"Honesty is the cruelest game of all, because not only can you hurt someone - and hurt them to the bone - you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time."
"Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present."Dave Van Ronk on Roger Babson
"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time."Dave Van Ronk on Abraham Lincoln
"Lost time is never found again."Dave Van Ronk on Benjamin Franklin
"Patience and time do more than strength or passion."Dave Van Ronk on Jean de La Fontaine
"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."Dave Van Ronk on C. S. Lewis
"Most of what I listen to now is mainstream jazz from 1935 right up to and including early bebop and cool jazz."
"They basically said that if I didn't show up for school they'd mark me present, they wouldn't send the truant officer after me. At 16 I enrolled in something called continuing education. Once a month I'd go out to Jamaica, but I didn't take it seriously."
"You can't be afraid of failure and you can't be afraid of success, because either one gets in the way of your work."