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Be polite to all, but intimate with few. Thomas Jefferson

An expert is someone who is one page ahead of you in the manual. David Knight

I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct for revenge for which no expedient is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, petty  I call it the one mortal blemish of mankind. Friedrich Nietzsche

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill,

Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.

Marva Collins

I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally. W. C. Fields

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. W. C. Fields

'Twas a woman who drove me to drink, and I never had the courtesy to thank her for it. W. C. Fields

If at first you don't succeed, try, and try again. Then give up. There's no sense in being a damned fool about it. W. C. Fields


Never give a sucker an even break and never smarten up a chump. W. C. Fields

If at first you don't succeed, try, and try again. Then give up. There's no sense in being a damned fool about it.  W. C. Fields

The only way to read a book of aphorisms without being bored is to open it at random and, having found something that interests you, close the book and meditate. Prince Charles-Josef de Ligne

'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things; Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, Of cabbages and kings, And why the sea is boiling hot, And whether pigs have wings.'

--Lewis Carrol

For the Zeitgeist of every age is like a sharp east wind which blows through everything. You can find traces of it in all that is done, thought and written, in music and painting, in the flourishing of this or that art: it leaves its mark on everything and everyone.

--Arthur Schopenhauer

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.

--Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

--Galileo Galilei, physicist and astronomer (1564-1642)

It is the theory that decides what can be observed.

--Albert Einstein

It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is to be educated.

-Edith Hamilton, educator and writer (1867-1963)

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.

--Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist (1825-1895)

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

--James Madison, (1751-1836)

For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.

--Arne Garborg, writer (1851-1924)

Both liberty and equality are among the primary goals pursued by human beings through many centuries; but total liberty for wolves is death to the lambs, total liberty of the powerful, the gifted, is not compatible with the rights to a decent existence of the weak and the less gifted.

--Isaiah Berlin

There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another.

--Emma Goldman, (1869-1940)

I react pragmatically. Where the market works, I'm for that. Where the government is necessary, I'm for that. I'm deeply suspicious of somebody who says, "I'm in favor of privatization," or, "I'm deeply in favor of public ownership." I'm in favor of whatever works in the particular case.

--John Kenneth Galbraith, economist (1908-2006)

There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.

--Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

--Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)

An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere.

-- Mark Twain

Category: Aphorisms | Added by: Ктулху (18.05.2011)
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