I tell you, once you’ve tried happy you’ll never want to go back to unhappy. — Michael Lipsey
July 6, 2014
"You are perfectly right, said Pangloss; for when man was put into the garden of Eden, he was put there ut operaretur eum, so that he should work it; this proves that man was not born to take his ease. —Let’s work without speculating, said Martin; it’s the only way of rendering life bearable. The whole little group entered into this laudable scheme; each one began to exercise his talents. The little plot yielded fine crops … and Pangloss sometimes used to say to Candide: —All events are linked together in the best of possible worlds; for, after all, if you had not been driven from a fine castle by being kicked in the backside for love of Miss Cunégonde, if you hadn’t been sent before the Inquisition, if you hadn’t traveled across America on foot, if you hadn’t given a good sword thrust to the baron, if you hadn’t lost all your sheep from the good land of Eldorado, you wouldn’t be sitting here eating candied citron and pistachios. —That is very well put, said Candide, but we must go and work our garden." - Voltaire. Scarecrow by Michael Lipsey, epigrammatist who has been kicked in the backside a few times and now must cultivate his garden.
July 5, 2014
Sartre went to Cuba where a young woman asked him, “What do you think about yourself, Monsieur Sartre?” “I’ve no idea: I’ve never met myself.” And he went back to Paris and started working on his memoirs, of which he wrote: “What I have written is false. True. Neither true nor false, like everything else that is written about lunatics. Was I convinced by my delirium? That is the question, but I cannot make up my mind.” Drawing by Michael Lipsey
July 3, 2014
To the poor, interest is something that you pay — to the rich, it is something that you collect. — Michael Lipsey
July 2, 2014
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June 29, 2014
If you must be a poet, at least have the decency to never write poems about what it’s like to be a poet. — Michael Lipsey
June 27, 2014
You can stare at your smartphone all day, but you won’t get any smarter.
— Michael Lipsey
June 26, 2014
June 25, 2014
They tell you to follow your heart - as if your heart came with a sense of direction. — Michael Lipsey
June 24, 2014
June 23, 2014
One of the bigger mistakes you can make in life is assuming that everyone has a sense of humor. — Michael Lipsey
June 21, 2014
Phony wisdom is delivered with a beautiful smile, as if to say, look how simple it all is!” — Michael Lipsey
June 19, 2014
Michael Lipsey, aphorist & artist
The first step is learning to distinguish your own craziness from the craziness of society.
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