Aphorisms by Rob Montone
In keeping with exceedingly brief aphoristic oeuvres (see Aphorisms by Howard B. Schechter), I hereby present two (plus some more) aphorisms by Rob Montone. Mr. Montone heard a radio interview in which I incorrectly attributed the aphorism “Love the sinner, but hate the sin” to Gandhi. He gently pointed out that the saying originated quite a few years earlier (like, um, 1,500 years earlier) with St. Augustine. Mr. Montone describes himself as “a closet writer of music, poetry and prose when not working in the high-tech industry.” He lives in the historic village of East Aurora, where Elbert Hubbard used to philosophize and write aphorisms. I added the Gandhi correction to the Corrections and Clarifications section of my Web site, and will correct Geary’s Guide if/when I ever get a chance to do a revised and expanded edition. In the meantime, here is Mr. Montone, in his own words:
A great bargain is no bargain if it’s something you don’t need.
When family fails, there’s the community; when the community fails, there’s family.
The perfect path is the one you’re on.
We become old as we become blind, not the other way around.
The grass is never greener.
There’s a little bit of each of us in all of us.
Don’t judge a person by his religion; judge the religion by the person it’s created.