December 04, 2008

Some random quotations...

I went looking in the ol' dictionary of quotations in the back of the dictionary that used to belong to my mom's mom, wanting to add one I recalled from it to my list of quotations on the Aeviternity sidebar. It took me a ridiculous amount of time to find it because none of the key words were cross-referenced in the back of the d of q like they were supposed to be. As a result, I wound up stumbling across countless other quotes that I just had to either add to the sidebar there or post here. In both cases, they're not in much particular order.

In the end, I gave up looking, figuring that having read through well over half the d of q in random shots and not found it I would be as likely to find it elsewhere (actually, I started wondering whether I hadn't read it elsewhere) and that I was getting sick of deciding which quotes to copy (there are so many good ones) and which here and which to my sidebar to boot.

Anyway, here's some to mentally chew on, and I'll resist commenting on them myself as then I would really go on forever.

"Science is not a sacred cow. Science is a horse. Don't worship it. Feed it."
~Aubrey Eben

"The futility of riches is stated very plainly in two places: the Bible and the income-tax form."
~The Gilcrafter

"Russia has abolished God, but so far God has been more tolerant."
~John Cameron Swayze

"Most of us spend the first six days of each week sowing wild oats; then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure."
~Fred Allen

"Pity the man who believes in communism--he believes in something that doesn't believe in him."
~Fred McAlister

"The Devil is easy to identify. He appears when you're tired and makes a very reasonable request which you know you shouldn't grant."
~Fiorello H. La Guardia

"A fanatic is a man who does what he thinks the Lord would do if only He knew the facts of the case."
~Finley Peter Dunne

"One of the first things a man notices in a backward country is that the children are still obeying their parents."
~Claude Callan

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
~Oscar Wilde

"In the little world in which children have their existence, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice."
~Charles Dickens

"We forget what gives money its value--that someone exchanged work for it."
~Quoted by Neal O'Hara

"It seems that everyone is smoking the pipe of peace, but nobody is inhaling."
~Cherryvale (Kans.) Republican

"A sure sign of bureaucracy is when the first person who answers the phone can't help you."
~Dr. Kenneth J. Fabian

"There's something alive about a kitchen, the way it smells and sounds and feels. Maybe sick people would all live longer if they sat in kitchens."
~Christopher Morley

"If a nation values anything more than its freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money [editor's note: or security, someone else pointed out] that it values more, it will lose that, too."
~Somerset Maugham

"The U.N. was set up not to get us to Heaven, but only to save us from Hell."
~Winston Churchill

"When you make your mark in the world, watch out for guys with erasers."
~The Wall Street Journal

"It is a great mistake for men to give up paying compliments, for when they give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming."
~Oscar Wilde

"Remember when it took only heaven to protect the working girl? Today it takes a union, wage-hour law, unemployment insurance, Social Security, and a pension plan."
~Bert Bacharach

"The true value of horse sense is shown by the fact that the horse was afraid of the auto during that period when the pedestrian laughed at it."
~Atlanta Times

"Laws should be like clothes. They should be made to fit the people they are meant to serve."
~Clarence Darrow

"Few children fear water unless soap is added."
~William Franklin Gaines

"The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitue for experience, while the error of age is to believe that experience is a substitute for intelligence."
~Lyman Bryson

"Classical music is the kind that we keep hoping will turn into a tune."
~Kin Hubbard

"Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a 'necessary evil,' it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil."
~Sydney J. Harris

"All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened. The courageous man is the man who forces himself, in spite of his fear, to carry on."
~General George S. Patton, Jr.

"The ultimate effect of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools."
~Herbert Spencer

"A boy gets to be a man when a man is needed."
~John Steinbeck

Conference:
"A meeting of the bored."
~Russell Newbold

"It is as absurd to pretend that one cannot love the same woman always as to pretend that a good artist needs several violins to play his music."
~Balzac

"When the Tatar curses one, instead of exclaiming, 'Go to-----!' as we do, he says: 'May you stay in one place forever!'"
~Trips

"No mariner ever enters upon a more uncharted sea than does the average human being born in the twentieth century. Our ancestors knew their way from birth through eternity; we are puzzled about the day after tomorrow."
~Walter Lippmann

"I wonder where mothers learn all the things they tell their daughters not to do."
~Eddie Cantor

"The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one's sympathy the gloom of somebody else."
~Arnold Bennett

"I think a man and a woman should choose each other for life, for the simple reason that a long life with all its accidents is barely enough for a man and a woman to understand each other; and to understand is to love. The man who understands one woman is qualified to understand pretty well everything."
~J. B. Yeats

"The world started going to smash about the time it abandoned the hand-cranked ice-cream freezer, the finest device ever invented for teaching youth that work has its rewards."
~Cleveland News

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3 Comments:

Blogger Theocentrica said...

"Classical music is the kind that we keep hoping will turn into a tune."

Sometimes it's too simple to hear easily. ^_^

December 07, 2008 11:25 AM  
Blogger Shakespeare's Cobbler said...

Take out the word "easily" (substitute "unless you're a Classical music buff or master) and consider that if it's vague enough it might not constitute a tune in some people's books, however melodious it may be, and that's more or less what the quote is saying: we listen and listen and it seems almost like it's a tune and yet it's impossible for any of us who aren't Classical music buffs to actually pin it down.

Although, on the other hand, the reverse sometimes happens (think many of Mozart's most popular), where the obvious melody element of a piece is repeated ad nauseum while there is lot's of subtle variation in other ways that are impossible to enjoy listening for after a while because the very obvious main theme starts to get more repetitive than most old videogame music (which, actually, for all its repetition tends to have a longer tune or more sub-tunes to wind through in a tune).

December 07, 2008 4:16 PM  
Blogger Immortal Philosopher said...

Congratulations, Scott, you just compared video game music to Mozart...

December 13, 2008 3:34 PM  

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