Selected Quotations: Pithy Pellets

Update: Mar 14, 2019: 

I purchased this at a used book sale back in 2015.

Almost four years later, I received an email from a man who attended a camp in 1969, where the writer, Clair Armin, gave out copies of Pithy Pellets. He had long since lost his. 

Today I mailed it off to him. And while it was bittersweet to part with it, I’m so happy to have captured my favorite parts from it here, and to have been part of a story of a treasure lost and found. – Wolf


Pithy: of language or style, concise or forcefully expressive.

Pellets: pellet are small particle typically created by compressing an original.

Selected quotations from an undated booklet, titled Pithy Pellets, compiled by Claire Armin.

*unattributed / unknown

“A person who aims at nothing usually hits it.” *

“The habit of being happy enables one to he freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem, but whether you are dealing with the same problem you had last year.” *

“To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.”

– Will Durant

“Eventually, why not now.” *

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

– Aldous Huxley

“Time goes you say? Ah, no! Alas, time stays; we go.” *

“A mediocre plan, well executed, is better than an excellent plan, poorly executed.”

– Napoleon Bonaparte

“Whatever you dislike in another person be sure to correct it in yourself.” *

“Every man carries with him the world in which he must live.”

– J.M. Crawford

“We do not see things as they are, but as we are.”

– Tomlinson

“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in a year as we make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year, while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.”

– Charles Richards

“The size of a man can be measured by the size of a thing that makes him angry.”

– J.K. Merely

“A committee of one gets things done.”

– Joe Ryan

“One often contradicts an argument when what is really uncongenial is the tone in which it is conveyed.”

– Nietzsche

“Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.” *

“A great leader takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.”

– Arnold Glascow

“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.”

– Saadi

“What you are to be, you are now becoming.” *

“The difference between a conviction and a pleasure is that you can explain a conviction without getting angry.” *

“The best measure of a man’s mentality is the importance of the things he will argue about.” *

“Fools can make money. It takes a wise man to know how to spend it.”

– English proverb

“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have trying to change others.”

– Arnold Glasgow

“Much happiness is overlooked because it didn’t cost anything.”

– Forbes

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

“The true art of memory is the art of attention.”

– Johnson

“Character is a victory not a gift.” *

“No two people ever met and were the same ever again” *

“Judging others is a dangerous thing; not so much as you will make mistakes about them but because you may reveal the truth about yourself.”

– Philemon

“There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.”

– French proverb

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” *

“Responsibilities gravitate to the man who can shoulder them.”

– Elbert Hubbard

“Every man should endeavor to belong to himself.” *

“Politeness is better than logic; you can often persuade when you cannot convince.”

– W.W. Shaw

“All problems become smaller if you don’t dodge them but confront them.

– William S. Halsey

“Lampis, the shipowner, on being asked how he acquired his great wealth, replied, “My great wealth was acquired with no difficulty, but my small wealth, my first gains, with much labor.

– Epictetus

“If you want to know whether you will be as success or failure in life, you can easily find out. The test is simple and infallible. Are you able to save money?”

– James J. Hill

“Let us not complain against men because of their rudeness, their ingratitude, their arrogance, their love of self, their forgetfulness of others. They are so made. Such is their nature. To be annoyed with them is like denouncing a stone for falling, or a fire for burning.”

– Jean De La Bruyere

“Variety is the spice of life, but it takes monotony to finance it.”

– Arnold Glasgow

“The less a fellow knows, the more eager he is to prove it to anybody who will listen.” *

“Genius is the ability to evade work by doing something right the first time it has to be done.” *

“The haves and the have-nots can often be traced back to the did and the did-nots.”

– D.O. Flynn

“It’s not what you would do with a million
if it should fall to your lot.
But what you are doing today
with the dollar and a quarter you’ve got.” *

“A great number of people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

– William James

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