John Waters on Karma

“So many great people are dead, and so many assholes I know are still alive. Karma’s bullshit. I wish it was true, but it ain’t.”

~ John Waters

Cicero on Slander

“As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.”

~ Cicero

Cicero on Glory

“We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.”

~ Cicero

Cicero on Wealth

“Who is there who would wish to be surrounded by all the riches in the world and enjoy every abundance in life and yet not love or be loved by anyone?”

~ Cicero

Plato on Trifling

“Nothing is more unworthy of a wise man, or ought to trouble him more, than to have allowed more time for trifling and useless things than they deserve.”

~ Plato

Plato on Widsom

“Just as bees make honey from thyme, the strongest and driest of herbs, so do the wise profit from the most difficult of experiences.”

~ Plato

Chrysippus on Want

“Wise people are in want of nothing and yet need many things. On the other hand, nothing is needed by fools, for they do not understand how to use anything but are in want of everything.”

~ Chrysippus

Jeremy Clarkson on Mid-Life

“But he’ll stick with her, they’ll get married and for his 60th birthday, when he should be settling down with a book on fly-fishing, he’ll get as a present a new baby.”

~ Jeremy Clarkson / The Times, January 21st, 2018

Epictetus on Over-Reaching

“If you undertake a role which is beyond your powers, you both disgrace yourself in that one, and at the same time neglect the role which you might have filled with success.”

~ Epictetus

Musonius Rufus on Duty

“Those men do not live long who have become accustomed to say to their subjects in defence of whatever they do, not, ‘It is my duty,’ but, ‘It is my will.'”

~ Musonius Rufus

Tsunetomo Yamamoto on the Shortness of Life

“Human life is truly a short affair. It is better to live doing the things that you like. It is foolish to live within this dream of a world seeing unpleasantness and doing only things that you do not like.”

~ Tsunetomo Yamamoto / Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

India Knight on Houses

“What ultimately matters isn’t how grand a house is, or how much it impresses. Who cares, really? What matters most in any home is the happiness of the people in it. It’s a lifelong project.”

~ India Knight / The Times, October 20th, 2019

Aaron Copland on Art

“The main thing is to be satisfied with your work yourself. It’s useless to have an audience happy if you are not happy.”

~ Aaron Copland