Favorite Quotes

Rationality

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. Albert Einstein

“”Think simple” as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.” Frank Lloyd Wright

Economy:

On stimulus packages, i.e. taking money from one group of people and giving it to another to spend, in an attempt to improve the economy: “It’s like taking a bucket of water from the deep end of a pool and dumping it into the shallow end, and expecting the water level to rise.” – Robert Higgs

“The uniform, constant, and uninterrupted effort of every man to better his condition, the principle from which public and nation, as well as private opulence is originally derived, is frequently powerful enough to maintain the natural progress of things towards improvement, in spite both of the extravagance of government, and of the greatest errors of administration.” — Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations Book II, Ch. 3

“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

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a moneyed aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher

Government:

“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue.” – Barry Goldwater

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John Kennedy

Gun Rights

“An armed society is a polite society.” – Robert Heinlein

“Rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon — so long as there is no answer to it — gives claws to the weak.” – George Orwell

“When guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns.”

“Leftists are more worried about semi-automatic firearms in the hands of law-abiding, regular citizens than they are of nuclear weapons in the hands of Saddam Hussein.” – Amber Pawlik

War

“No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other bastards die for their country.” – General George S. Patton

If you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully.
Thomas Fuller

Feminism

“No man is as anti-feminist as a really feminine woman.” – Frank O’Connor

Individualism

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. Oscar Wilde

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made. Oscar Wilde

Productivity
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. Albert Einstein

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. Albert Einstein

Values:

Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength.
Ralph W. Sockman

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
Steve Jobs

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – sometimes attributed to Albert Einstein

“Better to Seek Forgiveness than Ask for Permission.”

“When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win” – Ed Macauley

“We don’t rise to the occasion. We fall to the level of our training” – Unknown

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – General George S. Patton

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. Albert Einstein

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” – Henry Ford

“Failure is not an option.” – from Apollo 13

“Get out of my way.” – John Galt

Ramblings in my brain:

When tackling large or complicated problems, remember that small steps are better than no steps.

You get what you get if you defer your judgment to other people.

The persistent bird gets the worm.

In general, when something doesn’t work, more of that something is not going to help.

There are two rules for writing. 1. Write about what you know. 2. Know as much as you can.

Misc
“What’s really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer.” William Albert Allard

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde

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