Archive for the ‘Quotations’ Category

Odds and ends 5/26/15

May 26, 2015


Inspirational words

May 21, 2015

(A Dilbert, to introduce a recently-finished inventory of Dilbert postings about language matters on Language Log and this blog, here on this blog.)

Yesterday’s Dilbert, in which Dogbert offers a (not very encouraging) inspirational, motivational saying to Dilbert:


This particular aphorism is a quote (“In the long run, we are all dead”) — from John Maynard Keynes in 1923.


On the way to the Emerald City

May 17, 2015

Today’s Bizarro:

A play on the quote “Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!” from the 1939 movie of The Wizard of Oz, in a scene involving Dorothy Gale (the Kansas farm girl), the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man), on the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City.


Four from Jane

May 9, 2015

From Chris Ambidge, four more Jane Austen quotations (three from the novels, one from a letter), probably the last of the set.


Whose quote?

April 10, 2015

Today’s NYT has a nice op-ed piece (“The Wise Words of Maya Angelou. Or Someone, Anyway.”) by lexicographer Erin McKean about quotes and their attributions, on the occasion of the new US stamp honoring Maya Angelou:


One more from Jane

January 21, 2015

From Jane Austen to her niece Fanny Knight, November 18, 1814:

Note that Austen personifies Wit as a woman.

(Thanks to Chris Ambidge.)

“just happy to see me”

December 3, 2014

Today’s Mother Goose and Grimm:

A play on a famous fugitive quotation, widely attributed to Mae West but never actually traced to her.


A Xmas penguin, and Jane Austen

November 2, 2014

Two recent items in my mail from Chris Ambidge (both entirely G-rated): a Xmas penguin, and a quotation from Jane Austen:




Austenian humblebragging?

August 20, 2014

Another quotation from Jane Austen (once again via Chris Ambidge), this time from a letter of 11 December 1815 to James Stanier Clarke, about Austen’s novel Emma.

Surely this is false modesty — and couched as a boast, so that it looks like what we’d now call humblebragging.


Jane spends our money

July 24, 2014

(Not about language, but another entertaining quotation from Jane Austen, passed on to me by Chris Ambidge.)


From a letter of April 18, 1811, from Jane to her elder sister Cassandra.


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