Heads I win, tails you lose.
'We are always doing,' says he, 'something for Posterity, but I would fain see
Judge your fortune as you judge a coat; look not at the size of it, but see that it fits.
An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
Muss es sein? Es muss sein. (Beethoven)
'Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?' he asked. 'Begin at the beginning,' the King said,
The rain it raineth on the just / And also on the unjust fella: / But chiefly on the just, because /
When we risk no contradiction / It prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.
Man has his will,--but woman has her way. (Oliver Wendell Holmes,
An army of stags led by a lion is more formidable than an army of lions led by a stag.
A man that looks on glass, / On it may stay his eye; / Or if he pleaseth, through it pass, /
Man's spirit is a lamp the Lord gives to search out the hidden corners of his being.
He whose game is the eagle takes no heed of the sparrow.
Some Bookes are to be Tasted, Others to be Swallowed,
Distilled Bookes are like Common distilled Waters, Flashy Things.
When the state is most corrupt, the laws are most numerous.
Manners are of more importance than laws. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or
You don't till a field by turning it over in your mind.
He that has plenty of pepper can season his cabbage well.
When you are with foxes you must act like a fox.
The poor man needs much, the miser desires everything.
He that wishes to become rich, also wishes to become so quickly.
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
Gratitude is the least of virtues but ingratitude the worst of vices.
In all thy humours, whether grave or mellow, / Thou'rt such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow; /
Life is a queer tangle. The art of unravelling it is the art of living. (J. Lucas, Our Villa in Italy)
The age when men are eager about great work is the age when great work itself gets done.
Said Hamlet to Ophelia / I'll draw a sketch of thee. / What kind of pencil shall I use? /
Now Europe balanced, neither side prevails; / For nothing's left in either of the scales.
Good Mr Fortune, A.R.A., / Rejoiced in twenty sons, / But even there he failed, they say, /
How odd / of God / to choose / the Jews. (W.N. Ewer, The Chosen People)
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle (Friends of the Earth, Earth Matters, Summer 17/3, 1990)
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
Time has become like a bare income, swallowed up by our present needs;
Under every office block lies the good earth with a seed in it,
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness.
When I hear of an 'equity' in a case like this, I am reminded of a blind man in a dark room - looking for a black hat - which isn't there. (Lord Bowen)
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