Monday, May 02, 2005

Quotes of Perspective

The shadows:  some hide, others reveal.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin No one knows what they'll do in a moment of crisis and hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers.  ~Joan Baez, "What Would You Do If....?" Daughter am I in my mother's house; But mistress in my own. ~Rudyard Kipling, "Our Lady of the Snows," 1898 With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.  ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, "Notebook L," Aphorisms A light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man who by indigestion, a restless night, and a rainy morning, would have proved a coward.  ~Earl of Chesterfield I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again. ~Sylvia Plath, "Mad Girl's Love Song" I went to a cafe that advertised breakfast anytime, so I ordered French Toast during the Rennaisance.  ~Steven Wright I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.  ~Daniel Boone The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.  ~William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice Saint, n.  A dead sinner revised and edited.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911 Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is the lightning that does the work.  ~Mark Twain I have scarcely touched the sky and I am made of it.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin It isn't that they can't see the solution.  It is that they can't see the problem.  ~G.K. Chesterton There is no possible line of conduct which has at some time and place been condemned, and which has not at some other time and place been enjoined as a duty.  ~William Lecky What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that men set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth.  ~Norman Cousins If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful.  Planets, lives...  But up close a world's all dirt and rocks.  And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.  ~Ursula Le Guin The tyrant dies and his rule ends, the martyr dies and his rule begins.  ~Soren Kierkegaard If all the year were playing holidays, To sport would be as tedious as to work. ~William Shakespeare, Henry IV A gifted small girl has explained that pins are a great means of saving life, "by not swallowing them."  ~Charles Edward Montague, Dramatic Values [E]very saint has a past and every sinner has a future.  ~Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance, 1893 Addictions do come in handy sometimes:  at least you have to get out of bed for them.  ~Martin Amis The highest virtue here may be least in another world.  ~Kahlil Gibran Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black.  ~James Baldwin I never ask God to give me anything; I only ask him to put me where things are.  ~Mexican Proverb If you cry "Forward," you must make plain in what direction to go.  ~Anton Chekov A full heart has room for everything and an empty heart has room for nothing.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin All men have a reason, but not all men can give a reason.  ~John Henry Cardinal Newman Presence is more than just being there.  ~Malcolm S. Forbes, The Further Sayings of Chairman Malcolm Plagiarists, at least, have the merit of preservation.  ~Benjamin Disraeli Injury, when it is slight, upsets me; when it is strong it calms me.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin Complete possession is proved only by giving.  All you are unable to give possesses you.  ~Andre Gide 'Tis not the meat, but 'tis the appetite makes eating a delight.  ~John Suckling, Sonnet, c.1638 When you look into a mirror it is not yourself you see, but a kind of apish error posed in fearful symmetry      kool uoy nehW rorrim a otni ton si ti ˛ees uoy flesruoy dnik a tub rorre hsipa fo lufraef ni desop yrtemmys~John Updike, "Mirror," Telephone Poles and Other Poems[A] grass-blade's no easier to make than an oak.  ~James Russell Lowell, A Fable for Critics, 1848 I know what I have given you.  I do not know what you have received.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin The judicial mind is too commonly characterized by a regard for a fourth decimal as the equal of a whole number.  ~Martin H. Fischer The ability to reduce everything to simple fundamental laws does not imply the ability to start from those laws and reconstruct the universe.  ~Philip W. Anderson, "More Is Different," Science Magazine If a man could have half his wishes, he would double his troubles.  ~Benjamin Franklin For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.  ~Seneca An exhibitionist is nothing without a voyeur.  ~S. Sachs The pyramids will not last a moment compared with the daisy.  ~D.H. Lawrence The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.  ~Marcel Proust What we see depends mainly on what we look for.  ~John Lubbock An unattempted woman cannot boast of her chastity.  ~Michel de Montaigne When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.  ~Henry David Thoreau The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to mow it.  ~Author Unknown And see, no longer blinded by our eyes.  ~Rupert BrookeFor a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush, we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows, just waiting.  ~Robert Benchley, Benchley - or Else! There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.  ~William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1600 Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.  ~Charles Lamb, Essays of Elia, Witches and other Night Fears, 1823 Destiny has two ways of crushing us - by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.  ~Henri Frederic Amiel The reverse side also has a reverse side.  ~Japanese Proverb 'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, And robes the mountain in its azure hue. ~Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope At high tide the fish eat ants; at low tide the ants eat fish.  ~Thai Proverb Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.  ~Anatole France Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room.  ~William Hazlitt, Sketches and Essays, 1839 The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.  ~Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Each moment is a place you've never been.  ~Mark StrandThere is but an inch of difference between the cushioned chamber and the padded cell.  ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting?  If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing.  If you see him coming through a window - that is at once interesting.  ~Billy Wilder Finish last in your league and they call you idiot.  Finish last in medical school and they call you doctor.  ~Abe Lemons A woman who sells herself to buy bread for her aged mother or her child, stands upon a higher moral plane than the blushing maiden who marries a money bag, in order to gratify her frivolous appetite for parties and travel.  Of two men, he is the less deceived, the more logical and rational, who pays his companion of an hour in cash, each time, than he who gets a companion for life by the marriage contract, whose society was purchased as much as in the former case.  Every alliance between man and woman in which either one is influenced by the substantial or selfish advantage to be gained by it, is prostitution.  ~Max Nordau, Conventional Lies of Our Civilization A hole is nothing at all, but you can still break your neck in it.  ~Author Unknown Everything's got a moral if only you can find it.  ~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland To really enjoy the better things in life, one must first have experienced the things they are better than.  ~Oscar Holmolka When those waiters ask me if I want some fresh ground pepper, I ask if they have any aged pepper.  ~Andy Rooney If we escape punishment for our vices, why should we complain if we are not rewarded for our virtues?  ~John Churton Collins, Aphorisms in the English Review, 1914 We have them just where they want us.  ~James T. Kirk Some men see things as they are and ask why.  Others dream things that never were and ask why not.  ~George Bernard Shaw Chaperons don't enforce morality; they force immorality to be discreet.  ~Judith Martin Never is a long, long word, but it's less frustrating than "God knows when."  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966 Winning is overrated.  The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.  ~Al McGuire Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.  ~James Baldwin There's such a thin line between winning and losing.  ~John R. Tunis There are always three sides to every story:  your side, the other side, and the truth.  ~Author Unknown Necessity is not an established fact, but an interpretation.  ~Friederich Nietzsche It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the grain of sand in your shoe.  ~Author Unknown Edible, adj.:  Good

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