Mad Dog’s Rules of Etiquette

Before he became the 26th Secretary of Defense, James Mattis was a general in the U.S. Marines Corps. He earned his nickname of "Mad Dog" with his characteristic bluntness and determination. He famously advised fellow Marines, "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."


“The Fork” Dishes Up Colorful Insult

Søren Kierkegaard earned the nickname "The Fork" in his youth, due to his ability to identify an opponent's weaknesses and stick it to him. Generally this took the form of surgical strikes from his rapier-sharp wit, but occasionally he could bluntly lob a cannonball, as well. When moved to frustration in his debates with Hans... Continue Reading →

Is There a Third Option?

Illinois Representative William McKendree Springer quoted Henry Clay during a debate in the US House of Representatives, saying, “As for me, I would rather be right than be president.” Speaker Thomas Reed immediately responded, “The gentleman need not trouble himself. He’ll never be either.” The Life of Thomas Brackett Reed, chapter 21, page 246 (1914)

Quotes, the Universe, and Everything

Douglas Adams, best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, had a talent for expressing the human condition in a profound and entertaining way. Here are a few examples: Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their... Continue Reading →

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