Category: Global Philosophers

Publilius Syrus Quotes

Publilius_SyrusPublilius Syrus (46 BC – 29 BC), was a Latin writer of sententiae. He was a Syrian who was brought as a slave to Italy, but by his wit and talent he won the favour of his master, who freed and educated him. Publilius’ name, due to early medieval palatalization of ‘l’ between two ‘i’s, is often presented by manuscripts (and some printed editions) in corrupt form as ‘Publius’.

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Pulilius Syrus Quotes

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As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.
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An agreeable companion on a journey is as good as a carriage.
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  A good reputation is more valuable than money.
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 An agreeable companion on a journey is as good as a carriage.
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Every one excels in something in which another fails.
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  Fortune is like glass,—the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.
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He sleeps well who knows not that he sleeps ill.
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 It is well to moor your bark with two anchors.
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It is sometimes expedient to forget who we are.
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  Learn to see in another’s calamity the ills which you should avoid.
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Many receive advice, few profit by it.
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 No tears are shed when an enemy dies.
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Patience is a remedy for every sorrow.
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Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.
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The anger of lovers renews the strength of love.

To do two things at once is to do neither.

The loss which is unknown is no loss at all
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There are some remedies worse than the disease.
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While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
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Whatever you can lose, you should reckon of no account.
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What is left when honour is lost?
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When Fortune is on our side, popular favour bears her company.
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You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot

Meng Zi aka Mencius

 

Meng Zi

Meng Zi

Mencius (aka Mengzi or Meng-Tze) was a 4th Century BCE Chinese philosopher, who is the most famous Confucian second only to Confucius himself.

The difference between Meng Zi and Confucius was their style of writing.

Confucius was a no nonsense guy, he believe in brevity.  He said things as short and succint.

Meng Zi on the otherhand has a free flowing thought that bled through his pen.  He liked to explain things in the minutest of details.


Let’s hear it from Mencius:

If you are listened to, be content. If you are not listened to, be more content.
– Meng Zi

Stephen Fry Untwined!

Stephen Fry Art bu VIKTOR MILLER-GAUSA

Stephen Fry
Art bu VIKTOR MILLER-GAUSA

Once upon a time Stephen Fry seems to be a twin of the equally popular and erudite Hugh Laurie. I miss both of them doing comedy on television. To these days, I am still partial to Jeeves and Wooster and of course Blackadder.

Stephen Fry is now a very popular and reliable British Awards presenter for his keen intelligence and dry humour ready wit.

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Stephen Fry as Quoted:

Architecture offers quite extraordinary opportunities to serve the community, to enhance the landscape, refresh the environment and to advance mankind – the successful architect needs training to overcome these pitfalls however, and start earning some serious money.
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At my age travel broadens the behind.
– Stephen Fry

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I don’t need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me.
– Stephen Fry

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“Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.”
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William Hazlitt

images A man who does not endeavour to seem more than he is will generally be thought nothing of. We habitually make such large deductions for pretence and imposture that no real merit will stand against them. It is necessary to set off our good qualities with a certain air of plausibility and self-importance, as some attention to fashion is necessary.
– Hazlitt.

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A lively blockhead in company is a public benefit. Silence or dullness by the side of folly looks like wisdom.
– Hazlitt.

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Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality.
– William Hazlitt
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Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space feels itself excluded.
~William Hazlitt
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Just as much as we see in others we have in ourselves.
~William Hazlitt
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Learning is its own exceeding great reward.
– William Hazlitt

LET a man’s talents or virtues be what they may, we feel satisfaction in his society only as he is satisfied in himself. We cannot enjoy the good qualities of a friend if he seems to be none the better for them.
Hazlitt.
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Man is make-believe animal – he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.
– William Hazlitt
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MAN is an intellectual animal, therefore an everlasting contradiction to himself. His senses centre in himself, his ideas reach to the ends of the universe; so that he is torn in pieces between the two without the possibility of its ever being otherwise. A mere physical being or a pure spirit can alone be satisfied with itself.
– Hazlitt.

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No truly great man ever thought himself so.
– Hazlitt

OF all virtues, magnanimity is the rarest. There are a hundred persons of merit for one who willingly acknowledges it in another.
W. Hazlitt

untitled SIMPLICITY of character is the natural result of profound thought.
– Hazlitt.
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SOCIETY is a more level surface than we imagine. Wise men or absolute fools are hard to be met with, as there are few giants or dwarfs. The heaviest charge we can bring against the general texture of society is that it is commonplace. Our fancied superiority to others is in some one thing which we think most of because we excel in it, or have paid most attention to it; whilst we overlook their superiority to us in something else which they set equal and exclusive store by.
– Hazlitt.

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VULGAR prejudices are those which arise out of accident, ignorance, or authority; natural prejudices are those which arise out of the constitution of the human mind itself.
– Hazlitt.
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We often repent the good we have done as well as the ill.
-William Hazlitt
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WE are never so much disposed to quarrel with others as when we are dissatisfied with ourselves.
Hazlitt.
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We are not hypocrites in our sleep.
– William Hazlitt

WE are never so much disposed to quarrel with others as when we are dissatisfied with ourselves.
– Hazlitt.

WOMEN never reason and therefore they are, comparatively, seldom wrong. They judge instinctively of what falls under their immediate observation or experience, and do not trouble themselves about remote or doubtful consequences. If they make no profound discoveries, they do not involve themselves in gross absurdities. It is only by the help of reason and logical inference, according to Hobbes, that “man becomes excellently wise or excellently foolish.”
– Hazlitt.

RECIPE FOR A WINTER SALAD & many more from Rev Sydney Smith

RECIPE FOR A WINTER SALAD

Two large potatoes, passed through a kitchen sieve,

Unwonted softness to a salad give.

Of mordant mustard add a single spoon;

Distrust the condiment which bites so soon;

But deem it not, thou man of herbs, a fault

To add a double quantity of salt.

Three times the spoon with oil of Lucca crown,

And once with vinegar procured from town.

True flavour needs it, and the poet begs,

The pounded yellow of two well-boiled eggs.

Let onion atoms lurk within the bowl,

And, scarce suspected, animate the whole;

And lastly, on the flavoured compund toss

A magic teaspoon of anchovy sauce.

Then, tho’ green turtle fail, tho’ venison’s tough

And ham and turkey are not boiled enough,

Serenely full the Epicure may say–

Fate cannot harm me– I have dined today.

–REVD SYDNEY SMITH (1771-1845)

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Rev Sydney Smith

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More Quotes from the Witty Reverend:

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.  Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.
~Sydney Smith
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I once gave a lady two-and-twenty receipts against melancholy: one was a bright fire; another, to remember all the pleasant things said to her; another, to keep a box of sugar-plums on the chimney-piece and a kettle simmering on the hob. I thought this mere trifling at the moment, but have in after life discovered how true it is that these little pleasures often banish melancholy better than higher and more exalted objects; and that no means ought to be thought too trifling which can oppose it either in ourselves or in others.
—Sydney Smith
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It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little – do what you can.
~ Sydney Smith
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Mankind are always happier for having been happy; so that if you make them happy now, you make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it.
—Sydney Smith.
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There is one piece of advice, in a life of study, which I think no one will object to; and that is, every now and then to be completely idle – to do nothing at all.
– Sydney Smith

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Why destroy present happiness by a distant misery, which may never come at all, or you may never live to see it? For every substantial grief has twenty shadows and most of them shadows of your own making.
– Sydney Smith
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You find people ready enough to do the Samaritan, without the oil and twopence.

Sydney Smith

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Michel de Montaigne – The Essayist

Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne ( 28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592) was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre

At table, I prefer the witty to the grave; in bed, beauty before goodness; and in common discourse, eloquence, whether or no there be sincerity.
– Montaigne
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Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.
– Montaigne

Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.
~ Michel de Montaigne

(I can relate to the above. There was a time not long ago when I hated myself, I loathed my complacency, I despised my vanity, I hated my weakness, I hated my stupidity or rather gullibility. I hated that I trusted so much.  Self-loathing eats at you and it can get out and leave you without confidence.)

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The concern that some women show at the absence of their husbands, does not arise from their not seeing them and being with them, but from their apprehension that their husbands are enjoying pleasures in which they do not participate, and which, from their being at a distance, they have not the power of interrupting.
~Michel de Montaigne
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The mind is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not discreetly how to use it.
– Montaigne
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The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose.
– Montaigne

Dorothy Parker’s Razor-Sharp Wit

ParkerDorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles.

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Dorothy Parker’s Razor-Sharp Wit

A little bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika.
– Dorothy Parker
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Brevity is the soul of lingerie.
– Dorothy Parker
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By the time you’re his
Shivering and sighing,
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.
~Dorothy Parker

(Thought of the Day – 27/03/2013)
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Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship.
~Dorothy Parker
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English authors write better than Americans – and Irish authors write better than anybody.
– Dorothy Parker

His voice was as intimate as the rustle of sheets.
~Dorothy Parker

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.
– Dorothy Parker
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Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open, and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.
– Dorothy Parker

MEN SELDOM MAKE PASSES AT GIRLS WHO WEAR GLASSES.  - DOROTHY PARKER

MEN SELDOM MAKE PASSES AT GIRLS WHO WEAR GLASSES.
– DOROTHY PARKER

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The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
– Dorothy Parker
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The two most beautiful words in English language are ‘Check (cheque) enclosed.’
– Dorothy Parker
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Why is it no one ever sent me yet One perfect limousine, do you supposed?
Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get One perfect rose.
– Dorothy Parket

 

Thought & Quote For The Day

Golders Green Underground station’s  duty supervisor Chris’s quote for today.  For our edification 😉

Quote for day, thought for the day, London Underground, Golders green station, Francis Bacon

Quote for day, thought for the day, London Underground, Golders green station, Francis Bacon

Thomas Carlyle – Sage of Chelsea

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle

(4 December 1795 – 5 February 1881) was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian era.
– Wikipedia

Thomas Carlyle – Sage of Chelsea

Thomas Carlyle was unhappily wed to Jane Welsh.  There were rumours that their union was never consummated.  Apparently the dysfuntionality of the marriage started from their wedding night.  Thomas was a bit of a mama’s boy; he wrote to her that he had not slept with his wife yet.

Jane Welsh on the other hand was too much in love with her new husband’s best friend to be bothered with the non-consummation of the marriage.

I am not at all the sort of person you and I took me for.
– Jane Carlyle

They fought like cats and dogs during their long marriage.  But when Jane died, Thomas was inconsolable!
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As Quoted by Thomas Carlyle

 

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
– Thomas Carlyle
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A laugh to be joyous must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness there can be no true joy.
—Carlyle.
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Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
– Thomas Carlyle
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Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome.  Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.
-Thomas Carlyle
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God Almighty never created a man half as wise as he looks.
– Thomas Carlyle

Happy the people whose annals are blank in history-books.
-Thomas Carlyle

He that can work is a born king of something.
– Thomas Carlyle

History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
– Thomas Carlyle
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In a certain sense all men are historians.
~Thomas Carlyle
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In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.
– Thomas Carlyle
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Incessant scribbling is death to thought.
– Thomas Carlyle
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It is not to taste sweet things, but to do noble and true things, and vindicate himself under God’s heaven as a God-made man, that the poorest son of Adam dimly longs. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest day-drudge kindles into a hero.
—Carlyle.
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Labor rids us of three evils.—Tediousness, Vice and Poverty.
—Carlyle.
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Let each become all that he was created capable of.
-Thomas Carlyle
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Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.
~Thomas Carlyle
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No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be irreclaimably bad.
– Thomas Carlyle
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Of all paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path… a thing which, here and now, it were of all things wisest for him to do … to find his path and walk in it.
– Thomas Carlyle
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PERFECT ignorance is quiet, perfect knowledge is quiet; not so the transition from the former to the latter.
~ Carlyle.
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“Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether. ”
– Thomas Carlyle
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The fine arts once divorcing themselves from truth are quite certain to fall mad, if they do not die.
~Thomas Carlyle
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The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.
– Thomas Carlyle
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There is but one thing without honor, smitten with eternal barrenness, inability to do or to be,—insincerity, unbelief.
—Carlyle.
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To each is given a certain inward talent, a certain outward environment or fortune; to each by wisest combination of these two, a certain maximum capacity.
-Thomas Carlyle
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Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.
~Thomas Carlyle
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What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of book.
– Thomas Carlyle

What you see, yet can not see over, is as good as infinite.
~Thomas Carlyle

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Without kindness, there can be no true joy.
— Carlyle

Action Speaks Louder Than Words

Today the friendly & helpful supervisor was on duty again at Golders Green Underground train station. Felllow commuters and Tube travelllers look forward tot he quotes he writes on one of the   station information boards – more interesting than notice about  travel delays etc 🙂

Action Speaks Louder Than Words

Golders Green Tube Thought for the day

Golders Green Tube Thought for the day