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The Suburbanite
  • Charita Goshay: Sometimes, a great quote says it all

  • I’m not one to shill very often, but Robert Byrne’s “The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said” may just be the greatest work since “Hamlet.”

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  • I’m not one to shill very often, but Robert Byrne’s “The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said” may just be the greatest work since “Hamlet.”
    The book is a collection of quotes uttered by the famous, the infamous and even the anonymous.
    Reading it probably is the most fun you can have without getting arrested. If you can’t find something in it to make you laugh, think, gasp or blink, you’re probably dead.
    Most amazingly, it shows how little the human condition has changed.
    “Those too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.” Plato
    “The perfect lover is one who turns into a pizza at 4 a.m.” Charles Pierce
    “Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and give her a house.” Louis Grizzard
    “There is no distinctly American criminal class — except Congress.” Mark Twain
    “Your public servants serve you right.” Adlai Stevenson
    “Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.” Will Rogers
    “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” Voltaire
    “Don’t be humble. You’re not that great.” Golda Meir
    “When I was a boy, I was told that anybody could become president; I’m beginning to believe it.” Clarence Darrow
    “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” Sigmund Freud
    “Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.” Jeff Valdez
    “What luck for rulers that men do not think.” Adolf Hitler
    “Woman was God’s second mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal.” Leo Tolstoy
    “Hell is for other people.” Jean-Paul Sartre
    “The first Rotarian was the first man who called John the Baptist ‘Jack.’ ” H.L. Mencken
    “Sometimes when I look at my children, I say to myself, ‘Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.’ ” Lillian Carter
    “Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” Gene Fowler
    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges
    Me too, Jorge.