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"If no thought thy mind doth visit,
make thy speech not too explicit."

(source unknown... Ogden Nash or Piet Hein?)

Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.

(Entities must not be multiplied without need)

-- William of Occam

Don't ask questions you don't want answered.

It's easier to get forgiveness than permission.

Real Men don't think.
--John Raymond

Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.
--André Dubus

So here the physics is coincident with reality.
--Peter Ford

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
--Hanlon's Razor (part of Murphy's Law)

Make it idiot-proof, and someone will breed a better idiot.
-- Oliver Elphick

This is not a novel that should be tossed away lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
--Dorothy Parker

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Vegetables are what food eats.
--John Benson

"It all depends, of course, upon whether or not it depends, or not, of course, if you take my meaning."
--John Woolley

"Discomfort is always a necessary part of the process of enlightenment."
from What Looks like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage, Avon Books, 1997

Regarding Chivalry:

`It's a man's thing,' said I; `and I think we have seen the last of it for a while on this earth. It can't live in a world of liberated women, and perhaps the liberation of women is worth the price it is certain to cost. But chivalry won't die easily or unnoticed; banish chivalry from the world and you snap the mainspring of many lives.'

from World of Wonders by Robertson Davies

We are born in simplicity, but we die of complications.

There are two great tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire; the other is to gain it.
--Oscar Wilde

Perhaps, in this case, it's not that beggars cannot be choosers.

Perhaps it is that those who do not exercise choice become beggars.
--Keith Morris (aka The Blackest Heart in Christendom), 1/30/99

All love is unrequited.

--Susan Ivanova (Babylon 5)

"To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness,

though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost."
--Flaubert, 1846

"To succeed in life, it is not enough to be stupid; one must also be well-mannered."


From a review of an Andrew Greeley murder mystery:

You can tell Father Greeley is celibate from the bedroom scenes.

There are two types of people in the world: those who divide people into two types, and those who don't.

Celibacy has a number of advantages, the biggest one being freedom.

--Mark Alexander, 1/4/99

"It doesn't much matter whom you marry; you'll wake up the next morning and discover it was someone else."

--Mark Twain

"An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field."

"I try not to speak more clearly than I think."

-- Niels Bohr

"The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse."

-- Jules Renard