June '04 Epigrams of the Day

All suffering is caused by an obstacle in the path of a force.

The men who make the deepest notches on the Stick of Time are not usually preceded by a brass band.

When in doubt, mind your own business.

Work your grief into art and it is gone.

Life is a compromise between fate and free will.

Those who can, do; those who cannot, organize a class and show others how. (This is a variant on an earlier Roycroft epigram which was "Folks who can, do; those who can't, chin." Obviously, this led to the now classic jibe/joke, "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach." and all it's endless variants. - The Fra-in-Charge.)

Preaching should be the work of amateurs - not professionals, just as love, in order to be pure, must be the expression of the amateur, and never the professional.

Beaten paths are for the Lilliputs. Climb the fence and cut across if you expect to "arrive."

No one will believe in you until you believe in yourself.

Progress oftens springs from doubt.

To be a shining light you need not cultivate a Red Nose!

Blessed are the belliakers, for they shall receive absent treatment.

Bedbugs are all right - except in their official capacity.

Life is a compromise between fate and free-will.

"Build your art horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong." Ali Baba, in his great lecture "Art As I Have Found It."

Do not lose faith in humanity: there are over eighty million people in America who never played you a single nasty trick.

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

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today: the best preparation for life in the hereafter is to live now.

Don't tell what you would do if you were someone else - just show what you can do yourself.

One of the great evidences of self-control is the power to forget.

Heaven is largely a matter of digestion, and come to think of it digestion is mostly a matter of mind.

To escape criticism : Do nothing, say nothing, be nothing!

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