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tetsabb
1047131.  Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:58 pm Reply with quote

djgordy wrote:
Stirring up hatred is a policy

Fixed

 
Strawberry
1079830.  Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:35 pm Reply with quote

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." Marilyn Monroe

 
WordLover
1080148.  Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:18 am Reply with quote

Strawberry wrote:
"A word to the wise ain't necessary- it's the stupid ones that need advice." Bill Cosby
Thus missing the point of Terence's original, which is Dictum sapienti sat est: A word to the wise is enough.

 
djgordy
1080153.  Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:14 am Reply with quote

Perhaps Mr. Cosby is suggesting that even a single word to the wise could be more usefully aimed at the ignorant.

Anyway, is the quotation not originally from "Persa" by Plautus?

Plautus was 254 - 184 BC whilst Terence was 195 - 159 BC ish. So even if Terence used it he like totally ripped it off from Plautus.

 
Ian Dunn
1109529.  Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:39 pm Reply with quote

"There has never been a truly selfless rebel, just hypocrites - conscious hypocrites or unconscious hypocrites, it's all the same."

FRANK HERBERT, in God Emperor of Dune.

(For some reason when I first heard this quote, all I could think of was Russell Brand.)

 
Ian Dunn
1130811.  Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:39 am Reply with quote

"TV satire clearly doesn't change anything. If it did they would ban it."

BRUCE DESSAU, comedy critic

Source

 
crissdee
1200046.  Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:07 pm Reply with quote

"Having Mercury in Capricorn blesses you with the ability to sound like you know what you are talking about, even when you are spouting rubbish."

Jonathan Cainer, late peruser of planetary alignments.

 
crissdee
1201131.  Sun Aug 07, 2016 5:41 pm Reply with quote

From an anonymous Aussie at The Somme, describing the field of battle;

"Mile after mile of sh*t-coloured f*ck-all."

 
Spud McLaren
1201625.  Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:26 am Reply with quote

An oyster takes an irritation and makes of it a pearl. How many pearls could we make in a week?

Alice Steadman

 
'yorz
1201899.  Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:41 pm Reply with quote

Extract from the diary of Lieutenant Colonel Mervin Willett Gonin DSO [re Bergen-Belsen]


"I can give no adequate description of the Horror Camp in which my men and myself were to spend the next month of our lives. It was just a barren wilderness, as bare as a chicken run. Corpses lay everywhere, some in huge piles, sometimes they lay singly or in pairs where they had fallen.
It took a little time to get used to seeing men women and children collapse as you walked by them and to restrain oneself from going to their assistance. One had to get used early to the idea that the individual just did not count. One knew that five hundred a day were dying and that five hundred a day were going on dying for weeks before anything we could do would have the slightest effect. It was, however, not easy to watch a child choking to death from diphtheria when you knew a tracheotomy and nursing could save it, one saw women drowning in their own vomit because they were too weak to turn over, and men eating worms as they clutched a half loaf of bread purely because they had had to eat worms to live and now could scarcely tell the difference.
Piles of corpses, naked and obscene, with a woman too weak to stand propping herself against them as she cooked the food we had given her over an open fire; men and women crouching down just anywhere in the open relieving themselves of the dysentery which was scouring their bowels, a woman standing stark naked washing herself with some issue soap in water from a tank in which the remains of a child floated.
It was shortly after the British Red Cross arrived, though it may have no connection, that a very large quantity of lipstick arrived. This was not at all what we men wanted, we were screaming for hundreds and thousands of other things and I don't know who asked for lipstick. I wish so much that I could discover who did it, it was the action of genius, sheer unadulterated brilliance. I believe nothing did more for those internees than the lipstick. Women lay in bed with no sheets and no nightie but with scarlet red lips, you saw them wandering about with nothing but a blanket over their shoulders, but with scarlet red lips. I saw a woman dead on the post mortem table and clutched in her hand was a piece of lipstick. At last someone had done something to make them individuals again, they were someone, no longer merely the number tattooed on the arm. At last they could take an interest in their appearance. That lipstick started to give them back their humanity."

 
Celine
1281670.  Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:10 am Reply with quote

The Universe newspaper October 1:

'A group of students playing hide and seek in the Harris Fine Arts Center at 11 p.m. caused a faculty member to call the University Police. The police arrived but were unable to find any of the students.'

 
tetsabb
1281682.  Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:39 am Reply with quote

Perhaps they are still there.
Or dead?

 
Celine
1281688.  Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:30 am Reply with quote

tetsabb wrote:
Perhaps they are still there.
Or dead?


That is quite an intense game of hide and seek.

Knowing uni students they probably gave up at the first stomach grumble and went to maccy d's. Or maybe that would just be me...

 
suze
1281715.  Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:55 pm Reply with quote

Pah, students today. In my day we'd have gone to the pub.

 
'yorz
1281937.  Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:08 pm Reply with quote

A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect.

W E B Du Bois

 

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