gnome, n.1

Pronunciation:  /nəʊm/

A short pithy statement of a general truth; a proverb, maxim, aphorism, or apophthegm.

(OED Online, March 2013. Oxford University Press)


“Any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it.” -Henry David Thoreau

“You can change the world — but unless you know what you’re doing, please don’t.”  –Dr. James Garbarino, social psychologist

“Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities.” –Lord Dunsany

“Millions of people long for immortality do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” -Anonymous

“We are the sum of our efforts to change who we are.”  -Eduardo Galeano

“Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better past.”.  -Jack Kornfield

“If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.” -Anonymous

“No one is so wrong as the man with all the answers.” -Thomas Merton, summarizing Chuang Tzu

“In the long run men hit only what they aim at.  Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“the cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Within every culture and civilization there are these two poles:  one positivist, collective, and coercive; the other critical, existential and liberating.” -Robert L. Inchausti

“We must pass through dreams in order to perceive the supernatural dimension of the natural.” -Hèléne Cixous

“Nothing very very good and nothing very very bad ever lasts for very very long.” -Douglas Coupland

“Every since the dawn of time mankind has longed to destroy the sun.”  -Mr. Burns

“Great God, I ask thee for no other pelf
Than that I may not disappoint myself;
And next in value, which thy kindness lends,
That I may greatly disappoint my friends. . .”
-Henry David Thoreau

the “supreme experience of life – that I think possible to the young – [is] to share profound thought & then to touch.” -William Butler Yeats

“There is no reason to live if there is nobody to live for.” -Henri Nouwen

“God is love; the meaning of being is love.”  –Clark Pinnock

“It is so hard to forget what it is worse than useless to remember!”  -Henry David Thoreau

“Well, this is it!  This is your life!  It’s probably not going to get any better!” -Cecile Andrews

“To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.” -Thoreau Walden

“Prayer is more or less the art of feeling what you feel.” -Robert L. Inchausti

“People, particular people and concrete instances, are real—not ideas.” -Robert L. Inchausti

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Your life is not something from which you can stand aside and consider what it would have been like had you had a different one.  There is no ‘you’ apart from your actual life.” -Dallas Willard

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else, is to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” — e.e. cummings

“The quality of our lives is best measured by the depth of our silences.” -Robert L. Inchausti

“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“As if the main object were to talk fast and not talk sensibly.” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Humility is the refusal to compare oneself with others.” -David Augsburger

“The most important things are vague. An overriding concern with clarity is the bane of little minds.” -Alfred North Whitehead