March '01 Epigrams of the Day

Self-pity is a form of conceit, & if you wish to call it defeat, you'll ring the bell.

Never mind; if you can't get yourself arrested for scorching, perhaps you will be pinched for blocking the roadway.

Nothing is so expensive as something you get for nothing.

Life is a compromise between fate and free-will.

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

All the belliake you have in the world is that which you carry with you.

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

This is the Life! I don't know of anybody I'd trade jobs with!

And remember this: Yesterday's successes belong to yesterday, with all of yesterday's defeats and sorrows. The day is Here. The time is Now.

You had better be an Is-Now than a Has-Wasser; and as for a Not-Yet-But-Soon, why he is always one.

Wisdom does not consist in banishing passion, but in purifying it.

Do your work as well as you can and be kind.

Human hearts are full of love, tenderness and sympathy - hold the right mental attitude and you have the key that unlocks them all. We are afloat on an ocean of Good Will - let down your buckets!

Most poets think the scissors of Fate has cut them to write poetry.

The real problem of life is how to live rightly in the world, not how to get away from it.

It is absurd to try to prove things: even truth can be proved sometimes.

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

No great spiritual event befalls those who do not summon it.

Educational systems are designed for average intellects.

As for myself I'd rather be a good honest wild ass of the desert with long, fuzzy ears, than a poor, imitation bird-of-paradise, stuffed by one hundred and seventeen geniuses.

Hike for respectablity, and cuddle safely under her Paisley, and it's you for a Mollycoddle. Get weaned - in God's name, get weaned!

Life is a sequence and the man who does great work has long been in training for it.

Forms change, but nothing dies. Everything is in circulation. Men, as well as planets, have their orbits. Some have a wider swing than others, but just wait and they will come back.

Celebrity is THE opiate of the Proletariat.

Progress oftens springs from doubt.

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