Another toffee-bag of recently encountered quotes. This selection seems to be mostly from the cynical and philosophical jars.
Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
[Oliver Wendell Holmes]
My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what’s really going on to be scared.
Reality is something you rise above.
War is organised murder, and nothing else.
[Harry Patch; last surviving soldier of WWI]
To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.
Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
Finally a gob-stopper from the jar of amusements ...
Judge: There's a certain light connotation attached to the word panties. Can we find another name for them?
Prosecution: I never heard my wife call them anything else.
Judge: Mr. Biegler?
Biegler: I'm a bachelor, your Honor.
Judge: That's a great help. Mr. Dancer?
Dancer: I was overseas during the war, your Honor. I learned a French word. I'm afraid it might be slightly suggestive.
Judge: Most French words are.
[Wendell Holmes, Anatomy of a Murder; with thanks to Barnaby Page]