February 20, 2009

Puzzling Advice

Surprisingly insightful truisms found in the Penny Press Variety Puzzles 2006(my favorite is at the bottom):

"When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends."

"It is better to undertake a large task and get it half done than to undertake nothing and get it all done."

"An impossibility does not disturb us until its accomplishment shows us what fools we were."

"Education is not preparation for life: education is life itself."

"Shun idleness. It is the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals."

"Usually the primary function of education is to teach you how to study on your own."

"Idealism is fine but as it approaches reality the cost is prohibitive."

"Honesty is one part of eloquence; we persuade others by being in earnest ourselves."

"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism."

"Before following a leader it is wise to see if he is headed in the right direction."

"There are two sides to every story: the book and the movie."

6 comments:

Eva said...

My favourite is the first one. The last one made me laugh! :)

Jeane said...

I like the third and fifth ones. And the last one made me smile- so true!

bookfool said...

My favorite was the last one too! So true!!!

farmlanebooks said...

I've just tagged you for this photo meme:
http://www.farmlanebooks.co.uk/?p=719

I look forward to seeing what's in your fifth folder!

Zibilee said...

I like the one about criticism. They are all pretty good though.

C. B. James said...

These are very good. I'm going to use some of them with my students.

My favorite is the first one.