The CDP // Ep19: Quotes that will make you think twice 🚀

In this episode of The Clever Dummies Podcast. We have a special guest Conor Mac Cormaic. We talk about the great quotes over the years and dig deep to find the implications of the lessons found within such quotes. If you want to hear more from Conor check out is an amazing blog at
  1. “If you accomplish something good with hard work, the labour passes quickly, but the good endures: If you do something shameful in pursuit of pleasure, the pleasure passes quickly, but the shame endures” – Musonius Rufus (Roman Philosopher) Around the time of Nero, he taught Epictetus (stoic philosophy)
  2. “Choose a life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers… Choose DSY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away in the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourself, choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that?” ― Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting
  3. “The scariest moment is always just before you start” Stephen King (One of the worlds best selling Horror writers, you’ll see his books on every free books or second hand store on earth)
  4. “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change” Stephen Hawking (Theoretical physisict and cosmologist. A brief history of time and Theory of everything movie. 
  5. “How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?” Epictetus (Greek Stoic Philosopher. Lived in Rome until he was Banned. Influenced by MArcus Aurelius (Seneca))
  6. “Well done is better than well said” Benjamin Franklin
  7. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” Zig Ziglar 
  8. “Anyone who isn’t embarrased of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough” – Alain De Botton 
  9. “when you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – To breath, to think, to enjoy, to love” Marcus Aurelius
  10. “What worries you master you” John Locke
  11. “Being broke is an insult to yourself.” 
  12. Choose designer lingerie, in the vain hope of kicking some life back into a dead relationship. Choose handbags, choose high-heeled shoes, cashmere and silk, to make yourself feel what passes for happy. Choose an iPhone made in China by a woman who jumped out of a window and stick it in the pocket of your jacket fresh from a South-Asian firetrap. Choose Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and a thousand others ways to spew your bile across people you’ve never met. Choose updating your profile, tell the world what you had for breakfast and hope that someone, somewhere cares. Choose looking up old flames, desperate to believe that you don’t look as bad as they do. Choose live-blogging, from your first wank till your last breath; human interaction reduced to nothing more than data. Choose ten thing you never knew about celebrities who’ve had surgery. Choose screaming about abortion, choose rape jokes, slut-shaming, revenge porn and an endless tide of depressing misogyny. Choose 9/11 never happened, and if it did, it was the Jews. Choose a zero-hour contract and a two hour journey to work, and choose the same for your kids, only worse, and maybe tell yourself that it’s better that they never happened. And then sit back and smother the pain with an unknown dose of an unknown drug made in somebody’s fucking kitchen. Choose unfulfilled promise and wishing you’d done it all differently. Choose never learning from your own mistakes. Choose watching history repeat itself. Choose the slow reconciliation towards what you can get, rather than what you always hoped for. Settle for less and keep a brave face on it. Choose disappointment and choose losing the ones you love then as they fall from view, a piece of you dies with them until you can see that one day in the future, piece by piece they will be all gone and there will be nothing left of you to call alive or dead. Choose your future, Veronica. Choose life
  13. “Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way” – Alan Watts