“The real minimum wage is zero.” Thomas Sowell, “Minimum Journalism”, August 1st, 2001.

“The word is no. I am therefore going anyway.” James T. Kirk, Star Trek III.

“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither.” Milton Friedman, Created Equal.

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” Philip K. Dick.

“Everything is amazing right now and nobody’s happy.” Louis C.K.

“Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night.” Snoopy writing a novel in Peanuts, Charles Schulz.

“Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” From Abraham Lincoln’s Address at Cooper Union, February 27, 1860.

“You can’t afford to be bad and stupid at the same time.” My buddy DFJ3. The quote is featured in “Here is wisdom.”

“A recently reprinted memoir by Frederick Douglass has footnotes explaining what words like ‘arraigned,’ ‘curried’ and ‘exculpate’ meant, and explaining who Job was. In other words, this man who was born a slave and never went to school educated himself to the point where his words now have to be explained to today’s expensively under-educated generation.” From Thomas Sowell’s “Random Thoughts” of June 24th, 2004.

“Goals are not deserved, they are scored.” Attributed to Alfredo di Stefano, arguably the greatest Spanish/Argentine soccer player.

“Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill ’em right back.” Malcolm Reynolds, advising “Our Mrs. Reynolds” in Firefly.

“Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.” Rene Mathis in Casino Royale by Ian Fleming.

“…the distinction between pretending you are better than you are and beginning to be better in reality is finer than moral sleuthhounds conceive.” C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy.

“You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily.” Abbot Zerchi in A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter Miller. Great book.

“All I did was shoot him in the head. Him dyin’ was between him and the Lord.” R.L. Burnside, with whom I share a birthday.

“…the liberties of the American people were dependent upon the ballot-box, the jury-box, and the cartridge-box.” Frederick Douglass, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.

“The wallet often hears what the conscience doesn’t.”

“Доверяй, но проверяй.”

“If you’re not willing to have somebody hauled off at gunpoint over the project, then it’s probably not a legitimate concern of the state.” Kevin D. Williamson. I’ll have to find the source.

“…the things you used to own, now they own you.” Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk.

“People can change but should improve.”

“Steak has its own sauce.” Michael E. Brown, in response to a waiter asking if he’d like A-1 or Heinz 57.

“Ain’t no shame in holding onto grief, as long as you make room for other things too.” Bubbles, The Wire.

“Don’t tear down a fence until you know why it’s there.” I don’t remember when I first heard this– it wasn’t too long ago– but passing it along makes me sound thoughtful.

“Intention is not achievement; achievement is not intention.”

“Nescire autem quid antequam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum.” Marcus Tullius Cicero.

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