Quotes & Asides


Groucho Marx, circa 1931

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To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent. – Robert Copeland

—-> The buck has to stop with one!
We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong. –
Sir Arthur Eddington

—> And we’re getting colder still!

In democracy it’s your vote that counts; In feudalism it’s your count that votes. – Mogens Jallberg

—-> And benevolent feudalism is a fantasy!

A musicologist is a man who can read music but can’t hear it. – Sir Thomas Beecham

—-> Can’t you hear the music?

A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time. – George Iles

—–> Like an unwelcome guest or guests!

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx

—-> Marx biting the bark that feeds!

Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history. – George Bernard Shaw

—> Unfortunately, the ones who never learn from history repeat it to our detriment!

You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans. – Ronald Reagan

—> Small things count!

At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas. – Aldous Huxley

—> Religion & politics feed no one except their proselytizers!

To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody. – Quentin Crisp

—> No comment!

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. – David Russell

—-> Bridges half-built are to be burnt or completed! It’s either or  – not both!

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

—> I guess it becomes a habit!

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