"The ideas you love are a lighted window onto your soul." Bob Warfield
I guess these things say something about me--at least I'm in good company when I read the attributions!
"In God we trust; all others must bring data."
expands, liberty contracts."
We can no longer put men on the moon or get through an airport with our
shoes on. What progress?"
is the hardest work there is, which is the probably reason why so few
engage in it."
thing more shamelessly egocentric than blogging, is creating a vanity
web site, like this one. If it is expressed as a blog, it isn't content,
afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built Noah's Ark, professionals
built the Titanic"
that forgiving them (the 9/11 terrorists) is God's function. Our job is
simply to arrange the meeting."
mind plays with the objects it loves."
their other contributions to our society, lawyers could be an important
source of protein."
ask me how I was able to make so much money in the market during a 20-year
period, I would always say I did it off the misunderstandings of others."
assume a Southerner thinks as slowly as he talks."
the world the way it is, not the way you wish it was."
moments, lost--like tears in the rain. Time to die"
"Greed is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit." Michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko in Wall Street
that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety."
observe a lot just by watching."
prepare, and some day my chance will come. "
"Moderation is the last refuge for the unimaginative." Oscar Wilde
spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds"
yet not been able to answer ... the great question that has never been
answered : What does a woman want ?"
make it idiotproof someone will just make a better idiot."
to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right
"A man needs a little madness or else . . . he never dares to cut the rope and be free."
Anthony Quinn to Alan Bates in Zorba the Greek, 1964
wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot."
to go now. I'm having a friend for dinner."
la Vista . . . baby!"
your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle."
is the hardest part..."
is the unequal distribution of wealth.
"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges, even where there are no rivers."
responsibility of the media to look at the president with a microscope,
but they go too far when they use a proctoscope."
there is no next time, no second chance, no time outs. Sometimes it's
now or never."
stupidity is not a handicap."
important thing is to get on the right horse."
are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason."
been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the
others that have been tried."
substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt
like it, and I'm sorry I ever had anything to do with it."
advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
"If I have
seen farther than other men, it is because I stood on the shoulders of
possible interpretation of any research whatever in the 'social sciences'
is: some do, some don't."
will continue until morale improves."
did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell."
of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die
is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity."
not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose."
get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone."
to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
is nothing quite so good as burial at sea. It is simple, tidy, and not
is not hostile, nor yet is it unfriendly. It is simply indifferent."
is an egg's way of producing another egg."
large the world is filled with fools and knaves."
is not everything. It's the only thing."
is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result."
I don't want
to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not
worth doing at all, is worth doing well.
There's no free
lunch. Don't feel entitled to anything you don't sweat and struggle for.
Each day should
be passed as though it were our last.
man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying
to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on
the unreasonable man.
If you want
something done, ask a busy person.
No one can make
you feel inferior without your consent.
ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome.
The time to
win a fight is before it starts.
I'm not happy.
I'm cheerful. There's a difference. A happy woman has no cares
at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with
Courage is resistance
to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
There is no
education like adversity.
young as long as one can still learn, can still take on new habits, can
Man would indeed
be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and
hope of reward after death.
a good school, but the fees are high.
The first requisite
of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and
willing to pull his weight.
In skating over
thin ice our safety is in our speed.
There is little
friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.
I have no trouble
with my enemies. But my goddam friends,...they are the ones that keep
me walking the floor nights.
Buy well run
monopolies in markets that are growing faster than the S&P 500.
At any point in time, you should be doing one of these things:
If you find
yourself doing anything else, stop at once and do one of those 4 things.
obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge.
A great many
people mistake opinions for thoughts.
You can never
get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
Dost thou love
life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
I base my calculation
on the expectation that luck will be against me.
The point to
remember is that what the government gives it must first take away.
theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of
lost airline luggage.
about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have
to ram them down people's throats.
Any man who
is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over
30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.
keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it.
We must beware of trying
to build a society in which nobody counts for anything except a politician
or an official, a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift
It is not fair
to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
Any clever person
can make plans for winning a war if he has no responsibility for carrying
Science Fiction is a branch
of children's literature.
Nothing is more dangerous
in war-time than to live in the temperamental atmosphere of a Gallup Poll,
always feeling ones pulse and taking ones temperature.
The American Constitution declares
All men are born equal. The British Socialist Party add: All
men must be kept equal.
It is a fine thing to be honest,
but it is also very important to be right.
Never ascribe to malice that
which is adequately explained by incompetence.
It's because they're stupid,
that's why. That's why everybody does everything.
"In crowds it is stupidity
and not mother wit that is accumulated."
"History teaches us that
wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."
All material © 2001-2006, Robert W. Warfield.