maxims

A Quote by Dave Barry on electricity, force, jobs, justice, maxims, people, and seriousness

Although we modern persons tend to take our electric lights, radios, mixers, etc., for granted, hundreds of years ago people did not have any of these things, which is just as well because there was no place to plug them in. Then along came the first Electrical Pioneer, Benjamin Franklin, who flew a kite in a lighting storm and received a serious electrical shock. This proved that lighting was powered by the same force as carpets, but it also damaged Franklin's brain so severely that he started speaking only in incomprehensible maxims, such as "A penny saved is a penny earned." Eventually he had to be given a job running the post office.

Dave Barry (1947 -)

Source: “What is Electricity?”

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A Quote by Charles Dickens on fatherhood and maxims

It was a maxim with Foxey - our revered father, gentlemen - "Always suspect everybody."

Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870)

Source: The Old Curiosity Shop.

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on approval, guilt, innocence, maxims, and suffering

That it is better 100 guilty persons should escape than that one innocent person should suffer, is a maxim that has been long and generally approved.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Aristotle on maxims, men, unbecoming, and young

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on economics, horses, labor, life, and maxims

CENTAUR, n. One of a race of persons who lived before the division of labor had been carried to such a pitch of differentiation, and who followed the primitive economic maxim, "Every man his own horse."

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Akhnaton [Ikhnaton or Akhenaton] on guidance, heart, life, maxims, prudence, and words

Hear the words of prudence, give heed unto her counsels, and store them in thine heart; her maxims are universal, and all the virtues lean upon her; she is the guide and the mistress of human life.

Akhnaton (c.1375 - c.1353 BC)

Source: title taken by Amenhotep IV

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on accidents, belief, falsehood, guilt, maxims, and truth

I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false is guilty of falsehood, and the accidental truth of the assertion does not justify or excuse him.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on angels, biography, books, fame, fatherhood, hope, laws, life, love, maxims, motherhood, proverbs, and women

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Josiah G. Holland, The Life of Abraham Lincoln, p. 23 (1866), and George Alfred Townsend, The Real Life of Abraham Lincoln, p. 6 (1867). According to the latter, Lincoln made this remark to his law partner, William Herndon. Lincoln's natural mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died when he was nine years old and his father remarried the following year. His stepmother, Sarah Bush (Johnston) Lincoln, was loved and respected by Lincoln throughout her life, as evidenced in the many biographical studies of Lincoln. Benjamin P. Thomas says in Abraham Lincoln, p. 12 (1952): "The boy Abraham adored her. Recollection of his own mother dimmed. And in later years he called this woman, who filled her place so well, 'my angel mother.'" The Macmillan Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Famous Phrases, ed. Burton Stevenson, p. 1627 (1965), comments that the remark referred to Lincoln's stepmother. But the biographers of Lincoln's natural mother claim the remark referred to her: Caroline Hanks Hitchcock, Nancy Hanks, p. 105 (1899) and Charles Ludwig, Nancy Hanks: Mother of Lincoln, p. 84 (1965).

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Attributed to Abraham Lincoln.

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