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"If you cannot convince them, confuse them.”

Harry S. Truman

Walking is man's best medicine.

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine (460-377 BCE)

One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.

Martin Luther King Jr., civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

Truth never damages a cause that is just.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven.

Will Rogers 

If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.

Jay Leno 

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.

Clarence Darrow 

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.

Doug Larson

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.

Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952 

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.

Henry Cate, VII 

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.


Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

Nikita Khrushchev 

Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.

Author Unknown

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.

John Quinton

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.

Oscar Ameringer 

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.

Tex Guinan 

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

Charles de Gaulle



There is no shame West of El Paso.


Sigmund Silber

Philosopher, Economist, Management Consultant


There is money to be made from misery.

Sigmund Silber

Philosopher, Economist, Management Consultant

It is not time for action as action is considered impolite in New Mexico. It is ok to talk about water being a human right but not okay to talk about what to do to have more water. That is a shocking concept. Doing something about a problem? How dare anyone even suggest something like that.

 Sigmund Silber

Write another poem, sing another song, issue another book with wonderful photos. That is how we handle problems in New Mexico.

Sigmund Silber

A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.

Mildred Witte Stouven

"We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke straps our vice."
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862).


The big thieves hang the little ones.

Czech proverb

Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.
     Wendell Berry

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.

Carl Jung, psychiatrist (1875-1961)

Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored.

 Aldous Huxley

Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite.

Josh Billings, columnist and humorist (1818-1885)

The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.

John Locke, philosopher (1632-1704)

It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.

Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988)

“The price good people pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”


I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

Thomas Jefferson

The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:

She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison."
He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

A member of Parliament to Disraeli:

"Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

"He had delusions of adequacy."

Walter Kerr

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." -

Clarence Darrow

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." -

Moses Hadas

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."

Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.."

Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend ... if you have one."

- George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ... if there is one."

Winston Churchill

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."

Stephen Bishop

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."

Irvin S. Cobb

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."

Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."

Paul Keating

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."

Charles, Count Talleyrand

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."

Forrest Tucker

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"

Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."

Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."

Oscar Wilde

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination."

Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music.."

Billy Wilder

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening.  But, this wasn't it."

Groucho Marx


Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.

George Sewell, physician and writer (1690-1736)

We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others.

Blaise Pascal, philosopher and mathematician (1623-1662)


Courts determine questions of law and not justice and even that is questionable.

William M. Turner, (1939- ) 

The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.

William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist (1811-1863)

The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, scientist and philosopher (1742-1799)

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)

There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience.

Hartley Shawcross, barrister, politician, and prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes tribunal (1902-2003)

"There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed."

Albert Schweitzer

Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end.

Joseph Conrad, novelist (1857-1924)

"A goal without a plan is just a wish."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

To know how to say what other people only think is what makes men poets and sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think, makes men martyrs or reformers, or both.

Elizabeth Rundle Charles, writer (1828-1896)

Happiness is an attitude.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.  The amount of work is the same.


Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.

Ben Hecht, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, director, and producer (1894-1964)

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.

John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (1819-1900)

Inquiry is fatal to certainty

Will Durant, Historian (1885-1981)

Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.

William Proxmire, U.S. Senator, reformer (1915-2005)

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (1807-1882)

You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.

Joseph Conrad, novelist (1857-1924)

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Oliver Goldsmith, writer and physician (1730-1774)

There is no shame west of the Pecos especially east of St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe.


He hasn't the sense that God gave a donut.


Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, orator, writer (106-43 BCE

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. -Abraham Joshua Heschel, theology professor (1907-1972)

The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.

Florence Scovel Shinn, writer, artist and teacher (1871-1940)

After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.

Italian Proverb

Be good and you will be lonesome.

Mark Twain


Walking is man's best medicine.


Economists are people who wonder if what works in reality can also work in theory. Ronald Regan
Oh, it is excellent to have a giant's strength, but it tyrannous to use it like a giant

William Shakespeare

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought.  There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.

Victor Hugo

Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived

Oscar Wilde

Corruption is as old as prostitution. Just one of the subtle strategies that the human species employs for survival.  Others just kill. 
I once met a man who had forgiven an injury. I hope some day to meet the man who has forgiven an insult.
Charles Buxton, brewer, philanthropist, writer, and politician (1823-1871)
Literature is the language of society, as speech is the language of man.

Louis de Bonald, philosopher and politician (1754-1840)

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
- Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)
"A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule."
Michael Pollan, author, journalism professor (b. 1955

The death of dogma is the birth of morality.
Immanuel Kant, philosopher (1724-1804)
"Only those who risk going too far can really know how far they can go"
TS Elliot

If the world ever advances beyond what it is today, it must be led by men who express their real opinions.

Robert G. Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (1833-1899)

Those who matter, don't judge. Those who judge, don't matter!!


A good mother knows how to give her child peace of mind rather than "a piece of her mind"


"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words"

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"We think in generalities, but we live in detail."

Alfred North Whitehead

"You can't be old and wise without being young and stupid"

To the World You May be One Person, but to One Person you Could be The World.

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much"

Oscar Wilde

"Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong"

Oscar Wilde

"I can resist anything but temptation"

Oscar Wilde

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.

Yiddish proverb

When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with.

Anais Nin, writer (1903-1977)

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation.

Susan B. Anthony, reformer and suffragist (1820-1906)

The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.

Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996)

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.

James Albert Michener, novelist (1907-1997)

Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven't done a thing. You are just talking.

Wangari Muta Maathai, activist and Nobel laureate (b. 1940)

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already . . .

Leo Tolstoy, 1897

To Grow a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

Eleanor Roosevelt

"One cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole."

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

"We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin."
Andre Berthiaume, novelist (b. 1938)

"The best mind-altering drug is the truth."

Lily Tomlin

"Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority."

Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist (1825-1895

"In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual."

Galileo Galilei, physicist and astronomer (1564-1642)

"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy."
Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 1802. ME 10:342

"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."  - Thomas Jefferson

What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist (b. 1949)


"Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings -- always darker, emptier, and simpler." Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)

"Good men must not obey the laws too well."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher

"Anyone who believes in infinite growth in a finite world is either mad or an economist"
Kenneth Boulding

"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy." --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 1802. ME 10:342

A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity. -Robert Frost, poet (1874-1963)

Not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt.
Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist (1825-1895)


I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations. -
Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)


Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature.

George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)

"L'honnetete n'est pas la meilleure politique, il est la seule."


"I sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies."
Thomas Jefferson

Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.
rancois, duc de La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)


The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.
Khalil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)


It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
William G. McAdoo, lawyer and politician (1863-1941)

Economics of declarant will limit irrational exuberance
John D'Antonio paraphrasing Alan Greenspan
October 16, 2009

The greatest question in all science is where is the next grant coming from.
Karl Wood

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
Old African Proverb

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.

Robert Orben, Magician and Author

I have always said , you should learn something new every day.

Unfortunately, many of us are at that age where what we learn today, we forget tomorrow. This was certainly true in my aged father's case, an avid reader, where the first chapter of every book was always page worn.


The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.


It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Is world trade law a barrier to saving our climate? No; but, our climate may be used as an excuse to bring down our trade laws.


Must we consider Democrats in support of Obama's policies of comstockery?


It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

J.K. Rowling

In 1921, Albert Einstein presented a paper on his then-infant Theory 
of Relativity
at the Sorbonne. He said then:
"If I am proved correct, the Germans will call me a German, the Swiss will call me a Swiss citizen, and the French will call me a great scientist. 
"If relativity is proved wrong, the French will call me a Swiss, the Swiss will call me a German, and the Germans will call me a Jew."

"If a book be false in its facts, disprove them; if false in its reasoning, refute it. But for God s sake, let us freely hear both sides if we choose."

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

"I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer."

Douglas Adams, satirist (1952-2001)


"Anything too stupid to be said is sung."


"Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything."

John Kenneth Galbraith

"Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed
to sell your parrot to the town gossip.

Will Rogers

"No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gota a gota el agua se agota
Water is life
Old Spanish Dicho

"We will only know the worth of water when the well is dry."
Benjamin Franklin

"Till taught by pain, men know not water's worth."
Lord Byron

"Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary."
Reinhold Niebuhr, theologian (1892-1971)


"It's easy to stay busy.  The trick is to stay busy and make money."
Old Lawyers Proverb

"It is a trick among the dishonest to offer sacrifices that are not needed,
or not possible, to avoid making those that are required."

Ivan Goncharov,
novelist (1812-1891

"During times of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
George Orwell

Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is.
Jean Anouilh, dramatist (1910-1987)

"Hypocrisy is the beginning of virtue."
Justice Antonin Scalia
Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 14, 2009

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
Thomas Jefferson

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together
in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal
system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)

"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism," they will  adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. I no longer need to run as a  Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party  has adopted our platform."
Norman Mattoon Thomas 1944

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

Society is like a stew. If you don't keep it stirred up you get a lot of scum on the top.
Edward Abbey

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
Jerome K. Jerome,

Recent work on information processing (even kin recognition) in plants suggests that there may be more going on there than we now understand; as for birds and mammals, it has long been appreciated that they are perfectly capable of deception and subversion. For my part, I don't find these things odd or disturbing, as it's the continuity of all life that intrigues me most. Humans are not alone in their baseness -- though a few may be alone in their desire to rise above it.

Mark Germer

Sometimes you have to state the obvious for the benefit of the oblivious!
Robert Belk

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

If you don't have new ideas, you rely on old tactics to cover your derriere.

"Everyone has a bridge to nowhere! Many ultimately take it!"

"The State Engineer of New Mexico is now involved in so much litigation that he has gone cross-eyed and is unable to argue consistently.  His office has become the cornucopia of bad faith."

"The State Engineer of New Mexico is so imbued in its own mythology it will not accept the reality of history and the courts commonly and invariably go along with him because of the inadequate intellectual capacity and mental lassitude of the judges or their plain unwillingness to work"

Anonymous Attorney

"The New Mexico State Engineer has been trying to petrify his own fictions for decades."

Anonymous Attorney

In war, the first casualty is truth.

Any simple problem can be made insoluble if enough meetings
are held to discuss it.

(Mitchell's Law of Committees)

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
(Mark Twain)

If you let them construct the backbone, eventually they will build the whose fish.
(William M. Turner)

When asked what he thought of bureaucrats, Will Rogers replied that there was nothing wrong with them that a hanging a week wouldn't cure

"Cream Rises"

"Instead of your success, focus on your significance in other's lives"

"Bad debts are not like good wine; they don't get better with age."
Robert Dickinson Esq.)

"Those who stand up for what is right must expect to be treated badly."
(Justice Clarence Thomas, American Enterprise Institute, 2003 Annual Dinner)

Now that you have answered all of the questions, question all of the answers

It is as though it had never been, just a memory.
(Great Expectations by Charles Dickinson)

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

Albert Einstein

"You must always remember [Albert Einstein's famous quote], because the mediocre mind you encounter may be your own."

Gilbert Hernandez

"To every human is given a key to the gates of heaven; the same key also opens the gates of hell."

Buddhist Proverb

"Between thinking and doing there is an ocean."

Tuscan Proverb

" No matter what a man's past may have been, his future is spotless."

Philippians 3:13 

"The proper response to variability is insurance not denial."


"In life there are two kinds of people. There are those who do the work and then there are those who try to claim the credit. Always strive to be in the first group; there is much less competition."


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away -

George Carlin

“Only the educated are free."

Epictetus 55AD-135AD

"Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it."

Chinese Proverb

"Thought and action must never part company."

Hannah Arendt

"He who faces no calamity gains no courage."

Rudyard Kipling

"Water is no longer perceived as a gift from God, but a commodity for which one has to pay. Water will become like oil one day, I have no doubt about it."

Dr. Isabel Al-Assar
MacLeans Magazine
November 24, 2005

"Water drives men to drink with their enemies."


"Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property."
Jean De La Bruyere

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."

  - John Cage

"Das Prinzip aller Dinge ist das Wasser. Aus Wasser ist alles, und ins Wasser kehrt alles zurück"

Thales von Milet, 600 v. Chr.

"A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain."

Arabian proverb