All this is is a collection of quotations. They are by no means all of a literary nature. In fact they are taken more or less at random, and the only real criterion is that they appeal to me in some way. I hope that some of them appeal to you, too
When I want a peerage, I shall buy it like an honest man.
- Lord Northcliffe
When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
- Henry J. Kaiser
What have future generations ever done for us?
- Groucho Marx
All I know is that I am not a Marxist
- Karl Marx
Of course I have principles. And if you don't like these, I have others.
- Groucho Marx
It is good that war is terrible, lest we grow too fond of it.
- General Robert E. Lee
He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of emperors.
- Rudyard Kipling
Prose is when all the lines except the last go on to the end. Poetry is when some of them fall short of it.
- Jeremy Bentham
Life is a gamble at terrible odds - if it was a bet, you wouldn't take it.
- Tom Stoppard
Happiness is no laughing matter.
- Richard Whateley - Apophthegms
They spend their time mostly looking forward to the past.
- John Osborne
Si jeunesse savoit; si vieillesse pouvoit (If youth knew; if age could).
- Henri Etienne
The critical period in matrimony is breakfast-time.
- AP Herbert
A dreamer of dreams.
- The Bible (Deutoronomy)
Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?
- Harold Pinter
She ran the whole gamut of emotions, from A to B.
- Dorothy Parker
Deprivation is for me what daffodils were to Wordsworth.
- Philip Larkin
In a somer seson whan soft was the sonne.
- William Langland
When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.
- Mark Twain
Victor Hugo ... un fou qui se croyait Victor Hugo. (Victor Hugo ... a madman who thought he was Victor Hugo).
- Jean Cocteau
Difficile est saturam non scribere. (It is hard not to write satire).
Excuse my dust.
- Dorothy Parker [suggested epitaph for herself].
No pasaran! (They shall not pass).
- La Pasionaria (Dolores Ibarruri).
A week is a long time in politics.
- Harold Wilson
The Middle East is a region where oil is thicker than blood.
- James Holland
The central theme of the novel is that they were glad to see each other.
- Gertrude Stein.
Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions.
- GK Chesterton.
ET phone home.
- Melissa Mathison [film scriptwriter].
Life is just one damned thing after another.
- Elbert Hubbard.
Architecture is the art of how to waste space.
- Philip Johnson.
If one cannot catch the bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.
- Nikita Khrushchev.
David Frost has risen without trace.
- Kitty Muggeridge.
Religion to me has always been the wound, not the bandage.
- Dennis Potter.