Say it again, Sam

Smart (or dumb) sayings get stuck in our head... is that the accumulation of wisdom? Sometimes we even come up with them ourselves. Keeping the good stuff and removing the fluff is how we build up our own Weltanschauung. Here are some of the things that have made it through my filter.

They are “arranged” in a sort of merge of two orders: the order in which I read them, and the order in which they were published. In addition, I have factored out a few recurring themes. But themes are so cross-cutting that even hypertext can’t really get them all sorted and factored. Progress continues.

Trump and Trumpism

I have extracted quotes on this topic into a separate list. It is a strict subset of this page, so you won’t miss anything if you stay here. It is just for convenience.

new! Contents

  1. A Great Truth
  2. Foresight (lack)
  3. Foresight
  4. Hindsight (lack)
  5. History
  6. Confidence and Doubt
  7. Freedom
  8. Being Human
  9. Writing
  10. A. Solzhenitsyn
  11. Eric Hoffer
  12. Evil
  13. Ayn Rand
  14. Winning & Losing
  15. Trump
  16. Gender
  17. Contrast and Compare
  18. Me
  19. Philosophy
  20. Owning the Libs
  21. General Collection

Explaining a Great Truth

I used to be dubious of this idea, but here are two examples:

And another example pair:

Nobody Could Have Seen It Coming

It’s ignorance (or mendacity) to say “nobody did.” True hubris to say “nobody could have.”

They Did See It Coming

Forgetting the Past


Confidence and Doubt


The Human Condition

On Writing

A. Solzhenitsyn

And these are just from one (three-volumme) work...

Eric Hoffer

  • “The man just out of the army is an ideal potential convert ... a prolonged war by national armies is likely to be followed by a period of social unrest for victors and vanquished alike.”
    — Eric Hoffer, “The True Believer”, 1951

  • “Though they seem at opposite poles, fanatics of all kinds are actually crowded together at one end. It is the fanatic and the moderate who are poles apart and never meet.”
    — Eric Hoffer, op. cit.

  • “They [fanatics] separate the excellent instrument of their selfishness from their ineffectual selves and attach it to the service of some holy cause.”
    — Eric Hoffer, op. cit.

  • “To enjoy oneself is to have truck with the enemy — the present ... [which is] a mere doormat on the threshold of the millenium.”
    — Eric Hoffer, op. cit.

  • “Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil.”
    — Eric Hoffer, op. cit.

  • “Like an unstable chemical radical [the true believer] hungers to combine with whatever comes within his reach.”
    — Eric Hoffer, op. cit.

  • “Freedom aggravates at least as much as it alleviates frustration.”
    — Eric Hoffer, op. cit.

  • “The freedom the masses crave is not freedom of self-expression and self-realization, but freedom from the intolerable burden of an autonomous existence.”
    — Eric Hoffer, op. cit.

  • “We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.”
    — Eric Hoffer, op. cit.

  • “A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business.”
    — Eric Hoffer, op. cit.

  • new! Evil

    A lot from another quotable book, plus more.

    Ayn Rand

    new! Winning & Losing

    new! More About The Former Guy

    There are only a few quotes of Trump, that is a separate task.

    The Gender “Battle”

    Contrast and Compare

    My Bons Mots

    Not that great, but I want to remember them

    new! Philosophy

    new! Owning the Libs

    The General Collection

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