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❝My philosophy
like colour TV
is all there
in black and white❞
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All true wisdom is found on T-shirts.

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
George Santayana (1863-1952)

Be the first to say what is self-evident, and you are immortal.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916)

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)

Everyone complains about his memory, and no one complains about his judgment.
La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Everything in moderation, including moderation.
Petronius (27-66)

For there is no error so crooked, but it hath in it some lines of truth; Nor is any poison so deadly, that it serveth not some wholesome use.
Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810-1889)

For when the wine is in, the wit is out.
Thomas Becon (1512-1567)

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)

I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

I'm sorry I wrote you such a long letter; I didn't have time to write you a shorter one.
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
Aeschylus (525 BCE-456 BCE)

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.
Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994)

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
James Thurber (1894-1961)

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)

No wise man ever wished to be younger.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944)

Some folk are wise; and some are otherwise.
Tobias Smollett (1721-1771)

Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Someone who thinks of himself as a wit is usually half right.

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
William Blake (1752-1827)

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
A.A. Milne (1882-1956)

The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
George Santayana (1863-1952)

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them.
Samuel Palmer (1805-1881)

Wit is educated insolence.
Aristotle (384 BCE-322 BCE)

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.
William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

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