Archive for the 'Commonplace' Category

Regulate That

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.

– Samuel Johnson



it is worse when inanimate objects betray us

The beauty is in the walking. We are betrayed by destinations.
-Gwyn Thomas

There are many Gwyn Thomas, apparently. I am not sure if this is the poet or the novelist. But then, I am assuming things; perhaps he is the cricketer. The Yogi Berra of Cricket.

Re: Tattoos

I find that much decisiveness this early in life a little worrying.

— My Dear Friend Michelle


Some men break your heart in two,

Some men fawn and flatter,

Some men never look at you;

And that clears up the matter.

— Dorothy Parker


Besides, Hollywood frightens me. Selling yourself in order to work. Giving a pound of your flesh. Good stories need good actors to make them believable. The more you see someone on magazine covers or selling shampoo, the less you can relate to them as that character.”

— Samantha Morton

From the interesting piece, “Not Afraid of the Dark,” in  The Guardian.

Does That Make Me the Queen?

Very little is known of the Canadian country since it is rarely visited by anyone but the Queen and illiterate sport fishermen.
  – P. J. O’Rourke

A Vicious Circle

I’m in a terrible mood today, so I thought I’d post some Dorothy Parker quotes. The approach is very YAY MISERY.


“Look at him, a rhinestone in the rough.”

“I don’t know much about being a millionaire, but I’ll bet I’d be a darling at it.”

“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone”