March '03 Epigrams of the Day

If you have never made a fool of yourself, you are not in my class.

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

Be small and keep your voice loud - there is plenty of big precedent.

It is always the nearest, plainest and simplest principles that men comprehend last.

Women under thirty seldom know much unless Fate has been kind and cuffed them thoroughly.

Perhaps the friends we have are only our other selves, and we get just what we deserve.

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

It is a wise guy who does not monkey with his destiny.

Cooperation to most folks is doing what they want you to do and doing it quickly.

Joyous are the busy, dissatisfied the idle.

If you talk in your sleep, don't mention my name!

Breathe more, eat less, and think well of everybody - especially doctors.

If you want others to think well of you, set them an example by thinking well of yourself.

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

You can't surround yourself with too much simplicity.

Great men are not so great as we think them, and dull people are not quite so dense as they seem.

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

Requisites for a strong character: bold design, constant practice, frequent mistakes.

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

Quit blaming other people for your troubles - if you were big enough you wouldn't have any.

When what you have done in the past looks large to you, you haven't done much today.

How beautiful that most of our troubles never happen!

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

The world reserves its big prizes but for one thing, and that is Initiative. Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Next to doing the thing without being told, is to do it when you are told once.

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

The Roycroft Orb To return to the Epigram Guide Webpage.