People hardly ever make use of the freedom they have, for example, freedom of thought; instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
The stress-reducing effects of a summer vacation begin to disappear three days after people return to work, says an Israeli researcher, and have completely disappeared after three weeks.
Journal of Applied Psychology
You can persuade a man to believe almost anything provided he is clever enough, but it is much more difficult to persuade someone less clever.
To my mind, the only possible pet is a cow. Cows love you ... They will listen to your problems and never ask a thing in return. They will be your friends forever. And when you get tired of them, you can kill and eat them. Perfect.
Bill Bryson in Neither Here Nor There