Quips& Quotes

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“Do not worry about avoid­ing temp­ta­tion. As you grow older, it will avoid you.” – comic Joey Adams, quoted in the Guardian

“There is no crime, ab­so­lutely none, that can­not be con­doned when ‘our’ side com­mits it.” – Ge­orge Or­well, quoted in New York Mag­a­zine

“Why would Don­ald Trump be upset if Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son called him a mo­ron? You’d think he’d be grateful for the up­grade.”

– John Cleese

“Men go mad in herds, while they only re­cover their senses slowly, one by one.”

– Charles Mackay, quoted in the Week

“Times are bad. Chil­dren no longer obey their par­ents, and ev­ery­one is writ­ing a book.” – Mar­cus Tul­lius Cicero

“Life is al­ways a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.” – Edith Whar­ton, quoted in the Guardian

“A writer is some­one for whom writ­ing is harder than it is for other peo­ple.” – Thomas Mann

“One fact, one gen­er­al­i­sa­tion and one very slight in­ac­cu­racy.” – the Daily Tele­graph’s Hugo Wortham on the ideal di­ary col­umn item

“Age­ing is a fight you can’t win.” – Gra­ham Nor­ton

“The only two things I’ve got head­lines for were buy­ing a shed and hav­ing a fag.”

– for­mer UK PM David Cameron

“The most beau­ti­ful thing you can wear is con­fi­dence.” – Blake Lively

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