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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. 

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George Carlin 

George Carlin
George Carlin
Politicians traditionally hide behind three things:

  • Flag
  • Bible
  • Children 
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Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh
“Nonviolence is not a set of techniques that you can learn with your intellect,” he goes on to say. “Nonviolent action arises from the compassion, lucidity and understanding you have within.”

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Socrates 

Socrates “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”

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Pardoning president Nixon

Richard Nixon leaving office“Roosevelt had his New Deal. Truman his Fair Deal. now Ford has his crooked deal.” … one telegram from Virginia. 

Regarding President Ford pardoning former President Nixon. 

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Three rules of Trump

  1. When you’re right you fight. 
  2. Controversy elevates the message. 
  3. Never apologize.

Donald Trump

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Herb Kelleher

Herb Kelleher
Herb Kelleher
Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines, always said (paraphrasing), “If I take good care of my employees, then they will take good care of my customers. My customers, in turn, will take good care of my shareholders”. It is really that simple.

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Wiliiam Jennings Bryan

Wiliiam Jennings Bryan
Wiliiam Jennings Bryan

“I fear the plutocracy of wealth, I respect the aristocracy of learning, but I thank God for the democracy of the heart that makes it possible for every human being to do something to make life worth living while he lives and the world better for his existence in it.” ~Wiliiam Jennings Bryan

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Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges
Jorge Luis Borges
Time is the substance I am made of, Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire. – Jorge Luis Borges

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Vice President Spiro T. Agnew

Spiro T. Agnew
Spiro T. Agnew
Regarding the press: “They are the nattering naybobs of negativism.” 1969

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Adm. William Halsey

Hit hard, hit fast, it often.

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Thelonious Monk

You’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig?

List of tips for playing gigs. 
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