Ambivalent Skeptic

January 26, 2012

QOTD Calvin Coolidge – Press On

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

-Calvin Coolidge

January 5, 2012

Advice for traveling

Filed under: Daily Wisdom,Philosophy — Clint1911 @ 10:39 pm
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The places are interesting, but it’s the people that matter.
Clint1911/Ambivalent Skeptic

July 28, 2011

QoTD – George Hill, on why he picked a particular gun.

Filed under: Daily Wisdom — Clint1911 @ 2:45 am

“What I didn’t do was search internet gun forums past 3 minutes… because most of those were “Well, I use this so this is the best… no, I’ve not even seen any others, but this is the best because I have it.”” –George Hill, on why he picked a particular gun.

He bought a Rossi M92; because John Moses Browning still designs the best guns…

June 5, 2011

Daily wisdom

Filed under: Daily Wisdom — Clint1911 @ 4:44 pm

“It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision to which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible.” – Aristotle

March 31, 2011

Daily Wisdom: William Glasser education edition

Filed under: Daily Wisdom — Clint1911 @ 7:55 am

“To counter the avoidance of intellectual challenge and responsibility, we must reduce the domination of certainty in education.”
William Glasser

“Education is the process in which we discover that learning adds quality to our lives. Learning must be experienced.”
William Glasser

“There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.”
William Glasser

“We Learn . . .
10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we see and hear
70% of what we discuss
80% of what we experience
95% of what we teach others.”
William Glasser

March 18, 2011

Robert A Heinlein quotes for and about government

Filed under: Daily Wisdom,politics — Clint1911 @ 1:01 am

Any government will work if authority and responsibility are equal and coordinate. This does not insure “good” government; it simply insures that it will work. But such governments are rare — most people want to run things but want no part of the blame. This used to be called the “backseat-driver syndrome.”
Robert A Heinlein (emphasis added)

Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How’s that again? I missed something. — Robert A. Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus

An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions.
Robert A Heinlein

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it’s supposed to do.
Robert A Heinlein

Certainly the game is rigged. Don’t let that stop you; if you don’t bet, you can’t win.
Robert A Heinlein

It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion. And usually easier.
Robert A Heinlein

And of course:
TANSTAAFL –There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
Robert A Heinlein

March 13, 2011

Quotable me: 13 Mar 2011

Filed under: Daily Wisdom — Clint1911 @ 11:14 pm

When you don’t respect someones stuff, it shows you don’t respect that person.

March 9, 2011

Does everyone really know what they are doing?

Filed under: Daily Wisdom — Clint1911 @ 11:17 pm

Rear Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, who commanded the American fleet at Midway, knew better than many what had actually taken place, and he assessed it accurately when he said, “After a battle is over, people talk a lot about how the decisions were methodically reached, but actually there’s always a hell of a lot of groping around” (Lord, Incredible Victory, 87).

March 3, 2011

Daily Wisdom – Winston Churchill

Filed under: Daily Wisdom — Clint1911 @ 10:43 am

“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
Winston Churchill

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”
Winston Churchill

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Winston Churchill

“Never interrupt me when I’m trying to interrupt you.”
Winston Churchill

We make a living by what we do but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

March 1, 2011

Comfort versus happiness

Filed under: Daily Wisdom — Clint1911 @ 10:03 am

Comfort versus happiness

At some level I’m always known there was a difference between what happiness really was and what some people wanted happiness to be.

I just never understood the wrong ideal enough to explain it.

Comfort versus happiness; I never thought to contrast the two.

Thanks Frazz.

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