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What it takes to write a sentence

“Take a single sentence: ‘The fireball exploded twenty billion years ago at the beginning of time.’ That sentence required nothing less than the full twenty billion years of cosmic development.” — Brian Swimme, via Rob Brezsny

Problem Priority

[W]hen you remove your most important problem, your second most important problem becomes your most important problem. — Nicole Tedesco in a comment at PJM.

“This Childish Quest…”

I think this childish quest to assign moral or ideological cowardice or weakness because of a different interpretation of the lay of the political landscape to be wholly unpersuasive. — Jonah Goldberg

“This is a Presidential Campaign…”

This is a Presidential campaign, not a search for reason and perspective. — Tom Maguire

Works in Progress

Too often, I think “work in progress” means “Help! I don’t have any clue on where I’m going.” — Warren Murphy

“To live in this world properly…”

You are always born under the wrong sign, and to live in this world properly you have to rewrite your horoscope day by day. — Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum.

Wealth is not Pizza

There’s nothing the matter with honest moneymaking. Wealth is not a pizza, where if I have too many slices you have to eat the Domino’s box. In a free society, with the rule of law and property rights, no one loses when someone else gets rich. — P. J. O’Rourke

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life….”

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. — John Wayne



…it is beneath the dignity of excellent men to waste their time in calculation when any peasant could do the work just as accurately with the aid of a machine. — Leibnitz

“Do what thy manhood bids thee do…”

Do what thy manhood bids thee do, From none but self expect applause; He noblest lives and noblest dies Who makes and keep his self-made laws. — Sir Richard Francis Burton