CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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October 9, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty is it is almost impossible to please both audiences at the same time.
Deacon Bill Rich, Joy: The Journey Home (2012)
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September 22, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty, the only reality that can be trusted, is stillness."
Daniel P. Watkins, Anna Letitia Barbauld and Eighteenth-Century Visionary Poetics (2012)
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September 19, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty is this: If you do nothing, you'll achieve nothing."
Vickie L. Milazzo, Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman (2011)
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August 29, 2012 (permalink)

"Our Higher Self is at all times there for us—a constant and eternal companion and the only certainty that we can count on."
Brigitte Arora, Transformation of the Human-Animal (2012)
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August 10, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that exceptions occur."
Rand Wilcox, Modern Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2011)
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July 3, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty in our life is that when time moves on it is forever lost."
Paramahamsa Nithyananda, Bhagavad Gita: Demystified (2011)
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June 30, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that you cannot run a business without cash."
Project Management Accounting: Budgeting, Tracking, and Reporting Costs and Profitability
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May 21, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty, the only promise, [is] that night [is] coming soon."
Larry D. Sweazy, The Badger's Revenge (2011)
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April 20, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty I have is that perseverance in the habit of writing is usually in direct relation to its absurdity, while we usually do brilliant things quite spontaneously."
—Enrique Vila-Matas, Never Any End to Paris
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April 3, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that you will have unfinished business, and it will weigh on your mind, and you won't even know why."
Jim T. Lindsey, A Traveler's Guide for Lost Souls: The Flaw in the Fabric (2011)
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March 27, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that 'someone', 'somewhere', who has committed a certain offense, deserves to die."
Is the Death Penalty Dying?: European and American Perspectives (2011)
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February 10, 2012 (permalink)

"It is strange that in this world in which everything is sooner or later lost, where losing is the only certainty, one gets attached to even the smallest things and wants to be able to say goodbye even to a pair of pants, rather than have it simply disappear."
Allen Shawn, Twin: A Memoir (2010)
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October 18, 2011 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that there will be a rational solution."
Mark A. Bedau & Carol E. Cleland, The Nature of Life
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September 11, 2011 (permalink)

"The only certainty we enjoy now is that we are alive."
Jaime Batista, Epilogue: Time Machine Chronicles (2010)
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August 17, 2011 (permalink)

"Fire is the only certainty."
Laurell K. Hamilton, Bullet (2010)
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July 11, 2011 (permalink)

"Our only certainty here is that the field is open and game goes on!"
—P. Tarazona, "Density Functional Theories of Hard Particle Systems" (2008)
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June 14, 2011 (permalink)

 "Our only certainty is to act with the body."
Wittgenstein
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May 10, 2011 (permalink)

"There is no guarantee that we will succeed at whatever we attempt to do, but we should still fully engage our energies in living in the present because this split-second moment in time is our only certainty."
Alexandra Stoddard, Things Good Mothers Know (2009)
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April 15, 2011 (permalink)

"We are first and foremost trapped in the subjective world of the mind and can never exist beyond it as it is our only certainty."
Maria Beville, Gothic-Postmodernism: Voicing the Terrors of Postmodernity (2009)
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March 28, 2011 (permalink)

"The only certainty is risk."
William Campbell, Dead Forever: Apotheosis: Book 2 (2010)
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