The Best Ben Stein quotes

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Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist and lawyer. He has been writing for more than thirty years and he has had his work published in the New York Times, Newsweek and Time magazine among others. His most recent book was called How to Fail which gives readers advice on how not to succeed in their business ventures. The blog post will be providing information on Ben’s life as well as what he does now that he is retired from acting.
Ben Stein was born in 1944 but raised by relatives because of his parents’ death during World War II. He studied at Harvard University where he graduated with honors before going on to study law at Yale Law School.
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November 25, 1944

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Columbia University

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Writer, Actor, Lawyer

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Us$20 Million

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The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. — Ben Stein

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want. — Ben Stein

Humans are alive, therefore life must be complex. — Ben Stein

I am so used to having a comfortable life. What will it be like when I am no longer able to just buy anything I want? — Ben Stein

the first step to getting the things you want out of life is this decide what you want Ben Stein quote

And there hasn’t been much progress in Darwinism since [the life of Darwin]. — Ben Stein

I think a snob would be a person who thinks he is entitled; he has good things in his life and is entitled to them. — Ben Stein

I have to tell you I never in my life anticipated getting this old, this fast. It seems as if I were 25 just a few days ago. — Ben Stein

I tell you why I don’t think I will ever vote for a Democrat, if I may say so. Because for me, the number one issue is right to life, and I don’t think the Democrats are very good on the right–to–life issue. — Ben Stein

The successful people of this world take life as it comes. They just go out and deal with the world as it is. — Ben Stein

humans are alive therefore life must be complex Ben Stein quote

Life lived to help others is the only life that matters. — Ben Stein

I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters and that it sis my duty … This is my highest and best use as a human. — Ben Stein

Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows. — Ben Stein

It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated… it is finished when it surrenders. — Ben Stein

You must take the first step. The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain. But after that, everything that has to be done is real–life movement. — Ben Stein


I am so in love with just lying in bed listening to Mozart. — Ben Stein

My pals, such as they are, in Hollywood, ask me why I love to travel to D.C. so much, why it’s a vacation destination for me. I say, ‘Because I sometimes have perfect days there.’ — Ben Stein

My ‘thing’ is that I just lie in my immense bed and look out the window at the skyline over Virginia and the sky and the airplanes coming into Reagan. I really love doing that. — Ben Stein

Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place. Science leads you to killing people. — Ben Stein

I love sleeping in a moving car more than sleeping in bed. — Ben Stein

i am so in love with just lying in bed listening to mozart Ben Stein quote


I’m an economist by training. I don’t really work as an economist. I only worked briefly as an economist. — Ben Stein

It isn’t the rich people’s fault that poor people are poor. Poor people who get an education and work hard in this country will stop being poor. That should be the goal for all poor people everywhere. — Ben Stein

Running a real business is exacting, daunting, repetitive work. Even in Silicon Valley. — Ben Stein

What’s a good investment? Go home from work early and spend the afternoon throwing a ball around with your son. — Ben Stein

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Sleep more at night. If it’s allowed at work or home, take a nap in the afternoon. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel. — Ben Stein

running a real business is exacting daunting repetitive work even in silicon valley Ben Stein quote

Could Congress really do its work if it held its sessions by teleconferencing? Could the Supreme Court? Nothing can replace the spark of intelligence that travels from person to person at meetings. — Ben Stein

As Beverly Hills becomes more Iranian–Jewish, it is becoming politically conservative. — Ben Stein

Politics is a thankless occupation; I have no interest in it at all. — Ben Stein


So, who in the media is without sin among us? I am in the media and I am a major league sinner. I don’t know anyone except my wife who isn’t a big time sinner. — Ben Stein

Prime–time network television has become an island without religion in an ever–more–religious America. — Ben Stein

I mean it used to be, there was a time … when lynchings of African Americans were not that incredibly rare. Now the lynchings are the police and it’s just an outrage. — Ben Stein

I spend so much time in fear of going broke, and I never have been even remotely close to going broke. — Ben Stein

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose–not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember. — Ben Stein

The education system should teach us about money; it’s an incredibly big subject. I run into people all the time that don’t have the first clue of what they should do about money. — Ben Stein

Trying to pick individual stocks is a trap. I can’t do it. Warren Buffett can, but hardly anyone else can beat the indexes over a long period of time. — Ben Stein


I think Darwinism as a theory explaining evolution within species is incredibly brilliant–just unbelievably, incredibly brilliant. — Ben Stein

Darwinism doesn’t explain where gravity comes from. It doesn’t explain where thermodynamics comes from. It doesn’t explain where the laws of physics come from. It doesn’t explain where matter came from. — Ben Stein

I have always been very concerned that Darwinism gave the basic okay to terrible racism and to the idea of murder based upon race. — Ben Stein

Academic freedom is being lost by a great many people who dare to challenge Darwinism. That’s a terrifying situation. That’s contrary to the principles of science. — Ben Stein

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