i. “One of the greatest disservices you can do a man is to lend him money that he can’t pay back.” (Jesse Holman Jones)

ii. “I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of it’s constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.” (Thomas Jefferson)

iii. “Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child.” (Cicero)

iv. “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” (Shakespeare)

v. “A life of knowledge is not often a life of injury and crime.” (Sydney Smith)

vi. “every law which originated in ignorance and malice, and gratifies the passions from whence it sprang, we call the wisdom of our ancestors: when such laws are repealed, they will be cruelty and madness; till they are repealed, they are policy and caution.” (-ll-)

vii. “Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.” (-ll-)

viii. “Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.” (-ll-)

ix. “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little.” (-ll-)

x. “No furniture so charming as books.” (-ll-)

xi. “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” (Bertrand Russell)

xii. “We have all forgot more than we remember.” (Thomas Fuller)

xiii. “He knows little who will tell his wife all he knows.” (-ll-)

xiv. “Misfortunes cannot suffice to make a fool into an intelligent man.” (Cesare Pavese)

xv. “There is nothing so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness it is in your expecting evil before it arrives!” (Nil est nec miserius nec stultius quam prætimere. Quæ ista dementia est, malum suum antecedere – Seneca the Younger)

xvi. “philosophy teaches us to act, not to speak; it exacts of every man that he should live according to his own standards, that his life should not be out of harmony with his words, and that, further, his inner life should be of one hue and not out of harmony with all his activities. This, I say, is the highest duty and the highest proof of wisdom, – that deed and word should be in accord, that a man should be equal to himself under all conditions, and always the same.” (-ll-, Moral Letters to Lucilius)

xvii. “A quiet life does not of itself give lessons in upright conduct; the countryside does not of itself teach plain living; no, but when witnesses and onlookers are removed, faults which ripen in publicity and display sink into the background.” (-ll-, letter 94)

xviii. “How many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made!” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

xix. “It is fundamentally the confusion between effectiveness and efficiency that stands between doing the right things and doing things right. There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.” (Peter Drucker)

xx. “Shame is an ornament to the young; a disgrace to the old.” (Aristotle)

June 20, 2013 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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