i. “A slave dreams of freedom, a free man dreams of wealth, the wealthy dream of power, and the powerful dream of freedom.” (Andrzej Majewski)

ii. “The tragedy of a thoughtless man is not that he doesn’t think, but that he thinks that he’s thinking.” (-ll-)

iii. “Money is the necessity that frees us from necessity.” (W. H. Auden)

iv. “Young people, who are still uncertain of their identity, often try on a succession of masks in the hope of finding the one which suits them — the one, in fact, which is not a mask.” (-ll-)

v. “The aphorist does not argue or explain, he asserts; and implicit in his assertion is a conviction that he is wiser and more intelligent than his readers.” (-ll-)

vi. “none become at once completely vile.” (William Gifford)

vii. “It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change, and whom no one can help, become uninteresting. Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least.” (F. H. Bradley)

viii. “He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.” (Joseph Joubert)

ix. “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” (-ll-)

x. “The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.” (-ll-)

xi. “Are you listening to the ones who keep quiet?” (-ll-)

xii. “Writing is closer to thinking than to speaking.” (-ll-)

xiii. “Misery is almost always the result of thinking.” (-ll-)

xiv. “The great inconvenience of new books is that they prevent us from reading the old ones.” (-ll-)

xv. “A good listener is one who helps us overhear ourselves.” (Yahia Lababidi)

xvi. “To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and keep absolutely sober.” (Logan Pearsall Smith)

xvii. “People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” (-ll-)

xviii. “Most men give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.” (William Alger)

xix. “There is an instinct that leads a listener to be very sparing of credence when a fact is communicated […] But give him a fable fresh from the mint of the Mendacity Society […] and he will not only make affidavit of its truth, but will call any man out who ventures to dispute its authenticity.” (Samuel Blanchard)

xx. “Experience leaves fools as foolish as ever.” (-ll-)




October 15, 2014 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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