Courtesy of Thomas Russell Wingate





Chinese proverbs


          The emperor’s daughter need not worry about a lack of suitors.


Interpretation: When you’re the best at what you do, people will always seek you out without your needing to go in search of clients or customers.


          You can’t conceal fire by wrapping it in paper.


How can a swallow know the ambition of a swan?


When the finger points at the moon, the idiot looks at the finger.


Coco Chanel


Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.


Remy de Gourmont


If you give a mouse a certificate that he is the equal of an elephant, he will still be a mouse; and all the elephants will know it, and all the mice will know it.


Aelius Donatus


          Perish those who said our good things before we did.


André Gide


Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.


H.R. Trevor-Roper


In revolutions, says Macaulay, men live fast. They must write fast, too: for they may be overtaken.


John Wooden

UCLA basketball coach


Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.


W.H. Auden


Why writers should be canvassed for their opinions on controversial political issues I cannot imagine. … Literary talent and political common sense are rarely found together.


Samuel Beckett


          Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.


Albert Einstein


Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.


Walter Russell Mead


          Eagles don’t make good pets.


William James


          The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.


The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.


There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.


Warren Buffet


It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.


Salvador Dalí


          Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.


Charles M. Schulz


A cartoonist is someone who has to draw the same thing day after day without repeating himself.


Charlie Munger


In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time—none, zero.


Lorraine Hansberry


The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.


Tom Wolfe


We must find the courage, as a society, to invite—not allow, but invite—genius into our lives, no matter what troubling, upsetting, turbulent, deficient, rude, and unconventional forms it may take, for such, more often than not, is the face of greatness. 


Don Aslett


I spend five percent of my time thinking about the past, fifteen percent about the present, and eighty percent thinking about tomorrow.


James Fallows


What looks like tomorrow’s problem is rarely the real problem when tomorrow rolls around.


Ralph Waldo Emerson


          Don’t believe in needles. Believe in magnetism.


Gamaliel Bradford


All men who are really great men can afford to be really human and to be shown so.


Charlton Heston


History is not only the most important subject; in the end it may be the only subject.


Cato the Elder


I had rather men should ask why my statue is not set up, than why it is.


Pontius Pilate

John 19:22


          QUOD SCRIPSIT, SCRIPSIT. What I have written, I have written.






1 Named for American robotic vehicle

   on Mars, 2012.



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