Best of 2023

Common Wisdom Infused with Billy Joel

Is it better to have Joeled and lost than never to have Joeled at all?

Let Billgones be Joelgones.

Close, but no Billy Joel.

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on Billy Joel.

When the student is ready, Billy Joel will appear.

If music be the food of love, play Billy Joel!!!  — Shakespeare [third exclamation point mine]

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to rule the world. Today I am Billy Joel. — Rumi

“Assume” makes an ass out of you and Billy Joel.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living Billy Joel’s life. — Steve Jobs

Man is a mystery. It needs to be unraveled, and if you spend your whole life unraveling it, it seems such a waste of time, but that’s what it’s all about. — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

On second thought, live Billy Joel’s life. It’s way better than yours. — Steve Jobs

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in a song like “The Downeaster ‘Alexa.’ ” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

On third thought, live MY life. I’m ripped! — Steve Jobs

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how Billy Joel responds to it. — Lou Holtz

A man who stands for nothing will Summer Highland Fall for anything. — Malcolm X

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve Billy Joel’s 1982 album ‘The Nylon Curtain.’ — Gautama Buddha

Wait a second: What about “River of Dreams”? — Billy Joel

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss the chicken cacciatore down on Sullivan Street. — ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

Sorry, I don’t think “River of Dreams” is gonna make it. I haven’t even mentioned “Allentown.” — Jeff Bender

Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about shushing your friends whenever “Allentown” comes on. — George Bernard Shaw

Why’d I say “ripped” back there? I think I meant “loaded.” Anyway. Live my life. — Steve Jobs

Speaking of, what about “My Life”? — Billy Joel

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: Tell. Her. About it. (Fuck, I guess that’s four.) — Robert Frost

Only the good die young. — Voltaire