By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.


True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow.
Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist.


Concerning the relationship between the first appearance of certain leaves in the spring and the likely subsequent summer weather.

Ash before the oak you're sure to get a soak.
Oak before the ash you're sure to get a splash.


He who plants a tree, plants a hope.
Lucy Larcom (1826-93), U.S. poet.

We have nothing to fear and a great deal to learn from trees, that vigorous and pacific tribe which, without stint, produces strengthening essences for us, soothing balms, and in whose gracious company we spend so many cool, silent and intimate hours.
Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist.

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
Lord Byron


Here are the title deeds of freedom which should lie in every cottage home

We must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones
The great principles of freedom and the rights of man
Which are the joint inheritance of the English-speaking world
And which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights,
Habeas Corpus, trial by jury,
And the English common law
Find their most famous expression
In the American Declaration of Independence.

Winston Spencer Churchill, Fulton, Missouri
5th March 1946.

Letter to the Prime Minister
from a retired and respected member of the Courts.

Dear David,

Let's put the senior citizens in jail and the criminals in a nursing home. This way the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks. They'd receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc. and they'd receive money instead of paying it out. They would have constant video monitoring so they could be helped instantly if they fell or needed other assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them. A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cells. They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose and they would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education.

Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ's and legal aid would be free on request. Private, secure rooms for all with an outdoor exercise yard with gardens. Each senior could have a PC, a TV, radio and daily phone calls. There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct to which they would strictly adhere.

By contrast, the "criminals" would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised, lights off at 8pm, showers only once a week, live in a tiny room and pay £900.00 per month with no hope of ever getting out.

Justice for all.

Afghanistan Constitution

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Afghanistan. Why don't we just give them ours? It was drawn up by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for a century or so and we're not using it anymore.

The 10 Commandments

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse or in Parliament is this:-

You cannot put up a notice which declares 'Thou Shalt Not Steal', and 'Thou Shalt Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.


If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs, and blaming you. The world will be yours and everything in it, what's more, you'll be a man, my son.
Rudyard Kipling

Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
Winston Churchill

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

Go steady, but keep on going
Old boater's saying

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble.

Happiness isn't having what you want, it's wanting what you have.

Don't procrastinate; do it tomorrow!

Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life.
Laughing at someone else's can shorten it.
Cullen Hightower

Eye have a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques for my revue
Mistakes eye cannot sea
I've run this poem threw it
I'm shore your pleas two no
Its letter perfect, in it's weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

Drugs, sex, rock 'n' roll
Speed, weed, birth control
Life's a bitch, then ya die
So f_ck the world, an let's get high

Graffiti in a Coventry Canal bridge 'ole, believed to be a lyric from a pop song rather than original thought by the graffiti artist!

I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds
Robert Oppenheimer

There is no substitute for cubic capacity

The first lady Member of Parliament, who was a house guest at Blenheim Palace, commented to her host, Winston Churchill:

"If I were your wife I'd put poison in your coffee." to which he quickly replied: "If I were your husband I'd drink it!"

Grey hair is a crown of glory - it is gained in a righteous life.
Proverbs 16:31

When the blind lead the blind, they all fall in the canal.
Tony Hancock c.1956

Believe me, young friend, there is NOTHING - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly for you tread on my dreams.
W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)

A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity

I am ready to meet my Maker.
Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.
Lord Byron

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
Isaac Asimov

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
Isaac Asimov

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!'
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

A man saw his garden shed being burglarised. He phoned the Police who said that they had no-one available immediately but would send someone when the said someone became available.
A minute later the man phoned the Police again. He reminded them of his previous call, and said words to the effect
"No need to take any further action. I've shot the burglars"
and put the phone down. Within a minute Police cars started to arrive including an Armed Response Unit and a helicopter. The burglars were caught red-handed. The incident officer then approached the man and said:
"I thought you said you had shot them."
The man replied:
"And I thought you said that there was no-one available."