Apophthegms & Interludes

With a nod to Friedrich Nietzsche . . .

1.

Never side with ignorance.

2.

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

3.

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

4.

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

5.

Too few people understand the difference between advice and instructions.

6.

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

7.

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

8.

Order makes freedom possible.

9.

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

10.

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.

11.

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

12.

Be careful you don’t outsmart yourself.

13.

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

14.

The best writing says the most with fewest words possible.

15.

Sometimes, the answers to long questions are short and the answers to short ones are long.

16.

Fire has no friends.

17.

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

18.

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

19.

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

20.

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

21.

It takes real self-discipline to do freedom well.

22.

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