This is my collection of possibly wise sayings, grouped
into common proverbs, religious proverbs, advice on how to make
decisions, and observations I have made myself.
A large corpus of common proverbs contain much contradictory advice:
it is sometimes possible to find one proverb giving the opposite
advice to another for the same situation. The proverbs I have chosen
here are in accordance with what I have observed to seem to be true;
it may be possible to find proverbs that disagree with them!
- Look before you leap.
- Don't try to run before you can walk.
- 41.2% of all statistics are made up.
- Down with the categorical imperative!
- Never underestimate the expressive power of an rapid mixture of Irish Gaelic and Latin. Also, never overestimate its audience.
I have made a selection from the
Book of Proverbs, of the ones that have so far seemed most useful
Advice for making decisions
- Do not make a decision while under the influence of a strong
emotion. From cognitive therapy.
- Think ahead to your death-bed -- which decision do you think you
will then wish you had made now? From Jesuit teaching.
My own observations
- A little space inside yourself is worth a great space outside.
- Those who control much observe little; those who observe much
have little need but great power to control.
- Observe; when you have observed all, consider. When you have
considered all, speak or act. Much wrong is done by consideration on
incomplete observation, or by speech or action on incomplete
- Many people say ``do not be judgemental'' when they think your
opinion of them is not what they would like it to be. If you
change your mind and think what you are told to, judging them
well, they will not tell you ``do not be judgemental''.
- Confessions under torture are notoriously unreliable. Do not
believe what you say to yourself about something when you have
been torturing yourself about it.
Other people's wisdom
- Eric Gill:
That state is a state of slavery in which a man does what he
likes to do in his spare time and in his working time that which
is required of him. This state can only exist when what a man
likes to do is to please himself.
That state is a state of Freedom in which a man does what he
likes to do in his working time and his spare time that which is
required of him. This state can only exist when what a man
likes to do is to please God.
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