Some random thoughts of enlightenment and entertainment

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”
Aesop’s Fables: The Lion and the Mouse, ~580BC

“Don’t underestimate Gilbert & Sullivan. Or Jilly Cooper.”
Adrian Burford, 2016

“‘Didn’t Frankenstein get married?’
‘Did he?’ said Eggy. ‘I don’t know. Never met him.’
‘Harrow man, I expect.’ ”
PG Wodehouse: Laughing Gas, 1936

“No day, however fair, can fail to be improved
by the wit of PG Wodehouse.”
Adrian Burford, 2016

“Above all things, never think that you’re not good enough yourself.
A man should never think that. In life people will take you very much
at your own reckoning.”
Anthony Trollope: The Small House at Allington, 1864

“For myself I am an optimist.
It does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”
Winston Churchill: Lord Mayor’s Banquet, 1954

“My policy on cake is pro having it and pro eating it.”
Boris Johnson: TIME, 2007

“Non quia difficilia sunt non audemus,
sed quia non audemus difficilia sunt.”
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare,
but because we do not dare that things are difficult.”
Seneca: Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, CIV, ~50AD

“I can’t stand Paris. I hate the place. Full of people talking French, which is a thing I bar. It always seems to me so affected.”
PG Wodehouse: Big Money, 1931

“I seldom go to the opera, it is to music what a
bawdy house is to a cathedral.”
HL Mencken: Letter to Isaac Goldberg, 1925

“There is always a real and an imaginary person you are in love with; sometimes you love one best, sometimes the other.”
Anthony Powell: The Acceptance World, 1955

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”
Henry James, overheard by his nephew, Billy James, 1902
Leon Edel: Henry James – A Life, vol V: The Master 1901-1916 (1972)

                “The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you’re someone. You hear them shouting ‘Heil, Spode!’ and you imagine it “the Voice of the People.” That is where you make your bloomer. What the Voice of the People is saying is: ‘Look at that frightful ass Spode swanking about in footer bags! Did you ever in your puff see such a perfect perisher?”
PG Wodehouse: The Code of the Woosters, 1938

“If you are unlucky enough to find an opera-lover under 60 – run!”
Adrian Burford, 2009

” ‘You can’t be a successful Dictator and
design women’s underclothing.’
‘No, sir.’
‘One or the other. Not both.’
‘Precisely, sir.’ ”
PG Wodehouse: The Code of the Woosters, 1938

“All men are cremated equal.”
Spike Milligan

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