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Quotes of the Day!

The following quotes come from W. Somerset Maugham’s The Moon and Sixpence.


I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul’s good to do each day two things they disliked : it was a wise man, and it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously ; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.


Mrs. Strickland used her advantage with tact. You felt that you obliged her by accepting her sympathy. When, in the enthusiasm of my youth, I remarked on this to Rose Waterford, she said:

‘Milk is very nice, especially with a drop of brandy in it, but the domestic cow is only too glad to be rid of it. A swollen udder is very uncomfortable.’


It was obvious that he had no social gifts, but these a man can do without ; he had no eccentricity even, to take him out of the common run ; he was just a good, dull, honest, plain man. One would admire his excellent qualities, but avoid his company.


‘Tell him that our home cries out for him. Everything is just the same, and yet everything is different.’


I had not yet learnt how contradictory is human nature ; I did not know how much pose there is in the sincere, how much baseness in the noble, or how much goodness in the reprobate.


Only the poet or the saint can water an asphalt pavement in the confident anticipation that lilies will reward his labour.

Quotes of the Day!

“Go drink your hatorade and eat your hater tots.”
– The fellas from work and me …

Here’s the challenge. What other foods can you smoothly combine the word hate with? The best we came up with (J came up with this) was “hate and bake” (or “shake and hate” if you prefer). Seriously – what foods work (given the comment history, I’m guessing I’ll at least get a reply from Mr. Non-Review?)

“I know he is. He’s a great man posing as a great man. That’s what’s so fantastic about him. It’s like Charlie Chaplin impersonating Charlie Chaplin. ”

– W. Somerset Maugham, Up at the Villa (the kind of quote only an English dude would have)

Have a good weekend everybody!!!

Quotes of the Day!

“I was being unselfish for selfish reasons.”
– Pushing Daisies, Episode 1, Season 1

I like that line a lot (the context makes it even better, but I don’t want to give the show away. Also I don’t want to write that much). I would say the show is very “sweet” (as in nice, not as in “sweet!” – like you’d say when you found out you still have a doughnut left).

“He’s the idealist, he’s the dreamer of a beautiful dream, and even if the dream doesn’t come true it’s rather thrilling to have dreamt it.”

The Razor’s Edge, W. Somerset Maugham

I highly recommend that book. Also, I’m sure there are a lot of would-be writers, musicians, whatevers really – who are dreaming about something until the day it comes true.

Lord have mercy I am sentimental today. I’m going to go swear at some old ladies and push down children.

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