Posted by: Donna Cunningham | November 5, 2009

Jumpin’ Jehosephat—Jupiterian Wisdom and Wisecracks

jester reading©11-5-2009 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 I don’t know about you, but I’m a tad burnt out on the intensity of Pluto and Saturn and am ready to lighten up.  One of the items on my Google start-up page is Quotes of the Day – The Quotations Page.  I entertain myself each morning by sorting their selections according to the planet they most resemble.  In our charts, Jupiter represents:

  • Wisdom/Education/learning from experience 
  • Faith/religion/philosophy
  • Travel/foreign countries
  • Growth/Expansion/overdoing things
  • Optimism/Luck/gambling

 Here are some quotes that said JUPITER to me—a collection of jovial wisdom and witticisms by wise folks and wiseacres:

jester-wiki-pubdom Wisdom/truth:

 Wisdom is what’s left after we’ve run out of personal opinions. – Cullen Hightower 

 When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.- George Bernard Shaw

 If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.- Rene Descartes

 The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.  – Flannery O’Connor

 There are no whole truths; all truths are half- truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil. – Alfred North Whitehead

 The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

 Education/learning from experience:

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. – Barry LePatner

 Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get when you don’t.  Pete Seeger

 Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.  Will Durant

 Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.  B. F. Skinner

Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it.  Stephen Vizinczey,

I think everyone should go to college and get a degree; then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cab driver. Then they would really be educated.  Al McGuire

Faith/religion/philosophy:

 It is a curious thing… that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste. – Evelyn Waugh

 First there is a time when we believe everything, then for a little while we believe with discrimination, then we believe nothing whatever, and then we believe everything again – and, moreover, give reasons why we believe. – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power. – Eric Hoffer

Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits.  – Dan Barker

 With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. – Steven Weinberg

 The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. – Sir Richard Francis Burton

 I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays. Henny Youngman  

 Optimism/Luck/gambling:Four-leaved_clover2-wiki

 The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come. Peter Ustinov

 We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?- Jean Cocteau

 An optimist is the human personification of spring. Susan J. Bissonette

 Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist. Robert G. Allen

 To learn more about any of the people quoted—or see more quotes from them, click on the links. You can see more quote collections on this blog at the following links: 

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Art credits:  The laughing jester is a painting at the Art museum of Sweden, Stockholm and is in the public domain.

 


Responses

  1. two of my favorites:

    It is a curious thing… that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste. – Evelyn Waugh

    Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power. – Eric Hoffer

  2. Yes, I also especially liked “Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power, because it reverberated to the 1960s slogan “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

  3. An optimist is the human personification of spring. Susan J. Bissonette

    Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist. Robert G. Allen

    Interestingly Susan’s words connect us to earth; Robert’s words connect us to commerce.

    I wonder if anyone had bothered to write down Mother’s/Grandmother’s/Aunt’s/Sister’s/Sophia’s wise statements about life we would not be in the fix we are presently facing.

    • I think Grandma probably had a better fix on how to live within her means. Donna


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