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The Most Popular Observations + our Neglected Favourites.

 

Every now and then, we google the name "Dr. Idel Dreimer" – simply to find out whether Google is paying any attention to us. We go as quickly as possible to the last page available, and then click on the option which promises to give us "all results."

When Google shows us forty pages of references to Dr. Dreimer, we are mightily pleased; if Google shows only twenty-eight, we simply conclude that Google has become exceedingly lazy, or displays shockingly poor judgment in determining what is important in the world.

Our next step is to see if any of our Observations -- the ones planted in the Quote Garden -- have been plucked for display on other sites. We assume that these are the most "popular."

Here is an approximate list:

0. Art is man’s challenge to Time, his rebuke to Chaos; the protest will survive neither the triumph of fire, nor the finality of ice -- but it is better than the silence of consent.

96. Money is like water: in sufficient volume, it erodes the bedrock of principle, and cuts its own channel.

83. Money that is obtained without effort is spent without conscience.

692. Just as the old, looking back, idealize the past, so the young, looking forward, idealize the future. Illusion is the stuff of memory -- and is at the heart of hope.

534. The level path is easy, but it will not bring you to the mountaintop.

612. The trouble with brains is -- they are so easily washed.

651. Gazing at the stars will not save you from the abyss at your feet.

712. You may not hit a home run -- but that's no reason to stop swinging.

729. Reality is always the dowdy sister to Fancy.

888. If a tribe becomes too rational — perhaps it will always succumb to the tribe that has the determination that only blind belief can confer.

462. Certainty is most passionate in the absence of evidence.

586. It's a cruel world: idealistic dreams usually end up costing as much as regular stupidity.

375. Fond faith thrives best in rich deceptive soil --
        Where knaves sow dreams that witless fools embroil.

168. When equality is the aim, mediocrity is the result; when excellence is the aim, equality finds its true place.

279. Most will give up an acre of freedom for a closet of security.

520. Religion is speculation pretending to be revelation.

709. It's better to be perfectly useful than uselessly perfect.

160. Try to look on the bright side of things; if the bright side is not immediately evident, keep looking. It is better to be busy than depressed.

596. Religion is concerned with how the world should work; science with how the world does work.

550. No mourning can heal the wound of neverness.

502. The universe is a great mystery. You can make up as many happy and flattering stories about the mystery as you want. They are still just stories-- and the mystery is still a mystery.

139. Where there are gaps in knowledge, religion tends to seep in.

766. Ice cream – the great melter of all resolve.

674. Happiness is always the serendipitous result of looking for something else.

791. The universe is a great mystery-- but there seems to be an irresistible impulse to explain it in human terms -- with distinctly human Gods inordinately preoccupied with their precious human creations. Objectively, this inclination seems to betray an infantile self-absorption. Why should the universe care more about homo sapiens than elephants, or jaguars, or some other life form elsewhere in its undefined vastness? Isn't it about time we grew up?

441. Religion is superstition made respectable by tradition.

 

 

Our Personal Favourites

These are fifty favourite observations which do not appear in The Quote Garden, or are blooms which do appear but have not seemed worthy of plucking for re-plantation elsewhere. We do not claim they should be popular -- we just find them either useful or in some way appealing.

8. If, in the interests of an ideal circumstance, single-celled organisms had chosen equality as the ultimate good, then the present population of the world would consist entirely of single-celled organisms.

47. While it may not be appropriate in every venue, and on every occasion, mockery is the guardian of reason, the enemy of pretension, and the mirror to folly. No belief, no passion, no commitment should be considered immune from the acerbic test of ridicule.

84. In the fashioning of any government enterprise, efficacy is but a footnote to empire.

97. No principle
      Is invincible
      In the flow
      Of big dough.

108. The universe is just God, struggling to create himself.

197. Life is not so much like a novel, in which each chapter informs the next, and the hero is wiser at the end; rather, it is like a series of echoing but enigmatic haiku, with the last no more revealing than the first.

225. Beware those who claim to know the "mind" of "God:" they are deluded or evil, fools or liars.

239. Power, once possessed is never relinquished except under delusion or necessity.

243. Being on the side of the angels allows for many a pact with the devil.

275. The propensity of porkers is to pan pearls.

321. Pretending there is no abyss will not repeal the law of gravity.

356. While science has shed considerable light on dark prejudices, and social views have altered accordingly, religion clings, like a rather desperate limpet, to a rock of ‘certitudes’ made untenable in the rising tide of knowledge.

367. To limit freedom of speech in the hope that none will ever be offended is a blighted seed – a precursor of decay. Its flower is a failure of honesty, its fruit -- the imprisonment of the mind.

393.  Self-delusion: short term self-protection in exchange for longer term self-destruction.

407. A concerted attempt to shield people from experiencing hurt feelings may appear noble; but a price is paid in the coin of freedom, and in the currency of truth.

410. If man was made in the image of God, God must have started as a single-celled organism.

416. The claim that something should be beyond criticism is a sure sign of its inadequacy.

430 Some cling to religion as the infallible source of morality; in fact, religions – which are created by societies – encapsulate the moral values already established and inherent in those societies. The appeal to religious values is simply an appeal to tradition dressed up a divinity.

447. In the pigsty of reality – always the cruel hope of a silk purse.

474. The gloomy notion of original sin has been replaced with the happy presumption of original goodness. During the process, human nature has remained unchanged.

492. Ideals are often like the Sirens of mythology – a seductively attractive lure to shipwreck.

522. Climate "science:" the wolf of politics wearing grandma’s lab coat.

539. The determined pretence that tribal – that is cultural – differences are unimportant is one of the chief follies of the age.

566. "Tolerance" becomes totalitarian when it denies the right to criticize.

572. Herds may do much ill-considered and foolish trampling; the choice between being a trampling fool -- or a wise man trampled -- is not difficult to make.

573. Equality is not in the natural blueprint of things. Thus it will not be found among living creatures.

582. Political correctness values feelings over facts, fiction over freedom.

657. The greatest threat to freedom in the West is political correctness – the despotism disguised as virtue.

670. Religion – an intellectual colouring book for adults.

687. The term "affirmative action" suggests that a re-naming of the Devil will alter the nature of his deeds.

701. Political correctness – a gloss of lipstick on the snout of truth.

706. A refusal to face reality allows it to stab you in the back.

726. Celebrity does not preclude stupidity.

740. Inequality is at the heart of change, life, and progress. Only dead things have a remote chance of being considered equal.

770. What does work is often disdained – because it fails to support the idea of what should work.

801. Socialism is based on the premise that human beings would prefer to be ants.

803. There can be no innocence where a feeling is determined to be hurt.

815. Political correctness is an intellectual arsenic in the body politic – a slow, subversive, deadly poison.

817. When enough people share the same insanity, it is considered normal.

838. Some days, we think the world has gone completely mad. On other days, we are absolutely sure of it.

844. Old age: haunted by the past, daunted by the future.

854. The man unwilling to fight for his convictions will find himself at the mercy of those determined to impose their own.

857. Inequality is the bite of the apple – the original sin – both necessary and deplorable – at the heart of all existence.

864. All life flows in a sweeping, deliberate curve – in the inevitable arc of tragedy.

873. Every human society blends the elements of co-operation and competition; they are forces opposite yet complementary -- the yin and yang of the body politic.

883. The best remedy for hurt feelings is not complaint, but accomplishment. 

894. Ideals are for inspiration, not implementation.

909. As long as there is speech, feelings will be hurt.

917. An obstacle is not a roadblock -- it is an inspiration for creative detours.