Vicesimus Knox quotes

  • An American has invented a remote control that will turn off any telly within a 20ft radius. What a marvellous device! What a splendid invention! What a really helpful and improving way of devoting your time to building something that turns off culture. Next week, I'm instigating Burn a Book Week, to encourage even more conversation. I've come up with a fantastic little device which I'll call a box of matches.

  • One has to ascertain the right path for his activities by following in the footsteps of great saintly persons and books of knowledge under the guidance of a spiritual master.

  • It comes back to the old question: How can the Bible be so wise in some places and so barbaric in others? And why should we put any faith in a book that includes such brutality?

  • You have confidence in yourself, which is valuable, if not an indispensable quality.

  • Experience is valuable only if it's imbued with meaning from which one can draw salient conclusions. Otherwise, experience becomes imprisoning.

  • All knowledge is valuable to a librarian.

  • Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.

  • Be careful -- with quotations, you can damn anything.

  • That is the point of quotations. One can use another's words to be insulting.

  • You can always find an evolutionary quotation for anything. But the question is whether it's functional, which is not the same as being evolutionary.