Category Archives: Quotations

Quotable #49: Victims

“It is not at all uncommon for someone to arrive at a scene of brutality or injustice and, with a sympathetic murmur or heroic flourish, attack the victim. It happens all the time.” — Renata Adler, Speedboat, 1976 Advertisements

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Quotable #48: Prophesy

“Our present addiction to pollsters and forecasters is a symptom of our chronic uncertainty about the future. Even when the forecasts prove wrong, we still go on asking for them. We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables … Continue reading

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Quotable #47: Change of Opinion

“When a man talks on any subject, he rather expresses the opinions of his garb or his fraternity, than his own, and will change them as often as he changes his situation and circumstances.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Julie, or the … Continue reading

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Quotable #46: Prediction

Of all the horrid, hideous notes of woe, Sadder than owl-songs on the midnight blast, Is that portentous phrase, “I told you so,” Utter’d by friends, those prophets of the past, Who ‘stead of saying what you now should do, … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #45

Wilde on Fashion Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear. — Lord Goring, in Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, Act III, 1893 And, after all, what is a fashion? From the artistic point … Continue reading

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Quotable #45: Noise

“He that has the worst cause makes the most noise.” — English Proverb, cited in Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs, 1732

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Quotable #44: Fountain

“Be a fountain, not a drain.” – Rex Hudler

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