(the crabgrass of social media)
In the “About” tab of my Facebook page there is a subsidiary tab called “Details about you.” Within that there are three more options: “About you,” in which I can write a prose description of myself in my own words; “Other names,” in which I can list nicknames, aliases or pseudonyms, if I wish; and, “Favorite Quotes,” which is pretty self-explanatory. Many Facebook users ignore the options for further personal information. I have only met a couple online that list any favorite quotations. Because I read a lot, I am constantly picking new attractive quotations out of the texts I enjoy, so I have re-written my Favorite Quotes list here, just for fun. These are not all my favorite quotations - not by a long shot - only the ones that are currently in my Facebook Profile. I continually add to the list, so it is bound to grow, like a vine or a weed - the crabgrass of social media.
Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
It’s getting hard to be someone, but it all works out. It doesn’t matter much to me.
Civility is not a sign of weakness, but of civilization.
Mankind is the only animal which takes an interest in things which do not concern it.
In defeat, malice. In victory, revenge.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.
You don’t spend ten years as a homicidal maniac without learning a thing or two about dynamite.
What do we owe to people who are guilty of being wrong?
Everything is irrelevant.
I want what I shouldn’t want, and I crave someone I can never have.
Kill the violent people.
Every class struggle is a political struggle.
Materialism - the philosophical assumption that reality is nothing but physical stuff - is more a prejudice rather than a fact.
Certainty about the future is a sign of mental illness.
Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
The belief that organized religion is organized around culture war is largely a conceit of the irreligious.
To erase mistakes from the past is to obliterate your world now.
Change is time-consuming and painstaking. Resisting it often is worse.
If we can’t get inspiration, we’ll accept entertainment.
The Lord is with you when you are with Him.
When you’re in love the whole world is German.
Travel as far as possible from what you were born into and get to know yourself.
One should always go to the source for undiluted purity.
I think about her sometimes and wonder if I chose well, but I’ve lived with my choice, and that’s enough.
The interacting processes that propel the world produce outcomes that no one intends. The fatal conceit - fatal to the fecundity of spontaneous order - is the belief that anyone, or any group of savants, is clever and farsighted enough to forecast the outcomes of complex systems.
Disorder is very, very close to order. It’s a bus ticket away from total chaos.
Love doesn’t protect me from the consequences of my choices, but it also does not abandon me to them.
One doesn’t throw away words. They might, someday, be useful.
Ages ago. Yesterday. What does it matter?
Fear and denial are what humans do best.
To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power because there is no basis upon which to do so.
Intelligence becomes a feeble academic exercise if it is not relevant and useful.
All that exists deserves to perish.
Just because something seems impossible doesn’t make it untrue.
Happiness is always louder than sadness.
When you’re with a girl, it’s impossible to go through an entire evening without saying the wrong thing.
I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot.
Yesterday was so long ago, I don't remember. Tomorrow, I don't make plans that far ahead.
We are what we pretend to be.
We can all live forever, but only from time to time.
All morons hate it when you call them a moron.
We will never make ourselves perfect, but we can try to make ourselves better.
The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
It's hard not to admire good planning.
Sex today sure isn't for sissies.
Serenity now, insanity later.
I could be wrong. I could be right.
Aging well is the best revenge.
You cannot live life in the past,
some things are lost,
but some things last.
Intelligence has always been my real drug.
Don't let the urgent get in the way of the important.
Silent anger - the cornerstone of a successful marriage.
It takes time to do things now.
Fill your mind with knowledge - it’s the only kind of power no one can take away from you.
For people like us, home doesn’t exist.
The ultimate human task is to dematerialize the self.
No man ever knows when he is happy; he can only know when he was happy.
I am the walrus. Goo-goo-ga-joob.