Susan Sontag : Thoughts and feelings

Susan Sontag

One of my oldest crusades is against the distinction between thought and feelings… which is really the basis of all anti-intellectual views: the heart and the head, thinking and feeling, fantasy and judgment. We have more or less the same bodies, but very different kinds of thoughts. I believe that we think much more with the instruments provided by our culture than we do with our bodies, and hence the much greater diversity of thought in the world. Thinking is a form of feeling; feeling is a form of thinking.

~ Susan Sontag ~

Dolly Parton: Put up with the rain

Dolly Parton at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

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“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” ~Dolly Parton, quoted in “Happily Ever After”

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John Bogle: Consequences

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“Investing isn’t just about probabilities. It’s about consequences, and you’ve got to be prepared for them.” John Bogle

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Warren Buffett: Pickpocket of enterprise

“One of the ironies of the stock market is the emphasis on activity. Brokers, using terms such as ‘marketability’ and ‘liquidity‘ sing the praises of companies with high share turnover… but investors should understand that what is good for the croupier is not good for the customer. A hyperactive stock market is the pick pocket of enterprise.”

—Warren Buffett.

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Peter Lynch: Making money in stocks

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“The key to making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them.” Peter Lynch

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Donald Rumsfeld: Unknown unknowns

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There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

Donald Rumsfeld.

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Pablo Picasso: Everything you can imagine is real

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Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso

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John Templeton: This time it’s different

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“The four most dangerous words in investing are ‘This time it is different’.” – Sir John Templeton


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Vince Lombardi: Confidence

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. ~Vince Lombardi.

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Peter Lynch: Guts, not head

“The most important organ in the body as far as the stock market is concerned is the guts, not the head.” Peter Lynch

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Warren Buffett: Excitement and expenses

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“Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies.” Warren Buffett.

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Kurt Vonnegut: Pretense

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.

– Kurt Vonnegut.

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Carl Sagan: Nuclear arms race

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The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five. –Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996)

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Peter Lynch: Art, not a science

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“As I look back on it now, it’s obvious that studying history and philosophy was much better preparation for the stock market than, say, studying statistics. Investing in stocks is an art, not a science, and people who’ve been trained to rigidly quantify everything have a big disadvantage. If stock picking could be quantified, you could rent time on the nearest Cray computer and make a fortune. But it doesn’t work that way. All the math you need in the stock market you get in the fourth grade.” Peter Lynch.

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Peter Mere Latham: Different intents

Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents. -Peter Mere Latham, physician and educator (1789-1875).

Warren Buffett: Process and proceeds

“We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.” – Warren Buffett


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President Barack Obama and Warren Buffett in the Oval Office, July 14, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Andre Berthiaume: Masks

We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin. -Andre Berthiaume, novelist (b. 1938)


Quote of the day:
Never answer a critic, unless he’s right. – Bernard M. Baruch

Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth.



Kenneth G. Wilson: It depends

Often the accurate answer to a usage question begins, “It depends.” And what it depends on most often is where you are, who you are, who your listeners or readers are, and what your purpose in speaking or writing is. –Kenneth G. Wilson, usage writer (b. 1923)


Quote of the day:
Humor is also a way of saying something serious. – T. S. Eliot

Bob Dylan: Myself

Bob Dylan in Lincoln Square

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I can only be myself, whoever that is.

– Bob Dylan.