i. “A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.” (Joseph Joubert)

ii. “There is only one thing about which I am certain, and this is that there is very little about which one can be certain.” (W. Somerset Maugham)

iii. “Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.” (-ll-)

iv. “… habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.” (-ll-)

v. “We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.” (-ll-)

vi. “It was not till quite late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say: “I don’t know.”” (-ll-)

vii. “Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.” (-ll-)

viii. “The traditional disputes of philosophers are, for the most part, as unwarranted as they are unfruitful.” (Alfred Ayer)

ix. “The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause.” (Eric Hoffer)

x. “Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. Thus people haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both.” (-ll-)

xi. “The uncompromising attitude is more indicative of an inner uncertainty than of deep conviction. The implacable stand is directed more against the doubt within than the assailant without.” (-ll-)

xii. “When people are free to do as we please, they usually imitate each other.” (-ll-)

xiii. “To most of us nothing is so invisible as an unpleasant truth. Though it is held before our eyes, pushed under our noses, rammed down our throats — we know it not.” (-ll-)

xiv. “We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.” (-ll-)

xv. “Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” (-ll-)

xvi. “Wisdom never comes to those who believe they have nothing left to learn.” (Charles de Lint)

xvii. “Any impatient student of mathematics or science or engineering who is irked by having algebraic symbolism thrust on him should try to get on without it for a week.” (Eric Temple Bell)

xviii. “There are many things that seem impossible only so long as one does not attempt them.” (André Gide)

xix. “The most decisive actions of our life — I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future — are, more often than not, unconsidered.” (-ll-)

xx. “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.” (Randy Pausch)



July 14, 2014 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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