THE WISDOM OF TAO


He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is intelligent. He who overcomes others is strong; he who overcomes himself is mighty.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ashleigh Brilliant

A few years ago I started noticing quotes by someone named Ashley Brilliant. Like this one: “The time for action is past! Now is the time for senseless bickering!”

And with the name I assumed it was a ditsy blond. I held that perception for quite sometime. As I come across quotes I save in a file that I incorporate into my screen saver and also into a small window on my desktop that randomly changes ever so often, it alternates between quotes and images. The images are mostly Dilbert strips.

I eventually wanted to find out the source of these quotes and found that Ashley Brilliant was really some old codger, by the name of Ashleigh Brilliant, who was neither blond nor ditsy. I felt cheated. I didn’t feel the same about the quotes.

Then I came across this picture of him. What a delightful old guy. And now I think I like the silly quotes even more.

Here are more examples:

I like who I am, and am puzzled to find that not everybody shares this opinion.

If I do enough different things in enough different ways, I may, eventually, do something right.


Some people can find all the peace of mind they need in a good, satisfying conflict.


What I need is a lawyer who specializes in the law of the jungle.


Cling to your insecurity, in this world, it’s the only thing you can be sure of.

---> this one's not so funny but still clever:
In one sense, I have always felt glad to have had the war [World War II] in my childhood, because, as a result, nothing that has happened in the world since then has ever seemed quite so bad. On the other hand, I never entirely got over my feeling of being cheated when the promised era of peace in a wonderful “post-war world” failed to materialize. I could not understand how, after all that, people could ever even think of fighting again. And I still can’t.

My life shows a clear pattern of total unpredictability.

Being dead is one way to experience nothing, another is to attend some classes at my school.

Life is an incurable condition: the only known treatment is to try to keep the patient comfortable.

I was educated once, and it took me years to get over it.

Thanks to my computer, I have now achieved a much higher state of disorganization.

I can no longer face life, so I’ve decided to go through the rest of it backwards.

If you must keep groaning, please try to do it in a rhythm I can dance to.

Because two thirds of the internet is just someone’s genius idea to copy and paste the other third (read plagiarized) there are plenty of places where we can now find a collection of these quotes. Here is a very good one.

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