There's supposedly a Chinese curse that goes "May you live in interesting times." Well, the year 2020 has proved to be a lot more interesting than anyone expected, or wanted.

With that in mind, I thought I'd share some quotes I've gathered over the past few months that have helped me understand exactly how "interesting" our times have become.

  1. "Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so." --Gore Vidal
  2. "Behind every great fortune is a crime." --Honoré de Balzac
  3. "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket." --Eric Hoffer
  4. "If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time." --Edith Wharton
  5. "It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich." --Alan Alda
  6. "Learning is not compulsory and neither is survival." --W. Edwards Deming
  7. "Life is rarely a choice between good and bad, but bad and worse." --Steve Shahbazian
  8. "No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong." --François de La Rochefoucauld
  9. "Nobody ever lost money underestimating the intelligence or taste of the American people." --H.L. Mencken
  10. "Seeing ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them." --Franklin P. Adams
  11. "The truth brings no man a fortune." --Jean-Jacques ​Rousseau
  12. "There's a sucker born every minute." --P.T. Barnum
  13. "What most people don't seem to realize is that there is just as much money to be made out of the wreckage of a civilization as from the upbuilding of one." --Rhett Butler
  14. "Vote like your life depends on it" --Barack Obama