Favored Quotations

Some quotations fit a situation so well that they “sink in” and stay in the conscious for a long time. 

I have collected a few score over the years that resonate with me on various subjects within Renaissance life, and have used some in posts –sometimes also finding them in the work of others that I have referenced in RenaissanceRules (what insightful people!!).  Those are reassembled here for ease of access.  If you decide to use one or more, please be sure to attribute them to the original author!   Thank you!

  • “More than at any other time in our history we face a critical decision: one path leads to only despair and hopelessness; the other to total extinction.  I hope we have the wisdom to choose wisely.” Woody Allen, commencement address, 1980
  • “I am standing knee-deep in kerosene and everybody has a match.” Michail Gorbachev in the midst of Perestroika, July 1990.
  • “History is accelerating.” Vaclav Havel, 1990
  • “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”  St. Paul the Apostle, Philippians4:8-9
  • “Aut tace aut loquere meliora silencio” (“I will speak only when the words outperform silence”).  via Nassem Nicholas Taleb




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