May 28, 2011

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


“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


“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


“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)


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


“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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