Many of the quotes below are from this book. I decided to post quite a few of the ones which were impossible for me to source. If you know the source to one or more of those quotes, please enlighten me in the comment section.

i. “Men dissimulate their dearest, most constant, and most virtuous inclination from weakness and a fear of being condemned.” (Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues)

ii. “It usually takes two people to make one of them angry” (attributed (?) Laurence Peter)

iii. “Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.” (Pascal)

iv. “The most trying of social duties is to appear interested in the things that don’t interest you.” (unknown)

v. “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.” (Rita Mae Brown)

vi. “Nobody loses anything by being polite, but there are a lot of people who seem afraid to take the risk.” (unknown)

vii. “An inferiority complex is the only trait which enables us to see ourselves as others see us.” (unknown)

viii. “Many men come to grief from having too much confidence in their own inability.” (unknown)

ix. “People who make the best of things seldom try to make them any better” (Jacob Braude (maybe?))

x. “Trying to make an impression usually ends up in making merely an impression of trying” (unknown)

xi. “Egotism is the one thing nobody will forgive in others, and which everybody forgives in himself.” (unknown)

xii. “It’s only a good person who can have a bad conscience.” (unknown)

xiii. “It’s as hard to admit that your enemy has many virtues as to admit that you have many faults.” (unknown)

xiv. “If you are willing to admit faults, you have one less fault to admit.” (unknown)

xv. “The man who puts a woman on a pedestal is in danger of getting kicked in the face.” (Cute. The only source I can find is page 20 of The Greeley Daily Tribune, September 24, 1974).

xvi. “Being a molecular biologist I get so tired of people saying “Why cant we cure cancer?” Cancer is not one thing and as shown in this article even one “type” of cancer has many variables. Also, tangentially, I hate when people say “This food is good for you because it prevents cancer.” I always respond with “What type of cancer and what does it do exactly?” They have no idea.” (katlassi, here)


April 20, 2012 - Posted by | Books, Cancer/oncology, Quotes/aphorisms

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