Blaise Pascal: Happiness

“If our condition were truly happy, we would not need diversion from thinking of it in order to make ourselves happy. ”

Blaise Pascal.

English: Blaise Pascal

English: Blaise Pascal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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James Thurber: Rules and exceptions

James A. Thurber

There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception. –James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)

Symptom rather than cause

Cameron Moll

Cameron Moll (Photo credit: Martin Kliehm)

Too often, look and feel, color scheme, layout, and identity are presented as solutions to problems discussed in these conversations long before regard is given to other less-aesthetic issues that may very well be the root of the problem. The old warning against treating symptom rather than cause comes to mind.
Cameron Moll

Samuel Johnson: Poetry

Poetry, indeed, cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language. –Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784).