Light and Darkness – The Gospel of Philip Quote

Light and Darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers of one another. They are inseparable. Because of this neither are the good good, nor evil evil, nor is life life, nor death death. For this reason each one will dissolve into its earliest origin. But those who are exalted above the world are indissoluble, eternal.

The Gospel of Philip, c. 3rd Century

The society is not happy with mature people — Osho Quote

The society is not happy with mature people. Mature people are dangerous people because a mature person lives according to his own being. He goes on doing his own thing—he does not bother about what people say, what their opinion is. He does not hanker for respectability, for prestige; he does not bother about honor. He lives his own life—he lives it at any cost. He is ready to sacrifice everything, but he is never ready to sacrifice his freedom. Society is afraid of these people; society wants everybody to remain
childish. Everybody should be kept at an age somewhere between seven and fourteen—and that’s where people are.

Osho: Maturity—The Responsibility of Being Oneself

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Bread from Heaven — Jesus Quote

[47]Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
[48]I am that bread of life.
[49]Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
[50]This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
[51]I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

John 6:47-51

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Polarity and Rhythm — Selvarajan Yesudian and Elisabeth Haich Quote

Simultaneously with the expansion of his consciousness, the pupil comes to the realisation that everything that lives in time and space is alive because it carries within itself polarity and rhythm. He begins to see the secrets of creation. In that moment when the creative principle leaves the absolute and splits in two, the negative and positive pole, i.e., polarity, is born. Between the two there arises a pulsating connection, rhythm is born, and there begins the manifestation of life.

Selvarajan Yesudian and Elisabeth Haich: Yoga and Health. Unwin, 1953

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Opposite Tensions — Heraclitus Quote

The attunement of the world is of opposite tensions, as is that of the harp and bow.

The road up and the road down is one and the same. The beginning and end are common.

That which is at variance with itself agrees with itself.

Cool things become warm, warm cools, moisture dries, the parched get wet. It scatters and gathers, it comes and goes.

Heraclitus (540–480)

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Evidence-Based Medicine — Abram Hoffer Quote

You might wonder what happened to evidence-based medicine, until you realize that to be accepted as evidence the work has to come from a prestigious institution like Harvard, has to be done by well-established scientists, has to be published in standard journals (whose club of editorial committees keep out really new ideas), has to be accepted by the governing bodies of the traditional medical profession, and, of course, must be double-blind.

Abram Hoffer (1917–2009)

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Atoll — Literature Quote from Robert Service

Atoll

The woes of men beyond my ken
Mean nothing more to me.
Behold my world, an Eden hurled
From Heaven to the Sea;
A jeweled home, in fending foam
Tempestuously tossed;
A virgin isle none dare defile,
Far-flung, forgotten, lost.

And here I dwell, where none may tell
Me tales of mortal strife;
Let millions die, immune am I,
And radiant with life.
No echo comes of evil drums,
To vex my dawns divine;
Aloof, alone I hold my throne,
And Majesty is mine.

Ghost ships pass by, and glad am I
They make no sign to me.
The green corn springs, the gilt vine clings,
The net is in the sea.
My paradise around me lies,
Remote from wrath and wrong;
My isle is clean, unsought, unseen,
And innocent with song.

Here let me dwell in beauty’s spell,
As tranquil as a tree;
Here let me bide, where wind and tide
Bourdon that I am free;
Here let me know from human woe
The rapture of release:
The rich caress of Loveliness,
The plenitude of Peace.

Robert Service (1874 – 1958)

Don Quixote on Translations – Miguel de Cervantes (Quote)

Still it seems to me that translation from one language into another, if it be not from the queens of languages, the Greek and the Latin, is like looking at Flemish tapestries on the wrong side; for though the figures are visible, they are full of threads that make them indistinct, and they do not show with the smoothness and brightness of the right side; and translation from easy languages argues neither ingenuity nor command of words, any more than transcribing or copying out one document from another. But I do not mean by this to draw the inference that no credit is to be allowed for the work of translating, for a man may employ himself in ways worse and less profitable to himself. This estimate does not include two famous translators, Doctor Cristobal de Figueroa, in his Pastor Fido, and Don Juan de Jauregui, in his Aminta, wherein by their felicity they leave it in doubt which is the translation and which the original.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Don Quixote

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When the Almond Tree Blossoms – Ecclesiastes (Bible Quote)

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows are dimmed, and the doors on the street are shut—when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low— they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets— before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.

The Bible: Ecclesiastes 12:1‭-‬8 ESV

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Barnacle Geese Born from Barnacles – Giraldus Cambrensis (Quote)

Nature produces [Bernacae] against Nature in the most extraordinary way. They are like marsh geese but somewhat smaller. They are produced from fir timber tossed along the sea, and are at first like gum. Afterwards they hang down by their beaks as if they were a seaweed attached to the timber, and are surrounded by shells in order to grow more freely. Having thus in process of time been clothed with a strong coat of feathers, they either fall into the water or fly freely away into the air. They derived their food and growth from the sap of the wood or from the sea, by a secret and most wonderful process of alimentation. I have frequently seen, with my own eyes, more than a thousand of these small bodies of birds, hanging down on the sea-shore from one piece of timber, enclosed in their shells, and already formed. They do not breed and lay eggs like other birds, nor do they ever hatch any eggs, nor do they seem to build nests in any corner of the earth.

Giraldus Cambrensis: Topographica Hibernica (1186)

It Must Be Good to Be Old – Rilke (Quote)

And you have nobody and nothing, and you travel through the world with a trunk and a carton of books and truly without curiosity. What kind of life is this: without a house, without inherited Things, without dogs. If at least you had memories. But who has them? If childhood were there: it is as though it had been buried. Perhaps you must be old before you can reach all that. I think it must be good to be old.

Rainer Maria Rilke: The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. Translated by Stephen Mitchell.

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I Don’t Want To Write Letters – Rilke (Quote)

Portrait of Rainer Maria Rilke by Leonid Pasternak

[Portrait of Rainer Maria Rilke by Leonid Pasternak]

And I don’t want to write anymore letters. What’s the use of telling someone I’m changing? If I’m no longer who I was; and if I’m something else, it’s obvious that I have no acquaintances. And I can’t possibly write to strangers.

Rainer Maria Rilke: The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. Translated by Stephen Mitchell

Town and Country – William Cowper (Poetry Quote)

God made the country, and man made the town.
What wonder then that health and virtue, gifts
That can alone make sweet the bitter draught
That life holds out to all, should most abound
And least be threaten’d in the fields and groves?
Possess ye, therefore, ye, who, borne about
In chariots and sedans, know no fatigue
But that of idleness, and taste no scenes
But such as art contrives, possess ye still
Your element; there only can ye shine;
There only mind’s like yours can do no harm.
Our groves were planted to console at noon
The pensive wanderer in their shades. At eve
The moonbeam, sliding softly in between
The sleeping leaves, is all the light they wish,
Birds warbling all the music. We can spare
The splendour of your lamps; they but eclipse
Our softer satellite. Your songs confound
Our more harmonious notes: the thrush departs
Scar’d, and th’ offended nightingale is mute.
There is a public mischief in your mirth;
It plagues your country. Folly such as yours,
Grac’d with a sword, and worthier of a fan,
Has made, which enemies could ne’er have done,
Our arch of empire, steadfast but for you,
A mutilated structure, soon to fall.

William Cowper (1731-1800)

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Human Stupidity — Christopher Hitchens (Quote)

When I read of the possible annihilation of the elephant or the whale or the pouring of oven cleaner or cosmetics into the eyes of live kittens or the close confinement of pigs and calves in lightless pens I feel myself confronted by human stupidity which I recognise as an enemy. The connection between stupidity and cruelty is a close one.

Christopher Hitchens

When Less is More – And When It’s Not (Quote)

Knowing when less is more – and when it is not – is more important for consistent success in participatory outdoor photography than in traditional journalistic or documentary coverage. When an artist is actively involved in an interpretive experience, whether it be climbing Everest or walking through a field, too much equipment interrupts the flow of emotional response that is the human element communicated in the best nature photography. Yes, little things do mean a lot.

Galen Rowell’s Inner Game of Outdoor Photography (2001), p. 89

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The Mantle of Anger

“I’m very angry. Because our country is being run horribly. I will gladly accept the mantle of anger. Our military is a disaster. Our healthcare is a horror show. Obamacare, we’re going to repeal it and replace it.

We have no borders. Our vets are being treated horribly. Illegal immigration is beyond belief! Our country is being run by incompetent people and yes, I am angry. I’m angry because our country is a mess!”

Donald J. Trump

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Taharrush gamea

German police are investigating whether the numerous sex assaults in public in multiple cities are part of an Islamic practice known as Taharrush gamea”.

In Islamic countries, this practice allows a large group of Muslims to sexually harass and rape Islamic women with legal impunity.

One more reason not to let these people with an alien mindset / values into our country.

NEWS BRIEF: “‘Taharrush gamea’ comes to Germany? Police fear Cologne sex abuse may be imported practice“, Russia Today News, 11 Jan 2016

“German police fear repeats of the Cologne New Year’s Eve sexual assaults, saying extra attention will now be paid to fighting similar attacks. Police used the Arab term ‘taharrush gamea’ (collective harassment) to categorize the assaults … The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), the main investigative authority in Germany, said in a response to Welt newspaper it knows sexual harassment of women in public is widespread in Arab countries, and that this is exactly what happened on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. Collective harassment is translated as ‘taharrush gamea’ .”

In other words, groups of Arab men believe that they have the right under “‘taharrush gamea” to sexually harass and even to rape, women unlucky enough to be caught outside in the vicinity of the gathering of the Islamic men.

Western Society cannot tolerate a belief system which allows groups of Arabic men to rape women.

Donald Trump is right in advocating a brief halt to immigration from Islamic countries until the United States can create and implement, a new system which takes into count what our national attitude must be regarding this issue.

Why are feminist groups up in arms over this issue?

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Obama’s Fruit

President Obama — with help from his GOP friends — have transformed America during the past 7 years.

Let us tearfully recount these changes, through the eyes of God.

NEWS BRIEF: “Obama’s SOTU: The Transformative President Triumphant“, Breitbart News, Jan 12, 2016

“… Obama has indeed succeeded in transforming the country, and he’ll pat himself on the back with both hands, presumably until he begins crying from a case of broken ribs. Here are 12 ways Obama has transformed America and the world:

1) Executive Amnesty – Obama Administration has stopped deporting illegals, and RINO (Republicans In Name Only) have funded his amnesty program every single time the opportunity has arisen to reverse this policy.

2) Executive Gun Control – Obama’s crying jag last week over gun control hid the fact that he’s setting the groundwork for his Department of Justice to target individual gunowners.

3) Obamacare. Republicans have pledged since 2010 to stop Obamacare … Nonetheless, Republicans continue to fund the program.

4) Planned Parenthood. Obama hasn’t just enshrined Planned Parenthood’s abortion business – he’s done it while defanging the single largest scandal ever to engulf the abortion mill … when Republicans refused to attach the defunding issue to a broader budget, Obama simply vetoed the stand-alone bill. Republicans went ahead and funded Planned Parenthood in the end. As always.

5) The Iran Deal. President Obama’s Iran deal hands the mullahs nuclear weapons in a decade, and hands them massive financial power, which will be channeled into terrorism and territorial expansionism, immediately.

On On Tuesday, the day of Obama’s State of the Union Address, Iran poked the United States in the eye again, seizing two American naval vessels who had supposedly strayed into Iranian waters. Iran did not need to take this aggressive action, but wanted the world to know that, on the eve of the lifting of sanctions against Iran, the Persian Kingdom was showing the world who really was boss.

The Illuminati is planning for Iran (Ancient Persia) to join the Russian-led attack on Israel — fulfilling Ezekiel 38-39. Iran is off limits to any Western attack because of this prophecy.

6) Slashing The Military — Republicans, in attempting to stop Obama’s spending spree, jumped on board with the foolhardy sequestration deal that would supposedly slash future spending – but in actuality served mainly to stop spending on the military … The result is a military that has been dramatically weakened. On top of that, Obama has insisted on using the military as a vehicle for his social experimentation on behalf of women and transgenders.

7) Destruction Of America’s Traditional Alliances — Israel used to be our strongest ally in the Middle East … Obama has succeeded in crafting a regime of international isolation for the Jewish State, even as he boosts the terrorist Palestinians. The new Egyptian government has already begun looking for allies in Russia and China…”

8) The Dependency Society — Obama has spent $8 trillion in order to craft a permanent dependency society in which almost four in ten Americans of working age don’t work … in which 46 million Americans are on food stamps and eight million are on disability.”

9) The Enshrinement of Same-Sex Marriage — President Obama says that the most important moment of his presidency was the Supreme Court mandating state-sanctioned same-sex marriage.

10) Mobilization of The Bureaucracy Against Political Opponents — The IRS has targeted Obama’s political opposition.

11) Racial Breakdown — Obama’s DOJ is targeting police departments around America; Obama himself continues to press the message that America is deeply racist, and that such racism is embedded into our DNA … yet another generation of minorities in America have now been trained that “white privilege” is to blame for any problems they suffer.”

12) Stacking The Supreme Court. — Obama has put in place two new Supreme Court justices: Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Both are relatively young, and both are wildly leftist. Obama is one justice away from complete dominance on the Court – all he needs is Anthony Kennedy to resign, and the Constitution turns to ash.”

America long ago passed God’s “Point of No Return”. But, these changes cement the inevitability of our physical annihilation at God’s hands. In the DVD, above, “America’s End Times Destruction Foretold”, we demonstrate the prophetic reality that the United States is the Economic Babylon of Revelation 18. With this concept in mind, listen to the awful prophetic destruction soon to fall upon this once great nation.

“`Babylon the great is fallen, and is become the (resort) of (demons), and the (dwelling place) of every foul spirit, and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird … For all nations have drunk of the wine and the wrath of her (passionate unchastity), and the (leaders) of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the (businessmen) of the earth (have become) rich through the abundance (excessive luxury) of her delicacies.”

“For her crimes and transgressions–are piled up as high as heaven and God has remembered her wickedness and her crimes–and calls them up for settlement…” (Revelation 18:2-5)

This is a statement of staggering proportions. How high is it from earth to heaven? When these sins are stacked, they literally reach from earth to heaven, according to God’s accounting. God will one day sooner rather than later suddenly and without further warning, destroy America in one hour of one day by overwhelming fire.

Doubt it not, and pass the warning!

Via http://www.cuttingedge.org/newsletters/index.html

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Three types of people

According to Adam Grant, the youngest-tenured and highest-rated professor at Wharton School of Business, there are three types of people:

1. The Taker

2. The Matcher  

3. The Giver

The Taker is an egoist. They tend to get more than they give. They believe the world is a competitive, dog-eat-dog world. As a result, they put their needs before everyone else. This strategy works for short-term gain … but it’s nearly impossible to sustain.

The Matcher is someone who seeks balance between giving and taking. They seek fairness and equality. If they put too much into a relationship, without getting anything in return, they’ll eventually give up. They believe in even exchanges and trading favors.

he Giver is altruistic. It’s a rare breed of human who doesn’t look for anything in return. Whereas Takers are focused on receiving all of time and Matchers are focused on receiving at least some of the time … Givers don’t even think about it.

Via http://www.getsidekick.com/blog/habits-of-likable-people

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Quote: Medical Freedom by Benjamin Rush

“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come
when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict
the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to
others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special
privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.”

― Benjamin Rush (1746-1813)

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Mark Twain on Jews

If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one quarter of one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk.

His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine and abstruse learning are also very out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world in all ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself and be excused for it. The Egyptians, the Babylonians and the Persians rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greeks and Romans followed and made a vast noise, and they were gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, and have vanished.

The Jew saw them all, survived them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmaties, of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert but aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jews; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?

—Mark Twain, 1897

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Seth’s Blog: Doing calculus with Roman numerals

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2015/01/doing-calculus-with-roman-numerals.html

“In most fields your work is hindered if you only have a few of the most basic tools. Understanding more of the building blocks of finance, or marketing or technology are essential if you want to get something important done. 

Here’s my advice: Every time you hear an expert use a word or concept you don’t understand, stop her and ask to be taught.  Every time. After just a few interactions, you’ll have a huge advantage over those who didn’t ask.”

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Whitewashing Islamic terrorism – Opinion – Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Whitewashing-Islamic-terrorism-386576

“Only by correctly defining a problem can one begin to effectively combat it: A Muslim who runs over a dozen people while shouting “Allahu Akbar” is not simply “mentally unstable, ” he is a terrorist.

The delusional refusal in the West to accept this fact has contributed to the transformation of large swathes of Paris, Sydney and other urban centers into little Baghdads.

And unless the confusion over “confused” Muslims killing people ceases, many Western countries can expect more dead bodies lining their streets in the future.”

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Upon Hope: How Socialism Helped Destroy Marriage

“In the past men competed against each other to show that they could provide for themselves and a wife and a family. But because people fall in love and they talk about love it can hid the reality and that reality is that love often comes afterwards, after the man has proven that he can provide. It’s not the only thing a women looks for, but it is a thing. So what happens when the Government comes along and gives women money for falling pregnant?

In effect these women end up “marrying” the Government instead of marrying a man. The Government provides for her and poor men simply cannot compete. A man who cannot find work, or who hits hard times is now competing against the Government.

For men who are better off this isn’t a problem. The Government is rich compared to even the richest man, but unlike the richest man who only spends his money on one wife. The Government has countless “wives” it must provide for. So even men of modest means can compete because he can still provide better than the Government. It is only poor men and those who hit hard times that need worry about this. Once, not that long ago, even most poor men could marry, but that is now lost. Now men and women live in separate houses, both provided for one way or the other by money from the Government.”

via Upon Hope: How Socialism Helped Destroy Marriage.

Arab Sympathy for the Zionist Movement

“We Arabs, especially the educated among us look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist Organisation to Peace Conference, and we regard them as moderate proper. We will do our best, in so far as we are concerned, to help them through: we will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home.”

Prince Feisal Husseini, King of Syria and Iraq, 1919

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Quotes by P.G. Wodehouse

Memories are like mulligatawny soup in a cheap restaurant. It is best not to stir them.

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He was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say “when!”

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Flowers are happy things.

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The Aberdeen terrier gave me an unpleasant look and said something under his breath in Gaelic

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There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.

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“What ho!” I said.

“What ho!” said Motty.

“What ho! What ho!”

“What ho! What ho! What ho!”

After that it seemed rather difficult to go on with the conversation.”

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“I always advise people never to give advice.”

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It was one of those parties where you cough twice before you speak and then decide not to say it after all.

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“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?'”

“The mood will pass, sir.”

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A certain critic — for such men, I regret to say, do exist — made the nasty remark about my last novel that it contained ‘all the old Wodehouse characters under different names.’ He has probably by now been eaten by bears, like the children who made mock of the prophet Elisha: but if he still survives he will not be able to make a similar charge against Summer Lightning. With my superior intelligence, I have out-generalled the man this time by putting in all the old Wodehouse characters under the same names. Pretty silly it will make him feel, I rather fancy.

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I hadn’t the heart to touch my breakfast. I told Jeeves to drink it himself.

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Chumps always make the best husbands. When you marry, Sally, grab a chump. Tap his head first, and if it rings solid, don’t hesitate. All the unhappy marriages come from husbands having brains. What good are brains to a man? They only unsettle him.

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“I am Psmith,” said the old Etonian reverently. “There is a preliminary P before the name. This, however, is silent. Like the tomb. Compare such words as ptarmigan, psalm, and phthisis.”
(Psmith, Journalist)

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I remember her telling me once that rabbits were the gnomes in attendance to the Fairy Queen and that the stars were God’s daisy chain. Perfect rot, of course.

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“Lady Glossip: Mr. Wooster, how would you support a wife?

Bertie Wooster: Well, I suppose it depends on who’s wife it was, a little gentle pressure beneath the elbow while crossing a busy street usually fits the bill.”

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A man’s subconscious self is not the ideal companion. It lurks for the greater part of his life in some dark den of its own, hidden away, and emerges only to taunt and deride and increase the misery of a miserable hour.

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You would be miserable if you had to go through life with a human doormat with ‘Welcome’ written on him. You want some one made of sterner stuff. You want, as it were, a sparring-partner, some one with whom you can quarrel happily with the certain knowledge that he will not curl up in a ball for you to kick, but will be there with the return wallop.”
(Piccadilly Jim)

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I am strongly of the opinion that, after the age of twenty-one, a man ought not to be out of bed and awake at four in the morning. The hour breeds thought. At twenty-one, life being all future, it may be examined with impunity. But, at thirty, having become an uncomfortable mixture of future and past, it is a thing to be looked at only when the sun is high and the world full of warmth and optimism.

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I don’t want to wrong anybody, so I won’t go so far as to say that she actually wrote poetry, but her conversation, to my mind, was of a nature calculated to excite the liveliest of suspicions. Well, I mean to say, when a girl suddenly asks you out of a blue sky if you don’t sometimes feel that the stars are God’s daisy-chain, you begin to think a bit.”
(Right Ho, Jeeves)

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Employers are like horses—they require management.”
(Carry On, Jeeves)

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I can detach myself from the world. If there is a better world to detach oneself from than the one functioning at the moment I have yet to hear of it.”

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Well, you certainly are the most wonderfully wooly baa lamb that ever stepped.”
(The Code of the Woosters)

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“Jeeves, you really are a specific dream-rabbit.”

“Thank you miss. I am glad to have given satisfaction.”
(The Code of the Woosters)

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A man who has spent most of his adult life trying out a series of patent medicines is always an optimist.”
(The Most Of P.G. Wodehouse)

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“Some time ago,” he said, “–how long it seems! — I remember saying to a young friend of mine of the name of Spiller, ‘Comrade Spiller, never confuse the unusual with the impossible.’ It is my guiding rule in life.”

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“What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this?”
“There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter”

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I spent the afternoon musing on Life. If you come to think of it, what a queer thing Life is! So unlike anything else, don’t you know, if you see what I mean.

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As we grow older and realize more clearly the limitations of human happiness, we come to see that the only real and abiding pleasure in life is to give pleasure to other people.”
(Something Fresh)

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The drowsy stillness of the afternoon was shattered by what sounded to his strained senses like G. K. Chesterton falling on a sheet of tin.

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From my earliest years I had always wanted to be a writer. It was not that I had any particular message for humanity. I am still plugging away and not the ghost of one so far, so it begins to look as though, unless I suddenly hit mid-season form in my eighties, humanity will remain a message short.

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Always get to the dialogue as soon as possible. I always feel the thing to go for is speed. Nothing puts the reader off more than a big slab of prose at the start.

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Oh, I don’t know, you know, don’t you know?

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No one so dislikes being punished unjustly as the person who might have been punished justly on scores of previous occasions, if he had only been found out.”
(Tales of St. Austin’s)

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One of the Georges – I forget which – once said that a certain number of hours´ sleep each night – I cannot recall at the moment how many – made a man something which for the time being has slipped my memory.”
(Something Fresh)

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When you’re alone you don’t do much laughing.

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Half a league
Half a league
Half a league onward
With a hey-nonny-nonny
And a hot cha-cha.”

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A girl who bonnets a policeman with an ashcan full of bottles is obviously good wife-and-mother timber.

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I read the paragraph again. A peculiar feeling it gave me. I don’t know if you have ever experienced the sensation of seeing the announcement of the engagement of a pal of yours to a girl whom you were only saved from marrying yourself by the skin of your teeth. It induces a sort of — well, it’s difficult to describe it exactly; but I should imagine a fellow would feel much the same if he happened to be strolling through the jungle with a boyhood chum and met a tigress or a jaguar, or what not, and managed to shin up a tree and looked down and saw the friend of his youth vanishing into the undergrowth in the animal’s slavering jaws. A sort of profound, prayerful relief, if you know what I mean, blended at the same time with a pang of pity. What I’m driving at is that, thankful as I was that I hadn’t had to marry Honoria myself, I was sorry to see a real good chap like old Biffy copping it. I sucked down a spot of tea and began brooding over the business.

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Sturgis had now become involved in a long story of his early manhood, and even had Soapy been less distrait he might have found it difficult to enjoy it to the full. It was about an acquaintance of his who had kept rabbits, and it suffered in lucidity from his unfortunate habit of pronouncing rabbits ‘roberts’, combined with the fact that by a singular coincidence the acquaintance had been a Mr. Roberts. Roberts, it seemed, had been deeply attached to roberts. In fact, his practice of keeping roberts in his bedroom had led to trouble with Mrs. Roberts, and in the end Mrs. Roberts had drowned the roberts in the pond and Roberts, who thought the world of his roberts and not quite so highly of Mrs. Roberts, had never forgiven her.

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He couldn’t have moved quicker if he had been the dachshund Poppet, who at this juncture was running round in circles, trying, if I read his thoughts aright, to work off the rather heavy lunch he had had earlier in the afternoon.”
(How Right You Are, Jeeves)

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My Aunt Dahlia, who runs a woman’s paper called Milady’s Boudoir, had recently backed me into a corner and made me promise to write her a few words for her “Husbands and Brothers” page on “What the Well-Dressed Man is Wearing”. I believe in encouraging aunts, when deserving; and, as there are many worse eggs than her knocking about the metrop, I had consented blithely. But I give you my honest word that if I had had the foggiest notion of what I was letting myself in for, not even a nephew’s devotion would have kept me from giving her the raspberry. A deuce of a job it had been, taxing the physique to the utmost. I don’t wonder now that all these author blokes have bald heads and faces like birds who have suffered.

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Intoxicated? The word did not express it by a mile. He was oiled, boiled, fried, plastered, whiffled, sozzled, and blotto.”
(Meet Mr. Mulliner)

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“Talking of being eaten by dogs, there’s a dachshund at Brinkley who when you first meet him will give you the impression that he plans to convert you into a light snack between his regular meals. Pay no attention. It’s all eyewash. His belligerent attitude is simply—”

Sound and fury signifying nothing, sir?”

That’s it. Pure swank. A few civil words, and he will be grappling you . . . What’s the expression I’ve heard you use?”

Grappling me to his soul with hoops of steel, sir?”

In the first two minutes. He wouldn’t hurt a fly, but he has to put up a front because his name’s Poppet. One can readily appreciate that when a dog hears himself addressed day in and day out as Poppet, he feels he must throw his weight about. Is self-respect demands it.”

Precisely, sir.”

You’ll like Poppet. Nice dog. Wears his ears inside out. Why do dachshunds wear their ears inside out?”

I could not say, sir.”

Nor me. I’ve often wondered.”

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Dark hair fell in a sweep over his forehead. He looked like a man who would write vers libre, as indeed he did.

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“Apparently that dog of hers joined you in the water.”

Yes, that’s right, he took his dip with the rest of us. But what’s that got to do with it?”

Wilbert Cream dived in and saved him.”

He could have got ashore perfectly well under his own steam. In fact, he was already on his way, doing what looked like an Australian crawl.”

That wouldn’t occur to a pinhead like Phyllis. To her Wilbert Cream is the man who rescued her dachshund from a watery grave. So she’s going to marry him.”

But you don’t marry fellows because they rescue dachshunds.”

You do, if you’ve got a mentality like hers.”
(How Right You Are, Jeeves)

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