Quips& Quotes

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“The only func­tion of eco­nomic fore­cast­ing is to make as­trol­ogy look re­spectable.” – John Ken­neth Gail­braith, quoted in the Econ­o­mist

“I deeply re­spect Amer­i­can sen­ti­men­tal­ity; the way one re­spects a wounded hippo. You must keep an eye on it, for you know it is deadly.” – Teju Cole, quoted in the Wall Street Jour­nal

“The uni­verse is not com­pli­cated; there’s just a lot of it.” – physi­cist Richard Feyn­man

“Af­ter be­ing ad­vised specif­i­cally not to look at the sun with­out pro­tec­tive glasses, Pres­i­dent Trump stared at the eclipse with­out pro­tec­tive glasses. Af­ter­wards ev­ery­one started ad­vis­ing him, ‘What­ever you do, don’t re­sign. Don’t do that.” – US co­me­dian Co­nan O’Brien

“Tell me and I for­get, teach me and I may re­mem­ber, in­volve me and I learn.”

– Ben­jamin Franklin

“Life it­self is the proper binge.” – Ju­lia Child

“Su­per cal­loused frag­ile mys­tic hexed by hal­i­to­sis.”

– pun quoted in the Econ­o­mist about Ma­hatma Gandhi (who went bare­foot and fre­quently had bad breath from fast­ing

“Free speech is not with­out con­se­quences.” – US po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst – and Kiwi – Danielle McLaugh­lin

“If one morn­ing I walked on top of the wa­ter across the Po­tomac River, the head­line that af­ter­noon would read: ‘Pres­i­dent Can’t Swim’.”

– Lyn­don John­son

On the one hand, they have glo­ri­fied the un­jus­ti­fied law-break­ing of a gloat­ing coleader who was hell-bent on pro­mot­ing a cause of du­bi­ous value. On the other hand, they have in­voked an in­ter­nal rule of cau­cus, which no­body could care less about, to get rid of Kennedy Gra­ham, a man of ex­pe­ri­ence and prin­ci­ple.

Gra­ham was al­ways worth hear­ing on mat­ters of for­eign pol­icy, where his United Na­tions ex­pe­ri­ence has been in­valu­able. En­vi­ron­men­tally, he led the way with his lead­er­ship of the 35-MP group on the Paris pro­pos­als for cli­mate change. This group was re­mark­able in hav­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from every party.

It is com­mend­able that other par­ties have taken up the Greens’ ba­ton. The Na­tional Party is at­tend­ing to the in­creases de­served by ben­e­fi­cia­ries and all par­ties have got the Greens’ mes­sages about the en­vi­ron­ment. The work of the Greens has been done. Farewell, Kennedy Gra­ham! Farewell, Greens! Michael Gib­son (North­land, Welling­ton)

ARDERN’S CV

Pa­trick Miller ( Let­ters, Au­gust 26) ar­gues that be­cause of

Tony Blair’s bad de­ci­sions and He­len Clark’s dic­ta­to­rial ap­proach, Jacinda Ardern’s ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing for them should give vot­ers cause for con­cern over her own lead­er­ship po­ten­tial. But surely smart em­ploy­ees learn from their bosses’ weak­nesses, as well as from their strengths? In any event, an aspir­ing politi­cian seek­ing to work with the per­fect leader would be wait­ing till the Se­cond Com­ing. Joanne Wilkes (Mead­ow­bank, Auck­land)

WOOD WORKS

Sir Bob Jones is to be con­grat­u­lated for en­ter­ing the field of wooden build­ing con­struc­tion (“Game of Jones”, Au­gust 19).

Of­fice blocks have long been unimag­i­na­tive, with many hin­der­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity. And liv­ing near Welling­ton’s port, I find it de­press­ing to see the vol­ume of raw logs that are ex­ported.

I hope Jones’s wooden of­fice block sparks fur­ther such build­ings, thus keep­ing this valu­able tim­ber on our shores, con­tribut­ing to more earth­quake-safe cities and mak­ing for a more di­verse cityscape. Stu­art Froude (Para­pa­raumu) LET­TER OF THE WEEK

TAL­ENTED TOM WALSH

It was thought­ful of Paul Thomas to de­vote a dozen or so words to Ti­maru shot put­ter Tom Walsh win­ning gold at the IAAF world champs in Lon­don ( Sport, Au­gust 26).

Rarely is an ath­lete deemed wor­thy of a men­tion in the same breath as the All Blacks. Which may ex­plain why the

mag­ni­tude of Walsh’s achieve­ment has been so un­der-re­ported. Gavin Ri­ley (Have­lock North)

MANS­FIELD’S HOUSE MOVE

Sir Harold Beauchamp, in his book Rem­i­nis­cences and Recol­lec­tions, clearly gives the rea­son the fam­ily moved to Karori (“The mak­ing of Mans­field”, Au­gust 12), say­ing it was for the ben­e­fit of both the chil­dren’s and his health.

As a walker, he would “get more reg­u­lar ex­er­cise there than would have been the case had we been liv­ing in town”. Harold Beauchamp (Whanganui)

COP­ING IN THE COUN­TRY

Is it just me or is Michele of Master­ton, late of Mt Al­bert, whistling to keep her spir­its up ( The Good

Life, Au­gust 26)? The cynic might give her, say, another 12 months in the sticks.

Ever the op­ti­mist, I hope that’s not the case, if only to pro­long en­joy­ment of her en­dear­ing naivety. Larry Mitchell (Puhoi)

BILL’S BOARD

I cracked up at Bill Ral­ston’s as­ser­tion of be­ing “not trib­ally of any party” ( Life, Au­gust 19). He may have been both a Labour and Na­tional voter, but what was with the bill­board of Nikki Kaye and John Key in his gar­den last elec­tion? Su­nita Azariah (Free­mans Bay, Auck­land) Bill Ral­ston re­sponds: That doesn’t make me trib­ally Na­tional; Kaye’s a friend.

BRAVO FOR NZSO BACK­ING

Thanks to the Lis­tener for spon­sor­ing the NZSO con­cert on Au­gust 19 at the Auck­land Town Hall. It was won­der­ful. An ex­tremely tal­ented vi­o­lin­ist plus a ren­der­ing of Beethoven’s 7th that was noth­ing short of spec­tac­u­lar. Sue Green­wood (Whakatane)

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