|Proverbs, aphorisms, quotations (English)||by Linux fortune|
| I. Any body suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of|
Daffy Duck steps off a cliff, expecting further pastureland. He
loiters in midair, soliloquizing flippantly, until he chances to
look down. At this point, the familiar principle of 32 feet per
second per second takes over.
II. Any body in motion will tend to remain in motion until solid matter
Whether shot from a cannon or in hot pursuit on foot, cartoon
characters are so absolute in their momentum that only a telephone
pole or an outsize boulder retards their forward motion absolutely.
Sir Isaac Newton called this sudden termination of motion the
III. Any body passing through solid matter will leave a perforation
conforming to its perimeter.
Also called the silhouette of passage, this phenomenon is the
speciality of victims of directed-pressure explosions and of reckless
cowards who are so eager to escape that they exit directly through
the wall of a house, leaving a cookie-cutout-perfect hole. The
threat of skunks or matrimony often catalyzes this reaction.
-- Esquire, "O'Donnell's Laws of Cartoon Motion", June 1980
|In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired.|
In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.
Less and less is done
Until non-action is achieved.
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
The world is ruled by letting things take their course.
It cannot be ruled by interfering.
The most common X generation subgroup and the only subgroup
given to breeding. Squires exist almost exclusively in couples and
are recognizable by their frantic attempts to create a semblance of
Eisenhower-era plenitude in their daily lives in the face of
exorbitant housing prices and two-job life-styles. Squires tend to be
continually exhausted from their voraciously acquisitive pursuit of
furniture and knickknacks.
-- Douglas Coupland, "Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated
|Some don't prefer the pursuit of happiness to the happiness of pursuit.|
|Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice... moderation in the pursuit|
of justice is no virtue.
-- Barry Goldwater
|The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any|
-- John Maynard Keynes
|The English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable|
in full pursuit of the uneatable.
-- Oscar Wilde, "A Woman of No Importance"