“It is possible to be born an aristocrat without ever becoming a gentleman.”
“Life is what happens while you are making other plans.”
“Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.”
(Dr Johnson on divorce laws)
“It is a secret in the Oxford sense. You may tell it to only one person at a time.”
“There is less to him than meets the eye.”
The normal expression is “there is more to something/somebody than meets the eye”, meaning that the thing or person is deeper than surface appearances suggest.
“Arguing with a woman is like trying to fold the airmail edition of The Times in a high wind.”
The Times is a newspaper. It used to be large format (ie, it had very large pages). The airmail edition was printed on very thin, light-weight paper.
“I never read a book before reviewing it. It prejudices a man so.”
“You must come again when you have less time.”
(Walter Sickert to Denton Welch)
“When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom”
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 (more…)