7 of my Favourite Quotations
A “quotation” is usually a short text – perhaps one or two sentences – written or spoken by one (usually famous) person and often repeated or at least known by others. Here are 7 of my favourite quotations, arranged (loosely) from humorous to serious. Have a look at them and try to understand them. You may know some of them already in your own language. Do you agree with them? You can find explanations of some of the more difficult words in English Checker at the end.
“You must come again when you have less time.” Walter Sickert to Denton Welch
“There is less to him than meets the eye.” Tallulah Bankhead
“The head cannot take in more than the seat can endure.” Winston Churchill on long speeches
“Only the insane take themselves seriously.” Max Beerbohm
“To be uncertain is uncomfortable; but to be certain is ridiculous.” Goethe
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana
“When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom.” Confucius
- condemned: sentenced as a punishment; forced to suffer
- endure: suffer patiently; tolerate
- insane: seriously mentally ill
- seat: a person’s buttocks
By Josef Essberger for EnglishClub July 2008
Josef started teaching English as a foreign language in 1991 and founded EnglishClub for learners and teachers in 1997.
thanks for the quotation, sometimes it will inculcate in my mind what it real meaning.
wafa mt says:
thank you very much,i enjoy in them,every one of quotation was new and useful to me.i am so happy with english club every day i learn new information
Ha-ha-ha… Some of them I knew already, but they are great. Good to be reminded of them from time to time! 😉
Dear Sir Although I have been exploring this English Club recently, I must say that it is an interesting site. Though I couldn´t understand all these quotations,I like some of them especially that was written by Santayana. Kisses.
I love and enjoy reading everything in Englishclub especially the monthly news and your quotations.Thanks alot.
Linda k hollywood says:
I never know about quotation when I’m reading
the verb make me very impression with the verb.
I could try to write no matter what because I like
First kiss is would be imprinted in my heart memory.
Be engraved on one’s mind/heart memory.
You are my heart and my soul my doorway and my delivery.
My life did not begin until I know him.
Vile spawn,evil creature,retribution.
Consequence of one’s action.
Human to be bad you are abyss of hell.
Hope you are enjoyed in my quotation.
Have a nice day
Linda K (Hollywood)
Linda k Hollywood says:
I am forgiven for my past mistake.
what will become of us after death?
We do not need to seek other Conditions to be
It’s a terrible thing I it was endless source of
Hope that all I write the word is a quotation.
I was reading the quotations, and I think they are a reality, applied to the time we are living, I enjoy them very much
Hullo dear Sir,
Excuse me but it seems a so a long a holiday, longer than Maryama Ba’s SO A LONG A LETTER; I hope you are allright. let’s hear from you Sir.
Please explain me more detail these quotations. Thanks so much.
although i understand couple of quotations in our own language the rest are alittle bit difficult to translate in our own due
to my poor english .
“No matter how bad things get you got to go on living, even if it kills you.” Shalom aleichem
Hello Dear Sir: I tried so hard to be to the point with the real meaning of these quotatoins but I am not sure. would you please provide us with an explanation of the meaning of each quotation and the context in which they were said. I will be so grateful to learn things from this Club