Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Quotes: Forbidden. Forgiveness. Fortune. France. Freedom.

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number after the topic is the page on whcih the quote was found.

Forbidden 1217 The box kept getting in the way. "It seemed as if the box were bewitched and as if the cottage were not big enough to hold it, without Pandora’s continually stumbling over it, and making Epimetheus stumble over it likewise, and bruising all four of their shins." “The Paradise of Children” Hawthorne’s The Wonder Book for Boys and Girls

Forgiveness 145 You can achieve by forgiveness every act for which you intended resentment. "There are many occasions in life where it is possible to effect by forgiveness every object which you propose to effect by resentment." Sydney Smith. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Fortune 151 "Fortune favors the brave." Latin. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Fortune 151 "Fortune favors fools." Latin. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Fortune 152 "Fortune makes a fool of him whom she favors too much." Publius Syrus. Latin. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

France 101 "France is the only country where the money falls apart and you can’t tear the toilet paper." Billy Wilder. Portable Curmudgeon.

France 102 If the French talk, they lie. "To the French, lying is simply talking." Fran Lebowitz. Portable Curmudgeon.

Freedom 15 If you have the freedom to do something, have the prudence not to. "In our country we have these three unspeakably precious things: Freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either. Mark Twain. Portable Curmudgeon.

Freedom 103 "The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving any excuse." Jules Renard. Portable Curmudgeon.

Freedom 103 "You are free and that is why you are lost." Franz Kafka. Portable Curmudgeon.

Freedom 283 "The republic has its advantages; among these is the liberty to say, ‘Down with the Republic!’ " Ambrose Bierce. “Disintroductions.’ 1902. Gross, ed. Essays.

Freedom 406 Her freedom was empty. "She had her freedom, and it was empty." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Freedom 321 You can never have absolute freedom. "Despite romantic rhetoric, freedom cannot be absolute." Toffler, Future Shock.

Freedom and humor 276 One characteristic of freedom is that you are free to joke. "Freedom produces jokes and jokes produce freedom." Jean Paul Richter. 1804. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Freedom of thought 478 People who should value free thought don't. "The truth is that politicians, salesmen, priests, teachers and scientists are (often against their private conscience) forcibly banded together in the public interest against all who demand personal liberty of thought." Robert Graves. “The Case for Xanthippe [Plato’s shrewish wife].” 1960. Gross, ed. Essays.

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