The Perfect Rejoinder

I have made what may be one of the world’s seventeen greatest discoveries. It is this: “Always keep it short and to the point.” You may disagree, citing Robert Southey who said, “It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn,” or Shakespeare who promised in Hamlet, “Therefore, […]

Polar Logic

“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.” Although Longfellow’s pronouncement has superficial plausibility, it’s merely an example of polar logic. One pole is what you feel capable of doing and the other is what you have already done. The judgment reduces to […]

Excellence Is a Habbit

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” — Aristotle The idea that excellence is a product of […]

New Kid In Town

Hello and welcome to Audio Tidbits. I am the newest member of the podcasting team and am excited to have this opportunity to talk with you today. As the new guy on the team, it’s not easy to know exactly how to behave and what to share with you as my first chance at podcasting. […]

The Very Dickens To Change

Samuel Johnson told us that the chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken; and John Dryden added that ill habits gather by unseen degrees — As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas. The truth of it is that Arnold Bennett got it right […]

A Tune Test

Listen to this little tune for two minutes and forty-nine seconds and don’t keep running the chorus past your mind once you have finished listening. I couldn’t do it and bet you can’t either. DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS

Did That Help?

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” — Edward Everett Hale A similar sentiment was expressed by William Penn “I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there […]

Never a Good Excuse for Bad Manners

“It may be years before anyone knows if what you are doing is right. But if what you are doing is nice, it will be immediately evident.” — P.J. O’Rourke The idea seems to be that good manners can and often do cover up the proverbial multitude of sins. As Arthur Schopenhauer put it, “Politeness […]

The Match Game

Here’s how to play the Match Game. Hold the match, ready to strike. Whether you burn that bridge is now in your control. “Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.” — Jonathan Kozol In the realm of life’s little lessons, this seems axiomatic. The problem is that many of the battles that […]

You Can’t Just Stay On The Fence

“When your intelligence don’t tell you something ain’t right, your conscience gives you a tap on the shoulder and says ‘Hold on.’ If it don’t, you’re a snake.” As one might expect, Carl Jung expressed Presley’s folk wisdom in somewhat more formal language; but the idea is the same, “Through pride we are ever deceiving […]