Life on a T-Shirt

Nobel laureate Leon Lederman once said, “My ambition is to live to see all of physics reduced to a formula so elegant and simple that it will fit easily on the front of a T-shirt.” He was talking about the Big TOE (Theory Of Everything) and his comment inspired Dan Falk’s book about the current state of physics, Universe on a T-Shirt.


Understanding the entire universe is beyond my pay grade but I’ve always looked for “elegant and simple” explanations of how life works. Distilling truth is a venerable tradition. Think of the proverbs in the Old Testament or the sayings of Jesus in the New: “Render unto Caesar …, What shall it profit a man …, Greater love has no man than this ….”


The T-Shirt template requires principles that are profound, pithy and portable. Words that are wise, witty and wearable. Maxims that are memorable, meaty and mobile. Sayings that are sagacious, sharp and salable. (I could go on and on; just ask my kids.)


Here are a few truths worthy of being immortalized on cotton.



The glory of God is a person fully alive. – Irenaeus


God sells us all good things at the price of labor. – Horace


Prayer is a conversation with God about what we are doing together. – Dallas Willard



Adversity introduces a man to himself. – Anonymous


The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing – Marcus Aurelius


If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it! – Jonathan Winters



Courtesy is owed. Respect is earned. Love is given. – Ruth Brown


Being kind is more important than being right. – Andy Rooney


How is it possible to have a civil war? – George Carlin


The World According to Homer:

Beer. Now there’s a temporary solution.


Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true.


The answer to life’s problems aren’t at the bottom of a bottle, they’re on TV!


My newest category, Cancer:




Send me some of your favorites.



One thought on “Life on a T-Shirt

  1. I think you should get a couple of the T’s about baldness and give one to Alan. Then you can both be stylin. You should also see if he will share with you his daily ritual to avoid sunburning the pate. What are son-in-laws for if not to help us know how to be cool? I think you have the best of all lives – your family is truly a gift (including your sibs) because we all try to out do each other with a quick barb here and there. We are not always successful but we are always easily entertained. Love you little brother.

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