April '00 Epigrams of the Day

Sympathy is the first attribute of love as well as its last.

The men who act their thought, and think little of their act, are the ones who score.

To the average mind sequence is proof.

Reserve your best thoughts for the elect few.

The only way a woman can reform a man is by antithesis. To inspire is something else.

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today: the best preparation for life in the hereafter is to live now.

Do not lose faith in humanity: there are over eighty million people in America who never played you a single nasty trick.

This is the Life! I don't know of anybody I'd trade jobs with!

No person utterly miserable ever did a great work.

Cheer up, Cecil, it may not - it may not be true!

If you want to know what you think, make a speech.

If you want to know what you think, make a speech.

If you would have a thing well done, order the waiter to bring it rare - and give no tips.

If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.

There are only two classes of men who live in history: those who crowd a thing to its extreme limit, and those who then arise and cry, "Hold!"

If you suffer, thank God! - it is a sure sign that you are alive.

Life is a sequence and the man who does great work has long been in training for it.

Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.

It isn't time that makes you grow old - it's having the thing called life turn turtle at an inopportune time.

The world reserves its big prizes but for one thing, and that is Initiative. Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Next to doing the thing without being told, is to do it when you are told once.

We all have our opinion about doctors, but no sensible man knocks on his dentist.

Love is the great lubricant.

The Devil gave us our relatives, but, thank God!, we can choose our friends.

Expectancy is an exciting interval between rounds.

Having heard the Golden Rule highly recommended, the world is at last going to give it a trial.

How beautiful that most of our troubles never happen!

It is life which supplies the writer his theme. People who have not lived, no matter how grammatically they might write, have no message.

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