“No one becomes a laughingstock who laughs at himself.” — Seneca
“It is impossible for a man to begin to learn that which he thinks that he knows.” — Epictetus
“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” — Calvin Coolidge
- What time is it on the sun?
- PATERNAL, PARENTAL, and PRENATAL are anagrams.
- If forecastle is pronounced “fo’c’sle,” should forecast be pronounced “folks”?
- A clock’s second hand is its third hand.
- “The religion of one seems madness unto another.” — Thomas Browne
Bonus poser: In what sport does only the winning team travel backward?
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” — Mark Twain
“A man who finds not satisfaction in himself, seeks for it in vain elsewhere.” — La Rochefoucauld
“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” — Emerson
“Of all the illusions that beset mankind none is quite so curious as that tendency to suppose that we are mentally and morally superior to those who differ from us in opinion.” — Elbert Hubbard
“Knowing exactly how much of the future can be introduced into the present is the secret of great government.” — Victor Hugo
“He approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.” — Cato
“Ignorance is bold, and knowledge is reserved.” — Thucydides
“When we have provided against cold, hunger and thirst, all the rest is but vanity and excess.” — Seneca
- Can a symbol symbolize itself?
- OVERPLAY and UNDERPLAY are Pig Latin for PLOVER and PLUNDER.
- 11264 = 11 × 26+4
- Could the universe be moved one mile to the right?
- “The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.” — Marcus Aurelius
“Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music, or pictures, or architecture, or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.” — Samuel Butler
“The uglier a man’s legs are, the better he plays golf. It’s almost a law.” — H.G. Wells
“Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.” — Thomas Jefferson
“The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.” — Daniel Boorstin
- 2737 = (2 × 7)3 – 7
- Move the C in CABARET and you get A BAR, ETC.
- Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime.
- “He who hesitates is last.” — Mae West
- If a man is convinced he has hypochondria, is he a hypochondriac?
“If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.” — Montesquieu
“I used to wake up at 4 a.m. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion it must be an allergy to consciousness.” — James Thurber
“He who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning.” — Danish proverb
Locke was asked how he had contrived to accumulate a mine of knowledge so rich, yet so extensive and deep. He replied that he attributed what little he knew to the not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to the rule he had laid down of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics chiefly that formed their own particular profession and pursuits. The best-informed men are undoubtedly those who adopt this rule.
– The Leisure Hour, 1883
“Cleanliness is almost as bad as godliness.” — Samuel Butler
“Everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself.” — Tolstoy
“New and stirring things are belittled because if they are not belittled the humiliating question arises ‘Why then are you not taking part in them?’” — H.G. Wells
- EPISCOPAL is an anagram of PEPSI COLA.
- Theodore Roosevelt’s wife and mother died in the same house on the same day.
- Only a perfect square has an odd number of divisors.
- “Makes no sense makes no sense” makes no sense.
- The grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol include working oil rigs.
- “Time is the only critic without ambition.” — John Steinbeck
“To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes