i. “While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.” (Publilius Syrus)

ii. “The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none.” (Charles Dickens)

iii. “Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.” (Mark Twain)

iv. “Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wants to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time.” (E. M. Forster)

v. “I do not envy people who think they have a complete explanation of the world, for the simple reason that they are obviously wrong.” (Salman Rushdie)

vi. “To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.” (Benjamin Disraeli)

vii. “To hear, one must be silent.” (Ursula Guin)

viii. “The danger in trying to do good is that the mind comes to confuse the intent of goodness with the act of doing things well.” (-ll-)

ix. “Things don’t have purposes, as if the universe were a machine, where every part has a useful function. What’s the function of a galaxy? I don’t know if our life has a purpose and I don’t see that it matters.” (-ll-)

x. “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man will poke out his eye to fit in.” (Caitlín R. Kiernan)

xi. “The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.” (William Saroyan)

xii. “An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.” (Stephen Fry)

xiii. “It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue.” (-ll-)

xiv. “Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend?” (Roger Ebert)

xv. “The assumption that anything true is knowable is the grandfather of paradoxes.” (William Poundstone)

xvi. “Approved attributes and their relation to face make every man his own jailer; this is a fundamental social constraint even though each man may like his cell.” (Erving Goffman)

xvii. “There may be no good reason for things to be the way they are.” (Alain de Botton)

xviii. “It is striking how much more seriously we are likely to be taken after we have been dead a few centuries.” (-ll-)

xix. “Deciding to avoid other people does not necessarily equate with having no desire whatsoever for company; it may simply reflect a dissatisfaction with what — or who — is available.” (-ll-)

xx.  “We are able to breathe, drink, and eat in comfort because millions of organisms and hundreds of processes are operating to maintain a liveable environment, but we tend to take nature’s services for granted because we don’t pay money for most of them.” (Eugene Odum)




November 15, 2014 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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