I like this and on all these dreadful quotes websites it's attributed to “Clara Ortega”. Searching the quote or the name just yields more dreadful quotes websites. Who is Clara Ortega??
There is mention of a Clara Ortega here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rancho_San_Ysidro but no indication at all if it is the same.
EDIT: I know it's not especially groundbreaking or elegant but if you have a sibling you feel that it is true about then it does make you smile.
- One’s back is vulnerable, unless one has a brother. Ber er hver að baki nema sér bróður eigi.
The Saga of Grettir the Strong, chapter 82
- There are more things to be thought of by men than money alone. En fleira er mönnum til hugganar en fébætur einar.
The Saga of Grettir the Strong, chapter 47
- Never slay more than one man in the same stock, and never break the peace which good men and true make between thee and others. Veg þú aldrei meir í hinn sama knérunn en um sinn og rjúf aldrei sætt þá er góðir menn gera meðal þín og annarra.
The Saga of Burnt Njal, chapter 55
- Then said Atli, when he got the thrust, “These broad spears are becoming a fashion.” After that he fell forward over the threshold. Atli mælti við er hann fékk lagið: “Þau tíðkast hin breiðu spjótin,” segir hann. Síðan féll hann fram á þröskuldinn.
The Saga of Grettir the Strong, chapter 45
- He is bad-tempered, and may be that I shall let another’s wound be my warning. Hann er skapillur og búið eg láti annars víti að varnaði.
The Saga of Burnt Njal, chapter 37
- There are few more certain tokens of ill than not to know how to accept the good. Fátt vísara til ills en kunna eiga gott að þiggja.
The Saga of Grettir the Strong, chapter 78
- Where fault can be found, the good is ignored. Fár bregður hinu betra ef hann veit hið verra.
The Saga of Burnt Njal, chapter 139
- A tale is but half told when only one person tells it. Jafnan er hálfsögð saga ef einn segir.
The Saga of Grettir the Strong, chapter 46
- No one is a total fool if he can be silent. Enginn er alheimskur, ef þegja má.
The Saga of Grettir the Strong, chapter 88
- Eyes can not hide a woman’s love for a man. Eigi leyna augu ef ann kona manni.
The Saga of Gunnlaugur the Worm-tongue, chapter 13.
I don't know why it says “1” at the start of every sentence. It says 1, 2, 3 and so on when I press EDIT.
Heard this chilling quote when interviewing some of the first black soldiers in the US military branches during WW II.
EDIT: This quote isn't meant to compare the experience or to remove the horrors from the Holocaust but to show that while the Americans were trying to figure out how to treat a man who treated another race so poorly, they treated another race poorly as well. This quote is more than Hitler or the Holocaust, its about pointing out the civil inequality in America….
Henry Louis Mencken (12 September 1880 – 29 January 1956), better known as H. L. Mencken, was a twentieth-century journalist, satirist, social critic, cynic, and freethinker, known as the “Sage of Baltimore” and the “American Nietzsche”. He is often regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the early 20th century.
EDIT: Source from Wikipedia
Most people don't understand what silence really means.
EDIT: His name is actually Ian Duncan Smith*. Google failed me.
EDIT: Source seems to be Napoleon Bonepart. Heard the quote from a dutch friend of mine, he seemed to have added the part “It's rude”. It adds a twist of funniness to it imo.
EDIT: Just realized this was posted before, still a wonderful quote though.
As a philosophy major, and someone who hopes to one day become a philosophy professor, this quote reminds me that philosophy is a lived practice first and an academic practice second. It reminds me that life is beautiful, despite its absurdity. Hope you guys enjoy.
EDIT: It's Albert Camus, by the way. He's perhaps one of the greatest existential philosophers in my opinion.
EDIT: the text in the original French: “C'est le temps que tu as perdu pour ta rose qui fait ta rose si importante.” Found via http://www.petit-prince.at/links.htm, in case you want to waste your afternoon with a children's book.
I've heard a couple variations of this, but have no idea where it originated.
EDIT: “Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal.” -Robert A. Heinlein Assignment in Eternity 1953. It seems like the concept must be older though, thoughts?