Thursday, October 30, 2008

Insults Before "Modern" Education

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire

Winston Churchill

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.

Clarence Darrow

He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.

William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"

Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.

Groucho Marx

I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.

Mark Twain

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.

Oscar Wilde

I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend... if you have one.

George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend second, if there is one.

Winston Churchill's response to George Bernard Shaw

I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here.

Stephen Bishop

He is a self-made man and worships his creator.

John Bright

I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial.

Irvin S. Cobb

He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.

Samuel Johnson

He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.

Paul Keating

He had delusions of adequacy.

Walter Kerr

Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?

Mark Twain

His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.

Mae West

Winston, if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee!

Lady Astor to Winston Churchill at a dinner party

Madam, if I were your husband, I would drink it!

Winston Churchills response to Lady Astor

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it."

Moses Hadas

"There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure."

Jack E. Leonard

"He has the attention span of a lightning bolt."

Robert Redford

"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge."

Thomas Brackett Reed

"He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them."

James Reston (about Richard Nixon)

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."

Charles, Count Talleyrand

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."

Forrest Tucker

"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any one I know."

Abraham Lincoln

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."

Mae West

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than illumination."

Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music."

Billy Wilder

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.

Oscar Wilde

"You, Mr. Wilkes, will die either of the pox or on the gallows."

The Earl of Sandwich

"That depends, my lord, whether I embrace your mistress or your principles."

John Wilkes's response to The Earl of Sandwich

"A modest little person, with much to be modest about."

Winston Churchill

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and John McCain

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry walks this way with John McCain -
"Aerosmith has generally left the politics to bands like U2 and the Dixie Chicks, but axeman Joe Perry says national security and economic woes have prompted him to split from the rest of the entertainment world and throw his support behind John McCain.

“We pretty much stay out of it, but seeing so many people come out for Obama, I just felt like ‘What the hell, I might as well raise my hand for this side,” Perry said from his Duxbury home."

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Life Time

one cigarette costs 2 minutes of your life.
one bottle of beer costs 4 minutes of your life.
one working day costs 8 hours of your life.
'Love is an art like music'.
- Pierre Louis (1870-1925)"

Thursday, October 16, 2008


"In Switzerland, 500 years of democracy and peace. And what does it produce? The cuckoo clock. ~ Graham Geene, The Third Man"

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

And who could blame him?

Ringo Starr News on Yahoo! Music:
"The fan fatigue led the former Beatles drummer to post a sometimes angry sounding short video clip on his Web site telling fans that any mail sent to him after Oct. 20 will not be read or answered. British television stations broadcast the video on Tuesday.

'It's going to be tossed,' he says on the video. 'I'm warning you with peace and love, I have too much to do. So no more fan mail. Thank you, thank you. And no objects to be signed. Nothing. Anyway, peace and love, peace and love.'"

Sunday, October 12, 2008


"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
- Samuel Johnson"

Friday, October 10, 2008

How to Accept Criticism With Grace and Appreciation - wikiHow

How to Accept Criticism With Grace and Appreciation - wikiHow

This nice, but it doesn't mention the 9th possibility: bare knuckles. Show the critic what's what.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Survey Finds 'Bleak Picture' for World's Mammals -

Survey Finds 'Bleak Picture' for World's Mammals -
"BARCELONA -- A quarter of the world's wild mammal species are at risk of extinction, according to a comprehensive global survey released here this morning.

The new assessment -- which took 1,700 experts in 130 countries five years to complete -- paints 'a bleak picture,' leaders of the project wrote in a paper being published in the journal Science. The overview, made public at the quadrennial World Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), covers all 5,487 wild species identified since 1500. It is the most thorough tally of land and marine mammals since 1996."

Thursday, October 2, 2008

That Quote by Nabakov

It seems rock music and musicians have a good bit in common with Russian philosophers:

"My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music."
- Vladimir Nabokov

Zebron and James