Criticism of the Government
"When I am abroad I always make a rule never to criticize the Government of my country. I make up for lost time when I come home."
Sir Winston Churchill.
Why Write?
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money."
Samuel Johnson.
Seize the Day?
"[T]he carpe diem religion is not the religion of happy people, but of very unhappy people. Great joy does not gather the rosebuds while it may; its eyes are fixed on the immortal rose which Dante saw."
G.K. Chesterson.
Setting Goals
"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
William Faulkner.
A Pointless Effort
"Covering your mouth when you cough is like farting with pants on. Even though you’re covering it up, the bad stuff still gets through."
The Nature of the World
"World without conflict is the world of fantasy."
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
On Romance
"If you need to talk about it, you probably shouldn't do it."
Guitarist Robbie Aceto, as quoted in the book "Rules of Thumb," by Tom Parker.
Rocket Science or Brain Surgery?
"To me, it's not rocket surgery."
David Lee Roth, 2006, commenting on the prospect of performing again with Van Halen.
How To Do The Impossible
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
St. Francis of Assisi.
Victory vs. Defeat
"Victory has a hundred fathers, but defeat is an orphan."
Count Galeazzo Ciano, journal entry, Sept. 9, 1942.