Favorite QUOTES

Myself and Others

  The first two rules of science are the same first two rules for US jury duty and also the same first two rules for seeking the truth.  And they (including a third rule which comes from the first two) are:
  1. Keep an Open Mind
  2. Something is just a theory and not a factor until you have proven it beyond a reasonable doubt.  Also keep in mind that as you and science and the world continue learning, you need to revisit this item 2 to see if it is still valid with new discoveries and learning.
  3. Never begin with the Answer.
    - Ron Plachno  (learning from College and then Jury Duty and then logic - paraphrased from 2nd book)

Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler.– Albert Einstein

Reality is Merely an Illusion, Albeit a Persistent One – Albert Einstein

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky (hockey player)

By Their Feet Shall You Know Them – Ron Plachno (from 2nd book)  The idea here is that people often say one thing but believe or do another.  For example, when we had stores, a lady walked in the door one day and said that the best way to advertise is on her radio station.  What is the problem here?  Her words said one thing, but her feet said that the best way to advertise was personal contact walking in the door.  I believed her feet and said "No Thanks".

History is a set of lies agreed upon  – Napoleon Bonaparte

The Difference between a winner and a loser is often just inches or seconds – Ron Plachno (2nd book)

The problem is not the problem.  The problem is your attitude about the problem
- Captain Jack Sparrow, Disney Movie Pirate

Those who are not Students of History are often doomed to become TV commentators.  - Ron Plachno (2nd book)

"War" is when your government tells you whom the enemy is.
"Hate mobs" are when your politicians tell you whom the enemy is.
"Voting them out" is when you figure it out yourself.
(This I modified from the original by a writer called "anonymous" - whom I have learned writes often and in large volume)

The problem with most proposed systems of government is that sooner or later someone must plant the food, someone must sew the clothes, someone must build the houses, someone must make the energy. - Ron Plachno (2nd book)

Some people talk the talk, others walk the walk - told to me by an African American Technician at Motorola.  While this may strike some as not the best English, it struck me as sincere prophetic wisdom - that I wished more would understand

Only Dead Fish Go With The Flow
This appears to be a modern rewording, by Andy Hunt and likely others of a Robert Daly quote in 1826
"live fish swim against the stream, while dead ones float with it,"

If abortion and euthanasia are such great ideas, why is it that people for these concepts seldom seem to volunteer for them themselves? - Ron Plachno

Why is it that when most people are asked what one item they would like on a desert island never answer "a boat"?
- Author unknown

Freedom is like a tunnel; by that I mean that you can only go in half way, and then you start to come out the other side. And when you begin to come out the other side, you can only do so by taking rights away from others. – Ron Plachno

"Creativity is intelligence having fun."
- Albert Einstein

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."
- Abraham Lincoln

You do not need a parachute to jump out of an airplane.  You need a parachute to jump out of an airplane twice.
- Author unknown

Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch.  Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.
– Marvin Simkin, "Individual Rights", Los Angeles Times, 12 January 1992

People who say that science disproves the existence of God know nothing about science or logic.  It is quite impossible to prove the "negative set" of logic, that Someone or some thing does not exist.  A person would have to go to every point in the universe - the real one not just the one we see - at every point in time since the beginning of the universe - and worse - they would have to know What to look for.  It is a fool's game and a logical impossibility to say that God does not exist.  So, believe what you wish.  And I for one will respect that decision as a belief.  - Ron Plachno

Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.  - Ronald Reagan

Can’t we all just get along?  - Rodney King

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