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The Best of Irreverent Wisdom

I spend part of my day reading, a much welcomed retirement benefit. Well, to be more accurate, a semi-retirement benefit, since like millions of my fellow seniors I’m still a hash mark in the nation’s part-time employment statistics.

And when I run across a quote or comment that grabs my interest I jot it down. So, as we ease into 2014, inundated by top 10 lists of the best of everything — whether it be the best food to eat, then diets to go on, things to buy or avoid, places to travel to or avoid — here we go then with the best of irreverent wisdom, some old and some new, to brighten your day with a smile or a chuckle, and maybe, just maybe plant a thought in your mind that “Yeah, it sure does make sense.”

First, let’s get the well-deserved Congress bashing out of the way, which has been in vogue not for decades but centuries.

Our sixth President John Adams observed that “In my many years I have come to the conclusion that a useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is Congress.”

Will Rogers, the beloved American humorist and social commentator was a bit more blunt when he said “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

Theoretical physicist and pop philosopher Albert Einstein observed that “The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.” And truer words were never spoken when Einstein noted that “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

Robert Frost, the American poet whose work focused mainly on the people of New England, said that “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.”

Texas own Sam Rayburn observed that “Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a carpenter to build one.”

Then there are these words to live by from Kinky Friedman, singer, musician, author, humorist and wannabe governor, “Money can buy you a fine dog but only love can make him wag his tail.”

And speaking of dogs, from an anonymous pundit “Some days you’re a dog and some days a hydrant…”