Points To Ponder

  1. An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth. -Bonnie Friedman, author (b. 1958)
  2. The doubts of an honest man contain more moral truth than the profession of faith of people under a worldly yoke. -Ximenes Doudan, journalist (1800-1872)
  3. The court is like a palace built of marble; I mean that it is made up of very hard and very polished people. -Jean de la Fontaine, poet and fabulist (1621-1695)
  4. The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish something. The strongest, by dispensing his over many, may fail to accomplish anything. The drop, by continually falling, bores its passage through the hardest rock. The hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar, and leaves no trace behind. -Thomas Carlyle, essayist and historian (1795-1881)
  5. Silence is the severest criticism. -Charles Buxton, brewer, philanthropist, writer and politician (1823-1871)
  6. We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)
  7. The best armor is to keep out of gunshot. -Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)
  8. I believe I found the missing link between animal and civilized man. It is us. -Konrad Lorenz, ethologist, Nobel laureate (1903-1989)
  9. Every sin is an attempt to fly from emptiness. -Simone Weil, philosopher, mystic, activist (1909-1943)
  10. A child’s education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., poet, novelist, essayist, and physician (1809-1894)
  11. It’s been pointed out that, in every glass of water you drink, there’s likely a molecule that passed through Oliver Cromwell’s bladder. In this sense, we are *always* touching *all* of the people who lived long ago.
  12. It is good to rub and polish your mind against that of others. -Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592)
  13. A closed mind is like a closed book: just a block of wood. -Chinese Proverb
  14. Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc., and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons. -Douglas Adams, writer, dramatist, and musician (1952-2001)
  15. Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt. -Clarence Darrow, lawyer and author (1857-1938)
  16. Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment. -Learned Hand, jurist (1872-1961)
  17. Good and evil grow up together and are bound in an equilibrium that cannot be sundered. The most we can do is try to tilt the equilibrium toward the good. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)
  18. By words the mind is winged. -Aristophanes, dramatist (c. 448-385 BCE)
  19. A good leader can’t get too far ahead of his followers. -Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US President (1882-1945)
  20. What you cannot enforce, do not command. -Sophocles, dramatist (495?-406 BCE)
  21. The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. -John Locke, philosopher (1632-1704)
  22. I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer. -Douglas Adams, satirist (1952-2001)
  23. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. -George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)
  24. It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)
  25. words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. -Ingrid Bengis, writer and teacher (b. 1944)
  26. Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. -Frank Zappa, composer, musician, film director (1940-1993)
  27. Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way. -Martin Luther King Jr., civil-rights leader (1929-1968)
  28. Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately,it kills all its pupils
  29. Religious freedom should work two ways: we should be free to practice the religion of our choice, but we must also be free from having someone else’s religion practiced on us. -John Irving, novelist (b. 1942)
  30. If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. -Thomas Szasz, author, professor of psychiatry (b. 1920)
  31. How far should one accept the rules of the society in which one lives? To put it another way: at what point does conformity become corruption? Only by answering such questions does the conscience truly define itself. -Kenneth Tynan, critic and writer (1927-1980)
  32. When you want to fool the world, tell the truth. -Otto von Bismarck, statesman (1815-1898)
  33. Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think. -Jean de la Bruyere, essayist and moralist (1645-1696)
  34. The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. -William James, psychologist and philosopher (1842-1910)
  35. A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company. -Charles Evans Hughes, jurist (1862-1948)
  36. Life is a long lesson in humility. -James M. Barrie, novelist, short-story writer, and playwright (1860-1937)
  37. There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment – and nothing more corrupting. -A.J.P. Taylor, historian (1906-1990)
  38. The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)
  39. most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth. -Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, scientist and philosopher (1742-1799)
  40. A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. -Saul Bellow, writer, Nobel laureate (1915-2005)
  41. The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. -William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist (1811-1863)
  42. All know that the drop merges into the ocean but few know that the ocean merges into the drop. -Kabir, reformer, poet (late 15th century)
  43. When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. -Helen Keller, author and lecturer (1880-1968)
  44. Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much of life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)
  45. For sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed, they must be interrupted. -Jean Paul Richter, writer (1763-1825)
  46. Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. -Sydney J. Harris, journalist and author (1917-1986)
  47. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. -Leonardo da Vinci, painter, engineer, musician, and scientist (1452-1519)
  48. We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others. -Blaise Pascal, philosopher and mathematician (1623-1662)
  49. Time has a wonderful way of weeding out the trivial. -Richard Ben Sapir, novelist (1936-1987)
  50. Be the master of your will and the slave of your conscience. -Hasidic saying
  51. So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. -Franz Kafka, novelist (1883-1924)
  52. Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt. -George Sewell, physician and writer (1690-1736)
  53. Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it. -Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)
  54. There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write. -William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist (1811-1863)
  55. A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs — jolted by every pebble in the road. -Henry Ward Beecher, preacher and writer (1813-1887)
  56. It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. -Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
  57. To read is to translate, for no two persons’ experiences are the same. A bad reader is like a bad translator: he interprets literally when he ought to paraphrase and paraphrases when he ought to interpret literally. -W.H. Auden, poet (1907-1973)
  58. A cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. -Oscar Wilde, writer (1854-1900)
  59. When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set. -Lin Yutang, writer and translator (1895-1976)
  60. Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. -Elbert Hubbard, author, editor, printer (1856-1915)
  61. The path of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked. -Napoleon Hill, author (1883-1970)
  62. Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar. -Bradley Miller, activist (b. 1956)
  63. The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much. -William Hazlitt, essayist (1778-1830)
  64. My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened. -Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592)
  65. He who has a why can endure any how. -Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)

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