i. “Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” (Mark Twain)

ii. “We can do without any article of luxury we have never had; but when once obtained, it is not in human natur’ to surrender it voluntarily.” (Thomas Chandler Haliburton)

iii. “An aphorism can contain only as much wisdom as overstatement will permit.” (Clifton Fadiman)

iv. “When you re-read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.” (-ll-)

v. “Statistician: A man who believes figures don’t lie, but admits that under analysis some of them won’t stand up either.” (Esar’s Comic Dictionary, by Evan Esar)

vi. “Many a man who falls in love with a dimple make the mistake of marrying the whole girl.” (-ll-)

vii. “The wise man will live as long as he ought, not as long as he can.” (Seneca the Younger)

viii. “No one is bound to be clever, but every one is under an obligation to be good.” (Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac) (Il n’y a personne qui soit tenu d’être habile; mais il n’y en a point qui ne soit obligé d’être bon.)

ix. “Solitude is certainly a fine thing; but there is pleasure in having someone who can answer, from time to time, that it is a fine thing.” (-ll-) (La solitude est certainement une belle chose, mais il y a plaisir d’avoir quelqu’un qui sache répondre, à qui on puisse dire de temps en temps, que c’est un belle chose.)

x. “Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are shewing you the grounds of it.” (William Shenstone)

xi. “A man has generally the good or ill qualities which he attributes to mankind.” (-ll-)

xii. “Any knowledge that doesn’t lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life.” (Wisława Szymborska)

xiii. “We are not indeed obliged always to speak what we think, but we must always think what we speak.” (Anne-Thérèse de Marguenat de Courcelles, marquise de Lambert)

xiv. “The most necessary disposition to relish pleasures is to know how to be without them.” (-ll-)

xv. “The pleasures of the world are deceitful; they promise more than they give. They trouble us in seeking them, they do not satisfy us when possessing them and they make us despair in losing them.” (-ll-)

xvi. “Would you be esteemed? live with persons that are estimable.” (-ll-)

xvii. “Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it’s the only one we have.” (Émile Chartier)

xviii. “Politeness is for people toward whom we feel indifferent, and moods, both good and bad, are for those we love.” (-ll-)

xix. “Happiness is a reward that comes to those that have not looked for it.” (-ll-)

xx. “It is very true that we ought to think of the happiness of others; but it is not often enough said that the best thing we can do for those who love us is to be happy ourselves.” (-ll-)


June 21, 2015 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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