Monday, October 15, 2012

Popcorn by The Colonel #13

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Confronting triskaidekaphobia, The Colonel pops popcorn number twelve plus one, a special quotations edition.

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. --Albert Einstein. Either he didn’t really understand relativity, or he had one smart grandmother.

You can only sustain perpetual devotion to business by perpetual neglect of more important things. --Robert Louis Stevenson (who died too young, in the midst of a breakout novel.)

The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. --George Bernard Shaw

None are so busy as the fool and the knave. --John Dryden

Who is more busy than he who hath least to do? --John Clarke

The tooth fairy teaches children that they can sell body parts for money. --David Richerby

Composers shouldn't think too much -- it interferes with their plagiarism.  --Howard Dietz

A committee that gets something done consists of no more than three members, two of whom are absent. --Robert Copeland (Reminds one of the similar saying that three people in a hospital can keep a secret if one’s in a coma and another is dead.)

To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody. --Quentin Crisp

1 comment:

Elizabeth Bobrick said...

Thank you, Colonel. What a great way to start the week.

Here's one of my favorites, by Cyril Connolly:

"Whom the gods would destroy they first call promising."