Marilyn vos Savant

Marilyn vos Savant
Marilyn vos Savant
  • Born: August 11, 1946
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author









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The essence of our America is finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom 'to' and freedom 'from. Freedom & Liberty
A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night. Morning
A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.
Although spoken English doesn't obey the rules of written language, a person who doesn't know the rules thoroughly is at a great disadvantage.
At first, I only laughed at myself. Then I noticed that life itself is amusing. I've been in a generally good mood ever since. Life
Attention-deficit disorders seem to abound in modern society, and we don't know the cause. Society
Avoid using cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs as alternatives to being an interesting person.
Be able to analyze statistics, which can be used to support or undercut almost any argument.
Be able to back up a car for a considerable distance in a straight line and back out of a driveway.
Be able to blow out a dinner candle without sending wax flying across the table.
Be able to cite three good qualities of every relative or acquaintance that you dislike.
Be able to confide your innermost secrets to your mother and your innermost fears to your father.
Be able to correctly pronounce the words you would like to speak and have excellent spoken grammar.
Be able to decline a date so gracefully that the person isn't embarrassed that he or she asked.
Be able to defend your arguments in a rational way. Otherwise, all you have is an opinion.
Be able to describe anything visual, such as a street scene, in words that convey your meaning.
Be able to draw an illustration as least well enough to get your point across to another person.
Be able to go shopping for a bathing suit and not become depressed afterward.
Be able to hiccup silently, or at least without alerting neighbors to your situation. The first hiccup is an exception.
Be able to identify the most common breeds of dogs and cats on sight.
Be able to keep a secret or promise when you know in your heart that it is the right thing to do.
Be able to live alone, even if you don't want to and think you will never find it necessary.
Be able to meet any deadline, even if your work is done less well than it would be if you had all the time you would have preferred. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Be able to notice all the confusion between fact and opinion that appears in the news.
Be able to read blueprints, diagrams, floorplans, and other diagrams used in the construction process.
Be able to recognize many of the major constellations and know the stories behind them.
Be able to recognize the dangerous snakes, spiders, insects, and plants that live in your area of the country.
Be able to recognize when you're reading or hearing material biased to your own side.
Be able to sneeze without sounding ridiculous. That means neither stifling yourself or spraying your immediate vicinity.
Be able to suffer wearing a necktie or slightly high heels for an entire evening without complaint or early removal.
Be able to tell whether garments that look good on the hanger actually look good on you.
Be in the habit of experimenting with your clothing so that you don't get stuck for life with a self-image developed over the course of high school. Life
Be in the habit of getting up bright and early on the weekends. Why waste such precious time in bed? Time
Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
Capital punishment is the source of many an argument, both good and bad.
Email, instant messaging, and cell phones give us fabulous communication ability, but because we live and work in our own little worlds, that communication is totally disorganized. Communication & Communications ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Evolution has long been the target of illogical arguments that use presumption.
Experts say you can't concentrate on more than one task at a time. Time
Have enough sense to know, ahead of time, when your skills will not extend to wallpapering. Time ;Humor
Have you ever noticed that when you must struggle to hear something, you close your eyes?
I believe that one can indeed work on two or more tasks at once, but in ways yet to be understood. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I suspect that some apparently homosexual people are really heterosexuals who deeply phobic about the opposite sex or have other emotional problems.
I think change is possible, but only for individuals who were never truly gay in the first place and who have a strong personal motivation to recover their heterosexuality.
I would not encourage children or teens to multitask because we don't know where those efforts may lead.
If your head tells you one thing, and your heart tells you another, before you do anything, you should first decide whether you have a better head or a better heart.
Know about the appeals process, especially in the case of the most serious crimes.
Know how and how much to tip people who expect gratuities, even in the case of poor service.
Know how to behave at a buffet. Take a clean plate for a second helping.
Know how to behave at a fine restaurant, which is a telltale measure of social maturity.
Know how to drive safely when it's raining or when it's snowing. The two conditions are different.
Know how to effectively voice a complaint or make a claim at a retail store.
Know how to garnish food so that it is more appealing to the eye and even more flavorful than before. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Know how to travel from your town to a nearby town without a car, either by bus or by rail. Travel
Know how to treat frostbite until you can get indoors.
Know how weather, especially humidity, can affect the movement of doors and windows.
Know how your representatives stand on major national or state issues.
Know the difference between principles based on right or wrong vs. principles based on personal gain, and consider the basis of your own principles.
Know the function of a fuse box and the appearance of a tripped circuit breaker.
Know the names of past and current artists who are most famous for playing their instruments. Fame
Know the official post office abbreviations for all 50 states without having to consult a list.
Know what happens when an individual declares bankruptcy and how it affects his or her life. Life
Know what to do if you feel faint or dizzy, especially if you might fall and hit your head.
Know where to find the sunrise and sunset times and note how the sky looks at those times, at least once.
Know which officials are voted into office and which are appointed, and by whom.
Know why certain foods, such as truffles, are expensive. It's not because they taste best.
Learn at least two classic ballroom dances, at least one of them Latin.
Make a habit of canceling every subscription to anything you don't have time to read. Time
Many people feel they must multi-task because everybody else is multitasking, but this is partly because they are all interrupting each other so much.
Multi-tasking arises out of distraction itself.
No one would choose to be jerked randomly off task again and again until you have half a dozen things you're trying to get done, all at the same time. Time
People who work crossword puzzles know that if they stop making progress, they should put the puzzle down for a while. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Play more than one game at a time. This is a painless way to learn how to do many things at once. Time
Scientists and creationists are always at odds, of course.
Skill is successfully walking a tightrope between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. Intelligence is not trying.
Society needs people who can manage projects in addition to handling individual tasks. Society
Spending waiting moments doing crossword puzzles or reading a book you brought yourself.
Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses. Success
Teens think listening to music helps them concentrate. It doesn't. It relieves them of the boredom that concentration on homework induces. Music, Chants & Rapps
The chess player who develops the ability to play two dozen boards at a time will benefit from learning to compress his or her analysis into less time. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time
The difference between talking on your cell phone while driving and speaking with a passenger is huge. The person on the other end of the cell phone is chattering away, oblivious.
The freedom to be an individual is the essence of America. Freedom & Liberty
The length of your education is less important than its breadth, and the length of your life is less important than its depth. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Understand why casinos and racetracks stay in business - the gambler always loses over the long term. Business, Commerce & Finance
What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom 'to' and freedom 'from.' Freedom & Liberty
When our spelling is perfect, it's invisible. But when it's flawed, it prompts strong negative associations.
While you're writing, you can't concentrate nearly as well on what the speaker is saying.
Working in an office with an array of electronic devices is like trying to get something done at home with half a dozen small children around. The calls for attention are constant.