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Bad plastic surgery happens when someone feels pressure to look good and they have more money than brains. Which pretty much describes the majority of celebrities out there.
Some of the following don’t quite look like human beings anymore, which would be tragic (this is voluntary! they didn’t have to look like this) if it weren’t so stupid. Most of these people were genetically blessed to begin with, which makes you wonder why they would risk their good looks just to hold off from aging a tiny bit longer. And many of the younger celebs on this list have absolutely no excuse at all, as good diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle would have fixed most of any flaws they felt they had.
Here are the fifteen worst celebrity plastic surgery disasters we could dig up, some of which are pretty damn horrifying:
15: Tara Reid
Surgery botched: Boob Job and Stomach Lipo
Tara Reid’s stomach looks to be about forty years older than the rest of her.
14: Gary Busey
Surgery botched: Veneers
As the Awful Plastic Surgery site puts it, his teeth look like chiclets.
13: Lil Kim
Surgery botched: Boobs, face work, skin lightened
Lil Kim is headed down a path forged by Michael Jackson. Can’t wait to see what she looks like in twenty years.
12: Janet Jackson
Surgery botched: Breast Implants
Never good when you have a giant dent in your boob. Janet needs to head to an autobody shop pronto, get that dent pounded right out.
11: Jessica Simpson
Surgery botched: Lips
Luckily for Jessica not all bad plastic surgery is permanent. She talked about her lip enhancement, saying “I had that Restylane stuff … It looked fake to me. I didn’t like that. But… it went away in, like, four months. My lips are back to what they were. Thank God!”
10: Kenny Rogers
Surgery botched: Facelift
Rogers is someone else who’s not thrilled about his surgery, telling People:
Last year I had so many lines coming in at the side of my eyes up here. So I went in and got my eyes done, and I’m not happy about it. (The surgeon) is going to go in and fix that for me. They’re too tight around the eyelids for me. It drives me crazy.
9: Tori Spelling
Surgery botched: Breast Implants
Not too often you see a “legit” (using that word a little loosely) actress get breast implants that look like giant beach balls, but Spelling was willing to buck the trend. The money probably could have been a little better spent elsewhere. I hear French doctors have made some real advancements with facial transplants.
8: Hilary Duff
Surgery botched: Veneers
7: Victoria Beckham
Surgery botched: Breast Implants
Fittingly, it looks as if she’s had a couple of soccer balls implanted into her chest.
6: Donatella Versace
Surgery botched: Lips, facelift
And now we are starting to get to the people who are losing all traces of humanity. Versace isn’t content to grow old in a graceful manner, instead making a mockery of herself.
5: Vivica Fox
Surgery botched: Breast Implants
Gotta agree with Perez Hilton on this one, that is pretty disgusting. Fox apparently shares a surgeon with Janet Jackson.
4: Melanie Griffith
Surgery botched: Face lift and god only knows what else
This definitely deserves a before shot, just in case you are forgetting how normal Melanie Griffith used to be:
She’s only fifty years old, and she’s pretty much ruined her face. If I didn’t know it was her I would have honestly pegged the person in the first picture as a woman in her sixties.
3: Pete Burns
Surgery botched: Lips
If you’re wondering who Pete Burns is, don’t feel bad, he’s a fairly obscure singer (he’s the You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) guy), but his plastic surgery sins are definitely egregious enough to be included this highly on the list. Now granted part of what you’re seeing there is intentional (this is a guy who has accused Boy George of ripping off his image), but those lips are absolutely frightening. Burns agreed and actually filmed a special in the UK called Pete Burns’ Cosmetic Surgery Nightmares.
2: Jocelyn Wildenstein
Surgery botched: Everything she has attempted has apparently turned out terribly
This woman has spent $4 million on plastic surgery. I would want my money back.
Jocelyn is a wealthy socialite whose husband began cheating on her. To win him back she began undergoing plastic surgery to transform into a giant cat. Her husband likes big cats. Naturally.
Didn’t work however, and her husband said “She seems to think that you fix a face the same way you fix a house”.
1: Michael Jackson
Surgery botched: Skin lightening, nose jobs, face lifts, etc. etc. etc.
Could it really have been anyone else? It’s incredible to forget how absolutely normal Michael Jackson looked back in the 70’s and 80’s (attractive even!) before turning into the sideshow freak that he is today. The guy is absolutely looney tunes so it’s kind of a shame that he was always able to find a doctor to do what he wanted. Everyone should have told him no after a certain point, which was probably in about 1985.
These are some of the funniest and most entertaining moments from Whose Line Is It Anyway.
More videos after the jump.
I’ve travelled all over the world, from New York to Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo. I’ve had the privilege of working with brilliant minds. A few years ago I learned French, and mastered the language well enough to speak in horrible slang with a fully authentic accent. I bought my first house not even 72 hours after my first ever house-shopping expedition, and only hours before I was due on a plane to Australia.
But the single most exhilarating thing I’ve ever done was to make a habit of talking to strangers.
Nothing has changed my world view, and my life, more than taking the risk of saying “Hi” to people I don’t know on a regular basis. Whether I’m walking down a busy shopping street, longboarding in the park, or out at a nightclub, I see every moment that I’m out in the world as a chance to meet new people.
How to Become a Social Skydiver
I can’t help but geek out on almost everything I do. Dating, relationships, and social circle building are no exception. I set goals in those areas and take action to achieve them. Here’s the recipe I use for bringing new people into my life, whether it’s making new friends around common interests, meeting women, or making business contacts.
- Figure out what you want. What kind of social life do you want? What kind of people do you want to meet? Do you want a serious girlfriend or something more casual? Knowing what you want helps you focus on spending your social time in productive ways.
- Smallchunk it. Start with smaller daily or weekly goals to propel you in the right direction. For example, a few years ago I decided to give up online dating forever, and meet girls only through real world means. I started by going out and just making eye contact with girls in the street, too shy to even open my mouth. I worked my way up to deeper interactions in various social situations. These days, I can go from no love life whatsoever to dating in a week or two.
- Let go of your ego. I’ve been told to “Fuck off!” I’ve been ignored. I’ve been brushed off in dramatic fashion. I’ve also met and dated women of unique vintage and beauty. When you take the risk of talking to someone you don’t know, rejection is the only certainty. But failure is exciting–it’s a chance to learn and improve. There’s a name for guys who never get rejected by women, never say the wrong thing, and never have their ego bruised by the opposite sex: Internet Porn Connaisseurs.
- Get out of your house! Don’t spend months trying to get past step #1. Even if you’re not sure exactly what you want, get out of your house and start opening up to the world. Motivation follows action, and experience will help inform your objectives.
How to Approach People
I prefer to keep my conversations fairly organic. I don’t like coming in with “canned material”, “nuclear attraction” routines, or other social robotics. The best way, in my experience, is to come from the heart and live fully in the moment.
What you say isn’t nearly as important as how you say it. Socializing is about exchanging energy, not being a wordsmith. When in doubt, just say “Hi”.
If you’ve never done this before, you may get brushed off several, even dozens of times until you get really comfortable being yourself in front of other people. Attractive women are highly socialized. A girl can sense your nervousness and anticipated rejection, and will take no prisoners when shooting you down.
That’s okay. It’s normal. Pat yourself on the back for having the balls to do what 95% of men around the world couldn’t do if their life depended on it. Then move on to the next one.
What I’ve Learned from Talking to Strangers
Talking to strangers has, literally, changed my world view and my life. It’s taught me so many things that I could never have learned from a book. Here’s what I’ve taken away from my experiences thus far:
- People don’t bite. A lot of people are really open to conversation. In fact, you’d be amazed at how many girls will be practically overjoyed that you came and talked to them, as if they’ve been waiting for you to approach them.
- Rejection is no big deal. I can’t repeat this enough. Still, fear of rejection will be the main reason why guys don’t go out and try this. If you are willing to get rejected, brush it off and keep going, you will have an awesome sex life. Period.
- Authenticity is the silver bullet. An honest individuality is the most magnetic of human qualities. But keep in mind that buying a girl a drink and showering her with compliments is not being sweetly authentic; it’s saying “I want to sleep with you.”
- The people around you aren’t watching. And, even when they are, it’s usually in shock and awe, rather than because they’re laughing at you.
- Other guys will get out of your way. You’ll be amazed how often other guys simply fade into the background when you approach their female friends.
I could go on, but ultimately it comes down to you experiencing it for yourself.
One Approach a Day
If you’re still terrified by the idea of talking to strangers, I’d recommend one specific challenge to get you started, which I’ve done myself: Talk to one stranger a day, every day, for 30 days.
If you’re walking past a girl on the sidewalk, say “Hi”, and she looks at you and keeps walking (done that many times), your job is done for the day. If you walk up to a girl in a club and say “Hey!”, and she responds, with a slightly grossed out look “I have a boyfriend.”, congratulations, you’re one step closer to improving your love life. The point of this exercise is to get you used to talking to people you don’t know and form the habit of being more social.
Talking to strangers will change your life. You’ll meet new people every day, you’ll give yourself control over your social and love life, and you’ll experience firsthand the joy of living dangerously.
By HR World Editors on September 25, 2007
There’s no doubt that the interviewing process can be stressful, not only for the person applying for the job but for those doing the hiring as well. There are ways, however, to make job interviews a more rewarding and successful experience for both parties.
With a little preparation and research, you can make interviewing a positive experience; read on to find useful articles and resources that will get you on the fast track to interviewing success.
Sample Interview Questions
Not sure what you’ll be asked when applying for a job? Unsure of what to ask potential employees? These are a few lists of common interview questions that cover a wide variety of professions.
- Types of questions: This article from the University of Manitoba lays out some of the basic types of questions asked at interviews including direct, indirect, hypothetical and behavioral questions.
- Fifty standard interview questions: CollegeGrad.com lays out some of the most commonly used interview questions.
- Illegal interview questions: Not everything is fair game to ask at an interview. Make sure you know what’s allowed.
- Questions for academic positions: This guide can help you know what to kind of questions to expect when applying for an academic position, as well as some pointers on how to answer.
- Sample interview questions for engineers: Engineers looking for work can expect to hear these kinds of questions at an interview.
- Interview questions for tech companies: This article provides sample interview questions for numerous types of high-tech programming jobs. Questions pertain to Perl, shell scripting, MySQL and more.
- Sample interview questions for teachers: Virginia Polytechnic Institute provides a list of commonly asked questions for teaching candidates.
- Interview questions for lab positions: Here you’ll find a list of questions you might be asked when applying for lab work.
- Interview questions for health-care positions: Nurses and other health-care professionals will find this a useful resource when preparing for an interview.
- Sample interview questions for management: If you’re applying or interviewing for management and supervisory positions, these questions can be a valuable resource.
- Seven interviewer questions for first-timers: If you’re new to interviewing candidates, this article’s seven important questions can help you get started.
- Questions to ask your interviewer: When you interview for a job, you’re not the only one who should be interviewed; you should ask questions of your interviewer as well. Here are some important questions to ask before you accept a new job.
Answers for Candidates
Knowing the questions you’ll be asked is only half the battle; you’ll also need to be prepared with good responses. Here are some examples of answers to commonly asked questions.
- Fifty common interview questions and answers: Blogger Bhuvans provides answers to the most common interview questions, excerpted from the book “The Accelerated Job Search.”
- Job interview questions and answers: Job Bank USA gives sample answers for more than 60 types of interview questions.
- How to answer interview questions: Tips on how to answer 10 common interview questions so you can make the most of the opportunity.
- Twenty-five most difficult questions: Reprinted from FOCUS magazine, this article gives you advice on how to answer some of the hardest questions you’ll be asked at an interview.
- Ten tough interview questions and ten great answers: This article provides some guidance on how to answer tough interview questions.
- Interview questions and answers for IT professionals: Those looking for IT jobs will find good advice on this site. It provides questions and answers for programming languages like C++ and Java, as well as information on interviewing with companies like Microsoft and Google.
- How to give job-winning answers to interview questions: Don’t just give answers, give the right answers. This article can help.
- Find the best answers to interview questions: This article from The Wall Street Journal offers advice on thinking over and formulating your answers to interview questions.
- How to give great answers to tough interview questions: Here, you’ll find advice on how to formulate and think about your answers to tough interview questions.
- Ten killer job interview Questions and answers: Many interview questions have a hidden agenda. This article offers tips on recognizing it and giving the answers that will get you the job.
Types of Interviews
There are many different ways to interview candidates besides the simple one-on-one interview. Here are some helpful articles on different interview styles that can give employers some ideas and let candidates know what to expect.
- Group interview: Group interviews are often used to see how potential employees will act in a group setting. This article gives some tips on how to prepare and excel in this format.
- Panel/board interview: Panel interviews require candidates to present themselves before several people from the hiring company. Here, you’ll find advice on how to handle a panel interview.
- Telephone interview: Phone interviews can sometimes be as stress-inducing as face-to-face interviews. This article from Quintessential Careers gives candidates some advice on the proper etiquette for interviewing over the phone.
- One-on-one interview: By far the most common type of interview, this article from Monster gives some insight into what the one-on-one interview is all about.
- Impromptu interview: Impromptu interviews are often not much like interviews at all, but you still need to know how to handle one. This article can give you some helpful pointers.
- Dinner interview: A dinner interview can often feel informal, but you should remember that it can still have a big impact on getting the job. Use this article to help you ace the dinner interview.
- Situational interview: Situational interviews attempt to put the candidate in a situation like one they would experience on the job. This article provides tips on how to prepare for this style of interview.
- Structured interview: Structured interviews ask all candidates for a job the same questions. Learn how to make this style of interview work for you with this Cando Career article.
- Multiple interviews: Multiple interviews can be taxing, as candidates have to talk to many different people. Careerhub.com gives advice on how to prepare for multiple interviews.
Interviewing Techniques and Advice
How you conduct an interview can make a big difference in your ability to find good employees. Below are some techniques and tips for interviewing to help you find the best person for the job.
- The Microsoft interview: Your tech company might not be as big as Microsoft, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the same interviewing technique.
- SOARA technique: Here you’ll find the basic definition of the SOARA (Situation, Objective, Action, Results, Aftermath) technique and how to use it to gather all the information you’ll need from a candidate.
- Developing a behavioral interview: This site gives you instructions on how to develop behavioral interviews, as well as some sample questions.
- How to interview candidates: This guide from Monster gives you tips on every step of interviewing and hiring candidates.
- Five steps to giving quality interviews: Interviewing is serious business, and this article from CareerBuilder.com gives you tips to preparing for yours.
- How to interview and hire top people each and every time: Businessman Gregory Smith gives his take on interviewing in this informative article.
- How to conduct an effective employee interview: This article offers pointers on building your interviewing skills, so you’ll always find the best employees for the job.
- Interviewing for employers: While written specifically for those working in the legal field, this extensive article gives some great guidelines for interviewing in any kind of business.
- Seven steps to hire the best: Manager Michael Mercer provides seven tips regarding how to predict who the best employees will be before and during the interview.
- Seven warning signs to look for when interviewing candidates: This TechRepublic article gives interviewers seven things to watch out for when interviewing potential employees.
Interviewing Strategies for Candidates
No matter what kind of job you’re applying for, you should go into the interview with a strategy. Here are some ideas on how to be successful in a variety of different interview styles.
- How to behave in a behavior-based interview: This article from JobWeb.com gives job seekers insight into what they’ll need to know for a behavior-based interview.
- How to beat the stress interview: Stress interviews can be extremely taxing if you’re not prepared. This article gives you some helpful hints that can help you be more successful with this type of interview.
- Post-interview strategies: Don’t let your interview strategy end with the interview. Use this article to help you find success even after the hard part is over.
- Behavioral interviewing strategies for job seekers: This extensive article gives candidates everything they need to know about preparing a behavioral interview strategy.
- Interview strategies: This article from The Princeton Review Inc. gives some great general tips for making a good impression at your interview.
- Case interview strategies: Case-based interviews are growing in popularity among employers, and candidates can get step-by-step advice on looking great in them with this article.
The first thing employers will see when they meet you is how you’re dressed, so be sure you’re making a good impression; the following articles can help.
- How to dress for your interview: Here, you’ll find general rules for both men and women when it comes to dressing for interviews.
- SYMS dress to achieve: SYMS is dedicated to helping young professionals and recent college grads learn how to dress appropriately for business. Here, you’ll find complete guides to dressing for an interview.
- Dress to impress: Geared toward women, this site uses photographs to show what you should and shouldn’t wear to an interview.
- Dress appropriately for interviews: This article gives basic advice on dressing appropriately for your interview.
- What to wear by industry: This site gives candidates suggestions of proper attire for women in five different fields.
- Dress codes deciphered: If you’re not quite sure what business casual entails, you can use this guide from CNN to give you some insight.
What Not to Do
While it’s useful to know what you should do in an interview, it’s also important to know what you shouldn’t do. These articles offer advice that helps both employers and candidates alike avoid common mistakes.
- Eight hiring mistakes employers make: This article on About.com gives some assistance in avoiding common hiring pitfalls, saving you time and money.
- What not to wear to an interview: Think yo have the perfect outfit for your interview? Check out this article to make sure you’re not making one of these fashion blunders.
- Avoid these 10 interview bloopers: You can be the most qualified candidate and still botch your interview if you make these mistakes.
- Make-or-break interview mistakes: This article from BusinessWeek gives some advice on what not to do in an interview and how you can impress HR.
- The most common hiring mistakes and how to prevent them: This article gives some statistics-backed reasons not to make these hiring mistakes.
- Six IT interview mistakes: Score that tech job you’ve always wanted by avoiding these interview mistakes.
- Twenty things not to do at an interview: This site provides a guide to the most basic blunders to avoid when interviewing. Much of it may seem like common sense, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- How not to act in an interview: Here, you’ll find real-life examples of outrageous interview behavior, which is definitely not to be imitated.
- What not to put on your résumé: GeekInterview.com gives advice on things you should never put on your résumé if you want to get hired.
- Things not to say at a job interview: Top personnel executives of 100 major American corporations compiled a collection of the absolute worst things to do at a job interview, providing education and humor to the rest of us.
Don’t go into an interview just expecting to wing it. You need to prepare beforehand if you really want to be successful. Try checking out these resources before you go into your next interview.
- Six steps to prepare for an interview the right way: This article walks you through the steps of preparing for an interview to make sure your interviewer will want to hire you.
- The ultimate guide to job-interview preparation: This extensive guide helps you get ready for your interview with tips on self assessment, research, references and more.
- Preparing for a software-engineering interview: Written by Niniane Wang, who has worked for Google and Microsoft, this article offfers helpful pointers on what you need to do to get ready for a software- engineering interview.
- VideoJug’s how to prepare for an interview: VideoJug has how-to videos on almost everything, and interview preparation is no exception. Watch this short video to get on the path to success.
- How to prepare for a behavioral interview: This wiki can give you the tips you need to prepare for any behavioral interview.
- How to prepare for a phone interview: Even though you don’t have to see your interviewer face-to-face, you need to prepare. This article can help get you ready for that phone call.
- Preparing to interview candidates: These simple criteria can help you prepare to interview candidates for any position.
- Practice interviews: Practice makes perfect, so why not give your interview a test run with these practice interviews?
- The virtual interview: Get a friend to help you go through this virtual interview so you’ll be better prepared for the real deal.
Just because the interview is over doesn’t mean your work is done. Following up is just as important, so use these resources to make sure you’re getting it right.
- Interview follow-up do’s and don’ts: Professor of Marketing Dr. Randall Hansen offers some advice on what you should and should not do after the interview.
- Ten tips for interview follow-up: This article provides an informative look on what to do while you’re waiting to hear back about the job you interviewed for.
- Guide to follow-up letters: Don’t let a job slip through your fingers because you fail to write a follow-up letter. This guide can help you through the process and offers sample letters and advice on what to include.
- The follow-up process: Here, you’ll find a step-by-step guide to dealing with the follow-up to an interview.
- Thank-you letters: Want to write a thank-you letter but not quite sure how to go about it? This article gives you insight on what to include and how to address the letter.
- The two most important post-interview activities: Don’t drop the ball on these two very important elements of the interview process.
Résumés and References
Doing well in your interview is important, but you also need to have a great résumé and some reliable references for potential employers to call. Use these resources and articles to help you with both.
- Resumes.com: Whether you get a free or paid membership, Resumes.com can help you build a better résumé with a résumé database and tools to help you create your résumé.
- Resume Help.org: Resume Help.org provides readers with resources for writing cover letters and résumés, plus advice for doing well in interviews.
- Best Sample Resume: If you’re not sure how to format your résumé or what to include for your particular field, résumé samples can be helpful. This site has offerings in dozens of professions.
- How to write a résumé: Find out how to put your résumé together using this site.
- Ten tips for an interview-winning résumé: It’s hard to get an interview when you don’t have an effective résumé. Check out this site for advice on how to put together a résumé that will fill your calendar with interviews.
- Reference guidelines for your job search: References can be an important part of getting a job. This article offers advice on who to recruit.
- Keys to choosing and using the best references: Here, you’ll find a list of tips on the do’s and dont’s of giving references to a potential employer.
- Sample reference-check questions: If you’re not sure what to ask when calling a candidate’s references, try these questions.
- Cover-letter checklist: Before sending out your cover letter, make sure it includes these basics.
- Ten tips for writing effective cover letters: The cover letter is arguably the most important part of your résumé. Make yours stand out with these ten tips.
Make sure to take a look at these general resources before your interview. They provide a wide variety of useful information for both interviewers and candidates.
- Interviewing potential staff: Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about interviewing candidates, from preparation to questions.
- Tips for job seekers: Job seekers will find tons of information at this site, including strategies for before, during and after the interview.
- Interview resources at Monster: Monster is one of the largest job-placement sites on the Internet, but its usefulness doesn’t stop there. It also has loads of information and resources for interviewing.
- Quintessential Careers: Here, you’ll find articles on just about any career-related topic you may need information on, including a job-interview-question database.
- Interview Info.net: InterviewInfo.net is a place where job seekers can get together and discuss their experiences and provide advice.
- JobWeb.com: JobWeb.com provides job-search and career advice for new college graduates and has a lot of valuable interview-related resources.
- WetFeet: WetFeet, a site for job seekers, has a great collection of interview-related articles.
- HR.com: HR.com is your one-stop site for everything related to human resources. Find articles on hiring, talent scouting and more.
- The Riley Guide to Interviewing: The Riley Guide compiles tons of articles on everything you’ll need to know about the interviewing and hiring process.
- CareerOneStop: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop has resources for education, training, job searching, interviews and résumés.
- Job Searching at About.com: You’ll find lots of helpful information on interviews, networking, job listings, résumés and more on About.com.
- Free course in taking on new employees: Expand Your Business created this extensive guide to hiring, with step-by-step instructions for interviewing candidates.
I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
~ Stephen Roberts
If you can conceive of morality without god, why can you not conceive of society without government?
~ Peter Saint-André
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius, and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
~ Albert Einstein
Man is certainly stark mad: he cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.
~ Michel de Montaigne
Civil disobedience, that’s not our problem. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.
~ Howard Zinn
Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
~ Denis Diderot
We, on our side, are praying to Him to give us victory, because we believe we are right; but those on the other side pray to Him, too, for victory, believing they are right. What must He think of us?
~ Abraham Lincoln
Invisible Pink Unicorns are beings of awesome mystical power. We know this because they manage to be invisible and pink at the same time. Like all religions, the Faith of the Invisible Pink Unicorns is based upon both logic and faith. We have faith that they are pink; we logically know that they are invisible because we can’t see them.
~ Steve Eley
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
~ George Bernard Shaw
The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scale.
Take only memories; leave nothing but footprints.
~ Chief Seattle
They made a wasteland and called it peace.
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
~ Anatole France
The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.
~ Denis Diderot
A terrorist is someone who has a bomb but can’t afford an air force.
~ William Blum
What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be … surer of the noose than a private homicide.
~ H. G. Wells
A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
~ Albert Einstein
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
~ Oscar Wilde
When you philosophically oppose an entire power elite, you cannot help but sound like a conspiracy theorist. Social power is by nature a conspiracy.
~ Tom N
Because I do it with one small ship, I am called a terrorist (pirate?). You do it with a whole fleet and are called an emperor.
~ St. Augustine
Insanity in individuals is something rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
~ Thomas Szasz
Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
~ George Orwell
It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal god and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious, then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
~ Albert Einstein
You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
~ Henry David Thoreau
One man’s magic is another man’s engineering. Supernatural is a null word.
~ Robert Heinlein
We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
~ Gene Roddenberry
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
~ Bertrand Russell
As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
~ George Orwell
A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.
~ Elbert Hubbard
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.
~ Lucy Parsons
If child molestation is actually your concern, how come we don’t see Bradley tanks knocking down Catholic churches?
~ Bill Hicks, 1993, referencing the Waco siege
Do you see now that your self-righteousness was nothing more than breeding and years of privilege? You know, we are one nation under a god. Yes, you were right. An angry, crack slinging god who decorates with bullets and spent condoms, a blind god whose eyes are just like yours.
~ Solipsist by Henry Rollins
Religion, comprises a system of wishful illusions together with a disavowal of reality, such as we find in an isolated form nowhere else but in amentia, in a state of blissful hallucinatory confusion.
~ Sigmund Freud
The ink of the scholar is holier than the blood of the martyr.
~ Prophet Muhammad
Which is it, is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s?
The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that they always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts.
~ Ivan Illich
… The biggest detractors of communism and socialism always seem to want to embrace the worst excesses of both.
Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a god.
~ Jean Rostand
Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith … we need believing people.
~ Adolf Hitler
I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.
~ Harry S Truman, 1961
Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.
~ Elbert G Hubbard
I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
~ Mohandas Gandhi
Unless Americans come to realize that they are not stronger in the world because they have the bomb but weaker because of their vulnerability to atomic attack, they are not likely to conduct their policy, in a spirit that furthers the arrival at an understanding.
~ Albert Einstein
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
~ George Bernard Shaw
The same people that wrote the bible thought the world was flat.
~ Unknown – (disputed)
If god created us in his image we have certainly returned the compliment.
Stopping terrorism is simple. Just quit screwing around with other people’s countries and the terrorists will go home. But the government of the United States wants to go on screwing around with other people’s countries, refuses to stop, indeed views it as Manifest Destiny for the United States Government to persist in screwing around with other people’s countries, and views the inconvenience, increased tax burden, loss of civil liberties, and even deaths among the American people as just another cost of doing business.
~ Michael Rivero
Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead.
~ Scottish proverb
Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.
~ Satchel Paige
Git yer guns, the liberal folks are gonna let the coloreds vote!
Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.