January '99 Epigrams of the Day

A good laugh takes the kinks out one's cosmos.

As long as a woman can pass for her daughter she is fairly satisfied.

There is no joy in life equal to the joy of putting salt on the tail of an idea.

Thought is conscious force - language is a only a spigot. Most people need plumbers.

A fussy individual has no art himself and he saps the inspiration of everybody else. Side-step him!

When we say a man is dead wrong, all we mean is that he does not agree with us.

If you're on my wire you'll hear me.

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.

The best time to reform is yesterday.

Because an auto is a good hill-climber is no reason why you should test it out on a telegraph pole.

Good things all come by indirection, and they also usually travel incog.

People who are really busy don't talk about it - they work.

Formerly, people read newspapers to obtain information; nowadays, people read newspapers to get angry.

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

Cupid anticipated Marconi.

Horses acquire speed by running, and men become great by doing.

I love you because you love the things that I love.

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

Your relatives are people who neither know how to live nor when to die.

The recipe for happiness is this: Let motion equal emotion.

Think twice, and recite from the Essay on Silence.

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.

A man always wants to be a woman's first love. On this point he is a stickler, but a woman wants to be a man's last love. However, you had better not go into details.

Love and worship to a woman are one - and they should be to a man.

The Divine Economy is automatic and very simple: We receive only that which we give.

Weak people are either good or crafty. Only strength is frank.

Genius is only a great storage battery of joyousness.

Experience is the name we give to our own mistakes - other people's we call sin.

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

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

He alone is a pauper who neither inspires nor yet provokes love.

The Roycroft Orb To return to the Epigram Guide Webpage.