“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
“A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.” — Anatole France
“It is human nature to hate those whom you have injured.” — Tacitus
- Georgia, Massachusetts, and Connecticut didn’t ratify the Bill of Rights until 1939.
- Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game.
- 3864 = 3 × (-8 + 64)
- What’s the opposite of “not in”?
- Alaska has a longer coastline than all other U.S. states combined.
- “To do nothing is also a good remedy.” — Hippocrates
“Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
“The only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion.” — Emerson
- River Phoenix was born River Bottom.
- Every natural number is the sum of four squares.
- What happens if Pinocchio says, “My nose will grow now”?
- Shakespeare has no living descendants.
- “All generalizations are dangerous — even this one.” — Dumas
“A lie never lives to be old.” — Sophocles
“Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.” — E.B. White
“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” — William James
“We may see the small value God has for riches by the people he gives them to.” — Alexander Pope
- Douglas Adams claimed that the funniest three-digit number is 359.
- Romeo has more lines than Juliet, Iago than Othello, and Portia than Shylock.
- Friday the 13th occurs at least once a year.
- “By nature, men love newfangledness.” — Chaucer
- John was the only apostle to die a natural death.
“We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.” — Aesop
“It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man.” — Xenophanes
“I play John Wayne in every part, regardless of the character, and I’ve been doing okay, haven’t I?” — John Wayne
“I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.” — Calvin Coolidge
“It is a great nuisance that knowledge can be acquired only by hard work.” — W. Somerset Maugham
“I can’t understand why people are afraid of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” — John Cage