'Why is it so painful to watch a person sink? Because there is something unnatural in it, for nature demands personal progress, evolution, and every backward step means wasted energy.'
- August Strindberg
Man cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.
Michel de Montaigne (1533 –1592)
"the democrats are the party that says government
will make you taller, richer, smarter and remove the crabgrass from your yard.
the republicans are the party that says government
doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it".
- p.j. o'rourke
'It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.'
- Harold Pinter
All you have to do is say so
- Daryl Hall and John Oates
"You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose."
– George Carlin
Aww I love that part, xo!
"What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence."
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
That I was channel-surfing last weekend and ran into Ferris Bueller's Day Off just in time to hear one of Ferris's monologues that dovetails with your Lennon quote...
"I do have a test today. That wasn't bullshit. It's on European socialism. I mean, really, what's the point? I'm not European. I don't plan on being European. So who gives a crap if they're socialists? They could be fascist anarchists. It still wouldn't change the fact that I don't own a car. Not that I condone fascism, or any "ism" for that matter. "Isms" in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an "ism", he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon: "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me." Good point there. After all, he was the Walrus. I could be the Walrus. I'd still have to bum rides off of people."