December '00 Epigrams of the Day

Artist: Any man who works at the job he likes best, and is allowed to keep most of the product for himself.

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

Bedbugs are all right - except in their official capacity.

On man's journey through life he is confronted by two tragedies. One when he wants a thing he cannot get. And the other when he gets the thing and finds he does not want it. And, Therese, don't worry; it doesn't refer to you.

Great art is born of feeling. In order to do, you must feel.

For nothing can be broken up, whether lawful or unlawful, without a vast amount of dust, and many people grumbling and mourning for the good old times.

The secret of power: Keep Sweet.

Life is a compromise between fate and free-will.

A sincere man: One who bluffs only part of the time.

Folks who harp on one string are not necessarily angels - they may be harpies.

Most of our troubles come through venturing into dangerous places.

One can endure sorrow alone, but it takes two to be glad. Only by giving out our joy do we make it our own - by sharing, we double it.

Common sense is a form of godliness; and wisdom and virtue are one.

"Someone ought to do this or that" - you are that someone.

A Philistine in York, Nebraska, writes me thus: "I love you because the people I hate also hate you."

It pays to be good - I tried it once.

Sensuality has its secrets; sin is a training ground; pain breeds art; adversity is the mother of strength - and a well-rounded character is one that has not been too good.

To know the right woman is a liberal education.

We give the invitation to come along to East Aurora and spend the day with The Roycrofters; to share our tree and be one with us. Never mind your name or fame. Whoever you are, there is a place here for you. You will be welcome. Come help us celebrate the feast of old Saint Nick, who, we are told by the Savants, is the "patron saint of travelers, sailors and pawnbrokers." Glory be to him!

Don't be a mental shut-in.

As we do better work we become better people.

It requires a Pharaoh to develop a Moses, just as it took a George the Third to evolve George Washington. Blessed be stupidity!

Anchorage is what most people pray for, when what we really need is God's great open sea.

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