EppsNet Archive: Quotations

Miss Marple

19 Apr 2014 /
Joan Hickson as Miss Marple

Really, I have no gifts — no gifts at all — except perhaps a certain knowledge of human nature. People, I find, are apt to be far too trustful. I’m afraid that I have a tendency always to believe the worst. Not a nice trait, but so often justified by subsequent events.


Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road. — Jack Kerouac


I Already Knew That

31 Mar 2014 /
portrait of Leo Tolstoy

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.

— Leo Tolstoy

Optima dies . . . prima fugit — Virgil


I have only ever made one prayer to God, a very short one: “Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.” And God granted it. — Voltaire


The kind of man who demands that government enforce his ideas is always the kind whose ideas are idiotic. — H. L. Mencken


The Secret to Playing Difficult Piano Pieces

9 Mar 2014 /

Horowitz quote


The ‘Why’ Technique

16 Feb 2014 /

The usual purpose of ‘why’ is to elicit information. One wants to be comforted with some explanation which one can accept and be satisfied with. The lateral use of why is quite opposite. The intention is to create discomfort with any explanation. By refusing to be comforted with an explanation one tries to look at things in a different way and so increases the possibility of restructuring a pattern.

— Edward de Bono, Lateral Thinking

Challenge Assumptions

15 Feb 2014 /

General agreement about an assumption is no guarantee that it is correct. It is historical continuity that maintains most assumptions – not a repeated assessment of their validity.

— Edward de Bono, Lateral Thinking

Regulating Markets

13 Feb 2014 /
Markets, Firms and Property Rights: A Celebrat...

The arguments for regulation of the market for goods and the regulation of the market for ideas are essentially the same, except that they’re perhaps stronger in the area of ideas if you assume consumer ignorance. It’s easier for people to discover that they have a bad can of peaches than it is for them to discover that they have a bad idea.


It Would Be Important to Get There and There is Probably a Way

8 Jan 2014 /
Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart

Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I often say, “Well, it’s just over on the other side of that canyon. So all we have to do is go.” It is always surprising to me that other people would expect me to tell them how we’re going to get there directly. That it is not enough to say, “Well, it would be important to get there and there is probably a way. Let’s go.”


30 Feet Away

31 Dec 2013 /

From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away.

— Raymond Chandler, The High Window

Farewell, My Lovely

12 Dec 2013 /

I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun. I put them on and went out of the room.

— Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely

150 Years and Counting

10 Dec 2013 /

Almost all of the projects of social reformers of these days are really liberticide.

— John Stuart Mill (1855)

The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend. — Aristotle


The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. — Friedrich Nietzsche


Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. — Albert Camus


There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. — Plato


Enough of the Mealy-Mouthed Obamacare Excuses!

24 Nov 2013 /

I’d have a lot more respect for the president if he just came out and said, “As Otter so cogently observed in Animal House, ‘You fucked up … You trusted us!’

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Both Sides of the Case

17 Nov 2013 /
John Stuart Mill by G F Watts

John Stuart Mill

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them. But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion . . .”

— John Stuart Mill, “On Liberty”

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