QUOTES: SOME MORE ON ALL SORTS
To be added into the Quotes collections …
On SAINTLINESS …
Diarmaid MacCulloch, reviewing a book on saints, Teleg, 14.12.13, said: “My favourite definition of a saint is someone who has not been researched enough.”
*On being RIGHT ON …
Charles Moore, Teleg 14.12.13, quoting from Tom Lehrer’s Folk Song Army: “We all hate poverty, war and injustice – unlike the rest of you squares.”
On PARENTING …
Katherine Whitehorn, Observer, 15.12.13:
“If you can’t be a good example, you can always be a horrible warning.”
QUOTES on FOOD * FOODIES * FRENCH
Diana Henry, Sun Tel 19.5.13, on a holiday romance with a French boy who cared as much about food as she did:
“After we kissed, In response to that very female question, ‘A quoi tu penses?’, he would always say ‘A Roquefort’.
“I concluded that the French were a properly civilised race.”
On REVOLUTION * SYRIA * POLITICS * ANARCHY * WISDOM – Letter in Sun. Tel. 5.5.13 fm Rev RC Paget, ex-Syria, quotes Arab proverb to explain support for Assad: “Better 40 years of tyranny than one night of anarchy.”
On RELIGION – Review of book by Steve Jones, The Bible Retold As Science, quotes him quoting Napoleon: “Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”
On LIFE & THAT – Groucho Marx: “The secret of life is honest and fair dealing: if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”
On BOFFINS, scientists, nerds, mathematicians – “An extrovert mathematician is one who looks straight at your shoes when talking to you.”
On SONGWRITING and MUSIC:
According to Gillian Reynolds, Telegraph 13.12.9, Johnny Mercer (Moon River, Jeepers Creepers) “made every line do that little trick Dave Frishberg once described as coming up to the edge of poetry and turning left.”
PS: Dave Frishberg: American jazzman.
A Telegraph letter recalled TS Eliot’s story about being picked up by a taxi driver who told him: “The other evening, I picked up Bertrand Russell and I said ‘Well, Lord Russell, what’s it all about?’ – and do you know, he couldn’t tell me.”
On RATNER, CLASS, SNOBBERY:
Gerald Ratner will forever be famous for shooting himself in the foot, in 1991, by saying that his chain of jewellery shops sold “crap”.
On Sept 2 06, Guardian columnist Barbara Toner, reporting on his latest business venture, tried to pin down why he did it …
“Was he insane? No, deluded. He wanted to distance himself from consumers of small discernment. He wanted us to know he was a man of taste.”
On NHS and CANCER
The Week, 4.5.13, quotes from a Telegraph report of an interview with Maurice Saatchi about his campaign to improve cancer research in memory of his wife …
“Have you ever seen a chemotherapy room in a hospital? I hope you haven’t. It’s death row. What you have here is a situation where the woman is first tortured and then dies. Why? Because this is what is required by law. If doctors don’t stick to standard procedure, the consequences are that they could lose their livelihood, their reputation, and face ruin. So they are obliged to repeat a failed experiment over and over again.”
It wasn’t that the doctors didn’t care, he says.
“Everyone was trying their hardest. Nobody’s lazy; nobody’s incompetent. Everyone’s doing their absolute level best – but they are inhibited by the prospect of a trial if something goes wrong.”
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