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Words of Wisdom

  1. Sep 6, 2004 #1
    For some time now I have been meaning to collect as many "wise old sayings" as possible, so that I have somewhere to turn in times of need. (Other than here, of course. :biggrin: )
    I am not-I repeat, NOT-looking for things like, "He who stands on toilet is high on pot." :rolleyes: Despite the hilarity that would no doubt ensue from the possesion of many things like that.
    I am looking for things like, "He strains to hear a whisper who refuses to hear a shout," or "Only a fool sticks his hand in a hole without looking inside it first." That kind of thing is acceptable.
    Gender-oriented sayings are welcome also, like, "Better to have one woman on your side than ten men," for the female side. Or, "A wise man steps softly in the presence of many women," on the male half of the scale. I would prefer male-oriented, being a guy.
    I thank you for your input in advance.

    Chaos. Disorder. Widespread panic. My work is done here.
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  3. Sep 6, 2004 #2
    Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely- read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.
  4. Sep 7, 2004 #3
    Hey Rathma, long time no see.

    A very wise man once told me, "Never go back for your gun."
  5. Sep 7, 2004 #4
    uhhhh ahhh "As each view, so it's view of the Past" - Lord Acton

    Only one I can remember now. It must be a proof of how stupid I am.
  6. Sep 7, 2004 #5
    "It is best to keep your mouth shut and let people think you are a fool than to open your mouth and let people know you are".

    The Bob (2004 ©)
  7. Sep 7, 2004 #6
    Why so pessimistic Bob :D
  8. Sep 7, 2004 #7
    A picture is worth a thousand words
  9. Sep 7, 2004 #8


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    "It is my belief that nearly any invented quotation, played with confidence, stands a good chance to deceive." - Mark Twain

    Oh, you probably want something better than that.

    "It's kind of fun to do the impossible." - Walt Disney

    Plus, one common sense American proverb.

    It is bad luck to fall out of a thirteenth story window on Friday.
  10. Sep 7, 2004 #9


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    And never forget this tricky one : "Buy low; sell high"
  11. Sep 7, 2004 #10
    The pope told me this one when we lunched last Sunday: Never eat anything bigger than your head.
  12. Sep 7, 2004 #11
    How long have you been friends with the Pope?

    Oh, and that rule doesn't apply to reptiles, especially snakes.
    --Odd knowledge from Rathma.
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  13. Sep 7, 2004 #12
    That's why you eat so much. :biggrin:

    Since we hit that bank back in '95, we've been friends ever since.
  14. Sep 7, 2004 #13
    "You cannot percieve beauty but with a serene mind"
    -Henry David Thoreau
  15. Sep 8, 2004 #14
    Not really pessimistic, just making sure you make a good impression, although I ignore it quite a lot as well. :biggrin:

    The Bob (2004 ©)
  16. Sep 8, 2004 #15

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    Some of my favorites. Sources are cited when possible

    "I have only made this longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.“ (Pascal, 1657)

    The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
    -Bertrand Russell

    'There must be no barriers for freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors.' - J. Robert Oppenheimer, (1904-1966)

    Experience is what you get immediately after you need it. - Echo 6 Sierra

    What do you call the person who graduates last in his or her class, and from the worst medical school in the country? Answer: Doctor.

    Some of God’s greatest gifts are unkempt campaign promises - Machiavelli

    The man with the gold makes the rules - Machiavelli

    The primary cause of all of the worlds problems is low self esteem. - Chopra

    "Sometimes a majority simply means that all the fools are on the same side. "

    Men see the world as a battle to be won; women see it as a community to be preserved – Lorena Bobbit. Yes I am pulling your leg – Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus.

    "Everything that can be invented has been invented."
    --Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

    The reasonable man adapts to the world around him, while the unreasonable person tries to change the world to suit him. Conclusion: Change only occurs because of unreasonable people.

    A master craftsman who hand-makes luxury sailing yachts reflects on his skills: “I worked long hours for seven years as an apprentice. When I finished my apprenticeship, I thought that I knew how to build a boat. Now [twenty years later] I know that back then, I only knew how to use the tools. I will spend the rest of my life learning how to build a boat.” – name unknown

    The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters. ----The Confucian Analects, bk. 15:33

    For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love — this is the eternal law. ---- Suttapitaka. Dhammapada, 1:5

    The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves - Oedipus Rex, l. 1230

    This is the bitterest pain among men, to have much knowledge but no power. The Histories of Herodotus, bk. IX, ch. 16

    Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true. Third Olynthiac, sec. 19

    Much learning does not teach understanding. On the Universe, fragment 16

    To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue. . . . [They are] gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.-- The Confucian Analects, bk. 17:6

    We live, not as we wish to, but as we can. - Lady of Andros, fragment 50
    Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow! -- Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] 65 – 8 B.C. Odes, bk. I [23 B.C.], ode xi, last line

    Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories. -- Polybius c. 200 – c. 118 B.C.
    History, bk. X, 36

    ...and on the lighter side:
    You are more likely to be killed by a pig than by a shark. – Biologist; The History Channel, Beach, Sun, 911 – 7/7/01

    Flying a plane is like riding a bike...it’s just harder to put the baseball cards in the spokes. -Robert Stack; Airplane.
  17. Sep 8, 2004 #16
    I don't understand the :
    For instance, the major problem of the world today is Georges' high self-estim :tongue2:

    No seriously, I does not make sens to me. :confused:
  18. Sep 8, 2004 #17

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    Our actions are driven primarily by ego.

  19. Sep 8, 2004 #18
    Dat is quite quite Spinozistic
  20. Sep 8, 2004 #19
    Thanks for the clarification Ivan Seeking ! I truly did not understand. Yet I like Spinoza. But I don't remember what he said. I know I liked it when I knew :redface:
  21. Sep 8, 2004 #20
    More seriously, Spinoza wrote so many things, I don't know how he is linked to the present discussion, but he probably is. Yet I think many scientists, me included, share his identification God=Nature. That is pretty much all I remember about Spinoza. Or maybe : that is the only think Spinoza touched me with (certainly because i did not pay attention enough to the remaining) :uhh:
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