Into the face of the young man ... there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French.
P. G. Wodehouse
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
A. A. Milne
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare.
By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom
Australia is properly speaking an island, but it is so much larger than every other island on the face of the globe, that it is classed as a continent in order to convey to the mind a just idea of its magnitude.
Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
J. B. Priestley
In my view you cannot claim to have seen something until you have photographed it
Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
Nicolas de Chamfort
What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.
Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to spring.
He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.
Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne
To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
Carry on any enterprise as if all future success depended on it.
I hate women because they always know where things are.
The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.
A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.
A witty saying proves nothing.
Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.
All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.
As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
No clock is more regular than the belly.
There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has
Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit.
R. E. Shay
We don't stop playing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop playing
George Bernard Shaw
The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
Anything invented before your fifteenth birthday is the order of nature. That's how it should be. Anything invented between your 15th and 35th birthday is new and exciting, and you might get a career there. Anything invented after that day, however, is against nature and should be prohibited.
If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.
If it squirms, it's biology; if it stinks, it's chemistry; if it doesn't work, it's physics and if you can't understand it, it's mathematics.
The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime, makes the ridiculous; and one step above the ridiculous, makes the sublime again.
Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.
Un tas de pierres cesse d'être un tas de pierres dès qu'un seul homme le contemple avec en lui l'image d'une cathédrale.
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
Winnie the Pooh
Life has taught me that there are occasions when you should, and occasions that you shouldn't. Life has not yet taught me to distinguish between the two types of occasion.