A Man & Himself

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone. A man’s delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance.

A man’s face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man’s thoughts and aspirations.  

All truth passes through three stages. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.  Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.  As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.


Teaching Word of The Day

Abigail Adams (1744 – 1818), letter to John Adams, 1774

He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)

Words calculated to catch everyone may catch no one.

Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 – 1965), speech to Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, July 21, 1952

Words are the physicians of the mind diseased.

Aeschylus (525 BC – 456 BC), Prometheus Bound

Language is the source of misunderstandings.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 – 1944)

Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in a few words.


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High thoughts must have high language.

Aristophanes (450 BC – 388 BC), Frogs, 405 B.C.

Grasp the subject, the words will follow.

Cato the Elder (234 BC – 149 BC)

Use soft words and hard arguments.

English Proverb

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.

George Orwell (1903 – 1950), “Politics and the English Language“, 1946

A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.

Herman Melville (1819 – 1891)

For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.

Ingrid Bengis

When ideas fail, words come in very handy.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)

Deeds, not words shall speak me.

John Fletcher (1579 – 1625)

Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.

John Maynard Keynes (1883 – 1946)

The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand.

Lewis Thomas (1913 – 1993)

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.

Lily Tomlin (1939 – )

We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900), The Canterville Ghost, 1882

Words have a longer life than deeds.

Pindar (522 BC – 443 BC), Nemean Odes

Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides.

Rita Mae Brown, Starting From Scratch, 1988

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.

Robert Benchley (1889 – 1945)

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.

Sam Rayburn (1882 – 1961)

Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.

Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784)

Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)

Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.

Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.

William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939)

Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.

William Penn (1644 – 1718)

I understand a fury in your words, But not the words.

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616), “Othello”, Act 4 scene 2

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616), “Hamlet”, Act 3 scene 3

They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.

Compassion is the basis of morality

Compassion is the basis of morality.
[Arthur Schopenhauer]

Wow..how is life is so beautiful and meaningfull

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche