Friday 3 March 2017

Quotations for the weekend

That in woman which inspires respect and fundamentally fear is her nature, which is more ‘natural’ than that of man, her genuine, cunning, beast-of-prey suppleness, the tiger’s claws beneath the glove, the naivety of her egoism, her ineducability and inner savagery, and how incomprehensible, capacious and prowling her desires and virtues are. Nietzsche

Nanny's philosophy of life was to do what seemed like a good idea at the time, and do it as hard as possible. It had never let her down. Terry Pratchett 

Instead of developing the child’s own faculties of discernment, and teaching it to judge and think for itself, the teacher uses all his energies to stuff its head full of the ready-made thoughts of other people. The mistaken views of life, which spring from a false application of general ideas, have afterwards to be corrected by long years of experience; and it is seldom that they are wholly corrected. This is why so few men of learning are possessed of common-sense, such as is often to be met with in people who have had no instruction at all. Schopenhauer

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. André Gide

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. John F. Kennedy

The most useful role in any society is not doctor or judge, merchant or monarch. It is the dissident. The person prepared to place themselves outside the consensus and articulate the case against the conventional wisdom is the true hero of history. Because it is only when authority is challenged that progress is secured. Michael Gove

What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense. Charles Baudelaire


  1. I am a big fan of the disc world series. Pratchell will be missed.

    “…at least I tried…” Randle Patrick McMurphy

  2. David in Banja Luka5 March 2017 at 09:05

    'My day ends when I'm tired and ready to go home. There is always more to be done, more that should be done, always more than can be done.' Intel founder and former CEO, Andy Grove.