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 Post subject: Re: Philosophical Quotes
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:40 pm 
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I really can't imagine anything more pathetic and pointless than striving to outdo the Joneses. I'm sure people do but it's their choice and the sure route to misery.


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 Post subject: Re: Philosophical Quotes
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:07 am 
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Hook Dangler wrote:
....in order to maintain par, you become dependent on the income.

True, but mine is a very comfortable (some might suggest, modest) par.
And, I suspect,there are abundant Joneses who would readily swap with me.

The striving to exceed the notional Joneses has always puzzled me. It appears a drive rooted in the insecurity that I need to be affirmed by others for assurance of my self-worth.
I identify more with the (traditional) Japanese premise that I do and have things for my pleasure.
If others esteem such things well, that is a collateral benefit that didn't feature in my choice at the time.
A great example is the silk monochrome landscape with peacocks that lines the interior of my haori, a short jacket worn over the kimono. Who would see it? Do I care?
But it pleases me.

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 Post subject: Re: Philosophical Quotes
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:34 am 
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I'm re-reading Paxo's book The English. A witty read that is lightening this dark day (Spurs lost Thursday and Glaws last night) and this made smile. He says the further one gets from London the more independent the population. He quotes a note left for his successor by the Bishop of Norwich.

'Welcome to Norwich. The best way to lead the people round here is to find out where they're going and walk in front of them'.


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 Post subject: Re: Philosophical Quotes
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:00 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Philosophical Quotes
PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:14 am 
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Returning to the theme....

I read one last week that appealed: "If a young man is not a radical, he has no heart, if an old man is not a conservative, he has no soul."
Or that's as I remember it. Was it Einstein?

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 Post subject: Re: Philosophical Quotes
PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:23 pm 
Grizzled Grizzler wrote:
Returning to the theme....

I read one last week that appealed: "If a young man is not a radical, he has no heart, if an old man is not a conservative, he has no soul."
Or that's as I remember it. Was it Einstein?

When I first saw your quote I was unsure if it was Disraeli or Churchill and, as no one else has reponded I'll take a chance and run the gauntlet. I did a search and found, ...

The phrase originated with Francois Guisot (1787-1874): "Not to be a republican at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head." It was revived by French Premier Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929): "Not to be a socialist at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be on at thirty is proof of want of head."

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/List_of_misquotations


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 Post subject: Re: Philosophical Quotes
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:19 pm 
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Attributed to Churchill.

"I have never killed anyone, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."


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