This is my second night shift. I wish you were here and I wasn’t! 🙂
I just took a break from work and glanced at today’s quotes. I thought they were kind of cute, so here goes.
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)
In today’s world, given current bandwidth and a single good path of transmission, a lie can travel 225 times around the Earth while the truth is tying it’s shoelaces, assuming this takes about 30 seconds. You then multiply by the number of paths that the lie might simultaneously pass through, which would give you thousands and thousands of times around the Earth.
Having finished this foolish calculation, the point is that Sam was right yet again. The Internet lets GIGO multiply like a virus.
A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.
Robert Benchley (1889 – 1945)
What really appeals to me about this one is a family that I know. They are really good dog owners, and have a beautiful young daughter who seems intelligent and witty. I should find out from them how many times she turns around before going to sleep.
My best friend’s daughters turn around at least three times most nights. They go upstairs to bed, come down, get driven back up, sometimes come down again, etc. Maybe they should have the living room on the upper floor and the children’s bedrooms on the lower floor, so that the kids have to come upstairs after getting back out of bed; it may discourage them slightly. Having said this, they are great kids, being bright, creative, and not overly concerned with neatness. In other words, children after my own heart.
Facts are stupid things.
Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004)
This makes me think of the good old days, when a president may have been a Republican and a bit slow, but at least he meant well. Today the level of intelligence has not risen, but the level of acrimony and defensiveness has mushroomed out of control.
Ronald had a point though. Facts are like statistics, and you need to sift and interpret them the same as in stats. It brings to mind the famous quote of Benjamin Disraeli.
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
Kurt Vonnegut (1922 – )
I like this one on many levels, and I’m sure I’m missing a few more nuances.
P.S. I added one quote after I wrote the title. If you like the title could be changed to 3 and a third at three a.m., posited on the theory that Reagan’s quote is only one third of a pithy saying. This would also be above Ronald’s batting average for insightful thoughts. 😉