August '04 Epigrams of the Day

Civilization is largely a matter of buttoning and unbuttoning.

To be stupid when inclined and dull when you wish is a boon that goes only with high friendship.

Most people who pride themselves on riding a hobby don't - the hobby is in the saddle.

Is he sincere? Probably not, if he is always asking this question about others.

Slough your limitations.

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

No man wins his greatest fame in that to which he has given most of his time: it's his side issue, the thing that he does for recreation, his heart's play-spell, that gives him immortality.

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

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

On the other side, where all things are revealed, men wear hats two sizes smaller than here.

Give us the Bough, the Thou and the Jug in right proportion.

Knowledge consists in having a stenographer who knows where to find the thing.

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

Keep an even temper, no matter what happens.

Writers seldom write the things they think. They simply write the things they think other folks think they think.

The man who sees a need is the one to supply it.

There are two kinds of people in this world - those who are always getting ready to do something, and those who go ahead and do it.

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

Impossible things are simply those things which so far have never been done.

Great and wise men have ever loved laughter. The vain, the ignorant, the dishonest, the pretentious, alone have dreaded or despised it.

How beautiful that most of our troubles never happen!

Things that chew the cud do not catch anything.

The ideas that benefit a man are seldom welcomed by him on first presentation.

No man is free who has not been divorced from popular favor.

There are people who are in trouble, but their woe is nothing to that of those who expect trouble.

There are things that are right to say - but not to everybody.

Don't pursue culture - you'll scare her to death.

All things are possible, but some things are difficult. Say, teaching turtles to fly.

Nature never allows us to read the future - she is not so cruel as that.

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