Funny quotes to remember.

I am sleepy today. Before the next burst of activity I decided to reblog this old post. It’s good to remember quotes below.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.

Albert Einstein

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

Elbert Hubbard

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

Jim Carrey

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Mark Twain

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Quotes about opinions.

Quotes below are about facts and opinions, about prejudice and passion. They explain why our society is so divisive today and why violence often rules.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Some technological achievements have undesirable results.

For example, TV networks and other social media often manipulate facts and give their own opinions to the public.

Majority of young people today base their opinions not on facts  or knowledge or life experience but on what politicians and social media (who work for politicians) tell them.

That’s why it becomes almost impossible to discuss ideas and to solve common problems. That’s why our society became so divisive.

Please read the quotes below and comment on them. I’ll be happy to reply to your comments.

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Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.

Bernard M. Baruch (1870 – 1965)

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

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America and capitalism (facts and thoughts)

On 1/3/2015 I published “HOW BAD ARE AMERICA AND CAPITALISM?

The post received many comments. Surprisingly, nobody told that capitalism is bad or that America is a bad country.

However, many comments are heartfelt and very interesting.

Today I want to respond to Carl D’ Agostino (you can find full text of his comments in the post “HOW BAD ARE AMERICA AND CAPITALISM?”). I will respond only to his most important thoughts.

He wrote: “Most of the condos you speak of are investment property from rich South Americans or French Canadians. There is great wealth here but over 50% south Florida residents at minimum wage and poverty level. This place will implode: not enough water, electricity, more people getting welfare help than paying into system to support it”.

In my post  I wrote about Hollywood in Florida. We rented apartments here in winter only from working Americans for the last 13 yearsAll of them have houses or apartments in other places. During last 10 years many our friends retired and bought apartments here. Today we know more than 500 people in the area who worked hard and now enjoy life here. I mentioned in my earlier post occupations of some of them. Today I want to add: construction workers, mechanics, office managers, nutritionists, artists.

I agree that many Florida residents are at poverty level and getting welfare. However, during 40 years of life in America I observed that people on welfare live better than we lived in the Soviet Union.

We have many people on welfare in our area in Queens. They have free apartments, free medical help, food stamps. Many of them have home attendants who cook for them, clean apartments, do laundries, go with them to stores or for walks.

These people in our area are very happy.

I have only to add three important points here:

1. None of them use drugs.

2. None of them worked in the USA (they came in the country at old age). I don’t believe that it is fair to give them benefits that Americans who worked here all their lives don’t have.

3. The system that allows more people to be on welfare than to work is not capitalism.

Carl also wrote: “The right to vote here is an illusion of democracy. The capitalist megacorps and megabanks run everything and are creating subsistence living here. Your country’s slogan “all power to the workers” sounds good to me. Of course no communist country has initiated that part of change and power switch.”

I was extremely surprised that Carl said: “Your country’s slogan “all power to the workers” sounds good to me” (Carl knows that I was born and lived in the USSR).

How long can people deny facts? Does not everyone know that promise is not a reality? Don’t you remember: “Read my lips” or “You can keep your plan”?

There was never “all power to the workers” in the Soviet Union. It would be very bad if it was because when the USSR was born majority of population were peasants.

A very small group of people seized power and for many years terrorized population of the country. Millions of innocent people were executed and died in Stalags. You can read about it HERE.

I am sure that you also know about repressions in China and Cuba.

Now about “megacorps and megabanks run everything and are creating subsistence living here.”

Are not large and small corporations creating millions of jobs? Are not many people on welfare live on money these corporations pay in taxes? Are not millions of people who invested their money in Microsoft, IBM, Google, Facebook and many other corporations became rich?

I don’t believe that capitalism is a perfect system but I don’t know a better system. I don’t believe that we have a capitalistic system in America today. I think that we have a terrible hybrid of capitalism and socialism and this system leads the country in the wrong direction.

I don’t believe that America is a perfect country. It has racists of all colors, some corrupt and incompetent leaders, gangs, drug addicts, haters of police and the country, many people who want to have everything without working hard to get it.

However, I am sure that every system can be improved and that people of each country can have better lives if they choose and support good leaders and make sure that all elected officials do what is good for the country.

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Two ways to Heathrow

Four couples with heavy suitcases left a hotel and saw an empty taxi.

Economist said: “We don’t need a taxi. We’ll go by subway”.

“No!”, firmly said my love. “My husband became sick when you led us here by subway from the airport. We take this taxi and we welcome two people to join us.”

Economist’s wife (EW) said: “Let’s Strongman and Poet join you with all suitcases. My man will lead three beauties to Heathrow by subway. I am sure that we’ll be there before you!”

I had my doubts about her last statement but even at that time I was allergic to arguing with confident strong-willed women. So everybody agreed with EW”s plan.

We settled in the taxi and the driver asked us where we were going. Then he told us that we looked like Americans but he could not understand what language we spoke.

Strongman explained that it was Russian.

I said the driver that I liked very much his diction and his way of speaking. He answered that he was not a professional taxi driver. He was a teacher and he loved theater very much. Then he added that he wrote several screenplays and in his free time he was an actor.

Poet was fascinated. He told the driver that he was an engineer but he worked for the New York City and wrote poetry during working hours. The driver asked him to read a poem but Poet explained that he wrote in Russian.

Then the driver said that an Australian company bought one of his screenplays and asked him to direct a movie there. He’ll leave London in a month.

Poet gave the driver his address and a business phone number and asked to keep in touch. The driver thanked him and then told us that we arrived.

We unloaded suitcases, paid for the ride adding good tips, thanked the driver and went in the terminal. We were told there that it was a wrong terminal and that we need to take a bus to a right one.

i will not tell you what we thought about the taxi driver at that time. I only can hint that we used some very popular Russian words.

Luckily, the bus arrived soon and we were in the proper terminal at the proper airline counter 20 minutes before the plane’s departure. The three beauties and Economist were not anywhere in sight.

My wife and I checked in our luggage and were ready to board the plane. Poet and Strongman wanted to check in their suitcases too but the airline’s employees gently asked them where were their wives.

There was only 10 minutes left before the plane’s departure. My love and I were ordered to board the plane and to take our seats. We had no choice as the next day we had to go to work.

However, our plane started to move only in 40 minutes.

My love was upset when she saw that our friends were sitting in the first class.

She said to me: “It’s not fair!”

I smiled. At that time I already knew that life is not always fair.

Okay, I've done that stupid trick of sticking my paw up in the air. Now where's that tasty treat you promised me?

Pleasure and wisdom of eating (includes quotes)

Yesterday I published a post “FIRST 40 DAYS“.

I am going to continue to share with you my experience with new way of living and eating but before it I want to stress the following:

1). I do not recommend any particular diet. I tried only the macrobiotic diet and only as a cancer prevention diet. Later I found more what it can do.

2). I always had a good appetite and liked good food. Soon after I started the macrobiotic diet my pleasure from eating increased and my life became more interesting.

3). I am not going to tell you about any details of the diet. I just want to share with you what I learned about myself and others. I’ll give you facts and you’ll make your own conclusions.

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I like food. I like eating. And I don’t want to deprive myself of good food.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.

Elsa Schiaparelli

We struggle with eating healthily, obesity, and access to good nutrition for everyone. But we have a great opportunity to get on the right side of this battle by beginning to think differently about the way that we eat and the way that we approach food.

Marcus Samuelsson

 

Dangerous paintings (part 2)

In the post DANGEROUS PAINTINGS (PART 1) I told you about an article by Pauline Larina.
She wrote in the article that American artist XYZ (I chose these letters instead of his real name because there are artists with the same name) blackmailed rich people by threats to write their portraits. People were afraid of him because many of his customers died after he made their portraits.
Pauline also mentioned ILYA REPIN, the famous Russian artist of the 19th century.
Soon after he finished portraits of composer Mussorgsky, surgeon Pirogov, politician Stolypin all of them died.
Writer Vsevolod Garshin jumped into the stairwell after Repin wrote a sketch of him for his famous painting “Ivan the Terrible kills his son”.
Repin asked many friends to pose in his another famous painting “Cossacks writing a letter to the Turkish Sultan”. Soon after the first exhibition of the painting  many of them died.
But it is not everything in the article. Larina mentions some other facts (if they are really facts) and tells how people tried to explain them. I’ll tell you about it in the “Dangerous paintings (part 3)”.
PC PAINTING 10/14/2014             by JF

HAPPY PC PAINTING 10/14/2014
by JF

Several quotes about justice.

It is very bad for any society when leaders consider justice from purely political point of view without regards to laws and facts.
It is even worse when facts are hidden or ignored and judges intimidated.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

Aristotle

In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.

Albert Einstein

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.

Plato

Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.

Haile Selassie

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Thoughts about memory.

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I am thinking. Day and night. Without getting even a minimum wage!

Thinking is a very hard work! It might be very emotional too!

So I try to think about something very nice. However, it is not possible if you turn on TV or listen to the radio.

I am thinking that we have so much wonderful in our design!

For example, is not our memory a miracle?

When I was a 9 years old boy I decided that I would be a scientist. Scientists needed good memories.

A wonderful woman who worked in the local library liked me and advised me what to read. She found for me a book about training memory.

I started to train my memory and continue to do it now.

What are results of this training?

My native language is Russian. After living 40 years in America I still speak and write authentic Russian. If in the future I meet Anton Chekhov we’ll communicate without problem (I always wanted to ask Anton Chekhov how he became an expert in women).

I still remember thousands of wonderful books that I read. I am 80 now but I remember all major events that happened in my life after I became 7 years old and many terrible lies that our government told us (I lived in the Soviet Union until 1975).

My second language was Ukrainian. I learned it in school less than a year but I still remember poems of Taras Schevchenko.

My third language was Uzbek. I learned it in the high school but I’ve never been fluent in it. However, I still remember pages of Uzbek text.

Then I learned English. Today I can judge all nuances of books written in English by people from different countries. I trained myself to read very fast and to remember everything interesting and important.

My memory was extremely useful in my college years (I graduated from Moscow Textile Academy in 1956 and 1961 (PhD) and later from Queens College in 1978). I understood that many subjects were not necessary and deleted them from my memory immediately after passing exams.

Surely, a good professional must remember basics of her/his profession. It happened that due to emigration to America I had to change many professions. My memory helped me to survive.

However, all the above are only some examples of how important memory is.

Memory allows you to create your own definitions what is good and bad and follow them. It gives or does not give you an opportunity to love people and to have many people who love you, who are your friends. .

Memory allows you to remember facts of history and prevents you from being brainwashed by medias or by people who care only about themselves.

I use memory as a mighty daily source of joy. We can relive some good moments of our lives daily.

For example, at any moment I can see places we stayed in Paris, its streets, gardens and monuments, people we met, paintings and sculptures in museums.

I read a post about Copenhagen today and enjoyed  the post and sweet memories of wonderful three days in that city.

And now several quotes about memory:

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.

James M. Barrie

Of what use is the memory of facts, if not to serve as an example of good or of evil?

Alfred de Vigny

Every man’s memory is his private literature.

Aldous Huxley

Quotes about opinions.

Some technological achievements have undesirable results.

For example, TV networks and other social media often manipulate facts and give their own opinions to the public.

Majority of young people today base their opinions not on facts  or knowledge or life experience but on what politicians and social media (who work for politicians) tell them.

That’s why it becomes almost impossible to discuss ideas and to solve common problems. That’s why our society became so divisive.

Please read the quotes below and comment on them. I’ll be happy to reply to your comments.

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Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.

Bernard M. Baruch (1870 – 1965)

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)
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Elbert Hubbard (1856 – 1915)
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 – 1902)
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Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence.

Francis Jeffrey (1773 – 1850)