baruch “the no spin zone” spinoza

“The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak” -Baruch Spinoza

Ludwig Wittengenstein infamously had a similar quote: “Whereof one cannot speak, one must be silent.”

This is true. There’s no use in filling the air with senseless chatter about things we do not understand.

Like I don’t understand why I got laid off. I’ll spend hours in the basement with a bottle of Jim Beam and a loaded 22. My wife will ask if everything is alright and I’ll respond with “whereof one cannot speak, one must be silent.”

Truer words were never spoken.

hard work has killed millions of people

I once knew a psychopath that loved saying “why do tomorrow what can be done today?”


More like “why do today what can be done tomorrow?”

As my father always said: “if you want something done right, get someone else to do it.”

Allegedly William James said “act as if what you do makes a difference.” But the truth is you should “act as if what you do makes absolutely NO difference.” Because it doesn’t.

You’re only here for a small blip in humanity’s history. And humans will only be around for a very short time in comparison to the immensity of the universe. So don’t worry about it, nothing we do here matters 😎

Even the history books will return to dust.

“Falling down is an accident. Staying down is a choice.”

And a good choice 👍

favorite quotes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1739-1832) is often regarded as one the greatest German writers. He bestowed upon us some of the finest works in literature, poetry, and theatre.

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.”

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”

“It’s not the length that counts, it’s the Goethe”

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live”

“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe”

If I have a drinking problem, what business is it of yours?”

“If you’ve never sucked off a man while crying you don’t know what life tastes like”

To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is my penis in the morning”

Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at”

Magic is believing in yourself. And methamphetamines are pretty magical too”

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do (gay sex)”

Truly Goethe was one of the great geniuses of his generation. Rip 🪦 🪦 🪦

10 Great Quotes About Poets, Poetry, and Writing by Joseph Brodsky – Originally Posted by Paul’s Poetry Playground

“Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production.” “In the business of writing what one accumulates is not …

10 Great Quotes About Poets, Poetry, and Writing by Joseph Brodsky

I’ve said before that what I enjoy about art is the immediacy of it all. In the medium of writing, poetry exhibits this the best.

Unfortunately I’m a terrible poet, so I have to resort to trash fiction instead 🤷‍♂️

But these quotes really stuck with me and they’re worth sharing.

Thanks Paul for posting these 🙏