Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Yeah, I'm having one of those days and I've found the perfect book to wile away the hours until my 'normal' less grumpy state returns or until I figure out a way to make a vodka martini without the vermouth.
WHATEVER IT IS I'M AGAINST IT
An Encyclopedic Compendium of Classical and Contemporary Abhorrence, Abomination, Abuse, Acrimony, Anger, Animosity, Annoyance, Antipathy, Aversion Bitchery, Bitterness, Calumny, Cynicism, Derogation, Detestation, Disaffection, Disgust, Disparagement, Distemper, Excretion, Hostility, Insolence, Insult, Invective, Loathing, Malevolence, Malice, Malignity, Misanthropy, Odium, Perversity, Pique, Rancor, Resentment, Revulsion, Sarcasm, Spite, Spleen, Umbrage, Venom, Vilification, Vituperation and Downright Nastiness - All lovingly compiled and edited by Nat Sapiro. (I added the 'All lovingly')
'There's nothing like venting someone else's spleen.'
'Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.'
Sinclair Lewis (Arrowsmith, 1925)
'One of the privileges of the great is to witness catastrophes from a terrace.'
'Politics ruins the character.'
'Fewer things are harder to put up with then the annoyance of a good example'
'Whenever I feel the urge to exercise I lie down until it passes.'
'Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes'
'I am a gentleman: I live by robbing the poor.'
George Bernard Shaw (Man and Superman, 1903)
'Life is too short to learn German.'
'Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot.'
'The world is disgracefully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain.'
'The most dangerous of our calculations are those we call illusions.'
'Hell is paved with good intentions.'
'Henry James was one of the nicest old ladies I ever met.'
attributed to William Faulkner
'He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.'
'A little sincerity is dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.'
'From the cradle to the coffin, underwear comes first.'
'I do not like work even when another person does it.'
'Why do we live? But to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in return.'
'There's nothing in the world worse than woman - save some other woman.'
'Woman may be said to be an inferior man.'
'I hate women because they always know where things are.'
attributed to James Thurber
'You have no idea how much nastier I would be if I was not a Catholic. Without supernatural aid I would hardly be a human being.'
'Man is nature's sole mistake.'
'Men my dear, are very queer animals - a mixture of horse-nervousness, ass-stubbornness and camel-malice.'
Thomas Henry Huxley
'We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.'
'Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it.'
'Life is a long headache in a noisy street.'
'Life is just one damned thing after another.'
attributed to Frank Ward O'Malley
'Life is a gamble, at terrible odds - if it was a bet, you wouldn't take it.'
'There are moments when everything goes well; don't be frightened, it won't last.'
'We have Art in order that we may not perish from Truth.'
'...any dish that has either a taste or an appearance that can be improved by parsley is ipso facto a dish unfit for human consumption.'