Some people collect stamps, others collect cars. I collect "Markisms," those statements that reflect life truths. Updated 5/12/23.
If you hear a wise sentence or an apt phrase, commit it to your memory. - Sir Henry Sidney
I started collecting these in the 70's. My first Markism was "The only rule without exception is the rule that states there are no rules without exception" by Pliny the Elder for my Latin I class. I started writing down the bumper stickers I saw on cars and it has grown massively since then.
All of these speak to me in different ways. If you are easily offended, please go no farther because I promise you, some of these will piss you off to no end. As of today (as I am still collecting them) I have 3,731 Markisms that are full of biting wit, puns, political statements and double entendres. They will make you laugh, make you cry, make you angry and inspire you. Above all, I hope they make you think.
I admit, some of them are dated. If you don't know what a console television was, you won't understand, "Sex on television can't hurt you... unless you fall off." If you have never driven a car from the 60's or don't know who old Ralph is, the wisdom, "Ralph Nader passes on the right" will escape you.
When I know the source, I give credit to who said it. I have also taken the liberty of categorizing them, perhaps as a precursor to a published book. You have your choice of alphabetically, or by category.