Surveying my pithy army.

I’ve been meaning for years to create a Quotes page on my blog, and I did it today, in the course of helping a friend with her own blog pages. Then it was easy to start randomly loading content from my vast treasure store of worthy lines.

I always think of good succinct quotes as miniature philosophy exercises that beg me to muse on the statement as to its possible meanings and truthfulness and ramifications. The following is a good example of a pithy thought, and it also illustrates why I appreciate the quotes I collect:


A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, anymore than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers.  ~Sebastien Chamfort

I am not a good general in this sense, but I think I know a capable soldier when I see one. Eventually I hope to put some order into the ranks of my army of quotes, of which only a small company have been assembled so far. In the meantime, anytime you want to mill about and look them over, you can click on the Quotes tab above.

If it’s evening where you are, you might especially like this one I just rediscovered and will close with:

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.  ~Victor Hugo

Sleeping Beauty by César Gemayel



painting: Sleeping Beauty by César Gemayel

6 thoughts on “Surveying my pithy army.

  1. What a quote that is by Hugo! My problem is that I have a hard time discerning between the great sorrows and the small ones. I think maybe I do have courage during the big ones, but I have none at all during the smaller ones, and I over-react. I’m glad for your new page b/c you do an especially good job of spotting a useful quote, and it’s so nice to be able to put one’s hand on the right quote at the right time.


  2. I have a Book of Favorites that I am always going to. They are all sorts of quotes and I am constantly adding to them. The two you’ve chosen here are very good. Thank you.


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