i. “One is easily fooled by that which one loves.” (On est aisément dupé par ce qu’on aime. Molière)

ii. “The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them; It is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.” (Plus on aime quelqu’un, moins il faut qu’on le flatte: À rien pardonner le pur amour éclate. -ll-)

iii. “A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one.” (Un sot savant est sot plus qu’un sot ignorant. -ll-)

iv. “the hatred that one has for oneself is probably the one for which there is no forgiveness.” (Georges Bernanos)

v. “We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them.” (Charles Caleb Colton)

vi. “Many a man may thank his talent for his rank, but no man has ever been able to return the compliment by thanking his rank for his talent.” (-ll-)

vii. Imitation is the sincerest of flattery. (-ll-)

viii. “When you have nothing to say, say nothing; a weak defense strengthens your opponent, and silence is less injurious than a bad reply.” (-ll-)

ix. “Nice distinctions are troublesome. It is so much easier to say that a thing is black, than to discriminate the particular shade of brown, blue, or green, to which it really belongs. It is so much easier to make up your mind that your neighbour is good for nothing, than to enter into all the circumstances that would oblige you to modify that opinion. […]

Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult. […] Examine your words well, and you will find that even when you have no motive to be false, it is a very hard thing to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings — much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.” (George Eliot)

x. “There are few prophets in the world; few sublimely beautiful women; few heroes. I can’t afford to give all my love and reverence to such rarities: I want a great deal of those feelings for my every-day fellow-men, especially for the few in the foreground of the great multitude, whose faces I know, whose hands I touch, for whom I have to make way with kindly courtesy.” (-ll-)

xi. “One gets a bad habit of being unhappy.” (-ll-)

xii. “Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.” (-ll-)

xiii. “Suicide is another thing that’s so frowned upon in this society, but honestly, life isn’t for everybody. It really isn’t. It’s sad when kids kill themselves ’cause they didn’t really give it a chance, but life is like a movie: if you’ve sat through more than half of it and it sucked every second so far, it probably isn’t gonna get great right at the very end for you and make it all worthwhile. No one should blame you for walking out early.” (Doug Stanhope)

xiv. “Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.” (Marcial)

xv. “Whoever makes great presents, expects great presents in return.” (Quisquis magna dedit, voluit sibi magna remitti. -ll-)

xvi. “An ordinary human being, with a personal conscience, personally answering for something to somebody and personally and directly taking responsibility, seems to be receding farther and farther from the realm of politics. Politicians seem to turn into puppets that only look human and move in a giant, rather inhuman theatre; they appear to become merely cogs in a huge machine, objects of a major civilizational automatism which has gotten out of control and for which nobody is responsible.” (Václav Havel)

xvii. “We should not write so that it is possible for [the reader] to understand us, but so that it is impossible for him to misunderstand us.” (Quintilian)

xviii. “Reason and love are sworn enemies.” (La raison et l’amour sont ennemis jurés. Pierre Corneille)

xix. “Desire increases when fulfillment is postponed.” (Le désir s’accroît quand l’effet se recule. -ll-)

xx. “False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science for they often endure long; but false hypotheses do little harm, as everyone takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path toward error is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.” (Charles Darwin, quote from Phantoms in the brain)


November 4, 2012 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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