On Being Cool

Sunday, November 2, 2008 – On Being Cool


One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat. ~ Woodrow Wilson


Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. ~ Thomas Jefferson


It is only after time has been given for a cool and deliberate reflection that the real voice of the people can be known. ~ George Washington


Alright guys, I want to get out there and vote tomorrow. And not because it’s cool, because it’s not. You know what is cool? Smoking. Smoke while you vote. ~ Jon Stewart


Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes. ~ Walt Whitman


Nothing baffles the schemes of evil people so much as the calm composure of great souls. ~ Comte de Mirabeau


I admire the serene assurance of those who have religious faith. It is wonderful to observe the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces. ~ Mark Twain


One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards. ~ Oscar Wilde


Sophistication might be described as the ability to cope gracefully with a situation involving the presence of a formidable menace to one’s poise and prestige (such as the butler, or the man under the bed – but never the husband). ~ James Thurber


The keynote of American civilization is a sort of warm-hearted vulgarity. The Americans have none of the irony of the English, none of their cool poise, none of their manner. But they do have friendliness. Where an Englishman would give you his card, an American would very likely give you his shirt. ~ Raymond Chandler


The first attribute that characterizes the greater man from the moron is his thicker layer of inhibition. ~ Martin H. Fischer


Discipline and concentration are a matter of being interested. ~ Tom Kite


He that resigns his peace to little casualties, and suffers the course of his life to be interrupted by fortuitous inadvertencies or offences, delivers up himself to the direction of the wind, and loses all that constancy and equanimity which constitute the chief praise of a wise man. ~ Samuel Johnson: Rambler #112 (April 13, 1751)


Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength. ~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton


Quite a number of observers have commented on my coolness during various riotous concerts which I performed at during those first tumultuous years of the armistice between World War I and World War II. The reason is very simple: I was armed. ~ George Antheil


Stillness and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding. Vulgar persons can’t sit still, or at least must always work their limbs and features. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others. ~ Dag Hammarskjold


Science rests on reason and experiment, and can meet an opponent with calmness; but a belief is always sensitive. ~ James A. Froude


Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner, but at the same time let them feel the steadiness of your resentment. ~ Lord Chesterfield


If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Confidence is courage at ease. ~ Daniel Maher


I have nothing but confidence in you, and very little of that. ~ Groucho Marx


Mrs. Lindsay – “You certainly look cool.”

Yogi Berra – “Thanks, you don’t look so hot yourself.”


That would be cool if you could eat a good food with a bad food and the good food would cover for the bad food when it got to your stomach. Like you could eat a carrot with an onion ring and they would travel down to your stomach, then they would get there, and the carrot would say, It’s cool, he’s with me. ~ Mitch Hedberg


Sometimes when I feel like killing someone, I do a little trick to calm myself down. I’ll go over to the persons house and ring the doorbell. When the person comes to the door, I’m gone, but you know what I’ve left on the porch? A jack-o-lantern with a knife stuck in the side of its head with a note that says “You.” After that I usually feel a lot better, and no harm done. ~ Jack Handy