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Aphorisms
Leonid S. Sukhorukov

"All About Everything"


L I F E   B E F O R E   A N D   A F T E R
  • Life is the distance between dreams and reality.

  • Life consists of two phases: first you have health and no brains, then you have brains and no health.


W I S D O M   A N D   F O L L Y
  • Wisdom is the meeting point of doubt and certainty.

  • It's in our nature to make mistakes, that is why we refuse to accept them.


T E M P O R I S M S
  • Time is a trap. You can't live in the past, the present doesn't exist, and the future isn't certain.

  • An everlasting paradox: it's easier to kill time than to stop it.

  • The golden age of silver hair.


T R U T H   A N D   L I E S
  • A liar is one who is too good to be true.

  • Some seek truth in churches but crucify it outside.

  • We all love truth, but we can't always bear it.


A M O U R I S M S
  • The less we love a woman, the more women we love.

  • When you teach a man you teach a person - when you teach a woman you learn a lesson.


I N   S I C K N E S S   A N D   I N  
H E A L T H
  • A filling is a dentist's food supplement.

  • Our diseases are so old-fashioned, they can't keep up with the new medicines.


A   L I T T L E   L E A R N I N G . . .
  • Education is the scientific exchange of ignorance.

  • No matter how long you teach a fool, he still knows everything.


H U M O U R I S M S
  • Improvisation is a desperate attempt to remember the tune.

  • Life is no laughing matter - but imagine life without laughter.


D I P L O M A T I S M S
  • A diplomat is one who goes to his superior with his own opinion and comes out with the official line.


P O L I T I C I S M S
  • Politicians are all the same. They promise reforms then reform their promises.

  • Politics is the abstract art of concrete promises.

  • Top politicians never err - they are simply misinformed from below.


W A R   A N D   P E A C E
  • Peace is always lost in someone's pocket.

  • All roads lead to Rome, but some roads to peace lead straight to Pompeii.

  • Oil is an ideal lubricant for hostilities.


B U R E A U D O X E S
bureaucratic paradoxes
  • A country without bureaucrats is no laughing matter. But a country with too many of them is a complete joke.

  • Bureau-ecological paradox: in order to save one tree, ten are felled for the paperwork.

  • He used to spend long hours in search of a free minute.

  • Red tape logic: the longer you think about today, the sooner it becomes yesterday.


M O N E Y   R I C H   A N D   P O O R
  • Business is immortal: it flourishes even in graveyards.

  • Pay is the only unfair part of a fair job.

  • Poverty has nothing to lose and lots to find.


S I L L Y   Q U E S T I O N S
  • Does infinity have at least reasonable limits?

  • Why is it easier to fire a person who does the work of ten than those ten whose work he does?


I N A D V I S A B L E   A D V I C E
  • Never consider yourself too big - it's a small world.

  • If you don't believe in the resurrection of the dead, look at politicians seeking re-election.


MISCELLANEOUS
  • Favours end up as rights.

  • A cat which has been in the bag too long becomes a rat.

  • You can't invent the wheel without bending the rules.

  • Some editors punish bad authors by publishing them.






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