The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it.

Character is like a tree and reputation is like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pate.

Elbert Hubbard

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists of not exceeding the limits.

Gore Vidal

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.

Erma Bombeck

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the desert cart.

George Orwell

Some ideas are so preposterous that only an intellectual could believe them.

There is no greater error in the study of human things than to believe that the search for what is essential must lead us to what is hidden.

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