Wednesday Wordplay: Bette Davis and her enemies

  

I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn’t dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.
            — Bette Davis, The Lonely Life, 1962

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously…. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.
            — Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1811

 

Hysteria is only possible with an audience.
            — Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters, 1999

 

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
            — Will Rogers

Do what you love, love what you do, leave the world a better place and don’t pick your nose.
            — Jeff Mallett, Frazz, 08-03-04

 

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
            — Erica Jong, Fear of Flying, 1973

 

Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.
            — Bern Williams

  
  

Wednesday Wordplay: Correct punctuation can save lives

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Wednesday Wordplay: The secret of being boring…

 

The secret of being boring is to say everything.
            — Voltaire

 

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
            — Charles Dickens

 

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed.
            — Josh Billings

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?
            — Rose Kennedy

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
            — Freya Madeline Stark

The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.
            — Whitney Young

 

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
            — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.
            — Albert Camus, Happy Death

 

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
            — James Thurber

 

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
            — John Cleese

 

I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
            — Edgar Allan Poe

 

Sometimes the lies you tell are less frightening than the loneliness you might feel if you stopped telling them.
            — Brock Clarke, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, 2007

 

Three failures denote uncommon strength. A weakling has not enough grit to fail thrice.
            — Minna Thomas Antrim

  
  

Wednesday Wordplay: Leona Helmsley and Gertrude Stein

 

     
Leona Helmsley and dog   I don’t hire people who have to be told to be nice. I hire nice people.
            — Leona Helmsley
        
     
He that can’t endure the bad, will not live to see the good.
            — Jewish Proverb
   
        
     
We are always the same age inside.
            —
Gertrude Stein
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But seduction isn’t making someone do what they don’t want to do. Seduction is enticing someone into doing what they secretly want to do already.
            — Waiter Rant, Waiter Rant weblog, 11-29-05
   
  
     
H G Wells writing  

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

               — H. G. Wells

        
     
Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
            — Alexander Solzhenitsyn
   
        
     
Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.
            — Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, 1849
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Wordplay Videos

 

Looks like the “Homeless Man with the Golden Voice” got a job!

 

        
        

Wednesday Wordplay: from Ashe to Updike

 

henry winkler as the fonz - happy days Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
            — Henry Winkler
 
     
  The arts must be considered an essential element of education… They are tools for living life reflectively, joyfully and with the ability to shape the future.
            — Shirley Trusty Corey
 
     
  Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.
            — Arthur Ashe
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  I simply cannot understand the passion that some people have for making themselves thoroughly uncomfortable and then boasting about it afterwards.
            — Patricia Moyes
 
     
Georgia O'Keefe I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me – shapes and ideas so near to me – so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.
            — Georgia O’Keeffe
 
     
  Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
            — Thomas A. Edison
 
     
  Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
            — Bill Gates
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  Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
            — Theodore Roosevelt, September 1913
 
     
John Updike Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
            — John Updike
 
     
  If you’re never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.
            — Julia Sorel
 
     
  If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.
            — Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford actress
     
  I like coincidences. They make me wonder about destiny, and whether free will is an illusion or just a matter of perspective. They let me speculate on the idea of some master plan that, from time to time, we’re allowed to see out of the corner of our eye.
            — Chuck Sigars, September 8, 2003
 
     
David Shore House MD Only two things you ignore: things that aren’t important and things you wish weren’t important, and wishing never works.
            — David Shore, House M.D., Not Cancer, 2008
 
     

 

Urban Dictionary

 

Audience Typing

When a person’s typing abilities degrade when they must type in front of others, leading to misspelled words, improper capitalisation and most likely resulting in blushing.  Worse if that other person is an older relative or someone you respect.

Father asks, "Put Manchester United into Google there for me"
Son, "Sure"
Results in – "Manchetser UNited" being typed into Google.

        
        

Wednesday Wordplay: meaning of the word ‘pretty’ – very powerful!

 

Katie Makkai – ‘Pretty’

 

 

Katie Makkai, a veteran poetry slammer – defining the word “pretty”.

Wednesday Wordplay: Stephen Fry vents about word usage

Don’t like nouns becoming verbs?

Get over it bitches!!

 

 

Stephen Fry vents regarding his distaste for audiophiles who point out every little grammatical error instead of enjoying the energy and seduction of language.  And check out the great typographical animation!!