May 28, 2011

“Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.”


THE FAMOUS PENCE AND POUNDS QUOTE:

“Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.” 
       William Lowndes (1652-1724)
       British politician
       Quoted by Lord Chesterfield (Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield) in a letter to his son, dated Feb. 5, 1750


DOROTHY PARKER’S COUNTERQUOTE:

“Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.” 
      
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
       American writer and critic
       A quip
widely attributed to Parker, though possibly originated by Oscar Wilde


NOEL COWARD’S PANSY ANECDOTE:

“Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound brought his boat in...and Noel [Coward] and friends — Doris Casterlosse, Ivor Novello, Douglas Fairbanks and Lady Ashley — went aboard for parties. Lady Casterlosse and Coward were given an open guest list by Sir Dudley and Lady Pound for one party. Casterlosse confided, ‘Noel, I have a dreadful feeling we've asked too many queer people.’ Coward reassured her, ‘If we take care of the pansies, the Pounds will take care of themselves.’”
       Noel Coward (1899-1973)
       British playwright and composer 
       From Philip Hoare’s book
Noël Coward: A Biography (1998)


AN AVID GARDENER’S ADVICE:

“If you take care of your peonies, the dahlias will look after themselves.” 
      
Franklin P. Adams (1881-1960) 
       American writer and avid gardener 
       Adams’
variously-reported response when asked how he grew the prize dahlias in his garden. (The pun was probably already in use among avid gardeners.)


HARLAN ELLISON’S ADVICE:

“A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it. That is the heart of it. Now begin in the middle, and later learn the beginning; the end will take care of itself.”  
       Harlan Ellison (b. 1943) 
       American author and screenwriter
       In his famous, non-linear science fiction story, “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman (1965)

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May 16, 2011

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”


THE ORIGIN OF THE FAMOUS SAYING:

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
      
John Keats (1795-1821)
       English lyrical poet
       This well-known quote is the opening line from Keats’ first long poem,
Endymion (1818) 
       The poem tells
the story of a young Greek shepherd who falls in love with the moon goddess Selene. Books of quotations often include the first five lines of the Endymion, which further expound on the famed opening sentence:
    
  “A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
       Its loveliness increases; it will never
       Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
       A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
       Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.”


TYRION LANNISTER’S VERSION:

“A dead enemy is a joy forever.”
       A quip made by the character
Tyrion Lannister in A Storm of Swords (2000), the third book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of adult fantasy novels. 
       The intelligent, irreverent dwarf Tyrion is memorably played by actor Peter Dinklage in the HBO adaptation of the first book in the series,
Game of Thrones.


WISDOM FROM GERALDINE:

“You don’t have to be a thing of beauty to be a joy forever.”
       Geraldine Jones  
       One of many great observations made by Geraldine,
a character played by American comedian Flip Wilson, on The Flip Wilson Show (1970-1974).


A DISILLUSIONED LOVER’S LAMENT:

“Face it: a thing of beauty is a joy till sunrise...Then WHAM BAM you’re writing letters to Dear Abby and you're burning black candles at midnight.”
       Harvey Fierstein
       American actor, playwright and screenwriter
       Part of Fierstein’s opening monologue, as the character Arnold Beckoff, in
Torch Song Trilogy, the 1988 movie adapted from his award-winning play of the same title.


THE BENNY HILL LOVER’S MOTTO:

“A Dirty Mind is a Joy Forever!”
       Title of
a Facebook group created “For all of those who love to have a dirty mind and can prove it.”


THE HISPANIC STEREOTYPE VARIATION:

“Climates like those of Mexico and Spain develop a race that finds work tiresome, a ‘thing of duty is a bore forever.’”
       John Wesley Hanson (1823-1901)
       American writer and Universalist minister
       In his book about Southern California,
The American Italy, published in 1896. (I wonder what Hanson would say about the recent study showing that Mexicans work more hours per day than people in any other country in the world.)

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May 10, 2011

“What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” – or maybe not…


THE (IN)FAMOUS AD SLOGAN:

“What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas.”
       Ad slogan used since 2005 by the
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority 
       This famous nudge-nudge, wink-wink line evolved from the earlier advertising slogan “What Happens Here, Stays Here,” created in 2002 by the Authority’s ad agency R&R Partners, Inc. Both versions suggest (not very subtly) that people can have sexual liaisons or do other wild and crazy things on vacation trips to Las Vegas and keep it secret. The “What Happens in Vegas...” version became the subject of
fierce trademark litigation after it began showing up on “unauthorized” t-shirts and other souvenirs. Of course, the basic linguistic formula used in the Vegas ad slogans is not new. For example, a much older saying among traveling salesmen is “What happens on the road, stays on the road.” And, a traditional variation long used by musicians is “What happens on tour, stays on tour.”


THE HANGOVER MOVIE VERSION:

“Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Except for herpes. That shit’ll come back with you.”
       Actor
Jeffrey Tambor, as the character Sid Garner, in The Hangover (2009)


THE BRANSON HANGOVER VERSION:

“You can never leave Branson – it will always stay with you. I’ve hit an All American Wall, suffering from a bad case of Red State Madness – like a hangover but without the drinking, as I shit red, white and blue with a constant dry taste of Jesus in my mouth, amidst bad entertainment, bad food, fat, old Americans and utter lack of culture. As they say, ‘What happens in Branson stays in Branson, especially with Our Lord Jesus Christ looking over it.’”  
       Comedian and writer
Harmon Leon
       In his quirky travel guide
National Lampoon Road Trip USA (2007)
       Commenting on the “family vacation destination” tourist town
Branson, Missouri, where you can see shows like Noah: The Musical


THE FML VERSION:

“Today, I learned that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. This includes my one night stand who turned up outside my front door with a suitcase in her hand.”
       Posted by
“NeverDrinkingAgain” on the FMLife.com website


THE KIDDY VERSION:

“What Happens in Preschool Stays in Preschool”
       Slogan used on
a line of clothing for preschool kids and their parents

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