Words matter, for words are the tools of thought, and you will often find that you are thinking badly because you are using the wrong tools, trying to bore a hole with a screw-driver, or draw a cork with a coal-hammer.

A.P. Herbert, 1935

The proper meaning of a word … is never something upon which the word sits perched like a gull on a stone; it is something over which the word hovers like a gull over a ships stern

Collingswood, 1938

When the seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.

The thing that I think we must remember is that this is a war which a brutalitarian force has won to a greater extent than any brutalitarian force has won a war in the history of the world before.

Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, 1954

Oh, many a shaft at random sent Finds mark the archer little meant. And many a word at random spoken May soothe, or wound, a heart that's broken.

Sir Walter Scott

My grumbling wife - if only she were here! This moon tonight...

Kobayashi Issa

If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

Dan Rather

There is a fine circumstance connected with the character of a Cynic, that he must be beaten like an ass, and yet when beaten must love those who beat him, as the father, as the brother of all.

Epictetus (A.D. c. 50-c. 138)
Of the Cynic Philosophy. Chap. xxii.


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