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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bertrand Russell, , , , Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Machiavelli, , , , , , ,   


    If there’s one thing I think we can all agree on about Donald Trump, it’s that he isn’t a philosopher. If, however, he can be said to have one guiding precept remotely resembling a philosophy, it has to be IT’S ALL ABOUT ME….or, secondarily, DON’T BLAME ME (which happens to be the title of a song I was going to link here until — faster than you can say Niccollo Machiavelli — Google removed share, embed & copy from their music clips, leaving technologically-challenged mistermuse at a loss as to how to post them).

    Be that as it may, I got to thinking that if THE DONALD were a lit-wit (rather than a nitwit) who wished to appear philosophical, there must be any number of wise philosophical quotes he might plagiarize to his greater glory (or, if he were stoned, learn from). Here are some I drug up which could fill the (Duck’s) bill:

    There is nothing so absurd that it cannot be believed if repeated often enough. — William James, American philosopher

    Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others. –Oscar Wilde, Irish wit, poet and playwright

    Any man can be a philosopher if he only thinks enough about his own foolishness. –Edgar Watson Howe, American novelist and editor

    Philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change it. –Karl Marx, German philosopher, political theorist and socialist revolutionary

    If I killed everyone who was stupid, I wouldn’t have time to sleep. –Tamora Pierce, American fantasy fiction writer

    Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. –Plato, Greek philosopher

    Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end. — Immanuel Kant, German philosopher

    Philosophers before Kant had a tremendous advantage over philosophers after Kant, in that they didn’t have to spend years studying Kant.  –Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, writer and social critic

    Only one philosopher in history had a perfect alibi for doing nothing, and his name was I. Kant. –Evan Esar, American humorist

  • mistermuse 10:17 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bertrand Russell, , Francois Sagan, , , immigration policy, , Pat Paulsen, ,   


    Not that I mind, but you had to ask, didn’t you?

    Well, I’m in the process of reading (as attested by bookmarkers sticking out between pages of various of my volumes), but rare are the books I’ve actually completed lately, despite skipping a post after each of the two used book sale hauls I wrote about on Nov. 30 and Feb. 5.

    Nonetheless, I’ve at least gotten the books out of boxes, sorted by category, and onto newly created shelves or rearranged space on old shelves. I’m tempted to call this accomplishment half the battle, but until I carve out more reading time,  the war will not be won, and the next irresistible book sale could drive me back up the wall (possibly to make more shelves). So, taking advantage of there not being a day 30 in February, I’ll not be posting again until March 5.

    Meanwhile, I suppose there are more important goings on going on in the world than my problems, but that’s not my problem (and, in any case, nothing that Trump can’t fix). But I’ll let others have the last word(s):

    All the problems in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian. –Pat Paulsen

    What a pity human beings can’t exchange problems. Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other fellow’s. –Olin Miller

    The world is full of problem children, and most of them are over 21 years old. –Evan Esar

    It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem. –G.K. Chesterton

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt. –Bertrand Russell

    Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. –George Washington

    Men have more problems than women; for one thing, they have to put up with women. –Françoise Sagan

    NOTE: This is being posted a day ahead of schedule due to predicted severe weather in the area tonight with possible outages.

    • Carmen 10:31 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll assume you put that last quote in there tongue in cheek. 🙂 Good ones, though!

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    • mistermuse 11:25 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Carmen, let’s just say I had my tongue in cheek as much as the author of that last quote — a woman! Does that get me off the hook? 🙂

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      • Carmen 11:43 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Now, how did I miss that? Now I see your attraction to her – she shares your sense of humour! . .grin. . .

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        • mistermuse 4:33 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink

          Carmen, just to show that I’m an equal opportunity humorist, here’s a quote by Joseph Conrad: “Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men.” 😦

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    • arekhill1 11:30 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Did Russell steal that line from Yeats, or did Yeats crib it from Russell? Or did they both snatch it from some poor, uncredited philosopher? Something to contemplate while you’re weathering the weather.

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      • mistermuse 2:44 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve never seen that line attributed to Yeats, and I don’t think his Butler did it. On the other hand, Russell seldom wrote anything without his Bertrand, but that doesn’t prove anything either. That leaves “some poor, uncredited philosopher” — which sounds like me, which I deny,unless there’s a reward (I might settle for an Award).


    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 11:57 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoy a bit of time away, hunker down with one of your bazillion good books, and stay away from books stores and libraries. Reading books would no doubt be at least as satisfying as building shelves for them – and a lot less actual WORK!
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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      • mistermuse 2:57 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        That’s what happens when one prays for good looks, and God thought I said “good books.” But at least I’ll be one of the best-read ugly guys in town.


    • scifihammy 12:22 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It’s sad when there isn’t enough reading time in a day! I do like to finish books, even if it takes a while. Good Luck catching up on your reading – or building more book shelves! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 3:03 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I may have even more catching up to do if the predicted severe weather spawns a tornado over my house….in which case I’ll be hunkered down in the basement and it’s every book for himself. 🙂

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        • scifihammy 6:09 am on February 25, 2017 Permalink

          Oh dear! I really hope you don’t have a Tornado!

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        • mistermuse 8:13 am on February 25, 2017 Permalink

          Last night’s weather turned out to be less severe than predicted (at least, where I live) — not even an outage, much less a tornado. So it turns out I needn’t have posted a day ahead of schedule, but generous soul that I am, I forgive the weather forecasters. 🙂


    • Don Frankel 1:02 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, at least you’re not like one of these athlete’s whose written more books than they’ve read. One of whom had this priceless little gem the other day while speaking to some young kids he was supposed to inspire. “Girls need to be silent and boys need to be strong.”

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      • mistermuse 4:30 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds good to me, Don! Just kidding — I couldn’t help myself (I must have been inspired). 🙂


    • linnetmoss 7:50 am on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The Russell quote being my favorite, I looked it up and the straight dope is here: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/03/04/self-doubt/
      But Yeats said something similar in his poem “The Second Coming.”

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    • mistermuse 8:38 am on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for “the straight dope.” So the (William) Butler (Yeats) did it, or something similar, after all!


    • D. Wallace Peach 12:58 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes. Except you snuck that Sagan one in there. Hey?! The Paulsen one is the best. Thanks for the laugh. Happy Reading 🙂

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    • mistermuse 6:07 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Diana. BTW, I tried to ‘make up’ for the Sagan quote with the Joseph Conrad quote in one of my Feb. 24 comments to Carmen, but apparently it wasn’t enough ‘make up’ to be noticed. 🙂


      • Carmen 6:55 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        • she laughs * She was also sure she had responded to that response. . . Turnabout is fair play, isn’t it? 🙂

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        • mistermuse 9:52 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink

          Carmen, if you’re referring to Diana’s comment, I’m not sure what you mean (and if you’re NOT referring to Diana’s comment. I’m STILL not sure what you mean!). Nonetheless, I agree that Turnabout is fair play (or something close to it):



    • Carmen 6:55 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You’ll notice I said FAIR play. ..ahem . .


    • BroadBlogs 11:19 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Those are some great quotes. Especially like this: “The world is full of problem children, and most of them are over 21 years old.” –Evan Esar

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      • mistermuse 10:03 am on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Perhaps the main reason why Evan Esar’s quote (and the others as well) are great is because they have the ‘engagement’ ring of truth — at least, they engage me that way.


    • inesephoto 4:51 am on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Love Andrea Marsh version. On a serious note, Chesterton is right, and I see it every day in the media. Sometimes it is simply ridiculous how people have no clue but have an opinion and solution. On a lighter note, I love the last one. It is why we girls put up with you guys. We appreciate your hard life 😉

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      • mistermuse 10:36 am on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that you took time to listen to both clips of “Trouble In Paradise,” and that the Andrea Marsh version amply rewarded your persistence. I think it’s a great song, but one that falls on unappreciative ears of most middle age-and-younger music fans. And I also thank you for appreciating what a hard life we men have in relating with women! 🙂

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    • Mél@nie 2:32 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      ah, merci for the brilliant Françoise Sagan… 🙂

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      • mistermuse 9:40 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome. One of Sagan’s quotes is the story of my old age: “The one thing I regret is that I will never have enough time to read all the books I want to read.”

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        • Mél@nie 8:50 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink

          same here, Mr Muse… ’cause if I had another life, I’d spend it on reading in the 4 languages I ‘handle’ and I’d travel the world… 🙂

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    • America On Coffee 9:29 pm on March 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Yes RCA Victrola and so post depression and pre WWII. We usa had a big depression 2007/2008. Hmmm (my imagination) an irony of life today, i.e. usa. Thanks for sharing!


  • mistermuse 5:39 am on May 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: a mind is a terrible thing to waste, Bertrand Russell, , , , ,   


    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


    • arekhill1 9:00 am on May 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Or my personal observation on time wasted, “If life is so short, why do we spend it doing the same things over and over?”


    • mistermuse 11:55 am on May 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Good question. I’ve watched “Groundhog Day” over and over and still keep coming back for more.


    • paulwhitberg 12:15 pm on May 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always loved the quote from Shakespeare, but the wonderful one from Ali is new to me.Thanks for sharing!


    • mistermuse 1:59 pm on May 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      If I had seen that quote unattributed, I wouldn’t have guessed it came from Ali. It’s good to see that he grew into that wisdom as he’s aged.


    • Thom Hickey 2:10 am on May 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks enjoyed the telling quotes. Will investigate archives. Regards Thom at the immortal jukebox.


    • mistermuse 7:07 am on May 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thom, If you’re looking for a theme song for your blog, give a listen:



    • Don Frankel 6:27 pm on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Muse if I didn’t waste my time what would I do with it?


    • mistermuse 7:55 pm on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t have an answer for that, Don — maybe Dr. Don could tell you.


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