i. “The world would be in better shape if people would take the same pains in the practice of the simplest moral laws as they exert in intellectualizing over the most subtle moral questions.” (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

ii. “It is difficult to see the person who admires us as stupid.” (-ll-)

iii. “Whoever prefers the material comforts of life over intellectual wealth is like the owner of a palace who moves into the servants’ quarters and leaves the sumptuous rooms empty.” (-ll-)

iv. “One of the main goals of self-education is to eradicate that vanity in us without which we would never have been educated.” (-ll-)

v. “Happy slaves are the bitterest enemies of freedom.” (-ll-)

vi. “He that knows little often repeats it.” (Thomas Fuller)

vii. “The Greeks and Carthaginians interacted closely with the Iberian peoples. The result was the emergence of a civilization that achieved a high level in the fine arts, built towns of a reasonable size and adopted writing. Iberian civilization has received little attention outside Spain, yet the Iberians reached a level of sophistication surpassed among native peoples of the western Mediterranean only by the Etruscans.” (‘Who knew?’ I certainly didn’t. From David Abulafia’s The Great Sea)

viii. “The most certain way to hide from others the limits of our knowledge is not to go beyond them.” (Leopardi)

ix. “Men are not to be judged by what they do not know, but by what they do know, and the manner in which they know it.” (Vauvenargues)

x. “That which anyone has been long learning unwillingly, he unlearns with proportional eagerness and haste.” (Hazlitt)

xi. “The Future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” (C. S. Lewis)

xii. “Journalism largely consists in saying ‘Lord Jones Dead’ to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.” (Chesterton)

xiii. “To buy books would be a good thing if we could also buy the time to read them; as it is, the mere act of purchasing them is often mistaken for the assimilation and mastering of their contents.” (Schopenhauer)

xiv. “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” (George Orwell)

xv. “Political history is far too criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and villains from fiction.” (Auden)

xvi. “Throughout history the world has been laid waste to ensure the triumph of conceptions that are now as dead as the men that died for them.” (Henry de Montherlant)

xvii. “Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.” (Thomas Szasz)

xviii. “Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage.” (-ll-)

xix. “Whoever in middle age attempts to realize the hopes and wishes of his early youth, invariably deceives himself. Each ten years of a man’s life has its own fortunes, its own hopes, its own desires.” (Goethe. Related link.)

xx. “We are afraid of the old age which we may never attain.” (Jean de La Bruyère)


October 24, 2012 - Posted by | Books, Quotes/aphorisms

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: