Thursday, 17 September 2009

Thirteen 13-word Quotes

1. I may be wrong , but I have never found deserting friends conciliates enemies.
Margot Asquith
, British Political Hostess (1864-1945)

2. Man's love is of man's life a thing apart; Girls aren't like that
Kingsley Amis, English novelist and poet (1922-1995) "A Book Idyll"

~ see possible origin, also a 13-word quote: Man's love is of man's life a thing apart, 'Tis woman's whole existence
Lord Byron (1788-1824)

3. An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing.
Quentin Crisp, English writer The Naked Civil Servant (1968)

4. Happy the hare at morning for she cannot read the hunter's waking thoughts.
W.H. Auden, English poet (1907-73) Dog Beneath the Skin

5. Kissenger brought peace to Vietnam the same way Napoleon brought peace to Europe. (by losing)
Joseph Heller, American novelist (1923- )

6. Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live.
Dorothy Parker, American critic and humorist (1893-1967)

7. That woman speaks eighteen languages and can't say No in any of them.
Alexander Woollcott, While Rome Burns (1934)

8. A poet's hope: to be, like some valley cheese, local, but prized elsewhere.
'Short' II (1976)

9. I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law.
~ alright brother-in-law is one-word; here's a quote from the same man with exactly 13 words:

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King, speech at St Louise, 22 March 1964

10. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
The Innocence of Father Brown (1911)

11. But bacon's not the only thing that's cured by hanging from a string.
Hugh Kingsmill, English man of letters on 'Two Poems, after A.E. Housman'

12. A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.
E.E. Cummings, American poet (1894-1962) 1x1 (1994) no.13

and this 13th quote is important to me right now:

13. If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.
Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand physicist of Norman T.J.Bailey The Mathematical Approach to Biology and Medicine (1967)

Source: Elizabeth Knowles (ed) (1998) The Oxford Dictionary of 20th Century Quotations. Great Britain: Oxford University Press

~ header from Samulli / click here for more T13 ~


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Anya said...

Many quote's today,
interesting to read it :)
greetings hugs
Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :)

Hazel said...

it's nice of you to drop by, sleigh beds. thanks.

Hi Anya, any quote you like? :-)

Hootin' Anni said...

Great quotations...#3 is the ultimate best.

My Thursday 13 [scroll below my Thursday Thunks] post is now published. It's a fun quiz for you with a PRIZE I made to grab-- if you win!! If you have time....would appreciate your visit. Have a great day.

Brenda ND said...

I like the one about learning to live as brothers. Thanks for sharing.

Hazel said...

Anni, thanks. I'll head over at yours in an hour or two

Brenda, yeah it's nice :)

Calico Crazy said...

Great list! I will have to get my mother to come and look at them, they are sure to spark many discussions.

Calico Contemplations

Hazel said...

Calico, I love it when moms discuss :)

Thom said...

Great list. I love #12. How true is that :) Aloha

Nicholas said...

Good list! And a very clever idea for a TT. "The Naked Civil Servant" is in mt TBR pile. Now I think I'll move it nearer the top!

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Americanising Desi said...

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13 signs he's not into you

Hazel said...

Hahaha the no. 12, Thom, what do you think? :-)

Hi Nicholas, I'll check that out.

antiwrinkle, i'm glad you find it useful. thanks for dropping by.

AD, they were easy to put together having the book on hand :)