Singular Thoughts

 

These are short and concise statements or assertions about all sorts of things. Some strange or funny; others, thoughtful or profound.
Oxford Dictionary defines ‘Singular’: 1.1 Single; unique. 2 Exceptionally good or great; remarkable. 2.1a Strange or eccentric in some respect.

I was a paperboy on a stingray bike as a kid, throwing the Times Herald after school in my East Dallas neighborhood. Hard earned kid money, and the daily comics. I learned a lot about the world through my contact with newspapers.
As a kid I didn’t care about reading the news. The news was always sad; about politics, war, and angry people. But a news photo could grab and pull me in to read captions, and headlines, and such. Which brings me to one of my favorite things about newspapers; headlines. Some of the coolest writing can be found in headlines; the more infamous headlines from history are still interesting to read today. I see them as art, if only for their short and efficient thought-provoking nature.
Back in newsprint’s heyday; a good headline at a newsstand could hook the passing reader’s attention, pique their curiosity, and pull them in to buy a copy. All with a few well-chosen words.
Along with this experience, as an adult, I also enjoy printed quotations of famous people. I think these two influences are what takes my mind in this direction.
What I present here are not headlines, or famous quotations, of course, but they’re written in that same spirit; brief and to the point. I hope you enjoy them, they’re a lot of fun for me.

Even as the light fades,
I’ll roll as much wall as I still have paint.

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There’s only one punchline to the joke of life:
‘You’re going to die when you hear this…’

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Some minds bend and distort what facts and truths
pass through them; like refracting lenses
bending and distorting the light.

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I’m more at home with the unsavory
dark truths of life, than all of man’s
sweet lies and pretentious niceties.

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Always think inside the box.
Outside, people can see you.

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I’m a vintage vehicle of expression;
driven by an internal pressure,
and steered with my wrist on the wheel,
and rapport with the dark.

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If it never comes back, it may never go away

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Our endless need to defend against the
malice, treachery, buffoonery, and indifference
of our own kind, is the darkest of jokes life tells.

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You swim the water into which you are thrown.

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I’m living with this life,
but I’m not letting it control my existence.

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In regards to your ‘Principled Life’ coloring book;
some of us are burgeoning impressionists,
and we say fuck your lines.

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I’m being pulled through tomorrow
by the day after.

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I picture all the other species on the planet;
watching, waiting, and hoping, for man to just
go ahead and kill himself, already.

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A sure foot of sense and science
can still trip over instinct.

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The world holds my burning matchstick life
in its fingers, and as the end nears,
I may become intolerable

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Sense doesn’t come with a diploma

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One of the worst thing about being old is that everything is new.

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It is not the impressive things you own,
but the people you love in your life that make you rich.

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Century after century, mankind has had plenty of time to
straighten itself out. We must admit and accept that we are bent.

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Name one good thing mankind has done. Nothing.
We can only list the good we’ve done to repair,
replenish, or rebuild, what we’ve torn apart or laid to waste.
This is our legacy.

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We convince ourselves we still have
the pomp to reconcile our circumstance.

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The sensible have no words that the duped will understand.

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God is proprietary

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Kids play with guns. A man’s weapon is his mind.

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What was lost will never come back;
an absence took its place that will never go away.

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Nothing stings like the face-slap of reality.

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The Moon never told me a thing I didn’t already know

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Technology no longer assists mankind; it feeds on us.

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We lose all principle in our search for riches.

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Morbidly starving for humanity, we kill for fun and profit.

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How do the less fortunate ever become more fortunate?

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It’s hard to find a Rembrandt in a paint-by-number world.

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We’re the bark that sloughs off the tree

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Life is a gauntlet of liars, thieves, deviants, murderers, and love.

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This was an especially nasty practical joke for us to play on each other.

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Life is a holocaust, and we’re all its deniers.

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Civilization moves forward with new thinking, new ideas,
and new technologies. It holds itself back with myth, and
ancient superstition. With both dynamics pulling in opposite
directions at once, man hasn’t moved an inch for centuries.

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There’s nothing more comforting than
the freedom to leave when you want.

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Who knew the most dangerous people on Earth
were on aisle seven at Walmart?

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Time flies when you’re confused.

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To be clear, the world is beautiful; mankind is ugly.

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Those that live lies, believe the ones they want.

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Why achieve Caligula’s wealth, and not live like a lusty emperor?

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We’re too busy being happy to tend to our sadness.

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Our intellect only masks our ignorance.

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If the world wanted to change it would do so, on the next business day.

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We are the purveyors, protectors, and prisoners, of our own existence.

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We simply must go higher, farther, faster—we must.

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Life is a wide roaring river to be crossed by whatever means possible.

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We’re not really stupid; we’re just lazy of thought,
and weak of principle. Okay, we’re stupid.

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Life is fettered by much of the living.

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Enjoying your life means limiting how much others
corrupt and spoil the experience.

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A strong free mind must be nurtured and held onto
with great will power and the clenched teeth of principle.

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A well lived life is an adult endeavor, best done
with some measure of maturity and wisdom.

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I complain about people, without whom I’d have
nothing to complain about, nor forum.

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Call me an idiot; we are a village.

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Believers have souls; free men have spirit.

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Man is an angry, frustrated toddler, behind the wheel
with Dad’s keys; facing power he can’t understand or control.
Still angry and frustrated.

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Healthy brave and informed people can be unruly
and rebellious. Frail frightened and ignorant people
do as they’re told and get in line.

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Is life only good for some because it’s not good for all?
Or, if life was good for all of us, would we all enjoy it less?

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We’ve had plenty of time to straighten out.
We must accept that we are bent.

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We’re trapped by these psyches, not freed by them.

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Our hunger for wealth has starved our humanity.

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Learning is no longer taught.

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