Sunday, June 20, 2010

Curmudgeonly Quotes 1

Knowledge is praised and desired by multitudes whom her charms could never rouse from the couch of sloth; whom the faintest invitation of pleasure draws away from their studies; to whom any other method of wearing the day is more eligible than the use of books, and who are more easily engaged by any conversation than such as may rectify their notions or enlarge their comprehension.
- Samuel Johnson, Rambler #178 (November 30, 1751)

The more I see of other people's children, the less I dislike my own. Evelyn Waugh

Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own. - Jonathan Swift

We cannot learn without pain. - Aristotle

Optimists proclaim that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and pessimists fear this is true. - James Branch Cabell

brevis ipsa vita est sed malis fit longior
Life is short but misfortunes make it longer

corpora lente augescent cito extinguuntur
Bodies grow slowly and die quickly - Tacitus

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