One-Liner Wednesday — Feels Good For a Moment

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“Self-righteousness feels good for a moment, but only in the way that peeing in your pants feels warm for a moment.”

Author and Lutheran Minister Nadia Bolz-Weber

Ah, but it sure does feel good for that moment, doesn’t it? Um, self-righteousness, that is. I wouldn’t know about the peeing thing.


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — The Wrong Questions

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“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.”

American Novelist Thomas Pynchon

This quote came from Thomas Pynchon’s 1973 book, Gravity’s Rainbow. I’ve never read it and I’m almost certain that Donald Trump hasn’t either.

Yet this seems to be the approach Donald Trump and his sycophants have been successfully using since he began his campaign for the presidency. Create distractions and diversions so that people are focusing on and discussing what he says and even how he says it, rather than what he is doing. We are asking the wrong questions, while he is getting away with not having to answer for all the wrong things he’s doing.


Written for the One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — The Monkey Trial

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“Do you think about things you do think about?”

Clarence Darrow

Today’s One-Liner Wednesday comes from the recorded transcript of the Scopes (Monkey) Trial, which took place in a Dayton, Tennessee courtroom in July of 1925.

Dayton teacher John T. Scopes was being prosecuted for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in his high school class, despite a new Tennessee state statute banning the teaching in public schools of any theory that denied the biblical story of Creation.

Chicago criminal attorney Clarence Darrow served as the defense attorney for Scopes and former presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan acted as opposing counsel.

It was day seven of the trial and Clarence Darrow had called William Jennings Bryan, as an expert on the Bible, to the stand.

Darrow was asking Bryan when the “Great Flood” took place and Bryan said he couldn’t fix the date, although he did say that some biblical scholars put it at 4004 BC.

Darrow then asked, “What do you think?”

Bryan responded, “I do not think about things I don’t think about.”

Darrow then asked Bryan, “Do you think about the things you do think about?”

One-Liner Wednesday — Butt Kicking

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“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”

Theodore Roosevelt

So what do you think? Are you the finger pointing type who blames everyone other than yourself for most of your problems? Or are you the type of person who takes responsibility for your life, both the good and the bad?


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.