One of the main reasons why the sciences are so poor is that they imagine they are so rich. It isn't their job to throw open the door to infinite wisdom but to put a limit to infinite error.
In short, virtue cannot live where envy reigns, nor liberality subsist with niggardliness.
Miguel de Cervantes
A woman is fascinated not by art but by the noise made by those in the field.
He who talks much cannot always talk well.
You can pretend to be serious but you can't pretend to be witty.
Most critical fault-finding, when reduced to its essentials, simply amounts to reproach of the author because he is himself -- thinks, feels, sees, and creates, as himself, instead of seeing and creating in the way the critic would have done.
There's only us, there's only this. Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way. No day but today!
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
Thou art the cause, and most accursed effect.
Those whom we called brutes had their revenge when Darwin showed us that they were our cousins.
George Bernard Shaw
Homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto.I am human: nothing human is alien to me.
You're a grand old flag;
You're a high-flying flag.
And forever in peace may you wave.
George M. Cohan
We shall not have succeeded in demolishing everything unless we demolish the ruins as well. But the only way I can see of doing that is to use them to put up a lot of fine, well-designed buildings.
Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
He plants trees to benefit another generation.
Misery's fine - as long as you know you can get out of it when you want to.
Every one-night-stand or man in a one-night-stand is like every other one-night-stand or man in a one-night-stand because the sex in a one-night-stand is without time and only time allows value.
Opportunity knocks once at every man's door and then keeps on knocking.
For in pure maidens, knowing not the marriage-bed, the glance of the eyes sinks from shame.
I don't feel that catharsis in a play necessarily takes place during the course of a play. Often it should take place afterward.
Quote of the day
Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does—that's what makes it so boring.
Predictions that didn't happen
If it's on the Internet it must be true
Remarkable Last Words (or Near-Last Words)
Philip James Bailey
Letitia Elizabeth Landon