If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren’t There More Happy People? (3)

I can’t not blog this book in some detail. This post covers the letters D and E:

i. “Let’s face it: a date is a job-interview that lasts all night.” (Jerry Seinfeld)

ii. “If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.” (André Maurois)

iii. “Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.” (Benjamin Franklin)

iv. “Everybody has got to die, but I’ve always believed an exception would be made in my case.” (William Saroyan)

v. “Democracy consists of choosing your dictators after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.” (Alan Coren)

vi. “Desperation is like stealing from the Mafia: you stand a good chance of attracting the wrong attention.” (Doug Horton)

vii. “Destiny has two ways of crushing us – by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.” (Henri Frédéric Amiel)

viii. “I came to carry out a struggle, not to kill people. Even now, and you can look at me, am I a savage person? My conscience is clear.” (Pol Pot – my emphasis. The quote is from 1997.)

ix. “Doubt grows with knowledge.” (Goethe)

x. “Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that which is the most painful course.” (George Eliot)

xi. “We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up.” (Phyllis Diller)

xii. “My education was interrupted only by my schooling.” (Winston Churchill)

xiii. “Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.” (Bertrand Russell)

xiv. “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” (George Santayana)

xv. “The trouble with most men of learning is that their learning goes to their heads.” (Isaac Goldberg)

xvi. “The only thing that stops God sending a second Flood is that the first one was useless.” (Nicolas Chamfort)

xvii. “Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.” (Franklin P. Jones)

xviii. “Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” (Douglas Adams)


October 16, 2011 - Posted by | Books, Quotes/aphorisms

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