Friday, June 04, 2010

And I Quote:

Here's another mash-up of quotations, many from the fine newsletter A Word a Day, many from other sources:

    Liberalism is trust of the people, tempered by prudence; conservatism, distrust of people, tempered by fear. -William E. Gladstone
    The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also. -Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
    ... it is helpful to recall that Jesus did not write a book but lived a life. — Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
    Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. -Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader (1929-1968)
    Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. -George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)
    The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. -Oscar Wilde, writer (1854-1900)
    We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. -Richard Dawkins, biologist and author (b. 1941)
    It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument. -William G. McAdoo, lawyer and politician (1863-1941)
    In reality, every reader is, while he is reading, the reader of his own self. -Marcel Proust, novelist (1871-1922)
    Doubt is like a front porch. All of us go through it before we get into the house of faith.... The Rev. Dr. William L. Self
    The most miserable pettifogging in the world is that of a man in the court of his own conscience. -Henry Ward Beecher, preacher and writer (1813-1887)
    Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth. The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it. -Agatha Christie, author (1890-1976)
    In the struggle between yourself and the world second the world. -Franz Kafka, novelist (1883-1924)
    A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilisation. -Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)
    The tragedy of modern war is not so much that young men die but that they die fighting each other, instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals. -Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)
    The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. -Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)
    "I sometimes pray not for self-knowledge in general but for just so much self-knowledge at the moment as I can bear and use at the moment; the little daily dose." — C.S. Lewis

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