People waste many things — time, money, talent, food (one way or another) — but I think the saddest waste of all is the mind. You probably do too — especially when you stop to think how mindless all those fools are who disagree with what you think. I believe it was Ivan Vasilyevich who first said A mind is a terrible thing to waste, the wisdom of which so impressed his comrads that he became forever famous as Ivan the Terrible (apparently he did not suffer fools gladly).
So, it should be clear from the above that almost all waste can be controlled if we but set our minds to it. If you’re sitting around on your ass just wasting away, there is simply no excuse for it. Remember, mind over matter –it’s the only way to go if you want to get ahead, if you will. If you won’t, you have no one to blame but yourself.
I hope I have inspired you to get a grip and stop squandering away your life, of which you have but one to live, unless you have faith in reincarnation. Even so, there’s no telling what you might come back as — a curably dying Christian Scientist, for example – so why take a chance? If you don’t believe me, perhaps you’ll listen to the testimony of these waste not, want not-ers:
I spent 90% of my money on wine, women and song and just wasted the other 10%. –Ronnie Hawkins
A day without laughter is a day wasted. –Charlie Chaplin
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. –Bertrand Russell
The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. –Muhammed Ali
If I don’t learn something every single day, it’s a wasted day. –Leonard Lauder
A Congressman’s idea of government waste is the money spent in another Congressman’s district. -Evan Esar
I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. –William Shakespeare
I wish I could stand on a busy street corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours. –Bernard Berenson