Really listening

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.

– Mignon McLaughlin

Get it over with

Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.

W.C. Fields


I hate the outdoors. To me the outdoors is where the car is.

Will Durst

Lost in translation

A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

Bertrand Russell


I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

– Margaret Thatcher


Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.

– Robert A. Heinlein


The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

– David Russell


With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.

Steven Weinberg

Behaving Wisely

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear they say. Once again our draconian anti-terror laws are being abused in ways that we all foresaw and the government of the time promised would not happen.

What would we do about it?

Professor Bernard Quatermass: The will to survive is an odd phenomenon. Roney, if we found out our own world was doomed, say by climatic changes, what would we do about it?

Dr. Mathew Roney: Nothing, just go on squabbling like usual.

Professor Bernard Quatermass: Yes, but if we weren't men?

– Quatermass and the Pit (1967), Nigel Kneale


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