These are assorted quotes that I thought were worth saving. There is no significance to these, I just liked them when I saw them. These are not in any particular order, although new ones tend to end up on top. Don't take these too seriously. ================================================= “The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine.” --Abraham Lincoln ================================================= For Long Distance Riders: Advil is a major food group" --Lisa "Happiness, especially in a rich environment like we live in, is not so much acomplished with adding positives to your life, but by removing negatives." "Time is our most precious commodity. Treasure it. Savour it. Use it well.  You can always make more money, but you can’t create more time." "Death is what gives life meaning, to know one's days are numbered, our time is short." "Ultimately, life is only 700,000 hours long." Douglas Adams on Technology “I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies: 1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. 2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. 3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.” "When a party has degenerated into people showing each other their favorite YouTube videos, it’s time to call a cab." Be Useful!!! “When in doubt, give it gas – it will either fix it, or end the suspense.” Life gives the test first, then the lesson Life isn't about having but being. -At the point at which I am making more effort than the person that I am helping, I just stop helping. - Never work harder on someone else's problem than he/she is. -Some people go through life never understanding that the reason they are poor and miserable is because of the suck ass dumb fucking choices that THEY make over and over again. "Happiness only real when shared" ? Christopher McCandless Old socks and fish sticks and flightless birds with wings, these are a few of my favorite things! .......... Opus “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” —George S. Patton. "The days are long, but the years are short," I think everyone should take a trip of a lifetime, at least once a year! – Longhaulpaul "I dream of a world where everyone pursues their passion. The restrooms in that world are filthy." --Scott Adams "Life's difficulties have always given people meaning." "Is it rude to interrupt someone who is texting and start a conversation? " --Scott Adams "1/3 of marriages are now from online dating and that number is growing. That means, computers (algorithms) are starting to breed humans." --Scott Adams "The Ladies used to check me out now they just keep an eye on me" It used to be "Live Fast, Die Young and make a Good looking corpse." Now it's "Live Slow, Die Old and be Cremated" CS Lewis said it well..... "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be "cured" against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals." "Slow is smooth, Smooth is fast." "We came into this world screaming and covered in blood, we might as well ride bikes that will ensure we leave it the same way." "Consider economics. If you are a Democrat, you have to balance all sorts of complicated economic theories in your head. That stuff is hard to understand and almost always wrong anyway. But if you are a Republican, all you need to know is that cutting taxes will make us all rich. Both approaches are ridiculous, but only one is easy. So take the easy, stress-free path. Then let the economy heal itself while the government is in gridlock, like always." --Scott Adams “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.” ? William F. Buckley Jr. Italians have a phrase, la dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing. George Orwell once said that some ideas are so foolish that only an intellectual could believe them. "Americans are so busy, If they are not busy working, they are BUSY relaxing." "The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them." --- Unknown Barack Obama has (as Winston Churchill said of an adversary) "the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thought." “Difficult times make hard people. Hard people make good times. Good times make soft people. Soft people make difficult times.” "Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care." --- William Safire People who don't despise prosecutors simply aren't paying attention. "Literary intellectuals at one pole--at the other scientists . . . Between the two a gulf of mutual incomprehension." -Lord C. P. Snow "The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship. -- Robert Heinlein "The Bible in particular seems most easily believed when least read." -Fred Reed "Trial and error beats academic knowledge." "Cogito cogito, ergo cogito sum. Cogito." “I think I think, therefore I think I am. I think.” -Bierce’s "Allow yourself to be surprised.” "A society's accepted values, not its laws, determine its behavior." "Readjust your mindset to be happy with what you get." "Our morality is canine. Dogs are friendly and playful among themselves, affectionate with each other and with their owners, but, unless extremely domesticated, instantly hostile to strangers. This makes perfect sense among animals that live as a coôperative group in a hostile wild. It is less practical among countries with nuclear arms." --freoneverything.net ............................................... Engineering Fact: "It's easier to stay awake until 6am, than to wake up at 6am!" ......................... "It’s about equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome." "Occupy Wall Street is a movement founded on greed and envy. It wants to confiscate the private property of a minority that it thinks has too much. The Occupy Movement is fundamentally incompatible with liberty. New Hampshire’s liberty activists should realize this, no matter how much they dislike Ben Bernacke." "Why is it...that an Englishman is unhappy until he has explained America?" --E. B. White "Pro-Parasite Party" "Two Wheels are happiest on two lanes. Why Hurry?" --C. Salvadori ================================================= The Dash by Linda Ellis copyright 1996 . ?I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end. . He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. . For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth. . For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash. . So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged. . If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real and always try to understand ?the way other people feel. . And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before. . If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last a little while. . ?So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash… would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent YOUR dash? . ?Copyright 1996 Linda Ellis ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ================================================= "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It must be fought for and protected by each generation." --President Ronald Reagan “Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon,” --Winston Churchill. “ Work is the curse of the drinking classes.” -- Oscar Wilde "A dollar saved, is worth three dollars earned, it is ten times easier to save a dollar, than to earn three. --Hobo Traveler “All great things are simple and many can be expressed in single words: Freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” --Winston Churchill "They who beat their swords into ploughshares will plough for those who don't." "I don't make wrong turns, I take alternate routes." --Bob L "Nothing screams poor workmanship like creases in the duct tape..." "Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon." -– Susan Ertz "Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles" -—Hunter S. Thompson "As the world becomes more universal, it also becomes more tribal. Holding on to what distinguishes you from others becomes very important. --John Naisbitt "We're born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It's been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much -- if at all. --Steve Jobs "The Web is alive. Not as a sentient being or mega-meta-super-collective consciousness, but more like a gigantic, sprouting slime mold. --Steven Alan Edwards "The sad thing is that Islam, Christianity and most other religions all basically teach the same thing. Yet, somehow since the beginning of religion it’s led to unholy conflict, prejudice, hate and death. Mix in politics, and you are doomed. Separate politics and follow the basic principles of your religion; and, there’s hope. --www.thelongestwayhome.com "The problem with growing old is the machinery wears out." "The mind is willing, but how do I convince my body?" "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?" --Satchel Paige "Humans are always at our best when we aim to be as good as we possibly can." A “safety net” can easily become a hammock. "an education is only valuable if it's useful." "The primary job of the military, FEMA, and Homeland Security is not to protect the American people in times of emergency but to protect the government in times of emergency and keep it functioning. Their primary assignment is not to help people but to control them. “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” -—Dr. Seuss "to become an athiest, read the bible" "A long life is not good enough, but a good life is long enough." --- Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis “A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks.” --George Orwell "Enough is as good as a feast." "Consensus has no place in a scientific search for the truth of a new theory (Galileo wouldlikely agree)." --Burt Rutan "That was before, not today, stop talking about it." "Grabbing what you can get isn’t any less wicked when you grab it with the power of your brains than with the power of your fists. --John Ruskin “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” -– Gandhi “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” -– Lao-Tzu “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intenton arriving.” -– Lao Tzu "Life is like a jar of Jalapeno peppers; what you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow." "Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last long." “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” ~~Seth Godin,Tribes "The more radically a person believes, the more radically they sin." "When you are snug and warm in a pile of shit . . . you are still snug and warm." "He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest." --Dylan Thomas “Be not simply good, be good for something.” --Thoreau "When you rob Peter to pay Paul you will always have Paul's backing." --Anonymous "An old Chinese equation for financial success is: live on one third of your income, invest one third conservatively and invest or take a chance with the remaining third with higher investment returns." --Asia Bill - www.casacamillaboracay.com "No matter how cynical I become, it's never enough to keep up" -- Lily Tomlin "You can't give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad – in fact, to do anything it wants." – Harry Browne "If a man is a fool, you don't train him out of being a fool by sending him to university. You merely turn him into a trained fool, ten times more dangerous." --Desmond Bagley (1923-1983), British journalist and novelist. "Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs." - Ralph Waldo Emerson "Except For Ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism and Communism, WAR has Never Solved Anything." "Liberalism: Ideas SO good they have to be MANDATORY" "The most persistent threat to freedom, to the rights of Americans, is Fear." --George Meany "Politically, the American Dream was NOT to exchange 1 tyrant 3000 miles away for 3000 tyrants 1 mile away... yet that is EXACTLY where we find ourselves. Left and Right, each agitating to skin the other alive to pay for favorite government programs by winning 50.000001% of the vote and then terrorizing the other side with with confiscatory taxes, regulatory inquisitions, and social controls." --americanenergycrisis.blogspot.com "Men are from Mars, the physical part of women are from Venus the emotional part is from Hades." "You write in order to change the world…. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” --James Baldwin "The aim of public education is not to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence. ... Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim ... is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. --H. L. Mencken, The American Mercury, April 1924 "The Opposite of Success Is Not Failure, It’s Quitting" "Life’s too short. You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless, it’s painful. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from. – Seth Godin, Tribes "Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness." — Richard Carlson "If you are harboring resentment towards another human being because of past hurts, choose to forgive and move on. The harm was their fault. But allowing it to impact your mood today is yours. “If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich." --Tao Te Ching “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” --Tao Te Ching "An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty." --Sen, Eugene McCarthy "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." --George Bernard Shaw "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." - Albert Einstein "The great tragedy of Science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.“ Thomas H. Huxley (1825 – 1895) "Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants." - Esther De Waal If you're in trouble or hurt or need — go to poor people. They're the only ones that'll help — the only ones. Ma Joad, p.394, Grapes of Wrath "The reasons bad things happen to you is because you're a dumbass." - Red Foreman T70S “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” --Robert Frost- "You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizons. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about --- The more you have left when anything happens." --Ethel Barrymore "Socialist governments always run out of other people's money." --Margaret Thatcher "The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools" --Herbert Spencer "If your strategy in life is to avoid those activities and requirements that you don’t enjoy, you will have a difficult time transcending any definition of mediocrity. That’s not a criticism – merely an observation." -- Mike Rowe, in advice to a Boy Scout "You have enemies? Good, that means you stood up for something, sometime in your life." --Winston Churchill "Women’s friendships are face to face: They talk, cry together, share secrets. Men’s friendships are side by side: We play golf. We go to football games." -- Jeffrey Zaslow "I’ve noticed that most people who “live by their own rules” actually don’t live by their own rules; they live with no rules. I live by my own rules, and I have many of them." "I am woman, hear me call my lawyer." "Stop spreading my wealth and start spreading my work ethic." "a Greek proverb that says: A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." “There is nothing so disruptive to the status quo as a society of self-directed, independent-minded people both capable of and insistent on informed, analytical thought. It has been the purpose of government schools to assure that such conditions do not arise; to continue to produce a society of capable workers but who, nonetheless, have passive and contented minds.” "The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be." --Lao-Tzu, Chinese Philosopher (c.604-531 BC) "When and old man dies, a library burns down." --African Proverb "The biggest big business in America is not steel, automobiles, or television. It is the manufacture, refinement and distribution of anxiety." --Eric Sevareid, New Commentator "If you're livin' it, it's your fault" "The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it." --John Hay (1872) "Every man dies, not every man really lives" --William Wallace (braveheart, the movie) Sweep out the mud and get on with life. --What a New Orleans resident, and former Belize resident told a reporter she was going to do after her house was flooded. "Men will behave as badly as women allow them to" "The amount of satisfaction you get from life depends largely on your own ingenuity, self-sufficiency, and resourcefulness. People who wait around for life to supply their satisfaction usually find boredom instead." --William Menninger, American Scientist, physician and engineer. "Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution." -- Clay Shirky “I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.” ~Henry David Thoreau “Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts.” --Richard Feynman "What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance." --Havelock Ellis, English Psychologist "a sign of maturity in these matters lies in the question of whether you define yourself by what you're against or what you're for. ----- Do you just rage against Leviathan, or do you really seek freedom in the life you have now? " On the other hand, there is no arguing with a boner. --Charley on Two and a half men "The special nature of liberties is that they can be defended only as long as we still have them. So the very first signs of their erosion must be resisted..... It is an eternal error to believe that a cause considered righteous sanctifies unrighteous methods...." --Eric Severeid "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. --Robert A. Heinlein "You can move to Greece - live in Greece, but you can't become a Greek. You can move to Japan - live there, but never become Japanese, or France and become a Frenchman. But, everybody or anybody from any corner of the world can come to America and become an American. America is that special" "War is never a winning thing... You just lose all the time, and the one who loses last asks for terms." --Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine. "Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% fatality rate." -- "Any idiot can face a crisis -- It's this day to day living that wears you out" --Anton Chekhov "The true object of all human life is play." --G.K Chesterton “There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.” -– Edward Abbey “Two great talkers will not travel far together.” – Spanish Proverb “When the price to support government and the cost to protect oneself from it becomes too great, it's time to say 'ENOUGH IS ENOUGH' and vote Libertarian.” -- "The right and left wings are both attached to the same carrion bird." -- “You’re not worth a dime until you make your boss a dollar” -- "Road Philosophy: The highway has never been a friend to the rider but an accomplice to his restlessness." -- "There has yet to be a problem the federal government can't make worse." -- "There is no freedom if "good" is the only selectable option." --R. Stephan "It is possible I just might die tomorrow due to a bad choice or a momentary disconnect in judgment. Guess what, I'm gonna die tomorrow one of these days regardless..." --R. Stephan "How boring my life would be if all those admonishments of imminent danger with street bikes, dirt bikes, muscle cars, skydiving, scuba, high-speed downhill skiing, rock climbing, flying, remote wilderness exploration, etc., had been heeded." --R. Stephan "The world would be such a better place if more energy was spent improving the self rather than the constant worry of the neighbors and the color of their bloomers." --R. Stephan “I didn’t say it was your fault; I said I was going to blame you.” -- "A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money." --G. Gordon Liddy “America is divided into two parties: a stupid party and an evil party. When they both act stupid and evil, that’s called bipartisanship.” —-Dinesh D’Souza “The police are just a bunch of high school football players who were too dumb to make it through college.” -- "In a world of dobermans, Obama is a cat" --Kathleen Parker “Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional minority and by the mainstream media which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.” -- "The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. --Unknown Gandalf: My dear Frodo. Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you. Gandalf: If you're referring to the incident with the Dragon, I was barely involved. All I did was give your uncle a little nudge out of the door. GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it. Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” Gandalf: All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil.” "In order to be happy, you need three things: Something to DO, Something to LOVE and Something to HOPE for. --Pickles "Successes only last until someone screws them up, Failures last forever. --Dr. House "I suppose it is good for the child’s sake that, in our culture, a name is generally chosen right after birth when the baby is so cute and innocent, rather than in the breakaway days of adolescence." "If it were otherwise, I predict that we would have many more boys named Sue and girls named Jessica." --Wade - www.vagabondjourney.com Bob Replied: I think more likely: Damien, Jezebel, and Lucifer..... "LIFE is perhaps too complex a practice to learn through instruction, rather, exposure and error are the true teaching methods." -- “Women rule the planet, for some reason nobody has told them.” - Andy Graham - HoboTraveler.com "Nothing scares the pants off of a Government like when the people who pay the bills start protesting." --Mallard Fillmore "I took the road less traveled, Now where the hell am I?" -- “Dear Lord, please don’t let me f**k up.” --Alan Sheppard - Mercury One "Every journey by car is time taken from your life, every journey by bike is an experience added. " "Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit." "Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice Doggie' until you can find a rock" --Will Rogers "Nothing will work unless you do." --Maya Angelou "There are two kinds of fool. One says, ‘This is old, and therefore good.’ And one says, ‘This is new, and therefore better’" --John Brunner "If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun." --Katharine Hepburn “Every occasion in life can be categorized either as a good time or a good story.” "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, Public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." --Cicero - 55 BC So what have we learned in over 2,000 years? "Anyone can tell the truth, not everyone can handle hearing it." -- Katchus "LIFE is perhaps too complex a practice to learn through instruction, rather, exposure and error are the true teaching methods." "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." --Parkinson’s Law “A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.” -–Thomas Jefferson "Proximity breeds contempt." “Realize your youth while you have it. Don’t squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, or giving your life away to the ignorant and the common. These are the sickly aims, the false ideals, of our age. “Live ” live the wonderful life that is in you. Be afraid of nothing. There is such a little time that your youth will last - such a little time.” --from Wilde's Picture of Dorian Grey "If you still owe, you don't own. "home ownership" is actually "debt ownership" "Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - Just recognize them." --Edward R. Murrow "Do things right and permanent as possible the FIRST time. If you don't have the time or money to do it right, when will you have time or money to do it over?" "Giving the lecture AND the ticket is bad form." --Mr. Hobart says "people are like rats, they can survive on cardboard." "don't remove someone's coping mechanism unless you have something better to replace it with". "There's a reason this is the third world." -- "Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it." --Irving Berlin "Free thinkers are generally those who never think at all." --Laurence Sterne, author (1713-1768) "No matter what side of an argument you're on, you always find some people on your side that you wish were on the other side." --Jascha Heifetz "To change, and to improve are two different things." --German Proverb From 101 things you should do, often: "Bite off more than you can chew, Then Chew it anyway. "Anything worth doing is a lot more difficult than it's worth." --Anonymous "The more we learn the more we realize how little we know." --R. Buckminster Fuller "To change, and to improve are two different things." --German Proverb "To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to all of life's problems!" --Homer Simpson "Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation really leans on the doorbell." "I ain't gonna live forever I just want to live while I'm alive" --Bon Jovi "To change and to improve are two different things." --German Proverbs "You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely." "If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month." --Theodore Roosevelt "Never let the small things bother you. There are very few helpless situations in life. You must go out and find solutions to the problems that confront you." -- Peter Peterson - German U-Boat Engineer "Lawyers can steal more money with a breifcase than a thousand men with guns and masks." --Vito Corleone "It's good to have an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out." --Anonymous "A man in debt is so far a slave." --Ralph Waldo Emerson "Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." -- Mark Twain "If you still owe, you don't own. "home ownership" is actually "debt ownership" "The first wealth is health." - Emerson "It isn't really Bravery unless you are really scared." --NPD 1987 "The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call 'life' which is required to be exchanged for it immediately or in the long run." --Henry David Thoreau "Even though I don't have all the things I want, I'm really grateful for all the things I don't have that I don't want." --ZITS "Half of all the humans that have ever existed are alive today!" --Anonymous "Sometimes low self esteem is just good common sense." --Anonymous "Hard work pays off in the long run, but laziness pays off now!" -Jack Langley "Enjoy the trip" --HoboTraveler.com "Laugh while you can Monkey Boy!" --Dr. Emilio Lizardo (Buckaroo Bonzai) "Don't look for the good in people, look for the good people." "The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits." --Teddy Roosevelt "Competition is a by-product of productive work, *not* its goal. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, *not* by the desire to beat others." -- Ayn Rand "Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders." --Ronald Reagan "America's abundance was created not by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for America's industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages, and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance- and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way." -- Ayn Rand "Since there is no such entity as 'the public,' since the public is merely a number of individuals, the idea that 'the public interest' supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning: that the interests and rights of some individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others." -- Ayn Rand "We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added. " --Ronald Reagan "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." --Arthur C. Clarke "Old age is fifteen years older than I am." --Oliver Wendell Holmes "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. " --Ronald Reagan "Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it. --Pope John Paul II "Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets. " --Ronald Reagan "Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessman's tool is values; the bureaucrat's tool is fear." -- Ayn Rand "Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." --Ronald Reagan "Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society. --Pope John Paul II "Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves." --Ronald Reagan "The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency." --Pope John Paul II "Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." --Ronald Reagan "No man is ever old enough to know better. " --Holbrook Jackson "Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them." --Ronald Reagan "Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man." --James Thurber "Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man." --Ronald Reagan "If you can't live such that people are sad to see you go, at least live such that they are not glad to see you go." --Bob L "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" --Ronald Reagan "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." --Ronald Reagan "The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency." --Bill Gates "One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it." --Ronald Reagan "The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood." --Logan P. Smith "Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15." --Ronald Reagan "Businessmen are the one group that distinguishes capitalism and the American way of life from the totalitarian statism that is swallowing the rest of the world. All the other social groups- workers, farmers, professional men, scientists, soldiers- exist under dictatorships, even though they exist in chains, in terror, in misery, and in progressive self-destruction. But there is no such group as businessmen under a dictatorship. Their place is taken by armed thugs: by bureaucrats and commissars. Businessmen are the symbol of a free society - the symbol of America." -- Ayn Rand "Do not make the mistake...of thinking that a worker is a slave and that he holds his job by his employer's permission. He does not hold it by permission - but by contract, that is, by a voluntary mutual agreement. A worker can quit his job; a slave cannot." -- Ayn Rand "City smog and filthy rivers are not good for men (though they are not the kind of danger that the ecological panic-mongers proclaim them to be). This is a scientific, technological problem — not a political one— and it can be solved only by technology.. Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without technology, is whole-sale death." -- Ayn Rand "It is the true nature of man to sit in a comfortable chair while being waited on. It is the true nature of woman to make sure this does not happen." --Bob L "Nothing should be prized more highly than the value of each day." --Goethe “Invention is Observation.” --Anonymous "A person, who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person." (This is very important. Pay attention! It never fails.)" "Vice is most dangerous when it is put in the garb of virtue." --Danish Proverb "Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is."" --Vince Lombardi "The most depraved type of human being is the man with no purpose" --Atas Shrugged "As you say, it is easier to save a buck, than to make a buck." --Wade "The grand essentials to happiness in this life are Something to do, Someone to love, and Something to hope for." --Joseph Addison 1672-1719 "The American male does not mature until he has exhausted all other possibilities" --Wilfred Sheed "Lost time is never found again." --Benjamin Franklin "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." --Robert A. Heinlein "Nothing causes self-delusion quite so readily as power." --Liu Binyan "We are selfish, base animals crawling across the earth. Because we've got brains, we try real hard, we can occasionally aspire to something that is less than pure evil." --Dr. House "If at first you don't succeed, try try again. Then quit. No need to be a fool about it." "Every coercive monopoly was created by government intervention into the economy: by special privileges, such as franchises or subsidies, which closed the entry of competitors into a given field, by legislative action." -- Ayn Rand "Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others." -- Ayn Rand "Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen." -- Ayn Rand "Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where the gun begins." -- Ayn Rand "Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values." -- Ayn Rand "The most learned are often the most narrow minded." --Hazlitt, William "I'd rather regret the things I've done than the things I haven't. "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." --J.R.R. Tolkien "Two measures of your life: 1) Have you found joy in your life? 2) Have you brought joy to others?" --Morgan Freman - The Bucket List "To expect the world to treat you fairly because you're a good person, is like expecting a bull not to charge you because you're a vegetarian. " "In a way, I think the whole world is searching to become a somebody, in reality we need to accept that we are a nobody, then we can be ourselves." --Andy at Hobotraveler.com "It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument." --William Gibbs McAdoo "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." --Thomas Jefferson "The best way to confuse people is tell them the truth. We're so used to BS that the truth is very disturbing." "Forcing someone to provide you health care, or to give you a loan, or to provide you for your other desires is not freedom. You can't have freedom by taking freedom from others by forcing them, using government coercion, to supply you with your wants. That is a form of tyranny or at the least totalitarism - none of which are even slightly compatible with freedom." "The less you know the simpler it seems" "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." --John Stuart Mill "The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits," --Teddy Roosevelt These pablum puking left wing adult crybaby children need to be "more tolerant of my insensitivity and sensitive to my lack of tolerance for their ridiculous inane utopian beliefs." --Wayne Wilson "The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them." --Albert Einstein "If it ain't broke, don't lend it." -- Red Green "When in doubt, Duck" --Malcolm Forbes "Think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?" --The Sundance Kid to Butch Cassidy in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." --Bertrand Russell "Why are you discriminating aginst me for my intolerance? If I am intolerant for some genetic reason, then I can't help it. And if I'm intolerant because I can't learn to be otherwise, then obviously I have a learning problem. Why is it acceptable for you to be an idiot, but not acceptable for me to notice it? You need to start appreciating me for my intolerance!" --Alice (Dilbert Cartoon) "........Duct tape is like the force, it has a light side, a darkside and holds the universe together. It is theoretically reinfored with strings too." "SMWISICDI - Show Me Where It Says I Can't Do It." "History is mostly guessing, the rest is prejudice." --Will Durant "It's been interesting times, in the Chinese curse sense of the term." "Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes." --Mahatma Gandhi "If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." --Albert Einstein on Religion "The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, to settle disputes by rationale rules, according to objective law. --Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand "A proper govenment is only a policeman, acting as an agent of man's self defense." --Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand "Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup." Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. - Sir Arthur Eddington "Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash." --Winston Churchill "All critics are contemptible. They are like eunuchs in a harem. They see the trick turned every night, but they will never be able to do it." --Hemingway "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. " --Thomas Jefferson "I don't mind Jesus, it's his fan club I can't stand." "Blood is thicker than water, and much tastier." "There's nothing wrong with Florida that a force-five hurricane wouldn't fix" --Carl Hiaasen Why is it acceptable for you to be an idiot, but not acceptable for me to notice it? You need to start appreciating me for my intolerance!" --Alice (Dilbert Cartoon) "People have the right to be stupid, but some people abuse that privilege." "Honor is self-esteem made visible in action." -- Ayn Rand "I can say - not as a patriotic bromide, but with full knowledge of the necessary metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, political, and aesthetic roots - that the United States of America is the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the world." -- Ayn Rand "I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom." -- Ayn Rand "I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine." -- Ayn Rand "If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose- because it contains all the others - the fact that they were the people who created the phrase "to make money". No other language or nation had ever used these words before; men had always thought of wealth as a static quantity - to be seized, begged, inherited, shared, looted or obtained as a favor. Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created." -- Ayn Rand "In a capitalist society, all human relationships are voluntary. Men are free to cooperate or not, to deal with one another or not, as their own individual judgments, convictions and interests dictate." -- Ayn Rand The Wright Brothers weren't the first to fly. They were just the first not to crash. "I think that if one is not free in heart then they will not be free in travel or in any other pursuit. I measure freedom in the smile on someone's face when they first wake up in the morning. Nothing more and nothing less. --Wade if www.openroadsong.com I think that happiness is found to a certain extent in accepting rather than changing. It is my impression that some people wake up in the morning with smiles on their faces, and then need something to happen to remove it, and then there are people who wake up without a smile and need something to happen to put it on. --Wade if www.openroadsong.com "Every Day Is An Adventure. Weird Shit Will Happen." ................... "First rule my mother taught me: always be polite to everyone you meet, regardless of their status or station in life. Treat the weak the same as the high and mighty. Address the poor and marginalized in the same manner as the rich and powerful. Second rule she taught me: never trust any of them." --Anonymous Poster on Vagabondjourney.com ................... "God grant me the serenity to accept things that i cannot change the courage to change the things that I can and the weaponry to make the difference." "Calling an Illegal Alien an undocumented worker is like calling a drug dealer a unlicensed pharmacist." "I am trying to lose weight (high cholesterol and all that). I have a secret diet that works great called the ELEM diet. I can share it with you since I know you can keep a secret. You see, it is so revolutionary that apperently no one else has ever discovered it. I am going to write a book and make a fortune. ELEM stands for Eat Less, Excercise More. Quite revolutionary, and the book will be cheap since the title is the entire book. Won't need any internal pages or anything. I'm gonna be rich. --Bob L, Scholar "An error does not become a mistake until you fail to correct it." --John F. Kennedy "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." ~Mark Twain "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes." --Walden "Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in." --Hub - Second Hand Lions "You can have anything in the world you want if you'll just help enough other people get what they want." -- Ziglar, Zig "Time is like a current in a fast river. You have limited choices. You can fight it, which only makes you too tired to do anything about it. You can swim to shore and watch time go by, talk about boring. OR you can ride the waves, whooping and hollering and in the end look back and ask: Can I do that again? If in the end you can ask that question, then you have really lived your life." --Bob L. "The youth of man will never die unless he murders it" -- "In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." -- Ayn Rand "Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)." -- Ayn Rand "Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law." -- Ayn Rand "It is a grave error to suppose that a dictatorship rules a nation by means of strict, rigid laws which are obeyed and enforced with rigorous, military precision. Such a rule would be evil, but almost bearable; men could endure the harshest edicts, provided these edicts were known, specific and stable; it is not the known that breaks men's spirits, but the unpredictable. A dictatorship has to be capricious; it has to rule by means of the unexpected, the incomprehensible, the wantonly irrational; it has to deal not in death, but in sudden death; a state of chronic uncertainty is what men are psychologically unable to bear." -- Ayn Rand "It is futile to fight against, if one does not know what one is fighting for." -- Ayn Rand "My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute." -- Ayn Rand "One can not be a traitor to anything, except to oneself." -- Ayn Rand "Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent." -- Ayn Rand "Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then..." --Bob Seger "However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names." --Walden "Had God asked my opinion (He hasn’t, yet) of what he should do to make us really happy, I’d have said, “Make life hell; make it scary. Make us different from one another so we can be suspicious of each other. Give us lots of things to be fearful of and worry about so we..... ”Wait a minute, that’s the way we are. Hmm. Now I understand why Adam and Eve ate that apple; because they were human. Can you imagine how boring Eden must have been?" --John Silveira "Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream ." "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family living in another city." -- George Burns "When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion." --Abraham Lincoln "I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." --Pablo Picasso "People are racist, judgmental, petty, more or less in the closet bigots who keep saying to themselves they are open minded." --Hobotraveler.com "In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing." --Theodore Roosevelt "Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it." --Margaret Thatcher "When asked what I wanted to be when I got older. I replied that I wanted to be nothing and do everything." --Wade at Vagabond "Life is weird, you should not expect it to be any other way." --Kathleen Modrowski, anthropologist "The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues. - Elizabeth Taylor "I'm interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice." --Eastwood, Clint "Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far." --Thomas Jefferson "A man can do great things as soon as he hits and stays at rock bottom. From here there is never anywhere else to go but up." "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." President Theodore Roosevelt ......................................... THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE You can be thirty-three and over the hill, Or ninety-three going on nine. Age isn't living a number of years; It is ony a state of mind. You're never too old to be young. If you make love and laughter part of the plan; For the best thing in life is to die young As old as you possibly can. Scott Friedman ......................................... "I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!" -–Dr. Seuss "Adults are obsolete children." --Dr. Seuss "We think we believe what we know, but we only truly believe what we feel." --Laurence Gonzales, Deep Survival "My richness consists not in the extent of my possessions; but in the fewness of my wants." --J. Brotherton "Being poor is a useful life skill." "A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone." -- Henry David Thoreau "Never spend your money before you have it." --Thomas Jefferson "In my experiences of working on the Road and of working in general, it has come to my mind that there are two work skills that an employee needs to have to easily find employment, and two skills only: 1. To be able to wake up in the morning - to get to work on time. 2. To keep your mouth shut - to do what you are told." www.openroadsong.com "So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?" -- Ayn Rand "That something happened to you is of no importance to anyone, not even to you. The important thing about you is what you choose to make happen - your values and choices. That which happened by accident - what family you were born into, in what country, and where you went to school - is totally unimportant." -- Ayn Rand "The precept: Judge not, that ye be not judged ... is an abdication of moral responsibility: it is a moral blank check one gives to others in exchange for a moral blank check one expects for oneself." "The moral precept to adopt...is: Judge, and be prepared to be judged." -- Ayn Rand "The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man's rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence... The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, and to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law." -- Ayn Rand "The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life -by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past-and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort." -- Ayn Rand "The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live." -- Ayn Rand "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights, cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." -- Ayn Rand "My Father ... told me ... If I am going to earn money, I must even things up by not spending it. As he expressed it, I had to keep the fraction constant, and if I was not able to increase the numerator, then I must reduce the denominator." --Theodore Roosevelt - "In other words, either make more, or spend less" --Bob L “The key to wealth is being satisfied with what you already have,” "A friend of mine gave me advice when I was 20 years old, “Never trust anyone who can make money by giving you bad advice.” (Their benefits are often many layers away...)" --Andy at HOBOTRAVELER.COM (This is especially true with the media) "If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning." --Aristoteles Onassis "But we would have a lot more of it" --Bob L "A 'good' ride is one you can walk away from. A 'great' ride is one you can walk away from and use the bike again. --Anonymous "Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul." "Live free to irritate others" "Loud pipes disturb lives" "Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices -- just recognize them." --Edward R. Murrow "Justice without force is powerless. Force without justice is tyrannical." “Guerillas never win wars, but their adversaries often lose them.” --Charles W. Thayer "Your failure to be informed, does not make me a whacko." - John Loeffler "You can't fight City Hall. But you can take a crap on the steps and run." "I think I can say, and say with pride, that we have legislatures that bring higher prices than any in the world" -- Mark Twain “In politics, there are few skills more richly rewarded than the ability to misstate issues in a way that will sound plausible and attractive.” --Thomas Sowell “There is something about a Republican that you can only stand him just so long; and on the other hand, there is something about a Democrat that you can’t stand him quite that long.” -—Will Rogers "The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow." -- Ayn Rand "There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob." -- Ayn Rand "There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist." -- Ayn Rand "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws." -- Ayn Rand "Thinking men cannot be ruled." -- Ayn Rand "To know one's own desires, their meaning and their costs requires the highest human virtue: rationality." -- Ayn Rand "Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals - that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government - that it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen's protection against the government." -- Ayn Rand "Unjust laws have to be fought ideologically; they cannot be fought or corrected by means of mere disobedience and futile martyrdom." -- Ayn Rand "Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think." -- Ayn Rand "What they have to discover, what all the efforts of capitalism's enemies are frantically aimed at hiding, is the fact that capitalism is not merely the 'practical,' but the only moral system in history." -- Ayn Rand "When I say capitalism, I mean a full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez faire capitalism, with a separation of state and economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of state and church." -- Ayn Rand "A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures." - Daniel Webster "Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss." -—Robert A. Heinlein "Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." --Douglas Adams "I despise politics in any form, I hate the manifestations of liberalism and conservatism with equal passion, and I can only be intrigued and entertained by the rash ignorance of radicals on either side of the line." --Wade at vagabondjourney.com WORLD PANIC -Killer Bees wiping out North America -Ozone hole destroying all life as we know it. -Impending Ice Age - caused by man -Peak oil -Y2K - enter the dark ages -Bird Flu will wipe out all people -Out of oil by the year 1990, no 2000, no peak oil by the year 2012, no...... -Global Warming caused by man -What is the next farce? "In the USA, we have freedom with responsibility and equal opportunity with severe competition. Life is not easy in the USA, and people work for what they get or go home empty handed. The road to the pot of gold in any country is lined with thorns, obstacles, and road blocks." --Adapted and edited from vagabondjourney.com "The most expensive thing in the world is a second-best military establishment, good but not good enough to win." - Robert A. Heinlein, "Those who cannot remember the past, are a highly sought after voting bloc." --Mallard Fillmore "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." --Tacitus (and boy are there a lot of laws in the US) "Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned." --Milton Friendman "No woman in my time will be Prime Minister..." --Margaret Thatcher "Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms should be a convenience store, not a government agency." "The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin." --Mark Twain "Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." --Douglas Adams "In my opinion, politics is a big circus populated by clowns. The only significant role they have ever played in my life is to hinder my progress or frustrate my belief in the innate goodness of mankind. They are the bogeymen of my memories, always meddling in the affairs of hard working people, passing senseless laws, and stifling the individual efforts of people instead of letting them combine to push the nation forward." --Dave Duffy "When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'" - Theodore Roosevelt "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag.. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." --Theodore Roosevelt 1907 "Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody." -- Franklin P. Adams "When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion — when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.” -–Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (1957) "There's nothing so permanent, as a temporary government program." --Milton Friedman "The ultimate defense of our liberties is in three boxes: the ballot box the jury box the ammo box In that order....." "Allah does not pick sides when men are killing each other." --Tarik (Dragon Sword) "POLITICS, n. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage." --Ambrose Bierce in The Devil's Dictionary "It wasn't until I had lost America, that I realized how much I loved her." Senator John McCain "Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable." - John Kenneth Galbraith "The Framers of the Constitution created a decentralized republic, and explicitly not a democracy, because they knew that the latter tended toward centralization and tyranny." "They proclaim that every man is entitled to exist without labor and, the laws of reality to the contrary notwithstanding, is entitled to receive his "minimum sustenance" his food, his clothes, his shelter, with no effort on his part, as his due and his birthright. To receive it, from whom?" -- Ayn Rand "Intellectual freedom cannot exist without political freedom; political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries." -- Ayn Rand "Inflation is not caused by the actions of private citizens, but *by the government*: by an artificial expansion of the money supply required to support deficit spending. No private embezzlers or bank robbers in history have ever plundered people's savings on a scale comparable to the plunder perpetrated by the fiscal policies of statist governments." -- Ayn Rand "The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see." -- Ayn Rand "...the person who loves everybody and feels at home everywhere is the true hater of mankind. He expects nothing of men, so no form of depravity can outrage him" -- Ayn Rand "Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday ... The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production." -- Ayn Rand "The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap." -- Ayn Rand "Capitalism demands the best of every man -- his rationality -- and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him." -- Ayn Rand "Words are a lens to focus one's mind." -- Ayn Rand "The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendour that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach." -- Ayn Rand "We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality." -- Ayn Rand "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." -- Ayn Rand "Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man’s values, it has to be earned." -- Ayn Rand "Everyone has the right to make his own decisions, but none has the right to force his decision on others." -- Ayn Rand The most depraved type of human being ... (is) the man without a purpose." -- Ayn Rand "Money is the barometer of a society's virtue" -- Ayn Rand "There's nothing of any importance except how well you do your work." -- Ayn Rand "When men live by trade, with reason, not force, as their final arbiter, it is the best product that wins, the best performance, the man of best judgment and highest ability, and the degree of a man's productiveness is the degree of his reward. This is the code of existence whose tool and symbol is money. Is this what you consider evil?" -- Ayn Rand "The problem to be solved is, not what form of government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect." --James Madison "Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch. Freedom is a well-armed sheep contesting the vote." "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods." --H.L. Mencken "We cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong." --Abraham Lincoln "The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” —-Thomas Jefferson "Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." --President Reagan "We are spending $3.9 billion or $10 per citizen for new voting machines. Canada just prints ballots." --Robert X. Cringly "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have" --Thomas Jefferson ............................................ A prophet in 1944 Norman Mattoon Thomas (November 20, 1884 - December 19, 1968, and some of us are old enough to remember him running for President) was a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. Norman Thomas said this in a 1944 speech: "The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism," they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." He went on to say: "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform." ............................................ "We spend our time and effort creating exciting new communications technologies, yet half the world does not have access to a telephone. We use the internet to order the latest novel, yet many people in the world don't have access to books. We are now discussing embedded processors to connect our refrigerators to bathroom scales and the grocery store, yet many children in the world go hungry at night." --Bill Robinson "Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind." --Walden There is a story of engineers applying for a job at IBM. The question they were asked was, how does a toilet work? Answers they gave included all kinds of forces and spin of earth on the axis. Correct answer: You push the handle and the shit goes away. "Computers used to take up entire buildings, now they just take up our entire lives." --Author Unknown "Enjoy the trip" --HoboTraveler.com "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be." --Douglas Adams "A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for." --William Shedd "There is nothing more selfish than travel" --Andy the Hobo Traveler www.hobotraveler.com "Actually, I find that life on the road is surprisingly consistent..... I think that I have found a touch of stability in constant motion." --Wade of www.openroadsong.com "Only the man who does not need it, is fit to inherit wealth" the man who would make his own fortune no matter where he started. If an heir is equal to his money, it serves him; if not, it destroys him... Do not think that it should have been distributed among you; loading the world with fifty parasites instead of one, would not bring back the dead virtue which was the fortune. Money is a living power that dies without its root. Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it." -- Ayn Rand "Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it." -- Ayn Rand "Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another, their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun." -- Ayn Rand "Productive work is the road of man's unlimited achievement and calls upon the highest attributes of his character: his creative ability, his ambitiousness, his self-assertiveness, his refusal to bear uncontested disaster, his dedication to the goal of reshaping the earth in the image of his values." -- Ayn Rand "The social system based on and consonant with the altruist morality -- with the code of self-sacrifice -- is socialism, in all or any of its variants: fascism, Nazism, communism. All of them treat man as a sacrificial animal to be immolated for the benefit of the group, the tribe, the society, the state." -- Ayn Rand "Honest people are never touchy about the matter of being trusted." -- Ayn Rand "America is the land of the uncommon man. It is the land where man is free to develop his genius -- and to get its just rewards." -- Ayn Rand "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force." -- Ayn Rand "The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." -- Ayn Rand "There is nothing as boring as depravity." -- Ayn Rand "The notion of racial quotas is so obviously an expression of racism that no lengthy discussion is necessary. If a young man is barred from a school or a job because the quota for his particular race has been filled, he is barred by reason of his race. Telling him that those admitted are his ‘representatives’ is adding insult to injury. To demand such quotas in the name of fighting racial discrimination is an obscene mockery." -- Ayn Rand "Observe the intensity, the austere, the unsmiling seriousness with which an infant watches the world around him. If you ever find, in an adult, that degree of seriousness about reality, you will have found a great man." -- Ayn Rand It's a dangerous business going out your front door. J.R.R. Tolkien "Unhappy people at home make for unhappy travelers. I do not believe that traveling can make an unhappy person happy. --Wade if www.openroadsong.com "The pleasure of travel increases in direct proportion to the decrease of baggage." --Richard Halliburton, Royal Road to Romance (1925) "Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag." --Alexander Solzhenitsyn "Anyone that can travel and doesn't is cheating themselves out of a thousand lives." --www.vagabondjourney.com "Too much contact with people brings conflict, hatred, and attachment. To rid myself of inner conflicts and hatred, I must walk." --Japanese poet monk Taneda Santoka "Adventure only happens when things go wrong." "They say that travelling broadens your mind, but first you must have a mind." "I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train." - Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) "'Travail' is the root word of travel." "Excuse me, I need to go." “An uncomfortable bed free is better than a comfortable bed unfree.” --Jack Kerouac "America has not yet reached the state of a dictatorship. But, paving the way to it, for many decades past, the businessman has served as the scapegoat for statist movements of all kinds: communism, fascism, or welfare statism. For whose sins did the businessman take the blame? For the sins and evils of the bureaucrats." -- Ayn Rand "The small minority of adults who are unable rather than unwilling to work, have to rely on voluntary charity; misfortune is not a claim to slave labor; there is no such thing as the right to consume, control, and destroy those without whom one would be unable to survive." -- Ayn Rand "One of the methods used by statists to destroy capitalism consists in establishing controls that tie a given industry hand and foot, making it unable to solve its problems, then declaring that freedom has failed and stronger controls are necessary." -- Ayn Rand