Thursday, June 30, 2005
"Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do"
The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past
Here's another famous last line:
"They hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way."
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
Monday, June 27, 2005
The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.
Although it was said over 2,000 years ago, it is as true today as ever before. Re-acting on the spur of the moment to a situation can lead to a lot of regret in the longer term.
Finally, some more incite from Horace:
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.
If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well viewed.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind
Perhaps the more famous quote in this Act and Scene is the following, which has surely been used and paraphrased over the years as much as any quotation:
"The course of true love never did run smooth".
Friday, June 24, 2005
I'd think about quitting if all of you who are ranked ninth in the world or below will quit with me
After a golden year in 2004, age and niggles have caught up with Henman, and he has received cruel treatment from the press with their 'Hero to zero' headlines after he crashed out in the second round of Wimbledon tennis, 2005.
Fortunately, the great win of teenager Andy Murray over 14th seed Radek Stepanek helped deflect some of the heat off Henman, whose career is now surely in its twilight.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them
Many people argue that rationality and reason are the fundamental essence of what it is to be human. For Hume however, it is the emotions that are king, and that ultimately control reason. Our emotions and desires are what drive us to do everything that we do. Reason is used to help serve those desires, no more, no less.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool
One thing is for sure - quotations have enduring popularity. Most people have a favourite quote, or even a set of favourite quotations, whether they are witty, perceptive or quite profound.
The great thing about many quotations is that they can be interpreted and used in many ways, some appropriate, others not quite so. This is Roux's point.
Do you have a favourite quote? If so it would be interesting to hear it...