Half Truths by Saunders

Any fool can be a critic, and they usually are.

Genius is the ability to see that which is right in front of our eyes, but has never been seen, to hear that which we have always heard, but never recognized, and to state that which is obvious, but has never been said.

Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.* Those who can't teach, audit. Those who can't audit, make policy. And those who can't make policy, report the news.

If you're not confused, you're not learning.

Encourage learning, not paranoia.

There is always another alternative.

We are all whores, all our lives. If you're lucky, you get to choose your Johns.

The true measure of a person's work is whether they have succeeded in eliminating the need for it.

On average, half the people in the world are less fortunate than you. Gee. You must be pretty lucky.

The end measure of a person's life is singular quality. Which will survive you, the 10,000 meals you cook, or the book you write?

In the 1960's the rock group The Rolling Stones produced a well known song with the lyrics "You can't always get want you want, but if you try sometime, you will see, you get what you need." Well they were wrong. The real truth is that "You will always get want you don't need." As an example, on this date in the year 2000, most certainly George W. Bush will be elected our next president. It is not because he will prove himself the worthier candidate and be elected by the American populace, it is because he already has a job. If not elected, he will just go back to being Governor of Texas. On the other had, his opponent, Albert Gore, if not elected will be out of a job. Both Bush and Gore will get what they don't need - Bush another job, Gore, unemployment. If you don't believe this adage is true, just go apply for a loan. You'll only get the money if you don't need it.

* Attributed to H.L. Mencken


Favorite Quotes

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein

"Don't gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don't go up, don't buy it." Will Rogers

"Don't stay in bed .... unless you make money in bed." George Burns

"Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like no one's watching." Satchel Paige

"My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition."  Indira Gandhi

“None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.”  Anais Nin

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed." Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Although prepared for martyrdom, I prefer that it be postponed." Winston Churchill

"If you are going through hell, keep going." Winston Churchill

"When a thing is new people will say It is not true. When its truth can no longer be denied, they will say But it is not important. And when its importance can no longer be denied they will say But it is not new." William James

Only in statistics and letters from the draft board do we look forward to rejection.