Themes

  • People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.
    _Thomas Sowell
  • If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
    – George Orwell
  • “Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
    ― attributed to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • “In the beginning of the dynasty, great tax revenues were gained from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, small tax revenues were were gained from large assessments”
    – Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) Tunisian-born thinker
  • The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
    – George Orwell
  • There are about ten thousand trillion ants on the planet at this moment. The secret of their world-wide success is their highly social existence: “It would appear that socialism really works under some circumstances. Karl Marx just had the wrong species.”
    – Edward O. Wilson (1929 – )
  • If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
    – Simon Kuper
  • Men test ideas; women test men.
  • The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.
    – George Orwell
  • The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.
    – John Maynard Keynes
  • Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% mortality rate.
  • Morality is about what’s good and what isn’t.
    – Prof. Jordan Peterson
  • “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
    – Thomas Edison
  • The aim of argument should not be victory, but progress.
    – Karl Popper
  • Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound but because it is wrong.
    – Edward O. Wilson (1929 – )
  • The point of earning an academic qualification in Creative Writing seems to be to hold a job teaching Creative Writing to future Creative Writing instructors, who themselves have decided to study Creative Writing in the hope of securing a Creative Writing sinecure just like their instructors’ – one that will enable them to carry on writing and publishing fiction, drama, verse or essays indefinitely, whether or not they sell any copies of their work.
    – Sandra Kotta
  • Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
    – Ambrose Bierce
  • “Superstition is what you have when you don’t know what you’re talking about.”
    – Jordan Peterson
  • “When you are dead, you do not know you are dead. It’s only painful & difficult for others. The same applies when you are stupid.”
    – attributed to Philippe Geluck and others
  • A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.
    -Mark Twain
  • “Never trust anyone who doesn’t have skin in the game. Without it, fools and crooks will benefit, and their mistakes will never come back to haunt them.”
    – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.
    – Mario Puzo
  • Often what people call “thinking” is merely recycling the opinions of others.
    – Nathaniel Branden
  • “The commonest error in politics is sticking to the carcass of dead policies.”
    – British prime minister and foreign secretary Lord Salisbury (1830 – 1903)
  • Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
    – Pablo Picasso