Quote of the Day

A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one’s own ignorance.

— Niccolo Machiavelli


He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at.
— Epictetus


"My list of virtues contain’d at first but twelve; but a Quaker friend having kindly informed me that I was generally thought proud; that my pride show’d itself frequently in conversation; that I was not content with being in the right when discussing any point, but was overbearing, and rather insolent, of which he convinc’d me by mentioning several instances; I determined endeavouring to cure myself, if I could, of this vice or folly among the rest, and I added Humility to my list, giving an extensive meaning to the word…

In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had compleatly overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility." – Benjamin Franklin

Two excerpts of a longer essay… Go to the linked site below for the rest. If you have not read much of Mr. Franklin’s writing, I recommend it. I find his prose to be really enjoyable, and appreciate his oft-proffered wisdom.


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“I was once a narcissist. I overcame that. Now I’m perfect”
Victor Borge


“…there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

  • Hamlet (and most Buddhists)

Patience is not the ability to wait! It’s one’s attitude while waiting.


A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on

Attributed to Mark Twain, but I don’t know if that’s the truth.