Friday, March 20, 2009

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


'Save Freedom of Speech' Norman Rockwell; from a War Bond poster

" '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 – Jabberwocky, 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

"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

"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

"What happened to the dinosaurs? They 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

"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

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

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

"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

"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

"Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity" —Robert A. Heinlein

"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 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

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

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

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

"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

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

"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

"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

"The best kept secret in the investing world: Almost nothing turns out as expected." Harry Browne

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

"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

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

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

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

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

"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

"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.

"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

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

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

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

"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

"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

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.]

"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

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

"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

"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. 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

" ... 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

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

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

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

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)

"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)

"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

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

"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

"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

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

"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, Democratic 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

"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 have ears.' Canadian World War II propaganda poster.

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

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

"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"

"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 the antidote to racism, bigotry and prejudice." —Mark Twain

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

"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." —Anonymous

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

"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

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

"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

"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

"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)

... "Where did you hear that?"
"The Internet."
"And you believed that?"
"Yeah."
"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

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

"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. 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

"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

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

"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

"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

"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

" ... never mind." —Emily Litella

"A lie will fly around the whole world while the truth is getting its boots on." —Mark Twain

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

"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

"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

"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

"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"

"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

"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

"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]

"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

"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 US 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

"Never try to teach a pig to sing. It frustrates you and annoys the pig." —Mark Twain

"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

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

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

"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

"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 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

Pastafarian

"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

"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)

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

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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

" ... A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, but shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement." —Thomas Jefferson

"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

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

"We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." —Hillary Clinton

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

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." —Albert Einstein

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

"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

"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.

"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

"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

"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

"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

"I'm an indexer. I own the market. And I'm happy." John Bogle

"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken." —Oscar Wilde

"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

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

"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

"Difficult to predit the future is!" —Yoda, "Star Wars"

"Nobody understands quantum mechanics." —Richard Feynman

"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.

"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 sheer length of your [blog] post is impressive. seriously. ... you, sir, are the monarch of eternity." —Eric Arnold

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 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

"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

" ... never mind." Emily Litella

"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

"Where there is no law, there is no liberty." —Benjamin Rush

"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

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

"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

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

"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 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

"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

"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

"[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

"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

"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

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

"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"

"Those things you learn without joy you will forget easily." an old Finnish saying

"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

"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 American." —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

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

"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

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

"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

"Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away, if your car could go straight upwards." —Sir Fred Hoyle

"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

"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

"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.

TROUBLE COVERING $1,000 EMERGENCY
(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

"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

"The true test of strength is not avoiding upset; its feeling emotional distress and functioning in the face of it." —Megyn Kelly

"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." Democratic 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

"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 Democratic Party Executive Director

Irredeemable: "You could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables." Hillary Clinton

U.S. Secret Service alert: " ... I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House ... " Madonna

"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

"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

"Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way." —General George S. Patton

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

"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." Forest Gump

"We all proceed on insufficient knowledge." —Robert Frost

Abraham Lincoln wearing 'Make America Great Again' hat

"Please tell me this is photoshopped. Please?" Chelsea Clinton

"Do not believe everything you read on the internet." —Abraham Lincoln

"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

"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

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

"It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong." —John Maynard Keynes

"Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away." —Elvis Presley

"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.]

"All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." —Abraham Lincoln

"Television won't last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night." —Darryl F. Zanuck, movie producer, 1946

Sorry Xerox: "The potential world market for copying machines is 5,000 at most." —IBM, 1959

"Rock 'n' roll will be gone by June." —Variety magazine, Spring, 1955

"A rocket will never be able to leave the earth's atmosphere." —The New York Times, 1936

"Reagan doesn't have that presidential look." —United Artists executive rejecting Ronald Reagan for a lead in the 1964 movie "Best Man"

"Status quo, you know, is Latin for, 'The mess we're in.'" —Ronald Reagan

"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

"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

"What did the President know, and when did he know it?" —Senator Howard Henry Baker Jr., Senate Watergate Hearings, June 28, 1973

"There is a level of viciousness I was not expecting." —Ivanka Trump

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

"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

"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