1. “Finding out who you are is the first step. Accepting who you are can be the hard part. Enhancing who you are is the fun part.” (B’Anne Younker – quote from If Ignorance is Bliss)

2. “Our opinion of others is not so variable as our opinion of ourselves.” (Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues)

3. “Whatever affection we have for our friends or relations, the happiness of others never suffices for our own.” (-ll-)

4. “There does not exist a man sufficiently intelligent never to be tiresome.” (-ll-)

5. “I have no interest in health and never have. […] Apparently, though, health is one of those things that cares about you, whether or not you care about it.” (John Derbyshire)

6. “Opinions of rude jerks are more known to strangers.

If your friends are atheists, then you see that atheists come with any temperament. But when you hear about atheism from a stranger, there is a big chance he is a jerk, because other people usually don’t impose their opinions on strangers.

It works the same if you replace “atheism” by many other things. The most visible people are usually the most annoying ones.” (‘Viliam_Bur’, lesswrong)

7. “The top 5% of spenders account for almost half of all health care spending.” ((‘…in the US.’) Maybe I’ll blog this later on, for now I’ll just give you the link. You should go there to get a bit of context. When it comes to the quote, Gary’s point in the comment section here is also important.)

8. “The best of prophets of the future is the past.” (Lord Byron)

9. “transport costs were huge [in the first millenium] compared with the modern world. Perhaps the most famous economic statistic from the ancient world is the report in the Emperor Diocletian’s Edict on Prices (from c.300 AD) – that the cost of a wagon of wheat doubled for every fifty miles it was carried.” (from Peter Heather’s book Empires and Barbarians)

10. “They took the armchair out of the elevator in my dorm building. Now we have to stand all the way to the fourth floor.” (a quote from

11. “the opinion in favour of the present system, which entirely subordinates the weaker sex to the stronger, rests upon theory only; for there never has been trial made of any other […] the adoption of this system of inequality never was the result of deliberation, or forethought, or any social ideas, or any notion whatever of what conduced to the benefit of humanity or the good order of society. It arose simply from the fact that from the very earliest twilight of human society, every woman (owing to the value attached to her by men, combined with her inferiority in muscular strenght) was found in a state of bondage to some man. Laws and systems of polity always begin by recognizing the relations they find already existing between individuals. […] In early times, the great majority of the male sex were slaves, as well as the whole of the female. And many ages elapsed, some of them ages of high cultivation, before any thinker was bold enough to question the rightfulness, and the absolute social necessity, either of the one slavery or of the other. […] People are not aware how entirely, in former ages, the law of superior strength was the rule of life; how publicly and openly it was avowed, I do not say cynically or shamelessly — for these words imply a feeling that there was something in it to be ashamed of, and no such notion could find a place in the faculties of any person in those ages, except a philosopher or a saint.” (Mill, The Subjection of Women)

11. “If there is a God, atheism must strike Him as less of an insult than religion.” (Goncourt brothers)

12. “The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages.” (Horace Greeley)


March 29, 2012 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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