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 Advertisements

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Quotable #30: Rhetoric

“Rhetoric is either very good, or stark naught; there is no medium in rhetoric. If I am not fully persuaded, I laugh at the orator.” — John Selden, Table Talk of John Selden, 1927 Edition (First published in 1689)

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Quotable #29: Time

“It is well known, that time once past never returns; and that the moment which is lost is lost for ever. Time therefore ought, above all other kinds of property, to be free from invasion and yet there is no man who does not claim the power of wasting that time which is the right […]

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Quotable #28: Experts

“Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.” — Bertrand Russell, A Fresh Look at Empiricism: 1927-42 (Collected Papers), 1996

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Gleanings From The Past #27

Life’s Mystery Being at my seat near the village of Meudon, and overlooking a quarry-man, whom I had set to break some very large and hard stones, in the middle of one we found a huge live toad, though there was no visible aperture by which it could have got there. I could not help […]

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Quotable #27: Reading & Perusing

In reading some books we occupy ourselves chiefly with the thoughts of the author; in perusing others, exclusively with our own. — Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia, 1845

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Quotable #26: The Internet

“The internet is where some people go to show their true intelligence; others, their hidden stupidity.”  — Criss Jami, Healology, 2016

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Quotable #25: Good Fortune

“We knew not our good fortune until we lost it.” — Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part 2, Chapter 54

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Quotable #24: Maxims

“I think it is Franklin who says that philosophers are sages in their maxims and fools in their conduct but this is an everyday fact consonant with maxims – that human nature is ever capable of improvement and never able of being made perfect.” — John Clare

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Quotable #23: A Crab’s Perspective

“Just as foolish as it must look to a crab when it sees a man walk forward.” — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, The Lichtenberg Reader: Selected Writings, 1959

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