Quotes by Norman Douglas

A man can believe a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner.
– Norman Douglas
Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty.
– Norman Douglas
Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes.
– Norman Douglas
It takes a wise man to handle a lie, a fool had better remain honest.
– Norman Douglas
Many a man who thinks to found a home discovers that he has merely opened a tavern for his friends.
– Norman Douglas
Never take a solemn oath. People think you mean it.
– Norman Douglas
Shall I give you my recipe for happiness? I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the plague.
– Norman Douglas
The longer one lives, the more one realizes that nothing is a dish for every day.
– Norman Douglas
The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship.
– Norman Douglas
The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living, which are to be desired when dying.
– Norman Douglas
There is in us a lyric germ or nucleus which deserves respect; it bids a man to ponder or create; and in this dim corner of himself he can take refuge and find consolations which the society of his fellow creatures does not provide.
– Norman Douglas
They who are all things to their neighbors cease to be anything to themselves.
– Norman Douglas
You can construct the character of a man and his age not only from what he does and says, but from what he fails to say and do.
– Norman Douglas
You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.
– Norman Douglas
A man who has reformed himself has contributed his full share towards the reformation of his neighbor.
– Norman Douglas
Bouillabaisse is only good because cooked by the French, who, if they cared to try, could produce an excellent and nutritious substitute out of cigar stumps and empty matchboxes.
– Norman Douglas
How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality.
– Norman Douglas
Justice is too good for some people and not good enough for the rest.
– Norman Douglas
No great man is ever born too soon or too late.
– Norman Douglas
No one can expect a majority to be stirred by motives other than ignoble.
– Norman Douglas