i. “Children are like men, the experience of others does not help them.” (Alphonse Daudet)

ii. “Men grow old, but they do not ripen.” (-ll-)

iii. “Ingratitude calls forth reproaches as gratitude brings renewed kindnesses.” (Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné)

iv. “There is no person who is not dangerous for some one.” (-ll-)

v. “Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.” (Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield)

vi. “Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds.” (-ll-)

vii. “Abject flattery and indiscriminate assentation degrade, as much as indiscriminate contradiction and noisy debate disgust. But a modest assertion of one’s own opinion, and a complaisant acquiescence in other people’s, preserve dignity.” (-ll-)

viii. “Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh.” (-ll-)

ix. “Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.” (-ll-)

x. “The moral of the story of the Pilgrims is that if you work hard all your life and behave yourself every minute and take no time out for fun you will break practically even, if you can borrow enough money to pay your taxes.” (Will Cuppy)

xi. “The Bayeux Tapestry is accepted as an authority on many details of life and the fine points of history in the eleventh century. For instance, the horses in those days had green legs, blue bodies, yellow manes, and red heads, while the people were all double-jointed and quite different from what we generally think of as human beings.” (-ll-. Now I’d sort of wish we’d had someone like Cuppy show us around back when I saw the Bayeux Tapestry many years ago…)

xii. “In some respects, Nero was ahead of his time. He boiled his drinking water to remove the impurities and cooled it with unsanitary ice to put them back in. He renamed the month of April after himself, calling it Neroneus, but the idea never caught on because April is not Neroneus and there is no use pretending that it is. During his reign of fourteen years, the outlying provinces are said to have prospered. They were farther away.” (-ll-)

xiii. “[Alexander the Great] was often extremely brutal to his captives, whom he sold into slavery, tortured to death, or forced to learn Greek.” (-ll-)

xiv. “People talk vaguely about the innocence of a little child, but they take mighty good care not to let it out of their sight for twenty minutes.” (Saki)

xv. “It occurred to me that I would like to be a poet. The chief qualification, I understand is that you must be born. Well, I hunted up my birth certificate, and found that I was all right on that score.” (-ll-)

xvi. “The sacrifices of friendship were beautiful in her eyes as long as she was not asked to make them.” (-ll-)

xvii. “Wisdom cannot prevent a fall, but may cushion it.” (Mason Cooley)

xviii. “I am easy-going right up to the borders of my self-interest.” (-ll-)

xix. “Scepticism is always a back road leading to some credo or other.” (-ll-)

xx. “In an aphorism, aptness counts for more than truth.” (-ll-)


September 25, 2014 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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