Friday, 9 November 2012

Quotations for today


Sane people did what their neighbours did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.

George Eliot, Middlemarch

Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.

Martin Heidegger

The greatest evil that can befall a man is that he should come to think ill of himself.


‎New York is my Lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment, a place where you're least likely to be bitten by a wild goat.

Brendan Behan

The happiness of our life depends upon the quality of our thoughts but quality of our thought depends on the people we have in our life.

Rangam MitraI 

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible.

David Brin

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. 

Thomas Carlyle

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

No woman marries for money; they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.

Cesare Pavese

St. John Lateran, the cathedral of Rome, founded by St. Constantine

Architecture is a very good test of the true strength of a society, for the most valuable things in a human state are the irrevocable things—marriage, for instance. And architecture approaches nearer than any other art to being irrevocable, because it is so difficult to get rid of. You can turn a picture with its face to the wall; it would be a nuisance to turn that Roman cathedral with its face to the wall. You can tear a poem to pieces; it is only in moments of very sincere emotion that you tear a town-hall to pieces. A building is akin to dogma; it is insolent, like a dogma. Whether or no it is permanent, it claims permanence like a dogma. People ask why we have no typical architecture of the modern world, like impressionism in painting. Surely it is obviously because we have not enough dogmas; we cannot bear to see anything in the sky that is solid and enduring, anything in the sky that does not change like the clouds of the sky.

G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles

I have never said that the Church was necessarily European. The Church will last for ever, and, on this earth, until the end of the world; and our remote descendants may find its chief membership to have passed to Africans or Asiatics in some civilisation yet unborn. What I have said is that the European thing is essentially a Catholic thing, and that European values would disappear with the disappearance of Catholicism. 

Hilaire Belloc


  1. "If you marry for money, you will surely earn it." Ezra Bowen.

  2. "It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office." Shirley MacLaine