i. “To want to meet an author because you like his books is as ridiculous as wanting to meet the goose because you like paté de foie gras.” (Arthur Koestler. This may also apply to bloggers and blogs…)

ii. “Ideals may tell us something important about what we would like to be. But compromises tell us who we are.” (Avishai Margalit)

iii. “If being married was roughly what one thought it would be like, every couple would stay married until death parted them.” (Michelle Mirsky)

iv. “When information is cheap, attention becomes expensive.” (James Gleick)

v. “The point of seeing both sides isn’t to hover between them but to be able to come down on the right side with the right degree of conviction.” (Julian Baggini)

vi. “We praise or find fault, depending on which of the two provides more opportunity for our powers of judgement to shine.” (Nietzsche – ‘Man lobt oder tadelt, je nachdem das Eine oder das Andere mehr Gelegenheit giebt, unsere Urtheilskraft leuchten zu lassen’)

vii. “There is not enough love and kindness in the world to permit us to give any of it away to imaginary beings.” (Nietzsche)

viii. “Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it.” (Gabriel García Márquez)

ix. “No man thinks there is much ado about nothing when the ado is about himself.” (Anthony Trollope)

x. “Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can afford it.” (-ll-)

xi. “There is nothing perhaps so generally consoling to a man as a well-established grievance; a feeling of having been injured, on which his mind can brood from hour to hour, allowing him to plead his own cause in his own court, within his own heart, — and always to plead it successfully.” (-ll-)

xii. “Above all things, never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you very much at your own reckoning.” (-ll-)

xiii. “He had married, let us say for love; — probably very much by chance.” (-ll-)

xiv. “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs one step at a time.” (Mark Twain)

xv. “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” (-ll-)

xvi. “All say, “How hard it is that we have to die” — a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.” (-ll-)

xvii. “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” (-ll-)

xviii. “His reply had that clarity, objectivity and reasonableness which is possible only to advisers who have completely missed the point.” (Robertson Davies)

xix. “To be apt in quotation is a splendid and dangerous gift. Splendid, because it ornaments a man’s speech with other men’s jewels; dangerous, for the same reason.” (-ll-)

xx. “I am constantly astonished by the people, otherwise intelligent, who think that anything so complex and delicate as a marriage can be left to take care of itself. One sees them fussing about all sorts of lesser concerns, apparently unaware that side by side with them — often in the same bed — a human creature is perishing from lack of affection, of emotional malnutrition.” (-ll-)


February 1, 2013 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms


  1. Do you post quotes that you find interesting/witty (regardless of whether you agree with them), or do you only post quotes that you agree with?

    Comment by Miao | February 1, 2013 | Reply

    • 🙂 I think I’ve said this before: I post quotes I find interesting/funny/whatever, regardless of whether I fully agree with them or not. If a quote made me think or smile I’ll usually tend to consider that sufficient justification for including the quote in a post like this. A succinct quote may also be an easy way to illustrate/highlight how societal mores etc. have changed over time.

      I’m also not very picky – to say the least – about which authors/people I quote; I’ve probably quoted quite a few people whom I doubt I would be willing to spend two minutes in the same room with…

      Comment by US | February 1, 2013 | Reply

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