A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. -- Arthur Bloch

All men having the same passions, differ only in proportion to their sensibilities. — Jean-Georges Noverre

As a child, one looks for compliments. As an adult, one looks for evidences of effectiveness. -- Ben Bradlee

Consider how many villainies you have perpetrated, and for which the world has not punished you. Consider how often tolerant circumstance has failed to take advantage of your stupidity or your negligence to destroy you. Cast up your demerits and deserts, and see if your reward is unfair. Perhaps, as Carlyle said, you deserve to be hanged and quartered, and should hold yourself lucky if you are only shot. -- Will Durant

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. – Goethe

Discipline is remembering what you want. — David Campbell

Education is what remains over, when one has forgotten everything that one has learnt. -- Adolf von Harnack

Everything a human being wants can be divided into four components: love, adventure, power, and fame. – Goethe

First grub, then ethics. -- Berthold Brecht

If a lion could talk, we could not understand him. -- Wittgenstein

If you are under control you're going too slow.  -- Parnelli Jones

If you can't bite, don't show your teeth. -- Spanish proverb

If you refuse to be made straight when you are green, you will not be made straight when you are dry. -- African proverb

In all education the main cause of failure is staleness. -- Alfred North Whitehead

In order to learn from mistakes, you have to first recognize you are making mistakes.  —   Wall Street Journal

In things necessary, unity; in things doubtful, liberty; in all things, charity. -- Saint Augustine

Is the glass half empty or is it half filled? It all depends whether you're drinking or pouring. -- Bill Cosby's father

It is a frequent vice of radical polemic to assert, and even to believe, that once you have found the lowest motive for an antagonist, you have identified the correct one. -- Christopher Hitchens

It is a little embarrassing that, after 45 years of research and study, the best advice I can give to people is to be a little kinder to each other. -- Aldous Huxley

I would define true courage to be a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to incur it. —    General Sherman

Journalism is the second hand on the clock of history. – Schopenhauer

Liberty entails the freedom not to do as one pleases, but to do as one ought. -- Lord Acton

Life is a property of the organization of matter, rather than a property of the matter which is so organized. — Chris Langton

Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity. -- Helen Hayes

Money is coined liberty. — Dostoyevsky

No amount of teaching will make a bad man good. -- Theognis

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box. -- Italian Proverb

One of our greatest sorrows will be that it is the best we can do. -- Dorothy Parker

One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy — whether he knows it or not.  — O.A. Battista

People reveal their true being only in what they create. -- Stefan Zweig

Providence don't fire no blank cartridges. —    Mark Twain

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art. — Tom Stoppard

     [Related thought: John Updike writing about a contemporary art show: "The exhibited works compensate in energy what they lack in finish."]

     [You might say about some contemporary rock music: "The performances compensate in volume what they lack in musicianship."]

Social and political study is concerned with the grievances, poetry with the griefs. —    Robert Frost

The most incomprehensible things about the world is that it is comprehensible. — Albert Einstein

"The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives, but have only one course of action in mind." -- Frank Herbert

The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator. -- Edward Gibbon

This world’s just mad enough to have been made/ By the Being his beings into Being prayed. —  Howard Nemerov

To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man's character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours. -- Mark Twain

A transition period is a period between two transition periods. -- George Stiger

The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is. And if I die — God forbid — I would like to go to heaven to ask somebody in charge up there, "Hey, what was the good news and what was the bad news?" -- Kurt Vonnegut

There can be no disparity in marriage like the unsuitability of mind and purpose. -- Charles Dickens

Two themes seem paramount in the history of the last century: (1) the growth of human control over inanimate forms of energy; and (2) an increasing readiness to tinker with social institutions in the hope of attaining desired goals. -- W.K. McNeil

Verily I laughed many a time over the weaklings who thought themselves good because they had lame paws. -- Nietzsche

We are the bees of the invisible. -- Rilke

What distinguishes our culture from all previous cultures is its saturation in entertainment. -- Jonathan Franzen

When a man's knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confusion. -- Herbert Spencer

You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience. -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Great is the power of steady misrepresentation. -- Charles Darwin

In the age of puberty, the poetic, or the impulse toward the poetic, goes through every young person, usually of course like a passing wave; only rarely does such an inclination outlive youth, since in itself it is only an emanation of youth. — Stefan Zweig

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 =  12,345,678,987,654,321

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Diocletian’s Cabbages

At Carnuntum people begged Diocletian to return to the throne, to resolve the conflicts that had arisen through Constantine's rise to power and Maxentius' usurpation. Diocletian's reply: "If you could show the cabbage that I planted with my own hands to your emperor, he definitely wouldn't dare suggest that I replace the peace and happiness of this place with the storms of a never-satisfied greed.”

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