P quotations.


Fish is the only food that is considered spoiled once it smells like what it is.

P.J. O'Rourke


Money is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.

P.T. Barnum


The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?

Pablo Casals


Everything you can imagine is real

Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.

-Quoted by Jean Cocteau, "War and Peace," pt. 1, Journals (1956).

Pablo Picasso (1881/1973). Spanish artist. 


In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.

Paul Dirac


Small acts of humanity amid the chaos of inhumanity provide hope. But small acts are insufficient.

Paul Rusesabagina (1955-06-15/). Rwandan and former hotel manager whose actions inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda.


The only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide it.

Paul Scherer


Everything that is worthwhile in life is scary. Choosing a school, choosing a career, getting married, having kids--all those things are scary. If it is not fearful, it is not worthwhile.

Paul Tornier


When we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn't just ourselves that we're discovering. We're discovering the universe.

Pema Chodron


The best way to predict your future is to create it.

Peter Drucker. See also Alex Kay.


Take time every day to do something silly.

Philipa Walker


Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.

Phyllis Diller.


Kindness is wisdom.

Philip James Bailey


If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow enobled and no-one dares criticize it.

Pierre Gallois


It is one thing to live, another to philosophize. When therefore the question is about the conduct of our lives, and the performance of our duty, we cease to be philosophers, to be opponents, doubtful or uncertain; and become poor, simple credulous idiots; we call things by their names, and re-assume our understanding and manners; we conform our manners to those of other men, and to their laws and customs.

-Traité philosophique sur la foiblesse de l'esprit humain, bk. III, ch. ix, pp. 242-243, Henri du Sauzet, Amsterdam (1723). Huets explanation of how a complete skeptic lives.

Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630/1721). French bishop, skeptical philosopher.


Long-winded writers I abhor, and glib, prolific chatters;
give me the ones who tear and gaw their hair and pens to tatters:
who find their writing such a chore, they only write what matters.

Piet Hein. Physicist, Noble laureate


In the world of knowledge, the essential Form of Good is the limit of our inquiries, and can barely be perceived; but, when perceived, we cannot help concluding that it is in every case the source of all that is bright and beautiful-in the visible world giving birth to light and its master, and in the intellectual world dispensing, immediately and with full authority, truth and reason-and that whosoever would act wisely, either in private or in public, must set this Form of Good before his eyes.

-The Republic, bk. 7, sct. 517. Attributed to Socrates.

... the greatest good of man is daily to converse about virtue, and all that concerning which you hear me examining myself and others, and that the life which is unexamined is not worth living ...

-The Apology of Socrates, paragraph 67.

He, O men, is the wisest, who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing.

-ibid, paragraph 10. Often paraphrased as "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing".

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

-Attributed to Socrates

Plato (427?/347 BCE). Greek philosopher.


Every day, as soon as they are clothed, they straightway put on their armor and go out into the court and fight, and fell each other.

-"Gylfaginning". Translated by Arthur G. Brodeur. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1923. Scandinavian Classics, Volume V, The Prose Edda. Section XLI, p 53. Northvegr.org/lore/prose/053056.php

Prose Edda (aka Younger Edda). Collected by Snorri Sturluson (1178/1241-09-23). Icelandic historian, poet, and politician.


Of all things the measure is man, of things that are, that they are, and of things that are not, that they are not.

-On Truth.

Protagoras of Abdera (490/420 BCE). A Sophist.


Avoid before Block. Block before Strike. Strike before Hurt. Hurt before Kill. Kill before Be Killed.

Psionic.


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