A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
Sounds like a closet Roman Catholic to me. Are we sure about his dates? Or is it a case of posthumous inculturation?
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
You mean like Ogden Nash? Or Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky?
If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.
The exception being Laura Bush.
A multitude of books distracts the mind.
Not if you have a Kindle, sunbeam.
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.
When I was young, I wanted to be Margot Fonteyn and run rings around Nureyev. Years later, it became clear what was wrong with that picture. I rehearsed all the steps to perfection, but he was only kidding.
Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius; will you remember to pay the debt?
That quack should put a capon lending!
No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government.
That's the downside of Democracy, Soc, and your lot thought it up. If we're going to be hammered for tax, it comes easier from your remote feudal lord, than your eco-warrior down the pub.
Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service.
How the blazes else are we going to pay for Health Insurance?
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
We don't mind, we're worth it!
The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow
Pity Socrates was never introduced to Thornton's white lime truffles.
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