of the worst president we've ever had." —Former Vice President Dick Cheney, April 7, 2015

2008: "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback."
2016: "Now we're feeling what not having hope feels like." —First Lady Michelle Obama

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. To compel a man to furnish funds for the propogation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." —President Thomas Jefferson

Police ordered "Do not engage" – Riots, looting, and setting fire to the city: "We also gave those who wish to destroy (our city) space to do that as well." —Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, (D) Baltimore, April 25, 2015

Anti-police sentiment: "A movement with the goal of saving black lives at this point is getting black lives taken, because 80% of our murder victims here in Chicago are male blacks. Less than 0.5% of all the shootings in this city involve police officers shooting civilians." —Garry McCarthy, Former Chicago Police Superintendent, 1/1/2017

"There are now four sides to every story – yours, mine, the truth, and the Internet version." —thelovealive quoted in The Frictionary

Favorite saying quoted by Virginia Mason Clement Cooper: "Water is the wine of architecture." —Ada Louise Huxtable

"The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about." —Oscar Wilde

"Paper and wires." —Donna Lauré Cooper [digital and wireless just not being sufficiently permanent and reliable]

"It is one of the truly odd pieces of Apple 'culture,' going back into the Jobs and Wozniack days, to develop superbly innovative software then let it die a slow death through neglect before killing it. I have no clue why this is so, but history is indisputable on the question." Robert Sorrels

"All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth." —Friedrich Nietzsche

"The trouble with normal is it always gets worse." —Bruce Cockburn

"We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run." —Amara's Law

"Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist." —Anonymous

"It ain't easy being me, but someone's gotta do it." —Anonymous

"Never explain ... your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway." —Elbert Hubbard

"If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking." —Ben Franklin

"I was ambushed at credibility gap." —Button worn by Morley Safer while reporting in Vietnam

"Trespassers are the leading cause of railway deaths in the United States. Every year they account for 430 fatalities." —Engineering Disasters (TV program), The History Channel

"People get ready / There's a train a-coming / You don't need no baggage / You just get on board / All you need is faith / To hear diesels humming / You don't need no ticket / You just thank the Lord ... " Eva Cassidy (Lyrics)

"A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest." —Albert Einstein

"It's not San Andreas' fault." —Anonymous

"We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true." —Prof. Robert Silensky

"By ensuring that no one in government has too much power, the Constitution helps protect ordinary Americans every day against abuse of power by those in authority." —U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

Q. "Don't the voters deserve to know where you stand [before the 2020 Presidential election] on [packing the Supreme Court] … ?" —DiMattei
A. "No, they don't deserve ... " —Joe Biden

Packing the Supreme Court: Q. "Are you open to expanding the size of the Supreme Court?"
A. "I am open to that discussion." —Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), The New York Times, 2019

"[Obama] gives everything away in advance. ... He makes Chamberlain look like Churchill." —Steve Forbes, 6/1/2015

"Today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth." —President Obama, 6/1/2015

"You must stay within the barricades once you enter the [Texas Southern University] arena ... There will be NO opportunities to interview Hillary Clinton. Her speech will be her interview." —Memo to the Press, 6/3/2015 [red color in original]

"I made my money the old-fashioned way. I was very nice to a wealthy relative right before he died." —Malcolm Forbes

"Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit." —George Carlin

"A father is someone who carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be." —Anonymous

"All heiresses are beautiful." —John Dryden

"Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'" —Paul McCartney

"A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it." —Bob Hope

"Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That's how rich I want to be." —Rita Rudner

"If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem." —J. Paul Getty

"When you've got them by their wallets, their hearts and minds will follow." —Fern Naito

"We didn't actually overspend our budget. The allocation simply fell short of our expenditure." —Keith Davis

"When a fellow says it ain't the money but the principle of the thing, it's the money." —Artemus Ward

"If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion." —George Bernard Shaw

"Rise early, work hard, strike oil." —J. Paul Getty

"Asimov's Laws of Robotics (1940):
First Law: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
Second Law: A robot must obey the orders given by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
Third Law: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law."

"Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people that they don't like." —Will Rogers

"I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house." —Zsa Zsa Gabor

"The most important thing accumulated wealth buys is freedom." —M. Lebuf

Terrible advice: "Life isn't a passive activity. Investment shouldn't be either." —T. Rowe Price

Investing: "Compared with costly actively managed funds, over time, low-cost index funds ['Bogle's folly'] create extra wealth of 65% for retirement plan investors." John C. Bogle, Founder of Vanguard

Investment 'advisors': "With stock valuations high and bond yields so low, it is natural to look for alternatives. Unfortunately the solution to this problem is to save more and work longer. But you can't make a living telling people that bald truth." Day9

"Of all the companies on Fortune 500 in the year 2000, more than half no longer exist." —, TV advertisement, October 20, 2020

"Never invest in anything that you can't explain to a reasonably intelligent 12 year old." —Jane Bryant Quinn

"How much money is enough?" John Rockefeller responded, " ... just a little bit more."

The extremely wealthy: "only select from the heap what is most precious and agreeable. They consume little more than the poor, and in spite of their natural selfishness and rapacity, though they mean only ... the gratification of their own vain and insatiable desires, they [inevitably] divide with the poor the produce of all their improvements. They are [thus] led by an invisible hand to make nearly the same distribution of the necessaries of life [as] ... had the earth been divided into equal portions." Adam Smith, 1776

"If you want to help the poor, help them feel uncomfortable in their poverty." —Benjamin Franklin

"Myth" of Meritocracy – [Politically incorrect supposed] "Racist" Microaggressions: " ... the most qualified person should get the job. ... America is the land of opportunity." University of California, Office of the President

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." —President Abraham Lincoln

"If we continue this politically correct nonsense, with our elite institutions, we will collapse from within." —Niger Innis, Congress on Racial Equality

"We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality." —Ayn Rand

"To dishonor the God who made us … is just what we are doing by walking away from this [Paris Climate] Accord." —Nancy Pelosi

"Nancy Pelosi is stone cold crazy." —Donald Trump, August 16, 2020

"What we've got here, is failure to communicate." —Cool Hand Luke

Environmental Paganism: " ... the protection of planet earth ... is my religion ..." —Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chair, 2/24/2015 (Head of the United Nations Climate Panel)

"Q. Even if all 195 nations … met their [carbon dioxide] targets under the [Paris Climate Accord] it still wouldn't solve the [global warming] problem?
A. That is correct." —Al Gore

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." —Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929

"What can be more palpably absurd than the prospect held out of locomotives traveling twice as fast as stagecoaches?" —The Quarterly Review, 1825

"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings." —President John F. Kennedy

"Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution ... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off." —Ayn Rand

"The world we're born into is the way we expect the world to be; when we get older, we live in the future." Mike Johnston

"You can do billboards with really low resolution cameras, because no one gets anywhere close to them—they need less actual resolution than a 3x5-inch print." Ctein

"I believe that Americans should be deeply skeptical of government power. You cannot trust people in power. The founders knew that." —James Comey, FBI Director, former Deputy Attorney General and Acting United States Attorney General

"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." —George Orwell

"My favorite thing is to go where I've never been." —D. Arbus

"The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other." —Will Rogers

"How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!" —Samuel Adams

"A lie told often enough becomes the truth." —Vladimir Lenin

"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." —Yogi Berra

"Polite conversation should not include talk of politics, religion, or UV filters." —Old adage

"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." —President Abraham Lincoln

"Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them." —Joseph Heller

"Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the children are above average." —Prairie Home Companion

"One of the reasons that I am in favor of less government is because when you have more government, industrialists take it over." —Milton Friedman

"The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back." John Maynard Keynes

"There are three types of economists, those who can count and those who can't." —Kevin Hassett, Chair, Council of Economic Advisers

"The best kept secret in the investing world: Almost nothing turns out as expected." Harry Browne

"Nobody knows nothing." —John Bogle

"The 7% real historical stock market average return includes the bear markets and the poor decades of low returns. Read that again. It's important." Homer

Investing according to John Bogle:
Diversification: "Don't look for the needle in the haystack. Just buy the haystack."
Expenses: "The grim irony of investing is that we investors as a group not only don't get what we pay for, we get precisely what we don't pay for."
Market timing: "The idea that a bell rings to signal when investors should get into or out of the market is simply not credible. After nearly 50 years in this business, I do not know of anybody who has done it successfully and consistently."
Trading volume: "In recent years, annual trading in stocks — necessarily creating, by reason of the transaction costs involved, negative value for traders — averaged some $33 trillion. But capital formation — that is, directing fresh investment capital to its highest and best uses, such as new businesses, new technology, medical breakthroughs, and modern plant and equipment for existing business — averaged some $250 billion. Put another way, speculation represented about 99.2% of the activities of our equity market system, with capital formation accounting for 0.8%."
Index funds: "The index fund is a sensible, serviceable method for obtaining the market's rate of return with absolutely no effort and minimal expense. Index funds eliminate the risks of individual stocks, market sectors and manager selection, leaving only stock market risk."
Investing simplified: "Investing is not nearly as difficult as it looks. Successful investing involves doing a few things right and avoiding serious mistakes."
Time and patience: "Time is your friend; impulse is your enemy."
Stock-market risk: "If you have trouble imagining a 20% loss in the stock market, you shouldn't be in stocks."
Trusting brokers: "It's amazing how difficult it is for a man to understand something if he's paid a small fortune not to understand it."
Paul Merriman quoting John Bogle

Microsoft says government snooping as bad as malware and cyber attacks: "Government snooping potentially now constitutes an advanced persistent threat to online privacy and security ... These allegations are very disturbing. If they are true these actions amount to hacking and seizure of private data and in our view are a breach of the protection guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution." —Brad Smith, Microsoft general counsel

Papers please! – the U.S. government identification demand is using a secret law: "TSA has refused to allow the public to see the actual provisions of the identification requirement ... TSA's actions are a serious encroachment upon constitutional and statutory protections against secret law." Electronic Frontier Foundation

"If dogs don't go to heaven then I want to go where they go." —Will Rogers

Global Thermonuclear War: "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." Joshua

"With Apple you can never predict the future as to when they will get bored and kill the thing you can't live without." Chris C

"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man with power to endanger the public liberty." —President John Adams

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force." —Ayn Rand

"We're going to put y'all back in chains." Vice President Joe Biden

"Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it's enemy action." —Ian Fleming, Goldfinger

"The wise learn many things from their enemies." —Aristophanes

"Saying 'Death to America' is easy. We need to express 'Death to America' with action." —Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, 2013

"Over 300 scientists set out to repeat the successes recorded in about 100 past research experiments and published by top psychology journals just to see if they'd get the same results obtained by the original experimenters – but alas, they failed half of the time." Sean Waters

"Photography is a marvelous discovery, a science that has attracted the greatest intellects, an art that excites the most astute minds – and one that can be practiced by any imbecile." —Nadar, 1856

"Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible." —Richard Feynman

Quantitative Easing: "[Economic] stimulus seems like little more than bubble engineering." —Maynard F. Speer

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Clerk in the camera shop showing the customer a camera: "And when this little light goes on, it's obsolete." From a cartoon

"The Osprey is the only raptor (bird of prey) which can fly after diving completely into the water and getting its wings wet." —Wayne Seltzer

"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best." —Oscar Wilde

"If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid." —Epictetus

"We're rapidly losing control of our 'own' computers." Ric Ford

"More than 200 years ago, Adam Smith made a remarkable discovery: you can’t succeed in the marketplace without meeting the needs of others. Competition in the market is competition in meeting other people’s needs. The most successful competitors are the ones who do the very best at meeting other people’s needs. All the charitable institutions in the world over the course of the last decade have not met as many needs as the market meets in a single hour." John C. Goodman

"There are eight ways to put a slide into a projector tray. Seven of them are wrong." —ME Super

"Do not go gentle into that good night." —Dylan Thomas

International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition, Medical Diagnosis Codes:

• W61.33 — "Pecked by a chicken"
• W61.11Xa — "Bitten by macaw, initial encounter"
• W61.62XA — "Struck by duck, initial encounter"
• Y08.01 — "Assault by hockey stick"
• R46.1 — "Bizarre personal appearance"
• W56.22xA — "Struck by Orca"
• W22.02XD — "Walked into a lamppost"
• T71.224 — "Asphyxiation due to being trapped in a car trunk"
• Z63.1 — "Problems in relationship with in-laws"
• V95.42 — "Forced landing of spacecraft injuring occupant"
• W61.12xA — "Struck by macaw, initial encounter"
• V97.33XD — "Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter"
• W62.0XXA — "Contact with nonvenomous frogs, initial encounter"
• V95.40XA — "Unspecified spacecraft accident injuring occupant, initial encounter"
• Z62.6 — "Inappropriate (excessive) parental pressure"
• Y93.C1 — "Activity, computer keyboarding"
• V91.07 — "Burn due to water-skies on fire"
• W61.42 or W61.43 — "Struck or bitten by a turkey"
• W53.21 — "Injuries caused by squirrels"
• V80.919 — "Getting hit by a motor vehicle while riding an animal"
• W93.2 — "Spending too much time in a deep-freeze refrigerator"
• Z89.419 — "Large toe that has gone unexpectedly missing"

"`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves – Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe." Jabberwocky

"Those things you learn without joy you will forget easily." an old Finnish saying

"The closer to equal two things are, the less important it should be to rank them — but the more important it seems to be to humans to do so." Mike Johnston

"A small academic brouhaha ensued, complete with hundreds of footnotes." 1491

"The ends (preventing a crime) do not justify the means (violating the rights of the millions whose private records are unconstitutionally seized and analyzed). ... Nobody needs to justify why they 'need' a right: the burden of justification falls on the one seeking to infringe upon the right. ... Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say." SN

Weakening encryption: "To protect people who use any products, you have to encrypt. ... Any backdoor is a backdoor for everyone. ... Opening a backdoor can have very dire consequences" Tim Cook, Apple CEO

Obama Won't Seek Access to Encrypted User Data: "The Obama administration has backed down in its bitter dispute with Silicon Valley over the encryption of data on iPhones and other digital devices, concluding that it is not possible to give American law enforcement and intelligence agencies access to that information without also creating an opening that China, Russia, cybercriminals and terrorists could exploit." Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger, New York Times

Attacks on Free Speech: "The left should be held accountable for the alternative moral orders it creates. ... On campus students are saying that the moral foundation of an institution of higher learning, free inquiry, free speech is wrong. ... You cannot attack the moral foundations of great institutions, like the universities ... (undermining their own legitimacy) ... or national security and not expect something bad to happen." Dan Henninger, Wall Street Journal Editor

Corporations' Constitutional Rights: " ... Corporations are persons within the intent of the ... Fourteen Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which forbids a State to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company, U.S. Supreme Court, 1886

Inalienable Rights: "The Bill of Rights logically must apply to corporations, because a government that shall not violate citizens' unalienable rights cannot lawfully create by government charter, businesses authorized to violate those rights." Tom Dolor

"The idea that we are endowed with certain unalienable Rights motivates the original intent of the United States founding legal documents. Rights precede government, are not granted by government, and may not be taken away. Otherwise, people might mistakenly think that the Constitution grants rights, which it does not. Instead, the U.S. Constitution creates a limited republic with checks and balances, which is only allowed enumerated powers. That's why the Bill of Rights was not included in the original constitution, out of concern that enumerated rights might erroneously be thought to be rights granted by government, or to be all of the rights. Instead, the Bill of Rights reiterates some of the things that the government is prohibited from doing, because they were never included among its limited enumerated powers. The Ninth Amendment accordingly provides that 'The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people.'" —Anonymous

"Teachers and students must always remain free to inquire ... otherwise, our civilization will stagnate and die." —U.S. Supreme Court in Sweezy v. New Hampshire, 1957

"When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter now holy the motives." —Robert A. Heinlein

Which enemy that you made during your political career are you most proud of?: "Well, in addition to the [National Rife Association], the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the Iranians, probably the Republicans." —Hillary Clinton, October 13, 2015

"No experiment should be believed until it has been confirmed by theory." —Sir Arthur S. Eddington

Your stuff: "It's not a bargain if you don't need it." —Gerald C. Koch's grandmother

"Beware of the photographer with only one camera. He/she probably knows how to use it." —C. Jensen

"When I see a memory, I take a picture." —Alex Majoli

"It's not a cover-up, its a burial through bureaucracy." Scandal

"Professors' Political Leanings: Liberal 63%, Conservative 12%." —UCLA Higher Education Research Institute

Deep State anti-Trump bias: "[In the 2016 presidential election] 97% of the campaign contributions given by the Justice Department [employees] went to Hillary Clinton." —Newt Gingrich

Scientific Method: "Whether something is so or not ... observation is the ultimate and final judge of the truth of an idea." —Richard Feynman

Susceptibility to sea level rise

See the Clinton Archipelago Map: "Global warming is predicted to cause a rise in sea level sufficient to submerge liberal America." —Anonymous

"I have become very concerned about the integrity of climate science. ... Anthropogenic climate change is a theory in which the basic mechanism is well understood, but whose magnitude is highly uncertain owing to feedback processes. Scientists agree that surface temperatures have increased overall since 1880, humans are adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, and carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases have a warming effect on the planet. However there is considerable disagreement about the most consequential issues: whether the warming has been dominated by human causes versus natural variability, how much the planet will warm in the 21st century, and whether warming is 'dangerous'. ... The end result is that misleading values of the social cost of carbon being used to drive U.S. climate and energy policy. ... an optimistic estimate (assuming the targets are actually met) is that these emissions reductions would prevent 0.17ºC of warming by the end of the 21st century. ... Climate model projections of the 21st century climate are not convincing ... the scientific establishment behind the global warming issue has been drawn into the trap of seriously understating the uncertainties associated with the climate problem. This behavior risks destroying science's reputation for honesty and objectivity ... " Judith Curry, Professor and former Chair, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Georgia Institute of Technology

"What we know is not much. What we don't know is enormous." —Pierre-Simone de Laplace, astronomer, final words, 1827

Right of self defense: "If our lives are endangered by plots or violence or armed robbers or enemies, any and every method of protecting ourselves is morally right." Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C., Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator

Covid-19 and the U. S. Economy: "I would shut it [the economy] down. I would listen to the scientists." —Joe Biden, ABC News Intrrview, August 21, 2020

"The neo-Nazis and white nationalists ... should be condemned totally." —President Donald J. Trump, New York City, August, 2017

"You want uplifting? Take an elevator." —Cagney and Lacey, TV series, S5:E7

UN climate treaty will cost $100 trillion – To Have No Impact – Postpone warming by less than four years by 2100: "We will spend at least one hundred trillion dollars in order to reduce the temperature by the end of the century by a grand total of three tenths of one degree ... the equivalent of postponing warming by less than four years ... Again, that is using the UN's own climate prediction model. If the U.S. delivers for the whole century on the President Obama's very ambitious rhetoric, it would postpone global warming by about eight months at the end of the century. But here is the biggest problem: These miniscule benefits do not come free – quite the contrary. The cost of the UN Paris climate pact is likely to run 1 to 2 trillion dollars every year." Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, Danish statistician

"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd." —Voltaire

"It often becomes a battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide." Judith Curry, Retiring Climate Scientist

"Biggest frustration[s] with Apple ... fencing in users; denying choice; designing around a 'lowest common denominator'; and obtuse user interface decisions." Jim Sweeney

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name: "Please, Apple, follow both the spirit and the letter of your own [user interface] guidelines." Don Norman and Bruce Tognazzini

Macintosh user interface malpractice: "In OS X, more and more things are hidden ... everything seems to require more and more non-intuitive clicks and navigating to sub-menus for less and less functionality." Macintouch

"I confess to being confused and flabbergasted by the constant changes in recent iterations of OS X and its main apps. Things suddenly change and patterns I relied upon suddenly fail. ... The constant changes in how things work is driving me crazy. Has Apple lost its mind?" Tim May

"1 Billion iOS devices shipped!!" —Philip Schiller, January 27, 2015

"I may not have the creative vision, but I know how all the buttons work." —J. Manda

"The biggest sin in my family was paying retail." —Woody Allen

"If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it." Anonymous

Anarchy is the enemy of humanity: "When compared with the suppression of anarchy, every other question sinks into insignificance. The anarchist is the enemy of humanity, the enemy of all mankind … his is a deeper degree of criminality than any other." —President Theodore Roosevelt, April 9, 1908

Antifa: "They are a revolutionary group that is interested in some form of socialism/communism. They are essentially Bolsheviks. Their tactics are fascistic ... it's a new form of urban guerrilla warfare … they hijack these demonstrations and they provoke violence." —U.S. Attorney General William Barr

Immoral nonsense: "Destroying property which can be replaced is not violence." Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times investigative journalist

I Am Antifa: "We need to understand these protests are part of a healthy democracy. Peaceful protests, in my opinion, might not necessarily be moving the conversation forward." —Sarah Iannarone, Portland, Oregon Mayoral Candidate

Domestic terrorism: "If this country doesn't give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it." Hawk Newsome, leader of the New York Chapter of Black Lives Matter
[Statues/monuments of anti-slavery figures vandalized by ignorant hateful radical leftist mobs: Union General, later President Ulysses S. Grant in San Francisco; Abraham Lincoln Emancipation Memorial at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; Civil War African-American Soldiers in Boston; Abolitionist Matthias Baldwin in Philadelphia; Union Admiral David Farragut in Washington D.C.; Former slave Frederick Douglass]

"This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection!" —President Donald J. Trump

"White Lives Don't Matter." —Professor Priyamvada Gopal, Cambridge University

"We are here to provoke thoughtfulness, not agree with you." Anonymous comment

" … Donald Trump … presided over the lowest unemployment rate for blacks in history, before the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. He expanded spending on historically black colleges. He wants to do something about the threat to unskilled workers in the inner city posed by unskilled illegal aliens. If he's a racist, he needs to go back to racism school. … The black poverty rate increased under Barack Obama. The so-called wealth gap increased, and from a period of 2010 to 2013 black net worth fell a third, a full third under Barack Obama. So Donald Trump has done far better for black people than Obama has ever done. It's not even close." Larry Elder, Salem Radio, August 3, 2020

"Get in the habit of setting your camera for what's likely to happen next. Or what you want to happen next. That's the only way you're going to get shots that pass by you only once." Thom Hogan

Q. "To gun owners out there who say, well, 'A Biden administration means they are going to come for my guns.'"
A. "Bingo, you're right!" —Joe Biden

Carrying guns: "We have had virtually zero problems. Someone with a concealed carry ... is 12 times less likely to commit even a misdemeanor. ... Everywhere that we have more citizens carrying guns, crime is less. ... down 25%, murders are down ... Having law abiding citizens having guns is a good thing. ... Every one of the mass shootings except two in American since 1950 has been in gun free zones, and every one in Europe. Where people have guns bad guys don't go ... " —Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

"Leave the gun, take the cannoli." The Godfather

"Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions." —James Madison

"A bad system will beat a good person every time." W. Edwards Deming

"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." —Steve Jobs

"Some people say, 'Give the customers what they want.' But that's not my approach. Our job is to figure out what they're going to want before they do. I think Henry Ford once said, 'If I'd asked customers what they wanted, they would have told me, A faster horse!' People don't know what they want until you show it to them. That's why I never rely on market research. Our task is to read things that are not yet on the page." —Steve Jobs

"Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away, if your car could go straight upwards." —Sir Fred Hoyle

"When a family friend got onto the mailing list for his not-preferred political party and they refused to take him off, he started taping their postage-paid envelopes to bricks and mailing them back. It didn't take many bricks before he was off their list." —DoTheMath

"I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains." John Muir

"Happiness research is pretty clear that spending money on experiences usually has a bigger payoff in happiness than spending money on possessions." Mike Johnston

"Those who understand interest earn it, those who don't, pay it." —Albert Einstein

"When experts disagree it is often because it doesn't matter." Taylor Larimore

"Live below your means; invest the rest." —Anon

"I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too." —Steve Martin

"Money isn't everything, but it's way ahead of what's in second place." —Anon

"Money has never made man happy, nor will it – there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants." —Benjamin Franklin

"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." —Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)

"I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities." —Voltaire

"Most people don't plan to fail; they fail to plan." —John Beckley

"If your outflow exceeds your income, then your upkeep will be your downfall." —Bill Earle

"Never buy something you cannot sell tomorrow for more money." —Anon

"Have you ever tried to sell a diamond?" Edward Jay Epstein

"Q. How many people work at your office?
A. About half of them." —Anon

Ad Homonymity: "Their are aunts on the alter and they eight the communion waivers and got into the whine! Quick, beet them with an acts! Give them several wax!" Mike Johnston

"The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." —Robert A. Heinlein

"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do." —Robert A. Heinlein

"A photographer’s job is to shoot something no one else would see." —Marjorie Salvaterra

"If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it." —Mark Twain

"I refuse to rent software – it's not the price, it's the fact that if the company drops it or I stop using it, everything goes away." Mike Hathaway

"The two most important days in someone's life are the day that they are born and the day they discover why." —John Maxwell

Professors' contributions to presidential candidates: "A government [FEC] report found at top universities 99% of college professors who donated to politicians gave to Democrats. Ninety-nine percent!!! (1% to Republicans)." —John Stossel

"This is how socialism starts: Government causes a problem and then government steps in to solve the problem." —Carly Fiorina

"The dirty little secret is Democrats love to spend and Republicans do too – its just that Republicans feel guilty." —Governor of Ohio, John R. Kasich, who balanced the federal budget and created a surplus by the end of the Clinton Presidency.

The era of big government is over: "As far as the growth of government, the increase in spending on restrictive regulations, it was 2 1/2 times under [George W.] Bush [43] than it was under [Bill] Clinton." —Charles Koch, Koch Industries Chairman & CEO

"If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable." —Louis D. Brandeis

"When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere." —Robert A. Heinlein

"Never sell a camera to buy a new one – afterwards you'll regret it." —K. Hendrik

"Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders ... believes that we have a two-tiered society that increasingly dooms millions of our fellow citizens to lives of poverty and hopelessness. He thinks many corporations seek and benefit from corporate welfare while ordinary citizens are denied opportunities and a level playing field. I agree with him. Democrats and Republicans have too often favored policies and regulations that pick winners and losers. This helps perpetuate a cycle of control, dependency, cronyism and poverty in the United States." Charles Koch

"It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare." —Edmund Burke

"Terrorism is a strategy of the weak. Its aim is to provoke a response that does more harm to the target society than the objective harm they can inflict." —David Barnett

" ... voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." —Hermann Göring, Nuremberg trial (which convicted him of war crimes, and crimes against humanity)

Bill of Rights was Meant to Make Government's Job 'More Difficult': "The Constitution was written by people who were more worried about a government with too much power than they were about bad guys getting away. There's no other way to read the Bill of Rights. At every turn it is making the government's job deliberately more difficult. Not because they hated government, but because they understood it too well." Cyrus Farivar

An organized effort against gangs: "They are often the kinds of kids that are called 'super-predators.' No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way but first we have to bring them to heel ... " —Hillary Clinton, 1996

John Stossel's 'Stosscars' award for the best lie: "The rich get much richer while almost everybody else gets poorer." —Bernie Sanders [The truth is that the poor got richer too: According to CBO, 2015, Americans (including government benefits) are getting richer, with lower income up 48% and middle income up 40%, while also working fewer hours.]

"As a friend of mine said, once he got used to the best, it is hard to go back to good enough." —Anonymous

Confusing hide-and-seek interface design: "I am bothered by Apple's capricious and irresponsible abandonment of existing technology and its inconsistent and dysfunctional user interface changes (let alone its software quality problems)." Ric Ford

"Not only does God play dice with the universe, he throws them when you can't see them!" —Stephen Hawking

"Random numbers are too important to be left to chance." —An old cryptography joke

Birds of the posterior mediastinum: "Esophagoose (swallow), vagoose, azygoose, hemi-azygoose, accessory hemi-azygoose, thoracic duck, (former) ducktus arteriosus, and pericardinal." Anonymous medical humor and pneumonic

"Franz Steiner takes four fifths Seagrams Seven each night to ease tension." Mnemonic to remember the names of the human ribs

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it." —Warren Buffett

"May your shutter finger never fail you." Justin

"The sky is full of holes that let the rain get in, the holes are very small – that's why the rain is thin." —Spike Milligan

"An elective despotism was not the government we fought for." —Thomas Jefferson

"We want no Gestapo or secret police. The FBI is trending in that direction." President Harry S Truman

"Political parties choose their nominee [for President], not the general public." —Curley Haugland, Republican National Committee, Rules Committee Member

"The Neanderthals didn't disappear, we married them." —Donna L. Cooper

"The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other." —Will Rogers

"Good photos is not about fancy gear. It's about how you see as a photographer and about being resourceful with whatever gear you have." —Alfred Eisenstadt, Life photographer

"The distance you position your camera from your subject determines perspective. Period." —Thom Hogan

"Everything in the universe is written in the language of mathematics." —Galileo

Q. "Is not commercial credit based primarily upon money or property?" —Judge
A. "No sir ... The first thing is character. ... Before money or anything else. ... a man I do not trust could not get money from me on all the bonds in Christendom." —John Pierpont Morgan, 1837-1913

"One of the secrets behind being regarded as a good photographer is showing people only the good pictures and mercilessly discarding the not so good ones." olstrup

"To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely." —Edmund Burke

"Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem." —President Ronald Reagan, first inaugural address

"Trust but verify." —Ronald Reagan

"Simplicity is the master key to financial success." —Jack Bogle

"Q. What do Union Pacific Railroad guiding force, Thomas Durant, Osama bin Laden's successor as head of al‑Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad, Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and United States Senator Rand Paul (R) from Kentucky all have in common?"
"A. They are all ophthalmologists."

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." —Leonardo da Vinci

"The Tech Community Is Mobilizing Against the [Anti-] Encryption Bill ... hard to overstate how incredibly dangerous and foolish ... weakening encryption or attempting to create some kind of magical back door for the government's exclusive use only creates vulnerabilities that bad actors can and will exploit ... the security risks this bill creates are real and imminent."

"Encryption backdoors are 'against the national interest.'" US House Judiciary Committee's Encryption Working Group

"I remain mystified as to whether or not our tax returns ... are accurate." Donald Rumsfeld, letter to the IRS

Apple Core Rot: "I think you're mixing up iCloud, AppleID and iTunes, App Store accounts. (Simple eh?)" Grant Symon

Tech industry's open letter about 'unworkable' encryption bill: "We believe it is critical to the safety of the nation's, and the world's, information technology infrastructure for us all to avoid actions that will create government-mandated security vulnerabilities in our encryption systems." Apple-Google-Facebook ...

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." —David Brinkley

"We have met the enemy and he is us!" Walt Kelly (Pogo)

"America is more secure – America is more safe – with unbreakable end-to-end encryption." —Air Force four-star General Michael Haden, former Director of the U.S. National Security Agency and former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (the view held by Apple, Inc. and also supported by Navy Vice Admiral John Michael "Mike" McConnell, former Director of National Intelligence, Army four-star General David Petraeus, former CIA Director, R. James Woolsey, former CIA Director and Undersecretary of the Navy, and Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security Secretary and former Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit)

"There are more crooks in government than on Wall Street." —Robert Olstein

"I fight like hell to pay as little as possible [in taxes] for two reasons. Number one, I'm a businessman. And that's the way you're supposed to do it ... The other reason is that I hate the way our government spends our taxes. I hate the way they waste our money. Trillions and trillions of dollars of waste and abuse. And I hate it." —Donald Trump, CBS Face the Nation

"There was more money trading back and forth in the election [prediction] markets than in the stock markets around 1900. ... All of our familiar financial institutions were once banned as illegal gambling – stock markets were banned, commodity markets were banned, insurance was banned, so we have a long history of having things banned as 'gambling.'" —Robin Hanson, George Mason University Economist

Yes, Free Markets Would Improve Healthcare Results: "My local supermarket is open 24/7. They rarely make me wait, prices are low, there's plenty of choice, and they rarely poison me. That's what competition brings—if people pay with their own money." John Stossel

"Banning fracking is just nuts." —Boon Pickins

President Obama attacks successful people during commencement speech: "Because, yes, you've worked hard but you've also been lucky. That's a pet peeve of mine – people who have been successful and don't realize they've been lucky. That god may have blessed them – it wasn't nothing you did. So don't have an attitude." —Barack Hussein Obama, II

"A crook always beats a fool." —Arthur Finkelstein, Nixon's polster

"Don't press the shutter release unless the image is well focused and well composed." —Brian Shaw

Apple iPhone v. Google Android: "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this." —Steve Jobs, PC Magazine

"After all the evidence that surfaced during trials in recent years, there's pretty much no way to rationally argue against the fact that Samsung got its start in the smartphone business by copying Apple. The company even created a 132-page guide to copying the iPhone pixel by pixel ... " Zach Epstein

"No Person ought to be taken imprisoned or disseised of his freehold, or be exiled or deprived of his Privileges, Franchises, Life, Liberty or Property but by due process of Law." Magna Carta, 'Great Charter of Liberties' of 1215

Regrettably, no longer true of lenses with electronics for focus, aperture, or image stabilization: "You date cameras, but marry lenses." —Anon

"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." —Douglas Adams

"Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work." —Booker T. Washington

Paycheck to paycheck: "Two-thirds of Americans would struggle to cover a $1,000 crisis.

(annual household income):
75%: Less than $50K
67%: $50K-$100K
38%: $100K+"
—AP/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

"Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light." —George Washington

"If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed." —Thomas Jefferson

"The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple." —Albert Einstein

Magic is when you fail to see what is actually happening:
"The United States collapsed the Soviet Union by Reagan suckering them into an unaffordable arms race.
Islamists want to do the same to the United States by luring America into unaffordable endless wars (two decades and $7 trillion, so far, as of 2020).
The Russian propaganda campaign aims to divide and weaken the United States by quietly and inexpensively meddling in U.S. elections to sucker the political parties into engaging in mutual assured destruction. (How can Democrats fail to understand that their 'resist, impeach, coup, rebellion, fake news' sedition amounts to being suckered into their carrying out this divisive Russian propaganda war against the United States?)"

Changes in Americans' Satisfaction with Issues Since Start of Trump Presidency: (Jan. 2017 —> Jan. 2020)

State of the Nation's Economy: 46% —> 68%
Nation's Security from Terrorism: 50% —> 68%
Nation's Military Strength and Preparedness: 66% —> 81%
State of Race Relations: 22% —> 36%
Nation's policies to reduce or control crime: 38% —> 47%
Position of blacks and other racial minorities in the nation: 37% —> 46%
Income and wealth distribution in the US: 35% —> 43%
Opportunity for a person in this nation to get ahead by working hard: 66% —> 72%

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people." —John Adams

"A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both." —James Madison

Ending Equality: "The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting." —California Constitution Anti-discrimination Amendment
[California Legislature Votes to Strike 'the State Shall Not Discriminate' from Constitution, Opening the Door to Legalized Discrimination, on June 25, 2020]

"There is nothing white liberals fear more than a God-fearing, educated, black man. No, my friends… There is no systemic racism in America… Just Systemic 'Marxist Elitism' … an evil that uses, abuses and discards anyone for power." Burgess Owens

"We are trained Marxists." Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter, July 23, 2015

"Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children. ... One of their political weapons is 'Cancel Culture' — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America. ... The violent mayhem we have seen in the streets of cities that are run by liberal Democrats, in every case, is the predictable result of years of extreme indoctrination and bias in education, journalism, and other cultural institutions. ... The radical ideology attacking our country advances under the banner of 'Social Justice,' but in truth it would demolish both justice and society. It would transform justice into an instrument of division and vengeance, and it would turn our free and inclusive society into a place of repression, domination, and exclusion. They want to silence us, but we will not be silenced. ... We will state the truth in full, without apology: We declare that the United States of America is the most just and exceptional nation ever to exist on Earth." President Donald J. Trump, Mount Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota, July 4, 2020

"The true test of strength is not avoiding upset; its feeling emotional distress and functioning in the face of it." —Megyn Kelly

"I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings." —Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

"Our patience will achieve more than our force." —Edmund Burke

Saving the lives of possibly a million American troops who did not have die while invading Japan to end World War II: "That [1945 Hiroshima atomic] bomb caused the Japanese to surrender ... And it ended the war. I don't care what the crybabies say now because they didn't have to make the decision." —Former President Harry S Truman, 1964

"I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people." —Edmund Burke

" ... unshackle American enterprise and ... free American labor, industrial leadership, and capital, to create an abundance that will outstrip any other system. Free competitive enterprise is the most creative and productive form of economic order that the world has seen." Democrat Party Platform of 1960

"If you could legislate prosperity, the Soviet Union would have won the cold war." —Steve Forbes

"Something I'll always remember – when I was a kid, I shook hands with Orville Wright. Forty years later, I shook hands with Neil Armstrong. The guy that invented the airplane and the guy that walked on the moon. In a lifetime, that's kinda wild when you think about it." —Jonathan Winters

"Film's not Dead – Just getting fixed!" —Jim Noel

"There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose." —John Maynard Keynes

"No photographer is as good as the simplest camera." Edward Steichen

"An SLR is a wonderful camera, as long as you don't mind not seeing what you are taking at the moment of capture." —Clive Heritage-Tilley

"Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist." —Frederick Douglass

"Good photos is not about fancy gear. It's about how you see as a photographer and about being ressourceful with whatever gear you have." —Alfred Eisenstadt, Life magazine photographer

"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." Andy Warhol, after photographer Nat Finkelstein

"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." —Samuel Johnson

"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." —Eleanor Roosevelt

"I worry that we invented Quality Control because we thought if we didn't control it, it could get out of hand." —Lily Tomlin

"Who needs farmers? I get all my food from the grocery store." Women in line at a grocery store

"I would go in and make coding a requirement starting at the fourth or fifth grade, and I would build on that year after year after year ... " —Apple CEO Tim Cook

"And I say, I would very much like to go and see Disneyland. But then, we cannot guarantee your security, they say. Then what must I do? Commit suicide? ... " Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, Sept. 1959 on learning that anti-communist Walt Disney would not allow him to visit Disneyland

"There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run, the sword is always beaten by the mind." —Napoleon Bonaparte

"No law is capable of preventing evil. Such laws do the opposite by infringing on the good and ensuring evil will be able to operate unopposed." —Theo Sulphate

"Anyone who embarks on a land war in Asia ought to have his head examined." —General Douglas MacArthur

"Excuse me, sir. Seeing as how the V.P. is such a V.I.P., shouldn't we keep the P.C. on the Q.T.? 'Cause if it leaks to the V.C. he could end up M.I.A., and then we'd all be put out in K.P." —Adrian Cronauer, Good Morning Vietnam

"Since most mail ends up in the trash, why not store it all there by default?" ;-) Steven Wicinski

Definition: "vemödalen – n. the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist ... " The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

"We are made of star stuff." —Carl Sagan

"We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn't doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people." —Theodore Roosevelt, 1919

"I voted numerous times when I was a Senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in, and I do think you have to control your borders." —Hillary Clinton, 2015

"People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens, and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who enter the US legally. The American people will never accept immigration reform unless they truly believe that their government is committed to ending future illegal immigration." —Senator Chuck Schumer, 2009

"Those who enter our country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law. And because we live in an age where terrorists are challenging our borders, we cannot allow people to pour into the U.S. undetected, undocumented, and unchecked." —Senator Barack Obama, 2006

"We now have an actual humanitarian crisis on the border that only underscores the need to drop the politics and fix our immigration system once and for all." —President Barack Obama, June 30, 2014

"History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes." Attributed to Mark Twain in a John Robert Colombo 1970 poem

"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." Edmund Burke

"There is one thing stronger than all the armies of the world, and that is an idea whose time has come." —Victor Hugo

Passive Investing: "Most investors, both institutional and individual, will find that the best way to own common stocks is through an index fund that charges minimal fees. Those following this path are sure to beat the net results (after fees and expenses) delivered by the great majority of investment professionals. Seriously, costs matter." —Warren Buffett, 1996

"[Investors] think of the so-called professionals as having all the advantages. That is total crap. They'd be better off in an index fund." —Peter Lynch

"Over the 35 years, American business has delivered terrific results. It should therefore have been easy for investors to earn juicy returns: All they had to do was piggyback Corporate America in a diversified, low-expense way. An index fund that they never touched would have done the job. Instead many investors have had experiences ranging from mediocre to disastrous." —Warren Buffett, 2004

"Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field." —Peter Adams

The Apple Goes Mushy – OS X's Interface Decline: "One can no longer see, feel, or infer one's way around OS X as naturally as one once could. I point my finger firmly at Apple's declining aptitude for the discipline of user interface design and its dogmatic rejection of the prudent principles for which it previously stood." Nicholas W. Howard

"67,000 millionaires live in mobile homes. I suspect they chose/prefer to live-below-their-means." BTDT

"If past history was all that is needed to play the game of money, the richest people would be librarians." BTDT

"Honestly, I'm from a different generation than my parents." —J. Willis

"Wealthy investors embrace volatility and risk knowing that, without it, there could be no returns." Investopedia

"floccinaucinihilipilification means to esteem something as valueless ... like the valueless word floccinaucinihilipilification [or Papahānaumokuākea], which is virtually never used except as an example of a big word." Michael C. Johnston

Free speech on campus to replace political correctness: "One of the University of Chicago's defining characteristics is our commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. … Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn, without fear of censorship. Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort. ... Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called 'trigger warnings,' we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual 'safe spaces' where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own." University of Chicago Dean of Students Jay Ellison

"The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty – and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies." —H.L. Mencken, 1923

"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." —Jonathan Swift

Reading glasses: "Blindly going where everyone else can see ... " —Vaughn

"The beauty of owning the market is that you eliminate individual stock risk, you eliminate market sector risk, and you eliminate manager risk. – In my view, owning the market and holding it forever is the ultimate strategy for winners." —Jack Bogle

"U.S. versions include two printed manuals, one in English and uno en español." KR

Futurist's dilemma: "Trying to predict the future is a discouraging and hazardous occupation. If by some miracle a prophet could describe the future exactly as it was going to take place, his predictions would sound so absurd that people everyone would laugh him to scorn. The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So, if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I will have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen." —Arthur C. Clarke, BBC, 1964

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." —Albert Einstein

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." —Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop." —Ansel Adams

"If you sit down at a poker game, look around, and can't figure out who the sucker is ... it's you!" —Warren Buffet

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." —Benjamin Franklin

"Vanguard has saved investors $175 billion in fees since it was founded in 1974 ... The firm has also saved investors about $140 billion in trading costs." Eric Balchunas

"Some refer to the factory [automobile] service as a $$tealership." —Swansea

"I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back." —Zsa Zsa Gabor

"Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel." —Old Newspaper Adage

Identity politics: "I'm a white woman, I don't get it. ... I'm from Idaho, we are so white, so white, right? I have been reaching out and trying to connect to anybody of color I can find to be honest with me. I need schoolin' ... And I depend on you … to do that so I can go school the other white people. ... My job is to listen and be a voice, and my job is to shut other white people down when they want to interrupt. My job is to shut other white people down when they want to say 'Oh no I'm not prejudiced, I'm a Democrat, I'm accepting.' My job is to make sure that they get that they have privilege and until we shut our mouths and we listen to those people who don't and we lift our people up so that we all have equity in this country … we're not going to break through this. This is not just rhetoric. This is a matter of life and death." —Sally Boynton Brown, Idaho Democrat Party Executive Director

U.S. Secret Service alert: " ... I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House ... " Madonna

"Politics gives guys so much power, they behave badly around women." —President William Jefferson Clinton

"Even if the allegations are true, the President is not guilty of sexual harassment. He is accused of having made a gross, dumb, and reckless pass at a supporter … President Clinton took 'no' for an answer." —Gloria Steinem, New York Times, March, 1998

"I have concerns." —Protest sign

"Democrats are losing on every front and looking for people to blame everywhere. They need to learn to lose with dignity." —Vladimir Putin

"I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." —Ronald Reagan

"All Americans, not only in the States most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That's why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens. ... We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it." —President Bill Clinton, State of the Union Address, 1995

" … We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilated himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else … There can be no divided allegiance here." —Theodore Roosevelt, 1907

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." —George Orwell

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes ... the ones who see things differently – they're not fond of rules ... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them ... because they change things ... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." —Steve Jobs

Technical Support: " ... the ones who come looking for our help ... 'cause we're magicians and it's all magic to them." Joe Gurman

War Photojournalist: "Anyone bringing a camera to a gunfight has my respect." —Hawaii Five-0, Episode 5:15

"They say you can see if you will like sailing if you stand in a shower, tearing up $50 bills." Edward Ingold

"I would rather not have to vote for [Hillary Clinton], although she is a friend I respect. A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still dicking bimbos at home (according to the [NY Post])." —Colon Powell, 7/26/2014

"Husbands are like fires: They go out when unattended." —Zsa Zsa Gabor

"I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." —Robert Frost

"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please." —Mark Twain

"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." —Mark Twain

"The word politics is derived from the word 'poly' meaning many and the word 'ticks' meaning blood-sucking parasites." —Larry Hardiman

"O Lord, make me chaste. But not yet." —St. Augustine

"Superman himself cannot return because all the phone booths have disappeared." Larry Kincaid

"We are not weasels." James Comey, FBI Director

"I am not a crook." President Richard Nixon

"Happy wife, happy life!" Old adage

Obamacare: "It doesn't make any sense. The insurance model doesn't work here ... it doesn't work. ... Their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It's the craziest thing in the world." Bill Clinton, 2016

"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design." —Friedrich Hayek, "The Fatal Conceit"

Free speech: "I wrote the First Amendment to protect the minority against the majority." —James Madison

"Our young men should spend more time considering the composition and merit of their images, and less time with magnifying glasses counting how many bricks and shingles they can resolve." —Newspaper article on Daguerrotype photography, Paris, France, 1841

"If your neighbor wins the lottery, are you more likely to go bankrupt? New research suggests – surprisingly – yes. Why? Because if you're like other folks whose neighbors have cashed in big, you're likely to try to keep up." Jean Chatzky

America: "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We'll preserve for our children this the last best hope of man on earth or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." —Ronald Reagan

Confirmation bias: "We are too busy looking for information that confirms our hypothesis ... The only way to test a hypothesis is to look for information that disagrees with it – a process known as falsification." —Karl Popper

"The greatest enemies of the equity investor are expenses and emotions." John C. Bogle

"Portfolio engineering is overrated – avoiding behavioral mistakes is where the money is." —Sunny Sarkar

"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a van filled with hard drives." —whodidntante ... ["Yeah, but that latency." —LiterallyIronic]

"An income of $35,000 puts you in the top 0.81% of world incomes." J.L. Collins

"A recent study from the Federal Reserve showed that 46% of Americans wouldn't be able to cover an unexpected $400 expense." Bob Bryan

"No one can take advantage of you without your permission." —Eleanor Roosevelt

"How many times do people need to be told that their camera didn't all of a sudden start taking worse pictures because a new one was released?" —E. Carlino

Remember The Alamo: " ... I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country ----- Victory or Death" William Barret Travis, Lt. Col. Comdt, The Alamo, February 24, 1836

"I've been a procrastinator all my life. I keep meaning to do something about that." Mike Johnston

Photography: "Never go back. Shoot it now. When you go back, it will always be different." Jay Maisel

"He who knows he has enough, is rich" —Lao Tzu

"The idea behind investing is not to get rich, but rather not to get poor." Jonathan Clements

Declining Academic Freedom at Universities: "Over the course of a long lifetime, I have witnessed a serious decline in tolerance and respect for freedom of speech in the academy." Milton Friedman

"I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University." William F. Buckley, Jr.

World Trade Center: "Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward ... and freedom will be defended." —President George W. Bush, 9/11/2001

"There is no substitute for victory." —Douglas MacArthur, General of the Army

Vanguard Investments: "We created a very valuable company. ... I had two great ideas: mutuality for the structure ( ... the idea that the [mutual fund] company's profits go back to the clients who are also the owners ... ) [and] indexing for the strategy." Jack Bogle

Passive Investing: "For every active manager who wins, there will be an active manager who loses at the same amount. It's symmetrical. It has to be except for the costs in the middle. Indexing is the way. The math is the math, and I think the mathematics are inarguable." Jack Bogle

"Act as if every broker, insurance salesman, mutual fund salesman and financial advisor you encounter is a hardened criminal." —William Bernstein

Stock Market Crash: "Like all of life's rich emotional experiences, the full flavor of losing important money cannot be conveyed by literature. Art cannot convey to an inexperienced girl what it is truly like to be a wife and mother. There are certain things that cannot be explained to a virgin either by words or pictures. Nor can any description that I might offer here even approximate what it feels like to lose a real chunk of money that you used to own." Fred Schwed, "Where are the Customer's Yachts?," 1940

Media bias and dishonesty: "I deplore ... the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed and the malignity, the vulgarity, and mendacious spirit of those who write for them ... " —Thomas Jefferson, 1814

"If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: 'President Can't Swim.'" —President Lyndon B. Johnson

"If freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." —George Washington

"I'm in favor of a tax cut because I'm concerned that if we don't get the tax cut that we are going to have an increase in unemployment and that we may move into a period of economic downturn. ... I think this tax cut can give the stimulus to our economy … I think it will provide for greater national wealth. I think it will reduce unemployment. ... So I think that the proposal we've made is responsible and in the best interest of the country." —President John F. Kennedy

Feasible to just end taxation of personal income: "About 45% of all federal revenue comes from the personal income tax. That means that about 55% – over half of all revenue – comes from other sources, like excise taxes, fees, and corporate taxes. We could eliminate the income tax, replace it with nothing, and still fund the same level of big government we had in the late 1990's. We don't need to 'replace' the income tax at all." —Ron Paul, 2008

"No one is so old that he does not think he could live another year." —Marcus Tullius Cicero, Rome, 44 B.C., a year before his assassination

"The problem with photography is that it only deals with appearances." —Duane Michals

"Blur is a part of life." William Klein

"Science advances one funeral at a time." —Max Plank

"Who can explain it, who can tell you why? Fools give you reasons, wise men never try." Frank Sinatra

"Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree." —Abraham Lincoln

Camera Lenses: "My thing is longevity. I want metal and glass and nothing else. I want my lenses to work the same in 50 years as they do today." Lee Saxon

"I began photography in the time when a person bought lenses and then a camera to put them on. There will always be new and better bodies, but a lifetime lens is forever." Wayne R. Crauder

Tax Cut: "An economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues. ... This nation can afford to reduce taxes, but cannot afford to do nothing." President John F. Kennedy, 1962

"These [Trump] tax cuts will stimulate the economy, just as they did in the 1980's with Ronald Reagan. So you may have two or three years before the investments made by business really kick in but the economy grows, assets grow, Reagan proved it, the 1920's proved it, and so that is what these guys [Democrat leftist economists, i.e., Larry Sommers and Paul Krugman] are afraid of, that Trump will succeed where they failed. ... Markets don't mind [growing the deficit] if they think the economy will grow. Remember, in the 1980's, when Reagan had this massive military buildup which won the cold war, the national debt more than doubled by $1.7 trillion and the net wealth of the nation went up by $17 trillion, and tens of millions of good paying jobs were created. That's what the Democrats fear: success." —Steve Forbes

"Are you entitled to the fruits of your own labor or does government have some presumptive right to spend, and spend, and spend?" —President Ronald Reagan, 1981

Tax cuts benefit both rich and poor alike: Under the Reagan tax cuts, the poorest 20% increased their real (inflation adjusted) income by 11.8%, richest 20% increased their real income by 12.2%, and the federal government received about 20% increased tax revenues. —CBO, U.S. Dept. of Labor, 1983-1989 data

"The rich by virtue of being rich have excess funds that they don't consume. That is how businesses are formed. There are no businesses, no jobs without investment and savings. So, when you cut the taxes on the rich, you free up capital that lifts the boats of everyone." —John Tamny

"Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy." —Edmund Burke

Warning Against an Entrenched Bureaucracy: "No method of procedure has ever been devised by which liberty could be divorced from local self government. No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, inflexibility, reaction, and decline. Of all forms of government, those administered by bureaus are about the least satisfactory to an enlightened and progressive people. Being irresponsible they become autocratic, and being autocratic, they resist all development. Unless bureaucracy is constantly resisted, it breaks down representative government and overwhelms democracy. It is the one element in our institutions that sets up a pretense of having authority over everybody, and being responsible to nobody." President Calvin Coolidge

"Bureaucracy is undoubtedly the weapon and sign of a despotic government, inasmuch as it gives whatever government it serves, despotic power." —Lord Acton

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." —Edmund Burke

Wetlands management: "I know it's hard when you're up to your armpits in alligators to remember you came here to drain the swamp." —Ronald Reagan

"Donald J. Trump will in fact drain the swamp and the alligators should be aware. ... drain the swamp ... means ... the lobbyists, the culture of corruption, the ... consultants ... what I affectionally refer to as the staff infection. ... No more no show jobs and contracts for people ... who have not had a creative idea in 22 years. There's no reason to pay them for nothing. ... We just don't want to pay too much for stuff as a government ... and that's the way to go forward. ... " —Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, 12/22/2016

"The buck stops here." —Harry S Truman

"Of the Fortune 500 largest corporations in 1955, only 71 remain on the list today." Jack Bogle

Financial independence: "When you've won the game, stop playing." William J. Bernstein

"Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things." —Sir Isaac Newton

"What difference, at this point, does it make?" Hillary Clinton

"Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest." —Benjamin Franklin

"If you're going through hell, keep going." —Winston Churchill

"If you feel down in the dumps, do something nice for somebody else." —Virginia M. Cooper

Self-admitted fake news disclaimer: "explosive — but unverified — allegations ... potentially unverifiable ... not just unconfirmed ... includes some clear errors ... fake story ... " Buzzfeed

"The future ain't what it used to be." —Yogi Berra

"You are so convinced that you believe only what you believe that you believe, that you remain utterly blind to what you really believe without believing you believe it." —Orson Scott Card, Shadow of the Hegemon

"A long time ago a bunch of people reached a general consensus as to what's real and what's not and most of us have been going along with it ever since." —Charles de Lint

"What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning." —Werner Karl Heisenberg

"Give me four parameters, and I can fit an elephant. Give me five, and I can wiggle its trunk." —John von Neumann

"If it was so, it might be, and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't it ain’t. That's logic!" —Charles Lutwidge Dodgson a.k.a. Lewis Carroll

"Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it." —Mark Twain

"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." —Thomas Jefferson

"Waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality, nothing will do, and with them everything." —Benjamin Franklin

"Q. How do I get to Carnegie Hall?; A. Practice. Practice. Practice." Attributed to Arthur Rubinstein

"Take time to smell the flowers." Anonymous

"There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction." —John F. Kennedy

"I know you think you heard what you thought I said, but what you did not understand was that what I said is not what I meant!" —Anonymous

"We conservatives are on the side of the lords and barons ... We ... are pulling up the drawbridge against the peasants." —Bill Kristol

Supreme Court nominee: "Even if he were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation ... " —Senator Roman Hruska (R) Nebraska, 1970

"I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within." —Douglas MacArthur

"A judge is just a lawyer who curried favor with a politician." —Russell Baker

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein

"Nothing can now be believed that is seen in the newspaper." —President Thomas Jefferson

" ... actually control what people think ... that is our job." —Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC Cable News Anchor

"A two-language system is unstable, divisive, and should be avoided." —Senator Eugene McCarthy (D), 1981

Retirement: "With the 'slow-go' and 'no-go' years looming down the road, we're happy to pay for 'experiences' during our 'go-go' years, while we can." sleepysurf

"Fifty-five percent of American households are at risk of being unprepared to cover essential living expenses in retirement." —Fidelity investments

"Cameras are merely writing instruments for the mind's eye." Ken Tanaka

"Lieutenant Dan got me invested in some kind of fruit company. So then I got a call from him, saying we don't have to worry about money no more. And I said, that's good! One less thing." Forrest Gump

"We all proceed on insufficient knowledge." —Robert Frost

"Do not believe everything you read on the internet." —Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln wearing 'Make America Great Again' hat

"Please tell me this is photoshopped. Please?" Chelsea Clinton

MAGA = America's four trillion dollar companies:
"Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon." —Elizabeth Peek, Feb., 2020

"I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong." —Richard Feynman

"Women birth half the population ... " Nelini Stamp

"Before a man speaks it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks, it is seldom necessary to assume it." —H.L. Mencken

"Understanding how the economy works ... The worst CEO is 1,000 times better than the best politician." —Scott McNealy

"When the White House deliberately dissembles and serially contorts the facts, its actions pose a serious risk to America's global leadership." Susan Rice (Susan Rice went on five national television talk shows one Sunday representing the White House to deliberately dissemble and contort the facts, i.e., by claiming that the lethal Benghazi, Libia terrorist attack was caused by an internet video.)

"The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency. The country is entitled to both." —Dwight D Eisenhower

"So here we are nearly 30 years after I first started shooting with digital cameras and we still don't have a single program that nails image ingestation. That's mind boggling, really." Thom Hogan

Frugal: "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." —Boyd K. Packer

Living well within ones means: "Your expenses shouldn't grow to fit your income, your expenses should grow to fit your needs." Anonymous

"[You need] to educate yourself in order to wisely choose a financial advisor. With said level of education, you will no longer need one." —David Jay

"[An academic economist is] an expert on money who dresses like a flood victim." —Dilbert

"How blessed are some people whose lives have no fears, no dreads, to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly and brings nothing but sweet dreams." —Bram Stoker

"No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear." —Edmund Burke

"Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned." —Milton Friedman

"It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them." —P.G. Wodehouse

"The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers." Thomas Sowell

"Integrity is the essence of everything successful." —Buckminster Fuller

"Ben Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve Chairman, was turned down when he tried to refinance his home mortgage." —John Stossel

Let us 'Re-Accommodate' You!

Orwellian Corporate Thuggery: "Let us 'Re-Accommodate' You!" United Airlines

"We forget sometimes that the people you're carrying [on our airplanes] are human … " —Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines

"On the internet nobody knows you're a dog." The New Yorker cartoon by Peter Steiner, 1993

"They tried to bury us. They didn't know that we were seeds." —Old Mexican expression

"An equation for me has no meaning unless it expresses a thought of God." Srinivasa Ramanujan

"They say that today the best thing you can have to protect your car from being stolen is a manual transmission. Young car thieves have no idea how to drive them." Alan Gales

"Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead." —Benjamin Franklin

"The Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an abolitionist movement." Elbert Guillory

"By virtue of exchange, one man's prosperity is beneficial to all others." —Frederic Bastiat

"It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere." —Edmund Burke

"Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign." —John Stuart Mill, "On Liberty"

"Poor people in America today (people who are officially in poverty) have a higher standard of living – in terms of medical standards, in terms of going to college, in terms of the way people live – than middle class people did thirty years ago." Michael Medved

"The difference between a rich man and a poor man is that the rich man thinks in longer time spans." —Anonymous

"Ben Carson says: Most people are poor because of their choices and worldview rather than their circumstances. An impoverished life is often merely the creation of an impoverished mind." —Tucker Carlson

"I think poverty, to a large extent, is also a state of mind. You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee you in a little while they'll be right back up there. And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world – they'll work their way back down to the bottom." —Pediatric Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, M.D., U.S. Secretary of Housing And Urban Development

"If money was the answer to everything, and not just the mindset, then 70% of people that win the lottery wouldn't go broke, or 78% of the athletes in the NFL wouldn't file for bankruptcy. ... If you put the work in, you can succeed. My message to the young people ... is you can do it too!" Lawrence Jones

"One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results." —Milton Friedman

"The ten scariest words in the English language are 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.' " —Ronald Reagan

Harm Principle: "The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number is self-protection … The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant." —John Stuart Mill

Career Advice: "There are about 2,880 pro football players, 5,800 models, 624 pro basketball players, but there are over 4 million available science and tech jobs in the U.S." —Verizon

Advice: "I think you should look for the job that you would want to hold if you didn't need a job. … Whether you make 'x' or 120% of 'x' really isn't remotely as important as ... whether ... you marry the right person and you also find something that you would do if you didn't need the money. … Don't settle … Don't worry about making the most money this week or next month … look for the job that turns you on. Find a passion." —Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO

Voyage of discovery: "Following the light of the sun, we left the old world." —Christopher Columbus

"Islamic mosiac-makers in the Middle Ages ... would deliberately place one tile out of place because perfection was reserved for Allah." Michael C. Johnston

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic." —President John F. Kennedy

Fake news – media bias: "Americans can have little faith [after James Comey was fired as FBI Director] that the Justice Department, or an FBI run by Mr. Trump's handpicked replacement, will get to the bottom of whether and how Russia helped steal the presidency for Mr. Trump. New York Times, Editorial Board, 5/11/2017 [No evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. —James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence; No evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia. Senator Dianne Feinstein]

Russia 'collusion' hysteria [fake news] ... No crime is even being alleged: "Show me the statute. I still sit here as a civil libertarian. I don't want to ever become what Stalinist Russia became when Stalin was was told by Lavrentiy Beria 'show me the man and I'll find you the crime.' What is the crime?" ... "I am here not as a supporter of Donald Trump, I voted for Hillary Clinton very proudly. I'm here as a supporter of civil liberties and construing statutes narrowly as they were written. I just don't see a crime here. I see perhaps some political wrongdoing. I see leaking information on both sides. But even if, for example, the campaign coordinated, which there is no evidence of, but coordinated its activities with Russia, and even if Russia and the campaign said, gee, wouldn't it be better if Trump were elected, that is political wrongdoing, but it's just not a crime. Nobody can point me to a statute that would be violated. The prosecutor is only allowed to look for evidence of a federal crime ... I don't see any crime here at all." Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz

Deep State threat: "We've got very skilled, talented professionals. They have overthrown governments in Vietnam, in the Philippines, in Iraq, Iran, in Egypt, in the Ukraine. Duly elected Democratic governments. They create what they call popular uprisings .… That's their skill set ... some of them work in the State Department, some in intelligence, some in the media. They have worked together to overthrow other governments. So it is inevitable that they would use ... this in America. It looks like a coup d'état." Doug Wead, Presidential Historian

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within." —Cicero

Partisan coup d'état: " ... does not earn the confidence of the American people that any action we take, especially if we seek to overturn the result of a free election would be viewed with great suspicion and could divide our nation for years to come. We do not need a decade of candidates running for office accusing each other of railroading a democratically elected President out of office or participating in a thinly veiled coup d'état." ... "And one of the reasons we all feel so angry about what they are doing is that they are ripping from us, they are ripping asunder our votes. They are telling us that our votes don't count." ... "There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment, or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other." ... "The American people have heard the allegations against the President and they overwhelmingly oppose impeaching him. They elected President Clinton. They still support him. We have no right to overturn the considered judgment of the American people." ... "This partisan coup d'état will go down in infamy in the history of this nation." —Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D) New York, 1998

"Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away." —Elvis Presley

"It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong." —John Maynard Keynes

"The secret of democracy is courage." —Pericles

Socialism results in starvation/famine: "Violent protests in Venezuela. ... Venezuelans have lost an average of 19 pounds over the past year. There is simply not enough food for the people." —Maria Bartiromo, 5/11/2017 [Same result of socialism producing famine in North Korea, in China under Mao Tse Tung, in Ukraine under Stalin, and prior to the first Thanksgiving.]

"Status quo, you know, is Latin for, 'The mess we're in.'" —Ronald Reagan

"All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." —Abraham Lincoln

"Reagan doesn't have that presidential look." —United Artists executive rejecting Ronald Reagan for a lead in the 1964 movie "Best Man"

"Television won't last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night." —Darryl F. Zanuck, movie producer, 1946

"Rock 'n' roll will be gone by June." —Variety magazine, Spring, 1955

Airplanes: "... the flying machine which will really fly might be evolved by the combined and continuous efforts of mathematicians and mechanicians in from one million to ten million years ..." —New York Times, October 9, 1903 ["A prediction made less than three months before the Wright Brothers made history at Kitty Hawk."]

"A rocket will never be able to leave the earth's atmosphere." —The New York Times, 1936

Sorry Xerox: "The potential world market for copying machines is 5,000 at most." —IBM, 1959

"By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the internet's impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine's." —Nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." —Albert Einstein

"Men who get pregnant and give birth are men." —ACLU

"Buy a big camera bag and fill it with bricks. Lug that around for a while and you'll start thinking small." James Bay Bill

" … To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." —U.S. Declaration of Independence

"Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, but by writing the Declaration of Independence he made the emancipation of slaves inevitable." Jason Whitlock

"The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power." —Andrew Jackson

"In economics, things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then they happen faster than you thought they could." —Rudiger Dornbusch, MIT Economist

"Political language … is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." —George Orwell

"Have you no sense of decency sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?" Joseph Nye Welch, Senate Army McCarthy Hearings, June 9, 1954

"There is a level of viciousness I was not expecting." —Ivanka Trump

"What did the President know, and when did he know it?" —Senator Howard Henry Baker Jr., Senate Watergate Hearings, June 28, 1973

Unskilled and Unaware of It – How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments: "The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others." Dunning–Kruger effect

"I DREAM'D in a dream, I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the whole of the rest of the earth ... " Walt Whitman, upon the formation of the New York Police Department

"I am occupied with truly great things. Day and night I rack my brain in an effort to penetrate more deeply into ... the fundamental problems of physics." —Albert Einstein, 1914

"It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than investigation of the obscure." —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Microsoft's new Surface laptop: "It's a glue-filled monstrosity. There is nothing about it that is upgradable or long-lasting, and it literally can't be opened without destroying it." The Verge

"Every child is an artist." —Picasso

"I pray for all of you, that you may see the light." —chip j
"I always see the light, I never leave my lens cap on." fstop

2008 joke of the day: "My 401(k) is now a 201(k)." nisiprius

"Money is the last taboo ... People will tell you about their sex life before they will talk about money." —Marvin McIntyre, Morgan Stanley Managing Director

"The reputation of a thousand years may be undermined by the conduct of one hour." —Japanese proverb

Diet sandwich: "Q. What kind of sandwich ain't too fattening?
A. Half a sandwich." Analyze This

Inconspicuous consumption: "Conspicuous consumption is decreasing among the rich now that everybody can do it." Dan Kopf

To Do or to Have? "Experiential purchases make people happier than material purchases." [Doing things makes people happier than having things!] Leaf Van Boven, University of Colorado at Boulder and Thomas Gilovich, Cornell University

"Seventy-four percent of Americans have gone into debt for a vacation." —USA Today

"wag more / bark less." Bumper sticker

"The horizon of many people is a circle with zero radius which they call their point of view." —Albert Einstein

"Warren [Buffett], it strikes me that if you did nothing else you never sell. That is, if you can grit your teeth through and just disregard short-term declines in the market or even long-term declines in the market, you will come out well. I mean you just stick all your money in stocks and go home and don’t look at your portfolio you’ll do far better than if you try to trade it." —Alan Greenspan

"I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else." —Winston Churchill

Equal sign = "And to avoide the tedious repetition of these woordes, is equalle to, I will sette as I doe often in woorke use, a paire of paralleles." =Robert Recorde, inventing the equal sign, in his textbook, The Whetstone of Witte, 1557

"People think that diamonds are the hardest thing. Nope, Medical School is harder." —Anonymous

Creative destruction: "Only 12.2% of the Fortune 500 companies in 1955 were still on the list 59 years later in 2014." Mark J. Perry

"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

"Is the developing world where they still use film?" —Anonymous

"Be careful about what you get good at. Because that's what you're going to be doing." bt

"Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature." —Michael Faraday

"In the last 100 years … deaths from natural disasters are down 98%." —Steve Forbes

"If you want to succeed in the world, you don't have to be much cleverer than other people. You just have to be one day earlier." —Leo Szilard

"You don’t have to run faster than the bear to get away. You just have to run faster than the guy next to you." —Jim Butcher

"I buy new computers when I am absolutely forced to. A new computer is a pain in the neck, not a treat." dbr

After Hurricane Katrina: "Half of Louisiana is under water and the other half is under indictment." —Billy Tauzin, 2008

"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact." —Sherlock Holmes

"I believe we can make America great again." —Bill Clinton, 1991

Taking the red pill: "Liberal ... bloggers are increasingly characterizing politically correct culture as a first step on a slippery slope towards authoritarian socialism. ... progressivism ... that would tolerate no dissent whatsoever ... the biggest threat to freedom and Western civilization that exists today. ... A lot of people want this to stop." Elizabeth Ames

"Black activists and white progressives stress racism because it serves their own interests, not because it actually improves the station of blacks." Jason Riley

"We do not have to invade the United States, we will destroy you from within." Nikita Kruschchev, Former Premier, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

"There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else." —Sam Walton

"When you're finished changing, you're finished." —Benjamin Franklin

"One of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there." —Steve Jobs

Photographer: "I roam the streets doing what I love most: shutter therapy. ... As long as I live, shutter therapy goes on!" Robin Wong

"Groucho Marx was advised by his doctor to give up wine, women, and song. Someone asked him what he did about it and Groucho quipped, 'I switched Doctors.'" —nedsaid

"Civility is not a sign of weakness." —JFK

The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing: "U.S. manufacturing has increased; 87% of United States manufacturing job loss is due to automation, not foreign trade." Augie Picado

"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance." —Coco Chanel

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

"To have breakthroughs you must have confidence in nonsense. That's why only weird guys tend to have the breakthroughs. A sensible person won't have a breakthrough because he writes it off rather quickly as nonsense and therefore doesn't ever do something that's nonsense." Burt Rutan

"There's this eternal argument between the part of us that wants to be an artist and the part of us that wants to be a success. The success part often wins." —Carly Simon

"ACLU, you protect Hitler too. No justice no peace. The revolution will not uphold the Constitution. Liberalism is white supremacy. Blood on your hands." —Shutting down an ACLU free speech event at William & Mary College by shouting 'black lives matter' protesters, 2017

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard ... is what makes it great." Jimmy Dugan (movie character) [Who also said: "There's no crying in baseball."]

The Toupee Principle: "You can say they all look horrible, but you're only judging based on the ones you can spot." —Anonymous

The New World: "I assure your Highness that these lands are the most fertile, temperate, level and beautiful countries in the world." —Christopher Columbus, October 17, 1492

Americas role in the global food chain: "The food production industry … is America's biggest industry. … If you grow wheat it's worth 100; if you turn it into flour it's worth 500; if you turn it into bread it's worth 1,500. So if you want to start a manufacturing boom, food is a great place to start." Anthony Pratt, Global Food Forum

"Surveillance is the business model of the internet." Bruce Schneier

Every photo ... embeds location data: "Any app granted access to the photos on your smartphone can simply walk through your database of images and generate an accurate map of your movements." Mark Pesce [" ... self-surveillance of which the NSA would be proud."]

"The best camera is the one you wish you had with you." Gijs

"It used to be NIMBY ('Not In My Backyard'), now it's BANANA ('Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody')." —John Stossel

"So long as we govern our nation by the letter and spirit of the Bill of Rights, we can be sure that our nation will grow in strength and wisdom and freedom." —Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Censored by Facebook and Twitter: "Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad." New York Post, October 14, 2020 [Also China.]

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"The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen." —Tommy Smothers

"Who are you going to believe, me, or your lying eyes?" Attributed to Groucho Marx

"The White House … is full of white supremacists … everything they say is … a lie." Rep. Fredrica Wilson (D-FL), 2017

"I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other President … they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation." —Former President Jimmy Carter, The New York Times, Oct. 22, 2017

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality." —President John F. Kennedy

Infrastructure Projects: "When the government is building things – anything that touches the government – in the United States it takes somewhere between 10 and 15 years to get approved on average. If you're doing the same project in Germany or Canada it takes two years." —Stephen Schwarzman, Blackstone Group CEO

"Revising our tax code is not just a policy discussion – it is a moral one, because we are not talking about the government's money – we are talking about your money, your hard work." —President Donald J. Trump

Economic Growth: "2% growth, if you have a little less than 1% population growth, means in one generation, 25 years ... we will add maybe $18,000 or $19,000 of GDP per capita. Family of four $75,000. … If you have an already prosperous economy, and we've got the most prosperous economy the world has ever seen, and you keep compounding it over time, people will be living far better ... than they are now." —Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO

Heavenly photography: "Upon arrival in heaven, do not speak to St. Peter until spoken to. It is not your place to begin. You can ask him for his autograph, there is no harm in that. But be careful, and don't remark that it is one of the penalties of greatness; he has heard that before. Don't try to Kodak him—Hell is full of people who have made that mistake. And leave your dog outside. Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out, and the dog would go in." Mark Twain

Oskar Barnack's Leica 35mm camera: "It was perfectly clear to us that something so principally new and tradition-defying as this camera would only be accepted with the greatest reservations by most photographers." —Dr. Max Berek, designer of the original Leica 35mm camera's lenses

The high cost of raising children: "The average American family spends almost 30% of pretax income on the cost of childcare. ... Families just can't afford it, so women are disproportionately leaving the workforce." —Ivanka Trump

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." Sanskrit treatise on statecraft, the Arthashastra, c. 4th century BC

"The Cartier-Bresson decisive moment wasn't about holding [the] Leica to his eye – rather about pre-focusing and holding [the camera] low, so as to be unnoticed." Mark Blauhoefer

"[Tax] revenues are driven only by [economic] growth. … Growth is the answer." —Arthur Laffer

"Who do you think would do a better job spending your money? You or the government? The person who earned it or some bloated bureaucracy? The truth is the public will always be better off if the rich pay less tax because they do more good with their money than any government ever could." Steven Soderbergh, et. al., TV series script

"He who has the gold makes the rules." —The old golden rule

Patent claim jargon: "A method for determining a pressure of blood within a cardiovascular system of a user, the cardiovascular system including a heart and the user having a wrist covered by skin ... " Apple

"In the year 40,272, [NASA spacecraft] Voyager 1 will come within 1.7 light years of an obscure star in the constellation Ursa Minor (the Little Bear or Little Dipper) and in about 40,000 years, Voyager 2 will come within about 1.7 light years of a star called Ross 248, a small star in the constellation of Andromeda." Voyager 1 spacecraft thrusters fired up for first time after 37 years, while leaving the solar system

Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You'll Ever Have Time to Read: "Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain ... what you do not know ... " —Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Maui: "If there is a heaven on earth, it's here." —Charles Lindbergh

"If you really want to help the poor, help the rich. They're the ones who will invest, build more factories, create more jobs." —William E. Simon

"Don’t knock the rich. When was the last time you were hired by somebody poor?" Robert Orben

Investing: "Stick with the indexes. You're not going to go wrong over long periods of time. Don't try to do anything fancy." Ben Stein, Economist

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." —Abraham Lincoln

"There's not a black America and a white America and a Latino America and an Asian America; there's the United States of America." —Barack Obama, Keynote Address, Democrat National Convention, 2004

Bank of Mom and Dad: "74% of parents help their adult children with finances.", Bankrate, 2017

"The greatest business lesson I've learned in life is the same message I have for young people across America: Never give up." —Donald Trump

"In the deep sea there is more life than anywhere else on earth." —David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, The Deep, PBS

"The future ain't what is used to be." —Yogi Berra

The Serenity Prayer:
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference." —Reinhold Niebuhr

World War II: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs—Victory in spite of all terror—Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival." —Prime Minister Winston Churchill, speech to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, May 13, 1940

"To understand what another person is saying, you must assume that it is true and try to imagine what it could be true of." George Miller

"America is coming back strong." —President Donald J. Trump

"Once we realize that government doesn't work, we will stop dreaming that this or that social problem can be solved by passing a law - or by creating a new government program - or by electing someone who will make Washington more efficient or cost-conscious." —Harry Browne

"Government relief tends constantly to get out of hand. And even when it is kept within bounds it tends to reduce the incentives to work and to save, both of those who receive it and of those who are forced to pay it. It may be said, in fact, that practically every measure that governments take with the ostensible object of 'helping the poor' has the long-run effect of doing the opposite." —Henry Hazlitt

"One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation." —Thomas B. Reed

Non-citizen federal crimes: "7% of U.S. population is non-citizens but who commit 22% of murders, 18% of fraud, 33% of money laundering, 29% of drug trafficking, and 72% of drug possession." —U.S. Sentencing Commission [DOJ: 1 in 5 federal prisoners is foreign born, most illegal aliens; 94% of confirmed aliens in federal prisons are here illegally.]

"Bureau of Justice statistics FY2018: “64% of all federal arrests were non-US citizens; 43% of all suspects prosecuted in federal courts were non-US citizens; non-US citizens made up just 7% of the US population." —US Department of Justice

"Ronald Reagan carried the American people with him in his great endeavors because there was perfect sympathy between them. He and they loved America and what it stands for: freedom and opportunity for ordinary people." —Lady Margaret Thatcher

"You make money selling advice, not following it." —Bertie Charles Forbes, Founder of Forbes Magazine

"True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and only that which is." —François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Motion picture employment statement: "The making and authorized distribution of this film supported over 15,000 jobs and involved hundreds of thousands of work hours." Independence Day: Resurgence

"The entire north polar ice cap during some of the summer months could be completely ice free within the next 5 to 7 years." —Al Gore, c. 2010

Global Warming since 1695: "We know that the warming trend that we are in now ... it actually started – we know the year – in 1695 ... in the depths of the horrendous little ice age. In the next 40 years, the rate of warming is 4 times what we have seen in the 20th century. From 1695 to 1850, we have more warming than we've had since. So if we look at the warming we've seen in the 20th century, it is very similar to other warming trends we've seen since the end of the last ice age. It's neither unusual nor unprecidented." Geologist, Gregory Wrightstone

Climate Alarmisms: "Progressives' solutions to an alleged environmental 'crisis' are to raise taxes, grow government, hamstring capitalism, and relinquish national sovereignty. Not coincidentally, those are the same policies the left always pursues." Jerry Shenk

"If present trends continue, the world will be about 4° colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but 11° colder in the year 2000 … This is about twice what it would take to put us into an Ice Age." —Kenneth Watt, 1970

"The reality is that the path to getting rich is the biggest contribution to society. Why do we think someone who is brilliant at business has a clue about charity? Invariably when they give to charity they reduce their contribution to society." —John Tamny

Election 2016:. "The Russians spent $54 on Facebook ads in Wisconsin. That's neglecting Wisconsin even worse than Hillary Clinton." —Michael Needham

"The problem is not that bitcoin is a sham. The problem is that people are nuts." —linenfort

"Just an Armadillo on the shoulder of the information superhighway." —kelstertx

"We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way." —General George S. Patton

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working." —Pablo Picasso

"I guess I should warn you: If I turn out to be particularly clear, you've probably misunderstood what I've said." —Alan Greenspan

"I have sold more books on science than Madonna has sold on sex." Professor Stephen Hawking

"I can tolerate risk – I just don't like losing money." —CULater

"Stay the course. No matter what happens, stick to your program. I've said 'Stay the course' a thousand times, and I meant it ever time. It is the most important single piece of investment wisdom I can give to you." —Jack Bogle

"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." —Will Rogers

French President on migrants: "I can't tell my middle classes who work, who pay taxes, that it's great, we're going to welcome everybody into the country … That's just ridiculous. Who's going to pay for that? You'll just fuel racism and xenophobia. That doesn't exist – total open frontiers – that just doesn't work." —French President Emmanuel Macron, 2017

Truthiness: "If it rings true, it is true." Michael Wolff

"The fight to protect [illegal immigrants brought here at a young age] is ... a critical component of the Democratic Party's future electoral success." Jennifer Palmieri, Center for American Progress Center for American Progress, January, 2018

"Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?" —Private question attributed to President Trump by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), January, 2018; specific language denied by Trump and others present

"They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them." —President Obama, April 6, 2008

The good old days: "In 50 years, every street in London will be buried under nine feet of manure." —Times of London; The Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894

Anti-business propaganda themes are commonly used in TV programs and movies: "Wealthy businessman suspected of committing acts of terror to manipulate the stock market." —NCIS TV program dialog, S14:E11 'Willoughby' 1/3/2017 at 00:07:01 [Making the public believe in things that never happen.]

"There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded." —Mark Twain

"I'd like to go back to America, but I'm stuck in Washington [D.C.]." —Senator Kennedy, R-Louisiana

"It can be proven that most claimed research findings are false." John P. A. Ioannidis

Ignorance is bliss: "So long as I know it not, it hurteth me not." —George Pettie, 1500's

Winning denier (Six trillion dollars wrong after one year): "It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump [won the 2016 Presidential election], and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover? If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never. ... We are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight. I suppose we could get lucky somehow. But on economics, as on everything else, a terrible thing has just happened." Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winning economist

"Inaction breeds fear and doubt. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." —Dale Carnegie

"Regulation is stealth taxation. The U.S. ... unelected bureaucrats ... have imposed crushing and anti-business and anti-worker regulations on our citizens with no vote, no legislative debate, and no real accountability. In America, those days are over." President Donald J. Trump

"The search by the [wealthy] elite for superior investment advice has caused it, in aggregate, to waste more than $100 billion over the past decade." Warren Buffett, 2016

"I don't like dirty cops. And the seventh floor of the FBI is full of them and the upper echelon of the DOJ under Obama was full of dirty cops. And look what they did. They threw a case against Hillary Clinton like a bunch of lousy 1930's prizefighters for 500 bucks and they tried to frame Donald Trump with a created crime." —Joe DiGenova, former U.S. Attorney, 2018

Lens: "Prime for purists, zoom for tourists." —Peter Gilbert

"If you do not master arc welding by the age of 50, then your life's a waste." —Laurent

Washington, D.C. politics: "In this town, too much is done on the basis of innuendo and speculation. Every mistake becomes a conspiracy, every charge becomes a conviction, every rumor becomes a reality. That's the way this town is built." —Leon Panetta, Former CIA Director, CBS Face the Nation, June 23, 1996

"I'm the king of debt. I'm great with debt. Nobody knows debt better than me. I've made a fortune by using debt. And if things don't work out, I renegotiate the debt. I mean that's a smart thing, not a stupid thing." —Donald Trump, CBS This Morning, June 22, 2016

"Socialism only works in two places, heaven where they don't need it, and hell where they already have it." —Ronald Reagan

February, 2018 Budget Bill: "In this bill we have Medicare means testing; we have added to it." —House Speaker Paul Ryan

"The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory" —Aldo Gucci

"If we make guns illegal, then nobody will get shot anymore. That's how we stopped everybody from doing drugs." —Internet meme

"My favorite thing is to go where I've never been." —Diane Arbus

"A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words." —Ansel Adams

"There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell them.​" —Louis Armstrong

"GMO foods are perfectly healthy and the technique has the possibility to reduce starvation and malnutrition ... it is disappointing that people view [non-GMO foods] as better." —Bill Gates

Urban Life: "I am not a friend to placing growing men in populous cities ... because they acquire there habits and partialities which do not contribute to the happiness of their after life. ... I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man. True, they nourish some of the elegant arts, but the useful ones can thrive elsewhere, and less perfection in the others, with more health, virtue & freedom, would be my choice." Thomas Jefferson

Harris County, Georgia's Welcome Sign: "Our citizens have concealed weapons. If you kill someone, we might kill you back. We have ONE jail and 356 cemeteries. Enjoy your stay!" —Sheriff Mike Jolley [Another Harris County, Georgia Welcome Sign reads: "Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God bless America and in God we Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you … LEAVE!"]

"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book." —Anonymous

"When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?" —John Maynard Keynes

Fake news – Lies spread faster than the truth: "According the biggest study to date into fake news, the truth takes six times longer to be seen by 1,500 people on Twitter than misinformation. ... lies were 70% more likely to be retweeted than the truth ... people expressed more surprise and disgust at misinformation." Shona Ghosh

"Eighty-six percent of university presidents cite negative effects of 'liberal political bias on campus'." Gallop Poll

Hedge funds: "Their entire industry is built on going long and short at the same time, both employing risk for its asymmetrical upside and laying off risk as a hedge against the inevitable downturns." Billions

"A lot of women have compromised, given in, gotten married, raised their kids, and not had the luxury of being able to think for themselves." —Sandra Bernhard

"People always live for ever when there is any annuity to be paid them." Jane Austen

"Get your facts straight first, then you can distort them as you please." —Mark Twain

"There is nothing in life to be feared. It is only to be understood." —Marie Curie

The Investor's Dilemma: "I have 50% in stocks and 50% in bonds ... I spend half my time worrying about how much I have invested in stocks and the other half of the time worrying about how little." —Jack Bogle

"I explained that [President Trump] could count on me to always tell him the truth. I said I don't do sneaky things, I don't leak, I don't do weasel moves." —FBI Director James Comey, memo, January 28, 2017

Orwellian surveillance systems: "The ability of anyone to know what you've been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life—from my own point of view it shouldn't exist." —Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

Calling out 'Black Lives Matter' protest: "This mentality is not cool. I don't know why people like being oppressed. The weirdest thing I've ever heard. 'I love oppression. ... We're oppressed.' Four hundred years of slavery, Jim Crowe, which by the way, none of you guys lived through, your grandparents did, and it's embarrassing that you utilize their history. You're not living through anything right now. You're overly privileged Americans." —Candace Owens, Turning Point USA
"I love the way Candace Owens thinks." —Kanye West

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's powers questioned: "I don't see what relation this indictment has with what the special counsel is authorized to investigate. You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud. What you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment. ... It's unlikely you're going to persuade me the special counsel has unfettered power to do whatever he wants." —U.S. Federal District Judge T.S. Ellis, III, Eastern District of Virginia

"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country." —Margaret Thatcher

"When I play with my cat, how do I know that she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?" —Montaigne

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." —Andy Rooney

Failure to learn from history: "Happy [200th] Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!" New York Times [Fake News]

"[Karl Marx's] horrifying and stupid ideas led to the deaths of 100 million human beings and the misery of billions of others." —Ben Shapiro

Robocalls and telephone fraud: "If they call you, it's a scam ... Period." Senior fraud education program

"We reject the excuse that getting the most out of technology means trading away your right to privacy. So we choose a different path, collecting as little of your data as possible, being thoughtful and respectful when it's in our care, because we know it belongs to you." —Tim Cook, Apple CEO, Duke University Commencement, May 14, 2018

"If it wasn't [investment bank] Lehman Brothers but 'Lehman Sisters' we might not have had the [2008] financial collapse." —Senator Kristen Gillibrand, (D) New York

"Speaking in full frame terms, I feel that we 'sense' in 21mm, we 'perceive' in 28mm, we 'see' in 35–40mm, we 'look at' in 50mm, and we 'examine' in 75–90mm." Jim Simmons

"[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!"—Lisa Page, DOJ
"No. No he won't. Will stop it." Peter Strzok, FBI (August 8, 2016)
" ... there's no way he gets elected – but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy ... " —Peter Strzok, FBI (August 15, 2016)

The Criminal Deep State: "There is a brazen plot to clear Hillary Clinton and to frame Donald Trump ... " —Victoria Toensing, Former Assistant United States Attorney and Chief Counsel, Senate Intelligence Committee

"The Russia Hoax: The illicit scheme to clear Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump." Gregg Jarrett

"We are the largest cybersecurity company in the world. … We actually block 20 billion threats every day on behalf of our customers." —Chuck Robbins, Cisco Chairman and CEO

"Any girl can look glamorous, all she has to do is stand still and look stupid." Hedy Lamarr

Stampout index funds

Drivel: "Passive investing is worse than Marxism." —Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

"Don't gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock, and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don’t go up, don't buy it." —Will Rogers in one of his syndicated 1929 newspaper columns

"I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem – and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?" —President Dwight D. Eisenhower

"If not for double standards, the left would have no standards at all." —Tomi Lahren

"Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil." —Charles Krauthammer, July 26, 2002

"Far more critical than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know." —Eric Hoffer

"Everyone you know is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always be kind." —Brit Hume

"So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good." —Helen Keller

"It was thyme to turnip the heat on the knead-less regulations." IJ

"A good photograph is one that makes the viewer so aware of the subject that they are unaware of the print." —Kodak

"Civility is not a sign of weakness." —John F. Kennedy

"America wasn't built on fear. It was built on courage, imagination, and unbeatable determination to do the job." —President Harry S Truman

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he'd learned in seven years." —Mark Twain

Long term investing: "Our favorite holding period is forever." —Warren Buffett

"The purpose of the margin of safety is to render the forecast unnecessary." —Benjamin Graham

Asset Allocation: "Let every man divide his money into three parts, and invest a third in land, a third in business and a third let him keep by him in reserve." —Talmud

Investment volatility: "A bad year for bonds is the same as a bad day for stocks." Wyatt Lee

"Retiring is easy! For every year you can save half your income, is one year you can retire at the same standard of living." —bling

"You can't wear overhead, why pay for it?" —Mill’s Retail Store

"42 Megapixels is the answer to life, the universe and everything." —lattesweden

"History is a pack of lies agreed upon." —Napoleon

"Keep calm and take photos." —vett93

"Things are more like they are right now than they ever have been." Some crazy guy

"In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism. They have formed their own 4-H Club — the ‘hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history." William Safire, 1970

"In the long run, democratic socialists want to end capitalism." —Meagan Day, Jacobin magazine writer

No, your iPhone isn't eavesdropping: "iPhone doesn't listen to consumers except to recognize the clear, unambiguous audio trigger 'Hey Siri' ... The customer is not our product, and our business model does not depend on collecting vast amounts of personally identifiable information to enrich targeted profiles marketed to advertisers ... We believe privacy is a fundamental human right and purposely design our products and services to minimize our collection of customer data." —Timothy Powderly, Director, Federal Government Affairs, Apple

How investing $5 a day can lead you to $1 million: "If you start in your twenties with a couple of reasonable investments, you can't avoid becoming a millionaire." Annie Nova, CNBC

"Plans are worthless, but planning is everything." —Dwight D. Eisenhower

Pessimist: "Optimism and stupidity are nearly synonymous." Admiral Hyman Rickover

Q. "What do you call a place where solid, liquid, and gas come together?"
A. "The beach." —Cassini mission team talking about Saturn's moon Titan

"Another strikingly human characteristic, one that is seldom mentioned: our almost limitless ability for self deception ... Whatever the answer, the only sensible way to arrive at it [Nature's secrets] is through detailed scientific research." —Francis Crick

"The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." —William Butler Yeats

"Your prayers were answered – and the answer was no." Molly Brown

The four most expensive words in the English language: "This time it's different." —Sir John Templeton

"In the financial world, complexity may suggest sophistication – but it is usually a ruse to bamboozle and fleece investors. ... If we don't educate our children about money, one day a broker will teach them lessons they'll never forget." Jonathan Clements

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." —John Adams

"Stay the course, don't let these changes in the market, even the big one [like the financial crisis] … change your mind and never, never, never be in or out of the market. Always be in at a certain level." Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard Group

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." William Shakespeare

"It's taken me a lot of years, but I've come around to this: If you're dumb, surround yourself with smart people. And if you're smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you." —oldcomputerguy

"What is free is often not cheap." —Moshe

"Think" —IBM

"Manual focusing is slower and methodical ... kind of like fly fishing." —JonJonJam

"Can't you buy a silent camera?" Jane Goodall comment to Tom Mangelson

Mattress Police: "But, oh, what an anxiety-reducer it was when mattress tags finally changed their wording from 'Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law' to 'This Tag Shall Not Be Removed Except by the Consumer.'" —nisiprius

"A man searches the world for what he needs, and returns home to find it." —George Moore

"As Herbert Hoover said, 'prosperity is just around the corner.'" —Man on the street, commenting on stock market correction

Spoiled by too much resolution: "A portrait where the camera sees so much more than the eye that the hyper-realism becomes surrealism." Phil Stiles

"When you control time, you don't need to know what time it is." —Mark Cuban

"Even a broken clock is right twice a day!" —Anonymous

"Never underestimate one's capacity to overestimate one's abilities" —The Dunning-Kruger Effect

"Today is the last time you will ever be this young." —Unknown

"You are not welcome here. ... We welcome everybody here." —Presbyterian minister screaming at President Trump, visiting the scene of the largest antisemitic mass murder in U.S. history

"Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig." Robert Heinlein

"Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it." Unknown

"What did the President know, and when did he know it?" —Republican Senator Howard Baker's famous question about President Richard Nixon (Question created by Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel Fred Dalton Thompson.)

"The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it." —Sir Peter B. Medawar, The Art of the Soluble, 1967

"Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things." —Georgia O'Keeffe

" ... If you want your stocks to go down, I strongly suggest voting Democrat. They like the Venezuela financial model, High Taxes ... " —Donald J. Trump, 10/30/2018

"If you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything." —Ronald Coase

"A successful economy depends on the proliferation of the rich, and creating a large class of risk-taking men who are willing to shun the easy channels of a comfortable life in order to create new enterprise, win huge profits, and invest them again." —George Gilder, 2012

Her Oakland childhood home now gone: "There is no there there." —Gertrude Stein

"The beauty of owning the market is that you eliminate individual stock risk, you eliminate market sector risk, and you eliminate manager risk. ... The odds of outpacing an all-market index fund are, well, terrible." —Jack Bogle

"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." —Stephen Grellet, 1773-1855, French-born Quaker Minister

"Actions speak louder than words." —Abraham Lincoln

"A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it." —Albert Einstein

"Happiness is a warm puppy." —Charles M. Schulz

"The kilogram, ampere, kelvin, and mole were all redefined last month at the General Conference on Weights and Measures." —Scott Bever

"The closest helping hand is at the end of your own arm." —Anonymous

"The surest way to know the future is when it becomes the past." —Anonymous

"The course of history shows that as the government grows, liberty decreases." —Thomas Jefferson

"May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, The foresight to know where you're going, And the insight to know when you've gone too far." —Irish Blessing

See Five Minute Videos: "The best ideas from the best minds distilled into five focused minutes." —Prager University

"And the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home." Christopher Columbus

Success: "The ability to move from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." —Winston Churchill

"What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone." —Apple, 14 story tall billboard, at the Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, 2019

Advice for exchange student: "Smile, be friendly, and learn the language." —Virginia Cooper

Spacetime: "The views of space and time which I wish to lay before you have sprung from the soil of experimental physics, and therein lies their strength. They are radical. Henceforth space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality." Hermann Minkowski

"A musician is somebody who puts $5000 worth of equipment into a $500 car to go play a $50 gig." David Dyer-Bennet

"Aerodynamics are for people who can't build engines." —Enzo Ferrari

"If you have a plan in your head, it's a wish. If you write it down, it's a plan." —Peter Creedon

"I already have too many ways to waste time, and too little time to waste." —Bill Pearce

To get a discount, just ask: "Is that the best you can do?" —Sam Parr

"Never sell a good lens." Michael C. Johnston

"I can explain it to you, but I cannot comprehend it for you." —Ed Koch

"The exhibit of all the cool artwork I never made would be a good show, I'll tell ya that. :-)" Michael C. Johnston

"The FBI estimates there are one hundred thousand foreign spies working within the United States today. More than any time in history." TV show 'The Enemy Within' (2019)

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." —Benjamin Disraeli

"The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist." —Charles Baudelaire

"What is not obvious to most investors is how much fees reduce your future worth decades down the road: 'Assume you are invested in a mutual fund ... with a gross return of 7 percent, but that the mutual fund charges you an annual fee of 2 percent. Over a 50-year investing lifetime, that little 2 percent fee will erode 63 percent of what you would have had.'" JBTX

Financial Advisor: "You can't hire experts to help you invest because almost all the people who look like experts at investing are actually experts at putting your money in their pocket." dbr

"Don't listen to the person who has the answers; listen to the person who has the questions." —Albert Einstein

Harvard educated psychologist, Dr. William Marston, is known for creating the Wonder Woman comic book character with her "lasso of truth." What earlier invention did he create?

"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." —Harry S Truman

"The noblest art is that of making others happy." Phineas Taylor Barnum

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." —Mark Twain

"No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider." —Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

Tax the smart: "Unfortunately, some students don't have your high grades from studying hard, so we're going to lower your grades which are unfairly high, to raise grades of the less fortunate students." #supportsocialism

"The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world." William Ross Wallace

"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows." —George Orwell, '1984'

A very wise English politician once said of a very outspoken and critical historian: "I wish I could be as certain of anything as he is of everything." —Gerry Baker

"Sometimes doing nothing is the smartest investment. Stay invested. History shows a 99% chance of positive returns [S&P500 stock index after 15 years]. Invest for the long term." OppenheimerFunds Challenge Impulse advertisement

"The biggest mistake investors make is looking backward at performance and thinking it'll recur in the future." —Jack Bogle

"Nothing beats the bandwidth of a 747 filled with hard disks." Mike Titus, Event Horizon Telescope

"WiFi is illegal in the town of Green Bank, West Virginia where a superpowerful [radio] telescope resides that needs electromagnetic silence to do its important research." —Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics

" ... the FBI doesn't spy … the FBI investigates ... a totally normal step." —James Comey, former FBI Director

"This was a coup. ... This was an attempted overthrow of the United States government." President Donald J. Trump

"They tried for a coup. Didn't work out so well. … All was taking place at the highest levels in Washington DC. … Corruption at the highest level. A disgrace. Spying, surveillance, trying for an overthrow, and we caught them." —President Donald J. Trump

"Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action." —Ian Fleming

"Xi Jinping is not a dictator." —Michael Bloomberg

"China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man. They are not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They're not competition for us." Former Vice President Joseph Biden
"For someone to be so naïve and say that China is not a problem … That's a very dumb statement." —President Donald J. Trump

Wuhan China Virus Pandemic: "The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions. ... In the earliest days of the virus, China locked down travel domestically while allowing flights to leave China and infect the world. ... The Chinese government and the World Health Organization, which is virtually controlled by China, falsely declared that there was no evidence of human to human transmission." —President Donald J. Trump, Address to the United Nations, September 21, 2020

Four Pinocchios: "There's a $2 trillion tax cut last year. Did you feel it? Did you get anything from it? Of course not. Of course not. All of it went to folks at the top and corporations." Former Vice President Joseph Biden, May 2, 2016

Trump economy: "What magic wand do you have?" —President Barack Obama
[Magic wand = personal and business tax cuts, free markets, reduced regulation, reciprocal free trade, energy independence —> economic growth >3%, jobs, manufacturing returning to US, hispanic, black and women unemployment at historic lows, rising wages, booming stock market]

"You want to see a bird cemetery? Go under a windmill." —President Donald J. Trump

The sun is huge: "If a jet airplane could fly around the sun, it would take it six months to go all the way around!"

Hubble ultra deep field
Hubble space telescope ultra deep field
(Yikes, those are all galaxies!!!)

Radio: "I do not think that the wireless waves that I have discovered will have any practical application." —Heinrich Hertz

"War makes murderers out of otherwise decent people. All wars, and all decent people." —Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz at age 97

"Married parents stay together longer, through their child's upbringing: 74% of married parents are still together (triple) by the time their child is 12 years old, versus only 24% of cohabiting parents." —The Brookings Institution

"Annual FBI crime statistics show that more people are killed with clubs and hammers each year than by rifles or shotguns." CBS, Washington, DC

"Our political opponents look down with hatred on our values, and with utter distain for the people whose lives they want to run. ... the far left politicians that ravaged our great cities and crushed the dreams of African-American middle-class. ... A vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream." —President Donald J. Trump, June 18, 2019

"I am woman. I am invincible. I am tired." —Silkscreened on a T-shirt

"If you can count your money, you're not a billionaire." —J. Paul Getty, the world's first billionaire who invented the supertanker that made it possible to deliver oil from the middle east

"The only things you find in the middle-of-the-road are yellow stripes and dead armadillos." —Texas saying

"Visitors at Denali, Grand Teton, and Yosemite National Parks generated approximately 100-million pounds of trash in 2015!" —Subaru

"Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws and I believe that they must be held accountable. That's why over the past 6 years deportations of criminals are up 80%, and that's why we're going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security." —President Barack Obama

"The true measure of an individual is not how they act in a time of triumph, but rather how they act in a time of tragedy." Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

JULY 1969, A. D.
—Plaque on the Apollo 11 Lunar Excursion Module
leg that was left on the surface of the moon

"There are probably 10 to 15% of people out there who are just not very good people." Joe Biden, June 4, 2020

Irredeemable: "You could put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. ... the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it." —Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, New York City, September, 2016 [President Trump was called "racist" on CNN 2,268 times and on MSNBC 1,925 times during the week of July 14 - 21, 2019, according to Tom Elliott. Dr. Ben Carson, a black pediatric neurosurgeon, now Secretary of HUD, says that he knows Trump well and that Trump is not a racist; neither is Trump anti-semitic (his daughter and son-in-law are Jewish), nor anti-immigrant (Trump married an immigrant to be his wife twice).]

"We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." —Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Columbus, Ohio, March, 2016

"This has to be the party that’s not afraid to say out loud: We’re gonna tax the hell out of the wealthy." —Democrat Bill DeBlasio, 7/31/2019 Presidential Debate

"Go for a business that any idiot can run, because sooner or later one will." —Warren Buffett

"Let us say to the immigrant, not that we hope he will learn English, but that he has got to learn it. Let the immigrant who does not learn it go back. He has got to consider the interest of the United States or he should not stay here. He must be made to see that his opportunities in this country depend on his knowing English and observing American standards." —President Theodore Roosevelt

"Too much is plenty." —Benjamin Cohen

"An education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge." —President Donald Trump, inaugural address, January 20, 2017

"Never meet your heroes … They'll disappoint you." —Anonymous

Wealth Tax: "Do you realize that paying your [financial] advisor 1% is the same as taking a 25% paycut in your retirement income?" earlyout

"If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments." —Earl Wilson

"Showing Up Is 80 Percent of Life." Woody Allen

"Never get involved in a land war in Asia." —Advice from General Douglas MacArthur to President John F. Kennedy in 1961

"My success has allowed me to strike out with a higher class of women." —Woody Allen

Stay the course: "From 1900 to 2013 there were 123 'corrections' (where the stock market drops 10% or more from previous highs) and 32 'bear markets' (where the stock market drops 20% or more from previous highs.) What's the takeaway message? You should expect a correction every year and a bear market every three years. If you have a sixty year investing horizon (30 year career plus 30 years in retirement), you should plan to pass through 60 corrections and 20 bear markets. This is what markets do." White Coat Investor

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand." Milton Friedman

"The distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." —Albert Einstein

"You will behold through the telescope a host of stars, which escape the unassisted sight … so numerous as to be almost beyond belief." —Galileo Galilei

"Reporters don't root for a side." —Chris Cillizza

"If you care about the earth, if you care about animals, you should be a capitalist. The cleanest nations are capitalist and the best preservation for land, air, trees, water is privately held. So be a capitalist if you are an environmentalist." —Daniel Turner, Executive Director, Power the Future

"Deadliest predators on the earth?: #1) Mosquitoes 750,000 deaths/year; #2) Snakes 100,000 deaths/year; #3) Dogs 35,000 deaths/year; #4) Freshwater Snails 20,000 deaths/year; #5 Tsetse Flies 10,000 deaths/year" —ABC News Nightline

"Total household income gains: Bush $402, Obama $1,044, Trump $5,228." —Senter Research

"Mac users perform better at work and close larger high-value sales compared to PC users." IBM

"Carpe per diem – seize the check." —Robin Williams

"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore." —Yogi Berra

"I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself." —Ronald Reagan

"Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts,' probably lost." —Martina Navratilova

String theory: "We used to think particles were made of points; now it's strings. This solves the problem of quantum gravity. Also there are extra dimensions, but they are teeny, so it's no big deal, and we're still working on it. That's six decades of work in a nutshell." Paul Sutter

"Keep calm and carry on"
"Your courage your cheerfulness your resolution
will bring us victory"
"Freedom is in peril
Defend it with all your might"
—Three British posters, World War II

"The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." —Abraham Lincoln

"Trade the news and you will lose." —ThereAreNoGurus

"To achieve satisfactory investment results is easier than most people realize; to achieve superior results is harder than it looks." —Benjamin Graham

"I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure." —whimsicalmike

"You can have new, or improved. Not both." —TropikThunder

"What me worry?" Alfred E. Neuman

"All else is never equal." —Ctein

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." —Albert Einstein

Socialism versus capitalism: "When I was in England in the 1970's, the coal industry, steel industry, rail industry, gas industry, road transportation, … electricity, healthcare — all that and the airlines owned and run by the government, and they ran it into the ground — that was English socialism. It failed miserably." —Stuart Varney

"This is a Blue Collar Boom. Since my election, the net worth of the bottom half of wage earners has increased by +47%, three times faster than the increase for the top 1%. Real median household income is at the highest level ever recorded. The American dream is a back – bigger, better, and stronger than ever before. No one is benefiting more than America's middle class." —President Donald J. Trump, Davos, Switzerland, January 21, 2020

"The earth is finite, and if the world economy and population is to keep expanding, space is the only way to go." —Jeff Bezos as a high school student

The Failed Experiment of Covid Lockdowns: "Locking down the economy didn't contain the disease's spread and reopening it didn't unleash a second wave of infections. ... Lockdowns correlated with a greater spread of the virus. States with longer, stricter lockdowns also had larger Covid outbreaks." Donald L. Luskin, TrendMacro CEO, The Wall Street Journal, September 4, 2020

Coronavirus Covid–19 Pandemic: "Social distancing … is the way to go … Right now, not wait, you should start to distance yourself from the risk: crowds, getting on a plane, on a long plane trip, and above all don't get on a cruise ship." —Anthony Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, 3/9/2020

Mask between bites

Hilarious! "Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don't forget to "keep your mask on in between bites." Office of Governor Gavin Newsom of California, October 3, 2020 [Also, "minimize the number of times you take your mask off." Got it?]

It's been a long year: "Scientists have found that 7 dog years does not equal one human year. In fact the only thing that equals 7 human years is 2020." —Anonymous meme

"While money can't buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery." —Groucho Marx

Order shutting down the economy: "Flu d’état." Peter Barry Chowka

"The Big Apple is dying. Its streets are empty. Tens of thousands of have been plunged into poverty. Our leaders have no plan, no answers. New Yorkers have already learned to social distance. Businesses can adjust. The elderly and sick can continue to be isolated. BUT IT NEEDS TO END. NOW." —David Marcus, 'New York Post'

"After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 ... Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels famously asked then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, 'Can we be funny?' to which Giuliani countered, 'Why start now?'" Richard Morgan and Jada Yuan

China Threatens to Withhold ALL MEDICAL EXPORTS: 'The United States will fall into the hell' of a Coronavirus Epidemic:
"If China retaliates against the United States ... it will also announce strategic control over medical products and ban exports to the United States." Xinhua (Chinese Government News Agency), March 4, 2020 [Google translation]

"Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time." —Steven Wright

"Ready money is Aladdin's Lamp." —Benjamin Disraeli quoting Lord Byron

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." —Eleanor Roosevelt

"There is a certain class of race problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public." —Booker T. Washington

Equal protection of the laws???: "We need to start having race conscious laws." —Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat presidential candidate, 2/7/2020

"Stupid is as stupid does." Forrest Gump

"I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing" —Plato

Hanlon's razor: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." Robert J. Hanlon

"If you can get good at destroying your own wrong ideas, that is a great gift." —Charlie Munger

"New York is ... physically tiny. The entire island of Manhattan is smaller than the Dallas Fort Worth airport." Tucker Carlson

America's #1 rudest city: "Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker's g-d given right." Ghostbusters II

"There's this enormous cohort of black and latino males aged ... 16 to 25 that don't have jobs, don't have any prospects, don't know how to find jobs, don't know what their skill sets are, don't know how to behave in the workplace. ... Blacks and latinos score terribly in school testing compared to whites and asians. If you look at our jails, it's predominantly minorities. If you look at where crime takes place, it's in minority neighborhoods. If you look at who the victims and the perpetrators are, it's virtually all minorities." —New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, PBS NewsHour, August 4, 2011

Farming, manufacturing: "You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, and water, up comes the corn … you could learn that. ... Then you have 300 years of the industrial society. You put the piece of metal on the lathe, you turn the crank in the direction of the arrow, and you can have a job. ... The information economy is fundamentally different. ... You have to have a lot more gray matter." —Michael Bloomberg, University of Oxford Said Business School, 2016

"The U.S. hasn't elected a President shorter than 5 feet, 9 inches since 1876." —Trish Regan

"The only thing in the middle of the road is roadkill." —Roger Ailes

"I like a lot of snow, or otherwise I just prefer it to be warm." Mennonite girl at the local market

"New high of 90% of Americans [are] satisfied with [their] personal life." Gallop poll, February 6, 2020

"Are you better off than you were four years ago? Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the store then it was four years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Do you feel that our security is as safe; that we are as strong as we were for years ago? And if you answer all those questions yes, then I think your choice is very obvious as to who to vote for." —Presidential Candidate Ronald Reagan, October 28, 1980

"I'm still the President's wing-man ..." Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder

"Learn every day, but especially from the experiences of others. It's cheaper!" —John Bogle

"Markets crash. Markets recover. more than more than takes your money FOREVER." —palaheel

"The Venezuelan approach to hyperinflation seems to be to get out of Venezuela ... if possible." nisiprius

"The purpose of the margin of safety is to render the forecast unnecessary." —Benjamin Graham

Cyanobacteria: "We owe our [evolutionary] heritage to the scum of the earth." Robert Roy Britt

"Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter." —Albert Einstein

"I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong." —Richard Feynman

"I'm trying to think, but nothing happens." —spdoublebass

"Things are more like they are now than they've ever been before." —Moretti

"Hindsight is 2020 (pun intended)." —CoastalWinds

Frugality: "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." Anonymous

"If you leave your head in the sand for too long, you might get run over by a Jeep." —columbia

"I'd like to personally thank you for flying with us today and to remind you that the last one off the plane has to clean it." A View From The Top (movie)

"Please bring your tray table and seat back to the full upright and uncomfortable position ... and if you have any questions feel free to ask the passenger sitting next to you." —Pacific Southwest Airlines (c. 1986) humorous safety instructions

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." —Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Photo Printers: "Ink is more expensive than champagne, Chanel perfume, and human blood." Mike Johnston

Covid-19: "Until further notice, this residence is closed to visitors. We're not sick, and we don't think you are. We're just not sure we trust you around our toilet paper." Sign on front door

"Operation Warp Speed's goal is to produce and deliver 300 million doses of safe and effective [coronavirus] vaccines with the initial doses available by January 2021 ... " U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Wear a mask - spanish flu pandemic, 1918

"The man or woman or child who will not wear a mask now is a dangerous slacker." —American Red Cross, public service announcement, San Francisco, 1918 influenza pandemic


Lethal misinformation: "Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China." —World Health Organization (@WHO), January 14, 2020

Lethal misinformation: "What the World Health Organization and the CDC have reaffirmed in the last few days is that they do not recommend the general public wear masks. ... Wearing a mask improperly can actually increase your risk of getting disease. [Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!” ... They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus ... ]" —U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, March 31, 2020

COVID-19 can sometimes be spread by airborne transmission [Aerosols]: " ... spread by exposure to virus in small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours. These viruses may be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet away from the person who is infected or after that person has left the space. ... enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation. Sometimes the infected person was breathing heavily, for example while singing or exercising." CDC, October, 2020 [Posted, deleted, then reposted.] Aerosol spread can be prevented by wearing a properly fitting N95 'respirator.'

WEAR A FACEMASK: "Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities." CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield, July 14, 2020

"We in the World Health Organization do NOT advocate lockdowns as a primary means of control of this virus. ... we really do appeal to all world leaders: stop using lockdown as your primary control method." —Dr. David Navarro, World Health Organization Special Envoy, October, 2020

"I might go even so far as to say that this facemask [in my hand] is more guaranteed to protect me against Covid than when I take a Covid vaccine." —CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield, September, 2020

Facemasks vs. respirators: "CDC guidance on masks has clearly stated that wearing a mask is intended to protect other people in case the mask wearer is infected. At no time has CDC guidance suggested that masks were intended to protect the wearers." —Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, October 14, 2020

" ... we're asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask, get a mask. Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact." President Donald J. Trump, July 21, 2020

"We'll have a national mandate to wear a [covid-19 face] mask." —Joe Biden, August 20, 2020
"I wouldn't issue a mandate." —Joe Biden, September 13, 2020

Covid-19: "It is estimated that 200 million [sic] people have died ... " —Joe Biden, September 20, 2020

"It's a recession when your neighbor loses their job. It's a depression when you lose your job." —Anon

"Q. Do you know who is protesting Ohm's Law?
A. The Resistance!" V = I R

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." —Albert Einstein

"We believe that personal integrity and professional conduct are not only basic standards but, in the long run, they are the only sound basis on which to build a durable business." —Jack Bogle's Words of Wisdom to Vanguard employees

"1. Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. 2. Anything that's invented between when you're 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. 3. Anything invented after you're 35 is against the natural order of things." —Douglas Adams

"It doesn't matter how you get there, if you don't know where you're going." The Flying Karamazov Brothers

"No one cares how hard you worked." Ctein

"The beginnings of all things are small." —Marcus Tullius Cicero

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it." Newspaper joke, 1913, often attributed to Yogi Berra

"A day without laughter is a day wasted." —Charlie Chaplin

"the sheer length of your [blog] post is impressive. seriously. ... you, sir, are the monarch of eternity." —Eric Arnold