An Archive of Growth?

English language

The First Lady is an unpaid public servant elected by one person — her husband.

–Lady Bird Johnson

 

A kiss can be a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point. That’s the basic spelling that every woman ought to know.

Mistinguette

 

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Inchage

Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness, avoided reading reviews of his work and instead measured them with a ruler. The longer the review, the better he felt about it. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

Women’s virtue is man’s greatest invention.

–Cornelia Otis Skinner

 

writing

Whoops

Alexandre Dumas fought his first duel at age 23. During the course of the duel, his trousers fell down. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?

–Phyllis Diller

 

Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.

–Philip K. Dick

 

Whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.

–Mark Twain

 

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Rum ‘n cuppa

On days when he gave public readings from his novels, Charles Dickens had two tablespoons of rum with fresh cream for breakfast, and a pint of champagne for tea. (Source:…

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

Virginia Woolf

 

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

–Elbert Hubbard

 

If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee — that will do them in.

Bradley’s Bromide

 

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill- treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: ’The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that’s fair.’ In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.

–Bertrand Russell

 

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Hop on Pop’s What Now?

Dr Seuss included the word ‘contraceptive’ in a draft of his children’s book Hop on Pop to make sure his publisher was paying attention.

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

–Marie Curie

 

I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist.

–Sally Kempton

 

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

–Virginia Woolf

 

When two people love each other, they don’t look at each other; they look in the same direction.

–Ginger Rogers

 

If you can’t say anything good about someone, sit right here by me.

–Alice Roosevelt Longworth

 

In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.

Mark Twain–

 

Are you insinuating that I am a purveyor of terminological inexactitudes?

–Winston Churchill

 

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J. R. R. VIKING AAAAAH

J. R. R. Tolkien was known to dress up as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior and chase his astonished neighbour down the street. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

To hate a man because he was born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or because he takes a different view of this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human…Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity.

–John Comenius

 

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.

–Paul Valery

 

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.

–Stephen Jay Gould

 

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Age of Gender Enlightenment

In 1921, American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She won the award for her novel The Age of Innocence, a story set…

Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.

–Mae West