Kozma Prutkov — a collective pseudonym for the group of Russian writers — Alexey Tolstoy and Zhemchuzhnikov brothers, who performed jointly in 50—60s of the 19th century.
Contents of Prutkov Kozma:
And once again: nobody will embrace the unembraceable!
Throwing pebbles into the water, look at the ripples they form on the surface, otherwise, such occupation becomes an idle pastime.
Never fail to observe that it is much easier to leave many people dissatisfied than please them.
Everybody believes that what they want is the best.
Things can be great or minor not only by fate's will, or contingency, but also by every person's notions.
When looking at the sun, squint your eyes — and you'll readily discern the spots upon it.
If all the past were present, and the present existed along with the future, who would be able to distinguish, where are the causes and where are the consequences?
Sometimes, words typed in italics are much more unjust than those typed in regular print.
The lowliest of beggars is capable of being the foremost rich man, under different circumstances.
There are three things that once begun are difficult to finish: a) eating delicious food; b) talking to a friend who had just returned from a long journey; and c) scratching where it itches.