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An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. — John W. Gardner (1912-2002)Money is nothing more or less than a commodity to be used wisely for the greatest possible personal and family benefit. Its value lies not in what it is, but in what it can do. — UnknownThe eyes shout what the lips fear to say. — Will Henry [Henry Wilson Allen] (1912-1991)Don’t spit in a well. You might want to drink from it. — Scottish ProverbWarum so einfach wenn es so schõn kompliziert geht? Why be so simple when complexity is so beautiful? — German MaximThe average reader is more interested in fun than in intellectual pursuits. — William A. Katz (1924-2004)The most complicated task today is finding a way to live a simple life. — W. A. NanceHe who lowers himself to the level of others realizes only then how tall he once stood. — JeckWe live in a world of unused and misapplied knowledge and skill. — H. G. Wells (1866-1946)Bigness is constantly confused with virtue. — Peter Gellatly (1969)Live in the past; it’s cheaper. Live in the future; it’s better. — Magazine AdEducation in the West, particularly higher education in America, has lost the ability to see the universe from very far away. — Charles Van Doren (1926- )Novel: A prose narrative of some length that has something wrong with it. — Randell Jarrell (1914-1965)A writer begins and ends with language. — UnknownSorrow is too great to exist in small hearts. — Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)The strongest memory is weaker than the palest ink. — Chinese ProverbEnglish is a funny language. A fat chance and a slim chance are the same thing. — Jack HerbertAn old mountain man’s prayer: "Lord, I don’t ask for a faith that would move yonder mountain. I can take enough dynamite and move it, if it needs movin’. I pray, Lord, for enough faith to move me." — Norman AllenThe peoples’ Winter will pass away, and then comes the beautiful Spring, and the flowers must surely bloom in the fields, and the brooks will again leap in the valleys. — Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love. — Erich Fromm (1900-1980)Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. — Horace Mann (1796-1859)We are the sons of Sorrow; we are the poets and the prophets and the musicians. — Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)See deep enough, and you see musically; the heart of Nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it. — Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)Life is weaker than Death and Death is weaker than Truth. — Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Thought, true labor of any kind, highest virtue itself, is it not the daughter of Pain? — Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)The very strength that protects the heart from injury is the strength that prevents the heart from enlarging to its intended greatness within. — Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)‘Tis sweet to feel by what fine-spun threads our affections are drawn together. — Laurence Sterne (1713-1768)Parting is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell. — Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)What is dignity… what is appearance, if it keeps us from talking together? — Ray HillThe function of the expert is not to be more right than other people, but to be wrong for more sophisticated reasons. — David Butler (1924- )The height of embarrassment is when two sets of eyes meet through a keyhole. — UnknownNo matter how busy a man is, he is never too busy to stop and talk about how busy he is. — UnknownIt is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make pouring it out. — Alexander Pope (1688-1744)If a man desires to live a great life, let him remember that evil is always necessary. — Roy L. SmithThe part of a man’s religion which is convenient, that he’ll never drop. — A. A. HornIt is not true that men prefer foolish women. Rather they prefer women who can simulate foolishness whenever necessary, which is the very core of intelligence. — Paul Eldridge (1888-1982)Any fool can have bad luck; the art consists in knowing how to exploit it. — Frank Wedekind (1864-1918)Whenever you hear the word "inevitable", watch out! An enemy of humanity has identified himself. — Stephen Vizinczey (1933- )The greatest educational dogma is also its greatest fallacy: the belief that what must be learned can necessarily be taught. — Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986)The devil does a nice business for such a lousy location. — D. BennettToo great a sense of identity makes a man feel he can do no wrong. And too little does the same. — Djuna Barnes (1892-1982)Not blind opposition to progress, but opposition to blind progress. — Sierra Club SloganLeopards! Be ready for a spot check! — GraffitiA rut is a grave with both ends open. — Carol HicksScience has made us gods before we are worthy of being men. — Jean Rostand (1894-1977)Science has promised us truth an understanding of such relationships as our minds can grasp; it has never promised us either peace or happiness. — Gustave Le Bon (1841-1931)One holds his job by knowing how. One becomes boss by knowing why. — Perry TanksleyBad administration can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy. — Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)Pornography is writing that seeks primarily, even exclusively, to bring about sexual stimulation. This can be done crudely or delicately. In the former case it would be bad literature; in the latter good. — Kenneth Tynan (1927-1980)
The richest and most powerful society in history, called to responsibility, if not leadership, in the spherical, scientific, social[ized], secular, dynamic, crowded, and contentious world promised us by the twenty-first century, must develop the facilities for knowing that world as completely as possible. Of these our libraries form not the least important element. — Mortimer Graves (1893-1987)
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