i. “”All education is a struggle,” said Marchbanks. “I had to struggle against schools and universities, of course, in order to get time to educate myself, which I did magnificently.”” (Robertson Davies)

ii. “I think a great many marriages would be saved if people would behave toward one another with the same courtesy that they would extend to someone whom they really didn’t know as well as a marriage necessarily implies. … It’s not very easy to do, but it is surely easier to do than to haggle and nag and fight and bitch and yelp at one another as you hear a lot of married people doing … They seem to feel that the familiarity of affection permits anything, including insult.” (-ll-)

iii. “I have known far too many university graduates, in this country and in my own, who, as soon as they have received the diploma which declares them to be of Certified Intelligence, put their brains in cold storage and never use them again until they are hauled away to the mortuary.” (-ll-)

iv. “Any enjoyment or profit we get from life, we get Now; to kill Now is to abridge our own lives.” (-ll-)

v. “To oblige a friend by inflicting an injury on his enemy is often more easy than to confer a benefit on the friend himself.” (Anthony Trollope)

vi. “Many people talk much, and then very many people talk very much more.” (-ll-)

vii. “It is easy for most of us to keep our hands from picking and stealing when picking and stealing plainly lead to prison diet and prison garments. But when silks and satins come of it, and with the silks and satins general respect, the net result of honesty does not seem to be so secure.” (-ll-. See also this.)

viii. “It contributes greatly towards a man’s moral and intellectual health, to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.” (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

ix. “Many writers lay very great stress upon some definite moral purpose, at which they profess to aim their works. […] A high truth, indeed, fairly, finely, and skillfully wrought out, brightening at every step, and crowning the final development of a work of fiction, may add an artistic glory, but is never any truer, and seldom any more evident, at the last page than at the first.” (-ll-)

x. “My ambition is handicapped by my laziness.” (Charles Bukowski)

xi. “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” (Jack London)

xii. “Her own limits were the limits of her horizon; but limited minds can recognize limitations only in others. And so she felt that her outlook was very wide indeed, and that where his conflicted with hers marked his limitations; and she dreamed of helping him to see as she saw, of widening his horizon until it was identified with hers.” (-ll-)

xiii. “Isolation is the worst possible counselor.” (Miguel de Unamuno)

xiv. “Good humour may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society.” (William Makepeace Thackeray)

xv. “A man must be himself convinced if he is to convince others. The prophet must be his own disciple, or he will make none. Enthusiasm is contagious: belief creates belief.” (George Henry Lewes)

xvi. “There are many justifications of silence; there can be none of insincerity.” (-ll-)

xvii. “I must say I’m not very fond of oratory that’s so full of energy it hasn’t any room for facts.” (Sinclair Lewis)

xviii. “The best kind of charity is to help those who are willing to help themselves.” (P. T. Barnum)

xix. “Among those points of self-education which take up the form of mental discipline, there is one of great importance, and, moreover, difficult to deal with, because it involves an internal conflict, and equally touches our vanity and our ease. It consists in the tendency to deceive ourselves regarding all we wish for, and the necessity of resistance to these desires.” (Michael Faraday)

xx. “Fate chooses our relatives, we choose our friends.” (Jacques Delille. (Le sort fait les parents, la choix fait les amis.))


February 10, 2013 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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