Let’s call this W. C. Fields Week
I beg your indulgence over these specialty quotes but I am a big fan of Fields so I like to spoil myself sometimes.
“I always made up my own acts; built them out of my knowledge and observation of real life. I’d had wonderful opportunities to study people; and every time I went out on the stage I tried to show the audience some bit of true human nature.”
W. C. Fields
Orwell knew of what he spoke, being a communist himself. Incredibly relevant today.
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
Determining who has style may be too subjective, but I get his meaning about men who have lived and thought as opposed to just scribblers.
“To be well informed, one must read quickly a great number of merely instructive books. To be cultivated, one must read slowly and with a lingering appreciation the comparatively few books that have been written by men who lived, thought, and felt with style.”
Americans should distrust puffery Someone should have told this to Obama when he went on about it’s not who we are.
“Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial ‘we.'”
But sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish between belittling and sane caution.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly be that kind of a friend for your friends.”
This is a man who has made some detours.
“There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.”
The sin of the smart lazy guy.
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
Sadly, this is usually true.
“The habits we form from childhood make no small difference, but rather they make all the difference.”
How is it possible this guy wasn’t a time traveller from the future?
“It is a part of probability that many improbable things will happen.”
Happy Birthday My Fellow Americans! This quote has something for us to remember. Strength and Faith. They come from a quiet place within.
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
When you’re down to nothing, God is up to something. The faithful see the invisible, believe the incredible and then receive the impossible.
Where liberty dwells there is my country.”