Herman Wouk

Herman Wouk

American writer
The Navy is a master plan designed by geniuses for execution by idiots. If you are not an idiot, but find yourself in the Navy, you can only operate well by pretending to be one. All the shortcuts and economies and common-sense changes that your native intelligence suggests to you are mistakes. Learn to quash them. Constantly ask yourself, "How would I do this if I were a fool?" Throttle down your mind to a crawl. Then you will never go wrong.More Herman Wouk quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Human life cannot be formless. We live by patterns. We move in comradeships. Conformity is evil when it distorts, flattens, and erases fruitful ways, strong ideas, natural identities; it is evil when it is a steamroller. But a man cannot escape being part of a milieu - and a recognizable part - unless he flees naked to a cave, never to return. The sensible thing is to use hard thinking to find the right way to live and then to live that way. What matters is living with dignity, with decency, and without fear.More Herman Wouk quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The only true non-conformists are in the asylums; the only radically free spirits are in the death house awaiting the chair. We live by patterns.More Herman Wouk quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A leader can't dash ahead around the bend out of sight.More Herman Wouk quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My two sons speak Hebrew, and are familiar with the scriptures and with rabbinic literature. This is the way we live.More Herman Wouk quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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