Friday, 4 December 2015

Quotations, mostly discovered this weekend

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If Turkey were not a member of NATO, today the Dardanelles and Istanbul would have been Russian.

Lidia Wolanskyj, Russian politician

Like addressing sheeted tombstones by moonlight.

Sidney, Lord Herbert of Lea, after speaking in the House of Lords in the 1860s, quoted by Jeremy Paxman in the FT.

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods; even rich men and those in possession of office and of dominating power are thought to need friends most of all; for what is the use of such prosperity without the opportunity of beneficence, which is exercised chiefly and in its most laudable form towards friends? Or how can prosperity be guarded and preserved without friends? The greater it is, the more exposed is it to risk. And in poverty and in other misfortunes men think friends are the only refuge. It helps the young, too, to keep from error; it aids older people by ministering to their needs and supplementing the activities that are failing from weakness; those in the prime of life it stimulates to noble actions -- 'two going together' -- for with friends men are more able both to think and to act.

Aristotle


When women kiss I am always reminded of boxers shaking hands after they enter the ring.

Schopenhauer

(A schoolfriend read out Schopenhauer's aphorisms on women to me when we were 12.)

The famous book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus should really have been Men are like Dogs, Women are like Cats, in so far as e.g. women only ever seem to take other women seriously. 

Dominic Johnson (he's a vet.)

It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth.

A.J. Balfour


Society is constantly persecuting.

A.J. Balfour

my sweet old etcetera
aunt lucy during the recent

war could and what
is more did tell you just
what everybody was fighting

for,
my sister

isabel created hundreds
(and
hundreds) of socks not to
mention shirts fleaproof earwarmers

etcetera wristers etcetera, my
mother hoped that

i would die etcetera
bravely of course my father used
to become hoarse talking about how it was
a privilege and if only he
could meanwhile my

self etcetera lay quietly
in the deep mud et

cetera
(dreaming,
et
cetera, of
Your smile
eyes knees and of your Etcetera)

ee cummings 

When we shed our empire we forgot to shed our arrogance.

Enoch Powell, opposing Britain fighting over Kuwait in 1991. I disagreed with him about that war and about intervening in the former Yugoslavia but about Iraq and Libya his remark is apposite. And Syria?



Our society will change. Our society will change radically. In 20-30 years there will no longer be a German majority. We will live in a supercultural society. This is what we will have in the future. And I want to make it very clear, especially to right-wingers: This is a good thing!

Dr. Stefanie von Berg, German Green Party politician.  I quoted this before, but it deserves repeating.

1 comment:

  1. David in Banja Luka9 December 2015 at 17:56

    Ah, a quote that includes cats and women.

    I like cats; women I like too but this sentiment is not reciprocated as often as I would like ......

    Not so much a quote but more a useful piece of advice that I read some where on the net, is that women have more ways to tell a man to "Eff off!" than simply saying, "Eff off!"

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