i. “Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute.” (Edgar Allan Poe)

ii. “I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness.” (Anais Nin)

iii. “You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.” (John Green)

iv. “My best friend is he who rights my wrongs or reproaches my mistakes.” (José de San Martin)

v. “The covers of this book are too far apart.” (Ambrose Bierce)

vi. “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” (Charles William Eliot)

vii. “You will get little or nothing from the printed page if you bring it nothing but your eye.” (Walter Pitkin)

viii. “It has been a thousand times observed, and I must observe it once more, that the hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition.” (Oliver Goldsmith)

ix. “Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.” (John Morley)

x. “It is not enough to do good; one must do it the right way.” (-ll-)

xi. “Majorities are generally wrong, if only in their reasons for being right.” (George Saintsbury)

xii. “She was much loved by everybody, except her husband.” (said about Peter the Great’s first wife, Eudoxia Lopukhina – Will Cuppy, The Decline and Fall…)

xiii. “mankind always seeks an explanation for everything, whether it be true or false” (José Saramago)

xiv. “Although there exist many thousand subjects for elegant conversation, there are persons who cannot meet a cripple without talking about feet.” (Ernest Bramah)

xv. “Why does a man take it for granted that a girl who flirts with him wants him to kiss her — when, nine times out of ten, she only wants him to want to kiss her?” (Helen Rowland)

xvi. “Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument an exchange of ignorance.” (Robert Quillen)

xvii. “You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.” (James Thurber)

xviii. “Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren’t even mammals.” (Robert Anton Wilson)

xix. “Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.” (Robert Benchley)

xx. “History is a strange experience. The world is quite small now; but history is large and deep. Sometimes you can go much farther by sitting in your own home and reading a book of history, than by getting onto a ship or an airplane and traveling a thousand miles. When you go to Mexico City through space, you find it a sort of cross between modern Madrid and modern Chicago, with additions of its own; but if you go to Mexico City through history, back only 500 years, you will find it as distant as though it were on another planet: inhabited by cultivated barbarians, sensitive and cruel, highly organized and still in the Copper Age, a collection of startling, of unbelievable contrasts.” (Gilbert Highet)




January 5, 2015 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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