Thursday, April 17, 2008

There Are Two Kinds Of People In This World...

There are "two kinds" in the world....

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. -- Indira Gandhi

Men are divided into two groups -- those who love and build and those who hate and destroy. -- Jose Marti

There are two kinds of people in the world: the ones that suck the life out of every day, and the ones that let every day suck the life out of them. -- Bill Purdin

There are only two kinds of scholars; those who love ideas and those who hate them.-- Emile Chartier

There are two kinds of Americans: those who want this country for themselves and those who want it for everyone. -- Bill Purdin

There are two kinds of people: some willing to work and the rest willing to let them.-- Robert Frost

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. -- Oscar Wilde

... those who divide people into two types, and those who don't.-- Edward A. Murphy, Jr. of "Murphy's Laws"

People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, 'Why wasn't it done the other way?' -- 0liver Wendell Holmes

The elect are whosoever will, and the non-elect, whosoever won't.-- Henry Ward Beecher

...those who believe there are two kinds of people, and those who know better.-- Anonymous

...the world is divided into two types of people: those who love to talk, and those who hate to listen. -- James Thorpe

...those who walk into a room and say, "There you are" -- and those who say, "Here I am!"-- Abigail Van Buren

...the givers and the takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.-- Anonymous

...those who believe in global warming and those who don't. -- Seth Berman

...those who have lost data due to a system crash, and those who will. -- Mike Epstein

...those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig. --Clint Eastwood, "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.

And, there are "three kinds" of people in the world....

There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can't stand Picasso, those who can't stand Raphael, and those who've never heard of either of them. -- John White

Today, there are three kinds of people: the have's, the have-not's, and the have-not-paid-for-what-they-have's. -- Earl Wilson

People can be divided into three groups:1. Those who make things happen,2. Those who watch things happen,3. And those who wonder what's happening. -- Anonymous

All mankind is divided into three groups: those that are immovable, those that are movable and those that move." -- Benjamin Franklin

There are three kinds of people in the world, the wills, the won'ts, and the can'ts. The first accomplish everything; the second oppose everything, the third fail in everything-- Eclectic Magazine

And, then there are "four kinds"s of people...

There are basically four kinds of people: cop-outs, hold-outs, drop-outs, and all-outs.-- Robert Schuller


I was thinking about this familiar phrase the other day and I was wondering how many ways you could divide up the world into two groups, but mostly where would I fall among the divisions.

The "have's" and "have-not's" was the first one I thought of and I definitely come under the heading of "have-not". I have neither money, nor power, nor fame, but I would gladly settle for all of one, or some of all three. If I had all of one, I think I could wing the other two. And while I've known a few "have-some's" and "got-a-bit's", mostly it has been "have-not's". "Have's" don't tend to run with a crowd that would include me, and that's fine, because what would we talk about? I only know just so many lawyer jokes and most of them are off-color and more importantly, "Have's" tend to be wine drinkers and tend to shy away from beer.

But there are a lot of "two kinds of people" comparisons that need to be hit on such as:

  • squeeze from the bottom of the toothpaste tube or the middle.

  • wear shoes in the house

  • bother to trim nose hairs

  • would sit through a subtitled film

  • would date a Chinese guy named Rusty

  • those who use turn signals

  • wet their toothbrush before or after applying toothpaste

  • would eat something while blindfolded

  • would cross the state lines for immoral purposes

  • know how to handle a crisis

  • those who have been involved in something they should be ashamed of but aren't, and those who really are ashamed.

  • can swear creatively at will

  • look good naked

  • those who "give a shit" and those who don't

  • those who have endured an accident/war/tsunami/plague/bad divorce/famine/wild fire/gunshot/mine cave-in/genital warts/etc. and lived to tell the tale and those who haven't

  • Those who read Grant Miller and those who don't

Two of the most intriguing divisions I could think of were "men and women" and "us and them". The first has been well covered by both comediens and philosophers alike so I don't think my paltry wit has anything more to add to this minefield of a subject. The division of "us and them" seems to be one of the most destructive lines of demarcation we have ever conceived, as it always seems to come to the surface right before someone suggests that we go hurt "them" as they aren't like "us".

But while it is a hoot to contemplate all the different stripes of people who tread this earth and where we fall amongst them, I don't think it is as productive of a line of thinking as how we are all so much alike. Such as:

  • we liked to be touched occasionally

  • we like to eat

  • we get emotional every now and then

  • we get tired

  • sometimes we just need a cookie

  • that true love is hard to find, but grand when it happens

  • sometimes we smell bad or just have that "not so fresh" feeling

  • we enjoy finding money we didn't know we had

  • we enjoy winning and losing sucks

  • we aren't paid what we are worth

  • sometimes, someone bugs the crap out of us, but not enough to kill them

But if we must divide ourselves into one or the other, let's use this one:

"There are two kinds of people in this world, those who fish, and those who cut bait"



  1. Can't help but thinking of this one:

    "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."

    GWBush 9/20/01

  2. There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't.

  3. you know, I squeeze the toothpaste tube from BOTH the middle and the bottom, depending on th' day. I probably would go out with Rusty, but only if he had dimples and his own motor scooter.

    Does this make me a fence sitter?? (heh...)

  4. My friend Dan Wilkens over at has one of the best shirts ever:

    "If there is such a thing as Us and Them, it is not between black and white, old and young, disabled and non, male and female, gay and straight, catholic, protestant, buddhist, etc., etc., etc., blah, blah, blah.

    It is between those who get it and those who do not."

  5. Or, those who wear kilts, and those that are jealous...


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