From Pine View Farm

QOTD category archive

QOTD 0

Rex Stout, in the voice of Archie Goodwin:

If your ego is in good shape, you will pretend you are surprised if a National Chairman calls to tell you his party wants to nominate you for President of the United States, but you’re not really surprised.

Stout, Rex, Champagne for One (New York: Bantam, 2009), p. 3 (Double-volume with Too Many Cooks).

Share

QOTD 0

Tom Bodett:

Did you ever notice that nobody you see on television looks like anyone you know?

Share

QOTD 0

Ricky Gervais:

You have options. You can either continue to be miserable or you can just stop being angry at everyone and accept the way things are. Allow yourself to live.

Share

QOTD 0

Benvenuto Cellini:

When the poor give to the rich, the devil laughs.

Share

QOTD 0

Philip Bosco, as David McVane:

Life’s not fair. It’s not even close. At best, all we can expect, is that, as time goes by, the system levels it out.

Share

QOTD 0

Rex Stout, in the voice of Archie Goodwin:

There is no point in being rude when you can end a conversation quicker by being polite.

Stout, Rex, Plot It Yourself, (New York: Bantam, 1977), p. 77.

Share

QOTD 0

Cornel West:

Justice is what love looks like in public.

Share

QOTD 0

Tom Nichols:

Listening is not the same thing as waiting to say something.

Share

QOTD 0

Winston Churchill:

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

Share

QOTD 0

Maria Edgeworth:

A man who sells his conscience for his interest will sell it for his pleasure. A man who will betray his country will betray his friend.

Share

QOTD 0

Rex Stout, in the voice of Nero Wolfe:

The more you put in a brain, the more it will hold–if you have one.

Stout, Rex, Might as Well Be Dead, (New York: Bantam, 1993), p. 94.

Share

QOTD 0

Albert Camus:

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.

Share

QOTD 0

Craig Washington (in a floor debate in the Texas legislature about banning flag-burning as a means of protest):

I prefer a man who will burn the flag and then wrap himself in the Constitution to a man who will burn the Constitution and then wrap himself in the flag.

H/T to my brother for telling me of this quotation.

Share

QOTD 0

Rex Stout, in the voice of Archie Goodwin:

After habits get automatic, you’re no longer aware of them.

Stout, Rex, Might As Well Be Dead (New York: Bantam, 1993), p. 19.

Share

QOTD 0

Xun Zi:

In order to properly understand the big picture, everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded and obsessed with one small section of truth.

Share

QOTD 0

Holbrook Jackson:

Suffer fools gladly; they may be right.

Share

QOTD 0

Ron Kaufman:

You’ve got one mouth and two ears. There’s a reason.

Share

QOTD 0

Vladimir Nabakov:

Satire is a lesson, parody is a game.

Share

QOTD 0

Earl Warren:

Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism.

Share

QOTD 0

Edmund Crispin:

(Upon the finding of the victim in a mystery story–ed.) She had been an attractive girl. But that “had been” was not a conventional gesture to the fact of death. It was an honest admission that without life the most beautiful body is an object of no interest. We are not bodies, thought Nigel, we are lives.

Crispin, Edmund (real name, Bruce Montgomery), The Case of the Gilded Fly (London: Bloomsbury, 12018), p. 80-81.

Share