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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Books and so forth

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid": Jane Austen

"One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man": Elbert Hubbard

"Not all chemicals are bad.  Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer": Dave Barry

"The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that, in a democracy, you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting": Charles Bukowski

"I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate": George Burns

"If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience": George Bernard Shaw

1 comment:

Martin Evans said...

The last quote, from GBS, reminded me of something attributed to Otto von Bismark:
"Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others."

I am convinced that Bismark would have had me summarily shot, since I have repeatedly failed to learn even from my own mistakes.