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A man who settles into misery and calls it philosophy is an optimist standing on his head. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Seek, or others will find. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1904, George Horace Lorimer, editor

The stars can change in their courses, the universe go up in flames, and the world crash around us, but there'll always be Donald Duck. ~Noël Coward's Brief Encounter, 1945

If you could eavesdrop on everything said about you, you'd spend most of your time waiting for the subject to come up. ~Robert Brault,

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." ~Dave Barry, Dave Barry Turns Fifty, 1998

Which is it brings the Archer Fame—
His Bow, his Arrows, or his Aim?
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Human Phenomena," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

Not All his Stock the Merchant's Window shows;
One should not make Display of All he knows.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Merchants," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

A whirl of torrid dust veils the picture. ~Vladimir Nabokov, The Gift, 1963, translated from Russian by Michael Scammell

There's an old pedagogical rule of thumb saying that once you've identified a problem and given it a sufficiently impressive name, you can safely forget about it. ~Gerald Raftery, "Confer with Sages Here!," in The Wilson Library Bulletin, September 1961

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

I identify more with people who ask each day for divine guidance than people equipped with a divine guidance system. ~Robert Brault,

For Junior, nerd is the new black. Sorry, orange. ~Kenya Barris, Ian Edwards, and Njeri Brown, `black·ish, "The Nod" (season 1, episode 3, original airdate 2014 October 8th, spoken by Dre)

[A] morning-land full of immeasurable hopes encircled him; he stripped his breast, threw himself all aglow into the dripping grass, washed (but not with any higher purpose than girls have) his firm face with liquid June-snow... ~Jean Paul Friedrich Richter, Hesperus, or Forty-Five Dog-Post-Days: A Biography, translated from German by Charles T. Brooks, 1865

Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back,
Wherein he puts alms for oblivion,
A great-sized monster of ingratitudes:
Those scraps are good deeds past; which are devour'd
As fast as they are made, forgot as soon
As done...
~William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, c.1601  [III, 3, Ulysses]

...For beauty, wit,
High birth, vigour of bone, desert in service,
Love, friendship, charity, are subjects all
To envious and calumniating time.
~William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, c.1601  [III, 3, Ulysses]

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,
That all with one consent praise new-born gawds,
Though they are made and moulded of things past,
And give to dust that is a little gilt
More laud than gilt o'er-dusted.
~William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, c.1601  [III, 3, Ulysses]

Pleads he in earnest? look upon his face;
His eyes do drop no tears, his prayers are in jest;
His words come from his mouth, ours from our breast:
He prays but faintly and would be denied;
We pray with heart and soul and all beside:
His weary joints would gladly rise, I know;
Our knees shall kneel till to the ground they grow:
His prayers are full of false hypocrisy;
Ours of true zeal and deep integrity.
Our prayers do out-pray his; then let them have
That mercy which true prayer ought to have.
~William Shakespeare, Richard II, c.1595  [V, 3, Duchess of York]

Hold, hold, my heart!
And you, my sinews, grow not instant old,
But bear me stiffly up. Remember thee?
Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat
In this distracted globe. Remember thee?
Yea, from the table of my memory
I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,
All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past
That youth and observation copied there,
And thy commandment all alone shall live
Within the book and volume of my brain,
Unmix'd with baser matter. Yes, by heaven!
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet, c.1600  [I, 5, Hamlet]

So, underneath the belly of their steeds,
That stain'd their fetlocks in his smoking blood,
The noble gentleman gave up the ghost.
~William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III, c.1590  [III, 2, Richard III (Duke of Gloucester)]

'Hard-favour'd tyrant, ugly, meagre, lean,
Hateful divorce of love,'—thus chides she Death,—
'Grim-grinning ghost, earth's worm, what dost thou mean
To stifle beauty and to steal his breath,
Who when he lived, his breath and beauty set
Gloss on the rose, smell to the violet?
~William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis

Chaos is the pulse of the universe. ~Terri Guillemets

Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all. ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890

IDLE  Useless.
IDOLIZE  To make useless.
~Charles Wayland Towne, The Foolish Dictionary, Executed by Gideon Wurdz, Master of Pholly, Doctor of Loquacious Lunacy, etc., 1904

The Happy Way Bus leaves at 4:42
On the banks of the beautiful River Wah-Hoo
Where they never have troubles. At least, very few...
~Dr. Seuss, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965 [It appears that Geisel knew the magical number before D. Adams did. And did you know that ASCII code 42 is for an asterisk, which is a wildcard for everything? –tg]

The slipperiest thing in the world is the man who never says no. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1907, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Don't seek Honey with a Bear
And hope to get the Lion's Share.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Caution," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

Lucifer (to Gabriel):
My sorrow crowns me. Get thee back to heaven,
And leave me to the earth, which is mine own
In virtue of her ruin, as I hers
In virtue of my revolt!...
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "A Drama of Exile"

My foot is on the earth, firm as my sin....
My sin is on the earth, to reign thereon....
My woe is on the earth, to curse thereby....
And peradventure in the after years,
When thoughtful men shall bend their spacious brows
Upon the storm and strife seen everywhere
To ruffle their smooth manhood and break up
With lurid lights of intermittent hope
Their human fear and wrong, — they may discern
The heart of a lost angel in the earth.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "A Drama of Exile"

The first great lesson is obedience; the second great lesson is to keep obedience from becoming slavery. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, as reprinted in Poor Richard Jr's Almanack, George Horace Lorimer, editor, 1906

I fear that you will learn the lessons of beauty and injustice
That the poetry your body can create will abandon you
That the gifts of your own strength and passion will be dulled before they are even born
I fear that you will cease to yearn for flight
~Being Erica, "Plenty of Fish," 2009, written by Jana Sinyor  [S1, E3, Alex Berlin, reading his poem to Erica Strange]

So what? So plenty! ~From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote, spoken by the character Paul Varjak

The awful shadow of some unseen Power
Floats tho' unseen among us; visiting
This various world with as inconstant wing
As summer winds that creep from flower to flower;
Like moonbeams that behind some piny mountain shower...
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty," 1816

And almost thence my nature is subdued
To what it works in, like the dyer's hand...
~William Shakespeare

[W]hat counts can't be counted. ~Author unknown, c.1956 quoted in Political science in the United States of America: a trend report, UNESCO, see also "[N]ot everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" by William Bruce Cameron, 1963, commonly attributed to Albert Einstein as "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."  []

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