Monday, July 24, 2006

First Pass

This completes my first reading of Quotationary. I'll probably do one more after a few months/years. Have fun!

Zeal - PAUL

It is good to be zealously affected in a good thing.

PAUL (A. D. 1st cent.), Galatians 4:18 (King James Version)

Sunday, July 23, 2006


To do justly is the only wisdom.

MARCUS AURELIUS (A. D. 121 - 180), Meditations, 4.37, tr. Maxwell Staniforth, 1964.

Saturday, July 22, 2006


Virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are...crushed.

FRANCIS BACON (1561 - 1626), "Of Adversity", Essays, 1625.

Friday, July 21, 2006


Gazing up at the stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe.

ALBERT CAMUS (1913 - 1960), From the closing paragraph, The Stranger, 1942, tr. Stuart Gilbert, 1946.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


No indolence, no laziness; but employ every minute in your life in active pleasures or useful employments.

(1694 - 1773), Letter to his son, 2 January 1752.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

States - SOLON

A state is regulated by two things: reward and punishment.

SOLON (630?-560? B. C.), In Cicero (106-43 B. C.), Ad Brutum, 1.15.3.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Sexist Statements - SIGMUND FREUD

Housekeeping and the care and education of children claim the whole person and practically rule out any profession....
It seems a completely unrealistic notion to send women into the struggle for existence in the same way as men. Am I to think of my delicate, sweet girl as a competitor?

SIGMUND FREUD (1856 - 1939), Letter to his fiance Martha Bernays, 15 November 1883, tr. Tania and James Stern, 1960.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Sexist Statements - CHARLES DARWIN

Man is more courageous, pugnacious, and energetic than woman, and has a more inventive genius.

CHARLES DARWIN (1809 - 1882), The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, 2nd ed., 19, 1874.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Sexist Statements - WINSTON CHURCHILL

Nothing would induce me to vote for giving women the franchise. I am not going to be henpecked into a question of such importance.

WINSTON CHURCHILL (1874 - 1965), 1910? In Robert Lewis Taylor, Winston Churchill: An Informal Study of Greatness, 1952.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Sexist Statements - ARISTOTLE

The male is by nature superior, and the female inferior; and the one rules, and the other is ruled; this principle, of necessity, extends to all mankind.

ARISTOTLE (384 - 322 B. C.), Politics, 1.5, tr. Benjamin Jowett, 1885.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Self-Discipline - ARISTOTLE

What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.

ARISTOTLE (384 - 322 B. C.), Nicomachean Ethics, 3.5, tr. J. A. K. Thomson, 1953.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war, is: "Do not march on Moscow!"

BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY (1887 - 1976), In Hansard (British Government publication), 20 May 1962.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Revolutionary War - JOHN PAUL JONES

I have not yet begun to fight.

JOHN PAUL JONES (1747 - 1792), Naval captain, Attributed, Responding to a British ultimatum that he surrender his sinking ship, the Bon Homme Richard, in a battle he eventually won, 23 September 1779.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Religion - KARL MARX

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

KARL MARX (1818 - 1883), Introduction to Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, 1844, The Marx-Engels Reader, 2nd ed., ed. Robert C. Tucker, 1978.

Sunday, July 09, 2006


Never, never waste a minute on regret. It's a waste of time.

HARRY S. TRUMAN (1884 - 1972), In Janet Landman, Regret: The Persistence of the Possible, 1993.

Saturday, July 08, 2006


When Reason preaches, if you won't hear her, she'll box your Ears.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706 - 1790), Poor Richard's Almanack, March 1953.

Friday, July 07, 2006


A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good. A young man should read five hours in a day, and so may acquire a great deal of knowledge.

(1709 - 1784), 14 July 1763, In James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791.

Thursday, July 06, 2006


It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.

WINSTON CHURCHILL (1874 - 1965), My Early Life: A Roving Commission, 9, 1930.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs.

FRANCIS BACON (1561 - 1626), In Selwyn Gurney Champion, comp., Racial Proverbs: A Selection of the World's Proverbs Arranged Linguistically, p. 4, 1938.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Property - ADAM SMITH

The property which every man has in his own labor, as it is the original foundation of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable.

ADAM SMITH (1723 - 1790), The Wealth of Nations, 1.10.2, 1776.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Progress - KARL POPPER

All criticism consists in pointing out some contradictions or discrepancies, and scientific progress consists largely in the elimination of contradictions wherever we find them.

KARL R. POPPER (1902 - 1994), The Open Society and Its Enemies, 2.12.2, 1945.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Progress - ERIC HOFFER

The impulse to escape an untenable situation often prompts human beings not to shrink back but to plunge ahead.

ERIC HOFFER (1902 - 1983), The Ordeal of Change, 15.5, 1964.

Saturday, July 01, 2006


Each step upward makes me feel stronger and fit for the next step.

MOHANDAS K. GANDHI (1869 - 1948), In Young India, 9 April 1925.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Problems & Solutions - LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

If this stone won't budge at present and is wedged in, move some of the other stones round it first.

LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN (1889 - 1951), 1940, Culture and Value, 1977, tr. Peter Winch, 1980.

Thursday, June 29, 2006


It was part of [Franklin D. Roosevelt's] conception of his role that he should never show exhaustion, boredom, or irritation.

REXFORD G. TUGWELL (1891 - 1979), Economist and undersecretary of agriculture, In Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Age of Roosevelt: The Coming of the New Deal, 35.2, 1959.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Preparedness - LOUIS PASTEUR

Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.

LOUIS PASTEUR (1822 - 1895), Address given at the inauguration of the science faculty, University of Lille, Douai (France), 7 December 1854.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


To spend more time in learning is better than spending more time in praying.

MUHAMMAD (A.D. 570? - 632), The Sayings of Muhammad, 277, tr. Abdullah Al-Suhrawardy, 1941.

Monday, June 26, 2006


Anonymous: Are you not proud that so many came to see the chosen of the Lord enter in triumph?
Cromwell: Three times as many would have come to see me hanged.

OLIVER CROMWELL (1599 - 1658), Format adapted. An exchange recounted by Sigmund Freud in reference to his own popularity. In Hanns Sachs, Freud: Master and Friend, 7, 1944.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Persuasion - ADAM SMITH

We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our necessities but of their advantages.

ADAM SMITH (1723 - 1790), The Wealth of Nations, 1.2, 1776.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Personality - CARL G. JUNG

Without necessity nothing budges, the human personality least of all. It is tremendously conservative, not to say torpid. Only acute necessity is able to rouse it. The developing personality obeys no caprice, no command, no insight, only brute necessity.

CARL G. JUNG (1875 - 1961), Title essay, 1934, The Development of Personality, tr. R. F. C Hull, 1954.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Perfection - JESUS

You must be perfect - just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

JESUS (A. D. 1st cent.), Matthew, 5:48.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Optimism - COLIN I. POWELL

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

COLIN I. POWELL (1937 - ), Saying kept under desk glass, 17 September 1995.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought are commonly the most valuable and should be secured because they seldom return.

FRANCIS BACON (1561 - 1626), In Wisdom, vol. 38, 1962.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Notebooks - JOHN AUBREY

[Thomas Hobbes] walked much and contemplated, and he had in the head of his Staff a pen and inkhorn, carried always a Notebook in his pocket, and as soon as a notion darted, he presently entered it into his Book, or else he should perhaps have lost it.

JOHN AUBREY (1626 - 1697), "Thomas Hobbes", Brief Lives, ed, Oliver Lawson Dick, 1950.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Necessity - PLATO

The true creator is necessity, which is the mother of invention.

PLATO (427? - 347 B. C.), The Republic, 2.369, tr. Benjamin Jowett, 1894.
(Popular version: Necessity is the mother of invention.)

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Necessity - NAPOLEON

Don't talk to me of goodness, of abstract justice, of natural law. Necessity is the highest law.

NAPOLEON (1769 - 1821), Remark, April 1815, The Mind of Napoleon: A Selection from His Written and Spoken Words, 202, ed, J. Christopher Herold, 1955.

Saturday, June 17, 2006


Passions, private aims, and the satisfaction of selfish desires, are ... most effective springs of action. Their power lies in the fact that they respect none of the limitations which justice and morality would impose on them; and [they] have a more direct influence over man than the artificial and tedious discipline that tends to order and self-restraint, law and morality.

GEORG HEGEL (1770 - 1831), Introduction (3.2.2) to Philosophy of History, 1832, tr. John Sibree, 1900.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Morality - JOHN LOCKE

Moral knowledge is as capable of real certainty as mathematics.

JOHN LOCKE (1632 - 1704), An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, 4.4.7, 1690, ed. Alexander Campbell Fraser, 1894.

Thursday, June 15, 2006


Money alone sets all the world in motion.

PUBILIUS SYRUS (85 - 43 B.C.), Moral Sayings, 656, tr. Darius Lyman, Jr., 1862.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


A man is what he wills himself to be.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE (1905 - 1980), No Exit (one-act play), 1944, tr. Stuart Gilbert, 1946.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


"Where was it", thought Raskolnikov, "where was it I read about a man sentenced to death who, one hour before his execution, says or thinks that if he had to live on some high rock, on a cliff, on a ledge so narrow that there was only room enough for him to stand there, and if there were bottomless chasms all round, the ocean, eternal darkness, eternal solitude, and eternal gales, and if he had to spend all his life on that square yard of space - a thousand years, an eternity - he'd rather live like that than die at once! Oh, only to live, live, live! Live under any circumstances - only to live!"

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY (1821 - 1881), Crime and Punishment, 1.2, 1866, tr. David Magarshack, 2.6, 1951.

Monday, June 12, 2006


To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.

BERTRAND RUSSELL (1872 - 1970), The Conquest of Happiness, 14, 1930.

Sunday, June 11, 2006


I have my own laws and court to judge me, and I address myself to them more than anywhere else.

MONTAIGNE (1533 - 1592), "Of Repentance", Essays, 1588, tr. Donald M. Frame, 1958.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Knowledge - MUHAMMAD

Acquire knowledge. It enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to Heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our society in solitude, our companion when friendless; it guides us to happiness; it sustains us in misery; it is an ornament among friends and an armor against enemies.

MUHAMMAD (A.D. 570? - 632), The Sayings of Muhammad, 290, tr. Abdullah Al-Suhrawardy, 1941.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Knowledge - JOHN LOCKE

The only Fence against the World is a thorough Knowledge of it.

JOHN LOCKE (1632 - 1704), Some Thoughts Concerning Education, 94, 1693.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


It is legal because I wish it.

LOUIS XIV (1638 - 1715), French king.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Associate reverently and as much as you can with your loftiest thoughts. Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg, by the side of which more will be laid. Thoughts accidentally thrown together become a frame in which more may be developed and exhibited. Perhaps this is the main value of a habit of writing, of keeping a journal - that so we remember our best hours and stimulate ourselves....Having by chance recorded a few disconnected thoughts and then brought them into juxtaposition, they suggest a whole new field in which it was possible to labor and to think. Thought begat thought.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817 - 1862), Journal, 22 January 1852.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Intuition - CARL G. JUNG

Intuition [is] perception via the unconscious.

CARL G. JUNG (1875 - 1961), "Conscious, Unconscious and Individuation", 1939, Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, tr. R. F. C. Hull, 1959.

Monday, June 05, 2006


No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884 - 1962), 1936, The Wit and Wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt, p. 92, ed. Alex Ayres, 1996.

Sunday, June 04, 2006


A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.

MARCEL PROUST (1871 - 1922), "Madame Swann at Home", Remembrances of Things Past: Within a Budding Grove, 1913 - 1927, tr. C. K. Scott Moncrieff, 1930.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Happiness - ARISTOTLE

The life of the intellect is the best and pleasantest for man, because the intellect more than anything else is the man. Thus it will be the happiest life as well.

ARISTOTLE (384 - 322 B. C.), Nicomachean Ethics, 10.7, tr. J. A. K. Thomson, 1953.

Friday, June 02, 2006


Get up, Lyndon. Every boy in the country's got a two-hour start on you.

SAM JOHNSON (1877 - 1937), Words used in rousing his young son out of bed in the morning. In James David Barber, The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House, 4, 1972.

Thursday, June 01, 2006


Failure is impossible.

SUSAN B. ANTHONY (1820 - 1906), On her 86th birthday, one month before her death in 1906. In Lynn Sherr, Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words, 1995.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Events - SAYING

A strong imagination creates the event.

SAYING. In Montaigne, "Of the Power of the Imagination", Essays, 1588, tr. Donald M. Frame, 1958.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT (1867 - 1959), Recalled on his death, 9 April 1959.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Education - ROBERT FROST

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

ROBERT FROST (1874 - 1963), In "Quotable Quotes", Reader's Digest, April 1960.

Sunday, May 28, 2006


Be always restless, unsatisfied, unconforming. Whenever a habit becomes convenient, smash it! The greatest sin of all is satisfaction.

NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS (1885 - 1957), "The March: First Step" (17), The Saviors of God: Spiritual Exercises, 1927, tr. Kimon Friar, 1960.

Saturday, May 27, 2006


Discontent is the first necessity of progress.

THOMAS ALVA EDISON (1847 - 1931), The Diary and Sundry Observations of Thomas Alva Edison, 2.4.16, ed, Dagobert D. Runes, 1948.

Friday, May 26, 2006


Human life begins on the other side of despair.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE (1905 - 1980), The Flies, 3.3, 1943.

Thursday, May 25, 2006


Dare to think and dare to do.

(1893 - 1976), Slogan, In Edgar Snow, Red China Today, 20, 1970.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Often an idea would occur to me which seemed to have force .... I have never let one of those ideas escape me, but wrote it on a scrap of paper and put it in that drawer. In that way I saved my best thoughts on the subject, and, you know, such things often come in a kind of intuitive way more clearly than if one were to sit down and deliberately reason them out. To save the results of such mental action is true intellectual economy .... Of course, in this instance, I had to arrange the material at hand and adapt it to the particular case presented.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809 - 1865), Remarks to James F. Wilson, June 1862, In George Iles, ed., Autobiography, Greatest Americans, 1924.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


I keep from thirty to forty large portfolios, in cabinets with labeled shelves, into which I can at once put a detached reference or memorandum. I have bought many books, and at their ends, I make an index of all the facts that concern my work; or, if the book is not my own, write out a separate abstract, and of such abstracts I have a large drawer full. Before beginning on any subject, I look to all the short indexes and make a general and classified index, and by taking the one or more proper portfolios I have all the information collected during my life ready to use.

CHARLES DARWIN (1809 - 1882), 1 Mat 1881, The Autobiography of Charles Darwin and Selected Letters, 2, ed. Francis Darwin, 1892.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Creativity - ERIC HOFFER

In animals, action follows on perception mechanically with almost chemical swiftness and certainty, but in man there is an interval of faltering and groping; and this interval is the seedbed of the images, ideas, dreams, aspirations, irritations, longings, and fore-bodings which are the warp and woof of the creative process.

ERIC HOFFER (1902 - 1983), The Ordeal of Change, 15.6, 1964.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Courage - MARK TWAIN

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.

MARK TWAIN (1835 - 1910), The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson, 12 (epigraph), 1894.

Saturday, May 20, 2006


No courage is so bold as that forced by utter desperation.

SENECA THE YOUNGER (5? B.C. - A.D. 65), "On Mercy" (1.12.5), Moral Essays, tr. John W. Basore, 1928.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Contemplation - ARISTOTLE

Contemplation is the highest form of activity.

ARISTOTLE (384 - 322 B.C), Nicomachean Ethics, 10.7, tr. J. A. K. Thomson, 1953.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Confidence - HENRY FORD

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.

HENRY FORD (1863 - 1947).

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Civilization - SIGMUND FREUD

Civilization is the fruit of renunciation of instinctual satisfaction.

SIGMUND FREUD (1856 - 1939). "Reflections upon War and Death" (1), 1915, tr. E. Colburn Mayne, Character and Culture, 1963.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway.

MIGNON McLAUGHLIN (1913 - 1983), The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 4, 1966.

Monday, May 15, 2006


A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.

FRANZ KAFKA (1883 - 1924), Letter to Oskar Pollak, 27 January 1904.

Sunday, May 14, 2006


Out of the Books thou readest, extract what thou likest; and then single out some Particular from the rest for that Day's Meditation.

THOMAS FULLER (1654 - 1734). Comp., Introductio ad Prudentiam, 1640, 1731.

Saturday, May 13, 2006


You mustn't exaggerate, young man. That's always a sign that your argument is weak.

BERTRAND RUSSELL (1872 - 1970), Tommy Robbins interview, Redbook, September 1964.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Ambition - SAYING

If you would be Pope, you must think of nothing else.


Thursday, May 11, 2006


Ambition is best not naked.

MALCOLM S. FORBES (1919 - 1990), "Fact and Comment", Forbes, 3 October 1988.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a Heaven for?

ROBERT BROWNING (1812 - 1889), "Andrea del Sarto", 1. 97, Men and Women, 1855.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Alienation - KARL MARX

The less you are, the more you have; the less you express your own life, the greater is your externalized life - the greater is your alienation.

KARL MARX (1818 - 1883), Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, 1844.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Adversity - NAPOLEON

Adversity is the midwife of genius.

NAPOLEON (1769 - 1821), Napoleon in His Own Words, 2, comp. Jules Bertaut, 1916.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Activity - NAPOLEON

I multiplied myself by my activity.

(1769 - 1821), Talks of Napoleon at St. Helena (with Gen. Gaspard Gourgaud), 8, tr. Elizabeth Wormeley Latimer, 1904.

Friday, May 05, 2006


[Caesar] slept generally in his chariot or litters, employing even his rest in pursuit of action.

PLUTARCH (A.D 46? - 119?), "Caesar", Parallel Lives, Dryden edition, 1693.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


Get action, do things; be sane; don't fritter away your time; create, act, take a place wherever you are and be somebody: get action.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858 - 1919). In Richard Hofstadter, The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made It, 9.1, 1948.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Action follows conviction, not knowledge.
PIERRE LECOMTE du NOUY (1883 - 1947), Human Destiny, 11, 1947.

Monday, May 01, 2006


"Be sure yu are rite then go ahed;" but in kase ov doubt go ahed enny wa.
JOSH BILLINGS (1818 - 1885), His Sayings, 39, 1867.

Sunday, April 30, 2006


Action on the move creates its own route, creates to a very great extent the conditions under which it is to be fulfilled, and thus baffles all calculation.

HENRI BERGSON (1859 - 1941), "Final Remarks", The Two Sources of Morality and Religion, 1932, tr. R. Ashley Audra and Cloudesley Brereton, 1935.

Saturday, April 29, 2006


Whatever happens, look as if it were intended.

FIRST RULE OF ACTING, In Arthur Bloch, comp., "Socio-Murphology," Murphy's Law: Book Three, 1982.

Friday, April 28, 2006


An actor's most notable effects depend upon his skill in producing the appearance of emotion when he is keeping strong control of himself.

CHARLES de GAULLE (1890 - 1970), "Of Prestige" (2), The Edge of the Sword, 1934, tr. Gerald Hopkins, 1960.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Achievement - ERIC HOFFER

His momentous achievements are rarely the result of a clean forward thrust but rather of a soul intensity generated in front of an apparently insurmountable obstacle which bars his way to a cherished goal.

ERIC HOFFER (1902 - 1983), The Ordeal of Change, 15.5, 1964.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Accident - FRANZ KAFKA

Accident is the name one gives to the coincidence of events, of which one does not know the causation....Accidents only exist in our heads, in our limited perceptions.

FRANZ KAFKA (1883 - 1924), In Gustav Janouch, Conversations with Kafka, p.55. tr. Goronwy Rees, 1953.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Every man loves what he is good at.

THOMAS SHADWELL (1642 - 1692), A True Widow, 5.1, 1679.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Ability - CARL G. JUNG

A special ability means a heavy expenditure of energy in a particular direction, with a consequent drain from some other side of life.

(1875 - 1961), Modern Man in Search of a Soul, 8.2, tr. W. S. Dell and Cary F. Baynes, 1933.

Sunday, April 23, 2006


The acquisition of one sort of ability often makes that of another unlikely, if not impossible. . . . To take the gifts one does have, to concentrate one's strength upon their development, to disallow distractions - none of this is an easy task.

JOSEPH EPSTEIN (1928 - ), Ambition: The Secret Passion, 7, 1980.