i. “One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day was; one cannot judge life until death.” (Charles de Gaulle)

ii. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” (Winston Churchill)

iii. “The intensity of people’s views on a topic is inversely proportional to the amount of evidence available on the topic.” (Jeffrey Hammer)

iv. “Silence is the best resolve for him who distrusts himself.” (Rochefoucauld)

v. “Old men delight in giving good advice as a consolation for the fact that they can no longer set bad examples.” (-ll-)

vi. “No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.” (-ll-)

vii. “However we distrust the sincerity of those whom we talk with, we always believe them more sincere with us than with others.” (-ll-)

viii. “No people are more often wrong than those who will not allow themselves to be wrong.” (-ll-)

ix. “We have few faults which are not far more excusable than the means we adopt to hide them.” (-ll-)

x. “We should earnestly desire but few things if we clearly knew what we desired.” (-ll-)

xi. “Those who quit their proper character to assume what does not belong to them, are for the greater part ignorant both of the character they leave and of the character they assume.” (Edmund Burke)

xii. “Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.” (-ll-)

xiii. “Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.” (Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary)

xiv. “Preference, n. A sentiment, or frame of mind, induced by the erroneous belief that one thing is better than another.” (-ll-)

xv. “Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.” (-ll-)

xvi. “Ultimatum, n. In diplomacy, a last demand before resorting to concessions.” (-ll-)

xvii. “Idiot, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling.” (-ll-)

xviii. “I share no man’s opinions; I have my own.” (Ivan Turgenev)

xix. “You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.” (Eric Hoffer)

xx. “Virtue never has been as respectable as money.” (Mark Twain)



August 21, 2014 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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