Apophthegms & Epigrams

With a nod to Friedrich Nietzsche . . .

On Life and Living It

Never, ever side with ignorance.

Respect, not agreement, is the basis for human relationships.

Don’t mistake being loud for being right.

If you’re not going to do it right, get away from it.

Too many people mistake control for leadership.
(Control means that we must follow someone. Leadership means that we want to.)

You shouldn’t hate anything. (Hating takes energy, and that energy can be better spent anywhere else.)

Fire has no friends.

The hallmark of adulthood is responsibility, not privilege. (When someone says, “Grow up,” he isn’t admonishing you to do as you please.)

Anyone who generalizes about a whole group of people is more interested in scapegoats than in solutions.

Just because perspectives are changing doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re improving.

Too few people understand the difference between advice and instructions.

Order makes freedom possible.

Leading a simple life is good. Being simple-minded about it is not.

If we spent more time treating each other right and less time arguing about how to treat each other right, we would all be better off.

Neither “please” nor “thank you” cost one red cent.

On Education and Learning

You can’t take your A in Civics into the voting booth with you.

There is no bigger waste of time than comparing yourself to another person.

The success or failure of any educational endeavor depends completely on one factor: the student’s attention.

Anybody who thinks that the arts are “non-necessity” ought to try living without them.

It takes real discipline to do freedom well.

There are a great many tasks where it is pleasant to let someone else do them for us. Thinking is not one of them.

Education is not meant to make us comfortable but to make us better.

The best writing says the most with fewest words possible.

Be careful you don’t outsmart yourself.

You can’t learn anything until you admit that you don’t know everything.


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