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quotation: Mark Twain (on friendship)


The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

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quotation: No enemy is worse than bad advice. Sophocles


No enemy is worse than bad advice.

Sophocles (496 BC406 BC) Discuss

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QUOTATION: Henry David Thoreau


I am as desirous of being a good neighbor as I am of being a bad subject.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Henry David Thoreau


I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Henry David Thoreau ABOUT EVIL


There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

 

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Quotation: Henry David Thoreau about undue respect for a law


A common and natural result of an undue respect for the law is, that you may see a file of soldiers … marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

QUOTATION: Ralph Waldo Emerson


Man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

 

Quotation: Francis Bacon on being born and dying


It is as natural to die, as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful, as the other.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

Word: INEXPUGNABLE


inexpugnable 

Definition: (adjective) Incapable of being overcome, challenged, or refuted.
Synonyms: impregnable
Usage: I felt the inexpugnable strength of common sense being insidiously menaced by this gruesome, by this insane, delusion. Discuss.

 

Quotation: Henry David Thoreau about our place in the world (what it should be…)


I came into this world, not chiefly to make this a good place to live in, but to live in it, be it good or bad.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

 

Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson about flattery


We love flattery even though we are not deceived by it, because it shows that we are of importance enough to be courted.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

 

QUOTATION: Henry David Thoreau


Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

 

Quotation: Mark Twain on life and death


All say, “How hard it is that we have to die”—a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

 

Quotation: Henry David Thoreau about being “men first, and subjects afterwards”!


Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

 

Quotation: Mark Twain


Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

 

Quotation: Mark Twain


Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson about first journeys discoveries, a fool’s paradise


Traveling is a fool’s paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

 

Today’s Quotation: Francis Bacon (156101626) – On Fortune


If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

My take on this: It’s all up in the air, actually…And of course, Fortune can mean different things, to different folks.