Thoughts From The Publishers Desk

Thoughts From The Publishers Desk

While trying to make some room on my bookshelves recently for some old bound editions of the “Resorter”, I came across a copy of “The Harper Book of Quotations” and became infatuated with some of the passages. Here’s a look at some of the quotes I may or may not be thinking about while I am on vacation this week:

On drink, drinking and drinkers:

“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then drink takes you.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I like liquor – its taste and its effects – and that is just the reason why I never drink it.”

— Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson

“He is … like many other geniuses, a greater friend to the bottle, than the bottle is to him.”

— William Lyon Mackenzie

On education:

“I forget what I taught. I only remember what I have learnt.”

— Patrick White

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.”

— Native American saying

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”

— George Santayana

On cynicism:

“A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.”

— Sidney J. Harris

“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

— Oscar Wilde

“Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.”

— Lillian Hellman

On defeat:

“Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.”

— Henry Ward Beecher

To lose is to learn.”

— Anon.

On experience:

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.”

— Oscar Wilde

“Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.”

— Samuel Butler

“Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.”

— Minna Antrim

On family:

“As a general thing, when a woman wears the pants in a family, she has a good right to them.”

— Josh Billings

“I am he/As you are me/And we are all together.”

— John Lennon and Paul McCartney

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

— Theodore Hesburgh

On fate and destiny:

“How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?”

— Bob Dylan

“Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you in the ass to make you do it.”

— Henry Miller

On fear:

“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”

— Albert Camus

“The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.”

— Mark Twain

“Once men are caught up in an event they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.”

— Antoine de St. Exupery

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.