March '96 Epigrams of the Day

Life is a bank-account with so much divine energy at your disposal.

Intimidation plays a big part in Society under the name of Respectability.

Hot air is all right, but see that it is well compressed before you use it.

I doubt the wisdom of being too wise: and I see much wisdom in some folly.

Incompatibility! There is nothing worse!

Innocence is not ignorance: innocence is knowledge and control.

Genius is the ability to act wisely without precedent - the power to do the right thing for the first time.

Life writes the history upon the face, so that all those who have had a like experience read and understand.

Not all respectable people are good; and there are many good people who are not respectable.

In most religions there is a strain of ethics, but if religion becomes intense it leaves ethics out of the equation, and than you get a selfishness, a coldness and a cruelty beyond compare.

Hypocrisy is conscious and willful dishonesty.

Intellectually and morally the fittest have never survived - hence a an intellectual race of scrubs.

To have a full stomach and a fixed income are no small things. However, one may set his mark higher!

Genius consists in snatching success from the jaws of defeat.

Humanity is changed as you change environment.

There is a whole round of maladies that can be cured by a new thought, a new sensation, new surroundings. a little excitement or a new experience often clears the cobwebs from the brain.

Good Philistines make a success of everything they attempt - it is the mental attitude that does it.

There was one who thought himself above me, and he was above me until he had that thought.

It is far safer to trust a normal human heart than a critical, legal mind.

Now, owls are not really wise - they only look that way. The owl is a sort of college professor.

A college degree does not lessen the length of your ears: it only conceals it.

I would rather have a big burden and a strong back than a weak back and a caddy to carry life's baggage.

Good luck is science not yet classified, just as the supernatural is the natural not yet understood.

Things that chew cud do not catch anything.

Do not dump your woes upon people - keep the sad story of your life to yourself. Troubles grow by recounting them.

Many a man has busted in business because his necktie did not match his socks.

Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.

It is a fortunate wife that can deal with her husband honestly instead of diplomatically.

To be gentle, generous, lenient, forgiving and yet never relinquish the vital thing - this is to be great.

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