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.”
Lao-tzu


“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


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