Friday, 14 December 2012

Quotations for this week

"Happiness is bloom upon the cheek of youth." Aristotle.

"No man is on oath when writing a funerary inscription" - Dr. Johnson.

"Before either had spoken the General sized William up; in any other department he would have been recognised as a sucker; here, amid the trappings of high adventure, he was, more gallantly, a greenhorn. "Your first visit to Ishmaelia, eh? Then perhaps I can be of some help to you. As no doubt you know, I was there in '97 with poor `Sprat' Larkin " "I want some cleft sticks, please," said William firmly. Miss Barton was easier to deal with. "We can have some cloven for you," she said brightly."  Evelyn Waugh, Scoop

“Had I asked them what they wanted, they would have asked for faster horses.” - Henry Ford - is this genuine?

"I live in London but I leave it often enough to know that parts of the country are pretty white, enough to scare my "white" children because they are just not used to such a monoculture and find it disturbing, unreal and, to be frank, lacking." Suzanne Moore - unfortunately, this is genuine.

"From quiet homes and first beginning, 
"Out to the undiscovered ends, 
"There's nothing worth the wear of winning, 
"Save laughter and the love of friends."
Belloc (later in life he said this was not true)

"We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

"All damaged people are dangerous because they have no pity." Howard Tullman
This is not true but useful to remember. Damaged people can be very dangerous but I am not convinced that evil people are necessarily damaged. I think they may be born that way.

1 comment:

  1. re: Suzanne Moore -unfortunately- this is genuine. Yeh. makes me sad. where have all the English gone....