Monday, April 20, 2015

Understanding Quotes

A "quote" is usually a short text - perhaps one or two sentences - written or spoken by a famous person and often repeated or at least known by others. Every language has its famous quotes, and they range from highly amusing to deadly serious. Often they express a deep truth in a short, clever way - even the amusing ones. Have a look at them and try to understand them:

Dorothy Parker:

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."

"The only ism Hollywood believes in is plagiarism."

"I don't care what is written about me as long as it isn't true."

"Sorrow is tranquility remembered in emotion"

"I've never been a millionaire but I just know I'd be darling at it."

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."

"That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment."

Francis Bacon

"Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper."

"Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man and writing an exact man."

"Discretion in speech is more than eloquence."

"He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many."

"In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior."

"Silence is the virtue of fools."

"The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship."

"In charity there is no excess."

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested."

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