- A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
- If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.
- In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
MBA Handbook section on business cards
- Avoid overly pretentious job titles such as Lord of the Realm, Defender of the Faith, Emporer of Siberia or Director of Corporate Planning.
- Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
- We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in
other words, we are the hero of our own story.
- If at first you do succeed, try to remember how.
- I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
- You return and again take the proper course, guided by what? By the picture in mind of the place you are headed for.
- Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming.
- Unix is not a "A-ha" experience, it is more of a "holy-shit" experience.
John McGahern (1935-)
- Anything that is given can be at once taken away. We have to learn never to expect anything, and when it comes it's no more than a gift on loan. - from The Leavetaking
- Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy.
- I think the world is run by C students.
- Each man of us is living his own personal work of art, and cannot evade artistic responsibility for his product.
E. C. McKenzie
- May your troubles in the coming New Year be as short-lived as your resoloutions.
- No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.
- A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
- In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
- The medium is the message.
- The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.
- It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
- We cannot live for ourselves alone.
Our lives are connected
by a thousand invisible threads,
and along these sympathetic fibers,
our actions run as causes
and return to us as results.
- Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to become as mediocre as possible.
- Margaret Mead
One of the oldest human needs is having someone wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.
- As I was going up the stair
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today.
I wish, I wish he'd stay away.
Dr. A. B. Meldrum
- Bear in mind, if you are going to amount to anything, that your success does not depend upon the brilliancy and the impetuosity with which you take hold, but upon the ever lasting and sanctified bulldoggedness with which you hang on after you have taken hold.
- Either say something better than silence or else keep silent.
- Love blinds all men alike, both the reasonable and the foolish.
- Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
H.L.(Henry Lewis) Mencken, US journalist, writer, critic, editor, publisher, lexicographer
- A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
- A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark.
- A man is called a good fellow for doing things which, if done by a woman, would land her in a lunatic asylum.
- The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.
- Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.
- Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.
- Contemplating such a body as the House of Representatives one sees only a group of men who have compromised with honor. They have been broken to the goose-step. They have kept silent about good causes, and spoken in causes they know to be evil. The higher they rise, the further they fall. The occasional mavericks, thrown in by miracle, last a season and then disappear. The old Congressman, the veteran of genuine influence and power, is either one who is so stupid that the ideas of the mob are his own ideas, or one so far gone in charlatanry that he is unconscious of his shame. (Notes on Democracy, 1926)
- Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
- The fact that a human brain of high amperage, otherwise highly efficient, may have a hole in it is surely not a secret. (Chicago Sunday Tribune, April 26, 1925)
- For every problem, there is one solution which is simple, neat and wrong.
- For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends
seldom profit us but they make us feel safe. We know, or think we know, exactly
what they will do in any given situation. They take the hazard out of life and put in security. Marriage is a
scheme to accomplish exactly that same end. A normal man does not marry a woman thinking of her as a possible
enemy; he marries her thinking of her as a perpetual friend. He is not only willing to give her his full
confidence, he is eager to do it. His delight in her is his complete merging of their interests, and, in so far
as it is humanly possible, of their personalities...The essence of their relation lies in its merging of interests,
hopes, fears, sorrows, triumphs, glories.
- For there is something about a national convention that makes it as fascinating as a revival or hanging. It is vulgar, it us ugly, it is stupid, it is useless. It is hard upon both the higher cerebral centers and the gluteus maximus, and yet it is somehow charming... Herein, indeed, lies the chief merit of democracy, when all is said and done... it may be swinish, it may be unutterably incompetent and dishonest but it is never dismal--its processes, when they irritate, never actually bore.(Baltimore Evening Sun, July 14, 1924)
- If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.
- In brief, she assumed that, being a man, I was vain to the point of imbecility, and this assumption was correct, as it always is.
- It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.
- It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
- It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for any public office.
- Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
- Man weeps to think he will die so soon; woman, that she was born so long ago.
- Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?
- Men have a much better time of it than women; for one thing, they marry later; for another thing they die earlier.
- No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
- Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.
- The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore.
- The essence of a genuine professional man is that he cannot be bought.
- The fact that a human brain of high amperage, otherwise highly efficient, may have a hole in it is surely not a secret.
- The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
- The one permanent emotion of the inferior man, as of all the simpler mammals, is fear--fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is security.
- The only really happy folk are married women and single men.
- The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.
- We are here and it is now. Further than that, all knowledge is moonshine.
- We must respect the other person's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his
theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
- What is done with joy is always better done.
- When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even comprehending any save the most elemental--men whose chief thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is the dread of what they cannot understand.(Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920)
- When women kiss, it always reminds me of prizefighters shaking hands.
- Women decide the larger questions of life correctly and quickly, not because they are lucky guessers, not because they practise a magic inherited from savagery, but simply and solely because they have sense. They see at a glance what most men could not see with searchlights and telescopes.
- I expect Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man.
- We may live without poetry, music and art;
We may love without conscience and live without heart;
We may live without friends, we may live without books;
But civilized man cannot live without cooks.
- The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.
- As when, O lady mine!
- With chiselled touch
- The stone unhewn and cold
- Becomes a living mould.
- The more the marble wastes,
- The more the statue grows.
- If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.
- Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish.
- The more the marble wastes, the more the statue grows.
- I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
Hans von Michaels
- In America today, the farther away you get from where the real work is done, the more money you make.
- Start doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and humane society? Then behave decently and humanely.
John Stuart Mill
- We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.
- Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.
- The worth of the state, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals composing it.
- The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
- My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I'll not be knowing;
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,
No matter where it's going.
- You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.
- Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you in the ass to make you do it.
- The man who is forever disturbed about the condition of humanity either has no problems of his own or has refused to face them.
- Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.