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Keep very close to facts and they might serve you, even throughout your whole life. (Cf F. Marion Smith)

On top of carefully garnered, relevant and valid facts, your judgement can be called right, at least a little longer.

Some facts lie outside our most accepted versions of words. (Cf Thomas Huxley)

Truth can seem remorseless to anyone that's not up to it. (Cf William C. Redfield)


A financier is a pawn-broker with imagination. (Arthur Wing Pinero)



Gallantry of the mind often boils down to saying simple things in a quite elegant manner. (Cf François de la Rochefoucauld)

Tread on your neighbor's foot to get even and call it rare gallantry if you like. (With Elbert Hubbard)



Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. (Saint Augustine)

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. (Mark Twain)


Real happiness isn't just something you remember. (Opp. Oscar Levent)

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. (James Oppenheim)


National hatred is . . . most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)


Idea, ideas

An idea is a point of departure. As soon as you elaborate on it, it can be further modified or at times becomes transformed. (Cf Pablo Picasso)

A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers. (Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort)

Some men appear to be prisoners of ideas. (Cf Ralph Waldo Emerson)

No matter how good an idea sounds, test it first. (Henry Block)

Never hesitate to lay claim on a good idea. (Cf Al Neuharth)

Cardinal images and ideas contain kingly factors that lift civilisation and at intervals create needed upheavals, one way or another. (Cf John H. Vincent)

The value of a good idea lies in the fit use of it. (With Thomas A. Edison)

It is because the world has ideas that it is not passively ruled by those who are its leaders or those who would like to teach, once and for all, what others have to think. (With Michel Foucault)



Jealousy . . . is the green-eyed monster which mocks the meat it feeds on. (William Shakespeare)


Half my lifetime I have earned my living by selling words, and I hope thoughts. (Winston Churchill)


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