Posts Tagged ‘avoid’

“Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.” -Satchel Paige

Failed Maturity

Posted: September 30, 2019 in Thought for the Day
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“Those people who spend their lives trying to avoid failure are also eluding maturity.” -Brene Brown

“In the same year that the Declaration of Independence was adopted, Edward Gibbon published the first volume of his masterpiece, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

The Founding Fathers were well aware of the transition – natural, and perhaps inevitable – from republic to empire. They had studied it in the Roman example. They had seen how it drew power into a few hands… and corrupted them.

They tried to prevent it from happening in the New World, putting in place limits… circuit breakers… and checks and balances… to keep the government from becoming too big, too ambitious, or too powerful.

Even then, they were doubtful that it would stick. ‘We give you a republic…’ Franklin wrote to posterity, ‘if you can keep it.’….

Time and scale have changed the nature, not just the age and the size, of the United States of America. It has become something the Founding Fathers had tried to avoid… and almost certainly wouldn’t like….

Citizens still have the right to life, liberty, and property – but only to the extent that the feds allow.

They can keep their firearms, for example, but the feds can label them terrorists… and kill American citizens.

They still have the right to express themselves under the protection of the First Amendment, unless their opinions are considered ‘hate speech,’ or the feds – or their agents at Facebook and Google – just don’t like what they say.

Your property is still safe, too; but under the doctrine of civil forfeiture, the police can take your money, your cars, and your house… with no due process of law….

Empires are very different from republics. They are no longer by, for, and of the people. They’re too big… too complex… with too many fingers in too many pies for the people or their elected representatives to keep up with.

So power migrates to the center. There, where the CIA, NSA, Pentagon, NIH, FBI, IRS, and dozens of other agencies… along with the corporate headquarters of hundreds of big industries… and thousands of pressure groups, lobbyists, factotums, hacks, think tanks, NGOs, powerful families, and apparatchiks reside, is where the real power flows.

There, too, in Rome as in Washington, the power congeals.”

-Bill Bonner

Avoid Learning?

Posted: June 21, 2018 in Thought for the Day
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“The learning of life is about what to avoid.” -Nassim Taleb

“Don’t be discouraged by failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we will afterwards carefully avoid.” -John Keats

“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” -Ayn Rand

“Remember…the average rich person has seven sources of income.  While the average poor person has one source of income.  The only way to avoid being crushed financially is to diversify your income sources so no one person can destroy you.” -James Altucher

Mind Poverty

Posted: January 12, 2016 in Money Matters
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“Being broke is temporary but poverty of mind is permanent.  You have to avoid poverty of mind.” -Daymond John

Avoid Nothing

Posted: February 13, 2014 in Thought for the Day
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“There is only one way to avoid criticism:  do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” -Aristotle

Rare Wealth

Posted: January 27, 2014 in Money Matters
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“Having wealth is rare.  Having it for more than one generation is rarer still.  You don’t do that by doing what other people do.  You have to think more clearly… and avoid many of the ideas, values and habits that most people have.” -Bill Bonner