“My philosophy
like colour TV
is all there
in black and white”
Monty Python

Quotes, Aphorisms, Laws, and Thoughts
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Human Nature

 A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small package. 
 Ah! but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for? 
 All that we are not stares back at what we are. 
 Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out. 
 Crises bring out the best in the best of us, and the worst in the worst of us. 
 Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less. 
 I'd rather be a rising ape than a falling angel. 
 If you are identified by your opinions — if that is the very basis of yourself — how can you change your mind? 
 Man is vile, I know, but people are wonderful. 
 Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous; more dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions. 
I mostri esistono, ma sono troppo pochi per essere veramente pericolosi; sono più pericolosi gli uomini comuni, i funzionari pronti a credere e ad obbedire senza discutere.
 None so empty as those who are full of themselves. 
 Nowadays people are born to find fault; when they look at Achilles, they see only his heel. 
Die jetzigen Menschen sind zum tadeln geboren. Vom ganzen Achilles sehen sie nur die Ferse.
 One easily forgets what one does not want to remember. 
 Racism is only the snobbery of the poor. 
 The evil that we do does not attract to us so much persecution and hatred as our good qualities. 
Le mal que nous faisons ne nous attire pas tant de persécution et de haine que nos bonnes qualités.
 The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. 
 The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. 
 Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration. 
 We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore. 
Nous pardonnons souvent à ceux qui nous ennuient, mais nous ne pouvons pardonner à ceux que nous ennuyons.