Friday, 30 October 2015

A Witty Saying Proves Nothing

Looking-Glass, n. A vitreous plane upon which to display a fleeting show for man's disillusion given. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning. ~ Sir Winston Churchill #quote
I'll sleep when I'm dead. ~ Warren Zevon #quote

I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception. ~ Groucho Marx #sarcastic #quote

Blowflies taste with 3,000 sensory hairs on their feet. #factoid

Antic: clownish, frolicsome   #ExquisiteAdjectives

People who do the world's real work don't usually wear neckties. #oneliners

Action may not always be happiness, but there is no happiness without action. #oneliners

Tenacious: persistent, cohesive, #ExquisiteAdjectives

Dissemble, v.i. To put a clean shirt upon the character. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary. ~ William Faulkner #sarcastic #quote

Be at peace with yourself first and then you will be able to bring peace to others. ~ Thomas A. Kempis #quote

Up a blind alley: Going down a course of action that leads to a bad outcome. #ENGidiom

Never withhold herpes from loved one #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

I don't have a license to kill, I have a learner's permit #bumperstickers

LOL has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say". #observationalHumour

Bacchus, n. A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.  ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

Dormitory = Dirty Room #anagram

It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. from Macbeth. ~ #ShakespeareInsults

Atheism is a non-prophet organization #bumperstickers

Philanthropist, n. A rich (and usually bald) old gentleman who has trained himself to grin while his conscience is picking his pocket. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

It may be that those who do most, dream most. ~ Stephen Butler Leacock #quote 

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt #quotes

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. ~ Carl Jung #quote

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. ~ Thomas Gray #poetryquotes

OPIATE, n. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

FAMOUS, adj. Conspicuously miserable. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Chemistry Professors Never Die, They Just Smell That Way #bumperstickers

Two Convicts Evade Noose, Jury Hung #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt #quote

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. ~ Dalai Lama #quote

Garrulous: wordy, talkative #ExquisiteAdjectives

Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it! #justajoke

Forgiveness is the best remedy for any injury. #oneliners

Don't get good at doing something if you don't like doing it. #oneliners

Effulgent: brilliantly radiant #ExquisiteAdjectives

Only the winners decide what were war crimes. ~ Gary Willis #quote

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. ~ Paul Boese #quote

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. #oneliners

IMMODEST, adj. Having a strong sense of one's own merit, coupled with a feeble conception of worth in others. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I’ve ended up where I needed to be. ~ Douglas Adams #quote

The closer you get to the end the faster it goes. #oneliners

The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting. ~ Gloria Leonard #quote

A sense of humour is a major defence against minor troubles. ~ Mignon McLaughlin #quotes

Stupidity is NOT a handicap! PARK ELSEWHERE! #GiveMeASign

RESOLUTE, adj. Obstinate in a course that we approve. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine. Really. ~ #ifmenwrotetherules

Did you know that dolphins are so intelligent that within only a few weeks of captivity, they can train Americans to stand at the very edge of the pool and throw them fish. #oneliners

We must Do. ~ Goethe #quote

A witty saying proves nothing. ~ Voltaire #quote

Our suffering was not caused by our parents or grandparents. It was merely passed down. We are social animals. We grow through modelling. We teach what we have learned. We act as we have been acted upon. A person who is not loving has not experienced love. It is not his fault. Realizing this gives rise to forgiveness. And in Chan we vow that suffering will stop with us. We will not pass it down. ~ Guo Jun #quote

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

They say...

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they see nothing but sea. ~ Francis Bacon #quote

There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats. ~ Anonymous #quotes

Many people claim coffee inspires them, but, as everybody knows, coffee only makes boring people even more boring. ~ Honoure de Balzac #quote, Treatise on Modern Stimulants

They can because they think they can. ~ Virgil #quote

There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell them. ~ Louis Armstrong #quote

Put yourself in someone else's shoes, if you find it hurting you then it probably hurts them too. ~ Unknown #quote

They can't censor the gleam in my eye. ~ Charles Laughton #quote

There are some women who should barely be spoken to; they should only be caressed. ~ Edgar Degas #quote

About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all. ~ Rita Mae Brown #quote

They do not love who do not show their love. ~ Shakespeare #quote

There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see. ~ Leonardo da Vinci #quote

When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte #quote

They grow old because they quit playing. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes #quote

Travellers are like poets. They are mostly an angry race. ~ Richard Burton #quote

I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them. ~ Susan Sontag #Quote

They who wonder discover that this in itself is wonder. ~ M.C. Escher #quote

They wear so many faces,
show up in the strangest places
To guide us with their mercy,
in our time of need. ~ Becky Hobbs #lyrics

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. ~ Goethe #quote

Men weren't really the enemy — they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill. ~ Betty Friedan #quote

Trouble is, kids feel they have to shock their elders and each generation grows up into something harder to shock. ~ Ben Lindsey #quote

Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them. ~ Johann von Goethe #quote

They sicken of the calm who know the storm. ~ Dorothy Parker #quote

Touching the untouchables but they don't know
Respect the disrespectables, but in the end you know
~ Men at Work #lyrics

If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them. ~ George Orwell #quote

They that are born on Halloween shall see more than other folk. ~ Saying of unknown origin #quote

Travel, they say, broadens the mind but in my experience it is the other end of the anatomy that feels the effect ~ Beatrice Lillie #quote

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes. ~ Gene Roddenberry #Quote

They use thought only to justify their injustices, and speech only to disguise their thoughts. ~ Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) #quote

They say time is the fire in which we burn ~ Soran, Star Trek Generations #linesfrommovies

Today's younger generation is no worse than my own. We were just as ignorant and repulsive as they are, but nobody listened to us. ~ Al Capp #quote

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity. ~ George Bernard Shaw #Quote

They screamed when the Beatles sang, and they laughed when the King fell down the stairs. ~ The Police, Born In The 's #Lyrics

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death. ~ James F. Byrnes #quote

Americans are very friendly and very suspicious, that is what Americans are and that is what always upsets the foreigner, who deals with them, they are so friendly how can they be so suspicious they are so suspicious how can they be so friendly but they just are. ~ Gertrude Stein #quote

They say hard work never hurt anybody, but I figure why take the chance. ~ Ronald Reagan #quote

To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say. ~ Rene Descartes #quote

The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend. ~ Chuck Palahniuk #quote,  Invisible Monsters

They say that dreams are only real as long as they last. Couldn't you say the same thing about life? ~ Waking Life #linesfrommovies

To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public. ~ Noam Chomsky #quote

A fellow can't keep people from having a bad opinion of him, but he can keep them from being right about it. ~ Unknown #quote

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. ~ Andy Warhol #quote

Them that's got shall get
them that's not shall lose
So the Bible says
and it still is news ~ Blood, Sweat & Tears #lyrics

Roughly speaking, any man with energy and enthusiasm ought to be able to bring at least a dozen others round to his opinion in the course of a year no matter how absurd that opinion might be. We see every day in politics, in business, in social life, large masses of people brought to embrace the most revolutionary ideas, sometimes within a few days. It is all a question of getting hold of them in the right way and working on their weak points ~ Aleister Crowley #quote

Monday, 26 October 2015

Just Zombies...

Having been asking people for years and years: "What's with this zombie thing?!" and getting answers ranging from "It's just fun!" to treatises on the existential angst of young people growing up in a world without hope, this writer feels the phenomenon likely finds its roots somewhere in the middle.

After years of turning my back to it, I have finally given in, and now present you with this...

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Always Forgive Your Enemies

I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a dick from cutting in at the front. #observationalHumour

Urbanely plastic and versatile #literaryExpression

We all have good and bad inside of us. It's what side we choose to follow that defines who we really are. ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix #quote

Free from rigid or traditional fetters #literaryExpression

Dim opalescence of the moon #literaryExpression

Stick to one's guns #ENGexpressions

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. - Oscar Wilde #quotes

Box and cox #ENGexpressions

Life is like a straw it sucks #bumperstickers

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. ~ Carl Sandburg #poetryquotes

You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover: Decisions shouldn't be made primarily on appearance. #ENGidiom

At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

My mom told me how she learned how to swim. Someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. That's how she learned how to swim. I said,'Mom, they weren't trying to teach you how to swim. ~ Paula Poundstone #quote

Brass neck #ENGexpressions

The average person goes to the toilet 6 times a day #factoids

Language of excessive flattery and adulation #literaryExpression

Two very popular and common objects have the same function, but one has thousands of moving parts, while the other has absolutely no moving parts - an hourglass and a sundial. #factoid

You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics. ~ Charles Bukowski #quote

With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. ~ #OneLiner #BumperSticker

When It Rains, It Pours: Since it rarely rains, when it does it will be a huge storm. #ENGidiom

You are probably not guilty. #personalbillofrights #quote

Wheels within wheels #ENGexpressions

It's always darkest before it turns absolutely pitch black. ~ Paul Newman #sarcastic #quote

Joshing Me: Tricking me. #ENGidiom

The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of the oncoming train #bumperstickers

Sick As A Dog: To be very sick (with the flu or a cold). #ENGidiom

Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

Cast pearls before swine #ENGexpressions

I haven't taken my Christmas lights down. They look so nice on the pumpkin. ~ Winston Spear #quote
Make one's hackles rise #ENGexpressions

Cry all the way to the bank #ENGexpressions

LANGUAGE, n. The music with which we charm the serpents guarding another's treasure. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back. #paraprosdokian #ENGgrammar

Dyed-in-the-wool #ENGexpressions

Roared #OtherWordsforSaid

Graceful length of limb and fall of shoulders #literaryExpression

They escaped the baffled eye #literaryExpression

There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat. ~  Tay Hohoff #quotes #cats

All Photos taken at Cuenca's Museum of Modern Art

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

We Are What We Pretend to Be

Haunt the recesses of the memory #literaryExpression

Achilles' heel/tendon #ENGexpressions

For most of history, ‘Anonymous’ was a woman. ~ Virginia Woolf #quote

Last/Final straw #ENGexpressions

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats. ~  Albert Schweitzer #quotes #cats

Patience of Job #ENGexpressions

Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape. #factoid

Manna from heaven #ENGexpressions

Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR". #JustaJoke

What's my mother going to do? ~ #BumperSticker

Political correctness is tyranny with manners. ~ Charlton Heston #quote

Endearing sweetness and manner #literaryExpression

I do not boast that God is on my side. I humbly pray that I am on God's side. - Abraham Lincoln  #quote

Freudian slip #ENGexpressions
Hindus don't like dying in bed, they prefer to die beside a river. #factoid

Keep An Eye On Him: You should carefully watch him. #ENGidiom

Plain as a pikestaff #ENGexpressions

Find a job you like and you add five days to every week. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr. #quotes

Moot point, a #ENGexpressions

I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her. ~ Arthur C. Clarke #quotes

99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name. #justajoke

Juvenile Court Tries Shooting Defendant #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

Deep shame and rankling remorse #literaryExpression

Cops: Man tries to buy beer with bartender's credit card #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

The entire body of an earthworm is covered with chemoreceptors. #factoid

Van Gogh's ear for music: Tone deaf. #ENGidiom

White lie #ENGexpressions

She curled her fastidious lip #literaryExpression

The narrow glen was full of the brooding power of one universal spirit #literaryExpression

The shadows rested quietly under the breezeless sky #literaryExpression

She recaptured herself with difficulty #literaryExpression
Varnished over with a cold repellent cynicism #literaryExpression

Wantonly and detestably unkind #literaryExpression

The word 'coffee' was originally Arabic and means 'excitement'. #factoid

You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance. ~ W. Somerset Maugham #quote

In a tone of musing surprise #literaryExpression

Game not worth the candle, a #ENGexpressions

A patience worthy of admiration #literaryExpression

The time is right to make new friends. #fortunecookiesayings

A rat can last longer without water than a camel. #factoid

What is your favorite holiday? Why? #JournalWritingIdeas

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

What are some nutritious foods that you like? #JournalWritingIdeas

The deep flush ebbed out of his face #literaryExpression

As every schoolboy knows #ENGexpressions

Whole new ball-game #ENGexpressions

I talk to strangers #bumperstickers

All pictures taken at downtown Cuenca, Ecuador during a
"Show & Shine" Parade.  
A highlight seemed to be enormous stereo sets 
in the vehicles' trunks or back hatches.