THE PEOPLE THAT INSPIRED ME TO CREATE THIS BLOG ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE “ONCE UPON A PARADIGM” GANG. WHEN I FIRST ENCOUNTERED THEM SEVERAL YEARS AGO AT THE OLD “CAFE” I WAS ENTHRALLED BY THEIR WIT, THEIR CONVICTIONS, THEIR WIMSEY, THEIR POETRY AND THEIR JUST PLAIN FUN, SO I DECIDED TO CREATE A BLOG THERE.

I PAINSTAKINGLY RESEARCHED A LONG LIST OF QUOTES THAT I WISHED TO PUBLISH ON MY DASHBOARD BUT I NEVER COULD SEEM TO DO IT. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS BECAUSE I WAS JUST TOO DUMB FOR THIS BRAVE NEW WORLD. THEN I DECIDED THAT I WAS BEING SHUT OUT BY THE SITE ITSELF AND BECAME PARANOID. FINALLY I DISCOVERED THAT THE MEAN OLD “CAFE” WAS GOING TO SHUT DOWN ALL OF THEM AND THEY JUST WERE NOT LETTING ME EVEN START.

SO I NEVER PUBLISHED MY QUOTES AND DID NOT THINK OF THEM AGAIN FOR YEARS BUT WITH MY ACTIONS OF TODAY, WELL YESTERDAY NOW, THEY CAME TO MIND AND SO AGAIN I PAINSTAKINGLY HUNTED FOR THEM…THANK HEAVENS I NEVER CLEAN OUT MY RECYCLING BIN…AND I’M GOING TO POST THEM NOW. SO HERE GOES

Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth. Henrik Ibsen
Don’t use that foreign word “ideals.” We have that excellent native word “lies.” Henrik Ibsen

My country wrong or right, is like saying my mother, drunk or sober.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.” William Shakespeare

“Patriotism is a religion, the egg from which wars are hatched.” Guy de Maupassant

“You’ll never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.” George Bernard Shaw

“Patriotism is a survival from barbarous times which must not only be evoked and educated but which must be eradicated by all means – by preaching, persuasion, contempt and ridicule.” Leo Tolstoy

“This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism on command, senseless violence and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism.” Albert Einstein

My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity. George Bernard Shaw
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. Oscar Wilde

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde

I mostly now don’t rake the muck, although I once did aspire to.
I mostly now just drink my gin and wish I still had the fire to. dru