Thursday, June 30, 2005

 

"Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do"

The quote today comes from Ronald Reagan. Other memorable quotes from Reagan include:

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.

...and...

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

This quote is the last line of The Great Gatsby, by F Scott Fitzgerald.

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.

This inciteful quote encapsulates the thinking of Horace.


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.

The quote today comes from the US actress and comedienne, Lily Tomlin, whose other famous quips include:
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.

and

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

Since yesterday (24th June) was officially Midsummer Day, the quote today comes from the famous William Shakespeare play, a Midsummer Night's Dream. This particular quote comes from Act I, Scene I.

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

Tim Henman, the most successful British tennis player for many, many years, makes his point when asked whether he was about to retire.

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

This quote by the Scottish philosopher and historian, David Hume, comes from his work A Treatise Upon Human Nature.

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

So said Joseph Roux

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...

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