The End of Cool

Sunday, December 18, 2016 – The End of Cool

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. ~ Thomas Jefferson

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat. ~ Woodrow Wilson

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control: these three alone lead one to sovereign power. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage. ~ Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes. ~ Walt Whitman

Self-command is the main elegance. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep cool; anger is not an argument. ~ Daniel Webster

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies, subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ~ Benjamin Franklin

I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak. ~ Lillian Hellman

I can take it. The tougher it gets, the cooler I get. ~ Richard M. Nixon

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me. ~ Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1588

I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself. ~ Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Any woman who is sure of her own wits is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper. ~ Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

A man who is good from docility and not from stern self-control has no character. ~ Henry Hazlitt

Whatever hysteria exists is inflamed by mystery, suspicion and secrecy. Hard and exact facts will cool it. ~ Elia Kazan

The keynote of American civilization is a sort of warm-hearted vulgarity. The Americans have none of the irony of the English, none of their cool poise, none of their manner. But they do have friendliness. Where an Englishman would give you his card, an American would very likely give you his shirt. ~ Raymond Chandler

In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals, and in Florence you learn poise. ~ Virgil Thomson

Poise: the ability to be ill at ease inconspicuously. ~ Earl Wilson

I’m from Iowa, we don’t know what cool is. ~ Ashton Kutcher

The simple truth is that balding African-American men look cool when they shave their heads, whereas balding white men look like giant thumbs. ~ Dave Barry

Being uncool is being pretty much the coolest you can be. ~ Rufus Wainwright

Rather be dead than cool. ~ Kurt Cobain

I’m a Muslim, but I think Jesus would have a drink with me. He would be cool. He would talk to me. ~ Mike Tyson

Sunday school don’t make you cool forever. ~ Sly Stone

Punishment may make us obey the orders we are given, but at best it will only teach obedience to authority, not a self-control which enhances our self-respect. ~ Bruno Bettelheim

Some models of self-control are able to achieve their serenity easily because the soul fires never burn brightly to begin with. ~ Joseph J. Ellis

The downright fanatic is nearer to the heart of things than the cool and slippery disputant. ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves. ~ Henry Miller

Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained. ~ William Blake

I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it. ~ Mae West

Discipline and concentration are a matter of being interested. ~ Tom Kite

Discipline is remembering what you want. ~ David Campbell

Aristotle was famous for knowing everything. He taught that the brain exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true only of certain persons. ~ Will Cuppy

For fast-acting relief try slowing down. ~ Lily Tomlin

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you. ~ Langston Hughes

Evidently, I’d suffered an epiphany: the subconscious realization that when it comes to coolness, nothing the human race has ever invented is more cool than a book. ~ Tom Robbins, Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life

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