Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Revisiting Anon

From time to time I have used the quotes of our old friend Anon. Each of these quotes is so much deeper than they first appear. Come on! Get lost in thought for a bit. Actually...

"The reason most people get lost in thought is that they are strangers there."

Here for your thought and pleasure are some more.

"I heard someone tried the monkeys-on-typewriters bit trying for the plays of W. Shakespeare, but all they got was the collected works of Francis Bacon."

"Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian."

"In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him."

"I have an existential map; it has ‘you are here’ written all over it."

"I would like to be able to admire a man’s opinions as I would his dog - without being expected to take it home with me."

"It’s easier to seek forgiveness than ask for permission."

"They say time is the fire in which we burn."

"Laws change more slowly than custom, and though dangerous when they fall behind the times are more dangerous still when they presume to anticipate custom."

And some more that can be attributed...

"Wit is educated insolence."
- Aristotle

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government."
- Edward Abbey

"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them."
- Albert Einstein

"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock."
- Orson Welles

And finally...

"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so."
- Bertrand Russell

1 comment:

  1. Well, I don't know Edward Abbey, but I tend to agree with this particular thought. Sad.