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The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd

The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.
-- Alan Ashley-Pitt

Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be

Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be. If one asks the whence derives the authority of fundamental ends, since they

To choose or construct beautiful forms requires good taste

To choose or construct beautiful forms requires good taste, and that in its turn requires cultivation, which comes from the observation of beautiful forms. Those who are not accustomed to seeing beautiful things are, in consequence, often uncertain whether they think a thing beautiful or not. Some -- perhaps all of us -- have an intuition for what is beautiful; but most of us have to achieve beauty by taking pains. -- Edward Johnston 'Writing, Illuminating & Lettering'

Never seem more learned than the people you are with.

Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not put it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked. -- Earl of Chesterfield

But though every created thing is, in this sense, a mystery

But though every created thing is, in this sense, a mystery, the word mystery cannot be applied to moral truth, any more than obscurity can be applied to light. ... Mystery is the antagonist of truth. It is a fog of human invention, that obscures truth, and represents it in distortion. Truth never envelops itself in mystery, and the mystery in which it is at any time enveloped is the work of its antagonist, and never of itself.
-- Thomas Paine

The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent.

The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent. -- John H. Holmes, A Sensible - Man's View of Religion, 1933]

The difference between sex and love is that sex relieves tension and love causes it.

The difference between sex and love is that sex relieves tension and love causes it.
-- WOODY ALLEN

Wasting time is negative, but there is something positive about idleness.

Wasting time is negative, but there is something positive about idleness.
-- J. Russel Lynes

Happiness is as a butterfly

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
-- Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals;
love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
-- Goldsmith, in The Good-Natured Man, 1768

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