Quotation Saturday

Mamacita says:  The latest Carnival of Education is up; please click over to Edwonkette’s blog and see what parents and teachers have to say about the state of education.  Remember, if you don’t keep up, you forfeit all whining rights.  Ditto for the election.

1.  Without adventure, civilization is in full decay. –Alfred North Whitehead

2.  Attention makes the genius; all learning, fancy, science and skill depend upon it.  Newton traced his great discoveries to it.  It builds bridges, opens new world, heals diseases, carries on the business of the world.  Without it, taste is useless, and the beauties of literature unobserved.  –Robert Willmote

3.  A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.  –Tom Wolfe

4.  The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.  –Georg Christopher Lichtenberg

5.  No man lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.  –Nietzsche

6.  Curiously enough, it seems to be only in describing a mode of language which does not mean what it says that one can actually say what one means.  –Paul DeMan

7.  Language most shews a man.  Speak, that I may see thee.  –Ben Jonson

8.  It’s best to love wisely, no doutt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.  –W.M. Thackeray

9.  People need joy.  Quite as much as clothing.  Some of them need it far more.  –Margaret Collier Graham

10.  I shall tell you a great secret, my friend.  Do not wait for the last judgment.  It takes place every day.  –Albert Camus

11.  Willingness to be taught what we do not know, is the sure pledge of growth both in knowledge and wisdom.  –Hugh Blair

12.  We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay.  –Eric Hoffer

13.  Kindness is in our power, but fondness is not.  –Samuel Johnson

14.  Life is like a roll of toilet paper.  The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.  –Andy Rooney

15.  Life is the sum of all your choices.  -Albert Camus

16.  We are here and it is now; further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.  –H.L. Mencken

17.  In cities, no one is quiet but many are lonely; in the country, people are quiet but few are lonely.  –Geoffrey Francis Fisher

18.  The study of Literature nourishes youth, entertains old age, adorns prosperity, solaces adversity, and is delightful at home.  –Cicero

19.  The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer.  –T. Roosevelt

20.  We are here to add what we can to, not to get what we can from, life.  –Sir William Osler

21.  A great library contains the diary of the human race.  The great consulting room of a wise man is a library.  –George Dawson

22.  Life is seldom as unendurable as, to judge by the facts, it logically ought to be.  –Brooks Atkinson

23.  Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.  –Iris Murdoch

24.  Life is tough, but I’m tougher.  –Andy Rooney

25.  Love teaches even asses to dance.  –French proverb

26.  The first great rule of life is to put up with things.  –Baltasar Gracias

27.  Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers.  –Mignon McLaughlin

28.  Learning begins with listening.  –Noah Ben Shea

29.  It is not love that produces jealousy  —  it is selfishness.  –M. Justice Wellington

30.  The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.  –Henry S. Haskins

31.  Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.  –Frank Leahy

32.  It is through the cracks in our brains that ecstasy creeps in.  –Logan Pearsall Smith

33.  Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid.  –Kin Hubbard

34.  Clothes don’t make the man, but good clothes have got many a man a good job.  –Herbert Harold Vreeland

35.  Those who enter Heaven may find the outer walls plastered with creeds, but they won’t find any on the inside.  –Josh Billings

36.  To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.  –Confucius

37.  Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes us as a judge.  –Stanislaw J. Lec

38.  The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct.  –Junius

39.  Conceit may puff a man up, but can never prop him up.  –John Ruskin

40.  Crimes sometimes shock us too much; vices almost always too little.  –Augustus and Julius Hare

41.  Take care of those who take care of you.  –Tony Niccoli

42.  Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.  –George Eliot

43.  A cynic is just a man who found out when he was about ten that there wasn’t any Santa Claus, and he’s still upset.  –James Gould Cozzens

44.  To be occupied in what does not concern you is worse than doing nothing.  –Baltasar Gracian

45.  It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  –ee cummings

46.  On the human chessboard, all moves are possible.  –Isaac Bashevis Singer

47.  If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag.  –Anonymous

48.  Things do not change; we change.  –H.D. Thoreau

49.  Courage without conscience is a wild beast.  –Robert Ingersoll

50.  He who purposely cheats his friend, would cheat his God.  –Johann Kaspar Lavater

. . . and I still think Rod Stewart sounds exactly like Winnie the Pooh.

That last one up there isn’t a quote; it’s just an opinion.  But I said it, so it’s sort of like a quote.  It’s not up there with “We have met the enemy and he is us,” but it’s a start.


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