Education

Truer Words Were Never Spoken

Ann Landers

Ann Landers

“Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.”


–Ann Landers

Think About It

HL Mencken

HL Mencken

“A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.”


–HL Mencken

Dead Literature

Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis

“Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead.”


–Sinclair Lewis

Physicists and Sin

J. Robert Oppenheimer

J. Robert Oppenheimer

“In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.”


-—J. Robert Oppenheimer

Dave Barry Knows His History

Dave Barry

Dave Barry

“In 1765, Parliament passed the Stamp Act, which, as any American high school student can tell you, was an act that apparently had something to do with stamps.”


–Dave Barry

Knowledge

HL Mencken

HL Mencken

“I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.”


–HL Mencken

Choosing the Right Path

Woody Allen

Woody Allen

“More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads.

One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction.

Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”


—Woody Allen
(from Side Effects, 1980, “My Speech to the Graduates”)

True Humility

Tom Lehrer

Tom Lehrer

“It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.”


Tom Lehrer (at age 37)

Optimists and Pessimists

J. Robert Oppenheimer

J. Robert Oppenheimer

“The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.”


—–J. Robert Oppenheimer

Will Rogers’ Keys to Success

Will Rogers

Will Rogers

“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.”


–Will Rogers

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