David H. Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Millersville University School of Social Work
Millersville, PA
(717) 517-7418


"The best dissertation is a done dissertation." __ Anonymous

 
 

(Un)Conventional Wisdom

The phrase "the conventional wisdom" was coined by the economist John Kenneth Galbraith, whose son Jamie is one of my favorite professors. With apologies to both of them, I offer here a collection of quips and quotes that represent both conventional and unconventional wisdom. Where I know, I have attributed the quote. Where I haven't...if you know, please e-mail me the information at dhj@dhjohnson.com. Enjoy!

Common Sayings

Most of these I first heard from my Grandmother Hood. Some from other family members. I don't know the original sources, but I find these to be useful tools in certain conversational conditions:

"Even a blind pig occasionally finds an acorn."

"There are easier ways to kill a dog than choking him to death on butter."

"No good deed goes unpunished."

"The first rule when you find yourself in a hole is...STOP DIGGING!"

"There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who think there are two kinds of people and those who don't."

"There are 10 kinds of people in this world. Those who understand binary numbers and those who don't."

"Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Get over yourselves."

"If you don't have time to do it right, how are you ever going to find the time to do it over?"

"Less is more." __ Mies van der Rohe

"Less is a bore." __ Robert Venturi

"Where there's a will, there's a relative."

"Nothing good ever happens after midnight." __ EVERYONE'S Mother

"Are you wearing clean underwear? You never know when you might get into
an accident." __ see source above

"You do your best to raise these kids right and what do they do? Go to school and eat the teacher."

True Wisdom

"In the midst of winter, I found there was in me an invincible summer." __ Albert Camus, famous French existentialist writer.

"For too long we have enjoyed the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." __ John F. Kennedy

"There's no such thing as a free lunch."

"Life is not an exact science. It is an art." __ Samuel Butler

"True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial.
It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring" __ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it" __Edward Dowling, S.J.

"I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." __ Adlai Stevenson

"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm." __Henry David Thoreau

"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give." __Sir Winston Churchill

"A cat who sits on a hot stove will never sit on a hot stove again. Also, he'll never sit on a cold stove again." __Mark Twain

"If the world were a logical place, men would ride side saddle." __Rita Mae Brown

"There is no great genius without some touch of madness." __Seneca

"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you." __Rita Mae Brown

"Our achievements of today are but the sum total of our thoughts of yesterday. You are today where the thoughts of yesterday have brought you and you will be tomorrow where the thoughts of today take you." __Blaise Pascal

"The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt."__Frederick Buechner

"When you remember me, it means you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am in who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after... I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart." __Frederick Buechner