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The 25 Smartest Things Steve Jobs Ever Said
The Motley Fool ^ | October 7,2011 | Morgan Housel

Posted on 10/08/2011 4:16:00 PM PDT by Hojczyk

4. "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."

3. "Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they've had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people."

2. "Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."

1. "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."

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1 posted on 10/08/2011 4:16:01 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Staying hungry is pretty easy now.....


2 posted on 10/08/2011 4:17:58 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Hojczyk

The rest.. other wise you have to give your email

25. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed saying we’ve done something wonderful ... that matters to me.”

24. “I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. Humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing about a third of the way down the list ... That didn’t look so good, but then someone at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle. And a man on a bicycle blew the condor away. That’s what a computer is to me: the computer is the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”

23. “In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.”

22. “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”

21. “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”

20. “My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other’s negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. Great things in business are never done by one person; they are done by a team of people.”

19. “The system is that there is no system. That doesn’t mean we don’t have process. Apple is a very disciplined company, and we have great processes. But that’s not what it’s about. Process makes you more efficient. But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem. It’s ad hoc meetings of six people called by someone who thinks he has figured out the coolest new thing ever and who wants to know what other people think of his idea. And it comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.”

18. “I wish [Bill Gates] the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT ) are a bit narrow. He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.’’

17. “My self-identity does not revolve around being a businessman, though I recognize that is what I do. I think of myself more as a person who builds neat things. I like building neat things. I like making tools that are useful to people. I like working with very bright people. I like interacting in the world of ideas, though somehow those ideas have to be tied to some physical reality. One of the things I like the most is dropping a new idea on a bunch of incredibly smart and talented people and then letting them work it out themselves. I like all of that very, very much.”

16. “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM (NYSE: IBM ) was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”

15. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

14. “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”

13. “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

12. “We’re gambling on our vision, and we would rather do that than make ‘me, too’ products. Let some other companies do that. For us, it’s always the next dream.”

11. “The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.”

10. “A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.”

9. “When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don’t put in the time or energy to get there.”

8. “That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex.”

7. “We didn’t build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build.”

6. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

5. “We’ve never worried about numbers. In the marketplace, Apple is trying to focus the spotlight on products, because products really make a difference. ... You can’t con people in this business. The products speak for themselves.”


3 posted on 10/08/2011 4:18:58 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Pass the salt.


4 posted on 10/08/2011 4:24:00 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrats.)
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To: Hojczyk

Steve Jobs was lucky to be born back when he was - 20 years later and he would have been aborted.


5 posted on 10/08/2011 4:27:42 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Hojczyk

They sure beat Pelosi, Reid, and Obama’s Top 25 quotes.


6 posted on 10/08/2011 4:27:42 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Hojczyk

I know there are varying opinions of Jobs out there, but I think even his detractors would have to admit that these are some pretty charistmatic quotes. It’s easy to see why the Apple team worked so well together considering they were led by someone with this outlook.


7 posted on 10/08/2011 4:28:43 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: NittanyLion

Jobs us intriguing especially his family story


8 posted on 10/08/2011 4:31:45 PM PDT by mel (There are only 2 races decent and undecent people)
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To: Hojczyk

I like this one, but unsure of its origins:

“Risk rewards the brave, and rejects the cowardly”


9 posted on 10/08/2011 4:33:58 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: Hojczyk

I’m a goddamn cynic and I’m impressed. Why haven’t we heard this before shouted from the rooftops?


10 posted on 10/08/2011 4:34:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Hojczyk

I wish I had worked for Apple, instead of for a software company led by a doofus surrounded at all levels by yes men.


11 posted on 10/08/2011 4:36:49 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Hojczyk

“...I wish Bill Gates the best, he’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once...”
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That’s all I need to know about Steve.


12 posted on 10/08/2011 4:38:29 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: Hojczyk

I am a Windoze guy, but I have to admit that he said some pretty smart things.

And I think that we all win when Apple has done so much to bring more choice to customers...


13 posted on 10/08/2011 4:39:58 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: NittanyLion; SortaBichy
Much of this reads like he was an absolute prick.....and given that he was a huge Clintonista (end result: Apples in every skool in America), I couldn't care less that he's met his demise.

Sorry, folks. I'm pretty hardcore about this shit.

14 posted on 10/08/2011 4:40:04 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: Hojczyk
Note that nothing he ascribed to is difficult to comprehend. Yet the problem lies, for so many, in the difficult to implement. I would love to see a survey of Apple employees’ opinion of their workplace. I'd venture to predict the high marks from those employees, especially on work environment.
I wonder if Jobs had ever studied, or incorporated the techniques of, Eli Goldratt?
15 posted on 10/08/2011 4:45:20 PM PDT by jla (Who says Perry's a conservative? - Rush, Inhofe, Levin & Sowell do.)
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To: Repeal The 17th
I think from a marketing perspective that was a good way to give his competition a jab.

I don't think in his heart he really meant that. Apple and MS have been locked in battle for a good share of each's existence.

But I don't think he said that seriously.

16 posted on 10/08/2011 4:45:24 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: Hojczyk

Most of these are just blathering, but this one is actually significant:

9. “When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don’t put in the time or energy to get there.”


17 posted on 10/08/2011 4:48:22 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: Hojczyk

The quote about Bill Gates is a good one, right on target. Had the boy taken acid once or twice, he wouldn’t be now running to Africa with mosquito nets, posturing politically to save the planet, or befriending the likes of Warren Buffett only because of the similarities between the numbers on their bottom lines. Sheesh!


18 posted on 10/08/2011 4:51:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SkyPilot
They sure beat Pelosi, Reid, and Obama’s Top 25 quotes.

Do those three have one quote among them worth repeating? Oh I suppose if you expanded the criteria for "quotes" to include the stupidest things said you could get up quite a list from those three. Heck, include Joe Biden and you have a damn encyclopedia.

19 posted on 10/08/2011 4:53:43 PM PDT by mc5cents
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To: ErnBatavia
Steve Jobs: The Secular Prophet (Andy Crouch, Wall Street Journal)
An interesting and important take on Jobs. He notes that the second incarnation of Jobs at Apple corresponded with the 911 era, and many of us rooted for Apple the way we rooted for sports teams - "Passion without consequence," as Rush puts it. But when we do, we are rooting for progress as a secular objective, and not a spiritual one. Jobs was a Buddhist, and not a Christian.

20 posted on 10/08/2011 5:05:10 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: NittanyLion

Yeah, I’m impressed. Steve Jobs clearly gets it.


21 posted on 10/08/2011 5:06:45 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion; ErnBatavia
Jobs was a Buddhist, and not a Christian.

I pray that he became a Christian at last. I was praying for him up to the end.

22 posted on 10/08/2011 5:08:52 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton

Another quote of his that I have seen is that dropping acid was one of the two or three most significant events in his life. So, yes, I think he meant it. I think he said some great things, but dropping acid is not what I think people should be doing to become great. What percent would become schizo?


23 posted on 10/08/2011 5:15:10 PM PDT by Defiant (Calling all citizens from all over the world, this is Captain America calling.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

That was a good read. Thanks for posting it.


24 posted on 10/08/2011 5:15:48 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Defiant

Yeah, I thought the dropping acid bit was the one clunker in an otherwise very impressive bunch of quotes.


25 posted on 10/08/2011 5:18:04 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: SkyPilot

No kidding.

Compared to Pelosi’s “we have to pass the bill before you get to see what’s in it” and Obama’s “We won/you Republicans can come along in the back of the bus” comments, Jobs is a mental giant.


26 posted on 10/08/2011 5:46:56 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Soothesayer9

Similar to “Fortune favors the bold.”


27 posted on 10/08/2011 5:47:50 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Defiant
What percent would become schizo?

Not as many as those who committed suicide after taking legal prescription anti-depressants!

28 posted on 10/08/2011 5:52:09 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Hojczyk

Ten years ago we were listening to Johnny Cash, watching Bob Hope, and buy products from Steve Jobs. Now we have no Cash, no Jobs, and no Hope.


29 posted on 10/08/2011 5:53:05 PM PDT by SoJoCo
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To: Hojczyk

Jobs said, “Most people don’t have an interest in earning a million dollars. What most people want to do is to SPEND a million dollars”.


30 posted on 10/08/2011 5:59:25 PM PDT by libertylover (The problem with Obama is not that his skin is too black, it's that his ideas are too RED.)
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To: Hojczyk

Thanks for that...


31 posted on 10/08/2011 6:06:36 PM PDT by knews_hound (Credo Quia Absurdium--take nothing seriously unless it is absurd. E. Clampus Vitus)
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To: thecodont
Jobs was a Buddhist, and not a Christian.

I was struck with that too. This is quite a selection of astute observations. I'm not sure what the Motley Fool article had in mind with its numbering, but several were stand-outs. It's too bad his early spiritual search didn't end with the companionship of the Indwelling Christ to inform his decisions. Still, very insightful.

32 posted on 10/08/2011 6:14:21 PM PDT by RhoTheta ("We're from the Government, and we're here to help you ... NOT")
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To: Repeal The 17th
“...I wish Bill Gates the best, he’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once...”

I assume Gates could think taking LSD makes you build computers that not many (comparatively speaking) people use.
33 posted on 10/08/2011 6:17:03 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Hojczyk

3. “Chance favors the prepared mind.” - Louis Pasteur, 1854.


34 posted on 10/08/2011 6:20:45 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Hojczyk

I wonder how many times he did acid. I wonder if he stopped. If so, I wonder why he stopped.


35 posted on 10/08/2011 6:23:33 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion; ErnBatavia; thecodont; Egon
Andy Crouch, in his WSJ article, "Steve Jobs, the Secular Prophet," points out the difference between Jobs' hope, and that of the Christian. (FReeper thread here.)
37 posted on 10/08/2011 6:33:42 PM PDT by RhoTheta ("We're from the Government, and we're here to help you ... NOT")
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To: Kirkwood
Most of these are just blathering, but this one is actually significant:

9. “When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don’t put in the time or energy to get there.”

Reminds me a bit of a Curtis (of aircraft fame) quote; “Any
part you eliminate can't break.”

38 posted on 10/08/2011 6:54:58 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Hojczyk
11. “The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.

The United States of America could learn a lesson from this. We won't get out of debt as long as we focus on getting out of debt. Just as we did with every other technological breakthrough, we can grow our way out of this mess via one or more innovations that simply blow away the rest of the world's economies.

39 posted on 10/08/2011 7:24:26 PM PDT by giotto
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To: Hojczyk

With all due respect to Steve Jobs, there is more wisdom in one chapter of Proverbs, than in his entire philosophy of life. To me, in everything I have read about him so far.....he was utterly devoid of any “spiritualness” (for lack of a better word) that is described in scripture.

He was for all intents and purposes, a humanist. And the wisdom of man, is foolishness to God. I don’t judge him, I just call it as I see it.


40 posted on 10/08/2011 8:11:09 PM PDT by JNRoberts
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To: Revolting cat!

So your point is, LSD is ok because other legal drugs are worse? First of all, I doubt your premise is correct, and if it was, it has nothing to do with whether it’s a good idea to encourage LSD use.


41 posted on 10/08/2011 8:49:44 PM PDT by Defiant (Calling all citizens from all over the world, this is Captain America calling.)
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To: Defiant

LSD was legal until the end of the 1960s. (Imagine this discussion in 1965.) Then your beloved government capriciously delegalized it, deciding FOR YOU what’s good for you, deciding with apparently your slavish consent. When Prozac gets illegalized, as it should, will you instantly approve as well? There are reasons for and against hallucogenic, mind altering substances, many if not most, found in nature, and used by people for thousands of years, and modern bureaucracies, politicians and believers in the wisdom of fickle, corrupt governments, such as you seem to be, have nothing to teach me or the rest of humanity about them, good or bad, even if they are indeed B-A-D! I trust the wisdom of thinkers and philosophers who have tried or not tried these substances.


42 posted on 10/08/2011 9:08:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Defiant

I didn’t answer your question, or challenge as it were, and I didn’t mean to offend you, sorry.

I think that Steve Jobs’ point about acid was not to encourage the general use of LSD (nor was it my point), but to suggest that an attempt at temporary legal or not mind alteration would have done Bill Gates some good in helping to expand his intellectual territory, his imagination, and knowing what I know about Bill Gates (he’s a bridge player, for Chrissakes!) I agree.


43 posted on 10/08/2011 9:31:33 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
I think the idea that Bill Gates should have been more wild as a youth is interesting, and if you want to say that, fine. I disagree, because then he wouldn't have been Bill Gates, a focused, driven, dweeb of a guy who was perfect for his company, as Jobs was for his. I think the notion that Gates should have tried acid is dangerous, because Jobs is so highly regarded that it might encourage an increase in LSD usage. I am not an expert, but from anecdotal data, there are a significant number of bad experiences among those who have tried that drug, and for many people, it leads to lifelong issues. For some, it certainly provides inspiration to later creativity, but in my opinion, no one should take something with such risks, at least without more research about the size of the risk. It's like playing Russian Roulette with your life. I'm glad it worked out for Steve Jobs.

I wasn't offended. You make me laugh more than just about anyone around here.

44 posted on 10/08/2011 9:57:48 PM PDT by Defiant (I picked you up when you were down on your knees, will you catch me now I'm falling?)
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To: Defiant

I can’t disagree with what you said having seen acid casualties myself,
though I suspect that Jobs was referring to the
latter day unimaginative Gates, the Buffett bridge partner!


45 posted on 10/08/2011 10:01:31 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Kirkwood

Great point — thanks for such a clarifying comment.


46 posted on 10/08/2011 10:13:01 PM PDT by Weirdad (Don't put up with ANY voter fraud...)
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To: Revolting cat!
I don't know why you insist to arguing for LSD by arguing against prozac. The two are not logically related. I love the government quite a bit less than Ronald Reagan did, would return it to the 1800s and limited powers in terms of its duties. States have certainly always had power to regulate drug use, and the feds would only have the right to regulate interstate commerce in drugs. Strict libertarians are against any drug laws, but I am not among that group. If you are, more power to you, enjoy your hallucinations.

As for prozac, you seem to have a thing about it, it's your catch-all straw man. One of my best friends from college jumped off a building in Manhattan a few weeks after being put on prozac back around 1990 or so. He left two baby girls. I am familiar with Prozac. Maybe you went through something similar and can't let it go, I don't know, but, again, it has nothing to do with acid.

47 posted on 10/08/2011 10:13:24 PM PDT by Defiant (I picked you up when you were down on your knees, will you catch me now I'm falling?)
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To: Hojczyk

Did he say “become a monthly Donor to Free Republic”?

Must have been #26.


48 posted on 10/08/2011 10:18:07 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: Weirdad

Congress should live by No. 9. Having bills that are 315,000 words in length in sheer idiocy.


49 posted on 10/08/2011 10:21:36 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: Defiant

Prozac a drug, even if legal, LSD is a drug, prior to 1970 legal. It could have, might have, was considered to become a medication, then who knows. Like Prozac it isn’t found in nature, it is a synthetic man made substance. I’m not hung up on Prozac at all, only heard of a few known people who suffered from its effects, while you have a more personal experience of the same sort. It is simply a convenient comparison object, and not all comparison objects are straw men. The phrase straw man itself has become a ‘straw man’, if you catch my drift.

The states and the feds regulate medications, and it’s good until they go over the top, as FDA often does, but who is to regulate them?

In all it’s a tough issue, legalization of currently illegal drugs, and I have no idea what is right, what isn’t, but the legality or otherwise of Steve Jobs’ use of LSD is of no relevance to me, and I won’t condemn him if he had used it.


50 posted on 10/08/2011 10:28:47 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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