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Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 06/09/2012 - 09:12


The future is purchased by the present.

Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.

I would be loath to speak ill of any person who I do not know deserves it, but I am afraid he is an attorney.

A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good.

A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.

Actions are visible, though motives are secret.

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.

Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities he does not possess.

Bachelors have consciences.  Married men have wives.

Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.

Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.

Worth seeing?  Yes, but not worth going to see.

One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.

The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.

To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself.

Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.

When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.


To quote Albert Einstein over and over and over and ...... once again.

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 06/08/2012 - 07:26


Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

The only source of knowledge is experience.

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.  

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.

 As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

When the solution is simple, God is answering.

God always takes the simplest way.

God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean.

I want to know God’s thoughts; all the rest is just details.

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.

I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.



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