The Sage

This is a diverse collection of clippings/extractions/statements, of which  some are anonymous in origination, and some are attributed to famous/infamous individuals,… yet all are in some ways insightful, and thought provoking.

Please check back here in “The Sage” from time to time for new additions, (I’m always looking for new content to share) and let me know what you think in the “Leave Reply” area at the bottom of this page.


Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961)
US author & journalist 

“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector. This is the writer’s radar and all great writers have had it.”

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut”.

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

“Never confuse movement with action.”

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.”


Andrew Jackson (1767 – 1845)  7th President of the United States

“Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission.”

“The Constitution and the laws are supreme and the Union indissoluble.”

“The safety of the republic being the supreme law, and Texas having offered us the key to the safety of our country from all foreign intrigues and diplomacy, I say accept the key… and bolt the door at once.” 

“The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none.”

 “The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.” 

“The great constitutional corrective in the hands of the people against usurpation of power, or corruption by their agents is the right of suffrage; and this when used with calmness and deliberation will prove strong enough.” 

“Mischief springs from the power which the moneyed interest derives from a paper currency which they are able to control, from the multitude of corporations with exclusive privileges… which are employed altogether for their benefit. 

“Fear not, the people may be deluded for a moment, but cannot be corrupted.”


Aesop (620 BC – 560 BC) Greek slave & fable author 

“Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.”

“In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest.”

“It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.”

“It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.”

“The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.”

“United we stand, divided we fall.”

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”

“Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.”


George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)

 “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”

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