Ah, if he could only die temporarily!
Sure enough, it was just as I had dreaded, he started to climb the tree-“
“What the Bull?”
“Of course- who else?”
“But a bull can’t climb a tree.”
“He can’t can he? Since you know so much about it, did you ever see a bull try?”
“No! I never dreamt of such a thing.”
Well, then, what is the use of your talking that way, then? Because you never saw a thing done, is that any reason why it can’t be done?
If a cat sits on a hot stove, that cat won’t sit on a hot stove again. That cat won’t sit on a cold stove either. That cat just don’t like stoves.
One ought always to lie, when one can do good by it;
Heaven is by favor; if it were by merit your dog would go in and you would stay out. Of all the creatures ever made (man) is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one… that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.
The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.
I know I am not capable of suffering more than I did during those few minutes of suspense in the dark, surrounded by those creeping, bloody-minded tarantulas. I
The timid man yearns for full value and asks for a tenth. The bold man strikes for double value and compromises on par.
As regards his health–and the rest of the things–the average man is what his environment and his superstitions have made him; and their function is to make him an ass. He can’t add up three or four new circumstances together and perceive what they mean; it is beyond him. He is not capable of observing for himself; he has to get everything at second-hand. If what are miscalled the lower animals were as silly as man is, they would all perish from the earth in a year.
There is no such thing as material covetousness. All covetousness is spiritual. …Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment.