Sunday, 12 February 2017

Quotations for Sunday


"It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom." Jonathan Swift

"I wish I was as sure of anything as Tom Macaulay is of everything." Lord Melbourne

"I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies." Oscar Wilde

"Orthodoxy is my doxy and heterodoxy is another man's doxy." Bishop Warburton

“A romantic is usually afraid in case reality doesn't come up to expectations.” Graham Greene


  1. Among those whose reputation is exhausted in a short time by its own luxuriance are the writers who take advantage of present incidents or characters which strongly interest the passions, and engage universal attention. It is not difficult to obtain readers, when we discuss a question which every one is desirous to understand, which is debated in every assembly, and has divided the nation into parties; or when we display the faults or virtues of him whose public conduct has made almost every man his enemy or his friend. SJ


  2. "Money can't buy friends, but it can get you a better class of enemy." - Spike Milligan.

    1. Spike Milligan is a truly un-heralded philosopher. His seminal work "Hitler:My part in his downfall" is one of the great treatise of the second world war. AJP Taylor eat your heart out.

    2. Someone else raved about it to me. I began it but it wasn't my thing.
      As I get older I find books that are written to make you laugh - including Douglas Adams - are hard to read. Even 'Black Mischief' though great fun wasn't nearly as good as when I was 13.

      I blogged about Spike here.
      I remember a supposed friend telling me how badly it was written and he might be right.

    3. As I get older I find books that are written to make you laugh - including Douglas Adams - are hard to read.

      I was always a bit underwhelmed by Douglas Adams. I wanted to like A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but it just didn't work for me.

    4. A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy started as a radio programme during my 1970s schooldays and I simply loved it because of the wonderful writing and the acting especially Peter Jones as The Book. I didn't feel it worked so well as a book or TV show or film.

      The books that make you laugh when young don't make you laugh so much when older but I think Decline and fall will hold up.

  3. Hi Paul,

    I thought I would find you here. You seem to have disappeared from Facebook. That means either that you have deactivated your account again or that you have blocked and/or defriended me. If the latter is true, please could I urge you to consider unblocking and/or refriending me at some point? I know I have been incredibly annoying recently, but I don't mean any harm and I miss seeing your interesting posts. If the former is true, do come back soon!

    Very interesting times in Romania at the moment...

    All best wishes,

    Yours ever,

    Jonathan M.

    1. Dear Jonathan
      I promised you long ago that I would never unfriend you and I keep my word.
      You are never annoying.
      As ever

    2. Please read my blog and comment.

  4. Thanks Paul. Missing you on Facebook.