i. “Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.” (Francis Bacon)

ii. “I should like to like Schumann’s music better than I do; I dare say I could make myself like it better if I tried; but I do not like having to try to make myself like things; I like things that make me like them at once and no trying at all.” (Samuel Butler)

iii. “The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.” (-ll-)

iv. “All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.” (-ll-)

v. “Morality is the custom of one’s country and the current feeling of one’s peers. Cannibalism is moral in a cannibal country” (-ll-)

vi. “Moral influence means persuading another that one can make that other more uncomfortable than that other can make oneself.” (-ll-)

vii. “It is said of money that it is more easily made than kept and this is true of many things, such as friendship; and even life itself is more easily got than kept.” (-ll-)

viii. “There is no such thing as a weird human being. It’s just that some people require more understanding than others.” (Tom Robbins)

ix. “We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.” (-ll-)

x. “There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe there are two kinds of people in this world and those who are smart enough to know better.” (-ll-)

xi. “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” (-ll-)

xii. “If you believe in peace, act peacefully; if you believe in love, acting lovingly; if you believe every which way, then act every which way, that’s perfectly valid — but don’t go out trying to sell your beliefs to the system. You end up contradicting what you profess to believe in, and you set a bum example. If you want to change the world, change yourself.” (-ll-)

xiii. “The unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwelling on himself and start paying attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. When you’re unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. You get to take yourself oh so very seriously.” (-ll-)

xiv. “Your friend insults the homeless by giving them no credit for having made the decisions that shaped their lives, and demeans them further by declaring them powerless to alter their situations. There’re many ways, my dear, to victimize people. The most insidious way is to persuade them that they’re victims.” (-ll-)

xv. “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” (Max Planck)

xvi. “This is a pleasant surprise, Archie. I would not have believed it. That of course is the advantage of being a pessimist; a pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant.” (Nero Wolfe)

xvii. “In a world that operates largely at random, coincidences are to be expected, but any one of them must always be mistrusted.” (-ll-)

xviii. “People are entirely too disbelieving of coincidence. They are far too ready to dismiss it and to build arcane structures of extremely rickety substance in order to avoid it. I, on the other hand, see coincidence everywhere as an inevitable consequence of the laws of probability, according to which having no unusual coincidence is far more unusual than any coincidence could possibly be.” (Isaac Asimov)

xix. “A fool can always find a greater fool to admire him.” (Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux)

xx. “Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.” (Henry Fielding)

June 14, 2014 - Posted by | quotes

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