Category Archives: Aphorisms

Aphorisms and Quotations

This week’s quotations . . .

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired in the final analysis, is a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, who are cold and not clothed.”
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

“It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
~ Hubert H. Humphrey

And a quotation to close out the week . . .

“I meant,” said Ipslore bitterly, “what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?”

Death thought about it.

“Cats,” he said eventually. “Cats are nice.”

– Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

A quotation to ponder . . .

“Justice, justice shall you pursue.”
~ Deuteronomy, 16:20

This is sometimes rendered as “Justice, and only justice, shall you pursue,” although the original is simply “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof.”

Justice, justice . . .

Quotations for today . . .

Hope and Kindness

“True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one’s own the suffering and joys of others.”
– André Gide.

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”
– Václav Havel

“Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.”
– Robert Green Ingersoll

A few quotations I’m pondering today . . .

“Against stupidity the very gods
“Do contend in vain.”
– Friedrich von Schiller, The Maid of Orleans

“Stupidity is something unshakeable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is the nature of granite, hard and resistant.”
– Gustave Flaubert

“It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well, nor judgment to hold their tongues.”
– La Bruyère

And that’s enough blather from me today — even if it is in the form of quoting others’ words! 😉