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Be able to blow out a dinner candle without sending
by Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to blow out a dinner candle without sending
wax flying across the table.
- Marilyn vos Savant

To acquire knowledge, one must study;
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know how to garnish food so that it is more appealing
to the eye and even more flavorful than before.
- Marilyn vos Savant

 

Have enough sense to know, ahead of time,
when your skills will not extend to wallpapering.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know the difference between principles based on right or wrong vs.
principles based on personal gain, and consider the
basis of your own principles.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Skill is successfully walking a tightrope between the
twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.
Intelligence is not trying.
- Marilyn vos Savant

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Be able to back up a car for a considerable distance
in a straight line and back out of a driveway.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know how to travel from your town to a nearby town without a car,
either by bus or by rail.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Attention-deficit disorders seem to abound in modern society,
and we don't know the cause.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Understand why casinos and racetracks stay in business -
the gambler always loses over the long term.
- Marilyn vos Savant

No one would choose to be jerked randomly off task
again and again until you have half a dozen things
you're trying to get done,
all at the same time.
- Marilyn vos Savant

I suspect that some apparently homosexual people are
really heterosexuals who deeply phobic about the opposite
sex or have other emotional problems.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Make a habit of canceling every subscription to anything
you don't have time to read.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know what happens when an individual declares bankruptcy
and how it affects his or her life.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to live alone, even if you don't want to and
think you will never find it necessary.
- Marilyn vos Savant

The length of your education is less important than its breadth,
and the length of your life is less important than its depth.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know the official post office abbreviations for all
50 states without having to consult a list.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to recognize when you're reading or hearing
material biased to your own side.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to recognize the dangerous snakes,
spiders, insects, and plants that live in your area of the country.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know what to do if you feel faint or dizzy,
especially if you might fall and hit your head.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Evolution has long been the target of illogical arguments that use presumption.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to draw an illustration as least well enough
to get your point across to another person.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to suffer wearing a necktie or slightly high
heels for an entire evening without complaint or early removal.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to recognize many of the major constellations
and know the stories behind them.
- Marilyn vos Savant

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more
skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be in the habit of experimenting with your clothing
so that you don't get stuck for life with a self-image
developed over the course of high school.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to decline a date so gracefully that the person
isn't embarrassed that he or she asked.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be in the habit of getting up bright and early on the weekends.
Why waste such precious time in bed?
- Marilyn vos Savant

At first, I only laughed at myself.
Then I noticed that life itself is amusing.
I've been in a generally good mood ever since.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Avoid using cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs as alternatives
to being an interesting person.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Teens think listening to music helps them concentrate.
It doesn't.
It relieves them of the boredom that concentration on homework induces.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to cite three good qualities of every relative
or acquaintance that you dislike.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know how and how much to tip people who expect gratuities,
even in the case of poor service.
- Marilyn vos Savant

A good idea will keep you awake during the morning,
but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.
- Marilyn vos Savant

People who work crossword puzzles know that if they stop making progress,
they should put the puzzle down for a while.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to defend your arguments in a rational way.
Otherwise, all you have is an opinion.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know how to effectively voice a complaint or make a claim at a retail store.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know how to behave at a buffet.
Take a clean plate for a second helping.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to identify the most common breeds of dogs and cats on sight.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know the names of past and current artists who are
most famous for playing their instruments.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know how to behave at a fine restaurant,
which is a telltale measure of social maturity.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know how your representatives stand on major national or state issues.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Play more than one game at a time.
This is a painless way to learn how to do many things at once.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to meet any deadline, even if your work is
done less well than it would be if you had all the
time you would have preferred.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Although spoken English doesn't obey the rules of written language,
a person who doesn't know the rules thoroughly is at a great disadvantage.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Success is achieved by developing our strengths,
not by eliminating our weaknesses.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to tell whether garments that look good on
the hanger actually look good on you.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to read blueprints, diagrams,
floorplans, and other diagrams used in the construction process.
- Marilyn vos Savant

I would not encourage children or teens to multitask
because we don't know where those efforts may lead.
- Marilyn vos Savant

The freedom to be an individual is the essence of America.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Capital punishment is the source of many an argument,
both good and bad.
- Marilyn vos Savant

While you're writing, you can't concentrate nearly
as well on what the speaker is saying.
- Marilyn vos Savant

The chess player who develops the ability to play two
dozen boards at a time will benefit from learning to
compress his or her analysis into less time.
- Marilyn vos Savant

What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect,
delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from."
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to describe anything visual,
such as a street scene,
in words that convey your meaning.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to notice all the confusion between fact and
opinion that appears in the news.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know how weather, especially humidity,
can affect the movement of doors and windows.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Spending waiting moments doing crossword puzzles or
reading a book you brought yourself.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know why certain foods, such as truffles,
are expensive.
It's not because they taste best.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know which officials are voted into office and which are appointed,
and by whom.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to correctly pronounce the words you would
like to speak and have excellent spoken grammar.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know how to drive safely when it's raining or when it's snowing.
The two conditions are different.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know how to treat frostbite until you can get indoors.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Experts say you can't concentrate on more than one task at a time.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to sneeze without sounding ridiculous.
That means neither stifling yourself or spraying your immediate vicinity.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know about the appeals process, especially in the case
of the most serious crimes.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Know where to find the sunrise and sunset times and
note how the sky looks at those times,
at least once.
- Marilyn vos Savant

I think change is possible, but only for individuals
who were never truly gay in the first place and who
have a strong personal motivation to recover their heterosexuality.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Be able to go shopping for a bathing suit and not become depressed afterward.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Scientists and creationists are always at odds,
of course.
- Marilyn vos Savant


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