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

How many merits one sees in those

How many merits one sees in those one likes! how many faults in those one dislikes!  Yet people fancy they see with their eyes.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

A statistician made a few calculations and

A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives had been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it.  ~Curtis BillingsQSO

A boil is no big deal on

A boil is no big deal.  On someone else’s neck.  ~Jewish Sayingin Leo Rosten’s Treasury of Jewish Quotations

If anyone were to be willing trace

If anyone were to be willing to trace his descent through an ape as his grandfather, would he be willing to trace his descent similarly on the side of his grandmother?  ~Samuel Wilberforcein speech to British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1860, SS

Edible adj good to eat and wholesome

Edible, adj.:  Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.  ~Ambrose Bierce

It is seldom indeed that one parts

It is seldom indeed that one parts on good terms, because if one were on good terms one would not part.  ~Marcel Proust, The Fugitive, Remembrance of Things Past, 1925PMB

It is a curious subject of observation

It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at the bottom.  Each, in its utmost development, supposes a high degree of intimacy and heart-knowledge; each renders one individual dependent for the food of his affections and spiritual life upon another; each leaves the passionate lover, or the no less passionate hater, forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his object.  Philosophically considered, therefore, the two passions seem essentially the same, except that one happens to be seen in a celestial radiance and the other in a dusky and lurid glow.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

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