Nov 192010
 

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. -Niels Bohr

No problem is so formidable that you can’t walk away from it. -Charles M. Schulz

One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing. -Oscar Wilde

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. -Helen Keller

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. -Niels Bohr

No problem is so formidable that you can’t walk away from it. -Charles M. Schulz

One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing. -Oscar Wilde

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. -Helen Keller

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. -Aristotle

Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week. -Alice Walker

Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth. -Charles A. Dana

Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. -Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. -Gertrude Stein

Men have become the tools of their tools. -Henry David Thoreau

Reality is that which refuses to go away when I stop believing in it. -Phillip K. Dick

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity…and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. -William Blake

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. -Henry David Thoreau

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations. -Anaïs Nin

The secret of joy is the mastery of pain. -Anaïs Nin

A good composer does not imitate; he steals. -Igor Stravinksy

The better work men do is always done under stress and at great personal cost. -William Carlos Williams

As regards the celebrated struggle for life, it seems to me for the present to have been rather asserted than proved. It does occur, but as the exception; the general aspect of life is not hunger and distress, but rather wealth, luxury, even absurd prodigality — where there is a struggle it is a struggle for power. -Friedrich Nietzsche

People only see what they are prepared to see. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love demands infinitely less than friendship. -George Jean Nathan

Only he is an artist who can make a riddle out of a solution. -Karl Kraus

We haven’t failed. We now know a thousand things that won’t work, so we are much closer to finding what will. -Thomas Edison

For all these new and evolutionary facts, meanings, purposes, new poetic messages, new forms and expressions, are inevitable. -Walt Whitman

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. -William Blake

A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm. -Hamlet

It is astonishing what you can do when you have a lot of energy, ambition and plenty of ignorance. -Alfred P. Sloan Jr.

The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion. -G.K. Chesterton

Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don’t know and I don’t care. -William Safire

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal. -H. L. Mencken

Maps encourage boldness. They’re like cryptic love letters. They make anything seem possible. -Mark Jenkins

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. -Michel de Montaigne

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. -D. H. Lawrence

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. -James Thurber

Rogues are preferable to imbeciles because they sometimes take a rest. -Alexandre Dumas

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Eat a third and drink a third and leave the remaining third of your stomach empty. Then, when you get angry, there will be sufficient room for your rage. -Babylonian Talmud

As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it. -Mahatma Gandhi

Call on God, but row away from the rocks. -Indian Proverb

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. -Marilyn vos Savant

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will. -Jawaharlal Nehru

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. -Thomas H. Huxley

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. -Mark Twain

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have. -Don Herold

There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action. -Bertrand Russell

Committee–a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done. -Fred Allen

If thou are a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf. -Thomas Fuller

Go often to the house of thy friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path. -Scandinavian Proverb

The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid. -Art Spander

An epigraph to an essay on Cochin by Ashis Nandy from Raimundo Panikkar:
the self identity of Man is transcultural, and this cannot have any single point of reference. Pluralism is not synonymous with tolerance of a variety of opinions. Pluralism amounts to the recognition of the unthinkable, the absurd, and up to a limit, intolerable… Reality in itself does not need to be transparent, intelligible.

The characteristic structure of the aphorism itself implies at least two kinds of boundary crossing: a thrusting past banality to further reaches of insight, and an ongoing energy flow that reforms insight continuously in a transmissale form that invites perpetual continuation of the game. [from Lawrence Buell Emerson article]

Americans use tradition to evade history. – Richard E. Nicholls

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. -William James

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. -Henry Ford

In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior. -Sir Francis Bacon

Security is a kind of death. -Tennessee Williams

Magnificent promises are always to be suspected. -Theodore Parker

The married are those who have taken the terrible risk of intimacy and, having taken it, know life without intimacy to be impossible. -Carolyn Heilbrun

The good or ill of a man lies within his own will. -Epictetus

Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. -Erica Jong

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. -Aesop

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all. -Samuel Butler

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory. -John Kenneth Galbraith

Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking. -John Maynard Keynes

You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience. -Stanislaw J. Lec

I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I’ve ever known. -Walt Disney

You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering. – Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. -Epictetus

What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books. -Thomas Carlyle

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. -Henry C. Link

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought. -Sir William Osler

The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings. -Okakura Kakuzo

If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people. -Oriental Proverb

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. -Japanese Proverb

I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave. -E. M. Forster

Sometimes I think we’re alone. Sometimes I think we’re not. In either case, the thought is staggering. -R. Buckminster Fuller

It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor. -Neil Gaiman

If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt. -Dean Martin

Space isn’t remote at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards. -Fred Hoyle

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. -Ellen Parr

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. -Thomas Jefferson

The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them. -Mark Twain

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it.-Bernard Bailey

Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. -Ambrose Bierce

Oh, darling, let your body in, let it tie you in, in comfort. -Anne Sexton

When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: ‘Only stand out of my light.’ Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light. -John W. Gardner

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. -Edgar Allan Poe

If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out. -Jane Austen

It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them admittance than to control them after they have been admitted. -Seneca

We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer tasting them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age. -Charles Caleb Colton

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. -Mark Twain

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. -Vladimir Nabokov

Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations. -Orson Welles

Good taste is the worst vice ever invented. -Edith Sitwell

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it. -Garrison Keillor

Life is a long lesson in humility. -James M. Barrie

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality. -Jules de Gaultier

I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine. -Fritz Perls

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. -Chinese Proverb

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. -Charles Dickens

Despise not any man, and do not spurn anything; for there is no man who has not his hour, nor is there anything that has not its place. -Ben Azai You must lose a fly to catch a trout. -George Herbert

Nothing is said that has not been said before. -Terence

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. -Oscar Wilde

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King Jr.

First there is a time when we believe everything, then for a little while we believe with discrimination, then we believe nothing whatever, and then we believe everything again – and, moreover, give reasons why we believe. -Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with. -Tenessee Williams

Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians. -Chester Bowles

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. -Arthur Schopenhauer

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations. -David Friedman

Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. -The Bible

If you scatter thorns, don’t go barefoot. -Italian Proverb

A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution. -Hazel Nicholson

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. -Seneca

It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians. -Henrik Ibsen

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. -Theodore Roosevelt

The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. -Herbert Agar

Look well into yourself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if you always look there. -Marcus Aurelius

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. -H.G. Wells

Men cannot see their reflection in running water, but only in still water. -Chuang Tzu

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one. -George Bernard Shaw

The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages. -Virginia Woolf

Man and his deed are two distinct things. Whereas a good deed should call forth approbation, and a wicked deed disapprobation, the doer of the deed, whether good or wicked always deserves respect or pity as the case may be. -Mahatma Gandhi

He who sings scares away his woes. -Miguel de Cervantes

There are three ingredients to the good life; learning, earning, and yearning. -Christopher Morley

The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes — ah, that is where the art resides. -Artur Schnabel

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance. -Anatole France

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