Quoth Hee

All this is is a collection of quotations. They are by no means all of a literary nature. In fact they are taken more or less at random, and the only real criterion is that they appeal to me in some way. I hope that some of them appeal to you, too


When I want a peerage, I shall buy it like an honest man.
- Lord Northcliffe

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
- Henry J. Kaiser

What have future generations ever done for us?
- Groucho Marx

All I know is that I am not a Marxist
. - Karl Marx

Of course I have principles. And if you don't like these, I have others.
- Groucho Marx

It is good that war is terrible, lest we grow too fond of it.
- General Robert E. Lee

He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of emperors.
- Rudyard Kipling

Prose is when all the lines except the last go on to the end. Poetry is when some of them fall short of it.
- Jeremy Bentham

Life is a gamble at terrible odds - if it was a bet, you wouldn't take it.
- Tom Stoppard

Happiness is no laughing matter.
- Richard Whateley - Apophthegms

They spend their time mostly looking forward to the past.
- John Osborne

Si jeunesse savoit; si vieillesse pouvoit (If youth knew; if age could).
- Henri Etienne

The critical period in matrimony is breakfast-time.
- AP Herbert

A dreamer of dreams
- The Bible (Deutoronomy)

Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?
- Harold Pinter

She ran the whole gamut of emotions, from A to B.
- Dorothy Parker

Deprivation is for me what daffodils were to Wordsworth.
- Philip Larkin

In a somer seson whan soft was the sonne.
- William Langland

When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.
- Mark Twain

Victor Hugo ... un fou qui se croyait Victor Hugo. (Victor Hugo ... a madman who thought he was Victor Hugo).
- Jean Cocteau

Difficile est saturam non scribere. (It is hard not to write satire).
- Juvenal

Excuse my dust.
- Dorothy Parker [suggested epitaph for herself].

No pasaran! (They shall not pass).
- La Pasionaria (Dolores Ibarruri).

A week is a long time in politics.
- Harold Wilson

The Middle East is a region where oil is thicker than blood.
- James Holland

The central theme of the novel is that they were glad to see each other.
- Gertrude Stein.

Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions.
- GK Chesterton.

ET phone home.
- Melissa Mathison [film scriptwriter].

Life is just one damned thing after another.
- Elbert Hubbard.

Architecture is the art of how to waste space.
- Philip Johnson.

If one cannot catch the bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.
- Nikita Khrushchev.

David Frost has risen without trace.
- Kitty Muggeridge.

Religion to me has always been the wound, not the bandage.
- Dennis Potter.


Back to Other
Back to Main Page