Sunday, January 22, 2017

no. 486

as Will and Ariel Durant wrote in The Story of Civilization:

"…the unstable equilibrium generates a critical situation, which history has diversely met by legislation redistributing wealth or by revolution distributing poverty.” 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

no. 485

"I hate my job!"
"There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY. We meet at the bar."

From the Drew Carey Show.

Friday, January 20, 2017

no. 484

"As for the election, it's sometimes about winning, and sometimes it's about losing as little as possible."

Kaleberg commenting at ginandtacos

Thursday, January 19, 2017

no. 483

"He who wants a rose must respect the thorn."

Persian Proverb

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

no. 482

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.

Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

G. B. Shaw 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

no. 481

"Boy, if I didn't want to regret, I wouldn't volunteer to be in charge of kids."

Daven in Something Positive

Monday, January 16, 2017

no. 480

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."

John Galbraith (1908 - 2006)

Pretty sure I've posted this before, but it's a good one, so...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

no. 479

"Every conviction of error is a violence done to the mind, inasmuch as the forcible eradication of a prejudice must be attended with a painful sensation. The blind man is happy in his blindness, and the ignorant content with his ignorance. The wisest of men has somewhere told us that the increase of wisdom is the increase of sorrow."

- Francis Hopkinson

Saturday, January 14, 2017

no. 478

"Today is the sort of day where the Sun only comes up to humiliate you."

- Chuck Palahniuk

Friday, January 13, 2017

no. 477


Rule. 1
Never create superficial work.
Pour your blood into the ink.

Rule. 2
Never chase after popularity, which is transcient as a flower.
Dig deep in the earth and pull down the roots.

Rule. 3
No matter how much status you attain, you must never have regrets.
If the choice is between peace and the storm, choose the storm.

Rule. 4
If you should fail, never cry.
Study your failure and let it give birth to succcess.

Rule. 5
Even if you obey the previous rules, never think you alone are right.
Learn from everything and everyone around you.

A well known shonen author, the reference can be found in Bakuman manga chapter 5 page 16-17

Thursday, January 12, 2017

no. 476

"Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue." 

Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

no. 475

"Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty." 

Jacob Bronowski

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

no. 474

"the truth is like poetry, and most people fucking hate poetry"


Monday, January 9, 2017

no. 473

"* In the chit-chat of the checkup, as I lay back in the chair with the suction tube in my mouth, he asked: “What are you majoring in at college?” When I replied that I was majoring in philosophy, he said: “What are you going to do with that?” 
“Think,” I replied."

By David Silbersweig, in The Washington Post, December 24, 2015

Sunday, January 8, 2017

no. 472

"it quickly becomes clear that your party is so focused on born again Christians that you have forgotten those of us who were born once and got it right the first time."

Helen @ "Margaret and Helen" talking about the Republican Party

Saturday, January 7, 2017

no. 471

"The mouth is the basis for calamity" 

Japanese saying

Friday, January 6, 2017

no. 470

"The GOP is so lacking in anything like a legitimate moral center that the most immoral asshole in the room is going to be your standard bearer. Congratulations on nearly eight years of delegitimizing the presidency and several decades of saying that government itself is bad. You've finally gotten your perfect candidate."

The Rude Pundit, "Note to Republican Voters Post-New Hampshire: Are You Really This Dumb?", Feb 10, 2016

Make that, "perfect president".

Thursday, January 5, 2017

no. 469

"Oh, he had been rascally drunk occasionally, but while it had looked a good idea at the time, it never looked quite the same later on when you woke up"

Terry Pratchett in "Dodger"

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

no. 468

"This is good for a man because responsibilities are the anvil on which a man is forged."

Terry Pratchett in "Dodger"

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

no. 467

“What’s the difference when you are seven years old?... the games we play are lessons we learn. The assumptions we make, things we ignore, and things we change make us what we become.”

Terry Pratchett in "Dodger"