Quotes of the Week

‘Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree’ Warren Buffett, quoting Russell B. Long, on CNBC

‘Always remember the golden rule of polictics: never kick a man until he’s down’ Gerald Kaufman, quoted in The Irish Times

‘Writing dialogue is the only respectable way of contradicting yourself’ Tom Stoppard, quoted in the Daily Telegraph

‘The free market is not sent by God. It is what happens when ministers and councillors go home to bed’ Simon Jenkins in The Guardian

‘The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind’ G.K. Chesterton, quoted in The Daily Telegraph

‘Importance in literature isn’t important. Good writing is’ Kingsley Amis, quoted in The Sunday Telegraph

*‘I still enjoy sex at 74. I live at 76, so it’s no distance’ Bob Monkhouse, quoted in The Times*

‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a mans character, give him power’Abraham Lincoln, quoted on BusinessInsider.com

‘Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth’ Mike Tyson, quoted on Fortune.com

*my favourite if I had to choose one

All quotes from The Week Magazine 

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Quotes of the week

‘Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it’ Federal Judge Learned Hand, quoted in The Washington Post

‘Autobiography is probably the most respectable form of lying’ Humphrey Carpenter, quoted on Forbes.com

‘Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent’ President Calvin Coolidge, quoted in The Guardian

*‘Technology is the knack of arranging the World so that we need not experience it’ Max Frisch, quoted on The Browser*

‘The day I realised it can be smart to be shallow was, for me, a deep experience’ Donald Trump, quoted in The Guardian

‘I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anyone tell you any different’ Kurt Vonnegut, quoted in The Spectator

‘The main business of a lawyer is to take the romance, the mystery, the irony, the ambiguity out of everything he touches’ Antonin Scalia, quoted in the Economist 

‘The child is a sort of vicious, innately cruel dwarf’ Michel Houellebecq, quoted in The Guardian

*my personal favourite

All quotes are found in The Week magazine