Friday, December 03, 2004

Weekend thoughts

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience
your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian
genius.
-Joseph Addison, 17th Cent. English essayist

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve
themselves; they therefore remain bound.
-James Allen, 19th Cent. American novelist

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and
writes another.
-J. M. Barrie, Scottish playwright and author

Those who rule us are like you and me. It is a frightening situation.
-Brooks Atkinson (1894-1984), Once Around the Sun [1951], January 27th

Humor is not merely the telling of funny stories. It recognizes the vast
difference between life as we imagine it and life as we live it, and between
the fanciful and imposing impressions we have of ourselves and what we
actually are.
-Brooks Atkinson (1894-1984), Once Around the Sun [1951], April 4th

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is
generally the by-product of other activities.
-Aldous Huxley

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit
of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing
it.
-Herodotus, 5th Cent. BC Greek historian

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and
another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which one
is true.
-Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804-1864

Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone
who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he
will encounter. The Statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once
the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of
unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.
-Sir Winston Spencer Churchill (1874-1965), My Early Life: Roving Commission
[1930]

Jonathan Swift:
* We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us
love one another.
* A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which
is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than yesterday.
* When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign,
that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

Brotherhood:
* Brotherhood is not so wild a dream as those, who profit by postponing it,
pretend.
-Eric Sevareid, 1912 - 1992
* If you really believe in the brotherhood of man, and you want to come into
its fold, you've got to let everyone else in, too.
-Oscar Hammerstein II, 1895 - 1960

I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the
understanding which bringeth peace.
-Helen Keller, 1880 - 1968

***

There is no finer revenge than that which *others* inflict on your enemy.
Moreover, it has the advantage of leaving you the role of a generous man.
-Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living: Diaries 1935-50

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the
maximum of opportunity.
-George Bernard Shaw

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