Some favorite lines


Consuesse enim deos immortales, quo gravius homines ex communtatione rerum doleant,
quos pro scelere eorum ulcisci velint, his secundiores interdum res et et diuturiorem impunitatem concedere.
Julius Caesar, Bellum Galliae, Book, 1, 14.

Odi et amo. quare id faciam, fortasse, requiris?
Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.
Catullus, 85.

Proxima centenis ostenditur ursa columnis,
exornant fictae qua platanona ferae.
huius dum patulos adludens temptat hiatus
pulcher Hylas, teneram mersit in ora manum.
vipera sed caeco scelerata latebat in aere
vivebatque anima deteriore fera.
non sensit puer esse dolos, nisi dente recepto
dum perit. O facinus, falsa quod ursa fuit!
Martialis III, 19.

Philosophy: noun, a route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.
Ambrose Bierce

Success is going from one failure to the next with undiminished enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
George Santayana

If you're looking for a solution, you're part of the problem.
George Carlin

Now that I am enlightened, I am as miserable as ever.
Zen Master

Improve yourself. That is all you can do to improve the world.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

You have to play a long time before you can learn how to play like yourself.
Miles Davis

More pasta and less panache.
Mario Puzo

Rational: adjective, devoid of all delusions save those of observation, experience and reflection.
Ambrose Bierce

There is no better way of keeping sane and free from anxiety than by being mad. (attributed to L.DaVinci)
David Markson

I had the world, and it wasn't nothing.
Mohammed Ali

Be realistic. Demand the impossible.
Surrealist saying

A mesure qu'on a plus d'esprit, on trouve qu'il y a plus d'hommes originaux.
Les gens du commun ne touvent pas de difference entre les hommes.
Blaise Pascal

In California  -  when the frogs
won't quit
we put alligators
in the pond
and call
the new silence
poetry.
Hart Schultz

I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innunendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.
Wallace Stevens

Augustus was sensible that mankind is governed by names; nor was he deceived in his expectation, that the senate and people would submit to slavery, provided they were respectfully assured that they still enjoyed their ancient freedom.
Edward Gibbon

Droll thing life is - that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself  - that comes too late - a crop of unextinguishable regrets. I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine.
Joseph Conrad

A treacherous friend is the most dangerous enemy, and I will say boldly that both religion and virtue have received more real discredit from hypocrites than the wittiest profligates or infidels could ever cast upon them.
Henry Fielding

For every complex problem, there is a simple, easy to understand, incorrect answer.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back
Wherein he puts alms for Oblivion.
William Shakespeare

I have eaten
The plums
That were in
The icebox.
William Carlos Williams

Most rock journalism is people who can not write interviewing people who can't talk.
Frank Zappa

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Herman Melville

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
Emily Dickinson

A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
Samuel Goldwyn

The object of opening the mind as of opening the mouth is to close it again on something solid.
G.K.Chesterton

Run to daylight
Vince Lombardi

You can get a lot more done with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone.
Al Capone

I know only two tunes: one of them is "Yankee Doodle" and the other one isn't.
U.S.Grant

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
William James

Si vous aimez l'amour, vous aimerez le surrealisme.
Andre Breton

When in doubt there is always form for us to go on with. Anyone who has achieved the least form to be sure of it, is lost to the larger excruciations.
Robert Frost

Old age ain't no place for sissies.
Bette Davis

When it comes to the body, it's anybody's guess
William A. Pingpank, M.D.

All the poet can do today is warn.
Wilfred Owen

He who understands baboon would do more towards metaphysics than Locke.
Charles Darwin

Rara temporum felicitas, ubi sentire, quae velis, et quae sentias, dicere licet.
Tacitus

Everything is within walking distance, if you have the time.
Stephen Wright

I did all you can do with a clarinet. Any more would have been less.
Artie Shaw

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Oscar Wilde

The main lesson of thirty five years of AI research is that the hard problems are easy and the easy problems are hard.
Steven Pinker

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval between.
George Santayana

One should always keep an open mind, but not so open that one's brains fall out.
Bertrand Russell

I keep the subject constantly before me and wait till the first dawnings open slowly, by little and little, into a full and clear light.
Issac Newton

He thought about himself and the whole Earth
Of Man the wonderful, and of the Stars,
And then he thought of Earthquakes, and of Wars,
How many miles the Moon might have in girth,
Of Air balloons, and of the many bars
To perfect Knowledge of the boundless Skies,
And then he thought of Donna Julia's eyes.
Lord Byron

J'ai bien des fois rêvé d'écrire sur Paris un livre qui fût comme une grande promenade sans but où l'on ne trouve rien de ce qu'on cherche, mais bien des choses qu'on ne cherchait pas.
Julian Green

In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
Graham Greene

The mathematician Paul Erdo's used to describe himself as a machine for turning coffee
into theorems.
Helena Cronin



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