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While everyone wants to quote Shakespere, Plato and Nietzsche here’s some quotes from the real philosophers of our time.

Yogi Berra..

  • “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
  • “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical”
  • I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.
  • “I never said most of the things I said”
  • “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded”
  • “There are some people who, if they don’t already know, you can’t tell ’em.”
  • “You can observe a lot by just watching.”

Gracie Allen…

  • “Brains, integrity, and force may be all very well, but what you need today is Charm. Go ahead and work on your economic programs if you want to, I’ll develop my radio personality.”
  • “The President of today is just the postage stamp of tomorrow.”
  • “This used to be a government of checks and balances. Now it’s all checks and no balances.”
  • “When I was born I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.”
  • “Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years”

Casey Stengel

  • “All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height. “
  • “Don’t cut my throat, I may want to do that later myself.”
  • “Never make predictions, especially about the future”
  • “The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided.”
  • “There comes a time in every man’s life, and I’ve had plenty of them”

Groucho Marx

  • ” A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere. “
  • “From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend on reading it. “
  • “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. “
  • “I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception.”
  • I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.” 

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Vince McMahon Vince McMahon,
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How many times do you see politicians with low approval ratings? They don’t seem to have a clue on how to turn things around. Here is the guy I think they all could learn from Vince McMahon. He can turn a bad guy to a good guy and back again in less than 5 minutes.

It’s a simple formula to go from bad guy to good guy you need to come to the aid of someone everyone likes. To go from a good guy to a bad guy you have to turn your back on your friends. However, to make all this happen in front of millions of people takes a master.

So if you’re candidate is in the dumps with high disapproval numbers, forget the political pundits and call Vince McMahon.

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This is one of the classic bits of all time from Monty Python.  There’s always someone who had it worse. 

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Last week I saw the first episode of Celebrity Apprentice.  What seems like a fairly bland approach to reality TV, I think there are a couple of risks for Donald Trump.  Let’s see if they play out.First, there are a couple of celebrities on the show that have huge fan followings.  Gene Simmons is definitely one.  If they are treated poorly, do those fans turn on Trump?  It does seem they made an effort not to load it up with bigger stars than Trump or maybe they just didn’t want to the show.  I think it might have been interesting to have one team of all Baldwins rather than just one.

The second risk is how his kids are going to look.  In past shows, they were somewhat contemporaries to the contestants.  These contestants are much more successful and confident.  Let’s see if they’re protected in anyone.  Well those are my thoughts.  Not a big earth shatterning event.

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One of my favorite quotes is from the Elvis Presley song “Are you lonesome tonight?” where he sing, “Someone once said, the world is a stage…”  Well I think that person was Shakespere but I could be wrong.  Having the right quote at the right time can add a lot to your writing and speaking.  So here are some quotes from some very quotable people, feel free to submit your favorites:

  • Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.
    H. L. Mencken
  • Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.
    Orson Welles
  • About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation.
    Will Rogers
  • Another thing that freaks me out is time. Time is like a book. You have a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s just a cycle.
    Mike Tyson
  • A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.
    Mark Twain
  • I don’t think silicone makes a girl good or bad.
    James Caan
  • For days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow, but phone calls taper off.
    Johnny Carson
  • I found there was only one way to look thin, hang out with fat people.
    Rodney Dangerfield
  • A word to the wise is not sufficient if it doesn’t make sense.
    James Thurber
  • A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
    Ernest Hemingway
  • I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.
    Arnold Palmer
  • Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.
    Yogi Berra
  • I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.
    Yogi Berra
  • I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
    J. D. Salinger
  • I guess when you turn off the main road, you have to be prepared to see some funny houses. Stephen King
  • At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.
    Salvador Dali
  •  I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it. Clint Eastwood
  • Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.
    Bob Dylan

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I think it’s great to live in a world where you can see just about any newspaper, anywhere in the world 24-7.  You do get a very different view about what’s important to people.  Here’s one of my favorites the Scotsman, which is describes itself as Scotland’s National Newspaper.  You can signup for daily news alerts. 

 How about a little different look at the middle east, try the Jerusalem Post.   Maybe something from the other side of the world.  Try the Sydney Morning Herald.  Not satisfied yet.  How about the North Korean News.  How about breakfast with the Mmegi Reporter from Botswana. 

Well, why not pick your own.  Here’s a list of English speaking newspapers.

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I was just reading this polling results from Gallup on how happy Americans are.  Apparently we’re a very happy lot.  It said 8 in 10 are satisified with their life and a clear majority were very satisfied.  The trend line actually has been going up over the last several year. 

The survey has some interesting breakdowns by various groups.  But just about every group is happy.  In the survey they talk about both satisfaction and happiness.  So when you turn on the news or read a rant on a blog, keep in mind that those reports are the exception.  I guess maybe the world isn’t going to hell in a handbasket.

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