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A visitor to a Quaker meeting stands up after five minutes of silence and asks, "When does the service begin?" An old Friend rises after a brief reflection and says, "Service begins when the worship ends."

The inner light is the shortest route to the outer darkness.- attributed to G K Chesterton

In 1729 the old church (St Mary's) fell down bodily after more than six centuries of constant use ..... when the fund raising committee paid a courtesy call on Jonathan Gurnell, a wealthy Quaker landowner, they were surprised to be told, "Thee knows, friends, that I am not in the habit of giving money to build up steeple houses, but here's a hundred ponds to help thee take away the old one." Kate McEwan, Ealing Walkabout, 1983


There are no foolish questions, only foolish silence.

Who needs rhetorical questions?

I know I have not found the answers to all of my questions. The answers I have found only serve to raise a whole set of new questions. In some ways I am as confused as ever, but I believe that I am confused on a higher level and about more important things.

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. Chinese Proverb

Better to ask twice than to lose your way once. --Danish proverb

Hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers. Joan Baez

 I wish I had an answer to that, because I'm tired of answering that question...Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra (b. 1925)

 If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer.-- Yogi Berra

When your wife asks, "Do I look fat?" The correct response is: "Do I look stupid?" &emdash;Andy Chap BC

The fool wonders, the wise man asks. - Benjamin Disraeli

Bromidic though it may sound, some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn. - Katharine Graham

There are no foolish questions, just fools asking questions.-- Dave Kifer

Can a mortal ask question which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask---half our great theological and metaphysical problems---are like that. And now that I come to think of it, there's no practical problem before me at all. I know the two great commandments, and I'd better get on with them.
C. S. Lewis A Grief Observed

There aren't any embarrassing questions -- only embarrassing answers. Carl Rowan (1925 &endash; 2000);

There are no foolish questions and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions. Charles Steinmetz

It is not every question that deserves an answer.--Publilius Syrus (1st century BC)_Moral Sayings_, Maxim 581

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know.-Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910)_Life on the Mississippi_ [1883], Chapter six


Defeat doesn't finish a man --quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.-- Richard Nixon (1913-1994)


Quotatious - adj. fond of using quotations, inclined to quote

Quidquid latine dictum sit altum videtur - "That which is said in Latin sounds profound."

This delivering of knowledge in distinct and disjointed aphorisms doth leave the wit of man more free to turn and toss, and to make use of that which is so delivered to more several purposes and applications. -- Francis Bacon, _Novum Organum_, 1620

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own. -- John Bartlett

I really didn't say everything I said. --Yogi Berra

Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit. ~ Christopher N. Bovee

Quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts.-Winston Churchill

Old expressions are the best, and short ones even better.-- Winston Churchill

If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will be cried up as erudition. --Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) _Lacon_ [1825], Vol 1, No. 546

I am but a gatherer, and a disposer of other men's stuff. If the world like it not, so much the worse for them. -- W Cowper

Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory. --Diderot

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognised wiser than oneself. Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992)

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) 

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. Ralph Waldo Emerson. 1803-1882. Quotation and Originality.

Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
This is a remark Emerson wrote in his journals referring to the unreliability of second hand testimony and worse upon the subject of immortality. It is often taken out of proper context, and has even begun appearing on the internet as "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know" or sometimes just "I hate quotations." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals (May 1849)

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

As the scholar and preacher Thomas Fuller wrote in 1642,"A common-place-book contains many notions in garrison whence the owner may draw out an army into the field" In his day, every educated gentleman maintained such a garrison, a hand-copied collection of memorable passages from which he could draft apposite quotations. ~Anne Fadiman, The American Scholar (2000)

And yes the reason I love quotes‚ it gets us back to the way life used to be and should be ... and we must be reminded as life is becoming very stressful, very busy, families are no longer what they "used to be" and I love to be reminded to "slow down and smell the roses." Think about where you are going and what you are doing. They truly give life perspective. ~ Bobbi Fillmore

". . . word-sniffing . . . is an addiction, like glue -- or snow -- sniffing in a somewhat less destructive way, physically if not economically. . . . As an addict, I am almost guiltily interested in converts to my own illness . .M. F. K. Fisher (1908 - 1992) "Cook's and Diner's Dictionary," 1968

Quotations help us remember the simple yet profound truths that give life perspective and meaning. When it comes to life's most important lessons, we can all use gentle reminders.--Chriswell Freeman

He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind.--Samuel Johnson

Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.
Samuel Johnson, Dictionary of the English Language, 1775

The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in few words. --Dr. Johnson

Perhaps the excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in few words. We frequently fall into error and folly, not because the true principles are not known, but because, for a time, they are not remembered; and he may therefore be justly numbered among the benefactors of mankind, who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollection to recur habitually to the mind. ---Samuel Johnson (Rambler #175)

Genuine bon mots surprise those from whose lips they fall, no less than they do those who listen to them.--Joseph Joubert, _Pense'es_, 1842

He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Be careful, -- with quotations you can damn anything - Andre Malraux(1901-1976) Anti-censorship address, French Assembly, 12 Nov 1966.

Some immemorial imbecilities have been added deliberately, on the ground that it is just as interesting to note how foolish men have been as to note how wise they have been.- Mencken, H. L. (1880-1956)_A New Dictionary of Quotations_ (1942) p. 8

I quote others only the better to express myself. --Montaigne

Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely. - Hesketh Pearson (1887 &endash; 1964)

True wit is Nature to advantage dressed;
What oft was thought but ne'er so well expressed.
Pope, Essay on Criticism

The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains proves that he has no brains of his own. Charles Haddon Spurgeon

In fine, nothing is said now that has not been said before. Terence. 185-159 B. C. Eunuchus. The Prologue. 41.

The little and short sayings of the wise and excellent are of great value, like the dust of gold, or the least sparks of diamonds. --John Tillotson

A favorite quote? That's like having a favorite page of the encyclopedia. - Bruce Thompson

Colours fade, temples crumble, but wise words endure.--Edward L. Thorndike

When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruples. Take it and copy it. Mark Twain

Adam was the only man who, when he said a good thing, knew that nobody had said it before him. Mark Twain

Few maxims are true in every respect. --Vauvenargues

Men's maxims reveal their characters. - Vauvenargues

Can one always get a sight of a cite on your quotes site? (sigh) GJW

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