Maxims

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.  – H. L. Mencken

A simple opinion concerning a complex issue is wrong. Or it is a great truth. – Bullis

For the foolish ye have with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good.

Beauty in women is fleeting. It only lasts until her first cosmetic surgeon.

No one thinks clearly with clenched fists.

There are those who believe that the Declaration of Independence is not law, but that the words engraved on the Statue of Liberty are.

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.       – George Orwell

‘Free at last!’ cried the arrow as it leapt from the bow. It sped to the Archer’s target. – Islamic koan


Only through indifference are secrets kept.


Robin Hood never took from the good to give to the poor. He took from the corrupt government officials to give back to the peasants who had been taxed into poverty.


You may fly over a land forever; you may bomb it, atomize it, and wipe it clean of life -but if you desire to defend it, protect it, and keep it for civilization, you must do this on the ground, the way the Roman Legions did – by putting your soldiers in the mud. – T.R. Fehrenbach


One man’s stain is another man’s dye.

I am a firm believer in my right to do anything I cannot be stopped from doing. – Roger Zelazny

When you choose an act, you choose the consequences of that act. Corollary: When you desire a result, you damn well are responsible for choosing the actions that lead to that result. – Lois McMaster Bujold

‘Fem Asking’ is asking a question when you actively reject any answer.

‘That which does not kill me only makes me stronger’ was written by a man who never heard of a hernia.

America today is wealthy beyond reason. The wealth is not the problem. The beyond reason is. – Gore Vidal


Learn to appreciate tragedy. All true stories are eventually tragedies.


There is no pleasure without thought.

A word TO the intelligent is sufficient.
A word FROM the wise motivates.

Insistence on a politically correct environment is an aggression.  The concept of microagression is a macroagression.


Great stress causes rapid evolution.

A Twenty-first century person is a well-educated human who is programmed not to challenge or realize the implications of his knowledge.

 The future belongs to those who have children. No one else gets a vote.

  A modern atheist is a clear-eyed viewer in the midst of a plain who, seeing to the horizon, believes that all there is lies under his gaze. A modern fundamentalist knows there is a world beyond the horizon, and that he knows everything about it without bothering to look and check his beliefs.
The glory of the Reconnaissance of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century was that people actually went beyond the horizon and learned.

I have reached the point where I would prefer scathing criticism to silence


Weather is the singular of climate.


Some men are of no more use than turning food into excrement.  – Leonardo da Vinci


We have reached a point in America where the only free markets are black markets.


Only Marxists think that the most important thing in life is economics.


Those who believe there is no mystery in the universe have never really studied science.


You may exert power over, but you can never govern, an unwilling people.  Thomas Pownall


Science is the belief that nature operates reliably.  Compton


Silly rules provoke transparent evasions.


Embarrassing questions invite lies.


You can have a welfare state.  Or you can have open borders. I prefer open borders.


Personal combat is superior to a formal introduction.


History is a chaos of conflicting biases, murky intentions, and confused results. It is – alas – the only database we have.


I used to say that if I were less durable I would be more graceful. Life is making me more graceful.


A friend is someone you can say any damfool thing that pops in your head to and not worry. John D. MacDonald


Weakness is provocative. Prey behavior provokes a predatorial response.


The two sexes are halves of a single organism. One cannot cut the other without wounding one’s self. Poison spreads to both halves.


The life we have created is too mundane. We have an obligation to imbue life with mystery and romance.


Class based societies are inherently for the lazy; it allows one to think of simplified groups rather than complicated individuals.


What is the point of history if we cannot remember what happened before we were born?


Evolution is hetero-normative.


There is no darkness so intense that it can extinguish a single candle. [ This is an intentional attempt to keep up with the Joneses *]


Enough is better than a feast. – Czech proverb


A weapon is that which changes an opponent’s behavior. A strategic weapon is that which gains allies.


In an authoritarian system people can be counted on to do as they are told. In a free system people can only be counted on to do what they think right.


A City is either a playground or a prison. The same is true of a house.


Our identity is written on our souls in letters of fire for all to read who have wit.

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