January '00 Epigrams of the Day

Millennium: 1. A thousand years beginning with Now and ending with Then. 2. A mythical period when every one will pay his debts and begin tomorrow on renewed credit. 3. A religous cycle which has no visible means of support, even admitting the ideality of time. Hence, by extension and usage - (Here insert a Mergenthaler pi line of forty-nine ems.)

The man who vitalizes a woman's fancies to the point of production is very seldom her husband.

It is better not to know quite so much than to be an orthodox preacher and know so many things that are not so.

Only character counts.

All sensible parents would like to have their children surpass them - do things they could not do, and overcome obstacles that were to them insurmountable.

With your permission I would like to lose my temper. Because why? Sit with me, kneecaps to kneecaps - and listen!

How beautiful that most of our troubles never happen.

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

What is the hardest task in the world? To think.

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.

Beware of the grouch habit.

Most women love Love, more than they love their Lover.

In art, we ask for the widest, freest, and fullest liberty for individuality - that's all!

No man or woman can radiate spontaneously until vitalized by love.

The excuse that you didn't know it was loaded is no longer valid.

Love, joy, health and ambition reproduce their kind. Also (God, be merciful) so do hate, strife, jealousy and loathing.

Life lies in the quest!

The chief characteristic of the man with Initiative is the willingness to change the excellent for something better.

It is heart that makes great art.

There has never been overproduction of good things; there is, however, imperfect distribution.

That which is worth having is worth working for.

Love is an uplift and intoxication: eighty pounds of steam, with the monkeywrench on the blow-off; and the poem you write or the picture you paint is utilization of the exhaust.

All I know of the love of God is what I see reflected in the eyes of her I love.

Think twice before you speak and then say it to yourself.

It is better to turn around than turn turtle.

The greatest thing in the world is joy - but only the stricken know this.

Life does not always produce like - sometimes it produces the opposite. Often the best stimulant for a lazy son is a drunken father.

Great teachers really do not teach us anything - in their presence we simply become different people.

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