September 30, 2009

Don't trust anyone over 30 – or 40

QUOTE:

“Don't trust anyone over 30.”
       Jack Weinberg (b. 1940)
       American student activist leader in the 1960s
       Maxim he coined in 1964, often credited to other '60s activists

---> See more stuff about Sixties student activists

 

COUNTERQUOTE:

“There are people over 30 I trust. I'm over 30, and I trust me.”
       Eldridge Cleaver (1935-1998)
       American writer, 1960s Black Panther Party leader 
       Interview in Playboy magazine, Dec. 1968

---> See more stuff by and about Cleaver

 

OLDERQUOTE:

“Every man over forty is a scoundrel.”
       George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
       Irish playwright and social critic 
       "Maxims for Revolutionists" (1903)

---> See more stuff by and about Shaw

September 28, 2009

Guns don’t kill people. Swords don’t either. But they help.

QUOTE:
“Guns don't kill people – people kill people.”
       National Rifle Association (NRA), founded 1871
       Slogan used since the 1970s

---> See more about the gun control debate

 

COUNTERQUOTE:
“The National Rifle Association says that guns don’t kill people, people do. But I think the guns help.”

       Eddie Izzard (b. 1962)
       British actor and comedian
       In his HBO special Dress To Kill (1999)

---> See more stuff by and with Eddie Izzard

 

ROMANQUOTE:
“A sword never kills anybody; it’s a tool in the killer’s hand.”
       Seneca the Younger (c. 3 BC – AD 65)
       Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist
       Letters to Lucilius (ca. 63-65)

---> See more stuff about swords

September 26, 2009

The less traveled fork: Robert Frost vs. Yogi vs. “Duh”

QUOTE:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by.”
       Robert Frost (1875-1963)
       American poet
       In his poem "The Road Not Taken" (1916)

---> See more stuff by about about Frost

 

COUNTERQUOTE:

“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
       Yogi Berra (b. 1925)
       American baseball player, manager and aphorist
       Giving driving directions to Joe Garagiola 
       Noted in his book Yogi: It Ain't Over (1989)

---> See more stuff by about about Yogi

 

DUHQUOTE:

“In the words of George Bernard Shaw...‘Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by.’” 
       Indiana politician Sen. Evan Bayh (b. 1955)
       Misattributing Frost's famous line in a speech calling for educational excellence at a meeting of the Education Commission of the States. Newsweek, August 24, 1992

---> See more about misquotations

September 25, 2009

Hitler vs. Ad man vs. Stan Freberg

QUOTE:

“Today Germany...tomorrow the world.”
       Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)
       Megalomaniac Nazi dictator
       Mein Kampf (1925)

---> See more about megalomaniac dictators 

 

COUNTERQUOTE:

“The armpit had its moment of glory, and the toes...What's left?...The vagina. Today the vagina, tomorrow the world.”
       Jerry Della Femina (b. 1936) 
       American advertising executive 
       On feminine-hygiene deodorants, Time, June 22, 1970

---> See more stuff about admen

 

PRUNEQUOTE:

“Today the pits, tomorrow the wrinkles.”
       Stan Freberg (b. 1926)
       American comic genius
       Ad for Sunsweet prunes (late 1960s)

---> See more Stan Freberg stuff

September 23, 2009

Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Just Slap Me!

QUOTE:

“Don't worry, be happy.”
       Meher Baba (1894-1969)
       Indian mystic and guru
       Catchphrase used on his “inspiration cards”
       Made more catchy by Bobby McFerrin,
       as the title and chorus of his 1988 song

---> More stuff to not worry about

 

COUNTERQUOTE:

“Don't worry be happy
Was a number one jam
Damn if I say it you can slap me right here”

       Public Enemy
       American hip hop group
       In their song “Fight the Power” (1989)

---> More Public Enemy stuff

 

CRABBYQUOTE:

“Don't Worry, Be Crabby”
       Motto of Crabby Bill's restaurants
       Florida seafood chain

---> See more crabby stuff

Man’s best friend

QUOTE:

“The best friend a man has...is his dog.”
       George Graham Vest (1830-1904)
       American lawyer and politician
       From his famous summation in the “Old Drum” trial in 1870
       Origin of the saying “A man's best friend is his dog.”

---> See more man's best friend stuff

 

COUNTERQUOTE:

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
       Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
       American comedian
       Attributed

---> See more stuff by and about Groucho

 

PSYCHOQUOTE:

“A boy's best friend is his mother.”
       Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates
       In the movie Psycho (1960)

---> See more stuff about psychos

September 21, 2009

Where Waterloo was won and Vietnam was lost

QUOTE:

“The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.”
       Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)
       Irish-born British soldier and statesman
       Attributed by Sir William Fraser, Words on Wellington (1889) 

---> See more stuff about Waterloo

 

COUNTERQUOTE:

“Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America — not on the battlefields of Vietnam.”
       Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980)
       Canadian media and communications theorist
       Quoted in the Montreal Gazette, May 16, 1975

---> See more stuff by and about McLuhan

September 18, 2009

The thrill of victory – the agony of soccer fans

QUOTE:

“Spanning the globe, to bring you the constant variety of sport – the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”
       Famed intro to ABC's Wide World of Sports
       Voiced by host Jim McKay (1921-2008)
       Written by producer Roone Arledge and first used in 1961

---> See more Wide World of Sports stuff

  

COUNTERQUOTE:

“We’ll bring you the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat – and, because we've got soccer highlights, the sheer pointlessness of a zero-zero tie.”
       Actor Josh Charles, playing sportscaster Dan Rydell
       In the American comedy TV series Sports Night, 1998

---> See more Sports Night stuff

September 17, 2009

Be it ever so humble – or not

QUOTE:

“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”
       John Howard Payne (1791-1852)
       U.S.-born expatriate actor and songwriter
       From his song “Home, Sweet, Home” (1823)

---> See more “Home, Sweet, Home” stuff

 

COUNTERQUOTE:

“Though he might be more humble, there is no police like Holmes.”
       E.W. Hornung (1866-1921)
       British novelist known for his gentleman-burglar Raffles series
       Hornung was brother-in-law of the creator of Sherlock Holmes, 
        Arthur Conan Doyle, who noted the pun in his autobiography

---> See more stuff by and about Hornung

September 16, 2009

Tell me [X] and I’ll tell you [Y]

QUOTE:

“Tell me what you eat, and I'll tell you who you are.”
       Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)
       French lawyer and gastronome
       The Physiology of Taste (1825)

---> See more stuff about food connoisseurs

 

COUNTERQUOTE:

“Tell me what you like, and I'll tell you what you are.”
       John Ruskin (1819-1900)
       English art critic and author
       The Crown of Wild Olive (1866), Lecture 2 

---> See more stuff by and about Ruskin

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