American Consequences - July 2018


Get Me a Quote onThat

Compiled By P.J. O'Rourke

“Monsieur l’abbe, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.” Voltaire, letter to M. le Riche (Source of the misattributed Voltaire quote: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”) “A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self- addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.” Ring Lardner, How to Write Short Stories “Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God’s image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of “Only two classes of books are of universal appeal: the very best and the very worst.” Ford Madox Ford When I am dead, I hope it may be said: “His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.” Hilaire Belloc God, as it were in the eye.” John Milton, Areopagitica

A politician is stumping for votes in the sticks, back-slapping the yokels. He says to a farmer, “Howmany youngins do you have?” “I’ve got six sons,” says the farmer. “All good little Democrats, I hope,” says the politician. “Well,” says the farmer, “five of ‘em is. But my oldest boy, he got to readin’...” Old Joke from Arkansas

“A book may be very amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity.” Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield

There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry Emily Dickinson I think that I shall never see  A poem lovely as a tree Joyce Kilmer

Time that is intolerant Of the brave and the innocent,

And indifferent in a week To a beautiful physique, Worships language and forgives Everyone by whom it lives. W. H. Auden, “In Memory of W. B. Yeats”

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