October '04 Epigrams of the Day

Friendship between a man and a woman is the rarest thing in life. What we usually find is passion, adoration or revulsion.

The manner in which a man lies about a fact may be more interesting than the fact itself.

Mutual helpfulness makes for mutual happiness, and is the only morality.

What is it that wins? Work you say, but you are wrong. It is desire that brings every good thing.

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

Let us pity the folks who are not here.

Do not grab for glory - do something and it will gravitate to you.

If you have not known poverty, heart-hunger and misunderstanding, God has overlooked you, and you are to be pitied.

Isn't it an indictment of the times in which we live, that a man can gain a national reputation simply by telling the truth and keeping his word on very occasion.

Churches, like Department Stores, carry the wares that are asked for.

You can never experience but one kiss.

It is the unusual that gives opportunity.

No man regrets the flight of time excepting the one who fails to improve it.

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

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

We all have our opinion about doctors, but no sensible man knocks on his dentist.

If a man write a better book or preach a better sermon than his neighbors, the world will bring rat-traps to his door, tho he live in a forest.

How beautiful that most of our troubles never happen!

Slip under the canvas of the Heavenly Pantheon with me.

Heaven is a habit - and so is hell.

Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.

It is what we think and what we do that make us what we are.

Where there is a man and a woman there is drama - provided they are not too old.

Let Teddy and Tillman combine and deport every preacher and doctor in the land, making the study of Emerson's "Self Reliance" compulsory, and the country will be a gainer.

You get good by giving it.

If you believe in the goodness and wisdom of numbers, then never denounce a lynching-party.

Many people think they are psychic when they are only seasick. Heave ho!

The entire secret of education is this: pleasurable and profitable occupation for head, heart and hand.

In the Promised Land there were always a few people who kicked because the Milk was too yellow and the Honey too sweet.

Woman usually has the last word first.

Produce great pumpkins - the pies follow. (Fra-in-Charge's note: This epigram is a honest-to-goodness Roycroft joke based on a real epigram that graces the front door of the Roycroft Inn, "Produce great people - the rest follows.")

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