The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
-attributed to Albert Einstein
If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet;
how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of.
There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.
Vanity it is, to wish to live long, and to be careless to live well.
Thomas a Kempis
'Mais il n'est sy belle fleur qui ne seiche, ne beaulte qui ne passe, ne sy bonne feste qui ne preigne fin',
'But there is no flower so beautiful it does not wilt, no beauty so great it does not pass, no party so fun it does not end',
La geste du Chevalier au Cygne, 1465-1473
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”
― Mark Twain
Never make fun of someone if they mispronounce a word.
It means they learned it by reading.
John’s voice will always come as a whisper over our shoulder: We’re better than this. America is better than this.
--George W. Bush (John McCain's eulogy)
I cannot picture Uncle Sam as a supine, white-livered, flabby-muscled old man, cooling his heels in the shade of our tariff walls.
--Franklin Delano Roosevelt
A gentleman is as concerned with seeking what is good as an ordinary man is in seeking what is profitable.
La forêt peut être pleine de prédateurs, mais vous pouvez toujours entendre le son des oiseaux chanteurs.
--as tweeted by Hugh MacDonald
The forest can be full of predators, but you can still hear the sound of songbirds.
My brain would translate it as "... may be full of predators ..."
“Keep me by you,” he said. It was almost a prayer, but like most of us he prayed for one thing, and set his life on course for elsewhere.
– Jeanette Winterson Lighthouse Keeping, p 89
What is freedom, after all, if it is not the freedom to be one's self?
– Deborah Rudacille The Riddle of Gender, concluding sentence.
That's an old proverb, long predating Bronte. For one thing there's a 16th century play by that title and it wasn't new then. But kudos to Charlotte for recalling it...
A quote for this particular day:
In 1917, the senior mistress of Bournemouth High School for Girls stood up in front of the assembled sixth form (nearly all of whom were dressed in mourning for some member of their family) and announced to them: ‘I have come to tell you a terrible fact. Only one out of 10 of you girls can ever hope to marry. This is not a guess of mine. It is a statistical fact. Nearly all the men who might have married you have been killed.’ A former pupil recalled: ‘How right she was.’
– Virginia Nicholson. Singled out: how two million women survived without men after the First World War
Indeed how right she was. And growing up in England in the 1950s and '60s that generation of unmarried women of a certain age was still very noticeable.
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