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07/22/2022 “Quotes of the Week”   1 comment

Alfred North Whitehouse 1861-1947

“Great art is more than a transient refreshment. It is something which adds to the permanent richness of the soul’s self-attainment. It justifies itself both by its immediate enjoyment, and also by its discipline of the inmost being. Its discipline is not distinct from enjoyment but by reason of it. It transforms the soul into the permanent realization of values extending beyond its former self.”

Facing mandatory retirement in London, and upon being offered an appointment at Harvard, Whitehead moved to the United States in 1924. Given his prior training in mathematics, it was sometimes joked that the first philosophy lectures he ever attended were those he himself delivered in his new role as Professor of Philosophy.

03/25/2022 Quote of the Week   Leave a comment

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469-1527)

“A truly great man is ever the same under all circumstances; and if his fortune varies, exalting him at one moment and oppressing him at another, he himself never varies, but always preserves a firm courage, which is so closely interwoven with his character that everyone can readily see that the fickleness of fortune has no power over him.”

In my years of working in corporate America, I made it a point to read his writings, especially “The Prince”. I couldn’t have survived as long as I did without it. Machiavelli has always had a bad name and to be “Machiavellian” is to be totally unscrupulous and cunning. But one thing most scholars are in agreement about: however bad his influence may have been, the real Machiavelli was not the wicked figure of popular tradition.


02/26/2022 Down Home Philosophy   Leave a comment

William Penn Adair Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American vaudeville performer, actor, and humorous social commentator. He was born as a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, in the Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma) and was known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son”. By the mid-1930s, he was hugely popular in the United States for his leading political wit and was the highest paid of Hollywood film stars. He died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post when their small airplane crashed in northern Alaska.

That last paragraph is the current description of this man but barely does him justice. He and Mark Twain have always been my two favorite philosophers. I’ve read the writings of many of the ancient philosophers, but they are difficult to relate to. These two men always used wisdom delivered with biting humor to make their points and it was magical. Here is just a small sampling of his quotes which still ring true here in the twenty-first century. Enjoy . . .

  • “After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him… The moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.”   
  • “When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.”
  • “Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.”
  • “The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.”
  • “If America ever passes out as a great nation, we ought to put on our tombstone: America died from a delusion she had Moral Leadership.”
  • “The taxpayers are sending congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it except they keep coming back.”
  • “If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.”   
  • “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.”
  • “Last year we said, ‘Things can’t go on like this’, and they didn’t, they got worse.”
  • “A man only learns by two things; one is reading, and the other is association with smarter people.” 
  • “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”


10-19-2013   Leave a comment

I consider myself a reasonable person with enough life experience to speak on any number of subjects.  I’m like a of lot of you out there, I think I ‘m a freaking philosopher as well.  The only difference is that most of the time I keep my philosophic thoughts to myself unless asked.  I really dislike people who feel the need to preach at me without prompting on their thoughts on every little thing. They love explaining in great detail how to date, who to marry, how to raise children, how to eat properly, and on and on and on.  Those people like nothing better than to "beat my ear" with what they think is the final word on everything.  My first thought is to tell them to shut up and go away but being that frank with people these days is frowned upon. Decades of politically correct indoctrination has created this know-it-all condition in far too many people.

I can shovel out the blarney with the best of them but I realize that being an annoying prick is not on my bucket list.  I’ll be the first person to admit if I need help or advice and I’ll ask for it. While I don’t like asking there are times when I must.  You just have to remember that by the simple fact of asking you put yourself in the line of fire for way more information that you’ll ever need or want.  It’s just the nature of the beast but it does requires that you stand there and listen to their advice no  matter how stupid or inane it may be. So, rule number one: Only ask for advice as a last resort and be absolutely sure you’re asking the right person.  You might be better off making a mistake than opening yourself up to the thoughts of a person whose own life experience is somewhat limited.

I’m open to the philosophy of others but prefer to read it rather than listen to it.  Over the years I’ve collected different thoughts, statements and quotations, both humorous and serious, that I thought were interesting.  Today I’ll pass along some of them to you. You have the option of reading them or not, it’s your choice. I’m making these tidbits available as a service that requires no additional conversation with me whatsoever.

  • There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
  • Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your mouth is moving.
  • Never miss a good chance to shut up.
  • We are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then things get worse.
  • Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me, either. Just leave me the hell alone.
  • If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
  • If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  • If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
  • Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

I hope these little pearls of wisdom will aid you in your search for answers to all those questions we struggle with.  Some are funny but none the less true.  

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