guest post: grandpa, round 5

the end of the month is looming, which means it’s crunch time. i’m saving my words for my MS, so here, have someone else’s words instead of mine. thank you, grandpa for finding these! 

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer (1804-1864)

Some stories are true that never happened. Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them. Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)

human wandering through the zoo / what do your cousins think of you. Don Marquis, humorist and poet (1878-1937)

Our expression and our words never coincide, which is why the animals don’t understand us. Malcolm De Chazal, writer and painter (1902-1981)

When asked them to generate a sentence in which the following three words appear — defence, defeat and detail —  the “correct” answer: De horse jumped over defence, first defeat, den detail.

Nature never said to me: Do not be poor. Still less did she say: Be rich. Her cry to me was always: Be independent. Nicolas de Chamfort, writer (1741-1794)

The sense of wishing to be known only for what one really is is like putting on an old, easy, comfortable garment. You are no longer afraid of anybody or anything. You say to yourself, ‘Here I am — just so ugly, dull, poor, beautiful, rich, interesting, amusing, ridiculous — take me or leave me.’ And how absolutely beautiful it is to be doing only what lies within your own capabilities and is part of your own nature. It is like a great burden rolled off a man’s back when he comes to want to appear nothing that he is not, to take out of life only what is truly his own. David Grayson, journalist and author (1870-1946)

In our world of big names, curiously, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knownness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs. Daniel J Boorstin, historian, professor, attorney, and writer (1914-2004)

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6 Responses to “guest post: grandpa, round 5”

  1. Adriana (@adicloud) Says:

    “First defeat, den detail” — I LOVE IT! :))) Well done, Grandpa!

    • abby mumford Says:

      i know! it makes me chuckle every time i read it, especially when surrounded by all those other serious quotes.

  2. lindagrimes Says:

    Your gandpa finds great quotes! :)

    • abby mumford Says:

      i know! and he saves me a ton of work because i had zero idea for a blog post and then, boom, i remembered my recent collection of quotes from him.

  3. nick Says:

    Glad to help! love, grandpa

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