Quips& Quotes

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“‘No Way to Pre­vent This’, Says Only Na­tion Where This Reg­u­larly Hap­pens.”

– re­port and tweet pub­lished by satir­i­cal mag­a­zine The Onion each time there is a mass shoot­ing in the US

“There’s noth­ing wrong with op­ti­mism so long as you don’t get your hopes up.” – writer Char­lotte Men­del­son in the Fi­nan­cial Times

“Ha­tred is a stim­u­lant but it shouldn’t be­come an in­tox­i­cant.” – Martin Amis, quoted in the Guardian

“Trump has vowed a much stronger re­sponse to is­sues like North Korea. He’s adding more ex­cla­ma­tion points to his tweets.”

– Twit­ter quip

“I don’t think it’s a good at­ti­tude in your life to feel that you have to be rich to have self-es­teem.” – Tom Petty

“Rus­sia and the United States have an­nounced an agree­ment to team up to build a space sta­tion on the moon. Al­though I should say the Rus­sians are call­ing it a space sta­tion; the White House keeps re­fer­ring to it as a golf re­sort.” – US co­me­dian Jimmy Kim­mel

“For all our grand plans, life is re­ally the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of small ex­pe­ri­ences.” – Matthew Syed in the Times

“I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole.” – Ben­jamin Dis­raeli on be­com­ing the Bri­tish PM, quoted in the NZ Her­ald

“The cater­pil­lar does all the work and the but­ter­fly gets all the pub­lic­ity.” – Ge­orge Car­lin, quoted in the Week

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