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Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann

Beauty is worse than wine; it intoxicates both the holder and the beholder.

William Shenstone

It happens a little unluckily that the persons who have the most infinite contempt of money are the same that have the strongest appetite for the pleasures it procures.

Evelyn Waugh, fully Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh

Where do you lurk? I shall come down your burrow and ch-chivvy you out like an old st-t-toat.

John Stuart Blackie

A fair face without a fair soul is like a glass eye that shines and sees nothing.

Frances Hodgson Burnett, fully Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett

The mere seeing of Miss Sara would have been enough without meat pies. If there was time only for a few words, they were always friendly, merry words that put heart into one...Sara--who was only doing what she unconsciously liked better than anything else, Nature having made her for a giver--had not the least idea what she meant to poor Becky, and how wonderful a benefactor she seemed.

Nisargadatta Maharaj, fully Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli

The body is not you, the name is not you. The body is the food you have consumed; the taste of it is the knowledge ‘I am’. That is Self, the feeling ‘I am’, that is the love to be. How amazing, how incredible, it has no name, but you give many names to it. It is the Self, the love to be. That love to be is all pervading. Before you conceptualize anything, you are, even before the knowingness, you are.

John Dewey

What is sometimes called an act of self-expression might better be termed one of self-exposure; it discloses character - or lack of character - to others. In itself, it is only a spewing forth.

Robert Hall

Swearing is properly a superfluity of naughtiness, and can only be considered as a sort of pepper-corn rent, in acknowledgment of the devil?s right of superiority.

Morihei Ueshiba

Atemi accounts for 99% of Aikido was a remark once uttered by the founder. I introduced atemi [the moment of contact becomes a strike] at some length in Vol. 4. Atemi is virtually omitted in Aikido training on the ground that [a] preliminary blow should not become a matter of predominant concern. However, there are quite a few cases in which the meaning of a technique becomes incomprehensible if the attendant atemi is left out. I suggest therefore that after reading through Vol. 4, study should be made as to when atemi should be delivered in the execution of a technique and cases of its omission."

Chinese Proverbs

Every step leaves its print; work steadily and make solid progress.

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

Time, unfortunately, though it makes animals and vegetables bloom and fade with amazing punctuality, has no such simple effect upon the mind of man. The mind of man, moreover, works with equal strangeness upon the body of time. An hour, once it lodges in the queer element of the human spirit, may be stretched to fifty or a hundred times its clock length; on the other hand, an hour may be accurately represented on the timepiece of the mind by one second.

Michael Harrington, fully Edward Michael "Mike" Harrington

Capitalism is moving toward its end massively, imperceptibly, like a glacier. Its decadence is cold, not hot.

Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso

Truly now is the golden age; the highest honor comes by means of gold; by gold love is procured.

Rod Serling, fully Rodman Edward "Rod" Serling

Rod Serling: Millicent Barnes, age twenty-five, young woman waiting for a bus on a rainy November night. Not a very imaginative type is Miss Barnes, not given to undue anxiety or fears, or for that matter even the most temporal flights of fancy. Like most young career women, she has a generic classification as a, quote, girl with a head on her shoulders, end of quote. All of which is mentioned now because in just a moment the head on Miss Barnes's shoulders will be put to a test. Circumstances will assault her sense of reality and a chain of nightmares will put her sanity on a block. Millicent Barnes, who in one minute will wonder is she's going mad? Obscure metaphysical explanation to cover a phenomenon, reasons dredged out of the shadows to explain away that which cannot be explained. Call it parallel planes or just insanity. Whatever it is, you find it in the Twilight Zone.

Oriana Fallaci

Our weakness in the West is born of the fact of so-called "objectivity." Objectivity does not exist. The word is ahypocrisy which is sustained by the lie that the truth stays in the middle. No, sir: Sometimes truth stays on one side only.

James Patterson, fully James Brendan Patterson

The hardest mysteries to solve are the ones you come to near the end, because there isn't enough evidence, not enough to unravel, unless somehow you can go all the way back to the beginning - rewind and replay everything.

George Augustus Sala, fully George Augustus Henry Sala

There is great truth in Alphonse Karr's remark that modern men are ugly because they do not wear their beards.

Francis Bacon

A great and potent nobility addeth majesty to a monarch, but diminisheth power; and putteth life and spirit into the people, but presseth their fortune. It is well when nobles are not too great for sovereignty nor for justice; and yet maintained in that height as the insolency of inferiors may be broken upon them before it come on too fast upon the majesty of kings. A numerous nobility causeth poverty and inconvenience in a state, for it is a surcharge of expense; and, it being of necessity that many of the nobility fall in time to be weak in fortune, it maketh a kind of disproportion between honor and means.

Virgil, also Vergil, fully Publius Vergilius Maro

We can't raise our prices because we would lose our customers... Our prices have stayed the same, but the gas has doubled in price. If we starve to death, who will care?

Robert Herrick

Love, Heart, Loving What is a kiss? Why this, as some approve: The sure, sweet cement, glue, and lime of love. - Robert Herrick

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

You can't say civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.

Sri Chinmoy, born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose

Yesterday I discovered kindness in myself. Today I see how beautiful and soulful I am. Yesterday I discovered kindness in humanity. Today I see how meaningful and fruitful humanity is


A life without reflection accepted not worth living.

Harry S. Truman

It is ignorance that causes most mistakes.

Fulton Sheen, fully Archbishop Fulton John Sheen

To use a man for what he is naturally best fitted is to keep him, if one can, from apostasy and dissatisfaction. At the same time, life's temptations come most often from that for which one has the greatest aptitude.