Newspapers love a good quote; some to justify their position and others just to show how smart the journalist is. So I thought why not; here’s a few from the past couple of weeks that tickled my funny bone.
While our UK TV is blighted by endless hours of tedious golf from St Andrews; The Economist went into the past to find this little gem from American President Woodrow Wilson.
“An ineffectual attempt to put an elusive ball into an obscure hole with implements ill adapted for the purpose”
How right he was how right!
“Most of American life is driving somewhere and then driving back wondering why the hell you went”
However in the same paper (different date), Gore Vidal commented on John Updike.
“I can’t stand Updike. Nobody will think to ask because I’m supposedly jealous; but I out-sell him. I’m more popular than he is, and I don’t take him very seriously “
Make up your mind Telegraph!
Another Gore Vidal this time in the Times.
“Commercialism is doing well that which should not be done at all.”
No comment needed.
More Americana – this time in Politico.com
“The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose. James Baldwin
During an obituary for the late great Omar Sharif on BBC Radio 5 his Grandson quoted Omar as saying.
“Playing bridge is like making love. Either you need a terrific partner or a really good hand.”
Make of that what you will.
Lastly – an attempt at humour from the Financial Times – no really I mean it.
“What do book-keepers use for birth control?