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"The weirder you are going to behave, the more normal you should look. . .When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person."
P.J. O'Rourke

[Me touching VDG machine, remaining hair standing outwards]

Fighting Back

"He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god." - Aristotle

Defend yourself

" of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought." -Einstein

If I had one wish for our nation,
I would wish for a turn about of what we value in a person.
We value athletic prowess, and not intelligence.
We value physical attractiveness, and not beauty of the soul.
We value cunning and wealth, and not honesty and integrity.
These lessons should be taught to our youth.
Instead our schools demand athletic competition of every student,
and denigrate the scholar.
Failing to reward excellence rewards failure. - Dr. L. Breur Krause

It's nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled youthful curiosity, for this delicate plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. - Albert Einstein


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"It is not so long ago since any man who devoted himself to geometry, or to any science requiring continued application, was looked upon as necessarily a misanthrope, who must have abandoned all human interests, and betaken himself to abstractions so far removed from all the world of life and action that he has become insensible alike to the attractions of pleasure and to the claims of duty." JC Maxwell, Cambridge 1872

    ANORAK: European term, a person so geeky and obsessive that they're still wearing an arctic explorers' coat bought in 1975 (olive drab with fur-rimmed hood, big binoculars-pockets.)

...the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others' company. - Schopenhauer

The medium brilliant are overawed by their own brilliance. The truely brilliant understand that brilliance means nothing. - F. Kraemer
...and those who maintain an affectation of brilliance must also adopt the affectation of believing that brilliance means nothing. If they then point out this their affectation, does it then mean they are truely brilliant, or are they simply making an affectation out of having affectations?
"Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone." - Longfellow

"There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall." - Colette

Your 'failings' can become your most powerful weapons. See the world as an outsider, and you can learn to do the impossible. The former nerd makes the best wildman.

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