Succeed, or Die Trying

Speaking of the need for every man to strive for excellence, president Theodore Roosevelt declared:

“[and] if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that is place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

This reminds me of another of my favorite quotes, by Alfred Lord Tennyson:

” ‘Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.”

What is holding us back?  Are we paralyzed by the fear of rejection?  The fear of failure?  We need to get off our butts and try.

  • You can’t win if you don’t play;
  • You can’t succeed if you don’t try;
  • You can’t love without facing the risk of being rejected or losing that love.

If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.  But I don’t want to hang out with “those cold and timid souls.”  Do you?  I’m going on to glory, or out with a bang, but I’m not going out like that!

Define “dunce”

How do you spell "nihil"?

The second most frequent question we get here at the dunce academy is “how can you become smart if you are dunce?” (for some reason, the first most frequent questions we get are about how to become a csi agent; I don’t know why people keep coming here for those questions; we dunces are nerds, certainly, but not science nerds, and I think that is the number one prerequisite). Continue reading

Mysterious Cicero Dialogue

(In looking through some boxes in my basement, I came across the following, written out in longhand.  While its origins are not clear,  it is abundantly clear that I was both having fun and taking myself very seriously when I wrote this.  Also, it’s pretty freaking awesome.  Enjoy!) Continue reading

The World’s Toughest Philosophers

theodore roosevelt

Drop it, mother*$@*#r!

I’m not talking about in the I-can’t-understand-you-Kant type of tough, as in “so challenging that I can’t even figure out whether I believe any of it or not.”

I’m talking about the philosopher you would want to have at your back in a street fight. People who are philosophic and tough as nails.

We are going to choose teams, and then we’re going to fight outside the library after work.

One rule, you must give a reason why you choose whom you choose. Continue reading