Orbiting Dicta

Category Archives: Quotes

Mencken on Puritanism

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. —H. L. Mencken

Louis IX on Conduct

Take care, then, not consciously to do or say anything which, if all the world were to know it, you could not acknowledge and say, ‘Yes, that was what I did or that was what I said.’ —Louis IX of France

Edith Sitwell on Silence

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. —Edith Sitwell

Will Rodgers on Good Judgment

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. —Will Rodgers

History Repeating Itself

Every time history repeats itself the price goes up. —Anonymous

Shaw on the Obvious

No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.—George Bernard Shaw

Bede on the Possibility of the Present

So much of modern life is a feverish anticipation of future activity and excitement. We have to learn to step back from this into the freedom and possibility of the present. —Dom Bede Griffiths

Edith Sitwell on the Public

The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth. —Edith Sitwell

Wang Yang-ming on Action

To know and not to act is not to know. —Wang Yang-ming

Whitman on Contradictions

Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes). —Walt Whitman