Archive for ‘English’

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

times

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

2012

learning

O! This learning, what a thing it is.

William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew (1590-1592)

2012

universally acknowledged

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)

2012

just do the next thing on the list

Looking back, I’ve had a remarkable ride. I’m not sure I can call it a career, because a career implies that I had some kind of career plan, and I never did. The nearest thing I had was a list I made when I was 15 of everything I wanted to do: to write an adult novel, a children’s book, a comic, a movie, record an audiobook, write an episode of Doctor Who…and so on. I didn’t have a career. I just did the next thing on the list.

Neil Gaiman, University of the Arts Commencement Address (2012)

2012

write more.

I wrote, and I became a better writer the more I wrote.

Neil Gaiman, University of the Arts Commencement Address (2012)

2012

tragic

Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.

D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover  (1928)

2012

attitude abroad

When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.

Winston Churchill, a speech to the Houses of Parliament (1947)

2012

secret worlds

Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.

Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Chapter Six, “I Woke Up And One Of Us Was Crying” (1992)

2012

war

One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.

Agatha Christie, Autobiography (1977)

2012

without

One can be a soldier without dying, and a lover without sighing.

Sir Edwin Arnold, Adzuma (1893)

2012

skillful

A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

English proverb (unsourced, undated)

2012

railway termini

Railway termini…are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.

E. M. Forster, Howard’s End (1910)

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