August '01 Epigrams of the Day

People who are old enough to know better are old enough to die.

To feel, to think, to know, to live, aye! to suffer, are not small things - I'm glad I'm here.

No great spiritual event befalls those who do not summon it.

Civilization is largely a matter of buttoning and unbuttoning.

Keep an even temper, no matter what happens.

No one who loves misunderstands.

If it was woman who put man out of Paradise, it is still woman, and woman only, who can lead him back.

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

Do not grab for glory - do something and it will gravitate to you.

A word to the wise is usually resented.

Don't tell what you would do if you were someone else - just show what you can do yourself.

One arrives at art only by roads barred to the vulgar - by the road of prayer, of purity of heart: by confidence in the wisdom of the Eternal, and even in that which is incomprehensible.

The true solace for all private troubles is to lose yourself in your work.

It is a good policy to leave a few things unsaid.

If you talk in your sleep, don't mention my name!

Don't aspire to be King of the Groucherinos - there are too many candidates now.

Things that chew the cud do not catch anything.

When what you have done in the past looks large to you, you haven't done much today.

Do not dump your woes upon people - keep the sad story of your life to yourself. Troubles grow by recounting them.

Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.

Cooperation to most folks is doing what they want you to do and doing it quickly.

Cheer up! - there is always room at the bottom.

Minimize friction and create harmony. You can get friction for nothing, but harmony costs courtesy and self-control.

Bring me cheerful messages or none.

Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.

The ability to perceive the absurd and laugh is proof of sanity.

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