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Just a smattering of things! Many things clipped, borrowed, thoughts.
"Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting some battle in their life." 
"The highest form of charity is to tell someone the truth/" St. Thomas Aquinas
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ― George Orwell
"the science of the obvious!"  -old 1970's slogan
"No man ever became great or good, except through many mistakes."
"Surround yourself with good people and let them do their jobs." -Chris Kegel
"The enemy is apathy"
"Hi - how are you? When are you leaving?"
"Never argue with stupid people, as they will drag you down to their level" 
"Life is hard. God is good."
"I'm going to lie, and talk to stupid people."
"Rest on occasion. The eagle soars. Not always flapping his wings."
“Nothing is over until we decide it is.”
"Burnout leads eventually to success."
"Learn from life. Reject, ignore the idiots."
"what is your question"
"We keep raising the prices on our vehicles, but no one is buying. I can't figure it out."
"People will pay more to be entertained than educated'-Johnny Carson
"Don't step on anybody on the way up. They'' trip you on the way down for sure." -Ron Ugly Thompson 
"The World's a bad place, but I don't wanna die" Reflections of My Life, Marmalade
"Hire clowns and you get a circus."
"If you ever saw how a hot dog was made, you'd never eat another one."
"The blessing of  getting old is you just truly don"t care."
"People hate the truth. But here it is."
"I just assume everyone doesn’t like me so I’m pleasantly surprised when they actually do."
"Funny thing about getting older, eyesight may weaken but we can see right through people."
"It doesn't matter if someone doesn't like you.  People don't need a good reason to dislike you.  It is usually a problem within themselves."
"The way someone treats you says more about them than it does about you."
"It's easier to blame other people than to take accountability." 
"Some people will like you no matter what you do and some people will Never like you no matter what you do"
"You don't tell God how to plan."
"Gave you something you did not deserve, earn."
"You count the votes again and again and again until they come out right." Johnny Rocco, in "Key Largo.” 
"Where is your faith?"
"There is a time and a place for everything."
"You cannot reason with people who hate the very fact that you exist."
"No wisdom, no discression."
"the emperor has no clothes!!!"
"Every dog has their day."
"I don't buy the premise of your question."
"I want to think about me the way God think about me."
"Solitude is my sanctuary."
"Therapy, hopefully, is a write off."
"I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace." ~Thomas Paine
"I'm criticized always. I could care less."
"I've been hated my whole life." Jose .... -old co-worker.
"I am what you think I am. You think I'm  
“Retirement is a time of harvesting rather than acquisition.”
"I get paid a lot of money to know nothing and do nothing but sit, travel around and spew nonsense."
"It didn't have to be this way."
"It's something to pass the time."
“If you buy the premise you buy the bit.” -Johnny Carson
"Everything is crap! why pay more for crap???"
"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
“tyranny of the minority” 
"I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to be by myself." -George Thorogood
"Alone with a  cigar, and a beer. Living the dream."
"I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."
"the dumber I get, the richer I get!"
"I've been in therapy for 10+ years." 
"Intelligence has limitations but stupidity has no boundaries."
"The math doesn't math"
"Facts don't care about your feelings."
"Stupid is as stupid does"
"Tell the truth, magic happens!!!"
"Searching for corruption in Chicago is like looking for a needle in a needle stack."
"I only serve to make our experience worse” 
"Don't buy the problem! Don't buy the product." 
“It is always easier to rally people around a problem, than to rally them around a solution.” 
“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”— Mark Twain
"First we overlook evil. Then we permit evil. Then
we legalize evil. Then we promote evil.
Then we celebrate evil then we persecute
those who call it evil." 
"This is what happens when a country loses its adults." 
"I feel lonelier in a room full of people than i do being by myself."
"You never get a second chance, to make a first impression".
"accuse others of what you're doing "
“Most people in this room don’t know what they are talking about”
"I guess you couldn't help the hundreds of parishes that closed the last few years with Renew My Church."
"Instead of selling Churches why not sell this house to pay for what the community didn’t do"
"Don't underestimate a large group of stupid people" 
“Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.”― Harry Truman
"If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem." J. Paul Getty 
"The police are not here to create disorder, they're here to preserve disorder." -Richard J. Daley
"and He will guide your paths." -Bible
"What we have here is a failure to communicate"  
"Evil is really the absence of good."
“The short memories of the American voters is what keeps politicians in office.” - Will Rogers
"A please and a thank you can take you pretty far in life."
“ I would rather have questions I cannot answer than answers I cannot question”
"You need more education - or some at the very least."
 “You won’t believe what is coming down the line” 
"Government is not interested in service, but domination & control." -Russell Brand/ "state & corporate world in unison."
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”—Mark Twain
“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubt, while the stupid people are full of confidence.”—Charles Bukowski
“Silence is the best response to a fool.”
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”—Albert Einstein
“My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance to idiots that needs work.”
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within."  Cicero
"Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions." Marcus Tullius Cicero 40 B C
"Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error." Marcus Tullius Cicero
"The budget should be balanced, the treasury refilled, public debt reduced, the arrogance of officialdom tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt." Marcus Tullius Cicero
"We learn nothing from history except that we learn nothing from history." Marcus Tullius Cicero
"Silence is one of the great arts of conversation." Marcus Tullius Cicero
"I came, I saw, I conquered." -Julius Caesar
"The greatest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look." -Julius Caesar
"Experience is the teacher of all things."-Julius Caesar
"The die has been cast." Julius Caesar
“Life is tough, but it is tougher when you’re stupid.”
"You're stupid! You're proud of that, and that's what makes you stupid!" 
"You're an idiot! You're proud of that, and that's what makes you an idiot!" 
"I'm not like anyone. I'm me." -Elizabeth Taylor
"When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are being ruled by criminals." ~ Edward Snowden
“No man is more hated than he who speaks the truth.”~Plato
"It takes a certain kind of heartlessness to continuously dig into an open wound."
"I love walking alone. It is therapy. One needs to be alone, to recharge one's batteries." Grace Kelly
"Absorb knowledge."
"May the Holy Spirit [continue to] enlighten you,"
"cultural reset"
“Beware of the Military Industrial-Congressional Complex”-President Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Old men make war, young men fight and die.”-Winston Churchill
"the killing of members of a country's civilian population as a result of its government's policy, including by direct action, indifference, and neglect." Collins Dictionary. 
"You got money for war, can't even feed your poor"~Tupac
"The devil cannot stand to be mocked" C.S.Lewis
"A rising tide lifts everybody's boat."
"Last year was last year."
"Bitterness will destroy you."
"Say nothing and remain a coward."
"Victimhood. Ignore your success. Be a victim." 
"Cutting negative people from my life does not mean I hate them, it simply means I respect me." Marilyn Monroe
"The sky is not the limit. Your mind is." - Marilyn Monroe
"Never regret anything because at one time it was exactly what you wanted." - Marilyn Monroe
"Don't let your fear of failing triumph over the joy of participating." - Marilyn Monroe
"Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right." -Marilyn Monroe
"A friend tells you what you want to hear;a best friend tells you the truth." -Marilyn Monroe
"I live to succeed, not to please anyone." 
"With friends like you, who needs enemas?"
"If you avoid pain, you avoid success!"
"You won't suffer the inconvenience of pain, to win."
"at the finish line, there's no one to meet you."
"they want the blessings of those who sacrificed, and add nothing to it."
"I don't have to judge you. You proved yourself."
"Think it, but don't say it!"
"I'm not drinkin' anymore...but I'm not drinkin' any less!"
"I could have died drinking, now I'm killing myself."  
 "It's a tough ol' life up here on the wagon."
"I Realize You Can't Fix Stupid" 
"The road t Hell is paved with good intentions."
"Keep moving. Everything else is practice for the grave, and you'll never hear your critics."
""Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."  -Winston Churchill
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” —Benjamin Franklin
"The level of absurdity and stupidity throughout every level of government is astounding."
"If everyone is thinking alike, Then somebody isn't thinking."
-- General George S. Patton
"Tearing out a man's tongue (or otherwise preventing him from speaking) you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say."  Martin
"Look around, you are living in the last days of the Roman empire".
"Science paints beautiful shades of gray, and people turn it into black and white."- J. Phillipe Rushton
“The elites want to keep the good stuff for themselves” 
"Big Old Heavy Duty Rear end."
"There is no substitute for hard work"-Thomas Edison 
"He who is without sin, caste the first stone"
"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."
 "The truth will always be unpopular." 
"The truthful will always be persecuted."

1. Know Your Dog’s Healthy Weight
2. Keep Your Dog Active
3. Know the Difference Between Begging and Hunger
4. Limit Treats and Table Scraps
5. Measure and Monitor
6. Customize Your Dog’s Diet
7. Don’t Go Cold Turkey
8. Stick With It

1. Declutter
2. Clean as you go
3. Rely on smaller furniture pieces with ample storage space
4. Clean five minutes a day

Never disclose:
1. financial information- income and net worth. 
2. social security # 
3. disclose home address 
4. email addresses 
5. mobile number unless you initiate transaction 
6. political views 
7. answers to security questions
6 BIG Purchases Retirees (Almost) Always Regret!
1. Expensive car 
2. Bigger home 
3. Lavish vacations 
4. Expensive gifts 
5. Regular cash gifts to family 
6. Vacation home 9:05
Retirees Spend 80% of Their Income in These 5 Areas
1. 6% Entertainment
2. 12% Food  (Use a list, You throw out > 1/3 of the food you buy; buy less, go more frequently; buy the store brand)
3. 13% Healthcare  (Advantage, generic drugs, inpatient/outpatient costs)
4. 14% Transportation ( Car payment, insurance, fuel, use Gas Buddy)
5. 36% Housing (Mortgage, maintenance, utilities, insurance, location, 55+, HOA, taxes,
10 CHEAP Purchases That Make Retirement SO Much Better
Never Lose Your Keys, Wallet or Purse Again! - Super Cheap/Tiny Bluetooth Tracker
Sleep Like a Teenager Again! - Physical Alarm Clock
The Best Way to Read - eInk Reader
Never Worry About Issues With Your Car - AAA Club Membership
Enjoy Our Great County, For Free! - America the Beautiful Lifetime Pass
Ask Her Anything and She Will Respond - Smart Voice Assistant
Never Touch Your Lightswitch Again When Nature Calls in the Middle of the Night - Vansky Automated Bedlight
Travel Like a Pro and ENJOY The Airport Experience - TSA Precheck
Get the Best Discounts Available - AARP Membership
Book That Might Save Your Life - How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Seven Signs of Animosity 1. Passive Aggressive Behavior, Subtle Mockery, Gossip, Complaints behind your Back, Rumors, Character Assassination 2. They have a lack of interest in you 3. They invite everyone else, except you, you are excluded, ignore your contributions 4. Constant Criticism, finding fault 5. Negative Body Language, turn away from you, rolled eyes, 6. Unnecessary or Unwarranted Competition 7. Undermine you at every turn

10 REALLY FUN Retirement "Side Hustles" 1)Canasta Coach 2) Personal Shopper 3) Golf Pro 4)Live-in Pet Sitter 5)Tutor 6)Museum Docent (tour guide) 7) Floral Designer 8) Niche Real Estate Agent 9) Travel Agent 10) EBay/Amazon Reseller (resale arbitrage) 11) Paid Tax Preparer Jan 15- Apr 15 To LOSE WEIGHT Cottage cheese Ham Turkey Chicken filets Apple juice Cranberry Mixed fruit Bananas Mango https://www.healthline.com/health/toxic-friendships#moving-forward Toxic Friendships: Put you down Gossip Apologize without sincerity Make you feel nervous Leave you unsettled Compare you to other people Put themselves front and center — alwaysTry to change you How toxic friendships affect you: You feel lonely and isolated Your stress increases You don’t feel supported Your self-confidence and self-esteem take a hit You often feel off-balance Your other relationships suffer So, now what? It’s OK to want to offer a second chance… Take space for yourself Set boundaries Practice ahead of time Be direct Think carefully before getting back in touch Open up to others Take care of yourself