"Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind
than not having any opinions at all."
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
(1742-1799) German scientist, professor, satirist and Anglophile
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Kinda like the situation we are about to be in, eh?? Like, ya don't want to, but are given no choice. Patriots all, stand together.
 -- anon for now, anon for now     
    When our own government has completed its mission of controlling every aspect of our lives we will no longer be people. We will be automotons incapable of anything but taking instructions. Kind of like Democrat Zombies already do... Take out the trash in November.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    This statement makes being in prison sound like it must be heaven on earth. How it is that J Carlton can say what he says while other folks write song lyrics like "I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I am free" is just totally beyond me. What a disconnect you make J to that other reality. I think what this guy is saying is "Change what can be changed, accept what cannot be changed and be able to knwo the difference." We need a Congress that will change tax policy, reduce spending, improve the environment, sounds like we need a Democrat landslide in November.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    On its face it gets a thumbs down rated 10 times. BUT, there is the occasion when you've been consumed in planning a thing, macro / micro considered all contingencies, mentally exhausted all choices, perceived any alternatives, etc., etc., then nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any options at all, the thing is done; it is what it is and its right. (-: take a deep breath, now slowly exhale - wheeewuuuu ;-)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Mike I posted a repartee to you at Dr. Johnson's quote. Please check it out.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    ALL VERY NICE -- except that this is a misquote!!! "Options" should be "Opinions"! (Makes a lot more sense that way, doesn't it?)
     -- Laura, NYC     
    Uh huh ....... "opinions" is probably the word? If so? Than Lao Tze tells us, the easiest thing to give is ......... an opinion. Yet, I find that it is difficult to live with myself without a few. ;-]
     -- Jamie, Nelson     
     -- Bobbi Mercouri, Sacramento, CA      
    Well Waffler, just because people write songs about freedom doesn't necessarily mean they "are" free, they just think they are. It does however, help demostrate my point...people are ignorant of the encroachment of government into every corner of their lives. But that won't last...There's a great awakening coming.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    I try to live without having opinions and it makes me feel so irresponsible, I guess I agree a little with Jamies on that. But a neat observation Laura, very neat indeed!
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Thanks, Laura. The quote has been corrected. Cheers.
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
    The quote is wrong. It should read "opinions" instead of "options." Even so, I suppose it would be a calm mind who has no opinions, but opinions are like belly-buttons...we all have at least one!
     -- GunnyCee, Durham     
    Wow! And I was thinking how easy it would be to make decisions in the cereal aisle. However, No opinions means there is nothing,zip, zero going on at the top floor, you know, between the ears.
     -- Carol, Georgia     
    I am afraid there is no Peace as long as one stands for something. There can be no Peace without Justice, and life never ceases to bring more challenges to our idea of what it ought to be. Of course ignorance is bliss, so it is possible to have an opinion and have peace-of-mind -- just as long as you never have to consider other opinions at all...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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