Roger J. Wendell
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3rd Quarter 2021 "Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward."
Answer:   - Oscar Wilde
2nd Quarter 2021 "...when musicians are telling people who to vote for, I think that's an abuse of power. You're telling your fans
not to think for themselves, just to think like you. Rock 'n' roll is about freedom - and that's not freedom."
Answer:   - Alice Cooper in an interview by The Guardian, December 29, 2018
1st Quarter 2021 "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it."
Answer:   - George Orwell


1st Quarter 2021 "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it."
Answer:   - George Orwell


4th Quarter 2020 "Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence."
Answer:   - Carl Sagan
3rd Quarter 2020 "Let me control the media and I will turn any nation into a herd of pigs."
Answer:   - Joseph Goebbels
2nd Quarter 2020 "No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach."
Answer:   - President-elect Donald J. Trump during his acceptance speech in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016
1st Quarter 2020 "We have not journeyed across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy."
Answer:   - Winston Churchill


4th Quarter 2019 "Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft."
Answer:   - Winston Churchill
3rd Quarter 2019 "Stop looking for the 'right' career, and start looking for a job. Any job. Forget about what you like. Focus on what's available. Get yourself hired. Show up early. Stay late. Volunteer for the scut work. Become indispensable. You can always quit later, and be no worse off than you are today."
Answer:   - Mike Rowe
2nd Quarter 2019 "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
Answer:   - George Orwell
1st Quarter 2019 "We are a generous and welcoming people here in the US, but those who enter the country illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of law and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law, We simply cannot allow people to pour into the US undetected, undocumented, unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently and lawfully to become immigrants in this country."
Answer:   - Barack Obama in a 2005 speech


4th Quarter 2018 "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend."
Answer:   - Thomas Jefferson - to William Hamilton, April 22, 1800
3rd Quarter 2018 "Thomas Jefferson still survives."
Answer:   - John Adams (These were Adam's last words as he lay on his deathbed on July 4, 1826, at the age of 90, while the country celebrated Independence Day. Jefferson had actually died five hours earlier at Monticello at the age of 82...)
2nd Quarter 2018 "The United States has become a place where entertainers and professional athletes are mistaken for people of importance."
Answer:   - Robert A. Heinlein (1907 - 1988)
1st Quarter 2018 "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man."
Answer:   - Heraclitus (535 - 475 BC)


4th Quarter 2017 "A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We must create the pedagogy of the 'The Wall!'" (The Wall is a reference to the wall where Che's enemies stood before his firing squads)
Answer:   - Ernesto "Che" Guevara
3rd Quarter 2017 "I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer."
Answer:   - Jim Carrey
2nd Quarter 2017 "Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance."
Answer:   - Theodore Roosevelt
1st Quarter 2017 "The future though imminent is obscure."
Answer:   - Winston Churchill


4th Quarter 2016 "The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again."
Answer:   - Charles Dickens, in Nicholas Nickleby
3rd Quarter 2016 "Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again."
Answer:   - Ronald Reagan
2nd Quarter 2016 "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
Answer:   - Oscar Wilde
1st Quarter 2016 "Your God is the best God. In fact, he's the only God. All other Gods are ridiculous, made up rubbish. Not yours though. Yours is real."
Answer:   - Ricky Dene Gervais


4th Quarter 2015 "Liberties aren't given, they are taken."
Answer:   - Aldous Huxley
3rd Quarter 2015 "All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach."
Answer:   - Adolf Hitler
2nd Quarter 2015 "I'm a libertarian and an atheist, so I'm kind of fighting myself on this, I don't like the government involved in telling people what to do and I certainly want people to have religious freedom because the only way people who don't have religion are going to have freedom is if people who do have religion have freedom."
Answer:   - Penn Jillette During a CNN panel discussion concerning Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (04-01-2015)
1st Quarter 2015 "My lands are where my dead lie buried."
Answer:   - Tashunka Witko (Sioux Chief Crazy Horse) when asked by a white man, "Where are your lands now?"


4th Quarter 2014 "There's been a push in this country, for the last 40 years or so, this suggestion that a four year degree is the best path for the most people. I don't believe that's true. On my last gig I met a lot of people who didn't go to college who were, in fact, very smart. And very driven. And very talented. And who prospered. But they were also educated, just not in the traditional way. So, I think what's really important today is to make sure you talk about the value of a skilled trade in the same way that you talk about the value of academic success." Answer:   - Mike Rowe, as interviewed for a new CNN show on 10-08-2014
3rd Quarter 2014 "If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti - Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault ? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?"
Answer:   - David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister, in an interview with Nahum Goldman)
2nd Quarter 2014 "The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate."
Answer:   - Noam Chomsky, in his book, The Common Good, p. 43
1st Quarter 2014 "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
Answer:   - Winston Churchill


4th Quarter 2013 "Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles."
Answer:   - Abraham Lincoln in a speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan - August 27, 1856
3rd Quarter 2013 "All manual labor can be a form of meditation, a process of centering, which leaves us with a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment that can never come from sitting behind a desk."
Answer:   - Dirk Benedict in his book, Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy, p. 155
2nd Quarter 2013 "In the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies. The more people there are, the less one individual matters."
Answer:   - Isaac Asimov
1st Quarter 2013 "If we are not able to find a way to honest cooperation and honest pacts with the Arabs, then we have learned nothing in our two thousand years of suffering, and deserve the fate which will befall us"
Answer:   - Albert Einstein


4th Quarter 2012 "Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight."
Answer:   - Albert Schweitzer
3rd Quarter 2012 "Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you."
Answer:   - Christopher Hitchens
2nd Quarter 2012 "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."
Answer:   - Steve Jobs
1st Quarter 2012 "If a pickpocket meets a Holy Man, he will see only his pockets."
Answer:   - Baba Hari Dass


4th Quarter 2011 "The earth, like the sun, like the air, belongs to everyone - and to no one."
Answer:   - Edward Abbey in his book, The Journey Home, p. 88
3rd Quarter 2011 "Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion."
Answer:   - Theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg
2nd Quarter 2011 "Don't touch the third rail, which is Israel, you can never mention Israel without being immediately called anti-Semitic, lose your job, or anything else."
Answer:   - Helen Thomas when asked by Soledad O'Brien, on 01-17-2011, why she had been fired from her journalist's job.
1st Quarter 2011 "When you walk with naked feet, how can you ever forget the Earth?"
Answer:   - Carl Jung


4th Quarter 2010 "The difference between animals and humans is that animals change themselves for the environment, but humans change the environment for themselves."
Answer:   - Ayn Rand
3rd Quarter 2010 "Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete
darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success."
Answer:   - Sir Ernest Shackleton in an ad he placed in The Times of London, 1914
2nd Quarter 2010 "When the well's dry, we know the worth of water."
Answer:   - Benjamin Franklin
1st Quarter 2010
"Life is Dukkha."
Answer:   - The Buddha
(In Buddhism the word "dukkha" is associated with the First Noble Truth -- that life is dukkha. For the most part "dukkha" means "suffering" but it also meaning as "temporary," "limited," and "imperfect." To Buddhists, these meaning imply that things are not absolute or independent of other things. A common example is that something beautiful and pleasant is dukkha, but it will end (like the beauty of a young woman, etc.)


4th Quarter 2009 "The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men."
Answer:   - Leonardo da Vinci
3rd Quarter 2009 "It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
Answer:   - Carl Sagan
2nd Quarter 2009 "A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of a little authority in which he delights, as a boy delights in possessing a vicious dog. Who can trust such creatures?"
Answer:   - Cicero, 50 BCE
1st Quarter 2009 "A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite."
Answer:   - Leo Tolstoy


4th Quarter 2008 "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist."
Answer:   - Economist Kenneth Boulding
3rd Quarter 2008 "You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any kinds of dogmas or goals, it's because these dogmas or goals are in doubt."
Answer:   - Robert M. Pirsig, in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, p. 134
2nd Quarter 2008 "I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all that agnosticism means."
Answer:   - Clarence Seward Darrow
1st Quarter 2008 "The human mind delights in finding pattern - so much so that we often mistake coincidence or forced analogy for profound meaning. No other habit of thought lies so deeply within the soul of a small creature trying to make sense of a complex world not constructed for it."
Answer:   - Stephen Jay Gould in his book, The Flamingo's Smile, p. 199


4th Quarter 2007 "Let us put our minds together and see what life we will make for our children."
Answer:   - The great Lakota leader, Tatanka Iotanka (Sitting Bull)
3rd Quarter 2007 "I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, ..."
Answer:   - Henry David Thoreau from the Economy chapter of Walden, p. 21
2nd Quarter 2007 "Newton, verzeih’ mir’" (Newton, forgive me)
Answer:   - Albert Einstein reflecting on the absolutes of space and time that his theory of relativity had shattered...
1st Quarter 2007 "With a country so rich in natural resources, talent, and labor power the system can afford to distribute just enough wealth to just enough people to limit discontent to a troublesome minority. It is a country so powerful, so big, so pleasing to so many of its citizens that it can afford to give freedom of dissent to the small number who are not pleased."
Answer:   - Howard Zinn in his book, A People's History of the United States, pp. 570-571


4th Quarter 2006 "If we do not impose limits on our population growth, life as we know it, on this planet, will no longer be possible. Even if we could, theoretically, feed many more times the number of people than those on the planet today, how many of us would like to live on a planet where villages, towns, and cities meet and merge in one great urban sprawl across the face of the globe?"
Answer:   - Jane Goodall in her book, Harvest For Hope pp. 210-211
3rd Quarter 2006 "People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices."
Answer:   - Adam Smith in his book, The Wealth of Nations Volume one, book one, chapter ten
2nd Quarter 2006 "There are so many, many ways in which we are destroying the planet. And once we understand, once we care, then we have to do something."
Answer:   - Jane Goodall in her book, Harvest for Hope (A Guide to Mindful Eating), p. xix
1st Quarter 2006 "I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?"
Answer:   - Aldo Leopold in his book, A Sand County Almanac, p. 158


4th Quarter 2005 "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
Answer:   - Carl Sagan in his succinct rendition of David Hume's 1748 essay on miracles
3rd Quarter 2005 "The tree that moves some to tears of joy is to others only a green thing that stands in the way."
Answer:   - William Blake
2nd Quarter 2005 "A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?"
Answer:   - Ronald Reagan, 1966, opposing expansion of Redwood National Park as governor of California
1st Quarter 2005 "I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein."
Answer:   - George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004


4th Quarter 2004 "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
Answer:   - Joseph Stalin
3rd Quarter 2004 "The farther one travels, the less one knows, the less one really knows...."

Answer:   - George Harrison
The Inner Light  (B-side to Lady Madonna), 1968

2nd Quarter 2004 "...Every form of life is unique, warranting respect regardless of its worth to man, and, to accord other organisms such recognition, man must be guided by a moral code of action. . . . Nature shall be respected and its essential processes shall not be disrupted. . . ."

Answer:   - part of the World Charter for Nature, as adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, October 1982.

1st Quarter 2004 "What this says to me is that too many whites are getting away with drug use, too many whites are getting away with drug sales, too many whites are getting away with trafficking in this stuff. The answer to this disparity is not to start letting people out of jail because we're not putting others in jail who are breaking the law. The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too."

Answer:   - Rush Limbaugh (October 5, 1995 show transcript)


4th Quarter 2003 "What good fortune, for those that are in power, that people do not think." (More accurately; "Was Glük fü die, die in der Energie sind, diese Leute nicht denken!")

Answer:   Adolf Hitler

3rd Quarter 2003 "It's amazing I won. I was running against peace, prosperity, and incumbency."

Answer:   George W. Bush, June 14, 2001, speaking to Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson, unaware that a live television camera was still rolling...

2nd Quarter 2003 "There is something feeble, and a little contemptible, about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths."

Answer:   Bertrand Russell in Human Society in Ethics & Politics

1st Quarter 2003 "I believe in God, only I spell it Nature."

Answer:   Frank Lloyd Wright


4th Quarter 2002 "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."

Answer:   President John Adams

3rd Quarter 2002 "Never mistake motion for action."

Answer:   Ernest Hemingway

2nd Quarter 2002 "What you have to tell your boy is there's evil everywhere."

Answer:   Dr. Laura Schlessinger from her March 07, 2002 broadcast

1st Quarter 2002 "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Answer:   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


4th Quarter 2001 "It's a fabulous land, we're lucky to live in it."

Answer:   U.S. President George W. Bush - 09/27/2001

3rd Quarter 2001 "There can be no greater good than the quest for peace, and no finer purpose than the preservation of freedom."

Answer:   U.S. President Ronald Reagan - 1985

2nd Quarter 2001 "Therefore, we must respect and appreciate the value of all the different world religious traditions."

Answer:   His Holiness The Dalai Lama - page 295, The Art of Happiness by Howard C. Cutler, M.D.

1st Quarter 2001 'Christianity will go,' he said. 'It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first-rock 'n' roll or Christianity.  Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary.  It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.'

Answer:   John Lennon in Maureen Cleave's "How does a Beatle Live? John Lennon Lives Like This" interview in the London Evening Standard - March 4, 1966


4th Quarter 2000 Hypothesis non fingo (I frame no hypotheses)

Answer:   Sir Isaac Newton

3rd Quarter 2000 "... My [personal fortune] is society's resouces and will be given away..."

Answer:   Bill Gates
From a 60 Minutes II interview on Tuesday, June 6th, 2000

Spring 2000 "Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a psychopathic criminal."

Answer:   Albert Einstein
From Robert Byrne's book, The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said, Galahad Press, NY



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