"Nothing instills more fear and worry in one’s good heart than his burgeoning success as it devours his precious & pleasurable moments for self-introspection to make timely correction with an influx of a lot of fake people as sycophants around his personal life to summarily deplete the real value of living."
"Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well, yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless."
"We are connected with some people and never meet others, but it could easily have happened otherwise. Looking back over a lifetime, we describe what happened as if it had a plan. To fully understand how accidental and random life is - how vast the odds are against any single event taking place - would be humbling."
"This whole idea of certain people in the American system not paying federal income tax becomes a problem. People who hate to hear that will say, 'Dan, they pay FICA and they have all this stuff taken out of their paycheck...' That's not what we're talking about. We're talking about when the government decides to do something that relies on federal income taxes, there's a lot of people that don't pay that. I understand why. They're poor. I don't want to impress them financially, but it's important they have a stake in the system. Otherwise anything the government proposes is basically free to them. It's important to have the same restraint any of us would have if this was your home budget. Cost-to-benefit, right? Do I need this new heating system enough to justify the cost? If you're not paying into the federal government, if it's not affecting you financially, and if it might not raise the amount you have to send to Washington, then there is no downside. That's not good for the system."
"Dick Cheney got a book tour, folks. Donald Rumsfeld got a book tour. They didn't even get a hearing. Nobody even asked any questions. We didn't even look into the matter to decide if there was something that needed lookin into. I'm speechless. Who operates that way?
And for those of you who think this is just some democrat slammin republicans, when we get the next administration into office, if it's a republican, I damn well want them to go back and look at president Obama knockin off American citizens overseas on the word of some shady little memo that no one is allowed to see in the state department. Damn right I want you to. This isn't partisan, this is accountability."
"It doesn't have any effect on your life. What do you care?! People try to talk about it like it's a social issue. Like when you see someone stand up on a talk show and say, "How am I supposed to explain to my children that two men are getting married?... I dunno. It's your shitty kid. You fuckin' tell 'em. Why is that anyone else's problem? Two guys are in LOVE and they can't get married because you don't want to talk to your ugly child for five fuckin' minutes?"
"I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine. But don't make your kids do it, because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future."
"Sometimes things turn out better than a pessimist like I believe they will. But someone has to take the reins. I despise the idea of doing it myself. But I also don't want that wagon to go over the cliff without at least being able to say I made a dive for the reins before it did. It's something that we all need to ask ourselves some hard questions about. If not now, when? Every year we wait, it's only going to be harder and more daunting and more laughable that puny efforts of citizens will work. I feel as though I have waited long enough."
"People want to focus on the guns as the problem, but we have a culture in the U.S. where guns are ingrained and where they have been so for centuries. The use of them has seeped into us. It is the desire to use them that's different. To think the guns themselves are the problem we would have to believe that the Canadians, Europeans and others with lower homicide levels all would like to kill each other at our rates...they just lack the guns to make their wishes a reality. That's ridiculous."