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And this is a table ma'am. What in essence it consists of is a
horizontal rectilinear plane surface maintained by four vertical
columnar supports, which we call legs. The tables in this laboratory,
ma'am, are as advanced in design as one will find anywhere in the
-- Michael Frayn, "The Tin Men"
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And yet, seasons must be taken with a grain of salt, for they too have
a sense of humor, as does history. Corn stalks comedy, comedy stalks
tragedy, and this too is historic. And yet, still, when corn meets
tragedy face to face, we have politics.
-- Dalglish, Larsen and Sutherland, "Root Crops and
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Andrea: Unhappy the land that has no heroes.
Galileo: No, unhappy the land that needs heroes.
-- Bertolt Brecht, "Life of Galileo"
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Angels we have heard on High
Tell us to go out and Buy.
-- Tom Lehrer
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Ankh if you love Isis.
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To grease a king or other great functionary already
-- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"
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Another good night not to sleep in a eucalyptus tree.
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Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but
television's message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom
and world peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that
offers whiter teeth *and* fresher breath.
-- Dave Barry, "Kids Today: They Don't Know Dum Diddly
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Anthony's Law of Force:
Don't force it; get a larger hammer.
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Anthony's Law of the Workshop:
Any tool when dropped, will roll into the least accessible
corner of the workshop.
On the way to the corner, any dropped tool will first strike