A visitor to a Quaker meeting stands up after five minutes of silence and asks, "When does the service begin?" An old Friend rises after a brief reflection and says, "Service begins when the worship ends."
The inner light is the shortest route to the outer darkness.- attributed to G K Chesterton
In 1729 the old church (St Mary's) fell down bodily after more than six centuries of constant use ..... when the fund raising committee paid a courtesy call on Jonathan Gurnell, a wealthy Quaker landowner, they were surprised to be told, "Thee knows, friends, that I am not in the habit of giving money to build up steeple houses, but here's a hundred ponds to help thee take away the old one." Kate McEwan, Ealing Walkabout, 1983
There are no foolish questions, only foolish silence.
Who needs rhetorical questions?
I know I have not found the answers to all of my questions. The answers I have found only serve to raise a whole set of new questions. In some ways I am as confused as ever, but I believe that I am confused on a higher level and about more important things.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. Chinese Proverb
Better to ask twice than to lose your way once. --Danish proverb
Hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers. Joan Baez
I wish I had an answer to that, because I'm tired of answering that question...Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra (b. 1925)
If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer.-- Yogi Berra
When your wife asks, "Do I look fat?" The correct response is: "Do I look stupid?" &emdash;Andy Chap BC
The fool wonders, the wise man asks. - Benjamin Disraeli
Bromidic though it may sound, some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn. - Katharine Graham
There are no foolish questions, just fools asking questions.-- Dave Kifer
Can a mortal ask question which God finds unanswerable?
Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are
unanswerable. How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow
square or round? Probably half the questions we ask---half
our great theological and metaphysical problems---are like
that. And now that I come to think of it, there's no
practical problem before me at all. I know the two great
commandments, and I'd better get on with them.
There aren't any embarrassing questions -- only embarrassing answers. Carl Rowan (1925 &endash; 2000);
There are no foolish questions and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions. Charles Steinmetz
It is not every question that deserves an answer.--Publilius Syrus (1st century BC)_Moral Sayings_, Maxim 581
I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know.-Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910)_Life on the Mississippi_ , Chapter six
Defeat doesn't finish a man --quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.-- Richard Nixon (1913-1994)
Quotatious - adj. fond of using quotations, inclined to quote
Quidquid latine dictum sit altum videtur - "That which is said in Latin sounds profound."
This delivering of knowledge in distinct and disjointed aphorisms doth leave the wit of man more free to turn and toss, and to make use of that which is so delivered to more several purposes and applications. -- Francis Bacon, _Novum Organum_, 1620
I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own. -- John Bartlett
I really didn't say everything I said. --Yogi Berra
Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit. ~ Christopher N. Bovee
Quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts.-Winston Churchill
Old expressions are the best, and short ones even better.-- Winston Churchill
If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will be cried up as erudition. --Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) _Lacon_ , Vol 1, No. 546
I am but a gatherer, and a disposer of other men's stuff. If the world like it not, so much the worse for them. -- W Cowper
Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory. --Diderot
I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognised wiser than oneself. Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992)
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are
perpetuated by quotations.
By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. Ralph Waldo Emerson. 1803-1882. Quotation and Originality.
Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this
question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what
Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
As the scholar and preacher Thomas Fuller wrote in 1642,"A common-place-book contains many notions in garrison whence the owner may draw out an army into the field" In his day, every educated gentleman maintained such a garrison, a hand-copied collection of memorable passages from which he could draft apposite quotations. ~Anne Fadiman, The American Scholar (2000)
And yes the reason I love quotes it gets us back to the way life used to be and should be ... and we must be reminded as life is becoming very stressful, very busy, families are no longer what they "used to be" and I love to be reminded to "slow down and smell the roses." Think about where you are going and what you are doing. They truly give life perspective. ~ Bobbi Fillmore
". . . word-sniffing . . . is an addiction, like glue -- or snow -- sniffing in a somewhat less destructive way, physically if not economically. . . . As an addict, I am almost guiltily interested in converts to my own illness . .M. F. K. Fisher (1908 - 1992) "Cook's and Diner's Dictionary," 1968
Quotations help us remember the simple yet profound truths that give life perspective and meaning. When it comes to life's most important lessons, we can all use gentle reminders.--Chriswell Freeman
He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind.--Samuel Johnson
Every quotation contributes something to the stability or
enlargement of the language.
The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in few words. --Dr. Johnson
Perhaps the excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in few words. We frequently fall into error and folly, not because the true principles are not known, but because, for a time, they are not remembered; and he may therefore be justly numbered among the benefactors of mankind, who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollection to recur habitually to the mind. ---Samuel Johnson (Rambler #175)
Genuine bon mots surprise those from whose lips they fall, no less than they do those who listen to them.--Joseph Joubert, _Pense'es_, 1842
He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would
enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.
Be careful, -- with quotations you can damn anything - Andre Malraux(1901-1976) Anti-censorship address, French Assembly, 12 Nov 1966.
Some immemorial imbecilities have been added deliberately, on the ground that it is just as interesting to note how foolish men have been as to note how wise they have been.- Mencken, H. L. (1880-1956)_A New Dictionary of Quotations_ (1942) p. 8
I quote others only the better to express myself. --Montaigne
Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely. - Hesketh Pearson (1887 &endash; 1964)
True wit is Nature to advantage dressed;
The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains proves that he has no brains of his own. Charles Haddon Spurgeon
In fine, nothing is said now that has not been said before. Terence. 185-159 B. C. Eunuchus. The Prologue. 41.
The little and short sayings of the wise and excellent are of great value, like the dust of gold, or the least sparks of diamonds. --John Tillotson
A favorite quote? That's like having a favorite page of the encyclopedia. - Bruce Thompson
Colours fade, temples crumble, but wise words endure.--Edward L. Thorndike
When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruples. Take it and copy it. Mark Twain
Adam was the only man who, when he said a good thing, knew that nobody had said it before him. Mark Twain
Few maxims are true in every respect. --Vauvenargues
Men's maxims reveal their characters. - Vauvenargues
Can one always get a sight of a cite on your quotes site? (sigh) GJW
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