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Numbered, each of these explains either the source of the quote (if it was an actual quote), or the derivation - from an aphorism, or time-worn phrase, (Webmaster calls them "old-timey sayings") - of the snippet to which a number was assigned.
1. "'Will you walk into my parlor?' said the Spider to the Fly." From a poem by Mary Howitt. For some more information click here. Two notes about the reference to this well-known phrase:
---a. Webmaster obviously has no 'evil' intent in his websites. He admits to attempting to ensnare the visitor in a series of discussions of issues Webmaster believes are important.
---b. Webmaster would prefer to use primary sources for all of these notes, but frequently Wikipedia has provided what appears - to Webmaster - to be an accurate synopsis of the provenance of the quote.
2. "Oh, what a tangled web we weave. When first we practise to deceive." Written by Sir Walter Scott. Various information sources give variations in punctuation and spelling.
3. "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Shakespeare - Hamlet. The point being (as Webmaster sees it) that philosophy is about everything, not just some esoteric ideas that have no connection to real life.
4. "The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes". This is attributed to the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It should be noted that Goethe was much more than a poet: various sources characterize him as a writer, biologist, physicist, polymath, etc. And the idea expressed in this quote is actually better expressed (in Webmaster's opinion) by a longer version: "What is the hardest of all? That which seems most simple: to see with your eyes what is before your eyes."
5. "A stitch in time saves nine." An English proverb (according to Wikipedia) conveying the well known notion that planning reduces the chance of making a mistake that will require more effort to fix later. This is one of those phrases that Webmaster sometimes calls an "old-timey saying". It seems to Webmaster that this is analogous to the phrase "for wont of a nail the kingdom was lost", which, according to Wikipedia, is a proverbial rhyme.
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