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Avoid safe roads. They usually lead nowhere.

When choosing your friends, the most important thing to look for is how they treat their enemies.

Success is having the money to buy a 70 meter yacht. Greater success is having the maturity not to do it. Real success is having the discernment not to want it.

Sanity just means your perspective is well aligned with the majority.

Most people lug an ever-growing pile of garbage around with them until they die, at which point their kids throw it away.

Electronic love is a form of drug addiction that is usually cured by meeting in real life.

Live. Do stuff. Don’t watch stuff. Don’t read about stuff. Don’t listen to stuff. Don’t dream about stuff. Don’t talk about stuff. Don’t think about stuff. Don’t plan stuff. Do stuff.

If you treat a girl badly enough, she will often fall in love with you.

It takes the first 40 years of life to learn to want the right things, at which point you generally stop caring about the things you own.

What is it about female virginity that appeals to some men? They spend their lives hoping to have sex with a girl who’s almost certainly no good at it.

Insult whites in the western world and people, including whites, will generally agree with you no matter how stupid your statement may be. Insult Christians in the western world and about half of your listeners will disagree, but nobody will do anything to you. Insult Muslims in the western world and people will agree with you privately while publicly saying you’re intolerant. They will then note that what you said is protected speech and shouldn’t be censored. Insult blacks or gays in the western world and people will also agree with you privately but this time they’ll act shocked and will suspend you from public positions. They will then fire you unless you act contrite and publicly beg forgiveness. Insult Jews in the western world and nobody will even agree with you privately, they will truly be shocked, and your career will end no matter how publicly contrite you are afterwards. After a lengthy period of public self abasement and atonement, you may be allowed to work again, but never at the same level.

The Internet has shown us just how worthless most recorded words are. This will likely destroy organized religion in time. And yes, I include my own words in that assessment, including these words that you are wasting time reading.

Most women are three drinks away from bisexuality.

Fiction: some story someone made up from their imagination.
History: some story made up by the winners to make them look good.
Science: some story made up by scientists to explain facts that are currently known. As what is known changes, so changes the story.

More isn’t better.

Charity that isn’t given anonymously isn’t really charity. It’s a simple purchase of respect, goodwill and some degree of fame.

When you’re lying on your deathbed thinking about your life, do you really think you’ll give a damn about the safety you enjoyed, the money you saved, or the risks you avoided?

Justice is usually just another word for vengeance.

Wake up, eat, go to work, come home, eat, watch TV, play computer game, go to sleep. Repeat until dead. If that’s what your life looks like, you can save a lot of time by jumping now.

Nobody ever dies of a broken heart. They just wish they had.

It has been fascinating to watch for the last few decades as people all over the western world voted for the chains that now bind their own wrists. People talk about freedom but what they want is order. They want safety. They want things to be controlled. They’re totally willing to abandon their freedoms to achieve it, too, as long as their neighbours also lose their freedoms. The transition of the US, UK, EU, Australia and Canada from the relatively free countries we grew up in to the police states we now live in has not come over the objections of the people but at the behest and demand of the people. We have exactly the governments we asked for, and the governments we deserve.

In war, the big army with pretty uniforms always calls the small army without uniforms ‘terrorists’.

Being born into poverty doesn’t guarantee a boy will be worth a damn when he grows up. Being born into wealth usually guarantees he won’t, though.

Your intentions are nothing. Your plans are nothing. Your good wishes are nothing. Your prayers are nothing. Your hopes and dreams are nothing. Your excuses are nothing. Your fighting the good fight is nothing. Results are everything.

Why do we annually celebrate the fact that we are one year further from youth and one year closer to death?

Happiness is overrated. Be somebody. Be worth a damn. You won’t be as happy but you’ll matter, even if nobody else realizes it. Perhaps especially if nobody else realizes it.

When a girl asks for a bit of cash up front, we call her a whore. When she asks for a prenuptial agreement, we call her a gold digger. When she asks for half your worldly belongings, we call her a lady.

Declaring strength is usually done by the weakest. The strong have no need to declare their strength.

Conservatives today are no longer fiscally conservative. Today, most conservative fiscal theory is based on the absurd premise that you can balance your books by cutting taxes and hoping the magic budget fairy comes along and increases revenues somehow. That this has never happened in the history of the human race does not deter them.

Most roads have a smattering of smug, extra-safe drivers who go just a bit slower than the prevailing traffic, thereby provoking considerable (and perfectly justified) frustration among the less safe drivers behind, who in turn sometimes resort to dangerous manoeuvres to get by, which the extra-safe drivers then act shocked about.

People who have never been anywhere are often the most vocal about declaring which is the best place in the world. Unsurprisingly, it’s usually wherever they happen to live.

There is exactly the same amount of evidence of Jesus Christ having existed as there is of Alice in Wonderland having existed, namely one book of apparent fiction that says so.

If you’re a Muslim and you kill a bunch of innocent people, you are a terrorist. If you’re a non-Muslim and you do that, you are a disturbed gunman committing a senseless act of violence. If you’re a right wing nut doing that, you are a neo-Nazi engaged in hate crimes. If you’re a Muslim doing that in Israel, Afghanistan or Iraq, you are a violent militant. If you’re a Muslim doing that in Iran or Syria, you are a freedom fighter. If you’re an Israeli doing that just about anywhere, you have the right to defend yourself. If you’re an American (or Canadian) doing that, you are a hero.

Good photography is usually either bland and commercially viable or interesting and unmarketable.

I bought a motorcycle and learned I’m not a motorcyclist. I bought a sailboat and learned I’m not a sailor. I bought a downtown apartment and learned I am most definitely a city boy. I bought a convertible and learned I’m happy being one of those old guys you see driving around town with the top down. It takes time to learn who we really are, and that’s almost never who we thought we were in youth.

Conservatives talk about balancing budgets. Liberals do it.

Never take weight loss advice from a fat person, financial advice from a poor person, or relationship advice from a single person.

There are photographers and there are camera buffs, with very little overlap between the two. Camera buffs sweat the specs and then buy expensive cameras that they admire too much to risk actually using. Photographers sweat the specs, too, and then grab the best camera they’ve got handy and shoot. If they damage their camera, they can always buy a pristine replacement from a camera buff.

I refuse to believe that the Lord God Almighty, creator of the universe and all within it, is such a petulant and insecure ass that he demands slavish and sycophantic bootlicking from all his creations, failing which he will torture them for eternity.

Most people focus on how precious and sacred life is, and they protect it so dearly that they forget to live it.

This is my time. Right now. Not yesterday and not tomorrow. These are the days that will define my life. There is nowhere I’d rather live. There is nothing I’d rather do. There is no one I’d rather be.

~Reg Natarajan