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Libero_Lang_Lab  Identity Verified
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Dec 11, 2002

They don\'t have to be translation-related, but preferably amusing and/or profound:



My top ten is hogged by Groucho Marx and Woody Allen, here are a couple of them:



\"I\'m not afraid of death, I just don\'t want to be there when it happens.\" Woody Allen



\"I wouldn\'t join any club that would have me as a member.\" Marx, Groucho.



Winston Churchill (in conversation with Nancy Astor):



Astor: \"If I was your wife, I\'d put poison in your tea.\"



Churchill: \"Madam, if I was your husband, I\'d drink it.\"



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Guy Bray  Identity Verified
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Please: these were both educated persons. It\'s \"If I were your wife, I would...\" and \"If I were your husband, I would...\"

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Nathalie M. Girard, ALHC  Identity Verified
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Here's a few that come to mind... Dec 11, 2002

Hi Dan!



Interesting topic, thank you for bringing it up... Here\'s a few of many that I personally like:



\"If you want to earn more - learn more. If you want to get more out of the world, you must put more into the world. For, after all, men will get no more out of life than what they put into it.\"



- William Boetcker



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\"Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will, we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.\"



- François La Rochefoucauld



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\"Find something you love to do and you\'ll never have to work a day in your life.\"



- Harvey Mackay



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\"Pleasure is Nature\'s test, her sign of approval. When a man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and with his environment.\"



- Oscar Wilde



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Have a great evening!



Nath





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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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Uffff......... Dec 11, 2002

Hi Dan!



From my \"private\" collection, ehem... I may have already put some of them here (wise words and wise weird world postings). I have tons because I´ve been collecting them for...hum....28 years.



Try to get S.J.Lec´s aphorisms, in my opinion he is the greatest aphorist ever.









Religion is death insurance with a non-renewable policy.



\"If you think you can do something, you are right.

If you think you can´t do something, you are right, too\". Henry Ford



\"Millions long for immortality but do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.\"



Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.



Trust everybody, but cut the cards.



In God we trust. (All others pay cash...)



The optimist and the pessimist are not only both mistaken but make, in fact, the same mistake; that of allowing emotions to adulterate fact.



If the terrain and the map do not agree, follow the terrain. (Swedish army manual)



Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. (I love this one...)

Pablo Picasso



People are DNA\'s way of making more DNA.



You can\'t have everything. Where would you put it?



I am an agnostic, dyslexic insomniac. I stay up all night wondering if there is a dog.



Some pursue happiness. Others create it.



If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito...



I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.







Dan, if your server accepts HUGE files I can send you a couple of word documents



Saludos, Au


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Definition of a pedant (for the benefit of all, but particularly Monsieur Bray!) Dec 11, 2002

A definition of the pedant: \"The pompous accounting instructor strode in front of his class while he over emphasized all the details of the lesson, boring most of the students. Someone who interrupts himself to ascertain whether the event took

place on Tuesday or Wednesday (when it doesn’t really matter).\" Jacques Barzun



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Aurora and Nath Dec 11, 2002

Thanks for sharing those.



\"Millions long for immortality but do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.\" - that\'s a lovely one.



My server can handle whatever you choose to throw at it.


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One of my favourite aphorism masters Dec 11, 2002

is Polish Stanislaw Jerszy Lec:



Do not ask God the way to heaven; he will show you the hardest one.



Illiterates have to dictate.



I prefer the sign NO ENTRY to the one that says NO EXIT.



All is in the hands of man. Therefore wash them often.



The first condition of immortality is death.



Even if you feed the cow cocoa you will not get chocolate.



If the art of conversation stood a little higher we would have a lower birthrate.



A fat man lives shorter but eats longer.



There are grammatical errors even in his silence.



Even the masochists tell everything when tortured. From sheer gratitude.



At the beginning there was the Word - at the end just the Cliche.



Optimists and pessimists differ only on the date of the end of the world.



Is it a progress if a cannibal uses knife and fork?



America was not discovered by Americans - shame on them.



If you want to hide your face, walk naked.



The exit is usually where the entrance was.



In a war of ideas it is people who get killed.



Be yourself. A horse without the lancer is still a horse; a lancer without the horse is just a man.



Tell me whom you sleep with and I shall tell you whom you dream of.



A tired exclamation mark is a question mark.



Value your words. Each one may be the last.



How can you translate sighs?



We demand an eight-hour thinking day!



Why do I write these short aphorisms? Because words fail me!


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Nathalie M. Girard, ALHC  Identity Verified
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You want more Dan? :-))) Dec 11, 2002

I have an extensive collection...



Here, let me throw a few more at you



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\"Human freedom is an achievement by man, and, as it was gained by vigilance and struggle, it can be lost by indifference and supineness.\"



- Harry Byrd



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\"He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.\"



- Arab proverb



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\"You can\'t build a reputation on what you are going to do.\"



- Henry Ford



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\"No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.\"



- Charles Kettering



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\"Stones and sticks are thrown only at fruit-bearing trees.\"



- Saadi



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\"Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.\"



- Theodore N. Vail



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\"It is not a question of how much a man knows, but what use he makes of what he knows; not a question of what he has acquired, and how he has been trained, but of what he is, and what he can do.\"



- Josiah G. Holland



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\"The man who follows the crowd will never be followed by a crowd.\"



- Richard Donnell



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\"More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren\'t so busy denying that they made them.\"



- Anonymous



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And here\'s one that I **really** like:



\"Life is like a grindstone: Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you\'re made of.\"




Enjoy!



Nath


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Jacek Krankowski  Identity Verified
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Could also apply to translation/interpretation Dec 11, 2002

There is hardly anybody good for everything, and there is scarcely anybody who is absolutely good for nothing.

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If people are unwilling to hear you, better it is to hold your tongue than them.

--Lord Chesterfield



A thing well said will be wit in all languages.

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Learn to write well, or not to write at all.

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Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow;

He who would search for pearls must dive below.

--John Dryden



Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can\'t and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying.

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The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.

--Robert Frost



What must the English and French think of the language of our philosophers when we Germans do not understand it ourselves?

--Goethe





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Shaw Dec 12, 2002

This one has just knocked Churchill out of my top ten:



\"A fool\'s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.\"

George Bernard Shaw





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and here are a couple from robert benchley that seem particularly apropos Dec 12, 2002

\"Defining and analyzing humor is a pastime of humorless people.\"





\"The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.\"



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laughter as therapy Dec 12, 2002

...and some perhaps need more intensive treatment than others:



\"Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.\"

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.



\"The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.\"

Mark Twain



\"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.\"

e e cummings



\"Laughter is the closest distance between two people.\"

Victor Borge



And this next one is great (not sure who norman is but he\'s coined a cracker here):

\"Laughter is inner jogging.\"

Norman Cousins


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Just one ... Dec 12, 2002

which is my real favourite and has proven to be right:



If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

Sir Isaac Newton



Thanks to all the giants I encountered in my life.



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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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Hi! Dec 12, 2002

Correct me if I\'m wrong, but hasn\'t the fine line between sanity and madness

gotten finer?



(Somebody...)


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fine line Dec 12, 2002

i\'ve been tightrope walking that line for years, so i guess i\'ve kind of lost perspective... things look pretty much the same on both sides of it to tell the truth. except the colours are brighter on the mad side (and there are less pedants)...



l\'amour fou est l\'amour le plus pur


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