Quotations

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“Love ceases to be a pleasure, when it ceases to be a secret.” — Aphra Behn

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“I have never yet met anyone who did not think it was an agreeable sensation to cut tinfoil with scissors.” — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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“Men are not hang’d for stealing Horses, but that Horses may not be stolen.” — George Savile, Marquess of Halifax

Misc

  • Will Rogers died at the northernmost point in the United States.
  • 94122 + 23532 = 94122353
  • TO BE OR NOT TO BE contains two Bs.
  • If you stop me being mute, what sound do I make?
  • “Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.” — Danish proverb

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“The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holder’s lack of rational conviction.” — Bertrand Russell

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“I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.” — Francis Bacon

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“It is wonderful, when a calculation is made, how little the mind is actually employed in the discharge of any profession.” — Samuel Johnson

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There’s really nothing an agnostic can’t do if he really doesn’t know whether he believes in anything or not.” — Graham Chapman

A General Maxim

“Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.” — Thomas Macaulay

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“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” — George Jean Nathan

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“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” — G.K. Chesterton, “On Running After One’s Hat,” 1908

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I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.” — Milan Kundera

Misc

  • A TOYOTA’S A TOYOTA is a palindrome.
  • Lee Trevino was struck by lightning in 1975.
  • KILIMANJARO contains IJKLMNO.
  • 39343 = 39 + 343
  • “Money often costs too much.” — Emerson

Guy Debord’s 1957 autobiography, Mémoires, was bound in a sandpaper cover so that it would destroy any book placed next to it.

(Thanks, Vinny.)

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“Generations pass while some trees stand, and old families last not three oaks.” — Thomas Browne

Second Thoughts

mentimutation
n. a change of mind

“To change your mind and to follow him who sets you right is to be nonetheless the free agent that you were before.” — Marcus Aurelius

“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” — John Maynard Keynes

“Why should you mind being wrong if someone can show you that you are?” — A.J. Ayer (attributed)

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“Never cry over spilt milk, because it may have been poisoned.” — W.C. Fields

Misc

  • Dorothy Parker left her entire estate to Martin Luther King Jr.
  • SOUTH CAMBRIDGE, NY contains 16 different letters.
  • 45927 = ((4 + 5) × 9)2 × 7
  • STONE AGE = STAGE ONE
  • “You cannot be both fashionable and first-rate.” — Logan Pearsall Smith

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“The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange.” — G.K. Chesterton

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“To himself every one is an immortal: he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.” — Samuel Butler

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“One likes people much better when they’re battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.” — Virginia Woolf (diary, Aug. 13, 1921)

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“The image of myself which I try to create in my own mind in order that I may love myself is very different from the image which I try to create in the minds of others in order that they may love me.” — W.H. Auden

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“When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.” — George Bernard Shaw

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“It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them.” — Robert Oppenheimer

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“Outside of the proven impossible, there probably can be found no better example of the speculative tendency carrying man to the verge of the chimerical than in his attempts to imitate the birds, or no field where so much inventive seed has been sown with so little return as in the attempts of man to fly successfully through the air. … It may be truly said that, so far as the hope of a commercial solution of the problem is concerned, man is to-day no nearer fulfillment than he was ages ago when he first dreamed of flying.” — Rear Admiral George W. Melville, engineer-in-chief, U.S. Navy, 1901