NOTE: The statement in bold-face is a brief summary of the quote, or the quote stands by itself and needs no simplification. The number to the left is the page number.
Amusement 18 "Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think." Alexander Pope. Portable Curmudgeon.
Amusements 330 "The finest amusements are the most pointless ones." Jacques Chardonne. 1884-1968. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.
Analogy 266 "…analogies are for philosophers and lawyers." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.
Anger 41 It takes intelligence to be angry in the right way. "It is easy to fly into a passion--anybody can do that--but to be angry with the right person to the right extent and at the right time and with the right object and in the right way--that is not easy, and it is not everyone who can do it." Aristotle. 4th century B.C. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.
Anger 42 "To be angry is to revenge the faults of others upon ourselves." Pope. 1727. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.
Anger 42 Anger creates your own prison. "An ill-humored man is a prisoner at the mercy of an enemy from whom he can never escape." Sa’Di. 1258. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.
Anger 190 "Anger is a brief madness." Horace. Latin. Dictionary of Foreign Terms
Anger 22 "Let not the sun go down on your wrath." Thomas Fuller, “Of Anger.” 1642. Gross, ed. Essays.
Anger 22 If we could see ourselves when we are angry, we would lose all respect for ourselves. "Had Narcissus himself seen his own face when he had been angry, he could never have fallen in love with himself." Thomas Fuller, “Of Anger.” 1642. Gross, ed. Essays.
Animals 426 You can learn perseverance and concentration from watching animals. "There is nothing more concentrated than the perseverance with which a duck preens its feathers or a cat washes its fur." Marianne Moore. “What There Is to See at the Zoo.” 1955. Gross, ed. Essays.
Animals 17 In the loneliness of the frontier, animals are company. "That’s a badger hole…about as big as a big ‘possum, and his face is striped, black and white…takes a chicken once in a while, but I won’t let the men harm him; in a new country a body feels friendly to the animals…like to have him come out and watch me when I work." Cather, My Ántonia
Animals 45 Vivid description of a rattlesnake. "Rattlesnake-- ...abominable muscularity, his loathsome, fluid motion...as thick as my leg, and looked as if millstones couldn’t crush the disgusting vitality out him...lifted his hideous little head and rattled...I saw his coils tighten--now he would spring, spring his length...." 46 Rattlesnake…Even after I had pounded his ugly head flat, his body kept on coiling and winding, doubling and falling back on itself. Cather, My Ántonia
Animals 57 Wolves. "The wolves ran like streaks of shadow; they looked no bigger than dogs, but there were hundreds of them...nothing seemed to check the wolves." Cather, My Ántonia
Animals 223 House and stable under one roof. "She realized now the great forethought he had shown last summer in building the house and stable under one roof…undoubtedly had the warmest house in the neighborhood, and then she enjoyed the company of the animals as she lay awake at night; it felt so cozy and secure to lie there and listen to them." Rölvaag, Giants in the Earth.
Animals 14 "The fox, a shadow in the moonlight…." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year
Animals 26 "[Squirrels’] …reckless treetop chases." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year
Animals 26 ""Squirrels. High-tension bundles of energy." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year
Animals 27 Squirrels. "The speed and grace of a squirrel, the flaunt of that eloquent tail, the breath-taking leap from high limb to limb…." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year
Animals 41 Fox. "The fox is a handsome creature, with red fur coat, white-tipped fluff of a tail, ever-alert ears and eyes, and he struts when he isn’t streaking. He [the fox] is a handsome creature, with that magnificent red fur coat, that white-tipped fluff of a tail, those ever-alert ears and eyes, and he fairly struts when he isn’t running like a streak." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year.
Animals 68 "…red squirrels, which can scold like a catbird, chatter like a flicker, shriek like a jay." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year
Animals 69 The red squirrel: "…darts, he scurries, he plunges headlong and he is superbly graceful every instant." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year.