Hope lights a path out of the darkest woods; misadventure leads us back into them. --Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"Let bygones be bygones" is not so much good advice as a brute fact precisely because the past is unalterable. --Lord Acton
Even a poor argument by a Russell or a Dewey can be a thing of beauty, but a page of Heidegger is the ultimate insult. --A.J. Ayer
Having a conscience is a terrible burden except in the most favorable circumstances. --Oscar Wilde
The worst affairs, the ones which present the most intractable problems, are nearly always the work of single women or married men. --Marcel Proust
Monday, October 29, 2007
A writer for the New Yorker (October 29, 2007, p. 66) used the expression "spacious confines" to describe the metaphor "in the arena of truth." One might call this an etymologically mixed meta-metaphor.