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Advice to the pious. Peace may pass all understanding, but it should not take it away.

A cynic is one who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
~ William James

A leader keeps his followers by only letting them see his back.

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
~ Oscar Wilde

A man who sneers at others has found himself out, and is trying to forget it.

An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.

As is the gardener, such is the garden.
~ Hebrew

A word is the skin of a living thought.

Being a philosopher, I have a problem for every solution.

Crayons can take you more places than starships.

Darkness brings to light more things than Light itself.

Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool.

Faith only comes to those who have lost it themselves.

Fighting for peace is like making love for virginity.

Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.
~ Rudyard Kipling

Hay is more acceptable to an ass than gold.

He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
~ Voltaire

He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.

How to maintain a high standard of morality. Judge others.

I am, as it were, a man in a maze.
~ Chaucer

If you are sitting on top of the world, remember it turns over every 24 hours.

If you blame someone for your failures, do you credit them for your achievements?

In every object there is inexhaustible meaning; the eye sees in it what the
eye brings means of seeing.
~ Thomas Carlyle, Hist. of the French Revolution

I respect faith but doubt is what gets you an education.
~ Wilson Mizner

It is a foolish virgin who lets the lamp go out.

It is always foolish to be shocked. It shows a lack of both restraint and knowledge.

It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.
~ Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

It is fortunate that Truth is eternal, otherwise it would certainly have gone before we found it.

It is the worst of men who get the better of others.

It is understanding, not misunderstanding, that makes friends quarrel.

It seems that it is more difficult for us to forgive virtues than it is for God to forgive sins.

Laziness. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.

Let us cherish Bigotry, for it is the only weapon of any avail against Truth.

Life has more imagination than we carry in our dreams...

Man, the clay image of God, makes God the clay image of Man.

Memory is the cause of more sins than Forgetfulness.

Men who do nothing find more unhappiness than those who do evil - and deserve it.

Money is not everything. It is merely the key that unlocks the doors of empty rooms.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant

No man can say he has been to sea until he has lost sight of land.

Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.

Pride of nationality depends not on ignorance of other nations, but on ignorance of one's own.

Repentance only becomes genuine when the opportunity for sin is gone.

Selfishly assuming brings a mirror to the face of your own egotism...

Silence is one great art of conversation.

surrealism n. 1 the youthful expression of dreamlike spontaneity which daily life conspires to suppress. 2 a state of mind embracing unconscious, poetic juxtaposition which is eroded by responsibility. 3 You pursue the terrible beauties of fear and hope. Your friends cannot help you.

Tact, art of making a point without making an enemy.

Temptations are God's questions, and sins are man's answers.

The bray of the ass should be respected, it is the earliest form of dogmatism.

The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this we are not likely to be forgiven.

The future would be black indeed if our children believed in our wisdom.

The game of life might be worth playing if we knew the rules before the game was over.

The Genesis of Religion - Man finding God in himself, drives him to Heaven.

The miracle of miracles - the belief in them.

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.

The peace talk and battle cry are all I can hear.

There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means - either may do - the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.

The seven deadly sins prove that every man has at least eight lives.

The trouble with people is not that they don't know, but that they know so much that ain't so.
~ Josh Billings

Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.

Those who find life empty have not realised that it is full of temptations.

Those who know do not tell; those who tell do not know.
~ Lao-Tzu

To err is human, to forgive divine. Some people do neither.

To succeed is to fail in the first principles of ethics.

We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.
~ Winston Churchill

What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people, is that they don’t want to discourage it completely.

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
~ John Lubbock

What youth deemed crystal, age finds was dew.

When a man feels sure of a thing, it is the first time he's thought of it.

When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things, and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
~ Steven Weinberg, physicist

Without humility there can be no humanity.

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

 

Philosophical quotes, sad:

Even the weariest river winds somewhere safe to sea.

The saddest words of tongue and pen, to know the things that might have been.

 

Philosophical quotes, funny:

Alass, a lass, a loss, a reason to or not to live.

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again.
~ F. P. Jones

life, n.: A whim of several billion cells to be you for a while.

May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.
~ George Carlin

Plants aren't food, they're what food eats.

People who think they know it all are especially annoying to those of us who do.
~ Anonymous

Suicide is the most sincere form of self-criticism.

While money can't buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.

Your rage is useless. Your rage will be packaged, branded and sold back to you as entertainment. Get used to it.


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