Nine Quotes I Like

Posted: 9 October 2011 in life, don't talk to me about life

Not suggesting for a second that everyone should lead their lives according to the following quotes, but I like them, a lot.

“In his ninetieth year, he could afford to be agreeable to everybody, though he tried valiantly to resist the inclination.”
— Alistair Cooke on Frank Lloyd Wright.

“The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won’t get much sleep.”
— Woody Allen

“No passion in the world is equal to the passion of one writer to alter another’s draft.”
— H G Wells

“A man you’d follow anywhere, if only out of curiosity.”
— Alan Coren on Boris Johnson

“When children have their noses in books while the Universe is telling them to come out and play, we know something is going badly wrong.”
— journalist Sue Nelson commenting about a teacher who couldn’t take his class to see an annular eclipse.

“The light did him harm, but not as much as looking at things did; he resolved, having done it once, never to move eyeballs again… His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum. During the night, too, he’d somehow been on a cross-country run and then been expertly beaten up by secret police. He felt bad.”
— Kingsley Amis on hangovers (in Lucky Jim)

“A hard man to ignore… but it’s worth the effort.”
— Barry Cryer on Robert Kilroy-Silk

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.”
— H L Mencken

“If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide.”
— Meg Greenfield

  1. My prayer book is filled with quotes. They make me feel better.

    What makes me special is I’m my own man. When I started out I said there were things I’d do and things I wouldn’t do. A lot of guys start out like that, and a lot of them sell out along the way. But the more who fall, the easier it gets. See, look, everybody compromises, everybody cheats, everybody uses magic. So they empty their ideals out of their pockets and get down to the job of sticking it to their neighbors before they stick it to them, because that’s that way it’s done. To all of which I say nuts. My collar may be a little frayed, and maybe I need a shoeshine. But nobody’s got a mortgage on my soul. I own it. Free and clear.

    – Phil Lovecraft, Cast a Deadly Spell

  2. Jenni says:

    I’ve not read any of these quotes before, there are some good ‘uns amongst them.

  3. hawkesmoor says:

    I assume that you won’t be cross posting from here to LJ? I have set up a feed over there so I can pick it up; I rarely venture to my WordPress account.

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