1. “In the conduct of life, habits count for more than maxims, because habit is a living maxim, becomes flesh and instinct. To reform one’s maxims is nothing: it is but to change the title of the book. To learn new habits is everything, for it is to reach the substance of life. Life is but a tissue of habits.” (Henri-Frédéric Amiel)

2. “I looked at her then to see if I could discern traces of what I had seen in the beginning. There were traces but only traces. Vestiges. Hints of a formerly intact mystery never to be returned to its original wholeness. “I know what you’re doing,” she said, “you are touring the ruins.”” (Donald Barthelme)

3. “Those who cavalierly reject the Theory of Evolution, as not adequately supported by facts, seem quite to forget that their own theory is supported by no facts at all.” (Herbert Spencer)

4. “Time: That which man is always trying to kill, but which ends in killing him.” (-ll-)

5. “Wise people are in want of nothing, and yet need many things. On the other hand, nothing is needed by fools, for they do not understand how to use anything, but are in want of everything.” (Chrysippus)

6. “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” (Jacques Barzun)

7. “There are ideal series of events which run parallel with the real ones. They rarely coincide.” (Novalis)

8. “the only rational way to fund retirement is to take people’s contributions, spend it now, and then write ourselves IOUs. Suggesting otherwise is heartless and is morally akin to setting seniors adrift on an iceflow.” (Commenter ‘Ibid’, here)

9. “Elites quite naturally define as the most important and admired qualities for a citizen those on which they themselves have concentrated.” (John Saul)

10. “It is impossible to write ancient history because we do not have enough sources and impossible to write modern history because we have too many.” (unsourced, but attributed Charles Péguy)


September 22, 2011 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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