July '98 Epigrams of the Day

My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the "boss" is away, as well as when he is at home.

Civilization is largely a matter of buttoning and unbuttoning.

Your relatives are people who neither know how to live or when to die.

People fit for self-government have it. Independence in men or nations is an achievement, not a bequest.

Whether genius is transmittable or not is a question, but all authorities agree as to gout.

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

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

Slough your limitations.

The happiest mortals on earth are ladies who have been bereaved by the loss of their husbands.

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

I know, I know - Fate has hammered me, too, hammered my soul into better shape than it once was. Relax, cease the struggle, and you have nothing with which to fight.

The greatest joy in life is the joy of being "next."

The graveyards are full of people the world could not do without.

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

To know the right woman is a liberal education.

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

The more points at which you touch humanity, the greater your influence.

Give me solitude, sweet solitude: but in my solitude give me still one friend to whom I may murmur, "Solitude is sweet."

Preserve a right mental attitude - the attitude of courage, frankness and good cheer. To think rightly is to create.

God looked upon His work and saw that it was good. That is where the clergy take issue with Him.

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

Wisdom: A term Pride uses when talking of Necessity.

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

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

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.

Happiness is a habit. Cultivate it.

Society is very tolerant. It forgives everything but truth.

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

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.

A thirst for knowledge does not supply that dark-brown taste.

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

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