Contemplations & Such

Last Update:  April  9th of 2021


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

"He that lieth down with Dogs, shall rise up with Fleas." - Benjamin Franklin

"Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead." - Benjamin Franklin

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Carl Sagan


" First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me."
- Pastor Martin Niemöller

Damnant Quodnon Intelligunt
Audaces Fortuna Luvat


Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
- Emma Lazarus (1883)

Just A Short Reminder To You About Equality:
    We all wipe with one hand, don't we?

As Don Juan said to Carlos Castaneda, "That is why you are so moody and not fully alive, because you forget you are to die; you live as if you were going to live forever."
The greatest blessing you could ever receive, when you give charity, is to never miss the money. - ca 2003

A Mitzvah is its own reward.

If each of us did a little more than we had to, none of us would have to do nearly as much.  -  ca. 2002

I can not suffer an ingrate.  Returning malice for kindness is one of the most loathsome characteristics a human might acquire. - ca 2003

The best reason to give someone a call is for no reason at all. - Nov 4, 2004

Life is a funny thing.  It's all you have, yet, when you share it, you seem to have more. - Dec 13, 2004

Any Idiot can behave like an idiot.  - Dec 14, 2005 11:06 PM

Even the smallest of tasks will take forever until it has been started. - Dec 6, 2006

An odd thing about waiting for 'someday':  It always seems to be tomorrow and somehow never makes it to today. - Dec 12, 2006

What's your hurry?  Life will pass you by, anyway. - July 3, 2007   9:15 AM

All I ask of my fellow man is good will.   Reflection and experience have shown this to be a lot to ask.  - July 23, 2007 7:54 AM

Happiness is a so very frail.  - Sept 23, 2007 ca. 9:30 AM.

The things upon which our happiness depends
Are the self same reasons by which it ends.
- Sept 26, 2007 1:18 PM

Winter is nigh; we trundle homeward in twilight;
Swaddled, we prepare to endure.
Eagerly awaiting the passage into spring;
Forgetting how precious are these few moments
We call a lifetime.
- Nov 12 2008

Those who search for perfection are seeking disappointment. - Mar 16 2010 1:10 PM

Money can't buy happiness . . . but it makes misery easier to enjoy.

It may be true that money can't buy happiness, but it's equally true that neither does poverty.

When Life hands you a donut, don't complain that there's a hole in the center. - Jan 4 2011

If something stupid can be done, someone will find a way to do it - Mar 13 2011 7:23 AM

Some say that it is the warm weather of Spring that brings out the buds and flowers but I know for a fact that it's the other way around.  - Mar 21 2011  9:45 AM

Caution is cheaper than tears - Aug 2 2011 1:50 PM

If you've only heard one side of a story you haven't heard even half the truth. - Aug 13 2011 1:50 PM

There are a lot of nice people in the world . . . and there are a lot of others, too. -  Oct 12 2011 1:50 PM

Where would we be without our delusions? -  Nov 2011 to 'J'
Such as the delusion that the previous quote was profound.  Nov 2011, Right afterwards.

Like overspiced chili or too much make-up, it takes no particular talent to do something wrong. -  Nov 6 2011 7:46

It's always easy to claim you wouldn't cry out when your feet aren't in the fire. - Nov 10 2011 5:20 PM

If you can't laugh at yourself then everyone else will do it for you. - Feb 6 2012 7:35 AM

Life is short . . . and it only gets shorter. - March 2012

Flag-waving is a poor substitute for patriotism. - April 2 2012 7:47 PM

Have you ever considered
How each flower knows
It's worth the effort to bloom
Even if only to wither in a day?
- May 9 2012 - 8:55 AM

Smut . . . the stuff that dreams are made of. - May 30 2012 5:02 AM

There's much to be said for gentleness in you dealings with others, but, in the bathroom of life, when you need to flush . . . just flush. - Jan 28 2013 7:34 AM

For Man Who Frequently Cuts Wind, Life Is A Breeze.  - May 30 2013 7:28 AM

Shadows . . . they paint the sunshine. - July 3 2013 6:30 AM

Don't bother cheering up.  Being born is a fatal affliction. - Feb 10 2014 7:00 AM or so

I'm Not Worried About Being Paranoid. - July 2 2014 9:22 AM

Wherever you are, when you're crazy, you're crazy
You just use the tools that are available. - July 22 2014 2:22 AM

Do not count your days.   Live Them. - September 3 2014 6:31 AM

Cheer Up - and then share it. - November 25 2014 10:54 AM

In this life, the faces may change but the assholes remain the same. - July 30 2015 7:10 AM

It's been said often enough that "Life Sucks. Then you die."
Well, honestly, it's not as though you have anything better to do in either case. - July 30 2015 7:16 AM

Stupidity has a life all its own - and it seems to be immortal. - August 18 2015, 1:12 PM

Very little of what any of us do is ever unique.
It is only in our personnel aggregate that we each become individuals. - November 2 2015, 11:00 AM

Sometimes turning the other cheek is irresponsible. - November 2 2015, 11:23 AM

Unfortunately, for the vast majority, people know what they know only if it's what they want to know. - January 29 2016, 8:10 AM

"Been there - done that" - but where did you come from to get there, and on your way to where?   Without this wrapper - this aggregate - the act is no more than an echo of another. - February   8 2016, 10:42 AM

You may rest assured that in the fullness of time most of your greatest fears will be realized. - March 3 2016, 7:34 AM

Remember, if you do a half-assed job you leave yourself room for imporvement. - March 15 2016, 12:13 PM

Living leaves scars. - April 14 2016, 10:02 AM

A comment on the political decision making capabilites of the current generation: "Competent is Boring"- May 6 2016, 11:00 AM

Love thy neighbor as thy self . . . but don't be stupid about it! - May 16 2016, 06:12 AM

Reality Check: When looking for a gift, remember:  'It's not the thought that counts . . . send cash!' - May 23 2016, 2:46 PM

Sooner or later, "Someday" comes for us all - May 25 2016 7:10 AM

You can't have politics without hypocrisy - June 13 2016 11:33 AM

The bottom line for decision making is always the same:  "The Bottom Line". - July 14 2016 6:54 AM

There is wisdom in age.
Unfortunately, there's aging in age. - July 19 2016 2:58 PM

Everything does happen for a reason.
Not to prepare the way to the future but as an inevitable response to the past. - July 22 2016 10:20 PM

The ultimate placebo effect is self-deception. - July 29 2016 12:57 PM

Do whatever you can do to help fill the void left by those things you cannot do. - August 19 2016 1:35 AM

You can free yourself from the burdens of life so long as you never dare to look up from your place. - August 19 2016 1:46 AM

To any given problem, lip service is intimately associated with the instinct to fight or flee.
I leave it to you to determine which. - August 19 2016 2:05 AM

Sometimes, all you really need are some better bad habits. - August 24 2016 8:30 AM

Wipe away those tears
Grab the gift of joy when ye may!
For in the fullness of time
There will be tears aplenty;
And some? They'll be for you.
- October 13 2016 12:23 PM

Sometimes, you can not get there from here unless you go someplace else first. - January 1 2017 ca. 12:30 PM

Secrets?  My life is like an open book . . . with some of the pages torn out. - January 19 2017 ca. 12:05 PM

When there's a fan and a shovel, you can be sure there's also someone waiting in the wings waiting to use them. - February   26 2017 6:24 AM

For some people, a steep learning curve amounts to jumping off a cliff. - March 8 2017 9:43 AM

Things don't get done any faster if you don't do them right. - March 10 2017 10:57 AM

Life is full of mishaps. - March 28 2017 10:29 AM

You throw out the trash - at least when it starts to stink.
Shouldn't you do at least as much with ideas? - July 17 2017 7:23 AM

Unlike revenge, which is 'best served cold',
Slander and Propaganda are best served frequently and with a teaspoon. - October 24 2017 10:40 AM

If at first you don't succeed, try try . . . to find someone to blame. - January 25 2018 2:55 PM

I shall follow my own path - for it leads to the only place I could possibly have gone. - May 4 2018 11:30 AM

Do you want to be proud of what you did, or proud of what you got away with? - May 22 2018 2:30 PM

Imagine a world where we all left things just a little better than we found them. - May 24 2018 7:34 AM

Funny how even when running in small circles one can get very lost. - August 10 2018 2:31 PM

It is said "It takes all kinds of people to make a world."
There are some, however, that we can all do better without. - September 25 2018 11:11 AM

A philosphy for life, perhaps:
So long as you are keeping score you cannot help but lose. - November   19 2018 7:40 AM

The proverb "The Road to Hell is Paved Wih Good Intentions" is merely an overly optimisitc view of politics - January   19 2019 9:14 AM

Everyone is someone's "them". - April   15 2019 8:10 AM

Beware of those who weave their way through truths to spin lies. - July   2 2019 11:30 PM

If you leave behind your expectations you have no route to failure. - August   21 2019 9:14 AM

Battles are not won by those who read the books - they're won by those who write them. - January   28 2020 6:34 AM

Cheer Up ! Better Luck Next Time! For now, however, I'm afraid you have to be you. - February  26 2020 2:28 PM

Did you ever get the feeling that no matter what you do it's not worth it? - February   28 2020 10:35 AM

Relevance is not relevant. - May   17 2020 9:25 AM

Remember, someday is always at least a day away . . . while days remain. - May   22 2020 8:21 AM

It is a rare thing that a fanatic doesn't see themselves as in the right - July   22 2020 6:57 AM

Why not be optimisitic?   The bad stuff will come anyway, so there is no need to dwell on it. - September   4 2020 2:27 PM

Byword of the wealthy:   "You can never have too much of more than you'll ever need." - December   8 2020 11:53 PM

Thinking outside the box is what you do before you are buried. - April 9 2021 9:21 AM