Quotation Saturday: More Thises and Thats (No apostrophes!)

quotation saturday, mamacita's blog, jane goodwin Mamacita says: I ramble. Let’s get right to it this time.

1. Circumstances never made the man do right who didn’t do right in spite of them. — Coulson Kernahan

2. You cannot make a crab walk straight. — Aristophanes

3. Civilization is a matter of imponderables, of delight in the things of the mind, of love, of beauty, of honor, grace, courtesy, delicate feeling. Where imponderables are the things of first importance, there is the height of civilization. — Edith Hamilton

4. A child is a person who can’t understand why someone would give away a perfectly good kitten. — Doug Larsen

5. I am bound to furnish my antagonists with arguments, but not with comprehension. — Disraeli

6. It takes great courage to faithfully follow what we know is true. — Sara E. Anderson

7. Curiosity is certainly one of the chief guarantees of life’s enjoyment. And the older one grows the more vitally necessary it is to preserve one’s curiosity. Middle age begins with its decline, and the first failure of curiosity you detect in yourself must be jumped upon ruthlessly. — Compton Mackenzie

8. Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized society. — Joan Ganz Cooney

9. Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones. — Phillips Brooks

10. Cruelty to dumb animals is one of the distinguishing vices of the lowest and basest of the people. Wherever it is found, it is a certain mark of ignorance and meanness. — Jones of Nayland

11.  If criticism had any real power to harm, the skunk would be extinct by now.  — Fred Allen

12.  To change and to change for the better are two different things.  — German proverb

13.  A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle on his mind’s eye.  — Carolyn Wells

14.  If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and what never will be.  — Thomas Jefferson

15.  The dust we tread upon was once alive.  — Lord Byron

16.  In order to see Christianity, one must forget almost all the Christians.  — Amiel

17.  Those whose conduct gives room for talk are always the first to attack their neighbors.  — Moliere

18.  Capitalism is what people do if you leave them alone.  — Kenneth Minogue

19.  The greatest part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not our circumstances.  — Martha Washington

20.  There’s not much practical Christianity in the man who lives on better terms with angels and seraphs than with his children, servants, and neighbors.  — H.W. Beecher

21.  Man is not the creature of circumstances.  Circumstances are the creatures of man.  — Disraeli

22.  Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.  — G.K Chesterton

23.  The Devil is easy to identify.  He appears when you’re tired and makes a very reasonable request which you know you shouldn’t grant.  — Fiorello la Guardia

24.  Being defeated is often a temporary condition.  Giving up is what makes it permanent.  — Marilyn Vos Savant

25.  I fancy that it is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shooting at you.  — Woodrow Wilson

26.  A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.  — John Le Carre

27.  Any doctrine that will not bear investigation is not a fit tenant for the mind of an honest man.  — Ingersoll

28.  Diplomacy gets you out of what tact would have kept you out of.  — Brian Bowling

29.  One trouble with the world is that so many people who stand up vigorously for their rights fall down miserably on their duties.  — Grit

30.  How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.  — Annie Dillard

31.  Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first.  — Mark Twain

32.  A dog is a dog except when he is facing you.  Then he is Mr. Dog.  — Anon.

33.  How can there be so much difference between a day off and an off day?  — Doug Larsen

34.  Diamonds are chunks of coal that stuck to their job.  — Forbes

35.  . . . though the boys throw stones at frogs in sport, yet the frogs do not die in sport but in earnest. . . .  — Plutarch

36.  One of these days is none of these days.  — H.C. Bohn

37.  The way some people drive you’d think they were late for their accident.  — Eddie Cantor

38.  You can take the day off, but you can’t put it back.  — Unknown

39.  Cosmic upheaval is not so moving as a little child pondering the death of a sparrow in the corner of a barn.  — Thomas Savage

40.  Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.  — Kin Hubbard

41.  Democracy is a government of bullies tempered by editors.  — Emerson

42.  There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.  — Tennyson

43.  Dawn is the time when men of reason go to bed.  — Ambrose Bierce

44.  . . . as bad as marrying the devil’s daughter and living with the old folks. . . . .– G.L. Apperson

45.  A clash of doctrines is not a disaster; it is an opportunity.  — Whitehead

46.  The greater the ignorance, the greater the dogmatism.  — Osler

47.  Men heap together the mistakes of their lives and create a monster they call destiny.  — Unknown

48.  I guess we’re all hunting like everybody else for a way the diligent and sensible can rise to the top and the lazy and quarrelsome can sink to the bottom.  But it ain’t easy to find.  Meanwhile, we do all we can to help those that can’t help themselves, and those that can we leave alone.  — Thornton Wilder

49.  Heaven and earth fight in vain against a dunce.  — Schiller

50.  One must never be in haste to end a day; there are too few of them in a lifetime.  — Dale R. Comas

51.  Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education:  dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?  — Nietzsche

52.  In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.  — G.B. Shaw

53. Nothing seems so tragic to one who is old as the death of one who is young, and this alone proves that life is a good thing.  — Zoe Akins

54.  Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.  — Theodore N. Vail

55.  Never despair.  But if you do, work on in despair.  — Edmund Burke

56.  Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.  — Roy L. Smith

57.  No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.  — George Eliot

58.  Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share, and sought advantage over no one.  — Robert Brault

59.  Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.   — Poe

60.  Drudgery is as necessary to call out the treasures of the mind as harrowing and plating those of the earth.  — Margaret Fuller


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