QUICK QUOTES

"If you hold dogmatic beliefs too strongly it makes you cruel."
Richard Holloway [former Bishop of Edinburgh]

Born in Glasgow in 1933, Richard Hookway FRSE is a Scottish writer, broadcaster and cleric.

He was Bishop of Edinburgh from 1986 to 2000 and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 1992 to 2000.

Recently, a Spanish man believed to have been the oldest man in the world died aged 113 years. Asked about his longevity he'd said:

"A quiet life and not hurting anyone."

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QUICK QUOTES

"Doubt is uncomfortable but certainty is absurd."

Voltaire [21.11.1694-30.5.1778]

Francois-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his criticism of Christianity-especially the Roman Catholic Church-as well as his advocacy of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation of church and state




"Explain everything as simply as possible - but no simpler."

Einstein [14.3.1879-18.4.1955]

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest physicists of all time. Einstein is best known for developing the theory of relativity, but he also made important contributions to the development of the theory of quantum mechanics.

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Some QUICK QUOTES on walking

"A walk done properly is an excuse to stop and look at things, to dawdle."

Simon Armitage


Simon Robert Armitage, CBE, FRSL. [26.5.1963] who was appointed Poet Laureate on 10th May 2019, is an English poet, playwright and novelist. He is also Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds

 

"Not all those who wander are lost."


J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE FRSL [3.2.1892-2.9.1973] was an English writer, poet, philanthropist and academic, best known as the author of the high fantasy works The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.

 

Book recommendations:

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

 

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QUICK QUOTES

"There is a fine line to be drawn between disruption and destruction."

David Cannadine


 

Sir David Cannadine FBA, FSA, FRHistS, FRSA is a British author and historian who specialises in modern history, Britain and the history of business and philanthropy. Born on 7th September 1950 in Birmingham, he studied at Clare College, Cambridge. He married Linda Colley in 1982. Amongst his edited work is Rituals of Royalty: Power and Ceremonial in Traditional Societies.

"Marriage is 90% shouting,

"What?" to each other from another room."

Katherine Jakeways


 

Katherine Jakeways is a British comedian, actor and writer. She has appeared in numerous television, radio and theatrical productions. A lady who never tells her age!

"One should never trust a woman who tells her real age.

A woman who would tell that would tell anything."
 
Oscar Wilde

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QUICK QUOTE

"We are one people globally and at our best when we collaborate."

Pascal Soriot CEO AstraZeneka, June 2020

AstraZeneka plc/AB is a British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company with its global headquarters in Cambridge, United Kingdom and Sodertalje, Sweden. Its Research and Development is concentrated in Cambridge in the UK, Sodertalje in Sweden and Maryland and Toronto in North America.

 

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QUICK QUOTES

"I'm only interested in everything!"

Les Murray AO [1938-2019]

Les Murray was an Australian poet, anthologist and critic. His career spanned over 40 years and he published nearly 30 volumes of poetry as well as two verse novels and collections of his prose writings.

He was given the award of Office of the Order of Australia.

Born on the 17th October 1893 in Nabiac, Australia, he died on the 29th April 2019 in Taree, Australia. In 1962 he married Valerie Morelli and together they had five children.


"One of the most delightful things about a garden

is the anticipation it provides."

W.E. Johns [1893-1968]

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QUICK QUOTE

Lorna Doone, R.D. Blackmore


 
"For according to our old saying, the three learned professions live by roguery on the three parts of a man.
The doctor mauls our bodies;
the parson starves our souls,
but the lawyer must be the adroitest knave,
for he has to ensnare our minds."

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QUICK QUOTE

Marshall McLuhan [1911-1980]

suggested increased technology would lead to

"more rational, literate, calm and logical argument"

in place of

angry, emotional and dismissive argument.


 

Herbert Marshall McLuhan CC was a Canadian professor, philosopher, and public intellectual. His work is one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory. He was born in Edmonton Canada on the 21st July 1911 and died in Toronto on the 31st December, 1980.

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QUICK QUOTE

"Success has a thousand fathers but failure is an orphan."

The origins of this quotation are believed to be attributed to Julius Agricola as written by the Roman historian Tacitus about 98AD. Translated from the Latin, "This is an unfair thing about war: victory is claimed by all, failure to one alone."

In 1961, responding to a question from a journalist about the Bay of Pigs invasion, John F. Kennedy said, "There is an old saying, victory has a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan."

A "thousand" is often quoted as "a hundred" or "many", and "failure" as "defeat".

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SNIPPETS

Quick Quotes

"Summer Afternoon" two of the most beautiful words in the English language.

Henry James, 1843-1916

 

"When the facts change I change my mind."

Maynard Keynes

 

"Life can only be understood backwards but has to be lived forwards."

Kierkegaard

 

U and Non-U Tips as given to Binkie Beaumont by Noel Coward:

Words like 'nothing' may we say,
End with G and not with K.
Napkins, in the smarter sets,
Are not known as serviettes.
Also, these are not tucked in
Neatly underneath the chin . . .
Should you belch at lunch or tea
Never mutter "Pardon me".
Mark these rules and, if you can,
Be a little gentleman.

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SNIPPETS

Quick Quotes

"Summer Afternoon" two of the most beautiful words in the English language.

Henry James, 1843-1916

 

"When the facts change I change my mind."

Maynard Keynes

 

"Life can only be understood backwards but has to be lived forwards."

Kierkegaard

 

U and Non-U Tips as given to Binkie Beaumont by Noel Coward:

Words like 'nothing' may we say,
End with G and not with K.
Napkins, in the smarter sets,
Are not known as serviettes.
Also, these are not tucked in
Neatly underneath the chin . . .
Should you belch at lunch or tea
Never mutter "Pardon me".
Mark these rules and, if you can,
Be a little gentleman.

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QUICK QUOTE

"A sense of humour is common sense dancing."

Martin Amis

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QUICK QUOTE:

"If you want to go fast go by yourself.

If you want to go far go as a group."

Old Chinese Proverb


 

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QUICK QUOTE

"Never sacrifice excellence for mere popularity."

Joshua Reynolds


 

Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA FRS FRSA [16 July 1723 - 23 February 1792] who was born in Devon, was an influential eighteenth-century English painter, specialising in portraits and promoting the "Grand Style" in painting which depended on idealization of the imperfect. He was one of the founders and first president of the Royal Academy, and was knighted by George III in 1769.

In early 2007, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery acquired 23 portraits from the Trustees of the Port Eliot Estate through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme. The works have remained in situ at Port Eliot. The core of the acquisition is a group of 14 works by Sir Joshua Reynolds, one of Plymouth's most famous artists, with a further nine painted by some

of his contemporaries.

If you are planning a day out, Port Eliot is well worth a visit. It is situated in the village of St. Germans, on the Rame Peninsular, South East Cornwall, not too far from Plymouth. The Round Room contains a mural painted by Robert Lenckiewicz, regarded as his masterpiece. It has to be seen to be believed!


 

Why not also visit nearby Mount Edgcumbe. This beautifully kept stately home [owned jointly by Plymouth City and Cornwall Councils] overlooks Plymouth Sound.


 

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QUICK QUOTE

"A sense of humour is a sense of proportion."

Norman St. John Stevens

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QUICK QUOTE

"Ask yourself if you are happy and you cease to be so!" - John Stuart Mill. 1806-1873 [Philosopher and campaigner for votes for women].

The Government is to produce "An Index of National Happiness" at a cost of 2 million pounds.

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QUICK QUOTE
[from Heather Maynard, given with feeling!]

"Grandparents are for life, not just for Birthdays and Christmas!"

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QUICK QUOTE

"Doubts unite us. Convictions divide us."
 
Peter Ustinov

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QUICK QUOTE

"Any woman who wants to be like a man lacks ambition."

Mae West

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QUICK QUOTES

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is mystery, Today is a gift

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QUICK QUOTE

Write it in fine
across the night;
Most men are more or less
all right! !

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QUICK QUOTE

People without a sense of humour should never be put in charge of anything.

Lord Runcie

Former Archbishop of Canterbury

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QUICK QUOTE!

The rain it raineth on the just, and on the unjust fella,
But principally upon the just, because the unjust has the just's umbrella!

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Quick Quote
from Bernard Allen

"It is unwise to pay too much but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money ... that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the things it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot ... it cannot be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that you will have enough to pay for the something better."

John Ruskin [1819-1900]

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QUICK QUOTE

When in doubt always tell the truth. It will confound your enemies and astound your friends.

Mark Twain

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QUICK QUOTE

"A Committee is a group that keeps Minutes and loses Hours"

Oh give us your pity - we're on a committee 
Which means that both morning and night,
We attend and amend and contend and defend
Without a conclusion in sight.
 
We confer and concur, we defer and demur,
And reiterate all of our thoughts;
We revise the agenda with frequent addenda,
And consider a load of reports.
 
We compose and propose, we support and oppose,
And the points of procedure are frill!
But though various notions are brought up as motions,
There's terribly little gets done!
 
We resolve and absolve, but we never dissolve
Since it's out of the question for us;
What a shattering pity to end our committee
Where else could we make such a fuss?

Anon

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QUICK QUOTE

A fanatic one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

Sir Winston Churchill

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Quick Quote

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Mark Twain

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QUICK QUOTE

It's only eighteen inches between a pat on the back and a kick in the pants.

E. Joseph Cossman

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QUICK QUOTE

"What do you mean we don't communicate? Just yesterday I faxed you a reply to the recorded message you left on your answering machine. "

The Wall Street Journal

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QUICK QUOTE

"Humour is the blossom on the nettle. " Coleridge

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QUICK QUIP - QUICK QUOTE

A farmer won half a million pounds on the pools. His neighbour asked him, "What will you do now Jan?" He replied, "Oh, I shall just bide yer farmin till tis all gone."

John Huxtable

At the end of a 50 page letter, George Bernard Shaw wrote : "I'm sorry this letter is so long. I didn't have time to write a short one.

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QUICK QUOTE

  • Question: What is the difference between ignorance and apathy?
  • Answer: I don't know and I don't care.

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QUICK QUOTE

You always help a lame dog over a stile, but you never help a lazy one.

John Huxtable

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QUICK QUOTE

A suggestion has been put forward to invite readers to contribute a pithy quote - something witty or wise [or preferably both] - or even a country saying. So how about it? Pop your 'Quick Quote' [it need only be a line or two] in the box in the Post Office. Here are a couple of seasonal country sayings to start the ball rolling:

  • A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay.
    A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.
    A swarm of bees In July is not worth a fly.
  • St. Swithin's Day, if it do rain,
    For forty days it will remain.
    St. Swithin's Day an it be fair,
    For forty days t'will rain nae mair.

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