1653) EMILY: I wish everybody had a little window. Right in front like a TV screen? ... You know? Like just a little window where you could just see in and see what they were feeling and thinking about. ... So you wouldn't always have to wonder. ... You could just see. Wouldn't that be neat?
Craig Lucas Blue Window (play, 1984)
1654) What is truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer.
Francis Bacon "Of Truth" in Essays (1625)
1655) The well of true wit is truth itself.
George Meredith Diana of the Crossways (1885)
1656) There is no jesting with edge tools.
John Fletcher and Philip Massinger The Little French Lawyer (play, c.1619-1623, printed 1647)
[Note: cf. "It is ill jesting with edge tools, or dallying with Prince's matters." from the anonymous True Tragedy of Richard III (1594)]
1657) Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.
[Note: This aphorism, which is usually credited to Otto von Bismarck -- although always without citation -- exists in a large number of variations, some of which can be seen at [WQ]. Others who have had the comparison attributed to them include: Winston Churchill, Benjamin Disraeli, Clarence Darrow, Mark Twain, Kaiser Wilhelm, Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau, Betty Talmadge (the wife of former Georgia senator Herman Talmadge), and "Old Mr. Hawes", an Illinois state legislator in 1896.
The oldest known citation for the comparison of laws and sausages is given in [YQ] as coming from the McKean Miner of Smethport, PA (4/22/1869):
Saxe says in his new lecture 'Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made'.
[YQ] speculated that "Saxe" may refer to lawyer-poet John Godfrey Saxe.]
1658) Disinformation and propaganda are the art of presentation, not of lies. By merely changing the sequence in which you present information, you alter the conclusions your audience can reach.
Brandon de Wilde (attributed) posted by Fred F. Freeman on rec.arts.movies.current-films (1/22/1996)
[Note: There is no Google support for the existence of this quote said by "Brandon de Wilde" or anyone else.]
1659) Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
Sigmund Freud (attributed) [B16] posted by Fred F. Freeman on rec.arts.movies.current-films (1/22/1996)
[Note: Ralph Keyes concludes that there is no evidence that Freud ever said or wrote this, and that it is, in fact, at odds with Freud's actual views. [QV]]
1660) The worst horror of his rampages was not the pain and fear that he inflicted, not the blood, not the mutilated cadavers. The pain and the fear were comparatively brief, considering all the routine pain and anxiety of life. The blood and bodies were merely aftermath. The worst horror was that he stole meaning from the unfinished lives of those people he killed, made himself the primary purpose of their existence, robbed them not of time but of fulfillment.
Dean R. Koontz Intensity (1995) Cindy Hedstrom, personal e-mail (1/22/1996)
1661) Man is an intelligence, not served by, but in servitude to his organs.
Aldous Huxley "Variations on a Philosopher" Themes and Variations (1950) posted by Chris West [ISQ] (1/22/1996)
One definition of man is "an intelligence served by organs".
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Works and Days" Society and Solitude (1870)
perhaps quoting Louis De Bonald Theorie de Pouvoir Politique et Religieux (1796) [CQ].]
[B16] - Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (1993) [CQ] - Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (1993) [ISQ] - Internet Serial-Quotations mailing list [QV] - The Quote Verifier (2006), Ralph Keyes [WQ] - Wikiquote [YQ] - The Yale Book of Quotations (2006), Fred R. Shapiro, ed.
Note: "3089/898" is the designation I've given to the project of posting all my collected quotes, excerpts and ideas (3089 of them) in the remaining days of the Bush administration (of which there were 898 left when I began). As of today, there are 454 days remaining in the administration of the worst American President ever.
hostile to science
lacking in empathy
lacking in public spirit
out of control
Thanks to: Breeze, Chuck, Ivan Raikov, Kaiju, Kathy, Roger, Shirley, S.M. Dixon
i've got a little list...
Steven Abrams (Kansas BofE)
Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson
Roger Ailes (FNC)
Alan Bonsell (Dover BofE)
Bill Buckingham (Dover BofE)
George W. Bush
Bruce Chapman (DI)
The Coors Family
William A. Dembski
Leonard Downie (WaPo)
John Gibson (FNC)
Fred Hiatt (WaPo)
James F. Inhofe
Philip E. Johnson
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Stephen C. Meyer (DI)
Judith Miller (ex-NYT)
Sun Myung Moon
Elspeth Reeve (TNR)
Martin Peretz (TNR)
Richard Mellon Scaife
Susan Schmidt (WaPo)
John Solomon (WaPo)
Richard Thompson (TMLC)
Bob Woodward (WaPo)
All the fine sites I've
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Arthur C. Clarke
Daniel C. Dennett
Philip K. Dick
Stephen Jay Gould
"The Harder They Come"
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Marx Brothers
Michael C. Penta
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
"The Red Shoes"
"Singin' in the Rain"
Talking Heads/David Byrne
Hunter S. Thompson
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
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