i. “To expect a man to retain everything that he has ever read is like expecting him to carry about in his body everything that he has ever eaten.” (Schopenhauer)

ii. “It perpetually happens that one writer tells less truth than another, merely because he tells more truths.” (Lord Macaulay)

iii. “In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen, in small things they show themselves as they are.” (Chamfort)

iv. “When a well-educated young man first enters society he is liable to commit many errors which the world term childish, simply because he has not yet learned how childish grown men really are.” (Leopardi)

v. “A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own.” (Thomas Mann)

vi. “We are most likely to get angry and excited in our opposition to some idea when we ourselves are not quite certain of our own position, and are inwardly tempted to take the other side.” (-ll-)

vii. “Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.” (-ll-)

viii. “Habit is overcome by habit.” (Thomas Kempis)

ix. “The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.” (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg)

x. “To be content with life — or to live merrily, rather — all that is required is that we bestow on all things only a fleeting, superficial glance; the more thoughtful we become the more earnest we grow.” (-ll-)

xi. “Before one blames, one should always find out whether one cannot excuse. To discover little faults has been always the particularity of such brains that are a little or not at all above the average. The superior ones keep quiet or say something against the whole and the great minds transform without blaming.” (-ll-)

xii. “Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.” (-ll-)

xiii. “There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.” (-ll-)

xiv. “It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.” (W. R. Inge)

xv. “Argument is generally waste of time and trouble. It is better to present one’s opinion and leave it to stick or no as it may happen. If sound, it will probably in the end stick, and the sticking is the main thing.” (Samuel Butler)

xvi. “If a person would understand either the Odyssey or any other ancient work, he must never look at the dead without seeing the living in them, nor at the living without thinking of the dead. We are too fond of seeing the ancients as one thing and the moderns as another.” (-ll-)

xvii. “An idea must not be condemned for being a little shy and incoherent; all new ideas are shy when introduced first among our old ones. We should have patience and see whether the incoherency is likely to wear off or to wear on, in which latter case the sooner we get rid of them the better.” (-ll-)

xviii. “The evil that men do lives after them. Yes, and a good deal of the evil that they never did as well.” (-ll-)

xix. “Silence is not always tact and it is tact that is golden, not silence.” (-ll-)

xx. “There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.” (-ll-)


November 16, 2013 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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