Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Frictionary # 92

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826. Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it. (E.B. White)

827. An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup. (H.L. Mencken)

828. People will accept your idea much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first. (David H. Comins)

829. What is amazing with idiots is that they're almost all above average. (Noctuel*)
* A French writer whose real name is Benjamin Subac.

830. Ignorance is not when you don't know something but when somebody notices it. (?)

831. Proudness and stupidity are made of the same wood. (German proverb)

832. The more you want to rise, the more you have to keep your feet on the ground. Every tree will tell you so. (Michel Tournier)

833. Never eat anything whose listed ingredients cover more than one-third of the package. (Joseph Leonard)

834. Legend: a lie that has attained the dignity of age. (L.J. Peter)

835. If called by a panther
Don't anther. (Ogden Nash)

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Frictionary # 91

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The Frictionary:

816. An encyclopedia is a system for collecting dust in alphabetical order. (Mike Barfield)

817. When the silent majority opens its mouth it is usually to yawn. (Gerd de Ley)

818. Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots. (Frank A. Clark)

819. Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. (James Baldwin)

820. If you try to fail and succeed, which have you done? (?)*

* Sometimes attributed to George Carlin.

821. The real xenophobe is one who hates foreigners so much that, when he travels to their country, he just can't stand himself. (Raymond Devos)

822. It's not just staying alive. It's staying human that's important. (George Orwell)

823. Humor is (...) despair refusing to take itself seriously. (Percival Arland Ussher)

824. "No.": the best oral contraceptive. (Réjean Lévesque)

825. A hypocrite is a person who - but who isn't? (Don Marquis)

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Frictionary # 90

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806. If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise. (Robert Fritz)

807. If you can't, you must. If you must, you can. (Anthony Robbins)

808. Life is hard. After all, it kills you. (Katherine Hepburn)

809. One hand full of money is stronger than two hands full of truth. (Danish proverb)

810. Don't always look at the bright side, you may go blind. (?)

811. All sins are attempts at filling voids. (Simone Weil)

812. Probably the most distinctive characteristic of the successful politician is selective cowardice. (Richard Harris)

813. The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead. (Robert Brault)

814. The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness. (Christopher Morley)

815. Of the delights of this world man cares most for is sexual intercourse, yet he has left it out of his heaven. (Mark Twain)

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Sunday, September 03, 2006

The Frictionary # 89

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796. Those who do not read are no better off than those who cannot.* (Proverb)
* I guess they won't be reading this proverb...

797. Woe to him who doesn't know how to wear his mask, be he a king or pope! (Luigi Pirandello)

798. Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect. (Owens Lee Pomeroy)

799. Fobia: the fear of misspelled words. (?)

800. Librarians are the secret rulers of the universe. They control information. Don't ever piss one off. (Spider Robinson)

801. Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable. (Shimon Peres)

802. To understand is to forgive. (Madame de Staël)

803. History repeats itself; historians repeat one another. (Rupert Brooke)

804. Poetry is an orphan of silence. (Charles Simic)

805. Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person dies. (Saint Augustine)

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