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Nothing new has ever happened before!--Ben Ferencz 97 year old prosecutor at Nuremberg war crime trials.

After watching endless documentaries on poverty, I have ascertained that it is "Corruption " that keeps a country in poverty. Especially relatives of people in power that contract with relatives who are construction contractors! They bid cheap and when a hurricane comes, they get the contract to rebuild again with substandard material that maximize profit and build substandard buildings that crumble on the next earthquake or hurricane. An endless cycle of profit and devastation. __BN


Do people call you naive and crazy? Asked of Ben Ferencz.

I'm a realist. The current war strategy now is to send our young men overseas to kill other young men they do not know and who did nothing wrong. They are just serving their country. So these good people kill each other and cause tons of grief and ruin lives and families on both sides. Now, that is crazy!

As humans, we always have the conflict between our perception and reality. (Book of why)


"The greatest and noblest pleasure which men can have in this world is to discover new truths; and the next is to shake off old prejudices." __ Fredrick the great

"The best New year's resolution I ever made was to stop trying to reason with unreasonable people."__ Thomas Sowell

"Everybody should have access to knowledge."__Jim Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia.

"Ditto people". "I don't follow a path, I blaze a trail" __ BN 7.8.19

"This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts".__Adam Smith.

"The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations" __Adam Smith.

"What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscious?"__Adam Smith


"Faith is believing what you know ain't true"__Mark Twain.

Faith is not fact. Faith is Substituting emotion for facts.

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!"-- President of Harvard


"Hope is a tease to help us accept reality." -- Maggie Smith Downton Abbey season 5, episode 5.

"When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw". Nelson Mandela


"Everything you need for a better life and success has already been written. Just go to the library!" Henri Ameil

"Nobody will believe in you unless you believe in yourself." Liberace


"We forfeit 3/4 of ourselves in order to be like other people". Arthur Schopenhauer

"If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success." John D. Rockefeller


Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition." Adam Smith

"Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage." Ambrose Bierce


"You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor." Aristotle

"You wouldn't worry so much of what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do." Elenor Roosevelt


"Never stand and take a charge. Charge them too!" Nathan Bedford Forest

"As parents, we give our children the silver bullet of redemption that we were given as young children. Now these children grow into adults and spend their life preparing for this tremendously wonderful future that is never going to happen." Bob Nickles July 2019


"What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of the ages." Henry Beecher

"The fool wonders. The wise man ask." Benjamin Disraeli


"I like to listen. I have learned much from listening carefully. Most people do not listen". Ernest Hemingway

"It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well." Rene Descartes


"Anger cannot be dishonest." Marcus Aurelius

"Pretty much all the truth telling is by children." Oliver Wendell Homes


"The wise are instructed by reason. Average minds by experience. The stupid by necessity. The brute by instinct." Marcus Cicero

"All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Next it is violently opposed. And last it is accepted as self evident." Arthur Schopenhauer


"Your own resolution to success is more important than any other." Abraham Lincoln

"Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." Alexander Graham Bell


"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life." Henry David Thoreau

"Love is like a butterfly. Hold it too tight and you crush it. Hold it too soft and it flies away."

"In this world nothing can be certain except death and taxes. Ben Franklin


"Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out." Michel Montaigne

"Employ yourself by studying other men's writings so that you shall gain easily what other men worked hard for." Socrates

"Genius isn't a thing more than elegant common sense."
Josh Billings


"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The best way to succeed is to try one more time."
Thomas Edison

"Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose."
Baltasar Gracian

Anger is a wind that blows out the lamp of the mind."

Robert ingersoll


"There are two things that a democratic society finds difficult. To start a war and to end one."

Alexa de Tocqueville

"All religions are man made."


"The bigger the difficulty the greater the victory in surmounting it."


"Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance."



"Religion, a daughter of hope and fear, explains to the ignorant the knowage of the unknown."

Ambrose Bierce

"A man may steal from a freight car; but if he has a University education he will steal the entire railroad."

Theodore Roosevelt

"Never contract friendship with a man who is not better than thyself."


"It is not death that man should fear but he should fear never beginning to live."


"Mankind is governed by feelings more than reason."

Samuel Adams


"Ignorance is never better than knowledge."


"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people."

Eleanor Roosevelt

"Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.


"Never was anything achieved without danger."


"Courage is knowing what not to fear."


"All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. "

John Quincy Adams

"Religion is great stuff for keeping common people quiet."


"Life is pretty simple. Most stuff fails. Some things work. Do the stuff that works."

Leonardo de Vinci


“Nine times out of ten, when a person says he is sorry, he is only sorry he got caught.” — in plain sight

“Risk is the price you pay for opportunity “. Blue Bloods

“Since when do we bat a thousand?” — Blue Bloods

Where there is tradition there is superstition.


We live in an artificial world. That is why we love to vacation in the great outdoors.

Where is your faith. I have my faith in scientific facts and historically proven evidence.-BN


“Religion is being superseded by common sense.”—BN 2020

For many people who struggle with their weight, being slim is their greatest desire, yet no matter how much they want it, they cannot achieve it. So powerful is this longing that morbidly obese patients who lost significant amounts of weight said, in one study, they would rather lose a leg or be blind or deaf than return to being obese. Every single one of the forty-seven patients said they would prefer to be slim than be an obese multi-millionaire. — 10% human


Nine times out of 10 when a person tells you they are sorry, they are only sorry that They got caught from the show in plain sight

Risk is the price you pay for opportunity—from Blue Bloods

And also from Blue Bloods since when do we bat a 1000?

People often substitute their imagination with their memories. — Josh Billings. (Especially in theology and religious writings.) — MN

Don’t let your EGO do the thinking.—The Good Wife.

People love to believe in magic!—The Good Wife.


You are never too old to learn, BUT you are too old to remember! Source Bob Nickles

This could be a good quote for religion.

It’s a pleasant thought, but has no validity.

People often love a good story instead of the facts.


Religion is nothing more than psychological transference of the fear of death to a savior.—man denial of death

“Gaining knowledge makes me much more conscious in life. It provides the BIG picture of how we got to here.”


The first step toward wisdom is the realization that the laws of the universe don’t care about you. Enlightenment now, Pinker

Broken things need to be fixed right, not what is easy! —Engineering Catastrophies

Michel de Montaigne
“Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens

“Think early and think forever.” Ref. Think


Being religious is like being a small child and watching your first professional magician. You really believe that say the magic words and you can pull a rabbit out of your hat. — BN 2021