I cultivate a “blabbermouth” reputation to discourage gossipers from confiding in me.
A “friend” is someone who responds to an inopportune visit by saying “Won’t you come in?” rather than “What are you doing here?”
Borrowing a kid is more fun than borrowing a computer, and I don’t have to fix them afterwards.
No parent has ever said to me,
> My kid is misbehaving. You broke it; you fix it.
Now replace “kid” with “computer”. Yup; heard that one before. Lots.
It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.
I value my enemies because they make me better. My friends only make me feel better.
The closer to the truth, the better the lie. And the very best lie of all is to tell the truth – unconvincingly.
Paraphrased from They by Heinlein: “The surest way to lie convincingly is to tell the truth unconvincingly.”
One of the easiest ways to excel is to volunteer for an unpopular job.
Lessons from the Navy
Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
Foundation, by Isaac Asimov
The Japanese have five different ways to say ‘thank you’ — and every one of them translates literally as resentment, in various degrees. Would that English had the same built-in honesty on this point!
Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein