“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.”There’s a treasure trove in the sparks and snarks of Oscar Wilde. Some I’ve used in my email signatures, such as: “I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.” This rings true for any writer.
Another great call of our Wilde: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Now that’s poetry. Occasionally I find such a line that teases the urge for verse. For another example, nearly 400 years ago, French mathematician Blaise Pascal noted: “Most of our problems proceed from our inability to sit quietly in a small room.” Let that one sink in. Seems timeless.As for prescience, there are plenty of political comments from yesteryear that can send tingles down the spine of any voter today.