“The hermit, without access to the news of the day, owes it to himself to be up to date on the doings of ancient Rome.” ―Sylvain Tesson
It’s taking a bigger bite out of this summer’s tourism than great white sharks at water parks. It is culling group packages down to singles tours. It is making this summer’s vacation a holiday for hermits.
“The hermit is he who needs a friend, and in the absence of a community has befriended himself.”
The Zen poet’s mind―still as an inkwell in an oil field; humble as a page of faint praise; silent as one hand clapping in a forest falling on deaf ears―is as sharp as Sam Samurai’s sword: like a steel stylus, shredding erudition into pulp fiction.
“Writing is a very focused form of meditation. Just as good as sitting in a lotus position.”
“To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.” ―Isaac Newton
Suppose all the bird baths, ornamental ponds, swimming holes, creeks, swamps, lakes, oceans―all the water on the planet including what’s left of the glaciers, even the condensing vapor in the clouds―suppose it was all slurped up into a gob and spit into space: would that leave the planet dry?
“Among the planets orbiting the Sun, Earth is clearly the ‘water planet.'”
“Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.” ―Thomas Jefferson
America’s students are taught a bit of Latin. Not to write prescriptions for pharmaceuticals, as might be expected. They learn that E pluribus unum is Latin for Out of many, one. So when they see the motto in the Great Seal of the United States on an after-tax dollar, they know what makes America great.
“Taxes should be proportioned to what may be annually spared by the individual.”
The whirling dervish going round on the inside track is thinking about breaking the record of revolutions per minute held by a mad holy roller on the outside track. He has another think coming.
“Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind.”
―Ralph Waldo Emerson
During the Cold War, a bartender at the Hilton Caribe Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, broke the ice for the world’s first Piña Colada, and a quartet of Puerto Rico’s pro-independence hot-heads opened fire on the U.S. Capital.
“The biggest gunfight in Secret Service History was over in 40 seconds. A total of twenty-seven shots had been fired.”
“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” ―Walt Disney
It’s magic, how wearing a mask lets people think they are invulnerable as cartoon characters in a fantasy world sponsored by cheese.
“When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.”
If we were only as smart as our phone, we’d be slim as a supermodel’s thesis.
“There are so many different kinds of stupidity, and cleverness is one of the worst.“