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Universal Truths

Smith’s Universal Truths
A universal truth is something that’s true at all times for all people.  Here are a few.

  1. Beware of any project that starts with the words, “Remove old finish.”
  2. True happiness is finding someone who will tolerate you.  The first step in finding that person is admitting that you need some tolerating.
  3. If you wonder why something is the way it is; learn who’s making money from it being that way.
  4. If it ain’t chocolate, it ain’t dessert.  Banana cream pie, for example, is just another part of the meal like the green beans or asparagus.
  5. Whenever someone tells you they are doing something “for your own good,” you can be certain that you won’t like it.  Furthermore, they will expect you to pay for it.  If they’re “protecting your morals,” you’ll have to pay double.
  6. Not all lawyers should be shot.  Some should be hanged.
  7. Beliefs, no matter how sincerely held, do not alter facts.
  8. Nothing is so perfect that someone, somewhere, won’t hate it.
  9. Real knowledge is knowing where to find the answers.
  10. The world is run by the people that show up.
  11. Information is not knowledge anymore than loose ingredients are a cake.
  12. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but three rights make a left.
  13. Intellectualism must not be confused with wisdom.
  14. A problem with doing anything right the first time is that no one knows how difficult it was.
  15. Few things in life succeed as well as a power-off reset.
  16. The difference between adventure and disaster is preparation.
  17. The most popular human pastime is denial.
  18. Forgiveness is easier to obtain than permission.
  19. Any solution proposed by a politician will contain more problems than it solves.
  20. Don’t worry, you’re not the first.
  21. You can have it if you’re willing to pay for it.
  22. Man’s most precious possessions are his delusions.  No power equals that of self-deception.
  23. An entity that cannot laugh at itself has planted the seeds of its own destruction.
  24. We earn our appellations by our conduct.
  25. Any statement containing the words, “if everyone” will be void of logical content.
  26. Excuses are easier than action.
  27. The most difficult human task is thinking before speaking or acting.
  28. To most people, personal convenience is more important than courtesy or respect for others.
  29. If something “goes without saying” you can be sure that someone will say it.
  30. Sometimes it’s harder to sell the truth than it is a lie.
  31. Local customs are not laws of nature. – Marcus Aurelius
  32. The human race will never be truly free as long as it willingly submits to the tyranny of religion.
  1. August 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    [True happiness is finding someone who will tolerate you.]

    Ain’t that the truth. 🙂

  2. August 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Yep, you have it Ben. But knowing you may require some tolerance is a good start. 🙂

  3. Eddie
    December 1, 2011 at 2:38 am

    33. You are a blowhard. Man of words…no actions! Put up or STFU Jimmy

  4. Eddie
    December 1, 2011 at 2:42 am

    26. Ah you just like to take the easy way out then Jimmboaby! All talk eh? Put up or STFU!

    • July 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      A little update. “Eddie” or whatever his name really is, has never proven a single thing he has claimed. He is still hiding and making up pitiful excuses to avoid confronting me personally. I have offered to meet him anywhere at any time and even to pay his way there. Nope, nothing will be good enough, if he has to identify himself. I’ve even said then, pay my way and I’ll being signed traveler’s checks that, will reimburse you. For some reason, that wasn’t enough, either.

      He’s amusing. Most people with so little personal courage or ethics would have slithered away by now. He seems to enjoy showing his failings.

  5. BigODFW
    August 23, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Reblogged this on Big O In DFW 🙂.

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