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Here are some of the quotations that have influenced my life. You will notice that I even quote myself on occasion, how arrogant can you get?

12/15/16 "A great philosopher -- Thumper's mom in 'Bambi' -- said if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all," Smith said Monday night. "I'm trying to do that.
Steve Smith, NFL

6/15/17 "Chaos is the law of nature, order is the dream of man."  
Henry Adams 1903

Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deduction that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally; he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses in order to justify his logic.
Dostoevsky, Notes from the underground

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man.
William Shakespeare

 If a man sees the world at 50 the same way he saw it at 20 he has wasted 30 years.
Attributed to Mohammed Ali

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
George Bernard Shaw

Artificial Intelligence – The result of teaching homo-sapiens to think like machines.
Buckwheat Bob

Lesson in Democracy – With sufficient money and the proper connections a moron can become President of the United States
Buckwheat Bob

"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench,a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free,
and good men die like dogs, there is also a down side.”
Hunter Thompson

Now that we’ve fucked up the planet earth what are we gonna do for an encore? –
Buckwheat Bob

I used to worry about not having a hat till I met a man who had no head.
Jerry Jeff Walker

Life is too short to ride ugly horses.
Jerry Jeff Walker

"The galleries are full of critics. They play no ball, they fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down in the arena are the doers. They make mistakes because they try many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and the spirit of adventure. He is the one who never tries anything. His is the brake on the wheel of progress. And yet it cannot be truly said he makes no mistakes, because his biggest mistake is the very fact that he tries nothing, does nothing, except criticize those who do things."
David M. Shoup, marine commandant and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody, dollar-soaked fingers out of the business of these nations so full of depressed, exploited people, they will arrive at a solution of their own -- and if unfortunately their revolution must be of the violent type because the "haves" refuse to share with the "have-nots" by any peaceful method, at least what they get will be their own, and not the American style, which they don't want and above all don't want crammed down their throats by Americans. 
General David M. Shoup, May 14, 1966

“The courage of one’s convictions and the willingness to speak the truth as one sees it for the good of the country is what patriotism really means -- far more than flags, bands and the national anthem.”
Gen. David M. Shoup, retired commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

“To lack intelligence is to be in the ring blindfolded."
General David M. Shoup of the Marines

War has become to American civilians "an exciting adventure, a competitive game, and an escape from the dull routine of peacetime."
General David M. Shoup of the Marines

“I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons.”
Golda Meir

Idealism – The belief that everyone can be as perfect as me.
Realism – The realization that not everyone can be as perfect as me.
Buckwheat Bob

Terrorism - n The act of terrorizing; use of force or threats to demoralize, intimidate, and subjugate, esp. such use as a political weapon or policy.
Webster’s New World Dictionary

But he acknowledged "a form of descending consent" for the U.S. military presence occurring among Iraqis as time passes.
Maj. Gen. Martin Dempsey commander of the 1st Armored Division

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President 1901-1909(From The American Presidency)

"War is a racket. Our stake in that racket has never been greater in all out peace-time history. It may seem odd for me, a military man, to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent 33 years and 4 months in active service as a member of our country's most agile military force--the Marine Corps....
"I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-12. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras 'right' for American fruit companies in 1903...
"Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents"
Marine Corps Major General Smedley D. Butler. Twice wounded in action and twenty times decorated, Smedley Butler was also one of the few Americans to be twice awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He blew the whistle on an attempted coup on the Roosevelt government.

Education, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
Ambrose Bierce, ‘Devil’s Dictionary’ written between 1881 and 1911.

Think – To use the intellect to justify a subconscious urge or decision.
Buckwheat Bob

Scientists are beginning to use Neocon Republicans instead or rats in experiments because there are some things rats won't do.
Buckwheat Bob

Militant, Insurgent, Terrorist - Dead Arab.
Buckwheat Bob

Put your trust in God. If he doesn't come through blame the Democrats.
Buckwheat Bob

Isms are stone walls for the intellect to hide behind.
Buckwheat Bob

The 60’s 70’s movement failed because there was no Western metaphor to follow or become a part of.
Buckwheat Bob

Any activity whose primary purpose is to feed our ego is bad.
Buckwheat Bob

There is nothing to express, nothing with which to express, nothing from which to express, no power to express, no desire to express - together with the obligation to express.
Samuel Beckett

Friends are people who really know you and still like you.
Buckwheat Bob

The ideal of my generation was that we should strive to become responsible adults, of course having some fun in the process. Succeeding generations have shunned adulthood and responsibility and seem to spend their time trying to get back to the womb. I don’t think this is healthy.
Buckwheat Bob

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
From “To a Louse,” by Robert Burns.

The purpose of propaganda and advertising is not to urge you to believe whatever they are selling, the purpose is to convince you that everyone else believes it.
Buckwheat Bob

If a brain is empty any input will seem to be of cosmic importance.
Buckwheat Bob

The only failure is remaining in the chute
Sandi Whiting

The Bummer about accomplishing something is that you become responsible for it. You no longer have any excuses.
Buckwheat Bob

The thing that I appreciate about heroes is not their accomplishment so much as the sacrifices they had to make.
Buckwheat Bob

You cannot progress toward enlightenment without becoming familiar with your mortality. The reason is that it takes away from our feelings of self-importance and diminishes the ego ergo, your personal death must be your adviser.
Buckwheat bob

Civilization gives a man more ways to make a complete ass of himself.
Buckwheat Bob

Don’t go lookin’ if you’re afraid of what you might find.
Buckwheat Bob

"Do you have major regrets?" "There is nothing that I deeply regret in my life. I see nothing to apologize for." "You're lucky." "Maybe. Or maybe I just played the game harder."
Interview with Gore Vidal

"Naturally, the common people do not want war . . . but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.
Herman Goering at the Nuremburg trials

Aging - conscious aging - carries the person from the ego to the soul.
Ram Dass

"...Dubai is basically in the biggest, greatest and newest of everything,"
Tiger Woods on why he chose to put his brand on Tiger Woods Dubai‚ a multi-million dollar development in the desert

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”

I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life — and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”
Georgia O’Keeffe

If there's no solution there's no problem.
Willie Nelson

I think an introvert's worst fear is being a bore.

“Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connections between the subjective and objective world.”
Paraphrase of Karl Jung

"Do not make a counsel of your fears."
Stonewall Jackson/George Patton