Gnomicon Inventory 1-150 by author

INVENTORY:  Gnomica 1-150      BY DATE
6 5-Mar-12 M ACHEBE Chinua The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.
16 15-Mar-12 H ADAMS Ansel A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
114 31-Aug-12 F ALLEN Woody Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.
8 7-Mar-12 W ANGELOU Maya Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you … yet, someone survived … You can do anything you choose to do.
17 16-Mar-12 F ANONYMOUS When the door of happiness closes, another opens.  But often times we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one which has been …
106 23-Aug-12 H ANONYMOUS My thinker’s all broke!
73 21-Jul-12 S AOKI Devon Defining beauty is simply a matter of opinion.
30 29-Mar-12 H ARTHUR Chester A. Madam, I may be President of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damn business.
80 28-Jul-12 S ASIMOV Isaac I don’t believe in an afterlife, so I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell, …
127 13-Sep-12 H BALDWIN James Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart;  for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
99 16-Aug-12 H BARLOW John Perry Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install you window blinds.
138 24-Sep-12 M BARNARD Christiaan The prime goal is to alleviate suffering, and not to prolong life. And if your treatment does not alleviate suffering, but only prolongs life, that treatment should be stopped.
136 22-Sep-12 S BARZUN Jacques In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work.  It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
148 4-Oct-12 H BEECHER Henry Ward All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can’t be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot.
78 26-Jul-12 H BENNY Jack Age is strictly a case of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
44 13-Apr-12 F BERLIN Isaiah Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.
101 18-Aug-12 S BERRA Yogi Yogi ordered a pizza. …
36 5-Apr-12 H BIERCE Ambrose Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
86 3-Aug-12 F BIERCE Ambrose Academe, n.:  An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: [from academe] A modern school where football is taught.
33 2-Apr-12 M BORGES Jorge Luis To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
28 27-Mar-12 T BRANDEIS Louis D. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
9 8-Mar-12 H BRANDO Marlon I don’t mind that I’m fat. You still get the same money.
10 9-Mar-12 F BUDDHA Siddhartha Gautama Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else;  you are the one who gets burned.
2 1-Mar-12 H BURKE Arleigh The major deterrent to war is in a man’s mind.
13 12-Mar-12 M CAMUS Albert But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
46 15-Apr-12 U CAPOTE Truman Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe.
102 19-Aug-12 U CHANEL Coco A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
72 20-Jul-12 F CHIEF Joseph I will fight no more forever.
12 11-Mar-12 U CHOUDHURY Bikram Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch again.
64 20-Jun-12 W CHURCHILL Sir Winston From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
51 21-Apr-12 S CONRAD Joseph All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
139 25-Sep-12 T CONRAD Paul I have no idea what readership is of written editorials, but it doesn’t come anywhere close to the readership of editorial cartoons.
27 26-Mar-12 M DARROW Clarence When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become president;  I’m beginning to believe it.
137 23-Sep-12 U DARROW Clarence Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
84 1-Aug-12 W DAWKINS Richard The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.
104 21-Aug-12 T de la FONTAINE Jean Everyone calls himself a friend, but only a fool relies on it;  nothing is commoner than the name, nothing rarer than the thing.
40 9-Apr-12 M DEAN James Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.
85 2-Aug-12 H DENG Xiaoping It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.
128 14-Sep-12 F DIANA Princess Family is the most important thing in the world.
122 8-Sep-12 S DISNEY Walt The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
87 4-Aug-12 S EASTWOOD Clint My old drama coach used to say, ‘Don’t just do something, stand there.’  Gary Cooper wasn’t afraid to do nothing.
47 16-Apr-12 M EINSTEIN Albert No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right;  a single experiment can prove me wrong.
140 26-Sep-12 W EISENHOWER Dwight D May we, in our dealings with all the peoples of the earth, ever speak the truth and serve justice.
71 19-Jul-12 H ELIOT Charles William Books are the quietest and most constant of friends …
133 19-Sep-12 W FANON Franz Violence is man re-creating himself.
132 18-Sep-12 T FEYNMAN Richard P. Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
146 2-Oct-12 T FOREMAN George The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.
48 17-Apr-12 T FORSTER E M Nonsense and beauty have close connections.
65 21-Jun-12 H FREUD Anna If some longing goes unmet, don’t be astonished. We call that Life.
124 10-Sep-12 M GABOR Zsa Zsa Macho does not prove mucho.
63 19-Jun-12 T GANDHI Mohandas (Mahatma) You must not lose faith in humanity.  Humanity is an ocean;  if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
142 28-Sep-12 F GAUGUIN Paul The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art’s audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.
97 14-Aug-12 T GIBRAN Khalil If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours.  If they don’t, they never were.
22 21-Mar-12 W GOETHE Johann Wolfgang von Es ist nichts schrecklicher als eine tätige Unwissenheit.    (There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.)
79 27-Jul-12 F GRANT Cary My formula for living is quite simple …
93 10-Aug-12 F GUDERIAN Heinz There are no desperate situations, there are only desperate people.
21 20-Mar-12 T HAMMARÉN Carl  Det räcker inte med att ha erfarenheter – man måste komma ihåg dem också.  (It’s not enough to have experiences – you have to remember them too.)
67 15-Jul-12 U HARDING Florence Well, Warren Harding, I have got you the presidency. What are you going to do with it?
69 17-Jul-12 T HARVEY Paul If ‘pro’ is the opposite of ‘con’, what is the opposite of ‘progress’?
81 29-Jul-12 U HAVEL Václav The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life but that it bothers him less and less.
54 27-Apr-12 F HAWTHORNE Nathaniel Easy reading is damn hard writing.
108 25-Aug-12 S HERACLITUS πάντα ῥεῖ   panta rhei   ‘All is in flux.’
110 27-Aug-12 M HOLMES Oliver Wendell The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
76 24-Jul-12 T HOOVER Herbert Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt.
23 22-Mar-12 H HORACE post equitem sedet atra Cura – (behind the horseman sits black anxiety)
147 3-Oct-12 W HUXLEY Aldous The pleasures of ignorance are as great, in their way, as the pleasures of knowledge.
135 21-Sep-12 F JACKSON Michael People write negatives things, cause they feel that’s what sells.  Good news to them, doesn’t sell.
111 28-Aug-12 T JARRETT Keith Jazz is there and gone. It happens. You have to be present for it. That simple.
141 27-Sep-12 H JOBS Steve If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?
61 17-Jun-12 U JUNG Carl Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
121 7-Sep-12 F KAEL Pauline Kevin Costner has feathers in his hair and feathers in his head.  The Indians should have called him ‘Plays with Camera.’
5 4-Mar-12 U KAFKA Franz God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
77 25-Jul-12 W KING Stephen I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries.
62 18-Jun-12 M KISSINGER Henry There cannot be a crisis next week.  My schedule is already full.
112 29-Aug-12 W LAUREN Ralph I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.
32 31-Mar-12 S LEARNED HAND Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us.
107 24-Aug-12 F LEWIS Sinclair When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.
144 30-Sep-12 U LIN Maya To fly we have to have resistance.
55 29-Apr-12 U LOMBARDI Vince Winners never quit and quitters never win.
131 17-Sep-12 M MACMILLAN Harold We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.
90 7-Aug-12 T MAIMONIDES Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.
43 12-Apr-12 H MANDELA Nelson If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
25 24-Mar-12 S MAO Tse-tung ? 殺 鷄 嚇 猴  (shā jī xià hóu) –  Kill the chicken, scare the monkey.
105 22-Aug-12 W MARX Groucho Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
123 9-Sep-12 U McGOVERN George I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
31 30-Mar-12 F MENCKEN H. L. Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.
18 17-Mar-12 S MONLUC Adrien de Chat échaudé craint l’eau froide. (A scalded cat is afraid of cold water.)
118 4-Sep-12 T MONROE Marilyn It’s not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on.
145 1-Oct-12 M MONTAIGNE Michel de My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.
82 30-Jul-12 M MOTHER Teresa If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
20 19-Mar-12 M NERUDA Pablo Es tan corto el amor y es tan largo el olvido.  (Love is so brief, and forgetting it takes so long.)
95 12-Aug-12 U NIN Anaïs We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
113 30-Aug-12 H OBAMA Barack Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time.  We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
94 11-Aug-12 S O’CONNOR Sandra Day I need to retire from retirement.
119 5-Sep-12 W ORWELL George Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasure …
49 18-Apr-12 W PARKER Dorothy If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it too.
89 6-Aug-12 M PASTERNAK Boris As for the men in power, they are so anxious to establish the myth of infallibility that they do their utmost to ignore truth.
115 1-Sep-12 S PERÓN María Eva In government, one actress is enough.
7 6-Mar-12 T PICASSO Pablo Action is the foundational key to all success.
96 13-Aug-12 M PLATH Sylvia I talk to God but the sky is empty.
19 18-Mar-12 U POPULAR expression (Norway) Sånn er det bare.  (“That’s just the way it is.”)
58 8-May-12 T Proverb She is rich who owes nothing.
34 3-Apr-12 T PROVERB Chinese If you want happiness …
29 28-Mar-12 W PROVERB Persian (?) I was sad and angry, for I had no socks and shoes.  Then I met a man who had no feet.
11 10-Mar-12 S PROVERB Portuguese An old man in love is like a flower in winter.
50 19-Apr-12 H PROVERB Swedish Borta bra men hemma bäst.
35 4-Apr-12 W QUAYLE Dan I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican.
56 1-May-12 T QUILLEN Robert If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready.  The first one, too, was made out of chaos.
1 29-Feb-12 W RAND Ayn Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.
37 6-Apr-12 F REAGAN Ronald The best minds are not in government.  If any were, business would steal them away.
70 18-Jul-12 W ROBINSON Jackie This ain’t fun. But you watch me, I’ll get it done.
129 15-Sep-12 S SADAT Anwar Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution.
53 25-Apr-12 W SAHL Mort A conservative is someone who believes in reform. But not now.
126 12-Sep-12 W SALINGER J. D. I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.
66 14-Jul-12 S SARTRE  Jean-Paul Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.
57 3-Apr-12 H SAYING Chinese 天 高 皇帝 遠   Heaven is high and the emperor is far away.
38 7-Apr-12 S SEUSS Dr. Today you are You, that is truer than true. …
39 8-Apr-12 U SHAKESPEARE William As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
143 29-Sep-12 S SIHANOUK Norodom Cambodia wanted no part of SEATO. We would look after ourselves as neutrals and Buddhists.
150 6-Oct-12 S SINATRA Frank Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant.  When I sing, I believe. I’m honest.
24 23-Mar-12 F SOPHOCLES πολλὰ τὰ δεινὰ κοὐδὲν ἀν- | θρώπου δεινότερον πέλει·   (Many are the marvels and nothing | exists more marvelous than man.)
117 3-Sep-12 M ST IGNATIUS Loyola We should always be disposed to believe that that which appears white is really black, if the hierarchy of the Church so decides.
26 25-Mar-12 U STALLONE Sylvester I’m not handsome in the classical sense. The eyes droop, the mouth is crooked, the teeth aren’t straight, the voice sounds like a Mafioso pallbearer …
14 13-Mar-12 T STEIN Gertrude There ain’t no answer.  There ain’t gonna be any answer.  There never has been an answer.  That’s the answer.
109 26-Aug-12 U STOLBERG Sheryl Gay Mr. Romney is, by nature, intensely private, not given to talking about himself, even with  friends.  One … said …
60 10-Jun-12 U TACITUS Argentum et aurum propitiine an irati di negaverint dubito.   “I’m not sure if the gods have denied to them the use of gold and silver … “
74 22-Jul-12 U THATCHER Margaret Socialist governements … always run out of other peope’s money ….
91 8-Aug-12 W TRUMP Donald Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.
88 5-Aug-12 U TUCHMAN Barbara Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.
83 31-Jul-12 T TWAIN Mark In the first place, God made idiots.  That was for practice.  Then he made school boards.
45 14-Apr-12 S USTINOV Peter If Botticelli were alive today he’d be working for Vogue.
134 20-Sep-12 H USTINOV Peter Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
52 21-Apr-12 S VIDAL Gore Andy Warhol is the only genius I’ve ever known with an I.Q. of 60.
15 14-Mar-12 W von NEUMANN John There’s no sense in being precise when you don’t even know what you’re talking about.
130 16-Sep-12 U VREELAND Diana Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal.
120 6-Sep-12 H WALKER Alice In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.  Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.
125 11-Sep-12 T WASHINGTON George It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.
149 5-Oct-12 F WATTS Naomi Pain is such an important thing in life.  I think that as an artist you have to experience suffering.
92 9-Aug-12 H WEST Mae You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
41 10-Apr-12 T WHARTON Edith If we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
4 3-Mar-12 S WHITMAN Walt I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.
3 2-Mar-12 F WILDE Oscar Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.
68 16-Jul-12 M WILDE Oscar Be yourself;  everybody else is already taken.
103 20-Aug-12 M WILL George World War II was the last government program that really worked.
98 15-Aug-12 W WILMOT John Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.
42 11-Apr-12 W WILSON Edward O. True character arises from a deeper well than religion.
75 23-Jul-12 M WONDER Stevie Ya gots to work with what you gots to work with.
116 2-Sep-12 U WOOLF Virginia We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.
100 17-Aug-12 F YADAV Shivpal Singh If you work hard, and put your heart and soul into it, then you are allowed to steal some.
59 22-May-12 T 孫 子  Sun Tzu 知 己 知 彼  百 戰 百 勝   If you know yourself and your enemy, in a hundred battles you’ll have a hundred victories.
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