i. “Hope is a waking dream.” (Aristotle)

ii. “Nobody talks much that doesn’t say unwise things, — things he did not mean to say; as no person plays much without striking a false note sometimes.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.)

iii. “Why can’t somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks?”

iv. “Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part than what we suspect of what we think.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)

v.  “I have neither a building nor a vase nor a costly robe nor a high-priced slave or slave-girl. If there is something I have to use, I use it. If there is not, I do without. […] They blame me because I do without so many things. But I blame them because they are unable to do without.” (Cato the Censor. The quote is from The Classical World, p.333).

vi. “We go and fancy that everybody is thinking of us. But he is not: he is like us; he is thinking of himself.” (Charles Reade)

vii. “The fortunate man is he who, born poor, or nobody, works gradually up to wealth and consideration, and, having got them, dies before he finds they were not worth so much trouble.” (-ll-)

viii. ” There are few things in which we deceive ourselves more than in the esteem we profess to entertain for our friends. It is little better than a piece of quackery. The truth is, we think of them as we please — that is as they please or displease us.” (William Hazlitt)

ix. “Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality.” (-ll-)

x. “We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts.” (-ll-)

xi. “I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.” (-ll-)

xii. “Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room; nor know how to conduct myself in any circumstances, nor what to feel in any relation of life.” (-ll-)

xiii. “We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.” (Goethe)

xiv. ” He who praises everybody praises nobody.” (Samuel Johnson)

xv. “I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.” (-ll-)

xvi. “He that would pass the latter part of life with honour and decency, must, when he is young, consider that he shall one day be old; and remember, when he is old, that he has once been young.” (-ll-)

xvii. “In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.” (-ll-)

xviii. “Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.” (-ll-)

xix. “the excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some obvious and useful truth in few words. ” (-ll-)

xx. “He that talkes much of his happinesse summons griefe.” (George Herbert)

xxi. “None knows the weight of another’s burthen.” (-ll-)

xxii. “Life is halfe spent before we know what it is.” (-ll-)

xxiii. “The love of money and the love of learning rarely meet.” (-ll-)


July 13, 2012 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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