One-Liner Wednesday — Take Two

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Donald Trump

I know I already posted my response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt earlier, but when I heard what Donald Trump said today when he visited parts of North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence, I had to share this quote from him.

In addition to his brilliant and astute (and by that I mean stupid and moronic) observation about the hurricane, our president was particularly struck by a storm-tossed yacht that smashed into a New Bern, NC home and lodged against the house’s deck.

Trump looked at the yacht and asked the home owner if it was his boat. When the owner said no, Trump replied, “at least you got a nice boat out of the deal.”

You just can’t make this shit up.

One-Liner Wednesday — The Flavor of Success

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“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

Author Truman Capote

Is failing at something a motivating factor that drives you to try even harder to achieve success? Or does failure after failure become so discouraging that it causes you to give up?


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

One-Liner Wednesday — Dogs and Fleas

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“He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.”

Benjamin Franklin

It is generally agreed that Benjamin Franklin was not literally talking about dogs and fleas. At least I hope he wasn’t. Our dog often sleeps in our bed. So far, we don’t have fleas, but that may be because we treat our dog (and cat) with regular monthly doses of Frontline Plus flea and tick control, which didn’t exist in Ben Franklin’s day.7604A63C-68BB-4E05-B430-5B077EFA0EAFBut I digress. Ben Franklin’s quote is actually a metaphor meaning that one should be cautious about the company he or she keeps.

And this makes me wonder if the people who work with or for Donald Trump understand that one day they, too, will be known by the company they keep. For those who associate with someone with a bad reputation, such as Trump, that association will ultimately lead to their own reputations being sullied.

But as wise, old Ben Franklin said, if you lie down with dogs, you’ll wake up with fleas.


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

One-Liner Wednesday — Critical Thinking

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“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Albert Einstein

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Both of these quotes from Albert Einstein are very similar to another quote I used for a previous One-Liner Wednesday post. That quote, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten,” is also widely attributed to Einstein, but according to my research, it was originally put forth by Jessie Potter, an educator and counselor on family relationships and human sexuality.

The point is, in all three of these quotes, that if you want to achieve a different result, you need to do things in a different way. Thinking like you’ve always thought, doing what you’ve always done, and acting like you’ve always acted will not get you anything different from what you’ve been getting. And if that’s your objective — to get a different outcome — then same ol’ same ol’ just doesn’t cut it.


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