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Aug 4, 2019
My favorite opening lines from all of literature is from Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground: "I'm a sick man, a mean man. There's nothing attractive about me. I think there's something wrong with my liver." Nice, direct and candid.
And self absorbed. Love that book.


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Aug 4, 2019
Shower upon him every earthly blessing, drown him in bliss so that nothing but bubbles would dance on the surface of his bliss, as on a sea…and even then every man, out of sheer ingratitude, sheer libel, would play you some loathsome trick. He would even risk his cakes and would deliberately desire the most fatal rubbish, the most uneconomical absurdity, simply to introduce into all this positive rationality his fatal fantastic element…
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky


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Sep 9, 2017
The Arm of Orion
"Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone, and the only one who seeks out another. His nature consists in his longing to realize himself in another. Man is nostalgia and a search for communion. Therefore, when he is aware of himself he is aware of his lack of another, that is, of his solitude."
—O. Paz


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Jun 15, 2013
The grass is always greener over the septic tank. - Irma Bombeck

No one in this world, so far as I know ... has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. - H. L. Menken

Democracy is the worship of jackals by jackasses. - H. L. Menken

Never sleep with anyone crazier than yourself. - Murphy's Law

Never eat anything bigger than your head. - B Kliban

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful. - Seneca

Tradition is the last bad performance. - Arturo Toscanini

A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims... but accomplices. - George Orwell

The worst men often give the best advice. - Francis Bacon

Every crowd has a silver lining. - P T Barnum

There's a sucker born every minute. - P T Barnum


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Feb 21, 2013
A new broom sweeps cleanest, but the old broom knows where the dirt is.

Quoted to me by a Col. Grere, USA(Ret.)

On seeing vets in their fatigues:
"Where's your jungle?"
Col. Tuttle, USA (Ret.)


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May 26, 2012
Sarasota Florida
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” Hunter S Thompson

"What is the one thing money cannot buy? Poverty" my Dad

" Rich or Poor, it is good to have money" my Dad


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Jul 1, 2013
Wish in one hand and sh*t in the other and see what fills up first.

No shame in being poor, but it sure is inconvenient.

A broken arm is a good way to show someone they are not invincible.


Senior Member
Oct 21, 2019
Illinois -> Florida
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove any doubt.

Beauty may only be skin deep but ugly cuts clear to the bone.

Steal a little and they put you in jail, steal a lot and they make you king.

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

A friend to all is a friend to none.

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Leave sleeping dogs lie.

Discretion is the better part of valor.

You can lead a horse to water but I'll never suck it's ass to make it drink. (my version)

I can explain it to you but I can't force you to understand it.
Sounds like Mark Twain