Thursday, May 24, 2007

quotes for you

Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him they don't like him.
-Marlene Dietrich

It is impossible to win gracefully at chess. No man has yet said "Mate!" in a voice which failed to sound to his opponent bitter, boastful and malicious.

Devotees of grammatical studies have not been distinguished for any very remarkable felicities of expression.
~Bronson AlcottTable Talk, 1868, PMB

Correct English is the slang of prigs who write history and essays.
~George Eliot, Middlemarch, 1872


At Thu May 24, 09:57:00 AM PDT, Blogger unca said...

Marlene is so right. This quote is going on my top ten list.

At Sat May 26, 01:57:00 AM PDT, Blogger Happy Mask Saleswoman said...

I think you should also sometimes offer your thoughts on some quotes.
Like, I think you should explain the quote you posted a long time ago about alcohol is the curse of the whatever and it makes you shoot at your landlord or something. I didn't get that one at all.

At Sun May 27, 12:19:00 AM PDT, Blogger bryan torre said...

well, the landlord one is funny because you think the guy's saying that alcohol's bad because it makes you shoot at your landlord (the way you or i would think). but the last line is "...and it makes you miss him" which reveals that what he considers bad is the fact that alchohol impairs your aim, and that he would in fact *like* to shoot his landlord. the sudden shift in POV is a common trigger for humor.
ah, never mind -- if you have to explain it, it's just not as funny...


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