Archived Quotes from February 2016

When you say one thing, the clever person understands three. ~~ Chinese proverb


A hateful act is the transference to others of the degradation we bear in ourselves. ~~ Simone Weil


If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. ~~ Isaac Asimov


We live under a system of tacit understandings.  But the understandings are not always understood. ~~ Sidney Low


One who's our friend is fond of us; one who's fond of us isn't necessarily our friend. ~~ Marcus Annaeus Seneca 


The cat lives his own life; he expects you to live yours. ~~ Nelson A. Crawford


Sleep, riches, and health to be truly enjoyed must be interrupted. ~~ Jean Paul Richter


When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. ~~ Japanese proverb


The inability to act spontaneously, to express what one genuinely feels and thinks, and the resulting necessity to present a pseudo-self to others and oneself, are the root of the feeling of inferiority and weakness. ~~ Erich Fromm


The next best thing to winning is losing!  At least you've been in the race. ~~ Nellie Hershey Smith


So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. ~~ Gordon W. Allport


 Believe not because some old manuscripts are produced, believe not because it is your national belief, believe not because you have been made to believe from your childhood; but reason truth out, and after you have analyzed it, then if you find it will do good to one and all, believe it, live up to it and help others live up to it. ~~ Buddha


But true love is a durable fire,
In the mind ever burning,
Never sick, never old, never dead,
From itself never turning. ~~ Sir Walter Raleigh


 When first we fall in love, we feel that we know all there is to know about life, and perhaps we are right. ~~ Mignon McLaughlin


I am not bound to win, but / I am bound to be true. / I am not bound to succeed, but / I am bound to live up to what light I have. ~~ Abraham Lincoln


An absolute fanatic… From the day of his birth, I suspect.  He never understood the difference between life and philosophy. ~~ Colleen McCullough [The October Horse]


Every day give yourself a good mental shampoo. ~~ Sara Jordon


All of us are intelligent enough to know when we harm others.  It requires an intelligence of a higher order to know when we harm ourselves. ~~ Francesco Burdin


My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions. ~~ Eartha Kitt


The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves, they find their own order… the continuous thread of revelation. ~~ Eudora Welty 


Great evil has been done on earth by people who think they have all the answers. ~~ Ruby Plenty Chiefs


 Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turn before we have learned to walk. ~~ Cyril Connolly


Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms
Inside your head, and people in them, acting.

People you know, yet can't quite name. ~~ Philip Larkin


If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed [and] if we are not willing [to change], we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect. ~~ Jacques Cousteau


We know that books are not a way of letting someone else think in our place:  on the contrary, they are machines that provoke further thought. ~~ Umberto Eco [Observer Review, June 18, 1995]


May I tell you why it seems to me a good thing for us to remember wrong that has been done us?  That we may forgive it. ~~ Charles Dickens


Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom. ~~ Phyllis Therous


He knows nothing; he thinks he knows everything -- that clearly points to a political career. ~~ George Bernard Shaw


 It was Patrick Henry who said, "Give me liberty or give me death."  Today, a lot of folks leave out the words "liberty" and "death." ~~ Joe Moore