i. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” (T. S. Eliot)

ii. “They constantly try to escape
From the darkness outside and within
By dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.
But the man that is shall shadow
The man that pretends to be.” (-ll-)

iii. “We die to each other daily.
What we know of other people
Is only our memory of the moments
During which we knew them. And they have changed since then.
To pretend that they and we are the same
Is a useful and convenient social convention
Which must sometimes broken. We must also remember
That at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.” (-ll-)

iv. “Half the harm that is done in this world
Is due to people who want to feel important.
They don’t mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them.
Or they do not see it, or they justify it
Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle
To think well of themselves.” (-ll-)

v. “Your burden is not to clear your conscience
But to learn how to bear the burdens on your conscience.” (-ll-)

vi. “I have great faith in fools — self-confidence my friends will call it.” (Edgar Allan Poe)

vii. “Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company, and reflection must finish him.” (John Locke)

viii. “Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.” (Laurence Johnston Peter)

ix. “To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

x. “The history of Western science confirms the aphorism that the great menace to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.” (Daniel J. Boorstin)

xi. “Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” (-ll-)

xii. “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.” (-ll-)

xiii. “Gallantry of mind consists in saying flattering things in an agreeable manner.” (Rochefoucauld)

xiv. “If our inward griefs were seen written on our brow, how many would be pitied who are now envied!” (Metastasio)

xv. “For the whole world, without a native home,
Is nothing but a prison of larger room.” (Abraham Cowley)

xvi. “No one can be so welcome a guest that he will not become an annoyance when he has stayed three continuous days in a friend’s house.” (Plautus)

xvii. “He is ungrateful who denies that he has received a kindness which has been bestowed upon him; he is ungrateful who conceals it; he is ungrateful who makes no return for it; most ungrateful of all is he who forgets it.” (Seneca)

xviii. “One ungrateful man does an injury to all who are in suffering.” (-ll-)

xix. “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple of them and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” (John Steinbeck)

xx. “We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome.” (-ll-)


April 7, 2013 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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