Tag Archives: Quotable Quotes

Quotable #20: Art Of Taxation

“The art of taxation consists of plucking the goose to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing,” — Jean-Baptiste Colbert

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Quotable #19: Idealist And Cynic

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.” “A cynic is a man, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.” — H. L. … Continue reading

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Quotable #18: Facts

“In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled.” — Paul Eldridge

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Quotable #17: Fraction

“A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.” — Leo Tolstoy

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Quotable #16: Transience

“When told of a man who had acquired great wealth, a sage replied, ‘Has he also acquired the days in which to spend it?’” — Solomon Ibn Gabirol

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Quotable #15: The Index Of The Scales

“We praise or blame according to whether the one or the other offers a greater opportunity for our power of judgment to shine out.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human, 1878

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Quotable #14: The Rich And The Poor

“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.” – Herman Melville, “Poor Man’s Pudding and Rich Man’s Crumbs”, In Harper’s New … Continue reading

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