One-Liner Wednesday

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“A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.”

Comedian Steven Wright

Hmm. How many times did Jeff Sessions say “I can’t recall” at his confirmation hearings in 2017? So is he really the victim of a bad memory or is he just a liar with no conscience at all?


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

One-Liner Wednesday — Politics

EFB612AF-B3A7-4C0F-9389-9B679946EF0B“Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.”

Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, musician,
and travel writer Robert Louis Stevenson

Certainly this quote is true with respect to the current President of the United States. But do you feel it holds true in general?


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

One-Liner Wednesday — Happiness Comes and Goes

AD579F95-B63C-4680-9C3B-244C156CD8D8“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”

Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde

Let me honest about this. I saw this quote yesterday on the WoollyMuses site when he posted it in response to my “FOWC With Fandango” prompt, “leave.” He said he saw the quote posted on a blackboard in a pub somewhere.

The quote struck me because of its fundamental truth. I think we all know people who bring happiness and joy to whoever they’re with or wherever they are. But, no doubt, we all know a few people whose very presence is a downer, and when they leave, it’s a relief.

So thank you, Woolly, for the inspiration for my One-Liner Wednesday post. And thank you to Oscar Wilde for your insight.

One-Liner Wednesday

2B5A8D53-3F79-4059-B04D-C052EC655435“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”

British philosopher Bertrand Russell

Can you think, off the top of your head, of a fool who is always so certain of himself? Someone who knows the best words, who is really smart, a stable genius? Come on, take a wild guess.

There have always been people who are 100% certain that they have all the answers, answers that somehow elude all others. In fact, their belief in themselves is so settled, they find it hard to understand how anyone else could not share their certitude. It baffles them that others could miss what they so easily see.

Clinically, though, those are characteristics of a narcissistic, delusional person. Anyone who believes solutions to complex problems are clear and simple is just plain wrong. And is a fool. Unfortunately, as Bertrand Russell points, much wiser people are not nearly as confident that the have all the answers. Or have even asked all the right questions.


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

One-Liner Wednesday — Patriotism Versus Nationalism

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“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.”

Former French President Charles de Gaulle

The current President of the United States, Donald Trump, proudly calls himself a nationalist. ‘Nuff said.


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