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Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse
by Russell Baker

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse
that progress requires them are not really progress at all,
but just terrible things.
- Russell Baker

Related topics: Society

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
- Russell Baker

Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically
into three major categories;
those that don't work,
those that break down and those that get lost.
- Russell Baker

When it comes to cars, only two varieties of people are possible -
cowards and fools.
- Russell Baker

 

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune.
For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure
in events that dismay the rest of humanity.
- Russell Baker

An educated person is one who has learned that information
almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false,
misleading, fictitious, mendacious -
just dead wrong.
- Russell Baker

Don't try to make children grow up to be like you,
or they may do it.
- Russell Baker

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Objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories:
those that don't work,
those that break down and those that get lost.
- Russell Baker

Live by publicity, you'll probably die by publicity.
- Russell Baker

People who say you're just as old as you feel are all wrong,
fortunately.
- Russell Baker

Poetry is so vital to us until school spoils it.
- Russell Baker

Caution: These verses may be hazardous to your solemnity.
- Russell Baker

I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most
of it began to read like coded messages passing between
lonely aliens in a hostile world.
- Russell Baker

A group of politicians deciding to dump a President
because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting
together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday.
- Russell Baker

It seems to be a law in American life that whatever
enriches us anywhere except in the wallet inevitably becomes uneconomic.
- Russell Baker

Is fuel efficiency really what we need most desperately?
I say that what we really need is a car that can be
shot when it breaks down.
- Russell Baker

People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot
of other people have been left out of the pleasure.
- Russell Baker

In an age when the fashion is to be in love with yourself,
confessing to be in love with somebody else is an admission
of unfaithfulness to one's beloved.
- Russell Baker

Americans like fat books and thin women.
- Russell Baker

Anticipating that most poetry will be worse than carrying
heavy luggage through O'Hare Airport,
the public, to its loss, reads very little of it.
- Russell Baker

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer,
and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that
I would never be fit for real work,
and that writing didn't require any.
- Russell Baker

Children rarely want to know who their parents were
before they were parents,
and when age finally stirs their curiosity,
there is no parent left to tell them.
- Russell Baker

The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man
and ultimately defeat him.
- Russell Baker

In America, it is sport that is the opiate of the masses.
- Russell Baker

In America nothing dies easier than tradition.
- Russell Baker

You can't enjoy light verse with a heavy heart.
- Russell Baker

The worst thing about being a tourist is having other
tourists recognize you as a tourist.
- Russell Baker

Misery no longer loves company.
Nowadays it insists on it.
- Russell Baker

What the New Yorker calls home would seem like a couple
of closets to most Americans,
yet he manages not only to live there but also to grow
trees and cockroaches right on the premises.
- Russell Baker

When you ask the wrong question,
you usually get a nonsense answer.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Success usually comes to those
who are too busy to be looking for it.
- Henry David Thoreau

The path to your own happiness is usually found in service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work,
so most people don't recognize them.
- Ann Landers

What one has to do usually can be done.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What usually happens in the educational process is
that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed
and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature
they have lost their innate capabilities.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

A man is usually more careful of his money
than he is of his principles.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge
on their children rather than virtue,
the art of speaking well rather than doing well;
but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Each of us is burdened by an unlimited number of
expectations (demands) that we hold for the actions of others.
We "know" that there is a right way to do things,
and are often outraged when our expectations are not met.
Usually, we are unaware that we merely
have a strong opinion and point-of-view,
and are sure that we know how everything is supposed to be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned.
When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything.
They just cry over their condition.
But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
- James Russell Lowell

The big difference between sex for money and sex for
free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.
- Brendan Behan

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has,
it may be inadvisable to draw it out...
Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
- A. E. Housman

I love decorating my home.
I'm a gardener too, so that's usually something I have to play catch up with.
- Suzy Bogguss

Don't take it personally -
it's not usually about you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
- Mark Strand

Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts
filed away just below the conscious level.
- Joyce Brothers

We all should choose our friends carefully.
I used to think that no one could know me better than somebody else,
because you're inside yourself, your body, you can't see yourself.
If you think like that, you surround yourself with
other people who are willing to tell you who you are,
which are usually judgmental people ...
we should really surround ourselves with the ones
that adore us and believe in the highest of us.
- Jewel

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
- Sydney Pollack

What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like
doing for their babies is usually best after all.
- Benjamin Spock

Politicians and diapers need to be changed regularly,
usually for the same reason.
- Anonymous

It is usually the imagination that is wounded first,
rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
- Henry David Thoreau

Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance,
whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.
- David Elkind

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
- Milton Friedman

I am regularly asked what the average Internet user
can do to ensure his security.
My first answer is usually 'Nothing;
you're screwed'.
- Bruce Scheneier

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway
is usually a poor judge of distance.
- Laurence J. Peter

It is usually people in the money business,
finance, and international trade that are really rich.
- Robin Leach

In my right-wing politics of the time,
I held that unemployment was usually the fault of the unemployed.
- Luke Ford

The President would usually talk to me about matters
relating to the immigration problem.
- Erich Leinsdorf

When I select a topic, it's usually a commitment of
two to three years of my life.
- Tracy Kidder

We usually surprised everyone, and still do,
as we keep the craziness onstage.
- John Gallagher

Usually, I don't want to sit down and listen to the
director gas on about his movie.
I just can't actually imagine myself sitting down and having that much to say.
- Joel Coen

Usually when I'm out doing stuff, I'm just out in the wild,
doing the wild thing.
I don't really get a chance to just chill out until I come here,
in my creative space.
- Bootsy Collins

Usually, the stuff that's your best idea or work is
going to be attacked the most.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Usually we are saying only part of the truth.
- Erno Rubik

I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark,
that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse
proportion to the price of the seats.
- Bill Veeck

If a story isn't working, I'm simply unable to finish it.
That's what usually tells me something is wrong.
- Len Wein

If you look at the history of big obstacles in understanding our world,
there's usually an intuitive assumption underlying them that's wrong.
- Jeff Hawkins

Usually when you're working is when people want you to work.
They don't want you as much when you're not working.
That's the frustrating nature of our business.
- Faith Ford

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed,
without anyother reason but because they are not already common.
- John Locke


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