Saturday, August 04, 2007

Quintessential Quotes.

What does Quintessence mean?

Well in ancient Greece philosophers taught that all matter took one of four forms - FIRE - AIR - WATER - EARTH.
Then came Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher (born between 580 and 572 B.C.) the one who gave the world the Pythagoras theorem. He deservedly earned the sobriquet, "The Father of Numbers". To fire, air, water and earth he added a fifth and called it QUINTESSENCE - from which heavenly bodies were made representing the purest.

During the course of my reading or listening to cross - fire banter by "talking heads" on C.N.N. or M.S.N.B.C. any line that appealed to me as stylishly fashioned and conveying a message, some in lighter vein that made me smile, I have noted them down. I continue to do so. When I hear or read a line I liked, I feel I have come to the red light. I must stop. I note it down before I can move on.

Try these for size.

"Lord give me chastity and sobriety but not yet" - St. Augustine.


"England and America have everything in common except the language."


"Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home one day."

These I call my Quintessential Quotes. It's a hodgepodge of quotations. In that it does not adhere to any regimented classification such as, " on marriage ", " on love ", " on old age " etc. Call it a scattershot approach. Hope you like them.

None of these are my own. I am able to attribute names to some but not to all.

Here we go.

1. Being a foreigner is a sort of lifelong pregnancy - a perpetual wait, a constant burden, a continuous feeling of out of sorts. - Jumpha Lahiri.

2. It seldom pays to be rude. It never pays only to be half rude. - Norman Douglas, British author.

3. Acquaintance: A person we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. - Ambroise Bierce.

4. Patience has its limits. Take it too far and it's cowardice. - George Jackson.

5.. The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.- Seneca.

6. In prosperity our friends know us, in adversity we know our friends. - J. Churton Collins.

7. A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.

8. The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything. - Oscar Wilde.

9. If youth but knew; if age but could.

10. A man is as old as he's feeling, a woman as old as she looks.

11. All would live long, but none would be old. - Benjamin Franklin.

12. The hands that help are holier than the lips that pray.

13. What parish priest would not like to be Pope. Voltaire.

14. All want to go to heaven but none is willing to die.

15. Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.

16. No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.

17. Lies have traveled half way round the world before truth can put its pants on. - Winston Churchill.

18. A stiff apology is a second insult. - G.K. Chesterton.

19. Straight trees have crooked roots.

20. You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument. - Samuel Johnson.

21. A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy. - Guy Fawkes.

22. Our homes have become landfills ..we all have more stuff than we need, more gloves and scarves and perfume and potpourri and scented candles. - Anna Quindlen.

23. There are no random acts. We are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind. - Mitch Albom.

24. You can't choose the child. It just arrives. - J.M.Coetzee.

25. People are so much stronger than they know. - Richard Cohen.

26. Weak and insecure people hardly ever say "sorry". It is large hearted and courageous people who are not diminished by saying, "I made a mistake." - Desmond Tutu.

27. Just because you have a hammer not every problem is a nail. - Tom Friedman.

28. From the very early age I have had to interrupt my education to go to school. - George Bernard Shaw.

29. Golf: a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.

30. As one gets old three things happen. First one begins to forget things.. I cannot remember the other two/three.

31. No wine can be regarded as unimportant since the marriage of Cana.

32. Life is moving the ball one yard at a time.

33. We are trying to explain how things are going as they are going. Some things are going well and some things are obviously not going well. - Donald Rumsfeld.

34. It's good to clear a swamp but not when you are neck deep in alligators.

35. An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.

36. Karma is a boomerang.

37. In spite of everything I still believe people are really good. Anne Frank 3 weeks shy of discovery in her attic hideaway.

38. Why in the world did I do all those push-ups . Jacqueline Kennedy told her friend when she was very ill.

39. Life is a choice between two blunders. J.F.K.

40. Grief remains one of the few things that has the power to silence us. - Anna Quindlen.

41. The best revenge you can have of old age is to have a good time. - The Great Gatsby.

42.If we see others as inhuman we end up savages.

43. Love knows not it's own depth until the hour of separation. - Kahlil Gibran.

44. Never pick a fight either with a young kid or a news paper man; the kid will throw the last stone at you, and the newspaper man will have the last word. - Charles De Galle

45. He that would govern others, first should be master of himself.

46. Silence begets distance. - Anna Quindlen.

47. When in doubt tell the truth. - Mark Twain.

48. I came to understand that death is the central factor of life. And the simple comprehension of this fact alters your entire perspective. - Truman Capote.

49. Many life's failures are people who did not realize how close to success they were when they gave up. - Thomas Edison.

50. People forget how fast you did the job - but they remember how well you did it.

51. Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a life time that it becomes a miracle. - Amy Bloom.

52. There is no education in the second kick of a mule.

52. It is better to be looked over than be overlooked. Mae West.

53. If the highest aim of a captain is to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port.

54. Lower class does not mean lack of class.

55. Beware the fury of a patient man. John Done.

56. The only way to have a friend is to be one.

57. We are all born with sexual impulses, but we are not all born with sexual skills, and there are no schools where one can be trained. V.S.Naipaul.

58. Milton produced Paradise Lost for the same reason that a silk worm produces silk. It was an activity of his nature. Karl Marx.

59. The basis of character is will power. Oscar Wilde.

60. Suffering is the means by which we exist; because it is the only means by which we become conscious of existing.

61. Hate is form of atrophy, and kills everything but itself.

62. Tired of being on the heights, I deliberately went to the depths in the search of new sensation. Oscar Wilde.

63. I am going to speak my mind because I have nothing to lose.

64. The best way to get praise is to die. Italian proverb.

65. The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

66. He who laughs lasts.

67. Memorial service - farewell party for some one who has already left.

68. It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life. Irish proverb.

69. When the cat and mouse agree the grocer is ruined. Persian proverb.

70. A manuscript is like a foetus, is never improved by showing it to somebody before it is completed.

71. Every novel should have a beginning, a middle and an end.

72. Those who have much are often greedy; those who have little always share. Oscar Wilde.

73. To regret one's experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul. Oscar Wilde.

74. It is very hard to be a gentleman and a writer. Somerset Maugham.

75. Famous people sometimes become like turtles turned over on their backs. Everybody is picking at the turtle - the media, would be lovers, everybody - and he can't defend himself. It takes an enormous effort for him to turn over. Truman Capote.

76. He approaches near to God who knows to be silent even when he is right.

77. For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not believe in God , no explanation is possible.

78. It's good to have money and the things money can buy, but it's good too to check up once in a while to make sure you have not lost the things money cannot buy.

79. If only I can produce one beautiful work of art I shall be able to rob malice of its venom, and cowardice of its sneer, and pluck out the tongue of scorn by the roots. Oscar Wilde in " De Profundis"

80. Sorrow re - marries us to God. Dante.

81. Even the gods cannot alter the past. Gnomic Aphorism.

82. Once at least in his life each man walks with Christ to Emmaus.

83. We are what we pretend to be.

84. With freedom, flowers, books and the moon, who could not be perfectly happy. Oscar Wilde from prison.

85. It seems to me that we all look at nature too much, and live with her too little. Oscar Wilde in De Profundis.

86. If it were not for the presents elopement would be preferable.

87. When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip and the whip is intended solely for self - flagellation. Truman Capote.

88. Heaven and hell are just one breath away. Andy Warholl.

89. With all of us there are two sides, one reaches for the stars, the other descends to the level of beasts. Eleanor Roosevelt.

90. Men could fashion their own tomorrow if they could only learn that yesterday can neither be relived or revised.

91.You can't steal second base and keep one foot on first.

92. Absence makes the heart go yonder.

93. A split second: The time between the light turning green and the guy behind you honking.

94. Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Happiness should be a means of accomplishment, not an end in itself. The more we try to help each other and make life brighter, the happier we shall be. Helen Keller.

95. The light of faith never fades from my sky. Helen Keller.

96. I became the spend thrift of my own grievances, and to waste an eternal youth gave me a curious joy. Oscar Wilde in "De Profundis."

97. There is nothing like youth. The middle aged are mortgaged to life. The old are in life's lumber room. But youth is thr Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it. Oscar Wilde in " Woman of no importance."

98. Every one is good until they learn to talk.

99. Fox hunting: The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable.

100. Music is the artistic ideal to which all other arts should aspire. Walter Pater.

101. In examinations the foolish ask questions the wise cannot answer.

102. Getting what one wants is life's greatest tragedy.

103. Each man kills the thing he loves. Oscar Wilde.

104. When Oscar Wilde introduced a young woman to his mother as being " Half English and half Irish " Lady Wilde replied " Glad to meet you my dear. Your English half is as welcome as your Irish bottom."

105. All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That is his. Oscar Wilde.

106. There are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely - or dragging out some false, shallow degrading existence that the world in its hypocricy demands. Oscar Wide in " Lady Windermere's fan."

107. Contradiction kills conversation.

108. That of all the accomplishments prized in modern society that of being agreeable is the very first.

109. A liar makes a better conversationalist than the scrupulously truthful man.

110. Women are half the people. They should be half the congress. Susan B. Anthony

111. Men: Their rights and nothing more. Women: Their rights and nothing less. Susan B. Anthony

112. Oscar Wilde on Walter Pater: There is something of prophet, of priest and of poet, and to you the gods gave eloquence so that your message might come to us with the fire of passion, and the marvel of music, making the deaf to hear, and the blind to see.

113. Mothers of course are all right. They pay a chap's bills and don't bother him.
But fathers bother a chap and never pay his bills. Oscar wilde " Importance being Ernest"

114. The intellect is a delicate stringed instrument that rusts if not played on, and it is by the collision of mind with mind that we learn our own value. Lady Wilde, Oscar Wilde's mother.

115. Waltz: That European constipated swoon.

116. To get into the best society, nowadays one has either to feed people, amuse people or shock people - that is all. Oscar Wilde in " Woman of no importance."

117. All art requires solitude as its companion. Oscar Wilde.

118. When people are tied together for life they too often regard manners as a mere superfluity and courtsey as a thing of no moment. Oscar Wilde.

119. You judge not the strength and splendor of the sun or sea by the dust that dances in the beam or the bubble that breaks upon the wave. Oscar Wilde.

120. The essence of good dressing is perfect congruity. Oscar Wilde.

121. If men could figure out how to have babies, they'd get rid of us altogether. Maureen Dowd.

122. Oscar Wilde on America: It is a place that a man is a man to-day, and yesterdays don't count - that a desperado can make a reputation for piety on his current performances. What a country to live in.

123. England and America has everything in common except - language.

124. Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde.

125. In his last missionary letters, written just before his death in AD 67, Paul wrote: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

126. If a man loves the labor of any trade, apart from any questions of success or fame, the gods have called him. Stevenson.

127. Every man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind; send therefore not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. Ernest Hemingway

128. Priests: They give up something they never had.

129. To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul. Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Doglas in " De Profundis "

130. About Oscar Wilde. He made each lingering gaze at a youth a dangerous adventure by which he awoke London and the world.

131. Moodiness is a common concomitant of growing up. Vladamir Nabakov.

132. Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship; and is by far the best for ending one. Oscar Wilde.

133. One pays for one's sins, and then one pays again, and all one's life one pays. Oscar wilde.

134. Trust in Allah but tie your camel.

135. The future ain't what it used to be. Yogi Bera.

136. " Tell me " Wilde asked a mutual friend, " when you are alone with him - does he take off his face and reveal his mask."

137. The great pleasure of the debauched is to lead others to debauchery.

138. There is no such thing as changing one's life, one merely wanders round and round within the circle of one's own personality. Oscar wilde.

139. Loving the sinner is more important than the sinner's transgressions.

140. Misfortunes one can endure - they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults - ah - there is the sting of life. Oscar Wilde.

141. The feelings of natural affection, like all other feelings require to be fed. Oscar Wilde.

142. Wilde to Bosie ( Lord Alfred Douglas ) With us who are modern it is the scabbard that wears out the sword.

143. Barbara Belford in " Oscar Wilde - A certain genius " - He stands for the right of art and language to shock, to undermine and to unsettle, and for the right of a person never to apologize for love.

144. Agripana, Nero's mother pleads with her Emperor-son for her own life: " I carried you in my womb and nourished you with my blood."

145. When reading a book, " do not dictate to your author, try to become him - be his fellow worker and accomplice. Virginia Woolf.

146, About Benjamin Franklin: " He kept the world at bay with his screen of banter."

147. Virtue and learning, like gold have their intrinsic value, but if they are not polished they certainly lose a great deal of their lustre ; and even polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. Lord Chesterfield to his son.

148. If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it you can become it. William Arthur Ward.

149. Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony. Ghandi

150.He who plucks out a tooth parts with it freely since the pain goes with it, and he who quits the whole body parts at once with all pains and deseases which it was liable to or capable of making him suffer. Benjamin Franklin.

151. Grand children are God's reward for not killing your own children.

152. I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it; for I shall not pass this way again. Seen on the celebrated painting of Holman Hunt in the Tate Gallery.

153. Women are the most reliable; they have no memory for the important. Oscar Wilde.

154. Sins of the flesh are nothing. They are maladies for physicians to cure, if they should be cured. Sins of the soul alone are shameful. To have secured my acquital by such means would have been a life long torure for me. Oscar Wilde.

155. Time may be a great healer but, it's a lousy beautician.

156. Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.

157. Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.

158. No society is good, whatever its intentions, whatever its utopian and liberationist claims, if the men and women who live in it are not free to speak their minds. I.F. Stone in " The Trial of Socrates."

159. Man is a political animal. Aristotle. In Greek - Zoon Politikon.

160. ".. A man being sometimes more generous when he has but a little money than when he has plenty, perhaps through fear of being thought to have but little. Benjamin Franklin giving away the last shilling he possessed.

161. He who is wise in counsel is stronger against the foe than he who recklessly rushes on with brute force. Diodotus.

162. With the possible exception of a doctor saving a life, writing a worthy play was the most important thing a human being can do. Arthur miller.

163. The mission of the theater after all, is to change, to raise the consciousness of people to their human possibilities. Arthur Miller.

164. A good wife always forgives her husband when she is wrong.

165. When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign - that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. Jonathan Swift.

166. All children are simply their memories of their parents, selecting what happens to impress them and forgetting all the rest. Richard Aldington in " D.H. Lawrence Portrait of a genius but "

167. Consistancy is rather a virtue of little critics rather than of great creators.

168. Good or bad, guilty or innocent - they are all equal now. William Makepeace Thackaray,

169. Teaching - a profession that gives more than it receives.

170. The hunan soul with his black and white steeds - the white steed so beautiful, the dark so vicious and perverse.

171. The goal of family life does not revolve around individual choices but around the unconditional union of souls. When we get married, and then when we have kids, we learn sometimes traumatically, to say farewell to the world of me, me, me. David Brooks.

172. Shakespeare on Cleopatra - Age cannot wither, nor custom stale her infinite variety.

173. Genius without education is like silver in a mine. Ben Franklin.

174. In whatever religion, " The object of life is not prosperity but the maturing of the soul.

175. The greatest lesson I learned in prison is that great adversity can produce great blessings. Epistles of the apostle Paul.

176. Poetry is writing which is simple, sensuous and passionate.

177. Woe to those who forget that everything that resembles a human being is not necessarily a human being. The behaviour of the S.S. was ruled by this phrase.

178. Senility prayer: Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked any way, the good fortune to run into the ones I do and the eye sight to tell the difference.

179. D.H.Lawrence to his wife: We shall always have to battle with life, so will never fight with each other, always help.

180. If you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere; if you can fake it in Hollywood you can fake it anywhere.

181.If your dog is fat you are not getting enough excercise.

182. If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you, that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. Mark Twain

183. The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

184. Whatever it is I am against it. Groucho Marx.

185. My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh as being wiser than the intellect. D.H.Lawrence.

186. What our blood feels and believes and says is always true. D.H.Lawrence.

187. Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose. Nietzsche.

188. Human life resides not in the body but in the mind.

189. You risk losing friends by seeing too much of them at close quarters.

190. You do not have to shout to be heard.

191. We may have bad weather in Ireland but the sun shines in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm.

192. The mouse on the bar room floor.

Some Guinness was spilt on the bar room floor
When the pub was shut for the night
Out of his hole crept a wee brown mouse
And stood in the pale moon light
He lapped up the frothy brew from the floor
The back in his haunches he sat
And all night long you could hear him roar,
" Bring on the Goddam cat."

193. To be equal does not mean you have to be the same.

194. If you have a good friend you don't need a mirror. On friendship.

195. You can't prevent birds of sorrow flying over your head, but you can stop them building nests in your hair.

196. Every rose has its thorn.

197.My soul has had a long hard day
She is tired
She is seeking her oblivion. D.H.Lawrence.

198. Give me the moon at my feet,
Put my feet upon the crescent like a Lord,
O let my ankles be bathed in moon light
that I may go sure and moon shod, cool and bright-footed
Towards my goal. D.H. Lawrence. At 10 O' clock that night he died.

199. Only equals make friends; every other relationship is contrived and off balance. Maya Angelou.

200. On courage. It does'nt mean not being afraid. It means being afraid and facing it. Maya Angelou.

201. Non violence was not a moral principle but a strategy. Nelsson Mandela.

202. The most terrible walls are the walls that grow up in the mind. Nelson Mandela.

203. Every soldier carries a marshall's baton. Napoleon.

204. Smoking is indispensable if one has nothing to kiss.

205. Never send a tooth pick to do a pencil's job.

206. A bit of truth lies behind every popular lunacy.

207. Listening is more than an art; it is a priviledged road to knowledge.

208. He who flies with the owls by night cannot keeep up with the eagles by day.

209. Of Freud: No more a person but a whole climate of opinion.

210. The mind quotes pleasure or avoids pain all the time.

211. It takes your enemy and your friend working together to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you. Mark Twain.

212. If youth but knew what age would crave, it would both get and save.

213. He who is being carried does not realize how far the town is. African proverb.

214. If your mouth turns into a knife it will cut your lips. African proverb.

215. It's not work that kills but worry. African proverb.

216. Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors. African proverb.

217. Even a dog knows the difference between being stumbled over and being kicked.

218. A tree never hits an automobile except in self defence.

219. If you can't ride two horses at once you should'nt be in the circus.

220. Ignorance is a kind of environmental pollution.

221. It takes two to make a bargain.

222. Man is the only animal who can be skinned twice.

223. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

224. Take care of your pennies and your dollars will take care of your widow's next husband.

225. The wish is the father of the deed.

226. Wishes don't wash dishes.

227. A handful of patience is worth a bushel of brains. Dutch proverb.

228. A merry host makes merry guests. Dutch proverb.

229. Death should be a well earned rest.

230. We like to forget that in fact everything in our life is chance, from our genesis out of the encounter of spermatazoon and egg onward. Freud.

231. Although I have been uncommonly happy with wife and children, I cannot reconcile myself to the wretchedness and helplessness of being old, and look forward to the transition into non being with a kind of longing. Freud at 80.

232. Religion is a collective neurosis.

233. The miserable have no other medicine but only hope. Measure for Measure.

234. The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on. King Henry V1

235. Small things make base men proud. Henry V1

236. Having nothing nothing can he lose. Henry V1.

237. Yet I do fear thy nature ; It is too full of human kindness.

238. How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child. King Lear.

239. Gilded wombs do worms infold. Merchant of Venice.

240. Definition of a bore: He had no enemies and none of his friends liked him.

241. There is no education in the second kick of a mule.

242. Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.

243. Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.

244. Journalism is the first draft of history.

245. Every one is entitled to their own opinions but not to their own facts.

246. Serve no wine before its time. Orson Wells.

247. It is true that I am often in the greatest misery, but still there is a calm, pure, harmony and music inside me. Vincent Van Goh.

248. Poetry is a form of punctuation. T.S.Eliot.

249. All fathers of girls possess a key to the front door. Vincent Van Goh.

250. There is no old woman as long as she loves and is loved. Vincent Van Goh.

251. The lark cannot be silent so long as he has a voice. Vincent Van Goh.

252. Love is as frail as a spider's web and grows to be as strong as a cable. But only on condition of faithfulness. Vincent Van Goh.

253. I paint what I see, I paint what I remember and I paint what I feel. Vincent Van Goh.

254. I refuse to die for my beliefs as they may be wrong.

255. Democracy is not about majority rule; it is about minority rights. Thomas Friedman.

256. I am not a victim of anything except my shortcomings. Bill Clinton.

257. Stone will perish, the word will remain. Vincent Van Goh.

258. The last affectionate words of of the dying painter Toulouse- Lautrec were addressed to his mother, his only love: " only"

259. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. John Adams, 2nd U.S.President.

260. Good friends are like good books, a perpetual delight. Thirukural.

261. Just because your voice reaches half way around the world does not mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar. Edward R. Murrow.

262. What can it profit a man to gain the whole world and to come to his property with a gastric ulser, a blown prostate and bifocals.

263. It has always seemed strange to me the things we admire in men, kindness and genorosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomtants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed,acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.. John Steinbeck in Cannery Row.

264.Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors.

265. What good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness.

267. I think the burden is on those people who think he ( Sadam Hussein ) didn't have weapons of mass destruction to tell the world where they are. Ari Fleicher, White House spokesman.

268. A real friend is some one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

269. I support gay marriage. They have a right to be miserable as any of us. Kinky Friedman.

270. Congress is like wall street. It operates on fear and greed.

271. I have learned that you should not go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

272. Every man takes the sufferings that falls to his share as the greatest. Herman Hesse.

273. Quote me as saying I was misquoted. Groucho Marx.

274. Every rose has its thorns.

275. Before marriage opposites attract. After marriage opposites attack.

276. Diogenes when asked what was the proper time for supper - " If you are a rich man, whenever you please, if you are a poor man, when ever you can.

277. I feel a failure; That's it as far as I am concerned - I feel that this is the destiny that I accept, that will never change. Vincent Van Goh.

278. Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. John Milton.

279. No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. John Donne.

280. Nothing ever happens real till it is experienced. John Keats.

281. A thing of beauty is a joy for ever ; its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. John Keats.

282. Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.

283. Peace is never the highest good unless it comes as the hand maid of rigteousness . Teddy Roosevelt.

284. The stars incline. they do not command.

285. There is no better pillow than a good conscience.

286. You can count on the Americans to do the right thing after they have done everything else. Winston Chuchil.

287. The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.

288. Spencer Tracy to katherine Hepburn in " Adam's Rib "
Here we go again, the old juice. Guaranteed heart melter. A few female tears, stronger than acid.

289. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. Francis Bacon

290. I like pigs, Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. Winston Churchil

291. Experience is like taillights on a boat which illuminate where we have been when we should be forcussing on where we should be. J.F.K.

292. Three components of good writing.1. Lucidity - clearness of thought. 2. Simplicity. 3. Euphony - pleasing to the ear.

293. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present. Rabindranath Tagore.

294. Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

295. If you ain't makin' waves, you ain't kickin' hard enough.

296. People act without knowing why they do what they do. Daniel KahneMan, Nobel Prize winner.

297. In the whole universe only man can change. John Steinbeck in " Grapes of Wrath "

298. Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance take it. If it changes your life, let it. No body said life would be easy. They just promised it would most likely be worth it. Michael Gartner, President, N.B.C.

299. In the end is the Word, and the Word is Man - and the Word is with Man. St. John the Apostle, paraphrased by John Steinbeck- Banquet speech at the City Hall in Stockholm, Nobel Prize Giving 12/10/62.

300. Our capacity for self-delusion is boundless. John Steinbeck in " Travels with Charlie "

301. You get better treatment everywhere you go if you have a fur coat and nice luggage. J.S. in " The Wayward Bus "

302. Give me a sense of humor, O Lord;
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk. Amen.

303. The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to keep the two as close together as possible. George Burns.

304. The cardiologists diet: If it tastes good, spit it out. Phyllis Diller

305. There are so many ways of saying - Hi. Hiss it, Sing it, Bellow it, Cough it.
Frank McCourt.

306. A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

307. Strong and wrong beats weak and right. Bill Clinton.

308. Herdmen win battles, freemen win wars. j.s.
in " Moon is down "

309. Vice has always a new fresh, young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing in the world. j.s. in " East of Eden "

310. I do not dwel in Vaikuntha, nor in the hearts of Yogis, O Narada but where my devotees gather to sing there I am.

311. Even the straws under my knees shout to distract me from prayer. St. Augustine.

312. The rich rob the poor and the poor rob one another.

313. The more you have, the less enough it is.

314. If you want to keep a friend never test him.

315. Give me a sense of humor, O Lord
Give me the grace to see a joke
To get some humor out of life
And pass it on to other folk.

316. F. Scott Fitzgerald on " The Great Gatsby "

" What little I've accomplished has been by the most laborious and uphill work, and i wish now I'd never relaxed or looked back - but said at the end of The great Gatsby; I've found my line - from now on this comes first. This is my immediate duty - without this I am nothing.

317. Masterpieces are not accidents. Geniuses know what they are doing or trying to do. They need luck, but knowing how to use luck is an essential element of a writer's equipment. Mathew J. Bruccoli.

318. An author ought to write for the youth of his generation, the critics of the next, and the school masters of ever afterward. Mathew J. Bruccoli.

319. Great fiction is great social history. Mathew J. Bruccoli.

War and Peace.

320. Great fiction creates memorable characters. Mathew J. Bruccoli.

Jay Gatsby. Rhet Butler. Capt. Ahab. Atticus Finch. Commander Sqeegy.

Literary miracles are the work of writers who come closer than other writers to expressing what is in their minds through innate genius augmented by control, technique craft. Mathew J. Bruccoli.

321. Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her,
If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,
Till she cry " Lover, gold-hatted, high - bouncing lover,
I must have you. Thomas Parke D'Invilliers.

322. Opening lines of " The Great Gatsby " by F. Scott. Fitzgerald.

323. " In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since."

324. " Whenever you feel like criticizing any one ", he told me, " just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."

325. Great fiction is great social history.
Tolstoy's " War and Peace ", Dostovsky's " Crime and Punishment ", F. Scot Fitzgerald's " The Great Gatsby ", Charles Dicken's " Oliver Twist "

326. You can't make me feel inferior without my consent. Eleanor Rooosevelt.

327. The gospel of the mediocre man is to ridicule somebody who tries something difficult on the grounds that the effort was not a total success. David Brooks.

328. Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter. Frederich Nietzsche,

329. We are strangers to the land of grief until forced to visit it.
Joan Didion in " The Year of Magical Thinking "

330. A child, more than all other gifts
That earth can offer to declining man,
Brings hope with it, and forward - looking thoughts. william Wordsworth.

331. We are strangers to the land of grief until forced to visit it.
Joan Dione in " The Year of Magical Thinking "

332. Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you.
Scriptural warning in the context of Eliott Spitzer.

333. It's a poor sportsman who will shoot a resting bird. John Steinbeck in " Pastures of Heaven "

334. One moment of anger is a life time of misery. A prisoner.

335. The mommy tears, the fierce juggling act women have had to do between kids and careers, gyrating guiltily between the two, in a world that often insisted that we choose one or the other. Anne Taylor Fleming.

336. He passed on the writing ambition to me; and I growing up in another age, have managed to see that ambition through almost to the end. V.S.Naipaul about his father.

. Anger:

337. Alittle too much anger, too often or at the wrong time can destroy more than you would ever imagine. Marilynne Robinson.

338. Behold how much wood is kindled by how small a fire, and the tongue is a fire. Marilynne Robinson.

339. A child more than other gifts
That earth can offer to declining man
Brings hope with it, and forward looking thoughts. William Wordsworth.

340. There's nothing kills a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself. George Eliot.

341. If your body impersonates an attitude long enough, then the mind begins to adopt it. Dorfman Brooks

342. Anything a week off is hardly worth worrying about. C.S.Forester.

343. A bull who carries his China shop with him. Winston Churchill.

344. About Pulitzer Prize winner Jumpha Lahiri. Of Bengali ( Indian ) extract. Born in London. raised in Rhode Island, U.S.A. Living now in Brooklyn, U.S.A.

The place to which you feel the strongest attachment isn't necessarily the country you're tied to by blood or birth: It's the place that allows you to become yourself. New York Times.

345. ".. and as a first generation American I can truly say that America happens to be the place the place that allowed me to become myself. for that I am eternally grateful." Jumpha Lahiri.

346. Once an angry man dragged his father along the ground through his own orchard. " Stop " cried the groaning old man at last. " Stop " I did not drag my father beyond this tree."

Gertrude Stein in " The making of Americas "

347. My best friend is a person who will give me a book ai have not reaad. Abe Lincoln.

348. It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart:
the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you. Mark Twain

349 When 70% of the people who get arrested are black in cities where 70% of the population is black that is not racial profiling, it is the law of probability. Andy Rooney.

350. If you've done it, it ain't bragging. Dizzy Dean.

351. An error is not a mistake unless you refuse to correct it.

352. A gaffe is when some one tells the truth by accident.
( Jimmy Carter slips ; admits Israel " has 150 nuclear weapons " )

353. God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. Voltaire.

354. When you dance with a bear you can stop dancing only when it decides to stop.

355. Every moment we look backward stops us from moving forward. Hillary Clinton in her concession speech.

356. The bachelor is a peacock, the engaged man a lion and the married man a jackass.
German proverb.

357. Whether Obama wins or loses, history has been made this year. May be there's more to come, may be not; but already after 389 long years - it's safe to say that this nation will never be the same. Eugene Robinson in the Wasington Post.

358. .. which brings us to the dotty idea that Barrack Obama should choose to have Hillary Clinton down the hall in the West Wing, nursing her disappointments, her grievances and her future presidential ambitions while her excitable husband wanders in the wings of America's political theater with his increasingly Vesuvian temper, his proclivity for verbal fender benders and his interesting business associates. George Will in " The Washington Post "

359. Clinton having risen politically in her husband's orbit, is a moon shining with reflected ligh. Were Obama to hitch himself to her, he would reduce himself to a reflection of a reflection. George Will in " The Washington Post."

360. There is a fine line between admirable tenacity and delusional denial and Clinton tiptoed across it.

It would be nice to have a president who had gone to school on his own failings. It would be comforting to see a president who'd looked into the abyss, or suffered some sort of ordeal that put him on a first-name basis with his own gravest weaknesses, and who had found ways to combat them. David Brooks in " The New York Times."

361. George Wallace in 1968.

Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation for ever.

362. There are only two kinds of gamblers; the lucky and the broke.

363. On Tiger Woods.

Every age finds the hero it needs. .. The fans greeted Medaite with fraternel affectionand Woods with reverence. David Brooks.

On Tiger Woods.

I have never in my life seen a wider chasm between the look in some one's eye and the surrounding environment. Science writer Steven Johnson.


In Obama the man and the moment have met. George Will.



366. You cannot make me inferior without my conscent. Eleanor Roosevelt.

Obama - not the seed but the flower of the civil rights movement. Leon Wieseltier.


Obama - He's the only politician of our life time who is underestimated because he's too intelligent. He speaks so calmly and polysyllbiacally that people fail to appreciate the Machiavellian ambition inside. David Brooks.


He ( Obama ) made a cut-throat political calculation seem like Mother Theresa's final steps to sainthood. David Brooks.


The moral rhetoric of America is a cover for self interest. Historian Somon Schama.


Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson.


If you start judging people you will have no time to love them. Mother Theresa.


Byron says of Jack Bunting:

He knew not what to say, and so he swore.


Old age is the bitterest vengence our vengeful God inflicts upon us. Colleen Mc.Cullough.


The bachelor is a peacock, the engaged man a lion, and the married man a jackass. German proverb.


To marry is to halve your rights and double your duties.


A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude. Rainer Maria rilke.


Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.


The opposite of courage is not fear but conformity.


The eye witnesses die; the written word lives for ever. Anna Quindlen.


Reading begets re reading, and re reading begets writing. Anna Quindlen.


Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested.
Francis Bacon.


How poor are they that have no patience; what wound did ever heal but by degrees. Othello.


Diogenes the cynic when asked what was the proper time for supper :
" If you are arich man, whenever you please, if you are a poor man, whenever you can.


Zen when asked, " what is a friend?" Another I.


I want there to be no peasant in my realm so poor that he will not have a chicken in his pot every Sunday. Henry 1v of France.


Young men think old men are fools, but old men know young men are fools. George Chapman.


In charity there is no excess. Francis Bacon.


Whoever loved loved not at first sight. Christopher Marlowe.


Was this the face that launched a thousand ships
And burnt the topless towers of Illium
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss. Christopher Marlowe.


Stand still, you ever-moving spheres of Heaven
That time may cease, and midnight never come. Christopher Marlowe.


Unbidden guests are often welcome most when they are gone. King Henry VI.


Having nothing, nothing can he lose. King Henry VI.


Small things make base men proud. King Henry VI.


Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast. King henry VI.


Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge. Titus Andronicus.


Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word. King Henry VI.


For one sweet grape who will the vine desstroy. Venus and Adonis.


All orators are dumb when beauty pleadeth.


When he is best, he is liitle worse than a man,
and when he is worst, he is little better than a beast. Merchant of Venice.


Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old. Jinathan Swift.


Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just. Thomas Jefferson.


Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs. Charles Dickens.


No body loves life like an old man. Sophocles.


All art is but imitation of nature. Senecca.


He gives twice who gives promptly.


God heals and the doctor takes the fees. Benjamin Franklin.

It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.


To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russel


There is no great genius without some touch of madness. Seneca.

Back of every achievement is a proud wife and a surprised mother - in - law. Brook Hays.

The guilty think all talk is themselves.


The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears. Francis Bacon.


What is done well is done quickly enough. Augustus Caesar.


Hate is the coward's revenge for being humiliated. G.B. Shaw.


Hell madam is to love no more. George Bernanos.


Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded. Virginia Woolf.


He that lives upon hope will die fasting. Ben Franklin.


In spite of everything I still believe that people are good at heart. Anne Frank.


Wit makes its own welcome and levels all distinctions. Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Teach us delight in simple things; And mirth that has no bitter springs. Rudyard Kiplin.


The most wasted of all days is that in which we have not laughed. Sebastien R.N. Chamfort.


If you go long enough without a bath, even the flies will leave you alone. Ernie Pyle.


The heart has its reasons which reason does not know at all. Pascal.


Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education. Mark Twain.


When a man begins to reason, he ceases to feel.


"Let us agree not to step on each other's feet. " said the cock to the horse. English proverb.


My country is the world and my religion is to do good. Thomas Paine.


Love all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months whic are the rags of time. John Donne.


Who ever loved that loved not at first sight. Christopher Marlowe.


We are easily duped by those we love. Moliere.


Throw a lucky man in the sea and he will come up with a fish in his mouth. Arab proverb.


A man does not sin by commission only, but often by omission. Marcus Aurelius.


He was a wise man who invented God. Plato..


Things are only worth what you make them worth. Moliere


Innocence is ashamed of nothing. Rousseau.


Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. Fredrich Nietzche.


Here lies my wife: Here let her lie: Now she's at rest and so am I. John Dryden.


A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon.


My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. Thomas Paine.


As soon as one is unhappy, one becomes moral. Marcel Proust.


If ya aint got it in ya, ya can't blow it out. Louis Armsrtomg.


Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mocking bird.

Harper Lee in " To kill a mocking bird."


You don't endanger the ship to save one drowning sailor.


All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness. Tennessee Williams.


There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it. Dostovsky.


Necessity has no choice.


Fitness is the basis of beauty.


We are capable of loving only the dead.


A child needs your love most when he desrves it least. Lionel Shriver.


The stag cannot teach switness to the turtles.


Show me a man who is a good loser and I'll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss.


Money is not everything but it sure keeps you in touch with your children. J. Paul Getty.


No man is a match for a woman's tears. Tom Wolfe.


Each man kills the thing he loves. Oscar Wilde.


When you strike at a king you must kill him.


God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. Voltaire.


Great minds discuss ideas ; average minds discuss events ; small minds discuss people.


The heart has its reasons which reason does not know at all. Pascal.


When a man begins to reason, he ceases to feel.


He who has the gold makes the rules.


There are as many opinions as there are people: each has his own correcr way.


A friend in power is a friend lost.


Not one of us is born without something beautiful and something undesirable within us. Colleen McCullough in " Tim"


He who has the gold makes the rules.


Angels fly because they take themslves lightly.


The less you know the sounder you sleep. Maxim Gorky.


To worry is as bad as to be afraid. It simply makes things more difficult. Ernest Hemingway.


Second marriages represent the triumph of hope over experience. Dr. Johnson.


If you lay down with dogs you wake up with fleas.


No one gives better advice than someone who has failed. Colleen McCullough.


Portia in Merchant of Venice:

I can easier teach 20 what were good to be done than to to be one of the 20 to follow mine own teaching.


Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. " Mark Twain.


If medical problems have dominated our marriage, illnesses have bonded us in a way that good fortune could not have. Arthur Ashe.


It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, you know, it's the size of the fight in the dog. Colleen Mc. Cullough in " Thorn Birds "


A friend in power is a friend lost.


The heart has its reasons which reason does not know at all. Pascal.


Whe a man begins to reason he ceases to feel.


One man with a heart is a majority.


Literature's most precious gift is to teach us to be alone with ourselves. Harold Bloom.


Rosa Parks sat in 1955; Martin Luther King walked in 1963; Barack Obama ran in 2008 that our children might fly.


Ceasar had rather be first in a village than second at Rome. Francis Bacon.


Laughter - the most civilized music in the world. Peter Ustinov.


In wine there is wisdom; In beer there is freedom; In water there is bacteria.


No one gives better advice than some one who has failed. Colleen Mc.Cullough.


What good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness.


One must forget to be happy. Jay Parini.


Literature's most precious gift is to teach us to be alone with ourselves. Harold Bloom.


Every writer needs a tune. Jay Palini.


History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. Churchill


I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be gald to make an exception.


You cannot step into the same river twice. Heraclites.

479. The pain of parting is nothing compared to the joy of meeting. Charles Dickens.