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Quoth Hee

Quotations from Raymond Humphreys

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).

- Juvenal

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.

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