Gleanings from the Past #88

Fortune Fortune, they say, doth give too much to many; But yet she never gave enough to any. — John Harington, 1600, quoted in The London Quarterly Review, January 1865 Behind every successful fortune there is a crime. — Mario Puzo, The Godfather, 1969 Writing Novels A man who is not born with the novel-writing […]

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Quotable #88: Free Will

“Man, what are you talking about? Me in chains? You may fetter my leg but my will, not even Zeus himself can overpower.”  — Epictetus, The Discourses of Epictetus, with the Encheridion and Fragments (1877 edition), tr. by George Long, c. 2nd century “A horse that is hitched with others to a wagon is not free not […]

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Of Beauty and Truth

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich (left), Karl Heinrich Schellbach (right) Georg Wilhelm Friedrich (1770 – 1831), a notable German philosopher, once remarked, “Who does not know the works of the ancients dies without knowing beauty.” German mathematician Karl Heinrich Schellbach (1805 – 1892) responded, “Who does not know the works of mathematicians and scientists dies without knowing […]

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Quotable #87: Cost of Living

“Air is still free, but it costs more and more to breathe it.” — Evan Esar “We’ve confused the cost of lifestyle with the cost of living. We’ve lost our perspective.” — Tim Costello “The high cost of living isn’t so bad if you don’t have to pay for it.” — Don Marquis “Whatever the […]

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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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