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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Bartlett's Quotes...the whole story

I was looking up a quote on the internet earlier today and wondered what the context was in which the quote was given. Certainly the person quoted had not simply said or wrote the related dictum by itself. This thought drove me to delve into a sampling of Bartlett's Quotes, The Expanded Edition for Inquisitive Blighters. The expanded quotes are bracketed for your protection.

George Washington – “Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire,—conscience. [Put me down for three-pence on Lucky Lucy in the third race.]”

Abraham Lincoln – “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. [Now, last one to Ford’s Theatre is a rotten egg.]”

Gen. George S. Patton - “Thirty years from now, when you're sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee and he asks you, "What did you do in the great World War II," you won't have to say, "Well... I shoveled shit in Louisiana. [I want to thank our honored guests here today Mr. Johnson of American Motors and Mr. Bruce of Louisiana Shit-Shoveler’s Inc.]"

Theodore Roosevelt – “I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life. [Where’s my rubber duckie? Find it Jeeves, you know how I love little Phineas Yellowbottom!!]”

Bill Clinton – “The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth. [Put me down for par.}”

Albert Einstein – “When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute—and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity. [It’s also one of the worst dates I’ve ever been on]”

More to come as I get the time…


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