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LLapp 03-28-2016 11:35 PM

Classic Comments on the Quote
 
For years, the players at Cryptograms.org have been leaving comments on quote solution pages that are often more astute, creative, hilarious, or inspiring than the quotes themselves. Here is a thread where we can save some of our favorite comments and conversations from many years of quote-commenting.

Format:

1. Always start with the quote and attribution, for context, and then paste in the comments below the quote.

2. With each comment, include the commenter's name and date/time stamp.

3. Post whatever portion of the thread that you want to include here -- it can be just one comment, or several comments, or the entire thread.

4. Quote individual comments verbatim. Don't edit, change or shorten what people have written.

5. If you post a sequence of comments, it's okay to leave out in-between comments that aren't part of the classic moment. You know, like you can skip the "87 seconds" comment and other mundane or unrelated stuff. (Or go ahead and keep them in, if you feel they contribute to the magic of the thread.)

6. Remember, this is a place to save the wonderful stuff, not the other stuff.

To show you the format, I'll open in my next post with one of my favorite comments from Pootie (who passed away before I joined the site, but whose words delight me).

LLapp 03-28-2016 11:37 PM

"If the television craze continues with the present level of programs, we are destined to have a nation of morons." — Daniel Marsh

puffybob on 2011-05-02 04:14:02
And he said that in 1950 . . .

pootie49 on 2011-06-03 17:43:12
blubbalurblfllluggbauallbblubbbbpfffttttt.

montyb 03-29-2016 02:02 PM

"Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away."
— Sir Arthur Helps

puffybob on 2013-03-31 06:21:34
But Lord Egbert Hurts disagrees.

nanrich 03-29-2016 05:44 PM

"No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why."
— Mignon McLaughlin

haverwench on 2013-01-26 19:51:00
Sorry, what was that?

wolf on 2015-09-05 22:48:17
I don't know, I wasn't listening.

LLapp 03-29-2016 07:34 PM

"As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words." — William Shakespeare

bvwRedux on 2012-02-16 02:11:19
And yet it hath been done, that snow is melted and stripped by marvelous electrodes into fuel and air -- hydrogen the first, and oxygen the latter -- then kindled easily, so too is lust's sudden flame easily quenched with a blanket of careful words.

oddcouple 03-29-2016 08:20 PM

Something tells me we're going to see a lot of montyb comments. He's frequently hilarious

oddcouple 03-29-2016 08:40 PM

Like this one:

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
— William Shakespeare

montyb on 2014-02-27 14:27:54
boy, would I like to meet this April lady.

munchlet 03-29-2016 09:19 PM

Quote:

Something tells me we're going to see a lot of montyb comments. He's frequently hilarious
Barnabas, too. He made a quip on a quote from Arthur Miller, who was speaking at Brandeis. Someone asked Miller why theater or the arts should get government grants and subsidies, when most businesses have to finance themselves. This was before the bank bailouts, I guess. To which Miller replied, and this was the quotation, can you tell me the name of a classical Greek shoemaker?

Sure, said Barnabas. There was Achilles' Heels, a mile or so from the Parthenon.

Sorry, LLapp, I've managed to violate every stipulation in your opening post, save the last. Obviously, this is from memory; one never knows when a particular quotation will strike again: tomorrow, next week, next year.

Also I have a question. You write like an editor instructing an author in matters of style. Is that -- or was it -- your career? Your talent is evident.

LLapp 03-29-2016 10:08 PM

munchlet - That's fine, I didn't mean for the format to be rigid, and I was afraid it might be. My intent was to provide a clear basic template so people could easily take part without having to figure out how to do it. And...at the same time, I wanted to encourage a few things -- like date/time stamps (because I love how some conversations take years), and not altering the individual comments (because nobody likes to be misquoted).

That said, what you just did was fine too. I'm not in charge. It's fine.

And yes, you guessed it, I am an editor. Most recently I worked as a book editor for a tiny publishing house, and working with authors was my favorite part of the job. I love encouraging authors to engage with their work.

wvwoman 03-30-2016 12:34 AM

"There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness."
— Han Suyin

montyb on 2013-06-12 11:39:38
Oh yeah? What about Bounty paper towels?

LLapp 03-30-2016 01:00 AM

Here's a conversation that took over two years:

"Running a casino is like robbing a bank with no cops around."
— Ace

pootie49 on 2009-05-18 22:36:57
I think this might be from the movie "Casino"

LiveLoveLaugh on 2009-07-12 13:10:22
Ace Rothstein --- Movie character quotes? Interesting

bonsaisequoia on 2009-07-28 00:22:49
Or is it a Nicholas Pileggi quote, since he wrote the screenplay?

pootie49 on 2009-09-09 18:00:35
Is he any relation to Mitch Pileggi?

bansaisequoia on 2009-11-16 23:53:00
No relation. Just like Donald Duck and Daffy Duck.

Lurker on 2010-04-05 13:27:38
Or Babs and Buster Bunny.

pootie49 on 2011-04-07 01:49:09
or goofy and pluto?

bansaisequoia on 2011-04-16 05:59:08
Actually, Goofy is still regarded as a planet, but Pluto has been downgraded to just another Solar orbiting body. (And rumor has it that Walt Disney's body has been cryogenically preserved on an icy, icy asteroid. I read it in Weekly World News.)

pootie49 on 2011-07-30 09:30:57
There is a planet named Goofy??? Why the hell am I not on it? and if you read it in the WWN then it must be true.

oddcouple 03-30-2016 03:30 AM

Here's one of my attempts at humor:

"Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed. "
— Benjamin Disraeli

oddcouple on 2013-11-05 01:24:07
And boy, do I know some characters!

oddcouple 03-30-2016 03:45 AM

"You are your own judge. The verdict is up to you."
— Astrid Alauda

crossland68 on 2013-04-12 15:40:12
Not guilty by reason of insanity.

locodad on 2013-06-05 01:17:05
most of us are.

montyb on 2014-06-26 08:24:15
My case was a hung jury.

kb83 on 2014-12-09 04:50:30
I'd like a new venue.

mazereeuw on 2015-02-18 16:12:55
I'm worried that this judge is an idiot.

marnita on 2015-02-27 08:53:27
Innocent until proven guilty.

MatthewReynolds on 2015-10-02 05:58:40
I remand myself to my own custody.

LLapp 03-31-2016 11:27 AM

"You've got to be in top physical condition. Fatigue makes cowards of us all. "
— Vince Lombardi

montyb on 2012-06-07 17:25:24
I go to bed scared every night.

LLapp 03-31-2016 12:04 PM

"In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted." — Bertrand Russell

chopstix on 2014-08-29 08:00:08
- but if you do it too often, you start sounding like a valley girl.

aerie 03-31-2016 12:20 PM

"I'm not afraid of insects taking over the world, and you know why? It would take about a billion ants just to AIM a gun at me, let alone fire it." - Jack Handey

opallady on 2009-11-01
"Obviously, he has never stepped on a fire ant nest."

abra 03-31-2016 02:44 PM

Now, we really need a LIKE button.

munchlet 03-31-2016 04:12 PM

It's a great thread, Ms. Lapp, and since you started it, you're in charge.

I agree about not misquoting people. That's easy to do.

Problem is, I'm too competitive to stop, copy the comments, then post them here. It's always on to the next cryptogram, fast as I can get there. :(

I found your profile on LinkedIn, read it with interest. Going forward, I'll stay within the guidelines, so long as you don't cite the Chicago Manual of Style. (I once did a transcription gig that required reference to the AP Stylebook.)

Andrea

LLapp 03-31-2016 06:28 PM

Munchlet, this one's for you!
 
"A vein of poetry exists in the hearts of all men." — Thomas Carlyle

montyb on 2014-01-14 09:59:08
Mine is varicose.

kb83 on 2014-07-31 10:12:49
Must be the poemenary vein.

LLapp on 2015-12-10 13:23:32
Mine is clogged with style manuals.

munchlet 03-31-2016 07:21 PM

:D

Occupational hazard.

momn8r 03-31-2016 10:10 PM

If minutes were kept of a family gathering, they would show that "Members not Present" and "Subjects Discussed" were one and the same."
— Robert Brault

Kgun5 on 2013-02-12 18:32:14
Translation: "My family never found me interesting enough to talk about nor invite to family gatherings, so I created a blog of my ten thousand favorite phrases. Now the world can appreciate what my family doesn't."

oddcouple 04-01-2016 03:29 AM

"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else."

montyb on 2014-01-24 15:48:04
OMG! I'm alive! What am I doing here when I could be living?

wshanley@sbcglobal.net on 2015-05-26 02:03:27
What?

LLapp on 2016-03-12 13:27:16
Oh Emily, you understand! This is exactly why we need a 5-day weekend.

bonlocker 04-01-2016 06:22 AM

"The most valuable function performed by the federal government is entertainment."

fredsevent on 2012-04-08 01:06:14
Yes. Thank you, Dave. The real problem is that most problems can be solved efficiently by 8-year-olds, but the government refuses to hire any of them.

RedEnoch on 2012-06-18 06:40:32
Let's move the capital to Hollywood and kill two birds with one stone. The movie industry already spends more on technology. The show in Washington really isn't entertaining anymore.

bonlocker 04-01-2016 08:05 AM

"Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind."
— John Stuart Mill



abra on 2016-02-27 15:25:46
You didn't expect quotes, about sunshine and daisies from that face. Did you?

abra 04-01-2016 10:10 AM

OMgosh, I was quoted. I'm shocked and thrilled.

I was just laughing and agreeing with Kgun's comment above, I'm glad momn8rr posted it.

montyb 04-01-2016 11:14 AM

"To the old, the new is usually bad news. "
— Eric Hoffer

QuexUl on 2016-01-04 17:21:53
That's because the new frequently IS bad news. For example, I was brought up using telephones with cords attached to them. Never once walked into something or crashed my car while talking on one of those phones, by cracky! Hee hee hee - *hak! kaff!!*

munchlet 04-01-2016 11:37 AM

Another one from Pootie
 
"I often thought that if there had been a good rap group around in those days, I might have chosen a career in music instead of politics."
— Richard Milhous Nixon

pootie49 on 2011-05-24 17:02:37
wacka wacka i am not a crook wacka wacka. word.

abra 04-01-2016 11:45 AM

So many of Pootie's comments are quote worthy. Thanks, munchlet. I'm sure we'll be seeing many of them.

montyb 04-01-2016 03:27 PM

"Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb, counseled ignoble ease, and peaceful sloth, not peace. "
— John Milton

labrat on 2012-02-26 19:07:29
Thou oh Milton, find this Belial, an' appear not again 'till thee find ignoble counsel. 10 points ye quote hath won me! ! If I cross thy path wouldst be to soon.

montyb 04-01-2016 05:12 PM

This is an imaginative thread.
 
"A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning. "
— Benjamin Disraeli

bonsaisekuoia on 2010-02-24 21:07:19
So it's LLL?

LiveLoveLaugh on 2010-06-13 22:41:19
yes LLL

LLapp on 2015-08-20 12:29:29
I, LL, agree with LLL that it's LLL.

kb83 on 2016-03-08 09:44:51
LOL

oddcouple 04-01-2016 05:30 PM

"The wise man... if he would live at peace with others, he will bear and forbear. "
— Samuel Smiles

Allen on 2014-08-24 05:05:37
Forbear, fivebear, who’s counting?

montyb on 2015-10-10 18:22:06
Allen is.

oddcouple 04-01-2016 05:38 PM

"You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea"
— unattributed

maradnu on 2011-03-23 01:38:32
I guess I'm not that old.

kb77 on 2011-09-09 12:27:34
i dont know, my six year old comes up with ideas all the time that pain me greatly!! :)

WRQ9 on 2013-11-15 11:37:40
I've gotten so much younger, it's a shame my body hasn't heard.

maradnu on 2015-01-25 12:03:13
Ah, but I was so much older then I'm younger than that now.

hasselblad on 2015-02-23 06:42:39
Ah, ageism. The last "acceptable" prejudice!

abra 04-01-2016 06:24 PM

"To your friends, you're like a trash bag. They'll use you for a little bit, then they'll throw you out."
— Adam R. Gwizdala



Queethebean on 2012-05-22 19:24:21
That's my friend, Adam R. Gwizdala. Well, he used to be my friend, but, you know how that goes . .

bonlocker 04-02-2016 12:26 AM

"It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggression. "
— Sigmund Freud

montyb on 2012-03-15 19:23:43
Isn't that what in-laws are for?

wvwoman 04-02-2016 01:28 AM

"The greatest of all gifts is the power to estimate things at their true worth."
— Francois de la Rochefoucauld


cleofish on 2012-09-22 10:03:36
Did he foresee "The Price is Right"?

munchlet 04-02-2016 07:16 AM

"Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind."
— John Stuart Mill


abra on 2016-02-27 15:25:46
You didn't expect quotes about sunshine and daisies from that face. Did you?

Quote:

OMgosh, I was quoted. I'm shocked and thrilled.
Abra, you merit multiple citations. I always read your comments and usually learn something or laugh out loud.

Where did Mr. Mill get that statistic, 19/20s of mankind? Did he pull it out of you-know-where? Did he generalize from his own feelings? Recent research on happiness suggests he was far off the mark. Most people can generate happiness, even in fairly miserable circumstances, and it's essential to survival.

munchlet 04-02-2016 07:21 AM

"You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. "
— Unattributed

PianoManGidley on 2010-12-02 01:37:32
Any cook will tell you that. But look what happened to the cook!

Lurker on 2010-12-22 01:37:06
I love that movie. :)

bansaisequoia on 2011-08-02 14:16:03
What movie?

WRQ9 on 2012-07-27 00:06:53
What cook?

BeeAre on 2012-09-22 13:04:10
I thought this was Walter Durranty talking about Joe Stalin starving millions of people in the Ukraine famine of the late thirties.

locodad on 2012-09-28 10:50:35
What did the egg say to the cook?-You crack me up

Lurker on 2013-09-21 12:55:55
The movie was Clue. I believe this particular exchange was Martin Mull and Eileen Brennan.

oddcouple 04-02-2016 08:29 AM

Munchlet. Interesting quote about 19/20th of people. I don't believe it either, but I don't believe very many statistics. I think 95% of statistics are made up to prove whatever the quoter wants them to say.

abra 04-02-2016 09:56 AM

"You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. "
— Unattributed

PianoManGidley on 2010-12-02 01:37:32
Any cook will tell you that. But look what happened to the cook!

Lurker on 2010-12-22 01:37:06
I love that movie.

bansaisequoia on 2011-08-02 14:16:03
What movie?

WRQ9 on 2012-07-27 00:06:53
What cook?

BeeAre on 2012-09-22 13:04:10
I thought this was Walter Durranty talking about Joe Stalin starving millions of people in the Ukraine famine of the late thirties.

locodad on 2012-09-28 10:50:35
What did the egg say to the cook?-You crack me up

Lurker on 2013-09-21 12:55:55
The movie was Clue. I believe this particular exchange was Martin Mull and Eileen Brennan.to

I remember this quote, I was Clueless, about what they were talking about.

wvwoman 04-02-2016 01:05 PM

"No creature is fully itself till it is, like the dandelion, opened in the bloom of pure relationship to the sun, the entire living cosmos."
— D.H. Lawrence


montyb on 2012-01-26 12:23:10
Then my yard is fully itself.

(i laughed when i read this, laughed when i copied it, and laughed again when i pasted it. a 3-laugh rating is excellent!)


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