Thursday, May 1, 2008

Quotes: Classics. Clergy. Cliche.

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number is the page on which the quote was found.

Classics ix The Greek and Roman Classics must be taught because of their knowledge, inspiration and excellent discipline in thought, debate and self-expression. "Greek and Roman classics…must be taught…because of the knowledge they transmitted, the inspiration that they imparted, and the excellence of the discipline that they afforded in the arts of thought, debate and self-expression." Introd. John Anthony Scott. Sir Thomas More, Utopia.

Clergy 110 A clergyman does nothing; his curate does all the work and the curate's main goal in life is to eat. "A clergyman has nothing to do but to be slovenly and selfish—read the newspaper, watch the weather, and quarrel with his wife…curate does all the work, and the business of his own life is to dine." Austen, Mansfield Park.

Clergy 248 People need more than a weekly sermon; the clergyman must live among his parishioners to provide an example of how to live. "He [Edmund] knows that human nature needs more lessons than a weekly sermon can convey, and that if he does not live among his parishioners and prove himself by constant attention their well-wisher and friend, he does very little either for their good or his own." Austen, Mansfield Park.

Cliché 848 People will fight for their hearths, but not their stoves. "Fight for your hearths? There will be none throughout the land; fight for your stoves? Not I, in faith." Hawthorne: “Fire-Worship”

Cliché 376 The vast mass of humanity, with their vast mass of idle books and idle words, have never doubted and never will doubt that courage is splendid, that fidelity is noble, that distressed ladies should be rescued, and vanquished enemies spared. G. K. Chesterton, “A Defense of Penny Dreadfuls.” 1901. Gross, ed. Essays.

Cliché 45 Marianne: "I abhor every common-place phrase by which wit is intended; and ‘setting one’s cap at a man,’ or ‘making a conquest,’ are the most odious of all…tendency is gross…and if their construction ever be deemed clever, time has long ago destroyed all its ingenuity." Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

Cliché 209 “This is beyond everything!” exclaimed Elinor. Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

Cliché 165 "The room was drab-colored and ill-ventilated—Kennicott did not “believe in opening the windows so darn wide that you heat all outdoors.” Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Cliché 48 "I always say--and believe me, I base it on a pretty fairly extensive mercantile
experience--the best is the cheapest in the long run." Lewis, Babbitt.

Cliché 247 If that is peace, warn me when you are about to go to war. "Babbitt was up, hat in hand, growling, 'Well, if that’s what you call being at peace, for heaven’s sake just warn me before you go to war, will you?' ” Lewis, Babbitt.

Cliché 259 ."..but I do think that girls who pretend they’re bad by the way they dress really never go any farther." Lewis, Babbitt.

Clichés 281 There is profundity in cliches. "The immense profundity of thought contained in commonplace turns of phrase…." Baudelaire. 1862. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Clichés 359 People find comfort in cliches. "…finds comfort in such clichés as 'Young people were always rebellious' or 'There’s nothing new on the face of the earth' or 'The more things change, the more they stay the same.' " Toffler, Future Shock.

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