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962973.  Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:45 am Reply with quote

interestinglit wrote:
'There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.' - W. Somerset Maugham

Lawrence Fletcher: "There is a saying in the antique business".


Grandpa Reginald Fletcher: "Well, what is it?"

Lawrence Flectcher; "Oh, I don't know what it is. I just know there is one."

(From "Phineas and Ferb".)

963003.  Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:37 am Reply with quote

zomgmouse wrote:
"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." - George Carlin

A great quote, somewhat compromised by the use of the word "stupider". I still like it.

...and also by the use of "average" to mean "median".

(graveyard post-recoverer, by appointment)

990794.  Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:57 am Reply with quote

"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come."
Chinese proverb

991623.  Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:50 pm Reply with quote

Talent hits a target no one can hit. Genius hits a target no one can see.

-Arthur Schopenhauer

998199.  Tue May 21, 2013 9:40 am Reply with quote

"I'm not interested in any sport where the result is determined by a panel of judges."

WPC/ DS Cambridge from Pie in the Sky

1002984.  Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:17 pm Reply with quote

Fuck every cause that ends in murder and children crying.

-Iain Banks, Against A Dark Background

Seems appropriate on more than one count.

1003000.  Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:07 pm Reply with quote

Bravo Bondee -- nice one.

Spud McLaren
1031770.  Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:56 am Reply with quote

"The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost." - G K Chesterton.

A quotation I've been missing for many years, and didn't realise it.

1032575.  Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:29 am Reply with quote

"I was driving a convertible and I pulled up alongside an attractive woman at the lights and I glanced across thinking I was a player. Then I realised I was listening to a podcast about the English Civil War." Stephen Merchant

1033460.  Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:24 am Reply with quote

"The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon." - GK Chesterton

Paraphrased by many, including Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett as "Fairy stories do not teach children monsters exist. Children KNOW monsters exist. Fairy stories teach them that monsters can be beaten"

1034936.  Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:35 pm Reply with quote

"A word to the wise ain't necessary- it's the stupid ones that need advice." Bill Cosby

1045480.  Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:56 pm Reply with quote

"The only living units that seem to have no sense of privacy at all are the eukaryotic cells that have been detached from the parent organism and isolated in a laboratory dish. Given the opportunity, under the right conditions, two cells from widely different sources, a yeast cell, say, and a chicken erythrocyte, will touch, fuse, and the two nuclei will then fuse as well, and the new hybrid cell will now divide into monstrous progeny. Naked cells, lacking self-respect, do not seem to have any sense of self." -Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail

I like this quote mainly because he mentions "naked cells, lacking self-respect."

1047036.  Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:23 am Reply with quote

"UKIP is nowadays led by morons who have no policies and are fascistic- and the chickens are coming home to roost." Professor Alan Sked

Last edited by Strawberry on Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:20 pm; edited 1 time in total

1047075.  Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:12 pm Reply with quote

Professor Sked was the first leader of UKIP, although he left the party in 1997. He is also Professor of International History at the LSE.

1047116.  Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:07 pm Reply with quote

Strawberry wrote:
"UKIP is nowadays led by morons who have no policies and are fascistic- and the chickens are coming home to roost." Professor Alan Sked

How can he say that UKIP don't have policies? Stirring up hatred of immigrants is a policy. Just ask the Daily Mail.


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