Archive for October, 2004

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

« 31 October 2004 | 23:46 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

On being asked to apologise for calling a fellow MP a liar. Mr Speaker, I said the honourable member was a liar it is true and I am sorry for it. The honourable member may place the punctuation where he please.

John Masefield

« 30 October 2004 | 1:20 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Sea Fever I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a gray mist on the sea’s face, and a […]

John Harington

« 29 October 2004 | 12:27 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason.

Alexander Pope

« 28 October 2004 | 23:18 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been wrong, which is but saying, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

Oscar Wilde

« 27 October 2004 | 1:28 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

A boy is noise with dirt on it.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

« 26 October 2004 | 23:52 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Only he who shouts for the Jews can sing the Gregorian chant.

T S Eliot

« 25 October 2004 | 22:25 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Those to whom nothing has happpened cannot understand the unimportance of events.

C S Lewis

« 24 October 2004 | 9:19 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Evolutionary Hymn Lead us, Evolution, lead us Up the future’s endless stair; Chop us, change us, prod us, weed us. For stagnation is despair: Groping, guessing, yet progressing, Lead us nobody knows where. Wrong or justice, joy or sorrow, In the present what are they while there’s always jam-tomorrow, While we tread the onward way? […]

G K Chesterton

« 23 October 2004 | 9:07 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.

George Bernard Shaw

« 22 October 2004 | 7:13 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The only person who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, whilst all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.

Abraham Lincoln

« 21 October 2004 | 18:10 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Do I not destroy my enemy when I make a friend of him

Malcolm Muggeridge

« 20 October 2004 | 8:30 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is something ridiculous and even quite indecent in an individual claiming to be happy. Still more a people or a nation making such a claim. The pursuit of happiness… is without any question the most fatuous which could possibly be undertaken. This lamentable phrase ”the pursuit of happiness” is responsible for a good part […]


« 19 October 2004 | 7:34 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

It is better either to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.

Albert Einstein

« 18 October 2004 | 7:40 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.

Stevie Smith

« 17 October 2004 | 9:30 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Tenuous and Precarious Tenuous and Precarious Were my guardians, Precarious and Tenuous, Two Romans. My father was Hazardous, Hazardous, Dear old man, Three Romans. There was my brother Spurious, Spurious Posthumous, Spurious was Spurious, Was four Romans. My husband was Perfidious, He was Perfidious, Five Romans. Surreptitious, our son, Was Surreptitious, He was six Romans. […]

John Kenneth Galbraith

« 16 October 2004 | 9:18 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.

Albert Einstein

« 15 October 2004 | 7:59 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

C S Lewis

« 14 October 2004 | 8:06 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.

Robert Kaplan

« 13 October 2004 | 8:04 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A seven-year-old of my acquaintance claimed that the last number of all was 23,000. “What about 23,000 and one?” she was asked. After a pause: “Well, I was close.”

Richard Feynman

« 12 October 2004 | 8:33 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing — that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and […]

Alan Alda

« 11 October 2004 | 1:01 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Originality is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe. You can’t take a taxi.

Chou En-Lai

« 10 October 2004 | 8:55 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Former Chinese premiere Chou En-Lai was once asked what he thought was the legacy of the French Revolution. His response reflected the perspective of five thousand years of Chinese civilization: “It is too soon to say.”


« 9 October 2004 | 10:01 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Getting facts from my files would be instantaneous If it weren’t for the drawers marked “miscellaneous”.

G K Chesterton

« 8 October 2004 | 7:28 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.

A Palindrome

« 7 October 2004 | 8:10 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Are we not drawn onward, we few drawn onward to new era?

Frank Lloyd Wright

« 6 October 2004 | 0:31 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A physician can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines            


« 5 October 2004 | 8:32 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Euclidian Definitions A point is that which has no parts. A line is that which has length without breadth. The limits of a line are points. A straight line is that which lies equally to the points on it. A surface is that which has only length and breadth. The limits of a surface are […]

Thomas Merton

« 4 October 2004 | 7:49 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

We do not want to be beginners but let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything but beginners all our lives.

Harry S Truman

« 3 October 2004 | 19:57 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.


« 2 October 2004 | 7:56 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

“Thank you for the flowers you’ve sent”, she said, And sweetly smiled, and coyly turned her head. “I am sorry for the things I said last night. I was wrong, and you were right. Please forgive me?” So I forgave her. And as we wandered through the moonlit hours, I thought, “What bloody flowers?”

R W Emerson

« 1 October 2004 | 11:11 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.