Maxims, Epigrams, Poems, Wisdom, & Fragments.....


On the Shortness of Life (Seneca)


  • Very deep is the well of the past.

    Thomas Mann

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

    Arthur Schopenhauer

  • Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am large; I contain multitudes!

    Walt Whitman

  • Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

  • The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money.

  • Margaret Thatcher  (paraphrased)

  • Be the change that you want to see in the world.

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • This is my commandment, that you love together as I have loved you.
    Greater love then this has no man, than that a man bestow his life for his friends.

    William Tyndale's translation

  • This is my Commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.
    Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

    King James Translators' translation

  • Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs that properly concern them.

    Paul Valery

  • If you only know normal people, you don't know people that well.

    Oscar Wilde

  • Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greater dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

    Justice Louis Brandeis
    Olmstead v. United States
    277 U.S. 479 (1928)

  • When I was at home, I was in a better place
    but travellers must be content.

    William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 2 iv

  • Don't judge a man by his looks,
    or a parson by his books.

    Newfoundland Proverb

  • If somebody tells you not to apply for a job with a company because of that company's environmental policy or it's disregard for workers' conditions in other countries (etc), that person may simply be trying to get the job for themself.

  • Loggers don't cut down trees. Logging companies don't cut down trees. Those who buy books, newspapers, and houses cut down trees.


  • As for cabinet counsels, it may be their motto, plenus rimarum sum (I am full of leaks).

    Francis Bacon, Essays, 1625.

  • Character is destiny.


  • Ultimately, no one can extract from things, books included, more than he already knows. What one has no access to through experience one has no ear for.

    Friedrich Nietzsche
    Ecce Homo

  • The only way to have a friend is to be one.


  • How do you make long term thinking automatic and common, instead of difficult and rare?

    Stewart Brand

  • No act of kindness is ever wasted.

    The Lion and the Mouse

  • What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.


  • Always imitate the behavior of winners when you lose. (Anonymous)

  • You can't step twice into the same river because other waters are ever flowing on to you.

    On the Universe

  • Poor people teach their children that the government will look after them.
    Middle class people teach their children to go to school, get a good education, and get a good job.
    Rich people teach their children to become entrepreneurs, and invest their money.

  • Because money is a major psychic symbol of security, every thought you have which endorses your insecurity affects your money-making abilities. Money flows toward stability and away from its converse.

    Stuart Wilde

  • If you want to know what a man is really like, take notice of how he acts when he loses money.

    New England Proverb

  • You should always be careful when reading books about health.
    Otherwise you might die of a misprint.

    Mark Twain

  • The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts - the less you know the hotter you get.

    Bertrand Russell

  • For everything that lives is holy,
    life delights in life.

    William Blake

  • A man doesn't love a woman because she's beautiful, a woman is beautiful because she's loved.


  • When the student is ready, the Master appears.

    Buddhist Proverb

  • Be master of mind, rather than mastered by mind.
    Zen saying

  • A heavy snowfall disappears into the sea. What silence!
    Folk Zen saying

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