Archive for ‘British’

2013

wrinkles

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (1596-98)

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2013

rules

It is one of my rules in life never to notice what I don’t understand.

Wilke Collins,  The Moonstone (1868)

Note: This quote was submitted by Anna Harris

2013

impudent and atrocious

A more impudent, false, and atrocious proclamation was never fabricated by the hands of man.    

Ambrose Serle, secretary to the British army, his diary, referring to the Declaration of Independence.
Quoted in David McCullough’s 1776 (1776)

Note: I myself, an ardent American, do not agree with this quote. But there’s something about it that I still kinda love.

2013

dreamer

Yes, I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can find his way by moonlight, and see the dawn before the rest of the world.

Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist (II) (1891)

2013

glory

Not once or twice in our rough island-story,
The path of duty was the way to glory.

Alfred Tennyson, “Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington” (1852)

2013

apostrophe

In the family of punctuation marks these days…the apostrophe is the abused victim.     

John Humphrys, interview with The Guardian (2008)

2013

tradition

The youth of America is their oldest tradition.

Oscar Wilde, “A Woman of No Importance” (1893)

2013

public opinion

…that great compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs which is called public opinion.

Robert Peel, letter to John Wilson Croker (1820)

2013

live on

And thus the heart will break, yet brokenly live on.

Lord George Gordon Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto the Third, XXXII (1816)

2013

exquisite

…the exquisite art of idleness, one of the most important things that any University can teach.

Oscar Wilde, “Primavera,” Pall Mall Gazette (1890)

2013

she

…she loves what is strange and curious.

Oscar Wilde, “Some Literary Notes (2)” in Essays, Criticism and Reviews (1901)

2013

lost

That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.

A.E. Housman, “A Shropshire Lad” (1986)

2013

democracy

Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

Winston Churchill, speech in the House of Commons (1947)

2013

guests

No guest should be admitted without the date of their departure settled.

Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey (2012)

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