Quotations I Like

I intend that this page will eventually be full of other people’s stuff.  Odd bits and pieces I pick up in my reading and listening.  Quotes on all manner of subjects,  and just stuff I like, with no apologies.

Christ, I miss the cold war.

Judi Dench as M.  in Casino Royale

The heart does many things well, and rationalization is right up there with powering the circulatory system…….from Trans-Sister Radio, by Chris Bohjalian

Guilt is the one burden human beings cannot bear  alone……..from A Spy in the House of Love, by Anais Nin

We don’t see things as they are, but as we are………another quote from Anais Nin

And how about this for a descriptive passage:  His skin was as Scottish as it was possible to be without actually being tartan………..End of the Wasp Season, by Denise Mina.

Boss:  Are you married?

Zorba:  Am I not a man?  And is not a man stupid?  I am a man, so, I married, wife, children, house….the full catastrophe.      Alan Bates as Boss, Anthony Quinn as Zorba.

“Barbarism is the natural state of mankind…Civilization is unnatural.  It is a whim of circumstance.  And barbarism must ultimately triumph.”   From:  Beyond the Black River….(a Conan story)…by Robert. E. Howard

It was a one-night stand, Marty, it just lasted six months.

Laura Linney, as Janet to Richard Gere, as Marty in Primal Fear


You’ll be sent mad by

eyes like a child’s crayon


Charles Bukowski  (from Love is a Dog From Hell)

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.  Abba Eban, Israeli politician

A tragedy:  women are so much more comfortable wearing trousers, than men are wearing skirts.    (me)

Never apologize, never explain.     Janet Fitch (in White Oleander)

There is nothing like the arrogance of a beginning writer unless it is the conceit of a successful one.     Charles Bukowski (as Buddha smiles, collected in The Continual Condition)

Night and the Jesuits always return.   saying recorded by George Orwell (in Homage to Catalonia)

This world is nothing but a vast attempt to catch you with your trousers down.  Celine, in Journey to the End of the Night

Life is trouble, death, no.  To live–do you know what that means?  To undo your belt and look for trouble!   Zorba in Zorba the Greek  by Nikos Kazantzakis

There are only two eternal questions:  My place or yours?  Now or Later?  (me, again)

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.     Eugene Delacroix

The problem with some people is that when they aren’t drunk, they’re sober.  William Butler Yeats

Against the charitable gesture there is no defense.    Samuel Beckett “Molloy”

Wisdom comes at a hell of an hour–when youth is gone, the storm is over and the girls have gone home.     Charles Bukowski (from “Not Quite Bernadette”)

A walk through the ocean of most souls would scarcely get your feet wet.   Tony Hendra  “Deteriorata”

When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones.    Peter de Vries

We have noses that run, and feet that smell.  Sometimes the universe just doesn’t make sense.  Alex Bledsoe

A coward is a man who can foresee the future…a brave man is almost always without imagination.   Charles Bukowski

To fly from peril is to invite pursuit.   Sax Rohmer

Talent is god-given.  Be humble.

Fame is man-given.  Be grateful.

Conceit is self-given.  Be careful.     John Wooden (d.2010) basketball coach.

Who has kissed

Fate on the mouth, and blown out the lamp, must

lie with her.       Robinson Jeffers

History is biology’s dumping ground.   Carlos Ruiz Zafon

When love rises like the sun

wisdom melts like the mist.     H. Rider Haggard

No man’s suffering is ever larger than nature intended.  Charles Bukowski (the quote heard in a crap game)

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

Robert Duvall,  as Kilgore, in Apolocolypse Now

The cheaper the films are, the more they tell you what the society’s really like, as opposed to what it claims for itself.      from  Cypress Grove…by James Sallis.

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.   R.L. Stevenson

Success:  the one unpardonable sin against one’s fellow man.  Ambrose Bierce

If a thing’s worth doing, it is worth doing badly.   G.K. Chesterton

Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.   Philaster Chase Johnson

Published on May 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

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