Delusions of Grandeur

Archive for May 2002

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” -Victor Borge

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” -Will Rogers

“I still say a church steeple with a lightening rod on top shows a lack of confidence.” -Doug McLeod

“A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often – just to save it from drying out completely.” -Pam Brown

“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.” -Bertrand Russell

“Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.” -Italian Proverb

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.” -Mark Russell

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” -Mark Twain

“In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus

“The hardest of all is learning to be a well of affection, and not a fountain; to show them we love them not when we feel like it, but when they do.” -Nan Fairbrother

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?'” -Sydney Harris

“If you want a symbolic gesture, don’t burn the flag; wash it.” -Norman Thomas

“If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.” -Richard Milhous Nixon

“I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” -James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son

“For a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush, we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows, just waiting.” -Robert Benchley, Benchley — or Else!

“In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Catholic. Then they came for me — and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.” -Martin Niemöller

“Why doesn’t DOS ever say ‘EXCELLENT command or filename!'” -Anon.

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” -Albert Einstein

“We are the people our parents warned us about.” -Jimmy Buffett

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.” -Aesop

“Money, the root of all evil…but the cure for all sadness.” -Mike Gill

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” -Albert Einstein

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.” -Lao-Tzu

“For some life lasts a short while, but the memories it holds last forever.” -Laura Swenson

“She would rather light candles than curse the darkness and her glow has warmed the world.” -Adlai Stevenson, Eulogy of Eleanor Roosevelt, November 7, 1962

“Assumptions allow the best in life to pass you by.” -John Sales

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” -David Lloyd George

“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” -Napoleon

“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.” -Marcus Aurelius

“Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.” -Baruch Spinoza

“Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage which we did not take Towards the door we never opened Into the rose-garden. My words echo Thus, in your mind.” -T. S. Eliot, “Four Quartets”

“There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.” -La Rochefoucauld

“Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.” -Anon.

“With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.” -Chinese Proverb

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” -W. M. Lewis

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” -Carl W. Buechner

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.”-Rotarian

“Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.” -Anon.

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” -Henry Van Dyke

“You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” -Doug Floyd

“We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision.” -Gary Collins

“I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.” -Dudley Field Malone

“The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you.” -Kin Hubbard

“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” -Jean Paul

“Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility… in the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have… is the ability to take on responsibility.” -Michael Korda

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Confucius

“We are told never to cross a bridge until we come to it, but this world is owned by men who have ‘crossed bridges’ in their imagination far ahead of the crowd.” -Anon.

“Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.” -Andrew Brown

“Looking at the proliferation of personal web pages on the net, it looks like very soon everyone on earth will have 15 Megabytes of fame.” -MG Siriam

“If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.” -John Stuart Mill

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.” -Robert Anthony

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” -Robert Frost

“Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.” -Octavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude, 1950

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.” -Theodore Rubin

“Every man has his follies — and often they are the most interesting thing he has got.” -Josh Billings

“Half the world is composed of idiots, the other half of people clever enough to take indecent advantage of them.” Walter Kerr

“‘He means well’ is useless unless he does well.” -Plautus

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” -Thomas Paine

“I’ve developed a new philosophy… I only dread one day at a time.” -Charlie Brown

“In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade’s no easier to make than an oak.” -James Russell Lowell

“Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.” -André Dubus, Broken Vessels, 1991

“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.” -Voltaire

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” -Jonathan Swift

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.” -Bill Cosby

“It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.” -Mark Twain

“The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.” -Peter De Vries

“Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.” -Michael Levine

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” -Neil Armstrong

“Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.” -Ayn Rand

“So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?” -Ayn Rand

“Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.” -Kin Hubbard

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” -Douglas Adams

“I complained that I had no shoes Until I met a man who had no feet.” -Irish proverb


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