Friday, January 18, 2008

What Quotes Tell Me

What does a quote tell you about the quoter? For me, a quote tells me what kind of literature/media a person reads/listens to/uses, what his opinion is on the subject with which the quote deals, what he thinks is funny, and whom he admires.
You may think that this is taking the whole quote business a little two far, but consider this: How do you react when a person quotes Shakespeare as opposed to when a person quotes Clinton. How do you respond when a person quotes Scripture? Is there a difference?
I'm going to begin posting quotes that I think are interesting or valuable. Hopefully this will tell you, the reader, a little bit about me and what I think.
I'll commence this operation with the renowned "wise" man of the Poor Richard. I've selected some of the best of Benjamin Franklin and disposed of some sayings that I do not consider quite so wise.

A slip of the foot you may soon recover;
but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.

All would live long, but none would be old.

Anger is never without Reason,
but seldom with a good One.

At 20 years of age the will reigns,
at 3o the wit, at 4o the judgement.

Be slow in choosing a friend,
slower in changing.

Educate you children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and ecil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.
(you can definitely tell what Franklin believed about the Will and Reason. Unfortunately, he was wrong)

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

Glass, china and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended.

Having been poor is no shame,
but being ashamed of it is.

He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.

He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak of all he knows nor judge all he sees.

These are some of the best quotations from an old deist; not all wise, but all equally well sounding.

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