Apropos of nothing in particular, a truckshunter called Mike has sent me some quotations which, he said, might provide me with ‘light relief’ - or at least distract me (and you) from the turmoil of the last few days.
He’s right - they did the trick.
I have long been of the opinion that if work were such a splendid thing, the rich would have kept more of it for themselves.
I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I will go to it laughing.
There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.
The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.
Alfred North Whitehead
The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be.
What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.
Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
To the most trivial actions, attach the devotion and mindfulness of 100 monks. To matters of life and death, attach a sense of humour.
The danger of computers becoming like humans is not as great as the danger of humans becoming like computers.
If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. Every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Physical deformity calls forth our charity. But the infinite misfortune of moral deformity calls forth nothing but hatred and vengeance.
Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying.
Your manuscript is both good and original. But the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.
I think that last one’s a cracker.
Just for good measure, Mike also sent me some of his favourite Groucho Marx quotations…
I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.
Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know.
She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon.
Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?
I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.
I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.
From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it.
Either he's dead or my watch has stopped.
Thanks, Mike. You made my day.
(Unlikely as it seems, Mike also sent me some information about a church he thought I might consider joining - of which more later.)
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