A man should never be ashamed to

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying… that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.  ~Alexander Pope, in Swift, MiscellaniesLCD

Expectant of greater things we try climbing

Expectant of greater things,
We try climbing –
Higher
And Higher;
An effort that costs us much,
Leaving us short of breath
To find only
The ground below is much prettier.
~Phillip Pulfrey, "Mountains" Love, Abstraction and other Speculations, www.originals.netNov08mail

An apology for the devil it must

An apology for the Devil:  It must be remembered that we have only heard one side of the case.  God has written all the books.  ~Samuel Butler, Note-BooksLCD

For a nation which has an almost

For a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush, we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows, just waiting.  ~Robert Benchley, Benchley – or Else!

I never complained of the vicissitudes fortune

I never complained of the vicissitudes of fortune, nor suffered my face to be overcast at the revolution of the heavens, except once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes.  I came to the chief of Kfah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet.  I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience, and exclaimed,
Roast fowl to him that’s sated will seem less
Upon the board than leaves of garden cress.
While, in the sight of helpless poverty,
Boiled turnip will a roasted pullet be.
~Sa’dī, translatedpopular modern paraphrase: I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.

A full heart has room for everything

A full heart has room for everything and an empty heart has room for nothing.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Every saint has a past and every

The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that e[E]very saint has a past and every sinner has a future.  ~Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance, 1893LCD; PMB

The moment one gives close attention to

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.  ~Henry Miller

If you see a whole thing

If you see a whole thing – it seems that it’s always beautiful.  Planets, lives…  But up close a world’s all dirt and rocks.  And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.  ~Ursula K. Le Guin

Where there is perhaps a province in

Where there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.  ~Dorthea Lange

It all depends on how we look

It all depends on how we look at things, and not on how things are in themselves.  The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.  ~Carl Jung

I am chained to the earth pay

I am chained to the earth to pay for the freedom of my eyes.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Nothing is more desirable than to be

Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.  ~James Baldwin

Now what is it which makes a

Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting?  If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing.  If you see him coming through a window – that is at once interesting.  ~Billy WilderFD

Every man takes the limits of his

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.  ~Arthur Schopenhauer, "Studies in Pessimism," Psychological Observations, 1851MBT, p136

If you do not raise your eyes

If you do not raise your eyes you will think that you are the highest point.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Set out from any point they are

Set out from any point.  They are all alike.  They all lead to a point of departure.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

When you are sorrowful look again in

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.  ~Kahlil Gibran

No man but feels more of a

No man but feels more of a man in the world if he have but a bit of ground that he can call his own.  However small it is on the surface, it is four thousand miles deep; and that is a very handsome property.  ~Charles Dudley WarnerQG

When a man sits with pretty girl

When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute.  But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute – and it’s longer than any hour.  That’s relativity.  ~Albert EinsteinGCLE

A light supper a good nights sleep

A light supper, a good night’s sleep, and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man who by indigestion, a restless night, and a rainy morning, would have proved a coward.  ~Earl of Chesterfield