i. “We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.” (On cesse de s’aimer si quelqu’un ne nous aime – Madame de Staël)

ii. “It seems to me that life’s circumstances, being ephemeral, teach us less about durable truths than the fictions based on those truths; and that the best lessons […] are to be found in novels where the feelings are so naturally portrayed that you fancy you are witnessing real life as you read.” (Madame de Staël)

iii. “The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.” (-ll-)

iv. “Had this conversation last night while out with female friend:

Her: “What happened to all the nice, normal, intelligent guys?”

Me: “They are all at home right now, reading on their couches.”

Her: “Yeah, that sounds like what the man of my dreams would do.”

Yeah, doesn’t exactly lend itself to these people meeting.” (link. So they don’t. And the coordination problem is only exacerbated by the fact that such a male may be likely to also prefer a partner who’d rather stay at home reading.)

v. “I have now come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason; I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me.” (Abraham Lincoln – from a letter to Mrs. Orville H. Browning (1 April 1838). Of course he later changed his mind.)

vi. “I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.” (Abraham Lincoln. Here’s a related link.)

vii. “In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it.” (-ll-)

viii. “Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.” (-ll-)

ix. “I do not like that man. I must get to know him better.” (-ll-)

x. “Wherever slavery is, it has been first introduced without law. The oldest laws we find concerning it, are not laws introducing it; but regulating it, as an already existing thing.” (-ll-)

xi. “I consider as lovers of books not those who keep their books hidden in their store-chests and never handle them, but those who, by nightly as well as daily use thumb them, batter them, wear them out, who fill out all the margins with annotations of many kinds, and who prefer the marks of a fault they have erased to a neat copy full of faults.” (Desiderius Erasmus)

xii. “A constant element of enjoyment must be mingled with our studies, so that we think of learning as a game rather than a form of drudgery, for no activity can be continued for long if it does not to some extent afford pleasure to the participant.” (-ll-)

xiii. “Do not be guilty of possessing a library of learned books while lacking learning yourself.” (-ll-)

xiv. “Some people are so fond of ill-luck that they run half-way to meet it.” (Douglas William Jerrold)

xv. “I have often been asked to be fair and view a matter from all sides. I did so, hoping something might improve if I viewed all sides of it. But the result was the same. So I went back to viewing things only from one side, which saves me a lot of work and disappointment. For it is comforting to regard something as bad and be able use one’s prejudice as an excuse.” (Karl Kraus)

xvi. “It is better not to express what one means than to express what one does not mean.” (-ll-)

xvii. “A “seducer” who boasts of initiating women into the mystery of love is like a stranger who arrives at a railroad station and offers to show the sights to a tourist guide.” (-ll-)

xviii. “Life is an effort that deserves a better cause.” (-ll-)

xix. “The world’s great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.)

xx. “There is no passion that steals into the heart more imperceptibly and covers itself under more disguises than pride.” (Joseph Addison)


July 31, 2013 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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