My name is Louis Albert. I
am disabled (fluent
aphasia) and use this Web Page to
communicate with the world. The quotes and links give you insight to my
thought processes. (I am told
that I am a curmudgeon.)
is a index of the authors of the quotations in my list.
G-d Created the Heavens and the earth." [1:1]
"All the rest is
A heathen came to Rabbi
and asked him to teach him the entire Torah (Bible) while he is
on one foot.
"What is hateful to you, do not do to another.
That is the whole of the Law, all else is commentary."
power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who
have not got it."
"We don't stop playing
because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
"I often quote myself.
It adds spice to my conversation."
"A glass cat
is appallingly obvious our technology has exceeded our humanity."
"To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate
made me an authority myself."
"A mind once stretched
by new thoughts can never regain its original shape."
"Any intelligent fool can
make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of
genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."
"It is, in fact, nothing
short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet
entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry..."
do you care what other people think?"
"So we really ought to
look into theories that don't work, and science that isn't science."
"I believe that a
looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy."
don't care to belong to any social organization which will accept
me as a member."
"I find television very
educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room
read a good book."
"Women should be obscene and not heard."
don't mind coming to work -- I just don't want to stay when I get
Deputy, Summit County Ohio
are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies."
"Madness is rare in
- but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule."
Epigram 156, Beyond
telephone is the greatest single enemy of scholarship; for what our
forebears used to inscribe in ink now goes once over a wire into
to the United Negro College Fund, 5/9/89
"What a waste it is to
lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true
to Bracelet's Familiar Quotations'.
(reported in Esquire, 8/92)
(reported in the NY Times, 12/9/92
...then Indiana senator and Republican
candidate during a news conference
in which he was asked his opinion of the
"The Holocaust was an
period in our nation's history...this century's history.... We
lived in this century. I didn't live in this century."
that a Man who has wit enough to write a Satire should have folly
to publish it."
"A learned blockhead is
a greater blockhead than an ignorant one."
"We must, indeed, all
together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."
has only a relative existence."
is unsound and contradictory to expect that which has never been done,
can be done, except by means which have never yet been tried."
"What do you want it to
"The perspective is realist
it assumes that causal relationships exist outside of the human mind,
it is critical - realist because it assumes that these valid causal
cannot be perceived with total accuracy by our imperfect sensory and
capacities. And the perspective is evolutionary because it assumes a
survival value to knowing about causes and, is particular, about
Thomas D. Cook
Design & Analysis Issues for
are people who believe that ideas are of more importance than
That is to say, their own ideas and other people's values."
this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful
as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican."
"The men the American
admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they
most violently are those who try to tell them the truth."
one assents to Simon’s
definition of “a natural science [is] a body of knowledge about [a]
of things - objects or phenomena - in the world: about the
and properties that they have; about how they behave and interact with
each other,” then natural science would be viewed as a descriptive
However, the social sciences not only fell this descriptive role, but
a prescriptive one as well. This is especially true of the policy
sciences of policy analysis from its ex ante. point of reference."
"As I stated earlier, the
definition or structuring aspect of the policy analysis process is not
an isolated event. In order for this process to proceed, the
process must join with the total policy process. Ackoff
claims that a problem is “solved” when its value outcome is
When a policy maker “satisfies,” as opposed to maximizes, then he
the problem has been resolved. One dissolves a problem when the
are no longer meaningful within the framework of alliterative. Wildavsky
describes this process as a “route” that the process travels.
back to my original metaphor of the macramé knot, it is the
of the threads together that brings the problem to definition and
have passed from anger about what's going on in our political system to
cynicism and alienation."
of the University of Oklahoma
on first, What's on second, I Don't Know's on third. "
everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news."
the living we owe respect, but the dead we owe only the truth."
"A witty saying proves
(1694 - 1778)
is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile."
is better to be lucky than to be good!"
idea, which constitutes the actual being of the human mind, is not
but compounded of a great number of ideas."
on a Mission from God!"
pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."
"I can resist everything
"There is much to be said
in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the
it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community."
"The artist is in accord
himself. We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he
not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one
All art is quite useless."
"Basically, get the ride
started. I'm ready to go."
"Asked if he had a final
Buchanan smiled at witnesses in a booth adjacent to the death chamber
occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves
and hurry off as if nothing had happened."
...at a meeting with Harry
"The last time you and I
across the conference table was at Potsdam, Mr. President. I must
confess, sir, I held you in very low regard then. I loathed your
taking the place of Franklin Roosevelt. I misjudged you
Since that time, you more than any other man, have saved Western
1/5/52 quoted in "Truman"
"This is not the
It is not even the beginning of the end. It is perhaps the end of
Churchill after victory
El Alamein, the first significant victory against Hitler.
Note that Churchill said "it
has been said," acknowledging that it was not original. But where it
from has not been found.
He also said, "It is a good
thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations," and studied "Bartlett's"
"Many forms of
have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one
pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said
that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other
that have been tried from time to time."
Commons, 11 November, 1947
you cannot convince them, confuse them."
"It is amazing what you
can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."
"Give me a one-handed
All my economists say, 'on one hand... on the other."
"Men make history and not
the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership,
stands still. "
million here, couple million there, pretty soon you're talking about
of the Senate Republicans during the
Kennedy and Johnson administrations.(1896-1969)
"Everything that can be
invented has been invented."
-Charles H. Duell, Commissioner,
The National Inventors
"The jail runs because
it has to"
One of my bosses accused me of not being a team player, I responded
"You could not be more
incorrect, I am very much a team player. It just that we happen
be on different teams."
"This poor little
"When in doubt tell the
"I have never let my
interfere with my education."
a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they
"There are four kinds of
homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy."
in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not;
is more common than unsuccessful men of talent. Genius will not ... the
world is full of educated derelicts. The slogan "Press On" has solved,
and always will solve the problems of the human race."
people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an
matter how thin you slice it, it's still baloney."
California, they don't throw their garbage away - they make it into TV
are loaded pistols."
who dare to insult teachers and philosophers should be loathed like
against the gods."
picture is worth ten thousand words"
- ascribed to Chinese origin
in Printer's Ink
I let my fingers wander idly over the keys of a typewriter it might
that my screed made an intelligible sentence. If an army of
were strumming on typewriters they might write all the books in the
Museum. The chance of their doing so is decidedly more favorable
than the chance of the molecules returning to one half of the vessel."
The Nature of the
time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." New
"Francis Bacon, a man who
rose to eminence by betraying his friends, asserted, no doubt as one of
the ripe lessons of experience, that- knowledge is power"
you- "My county right or wrong' is like saying, "My mother drunk or
have a Dream
...When we let freedom ring,
we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state
every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's
black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics,
will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro
"Free at last!
at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
quotation is from Inca Atahuallpa's answer to Fray Wicente Valverde,
from Spanish documents of the Indian Archives in
I (show with no comment!)
"Be advised that I, being
do not have to pay tribute to anyone, nor do I believe there is a king
greater than I. However, I will have the pleasure to be the friend of
emperor, since he should be a great prince to send his armies
the world. But this Pope does not interest me; much less will I obey
I being in the kingdom of my father and our religion being good and I
my subjects are happy. However, despite my being a son of Huayna Capac
I cannot discuss anything so wise and old. The Christ that you speak of
died, the Sun and Moon never die, besides how do you know your god
Spanish documents of the
in Seville. M.37.
something you pay for, but hope you don't get it"
The Ray C. Bliss
of Applied Politics
came for the Communists, and I didn't object For I wasn't a Communist;
They came for the Socialists, and I didn't object - For I wasn't a
They came for the labor leaders, and I didn't object - For I wasn't a
leader; They came for the Jews, and I didn't object - For I wasn't a
Then they came for me - And there was no one left to object."
German Protestant Pastor,
"He told us he was going
to take crime out of the streets. He did. He took it into the damn
I was a boy I was told anyone could become President, I'm beginning to
Open Shop" 1904
The maintenance of a
grade of and scale of living compensation for labor is vital to the
of our people...The protection of working men in this rate of wages is
the protection of the land.
right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins."
just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people
is anything you can get away with."
"Art at its most
is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell
the old culture what is beginning to happen to it."
"...entered a world of
corageous people that were prisoners of their brains."
Actually I´m the
one in this country
"You people are not
are well-educated and you look cute, but that's not going to cut it."
Lincoln's Gettysberg Address
Four score and seven
ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation,
in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created
Now we are engaged in a great civil war testing whether that nation or
any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met
a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of
that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their
that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that
should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not
consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and
who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to
or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say
but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living,
to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here
have thus far so nobly dvanced. It is rather for us to be here
to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we
increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full
of devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have
died in vain that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of
and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall
not perish from the Earth.
"The cheek of
American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat, and
utterances of the man who has to be pointed out to intelligent
as the President of the United States."
"The best way to get a
bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly."
has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance"
Certified Consulting Meteorologist
Golden Gate Weather Services
"I've been wrestling with
reality for 35 years and I'm happy Doctor; I've finally won out over
who have never been ill are incapable of real sympathy for a great many
French novelist and
"I've studied new
And Jurisprudence, Medicine,
And even, alas, Theology
From end to end with labor keen;
And here, poor fool;
with all my lore I stand no wiser than before."
"We must always change,
renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden."
"We can offer up much in
the large, but to make sacrifices in little things is what we are
learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one."
is a wonderful affection, not very frequent among men, being a melting
down of the flesh and limbs into urine. life is short, disgusting and
thirst unquenchable, death inevitable."
elephants limp off to the hills to die; old Americans go out to the
and drive themselves to death with huge cars."
" If there is, in fact,
a Heaven and a Hell, all we know for sure is that Hell will be a
overcrowded version of Phoenix..."
went out with LBJ . . . And it is worth noting, historically, that
came in with Nixon."
be great is to be misunderstood."
"Good-bye, proud world!
I'm going home; Thou art not my friend and I'm not thine."
(1803 - 1882)
only thing experience teaches us is that experience teaches us nothing."
hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in time of great
crises maintain their neutrality."
a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of many men for the
American journalist (1875-1950)
took off my own hat and saw it was empty. I began to feel like an
empty hat myself."
artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into
must believe in free will. We have no other choice."
was teaching and talking about murder and homicide and it dawned on me
that instead of getting married, if I murdered my fiancé
I would be free by now."
made a remark a long time ago, I said I was very pleased that
was now showing murder stories, because it's bringing murder back
into its rightful setting-in the home."
singing "Quite Early Morning"
Pete Seeger & Alro
Guthrie, TOGETHER, 1975
father said in his own musicalogical way,
plagiarism is basic to
taking on "Celery -
& Pete Seeger, PRECIOUS FRIEND, 1982
"But you can't always do
what you're supposed to do. But ... no ... but what they say..."
"May the road rise to
May the wind be always
at your back,
May the sun shine warm
upon your face,
May the rain fall soft
upon your fields,
And until we meet
Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter,
richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the
party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and
is the best cure for anger."
change and forget to tell each other."
problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it."
are torn between the craving to know and the despair of having known."
censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind."
are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and
other large organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot
can so alienate a voter from the political system as backing a winning
is an abuse of statistics."
public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth."
semantics is the key to contemporary government; it consists of talking
in strange tongues lest the public learn the inevitable inconveniently
"Football combines the
two worst features of American life. It is violence punctuated by
has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish
is worth reading."
not a lie. It's a terminological inexactitude."
raise your hand to your children; it leaves your midsection
is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought
that wants the presidency so much that he’ll spend two years organizing
and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office."
of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that
the birds might eat them."
A person with predatory instincts who have not sufficient capital to
was just an any old kind of day; the kind that comes and slips away."
it comes to humility, I'm the greatest."
the fall of 1964 I went to a concert by Theodore Bikel. Before
he did an act in which played the harmonica, played the guitar, sung
danced! As the applause started to stop, He said:
"That is not
what I wanted to be remembered for!"
I have used this quote many time, especially
when I was going my consulting business in jails and prisons.
she was: dejected, desperate, and stoned. Everything I could have hoped
for in a woman."
formal education can sometimes be broadening but more often merely
"Truth is always the
of power. And power the enemy of truth."
The melody has
me for as long as I can remember.
Sometimes it just pops into mind, but I
can't remember the verse. Now it's here forever.
Teddy Bears' Picnic (song)
|1. If you go down to the woods
You're sure of a big surprise
If you go down to the woods today
You'd better go in disguise
|4. Beneath the trees where
They'll hide and seek as long as
Cause that's the way the Teddy
|7. Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having a
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their
|2. For ev'ry bear that ever
Will gather there for certain,
Today's the day the Teddy Bears
|5. If you go down to the woods
You'd better not go alone
It's lovely down in the woods today
But safer to stay at home
|8. See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout;
They never have any care;
|3. Ev'ry Teddy Bear who's been
Is sure of a treat today.
There's lots of marvelous things to
And wonderful games to play
|6. For ev'ry bear that ever
Will gather there for certain,
Today's the day the Teddy Bears
|9. At six o'clock their Mummies
Will take them home to bed,
Because they're tired little Teddy
Music by John W. Bratton
I wasn't sick, I would have to be a Hypochondriac!"
is the only creature who refuses to be what he is."
lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody is listening."
is the refuge of the shallow."
want economy and they will pay any price to get it."
interest in the future is because I am going to spend the rest of my
learn by going where I have to go."
rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather
becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind."
centre is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am
has power and few realize that words do not fade. What starts out as a
sound ends in a deed."
my High school graduation, June 4, 1964, Lewistown, PA, someone asked
how did I feel? I said:
me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat
every argument is someone's ignorance."
is better to have loafed and lost, than never to have loafed at all."
"There are two kinds of
light--the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures."
are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed."
The story if my life! Lou Albert
"I can't believe I ate
the whole thing."
the Jews inside would be poisoned."
"A life predicated on
obedient and taking orders is a very comfortable life indeed. Living in
such a way reduces to a minimum one's own need to think."
are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because
are looking for ideas."
moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his
He frees himself and
the way to others.
Freedom and slavery are
who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to
change reality, and will never, therefore, make any progress."
like to have quotations ready for every occasion. ...They give one's
so pat, and save one the trouble of finding expression adequate to
honest politician is one who when he's bought, stays bought."
main fuel to speed the world's progress is our stock of knowledge, and
the brake is our lack of imagination."
"All of us necessarily
hold many casual opinions that are ludicrously wrong simply because
is far too short for us to think through even a small fraction of the
that we come across."
can't learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is
it can always be sacrificed to expediency."
alike are the groans of love, to those of the dying."
the whole problem with science. You've got a bunch of empiricists
to describe things of unimaginable wonder."
at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a
fool about it."
one is too old if they have a passion to learn. To absorb new ideas is
to live anew, to see the world with fresh eyes."
is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it's
all mixed up."
only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do
change is not growth; all movement is not forward."
fear nothing, I hope nothing, I am free."
having lost 5 of the last 6 primaries as Gerald Ford's campaign manager;
quoted in Washington Post (May 16, 1976)
"I'm not going to
the furniture on the deck of the Titanic."
is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do
and not doing it".
Zoë is a friend who we communicate
with out long writing. We send email cards and small messages.
She sent me these quotes that help to
with ideas with out necessarily writing or speaking.
he felt after being hit on the head by a ball in the 1934 World Series
"The doctors X-rayed my
head and found nothing."
is no country in the world in which everything can be provided for by
laws, or in which politicial institutions can prove a substitute for
sense and public morality."
is the way the world ends
This is the way the world
This is the way the world
Not with a bang but a
artists copy; great artists steal"
one was to think constantly of death, the business of life would stand
is a medium because it is neither rare nor well done.
I bore people at a party, they think it is their fault."
laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine."
when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the
world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain."
"Entities are not to be
scholar, philosopher, and one of England's
more controversial thinks.
is the biggest nothing of our time"
seem to be a verb."
does not require science. Science helps a lot but people built
good brick walls long before they knew why cement works."
met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely
1828–93, French critic and historian
Chief of Police
Montgomery County, Md., was quoted in the 11/13/02
Washington Post on the public's improved
opinion of police after the sniper incidents:
"People have been very
positive. They're now waving at
us with all five fingers,
and that does feel nice."
CLEARING IT UP
"There has been a lot of
speculation, and I believe there will continue to be a lot of
speculation until the speculation ends,"
Warning label on a decorative rock garden set
called Popcorn Rock
"EATING ROCKS MAY LEAD TO BROKEN
"If you walk backwards, you'll find out that you
can go forward and people won't know if you're coming or going."
Retraction notice ix The lawyer!
"Last week the Lawyer incorrectly
stated that Maurice Millen, who was leaving DAC to join Macfarlanes,
was a senior lawyer. Millen was DAC's head of IT We apologize to the
two firms for any inconvenience this may have caused. We would also
like to apologize to Millen for any embarrassment caused by calling him
explain the team's losing streak!
"The problem here is that
we haven't solved the problem. And its been an ongoing problem."
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