… events do not reflect God's choices. They happen at random, and randomness is another name for chaos… And chaos is evil; not wrong, not malevolent, but evil nonetheless…
Rabbi Harold S. Kushner,
When Bad Things Happen To Good People
If you see a blind man, kick him; why should you be kinder than God?
Iranian folk proverb
If we won't play God, who will?
In nature there are no rewards or punishments: there are consequences.
The Face of Clay
Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
… truth without compassion is brutality.
"A Certain Point of View":
Lying Jedi, Honest Sith, and the Viewers Who Love Them
It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.
The Affluent Society
The function of genius is not to give new answers but to pose new questions – which time and mediocrity can solve.
Your goal is not to do well in practice; your goal is to do well on the final test.
You are supposed to hate your thesis. It's one of the seven stages of thesis development – inspiration, excitement, dismay, disgust, hatred, resignation, completion.
The best replacement for nicotine is the ability to cope with life.
I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.
I believe that it is during my creative endeavors that I come closest to experiencing what it might be like to be human.
"Inheritance", Star Trek: The Next Generation
The emotional excess of music felt more real than the muted emotion and soft demeanor I expressed in daily life. When I was this passionately engaged I didn't need anything else to "complete" me; not a man, not a career affirmation. I only had to give in to the music to live an immense life that I could experience any time I chose.
Living Alone & Loving It
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
Television – a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well-done.
… most men believe deep down that all women, even those they see on television, are potential mates.
Michael J. Nelson,
Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
He who laughs at himself shall never cease to be amused.
Sexiness wears thin after a while, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat.
Whomever is less vested in the relationship has more power.
Instead of going out tonight, punch yourself in the nuts three times and the heart twice. This will save you approximately $75.
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
When love is your greatest weakness, you will be the strongest person in the world.
One may give without loving; but none can love without giving.
A friend isn't someone who always wants to talk to you; a friend is someone who listens when you want to talk.
You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you've collected nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.
The Music Man
Heaven forbid life be dull.
What I say whenever
anything goes wrong