Ecclesiastes 9:10-12

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Nov 202010

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

I have seen something else under the sun:
The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.

Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come:
As fish are caught in a cruel net,
or birds are taken in a snare,
so men are trapped by evil times
that fall unexpectedly upon them.

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Nov 202010

The inflated style itself is a kind of euphemism. A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outline and covering up all the details. The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink. In our age there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics.” All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia. When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer.

Politics and the English Language

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Nov 202010

[T]he ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas… sooner or later, it is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.

The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

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Nov 192010

O bliss of the collector, bliss of the man of leisure! Of no one has less been expected, and no one has had a greater sense of well-being than the man who has been able to carry on his disreputable existence in the mask of Spitzweg,’s ‘Bookworm.’ For inside him there are spirits, or at least little genii, which have seen to it that for a collector – and I mean a real collector, a collector as he ought to be – ownership is the most intimate relationship that one can have to objects. Not that they come alive in him; it is he who lives in them. So I have erected one of his dwellings, with books as the building stones, before you, and now he is going to disappear inside, as is only fitting.

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Nov 192010

Never explain–your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. -Elbert Hubbard

It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem. -Malcolm Forbes

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. -Abba Eban

If the human mind was simple enough to understand, we’d be too simple to understand it. -Emerson Pugh

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. -Alexander Pope

You are not superior just because you see the world in an odious light. -Vicomte de Chateaubriand

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite. -John Kenneth Galbraith

It is wonderful how quickly you get used to things, even the most astonishing. -Edith Nesbitt

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. -Mahatma Gandhi

You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand. -Leonardo da Vinci

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. -Robert Louis Stevenson

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life. -John Burroughs, naturalist and writer (1837-1921)

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. -Mark Twain

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations. -Charles de Montesquieu

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. -Elbert Hubbard

A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on. -William S. Burroughs

In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be. -Hubert H. Humphrey

The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty. -Jean Jacques Rousseau

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. -Oscar Wilde

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. -Aldous Huxley

You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too. -John Kenneth Galbraith

Nobody believes the official spokesman… but everybody trusts an unidentified source. -Ron Nesen

Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. -unknown

Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even. -Horace

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat. -Socrates

The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart. -Saint Jerome

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