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Every so often I'll come across a few well - crafted phrases. These words, often times, offer a fresh perspective on a tired old vantage point, or open a portal to a new path of thinking. Here are a few gems of wisdom I've collected over the years (and a few of my own as well).

The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meanings. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.
Stanley Kubrick 1928-1999

There is nothing so hypnotic as the truth - Frank Lloyd Wright

Lying makes a problem part of the future; truth makes a problem part of the past.
- Rick Pitino

We see what we believe rather than believe what we see
- Alan Watts

Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans
- John Lennon

Haste is a kind of violence - Buddhist philosophy

He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything - fortune cookie

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent
- Isaac Asimov (as Hari Seldon)

The tragic comes from the accumulation of the insignificant - Max Apple

Sell your cleverness. Buy bewilderment - Rumi

There are many more people trying to meet the right
person than to become the right person - Gloria Steinem

You won't be happy with more until you're happy with
what you've got - Viki King

Children today are being molded into consumers by the
media before they've had a chance to shape their souls - ?

Take your magic where you find it - John Flomer

"Insanity" is continuing to do the same thing you've always
done and expecting a different outcome - Sigmund Freud

Don't let your sense of morals get in the way of doing
what is right - Isaac Asimov (as Salvor Hardin)

People who have no hopes are easy to control
- attributed to Michael Ende

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity,
and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them - Joseph Heller

They'll hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool - John Lennon

As a decrease in spiritual thought is proportional to an increase
in material gain, it is safe to assume that, as we leave our
magic behind, greed will become the only frontier.
- John Flomer

What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely
set, ingenious machine for turning, with infinite artfulness,
the red wine of Shiraz into urine - Isak Dinesen

Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police - Robert Louis Stevenson

When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion
- Voltaire

When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you - ?

To trust is good, not to trust is better - Irish Proverb

Be careful when you point your finger; there are three
fingers pointing back at you - Arab Proverb

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional - ?

You get what you tolerate - ?

We learn by resistance. Learning without resistance is programming.
- John Flomer

The past does not repeat itself, but it rhymes - Mark Twain

If you look up and you're not there, you've fallen.
- attributed to John Flomer

Good credit means nothing if you have bad taste - Dane Stauffer

Whining is anger coming through too small of a hole -?

The only difference between a rut and a grave is the
depth of the excavation - ?

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as
effective as a rightly timed pause - Mark Twain

If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything - ?

Don't be so humble, you're not that great - Golda Meir

Imagination is more important than knowledge - Einstein

It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts - Kin Hubbard

The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew
he would never be found out - ??

The most absurd and tragic of all aspirations is to live a normal life.
- John Flomer

True morality consists not in following the beaten
track, but in finding out the true path for ourselves
and fearlessly following it. -- Mohandas Gandhi

Some people never learn anything because they understand everything too soon - Alexander Pope

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.
That will be the beginning - Louis L'Amour

Language has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone,
and the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone - Paul Tillich

Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it - Chinese proverb

So, I was having this really great dream. At the end when
the credits were rolling, I saw it - "Made in China."
- John Flomer

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
- Aldous Huxley

If you don't know, ask. You will be a fool for the moment, but a wise person the rest of your life - ??

A dog is a dog until he is facing you - then he is Mr. Dog
- A Haitian farmer -

Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. - Marcel Proust

I shave my beard it makes vomiting easier. - John Barryman

God is not man's greatest invention, but his greatest misunderstanding.
- attributed to John Flomer

Do not presume to be alive just because no one has found your body.
- Dave the Security Guard

It's not a drinking problem, it's a drinking opportunity. - Dick Shaw

When you're making Rock records, you're aiming between people's legs...not at their brains.

Those who agree in the "balance of nature" are those who don't get eaten.
- sign in a college admissions office

The only thing good about "the good old days" are the memories. It is the memories I want to re-live, not the reality. - John Flomer

Listen, there's a hell of a good universe next door; let's go! - E.E. Cummings

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.
- Quentin Crisp -

Kill your television twice, just to make sure it's dead. - John Flomer

Without bigots, eccentrics, cranks and heretics, the world would not progress.
- Frank Burgess

Time is a great teacher but, unfortunately, it kills all its pupils - Hector Berlioz

Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.
- Thomas Edison

It takes a long time to understand nothing. - Edward Dahlberg

A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation - C.E. Ayres

Life is a sport difficult to comprehend, but the rules are quite simple
- the players are terminal and the game never ends - John Flomer

In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned
find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
- Eric Hoffer

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- Elbert Hubbard

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

One person's constant is another person's variable. - Susan Gerhart

You can interpret it any way you want, but a shark's eyes say only one thing - meat.
- John Flomer

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left
to add,but when there is nothing left to take away.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Few people have the imagination for reality - Goethe

Stupidity is the basic building block of the universe. - Frank Zappa

- The Loser's Chorus -
Let's get together over some coffee and dwell on past mistakes,
plan for future failures, and figure out someone or something to blame.
- John Flomer

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. - H.L. Mencken

Isn't it a drag? Just when you thought it was safe to bum out - more good news!
- John Flomer

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. - Bill Vaughn

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it by not dying.
Woody Allen

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than going to a garage makes you an automobile. - W.A. Sunday

Time is a system we have devised to determine the linear disintegration rate of our asses being blown across space. - John Flomer

I against my brother; I and my brother against my cousin; I and my cousin against the world. - Arab Proverb

Flomer's definition of a lunatic:
Anyone who believes that we are the only show in the universe.

You don't lose your girlfriend in Ketchikan. You just lose your turn.
- the locals

Life is a sandwich and we are the lunch meat. Time will
eat us alive, but leave the crust. - John Flomer

If I love you, what business is that of yours? - Goethe

Conformity isn't slavery, it's just pathetic. - John Flomer

A fellow who is always declaring he's no fool, usually has his suspicions.
- Wilson Mizner

Genius does what it must, talent does what it can - fortune cookie

T.V. is basically an alternative to living. - Garth Ancier

We should all be concerned about the future because we will all
have to spend the rest of our lives there. - Charles Kettering

Reality is often inaccurate. - Douglas Adams

I tune in, therefore I duh. - John Flomer

Humor can blow the cobwebs out
of your heart. - ?

You eat what you eat because of
what you are. - Bill Lawren

Unhappy people don't eat popcorn. - ?

The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason to hope. ?

A good laugh and a good cry both cleanse the mind. - ?

Only when it's dark enough, can you see the stars. - emerson

Vegetarians be damned in a dog-eat-dog world. - John Flomer

If your smile is crooked, try eating with your other hand. - John Flomer

Apples and oranges mix very well despite reports to the contrary. Try the juice. - John Flomer

When you're depressed - sing. It will lift you out of the garbage and into the clouds.
- John Flomer

Happiness is the quest of those unfortunate people who have not used misery to their advantage.
- John Flomer

Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. - ?

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity. - bumpersticker

Thanks for being wrong. - John Flomer

Reality is for people who lack imagination. - bumpersticker

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. - bumpersticker

Contrary to long held assumptions, ice cream does have bones.
You've just got to know where to look. - John Flomer

It has been said that we need three bones in our lives - a backbone to have
courage and purposefulness, a wishbone to follow the dreams in our hearts,
and a funny bone to be able to laugh when the going gets tough.
- quote on a box of tea / author unknown

Music is the greatest good that mortals know - John Milton

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds - Albert Einstein

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