“None of us have the promise of tomorrow, God forbid this is my last day on this beautiful earth, it won’t be spent listening to some news person telling me how rotten we are, how rotten life is, heck no, I’m going out and seeing how beautiful life is. As humans, our time on this planet is very limited…Turn off, tune out and turn on your life. Peace” — Frank Zappa
“Bad television is three things: a bullet train to a morally bankrupt youth, a slow spiral into an intellectual void, and of course, a complete blast to watch.”
George Will speaking on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.
George Frederick Will is an American conservative political commentator. He writes regular columns for The Washington Post and provides commentary for NBC News and MSNBC. In 1986, The Wall Street Journal called him “perhaps the most powerful journalist in America,” in a league with Walter Lippmann.
“When questions of decision, reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.”
The Sufis advise us to speak only after our words have managed to pass through three gates. At the first gate, we ask ourselves “Are these words true?” If so, we let them pass on; if not, back they go. At the second gate, we ask, “Are they necessary?” At the last gate , we ask, “Are they kind?” – Eknath Easwaran
John Adams “In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress”.
Precision, accuracy, and clarity matter, as gestures of respect toward those to whom you speak; toward the subject, whether it’s an individual or the earth itself; and toward the historical record. It’s also a kind of self-respect… The search for meaning is in how you live your life but also in how you describe it and what else is around you.
– Rebecca Solnit, from Call Them by Their True Names
“Well I’ve lost my equilibrium, my car keys and my pride…”-
Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz shares with his students a strategy for successfully defending cases.
“If the facts are on your side, Dershowitz says, pound the facts into the table. If the law is on your side, pound the law into the table. If neither the facts nor the law are on your side, pound the table.”
Quote Investigator: There is good evidence that Jerome Michael used a version of the saying while teaching, but the adage was in use before he graduated from Columbia Law School. QI has traced it back ninety-nine years and will present selected citations in reverse order.
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