Albert Einstein om bibliotek

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Mark Twain om galenskap

”When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
(Mark Twain’s Notebook, 1898)

Dagens middagsvers

”The Frenchman loves his native wine;
The German loves his beer;
The Englishman loves his ‘alf and ‘alf,
Because it brings good cheer.
The Irishman loves his “whiskey straight”;,
Because it gives him dizziness.
The American has no choice at all,
So he drinks the whole —— business.”

(Ur ”Toasts for all occasions”, Boston 1903)

Läs ”Toasts for all occasions” som gratis e-bok hos Public Domain Review

Mark Twains råd om livet

”Never refuse to do a kindness unless the act would work great injury to yourself, and never refuse to take a drink – under any circumstances.”

(Mark Twain’s Notebook, 1935)

Mark Twain om val

”If we would learn what the human race really is at bottom, we need only observe it in election times.”

(Mark Twain’s Autobiography)

Groucho Marx om kultur

”I must say I find television very educational.
The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.”
Groucho Marx (1890-1977)

Mark Twain om moral

”We get our morals from books. I didn’t get mine from books, but I know that morals do come from books – theoretically at least.”

(Sagt vid öppnandet av ”The Mark Twain Library” i Redding, Connecticut)

Mark Twain om julen

“The approach of Christmas brings harrassment and dread to many excellent people. They have to buy a cart-load of presents, and they never know what to buy to hit the various tastes; they put in three weeks of hard and anxious work, and when Christmas morning comes they are so dissatisfied with the result, and so disappointed that they want to sit down and cry. Then they give thanks that Christmas comes but once a year.”
(Mark Twain, “Following the Equator”, 1893)

Om eftervärlden

”Vi talar så högaktningsfullt om eftervärlden och väntar så många gottgörelser och reparationer av den. Men till hur mycket är inte vi eftervärld och lika dumma för det!”
(Klara Johanson, ”Eftertankar”, 1946)

Mark Twain om tidiga morgnar

”Wisdom teaches us that none but birds should go out early, and that not even birds should do it unless they are out of worms.”
(Mark Twain, ”New Year’s Day”, 1866)

Mark Twain om nykterhet

”Temperate temperance is best. Intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance, while temperate temperance helps it in its fight against intemperate intemperance. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky.”
(Mark Twain’s Notebook, 1896)

Churchill om förändring

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction”
Winston Churchill

Dagens tänkvärda

”Lyckan skänker för mycket åt många, men tillräckligt åt ingen.”
(Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli)

(Martialis, ca 40-104)

Mark Twain om mat

”Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
(Mark Twain)

Carl Sagan om genier

“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses.
They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers.
But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”

Carl Sagan (1934-96)

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