Commonplace Journal - RobinKuritzky

"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."  

Dwight D. Eisenhower

"It has often and confidently been asserted that man's origin can never be known, but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. It is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."
Charles Darwin; The Descent of Man.

"Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."
H.L. Mencken

Professor Higg's has been awarded the Nobel Prize for his theory of "the God Particle" of 1964 that took almost 50 years to prove and for him to be recognized.
Prof. Higg's comment: "It's very nice to be right sometimes."
So it is.

"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."
T.S. Eliot.

"With all that has been said about life's brevity, for most of us it is very, very long."
Lady Caroline Lamb

"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
T.S. Eliot, quoted by John Fowles in The Magus.

"Romance only comes into existence where love is fatal, frowned upon and doomed by life itself. What stirs lyrical poets to their finest flights is neither the delight of the senses not the fruitful contentment of the settled couple; not the satisfaction of love, but its passion. And passion means suffering"
Love in the Western World, Denis de Rougemont

"it is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity."
Dave Barry.

For the whole of life is really like that; we are almost always in one place with our minds somewhere quite other.
Ford Madox Ford

"If a man has been his mother's undisputed darling, he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success which not seldom brings actual success with it.
 Sigmund Freud.

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain.
Rowe's Rule: the odds are five to six that the light at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of an oncoming train.

"You know, I had a superb time, while it lasted"
H.L. Mencken, after a huge stroke.

 “Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other” Chekov.

 “Any idiot can face a crisis, it is this day-to-day living that wears you out.” Chekov

 “The secret of boring people lies in telling them everything” Chekov.

 "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life, music and cats."
Dr Albert Schweitzer.

Rowe's Rule: the odds are five to six that the light at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of an oncoming train.

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
Buddha

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival.
C. S. Lewis

MEDICINE:

"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. "
Voltaire

"Medicine is the only profession that labours incessantly to destroy the reason for its own existence." James Bryce, 1914.

"Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too." Anton Chekhov, Ivanov

 "The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes." Erasmus, Desiderius

"Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing."
Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

 "The superior doctor prevents sickness; The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; The inferior doctor treats actual sickness." Chinese proverb

 On being a doctor: "There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse." Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) British writer.

“When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured.” Chekov - the Cherry Orchard

¿Qué es poesía?
--dices mientras clavas en mi pupila tu pupila azul.
¿Qué es poesía?
¿Y tú me lo preguntas?
Poesía... eres tú.

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer 1836-1870


“Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.”

Benjamin Jowett  (British classical scholar, 1817-1893)

Never say anything to your wife that you would not want to hear back 20 years later, in circumstances of her choosing. Brian McAteer, Ottawa NP Nov 4, 2013


Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor to measure words but to pour them all out, just as it is, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keeping what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away. -   George Elliot



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