Quotable #86: Bad Debts

“We often pay our debts not because it is only fair that we should, but to make future loans easier.” — La Rochefoucauld “The ideas of debtor and creditor as to what constitutes a good time never coincide.” — P.G. Wodehouse, Love Among the Chickens, 1906 “The customer is always right — until his bill is overdue:.” — Anon., […]

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Quotable #85: The Truth

“The greatest enemy of all is considered he who tells the truth.” — Plato, The Republic “Time will reveal everything. It is a babbler and speaks even when not asked.” — Euripides, Euripidean Fragments “Yet the deepest truths are best read between the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to be written.” — Amos […]

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Quotable #84: Criticism

A perfect Judge will read each work of Wit With the same spirit that its author writ; Survey the whole, nor seek slight faults to find Where nature moves, and rapture warms the mind. — Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism, 1711 “It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.” — Benjamin […]

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Quotable #83: Life and Death

“The first breath is the beginning of death.” — Anon. “There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.” — George Santayana “It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.” — Samuel Johnson, quoted […]

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Quotable #82: Past and Present

“He who controls the past, controls the future; and he who controls the present, controls the past.” — George Orwell, 1984, 1949 “The past can’t now be altered, the future has yet to be lived, and consciously to experience every moment of the present is the only way to gain at least the illusion of immortality.” […]

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Quotable #81: Advertising

“Advertising is usually a trick to get you to spend money by telling you how much you can save. An advertisement is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.” — Fred Allen “Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you’re doing but she doesn’t.” — Thos. B. […]

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Quotable #80: Time

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, So do our minutes hasten to their end; Each changing place with that which goes before, In sequent toil all forwards do contend. Nativity, once in the main of light, Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crown’d, Crooked elipses ’gainst his glory fight, And Time that gave […]

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Quotable #79: Poverty

“Poverty, in large cities, has very different appearances. It is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the care of a great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest. They support themselves by temporary expedients, and every day is lost in contriving for to-morrow.” — Samuel Johnson, Rasselas, 1759 […]

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Gleanings from the Past #78

Arrière-Pensée Sir, Will you allow me to draw your attention to a very interesting example of the ethics of modern journalism, a quality of which we have all heard so much and seen so little? About a month ago Mr. T. P. O’Connor published in the Sunday Sun some doggerel verses entitled “The Shamrock,” and […]

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Quotable #78: Vanity

“We are too apt to mistake the echoings of our own vanity for the admiration and applause of the world.” — Gazette of the Union, August 23, 1851 “He who despises himself nevertheless esteems himself as a self-despiser.” — Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1888

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