1. “Books are the best things, well used: abused, among the worst.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

2. “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” (Emily Post)

3. “Susan: ‘Lemont, have you ever noticed how in comic strips and sitcoms, the men are usually clueless victims of life, while the women are wise and have their lives in order?’
Lemont: ‘Another bad day at work Susan?’
Susan: ‘Why can’t my life be like a f*ckin’ comic strip!!!'” (Candorville, via tvtropes)

4. “To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.” (Henri Poincaré)

5. “When even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast a doubt upon the validity of that superstition. I doubt if I could do it myself.” (Mark Twain)

6. “It is well for one to know more than he says.” (Plautus).

7. “I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.” (Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield)

8. “A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.)

9. “I watched a nature program on TV last night. Afterward, I asked dad if life was really nothing more than trying to survive long enough to reproduce before you became food for something else.” “What did he say?” “Well, he looked at me a minute, and said he didn’t know anything about the rest of it, but he thought that the importance of reproducing was greatly overrated.” (Calvin and Hobbes)

10. Calvin: “You know what I’ve noticed, Hobbes? Things don’t bug you if you don’t think about them. So from now on, I simply won’t think about anything I don’t like, and I’ll be happy all the time.” Hobbes: “Don’t you think that’s a pretty silly and irresponsible way to live?” Calvin [looking away from Hobbes, up into the sky]: “What a pretty afternoon.” (Calvin and Hobbes)

11. “Unwanted favours gain no gratitude.” (Sophocles)

12. “Events will take their course, it is no good of being angry at them; he is happiest who wisely turns them to the best account.” (Euripides)

13. “You are not the king of your brain. You are the creepy guy standing next to the king going “a most judicious choice, sire”.” (Steven Kaas, via lesswrong)


February 7, 2012 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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