Saturday Quote-a-thon: Philosophies

>> Saturday, June 6, 2009

I don't think I have to explain it. (You don't really think I have a method to my madness, do you?)

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
--Sydney J. Harris

Don't ever become a pessimist, Ira; a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun -- and neither can stop the march of events.
--Robert Heinlein

Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.
--Elbert Hubbard

Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.
--Aldous Huxley

One should never put on one's best trousers to go out to battle for freedom and truth.
--Henrik Ibsen

Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
--Robert Green Ingersol

Truth is, indeed, not often welcome for its own sake; it is generally unpleasing, because contrary to our wishes and opposite to our practice; and, as our attention naturally follows our interest, we hear unwillingly what we are afraid to know, and soon forget what we have no inclination to impress upon our memories.
--Samuel Johnson

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
--John F. Kennedy

Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.
--Doug Larsen

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
--Abraham Lincoln

No one in this world, so far as I know -- and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me -- has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.
--H.L. Mencken

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interest.
--John Stuart Mill

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
--Michel de Montaigne

There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.
--P.J. O’Rourke

Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you insane. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.
--George Orwell

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.
--Sir William Osler

Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice.
--Thomas Paine

Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers.
--William Penn

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
--Jawarharlal Nehru

If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.


  • Roy

    Hmmmm... Unfortunately I'm reading this on Sunday morning (I went to bed early last night). Had I read this last night I would have thought about adding some, but we're having a gorgeous day today and my camera is tugging me and saying "out! out!" like an impatient 2-year-old, so I gotta go. Maybe later.

  • The Mother

    I think Mencken's quote follows my point on yesterday's medicine argument quite nicely.

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