“The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys. “
Sir William Preece, chief engineer of the British Post Office, 1876
Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.
He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it – namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910), “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, Chapter 2
The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
Gustave Flaubert (1821 – 1880)
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
Jerome K. Jerome (1859 – 1927)
Artificial Intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
Flannery O’Connor (1925 – 1964)
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004)
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 – 1944)
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
H. L. Mencken (1880 – 1956)
A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.
Ludwig Erhard (1897 – 1977)
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Voltaire (1694 – 1778)
A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)
People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
A. J. Liebling (1904 – 1963)
Saying what we think gives us a wider conversational range than saying what we know.