Curtis Dahlgren
COLLEGE ORIENTATION 101, Week 4; "ammo for the soul"
By Curtis Dahlgren
September 15, 2011

"Finding good quotations isn't hard, but setting them in a certain order is something else." — Ecclesiastes 12 (paraphrased)

  • "Man exploits man. Under Communism it's the other way around." — old saying in the USSR

  • "Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave." — Baron Brougham (1778-1868)

  • "There are two kinds of people — those who want to be governed and those who want to be ruled." — Rush Limbaugh

  • "The investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of education." — Antisthenes (445-365 BC)

  • "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." — Abraham Lincoln

  • "It is better to be a mouse in a cat's mouth than a man in a lawyer's hands." — Spanish proverb

  • "Whatever their other contributions to society, lawyers could be an important source of protein." — 'Guindon' cartoon

  • "A life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books." — John Ruskin (1819-1900)

  • "Our principal writers have nearly all been fortunate in escaping regular education." — Chris Grieve (1892-1978)

  • "In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many you can get through, but how many can get through to you." — Mort Adler

  • "Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote." — Lord Chesterfield (1694- 1773)

  • "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them" — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  • "How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live." — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  • "Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life." — Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

  • "Deep versed in books and shallow in himself." — Milton (1608-1674)

  • "The reason so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything." — Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)

  • "Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought." — Sir Arthur Helps (1813-1875)

  • "The formula 'two and two make five' is not without its attractions." — Dostoevsky (1821-1881)

  • "The great American novel has not only been written, it has already been rejected." — Frank Dane

  • "The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shake-proof crap detector." — Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

  • "Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children." — David Lodge

  • "Autobiography is a preemptive strike against biographies." — Barb Harrison

  • "The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them." — Samuel Butler

  • "If you can speak what you will never hear, and write what you will never read, you have done rare things." — Thoreau

  • "To do what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius." — Henri Amiel (1821-1881)

  • "Most editors are failed writers, but so are most writers." — Thomas Stearn Eliot

  • "Reading makes a full man, writing an exact man." — Francis Bacon

  • "A man really writes for an audience of about ten persons. Of course if others like it, that is clear gain." — Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

  • "The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck." — Louis Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

  • "A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage." — Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

  • "I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it . . . If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it." — Jonathan Winters

  • "Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision." — Peter Drucker

  • "When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary." — Wm. Wrigley, Jr.

  • "A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured down and then quietly strangled." — Barnett Cocks (1907-1989)

  • "Had the people of the United States been educated in different principles, had they been less intelligent, less independent, or less virtuous, can it be believed that we should have maintained the same steady and consistent career or been blessed with the same success?

    "While, then, the constituent body retains its present sound and healthful state everything will be safe. They will choose competent and faithful representatives for every department. It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising the sovereignty.

    "Usurpation is than an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin." — President James Monroe (first Inaugural address)

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." — Psalm 111

"If you educate a man, you educate a person, but if you educate a wise man, you educate a family." — Ruby Manikan

P.S. Mark Twain said that a "Classic" is a book that people praise and don't read. By that definition, regardless of others, the Bible is definitely a Classic.

PPS: "The fear of the Lord" means standing in awe of God and His Creation. These days we are too much impressed by the gadgets MAN has made (I-phones, I-pods and I-pads).

More to come next week.

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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