Quotes on quotes 🙂
“After all, all he did was string together a lot of old well-known quotations.”
H.L. Mencken on Shakespeare
“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know. ” Abraham Lincoln
“I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if I can remember any of the damn things.” Dorothy Parker
Recently a writer sounded off about aphorisms. Or maybe it was maxims, Anyway he hated them. I disagree, OK they’re abused and misused, they’re often boring and better left unsaid, but there are many which distil a lot of wisdom into a small space and help us avoid having to re-invent the wheel of life every time we’re confronted by a quandary or need a little advice.
Here are some I value or which make me smile. I’ll add to them from time to time, so I won’t put them in any logical order apart from the newest at the top. Or not.
Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!
If you have anything to tell me of importance, for God’s sake begin at the end.
Sara Jeannette Duncan
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.
H L Mencken
Sometimes I’d like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it, but I’m afraid God would ask me the same question.
Do you not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?
Axel Gustafsson Oxenstierna af Södermöre
When poking an old bear in the eye with a sharp stick, always ensure that the stick is longer than the arm of the bear.
Native American saying
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom.
Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life.
God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.
The trouble with most folks isn’t so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain’t so.
When all the fools are dead the neighbours will be a long way apart.
The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease
As a guide to events, if not to conduct, no amount of cynicism is excessive. You cannot err on the high side.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
Thomas Alva Edison
and its more succinct cousin:
The harder I work, the luckier I get.
If any question why we died
Tell them that our fathers lied.
Wisdom is the reward you get for a life time of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.
Too soon we grow old, too late we grow smart.
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
Nobody ever said on their deathbed, “I wish I’d spent more time in the office.”
The best things in life aren’t things.
Never complain, never explain.
Henry Ford II
Patience is an egg which hatches great birds.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
Le véritable voyage de découverte ne consiste pas à chercher de nouveaux paysages, mais à avoir de nouveaux yeux.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
James Truslow Adams
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
Let not your zeal to share your principles entice you beyond your borders.
Marquis de Sade
“If all you ever do is all you’ve ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you ever got.”
Everything in moderation, including moderation.
Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.
After all this is over, all that will really have mattered is how we treated each other.
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
No one really listens to anyone else and if you try it for awhile, you’ll see why.
When someone does something good, applaud. You will make two people happy.
God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other…
If you have a garden & a library you have everything you need.
If you keep your head when those around you are losing theirs you obviously haven’t grasped the gravity of the situation.
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
One Wild Kiwi’s observations
Nobody ever got rich underestimating the power of human stupidity.
The only common thing about common sense is how uncommon it is.
Happiness is transient, contentment endures.
It’s sobering to reflect that half the people in the world are below average intelligence.
The likelihood of a piece of raw material being cut too small is inversely proportional to the quantity of available replacement.
Al’s First Law of Supply Dynamics
The accessibility of a lost component is inversely proportional to the square of its importance and to the fourth power of its availablity.
Al’s Second Law of Supply Dynamics