Quotable #62: Enjoying Yourself?

“It is a curious thing that people only ask if you are enjoying yourself when you aren’t.” — Edith Nesbit Advertisements

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Quotable #43: Words

“If a mean person uses a wise maxim, I bethink me how it can be interpreted so as to commend itself to his meanness; but if a wise man makes a commonplace remark, I consider what wider construction it will admit.” — Henry David Thoreau, from his journal dated July 11, 1840, cited in The Works of Henry David Thoreau, […]

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Quotable #42: Greatest Fool

“A man who knows he is a fool is not a great fool.” — Master Zhuang, Zhuangzi, c. 300 BC “The greatest fool is he who thinks he is not one and all others are.” — Baltasar Gracián (1601-1658), The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Trans. by Christopher Maurer, 1992)

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Quotable #36: Agree

“About the only thing people in every walk of life will agree about is that they are underpaid and overcharged.” — Bill Vaughan, Bell-McClure Syndicate, quoted in The Reader’s Digest, Vol. 101, 1972

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Quotable #35: Gossips

“We call talking about other people’s personal lives ‘gossip’ only if we aren’t or weren’t part of the conversation.” — Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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Quotable #34: Rumination

“I want to be what I was when I wanted to be what I am now.” — A graffiti found at a ladies’ washroom in Ninth Circle Restaurant, 139 West 10th Street, New York, cited in Edwin Fenton, The Humanities in Three Cities, 1967

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Quotable #33: Edgar Allan Poe’s Definition Of Art

“Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature through the veil of the soul.’” — Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia, 1844

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Quotable #32: Great Minds

“There are some minds which, although of a superior order, are underrated through want of a recognised standard by which to measure them. They are like a precious metal for which there is no test.” — Joseph Joubert, Pensées of Joubert, 1896

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Quotable #31: Waste-Paper Baskets

“Everyone should keep a mental waste-paper basket and the older he grows the more things he will consign to it — torn up to irrecoverable tatters.” — Samuel Butler, The Notebooks of Samuel Butler, 1917

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