To the extent that quotations can guide a life, the following are
from which I seek guidance. Taken together, they are my "pillars of
wisdom", by which I try to order my existence. Despite the fact that
a detailed academic cv is posted elsewhere in this website, if you wish to learn
anything about the author, I suggest you start here. (Even if you do
not wish to know anything about me, you might want to read on anyway:
after all, there are some wonderful quotes.)
Follow Your Bliss.
Let justice be done though the heaven's fall.
William Watson (1601)
Don't look back. Something might be gaining.
Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence
of the American people.
You can't possibly know where you're going if you don't know where you've come from.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.
All men who feel any joy in battle know what it is like when the wolf rises in the heart.
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
Don't get mad, get even.
Nothing personal, just business.
Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.
Sir Thomas Browne
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)
Know your own mind--and make sure the other fellow knows it too!
We do not, we cannot certainly know what we are, or where we are going. But if we believe nobly about ourselves, we have a chance of living nobly. If we believe basely, base we shall certainly become.
J. A. Froude
Years do not make sages, they make old men.
Chinese fortune cookie
There is always a choice. We usually tell ourselves there is no choice to be comfortable with decisions we have already made.
Delenn (Babylon 5)
People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
The steps a man fears most are the ones which have to be taken.
Bernard Cornwall, Sharpe's Enemy
First the Nazis went after the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did not object. Then they went after the Catholics, but I was not a Catholic, so I did not object. Then they went after the trade-unionists, but I was not a trade-unionist, so I did not object. Then they came after me, and there was no one left to object.
Make each day the best you can,
If you can keep your head when all about you
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Rudyard Kipling (If)