Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Quotes: Jargon. Jewishness. JFK. Joke.

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

Jargon 97 Detests jargon, but could find no words to express her criticism except cliches--or another form of jargon. Marianne: "I detest jargon of every kind, and sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself because I could find no language to describe them in but what was worn and hackneyed out of all sense and meaning." Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

Jewishness 376 "It’s a difficult question, the meaning of a Jew." Mailer, The Naked and the Dead.

Jewishness 376 "…but personally I think a Jew is a Jew, because he suffers." Mailer, The Naked and the Dead.

Jewishness 376 "We [the Jews] have suffered so much that we know how to endure." Mailer, The Naked and the Dead.

JFK 94 JFK saw the present as a part of history. "John F. Kennedy saw the world as history; he took the long view." McNamara’s In Retrospect

JFK 94 JFK inspired both young and old to aim high. "He [JFK] moved the young and the old at home and abroad, touching the very best in them, a rare and priceless gift in political leaders; in an imperfect world, he raised our eyes to the stars." McNamara’s In Retrospect

Joke 161 "Practical jokes are the jokes of boors." Italian. Dictionary of Foreign Terms.

Jokes 246 If you tell a joke to spite others, there is no fun in it. "There is no fun (or joking) where there is spite." Horace. Latin. Dictionary of Foreign Terms.

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