Words of Wisdom: September Edition

by The Listener / 06 September, 2016
“The economy depends as much on economists as the weather depends on weather forecasters.” - Jean-Paul Kauffmann

“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.”
writer Philip K Dick

“One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they’re astute.”
US author William Feather

“The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.”
Adlai Stevenson II

“Every election is a sort of sale of stolen goods.”
HL Mencken

“There is a serious tendency towards capitalism among the well-to-do peasants.”
Mao Zedong

“OK. Fine. Hillary, I guess.”
bumper sticker, seen alongside another, reading “Bernie 2016.”

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.”
life coach Anthony Robbins

“I am wearing a f--- off pretend snakeskin suit. On the other hand, you are wearing wall-to-wall f-----g Primark. This is a rock’n’roll festival. When you come to a rock’n’roll festival you dress for a rock’n’roll festival!”
Bob Geldof gives an audience a dressing-down

“If you don’t drink, smoke, or drive a car, you’re a tax evader.”
US politician Thomas S Foley

“Jazz isn’t dead. It just smells funny.”
Frank Zappa

“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”
Niels Bohr

“Capitalism, it is said, is a system wherein man exploits man. And socialism is vice versa.”
US sociologist Daniel Bell

“President Ronald Reagan won because he ran against Jimmy Carter. If he had run unopposed, he would have lost.”
US satirist Mort Sahl

“Never speak ill of yourself. Your friends will always say enough on that subject.”
Talleyrand, quoted in the Week

“According to a poll, 90% of Bernie Sanders’ supporters plan to vote for Hillary Clinton in November. The other 10% plan to put their hand down the sink and then turn on the disposal.”
US TV host Conan O’Brien

“Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it’s important.”
Eugene McCarthy

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy

“We may be seeing more Trumps in politics. In fact, Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr, told CNN he hasn’t ruled out running for mayor of New York next year. When she heard that, Hillary Clinton turned to Chelsea and said, ‘Clear your schedule.’”
US talk-show host Jimmy Fallon

“Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently, and all for the same reason.”
Portuguese novelist José Maria de Eça de Queirós

“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

“I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more luck I have.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Politics is the art of turning influence into affluence.”
Philander Chase Johnson

“You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.”
Ed Hillary

“According to a new study, millennials are having significantly less sex than previous generations. I know, like, wait, you’re telling me that the people running around trying to catch Pokémon aren’t getting any? Shocking! I’m shocked.”
English comedian James Corden

Follow the Listener on Twitter or Facebook.

MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage


Richard Prebble: Jacinda Ardern will face the tyranny of events
86009 2018-01-19 00:00:00Z Politics

Richard Prebble: Jacinda Ardern will face the tyra…

by Richard Prebble

I predicted Bill English would lose the election and the winner would be Winston Peters. But no forecaster, including the PM, predicted her pregnancy.

Read more
Aokigahara: More than just the ‘suicide forest’
85966 2018-01-19 00:00:00Z World

Aokigahara: More than just the ‘suicide forest’

by Justin Bennett

It's known as a 'suicide forest', but Justin Bennett found Aokigahara's quiet beauty outweighed its infamous reputation.

Read more
Truth and Lye: New perspectives on the brilliance of Len Lye
85816 2018-01-19 00:00:00Z Arts

Truth and Lye: New perspectives on the brilliance …

by Sally Blundell

New essays on New Zealand-born US artist Len Lye elevate him to the status of Australasia’s most notable 20th-century artist.

Read more
Brain activity may hold the secret to helping infertile couples
86046 2018-01-19 00:00:00Z Health

Brain activity may hold the secret to helping infe…

by Nicky Pellegrino

For about a third of infertility cases in New Zealand, there is no obvious reason why seemingly fertile couples struggle to conceive.

Read more
Farewells on the Auckland wharves, captured by photographer John Rykenberg
85964 2018-01-19 00:00:00Z Life in NZ

Farewells on the Auckland wharves, captured by pho…

by Frances Walsh

More than one million images from Rykenberg Photography, taken around Auckland, are now in the Auckland Libraries Collection. But who are the people?

Read more
'Termite hell' for Golden Bay man after he woke covered in insects
86027 2018-01-18 11:59:55Z Environment

'Termite hell' for Golden Bay man after he woke co…

by Hamish Cardwell

A Golden Bay man spending his first night in his new house says he woke to find his bed, walls and floor covered in hundreds of creepy crawlies.

Read more
Ten ‘stealth microplastics’ to avoid if you want to save the oceans
86015 2018-01-18 11:18:49Z Environment

Ten ‘stealth microplastics’ to avoid if you want t…

by Sharon George and Deirdre McKay

There's a growing movement to stop the amount of wasteful plastic that goes into our oceans, but what about the tiny bits we can hardly see?

Read more
It's time to chlorinate New Zealand's drinking water
86001 2018-01-18 09:41:15Z Social issues

It's time to chlorinate New Zealand's drinking wat…

by The Listener

The inconvenience to chlorine refuseniks is tiny compared with the risk of more suffering and tragedy from another Havelock North-style contamination.

Read more