25 April 2013

Quotes

Another in our series of quotes which have amused or interested me recently ...

There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
[Oscar Levant]

Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at.
[Jimmy Demaret]

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
[William Ralph Inge]

The trouble with normal is it always gets worse.
[Bruce Cockburn]

Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.
[Gustave Flaubert]

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
[Henry Adams]

[I]f everyone could just increase the openness and truthfulness of their sexual communication, or their communication about sex and sexuality even a little bit, it would create a great big change: a big change in each person's own life, a big change in our world as a whole.
[Heather Corinna in It's My Birthday: What I Want Is For You To Tell the Truth at Scarleteen]
At last, I'm not the only one saying it!

Our freedoms and privileges in a liberal democracy are ultimately guaranteed by the willingness of the state to use violence to protect them.
[Stephen Batchelor, quoted in More Thoughts on the Boston Bombings at Hardcore Zen]
Just think about that for a minute!

[C]ome either with arguments and demonstrations and bring us no more Texts and authorities, for our disputes are about the Sensible World, and not one of Paper.
[Galileo Galilei, Dialogue On Two World Systems]

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
[Leonardo da Vinci]

While a seaman might survive the suction and swallow, his arrival in a sperm whale's stomach would seem to present a new set of problems. (I challenge you to find a more innocuous sentence containing the words sperm, suction, swallow and any homophone of seaman.)
[Mary Roach; Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal in a section on, inter alia, Jonah and the whale]

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