Certainly the game is rigged. Don’t let that stop you; if you don’t bet you can’t win.

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Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

When the ship lifts, all bills are paid. No regrets.

Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.

You live and learn. Or you don’t live long.