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Banazir's Quotes File

Yesterday, I posted a quote from my "quote of the month" file that those of you with accounts on my file server ( and web server (

I started going through that file and realized that I have been collecting short (1-5 line) quotations for about 3 years now, and that it might be a good idea to share them. So, here's a set of my favorite proverbs:

  • January, 2001: The noble never fails to profit, but if one single-mindedly thinks of profit there will be injury. If there is only benevolence and righteousness in one's heart, one will not seek profit yet shall never fail to profit. - Mencius, c. 500 B.C.

  • February, 2001: If it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed. For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their own pride? - Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet ("On Freedom")

  • March, 2001: Inter spem curamque, timores inter et iras omnen crede diem tibi diluxisse supremem: grata superveniet quae non sperabitur hora. (Amid the hope and worry, the fear and anger believe that each day which breaks is your last: the unhoped for hour will be a welcome surprise.) - Horace, Epistles (Book I, Epistle IV:13)

  • April, 2001: Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things. - The Bible, Philippians 4:8

  • May, 2001: Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making. - John Milton, Areopagitica

  • June, 2001: Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte. (I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.) - Blaise Pascal, Lettres Provinciales

  • July, 2001: The general must be righteous. If he is not righteous, then he will not be severe. If he is not severe, then he will not be awesome. If he is not awesome, then the troops will not die for him. Thus, righteousness is the head of the army. - Sun Pin

  • August, 2001: Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping? Use them after your own honour and dignity. The less they deserve, the more merit is in your bounty. - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, II.ii.561-563

  • September, 2001: Suffer long for mediocre but loyal Huns. Suffer not for competent but disloyal Huns. - Attila (c. 406 - 453 A.D.)

  • October, 2001: I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

  • November, 2001: The user can only be protected from his or her incompetence to a limited degree. - Professor H. George Friedman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), CS323 (Operating Systems), Fall 1993

  • December, 2001: Learning without reasoning leads to confusion; thinking without learning is wasted effort. - Confucius, c. 500 B. C.

  • January, 2002: If you are near the dye vermilion, you will be stained red, if you are close to black ink, you will be stained black. - Chinese proverb (attributed to biographers of Mencius) c. 450 B. C.

  • February, 2002: Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. - Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) Pudd'n'head Wilson, 1894

  • March, 2002: My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. - Indira Gandhi

  • April, 2002: If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help another. - Chinese Proverb

  • May, 2002: Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge. - Cicero (106-43 B.C.)

  • June, 2002: Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in deserving them. - Aristotle

  • July, 2002: He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity is like a blacksmith's bellows: he breathes but does not live. - Sanskrit Proverb

  • August, 2002: Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. - Chinese Proverb

  • September, 2002: Do only what only you can do. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra (1930 - 2002)

  • October, 2002: Politics are for the moment; an equation is for eternity. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1954)

  • November, 2002: People who care about each other enjoy doing things for one another. They don't consider it servitude. - Ann Landers (1918 - 2002)

  • December, 2002: You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)

  • January, 2003: The question is not how busy we are, but what are we busy about. - Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

  • February, 2003: If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. - Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

  • March, 2003: How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank (1929 - 1945)

  • April, 2003: If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. - Chinese proverb

  • May, 2003: Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin (1903 - 1977)

  • July, 2003: You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. - Maria Sklodowska-Curie (1867 - 1934)

  • August, 2003: An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. - Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

  • September, 2003: How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself. It is much easier to be honest with other people. - Edward Frederic Benson

  • October, 2003: Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain. - Kahlil Gibran

  • November, 2003: Every man has enough power left to carry out that of which he is convinced. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

  • December, 2003: No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. - Helen Keller

  • January, 2004: Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. - Elie Weisel

  • February, 2004: So many signatures for such a small heart. - Mother Teresa, on bureaucracy

  • March, 2004: Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. - Sigmund Freud

  • April, 2004: It has never been, and never will be easy work! But the road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination. - Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • May, 2004: It is better to be faithful than famous. - Theodore Roosevelt

Edit, 02:15 CDT Tue 11 May 2004: A belated Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there!

masteralida: Tell your too-cool sproglet she has a minister when she needs one (though I'd better let yodge field it when the time actually comes).
octaviakrysk: Gwyneth's successes and the glowing reports I hear of her are a testament to your success as a mom.
kissmyascii: Though you probably aren't reading this, you have a very smart kid. Take care!
carida_46: If the hand that rocks the cradle roolz the werld, Gran, then the hand that rocked the ruler's cradle - well, it rocks. All hail grandmums! :-)
Other mum: I hope your child is doing well. Keep the faith and keep teuncing.


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