Without a Doubt

It’ll be lighter fare this week, as I am working rather long hours and will be traveling on Thursday evening. For the moment, two pointed little jokes:

The head of the physics department was in the university president’s office defending his proposed budget.

“I don’t know what it is with you physicists,” said the president. “You always seem to need so much expensive equipment. Why can’t you be more like the math department? All they ever ask for is paper, pencils, and erasers.”

“Well, you see…” began the physicist.

“In fact,” interrupted the president, “the philosophy department’s even better. They never even ask for erasers.”

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Little Tommy was busy at the kitchen table while his mother prepared dinner.

“What are you doing, Tommy?” she asked.

“I’m drawing a picture of God.”

“But, sweetheart, nobody knows what God looks like!”

“They will when I’m done!”

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  1. A selection of Friedrich Nietzsche quotes:

    Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

    A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

    Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.

    All things are subject to interpretation; whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.

    Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.

    It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

    At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.

    The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

    This is the hardest of all: to close the open hand out of love, and keep modest as a giver.

    All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.

    I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance.

    In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.

    Art is the proper task of life.

    Posted October 11, 2006 at 9:53 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    And while we are at it:

    Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.


    Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.

    and, of course:

    It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

    Posted October 11, 2006 at 3:18 pm | Permalink