Friday, May 2, 2008

Quotes: Clocks. College. Comedy. Communication.

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

Clocks 910 A family clock that has lived the lifetimes of many generations. "If a family clock was entrusted to him for repair—one of those tall, ancient clocks that have grown nearly allied to human nature, by measuring out the lifetime of many generations …." Hawthorne: “The Artist of the Beautiful”

College 155 Fire cynical and pessimistic university teachers! "And when it comes to these blab-mouth, fault-finding, pessimistic, cynical university teachers, let me tell you that during this golden coming year, it’s…our duty to bring influence to have these cusses fired…." Lewis, Babbitt.

Comedy 67 "Comedy corrects manners by laughing at them." Latin. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Comedy 654 It takes a personal disaster to get in the mood to write comedy. "Now that something terrible has happened to you, he said, perhaps you’ll write comedy." P.J. Kavanagh. “Is It Alas, Yorick?” 1983. Gross, ed. Essays.

Comedy, tragedy 191 "All tragedies are finished by death; all comedies are ended by marriage." Byron. Portable Curmudgeon.

Communication 105 Dilemma: giving people information during war without giving aid and comfort to the enemy. "It is a profound, enduring and universal ethical and moral dilemma: how, in times of war and crisis, can senior government officials be completely frank to their own people without giving aid and comfort to the enemy?" McNamara’s In Retrospect

Communication 215 To make a point you have to catch the listeners' attention. "Kennan’s point failed to catch our attention and thus influence our actions." McNamara’s In Retrospect

Communication 204 "Some sentences release their poisons only after years." Elias Canetti. 1978. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Communication 315 A genius can afford to confuse; all the rest of us had better just be intelligible. "Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible." Anthony Hope. 1894. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Communication 56 "In trying to become concise, I become obscure." Horace. Latin. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Communication 56 "God hearkens to short prayers." Italian. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Communication 214 "Explain one obscurity by another." Horace. Latin. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Communication 262 The eyes communicate without words. "At these words, Marianne’s eyes expressed the astonishment, which her lips could not utter." Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

Communication 137 People communicate differently when among equals than when they are dealing with a hierarchy. " …people communicating ‘sideways”—i.e., to others at approximately the same level of organization—behave differently, operate under very different pressures, than those who must communicate up and down a hierarchy." Toffler, Future Shock.

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