Friday, April 28, 2006

Ignorance Begets Confidence

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.

-- Charles Darwin, 1871

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Change And Stress

I have always argued that change becomes stressful and overwhelming only when you've lost any sense of the constancy of your life. You need firm ground to stand on. From there, you can deal with that change.

-- Richard Nelson Bolles

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

In Your Own Image

You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

-- Anne Lamott, author

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb

OU agrees to replace destroyed bicycle
Friday, March 31, 2006
Jim Phillips

ATHENS, Ohio - A graduate student whose bike was mistaken for a pipe bomb and destroyed by authorities will get a new ride at Ohio University's expense.

OU Director of Legal Affairs John Burns said he'll write a check to 28-year-old Patrick Hanlin "once I figure out how much."

The university has agreed to replace Hanlin's bike, which bomb squad personnel dismantled looking for an explosive device earlier this month because the bike had a sticker on it promoting the punk band This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Never Invest

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repairing.

-- Billy Rose

Friday, April 21, 2006

T E Lawrence On Iraq

The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honor. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. The Baghdad communiques are belated, insincere, incomplete. Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows. ... We are today not far from a disaster.

-- T.E. Lawrence (a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia), Sunday Times, August 1920; cited in Dahr Jamail, "The Ongoing War on Truth in Iraq" (, April 19)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Easier To Be Critical

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.

-- Benjamin Disraeli, Speech at the House of Commons, January 24, 1860

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Something Must Be Done

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

-- Daniel Webster

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.

-- William H. Mauldin

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Sad Truth

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.

-- Shana Alexander

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Complexity Kills

Complexity kills.

-- Ray Ozzie, chief technical officer, who joined Microsoft last year; cited in Steve Lohr and John Markoff, "Windows Is So Slow, but Why?" (New York Times, March 27)
Ray is also a former member of the PLATO (now NovaNET) system staff

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Your True Value

Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with.

-- Bob Wells

Monday, April 10, 2006

Fearful People

Fearful people are more dependent, more easily manipulated and controlled, more susceptible to deceptively simple, strong, tough measures and hard-line postures. ... They may accept and even welcome repression if it promises to relieve their insecurities.

-- George Gerbner, who headed the Annenberg School for Communication for 25 years; cited in Molly Ivins, "The 'Long War'? Oh, Goodie" (Boulder Daily Camera, Colorado), March 18/Common Dreams)

Friday, April 07, 2006

Rain Without Thunder And Lightning

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.

-- Frederick Douglass

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Satisfaction Is Death

As long as I have a want I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.

-- George Bernard Shaw, Overruled

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

You Never Know

You never know how well an election will go for an indicted person.

-- Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX), in an interview with Reuters shortly before winning the 2006 Republican house primary

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 5th at 2 minutes and 3 seconds past 1am it will be 01:02:03 on 04/05/06.

Monday, April 03, 2006

All Religions Are Equally Good

All religions are equally good. God is the fruit of any religion truly practised. Make no mistake about it. God is one. Truth is one. The colour of the cow may be different, but milk is white.

-- Sivananda (1887 - 1963)