Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.
As said by Helmholtz Watson, an Alpha-Plus lecturer at the College of Emotional Engineering, in the dystopian novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Published in 1932, the literary masterpiece tells of a future where genetically modified citizens have their future careers programmed, war and violence has been removed and the government assisted drug Soma is encouraged to remove any thoughts of unhappiness.
Oscar Wilde needs no introduction, of course. The Irish writer was quite simply, one of the funniest people to have ever lived. One of the all-time great wits. Below are eight of my favourites quotes. How many do you recognise? Do you have a favourite?
So I take a knife I think I’ll just tidy that up a bit, cut off the crumbly bits scoop them all up and into the mouth
oooooommm mmmm nice.
Look at the cake again.
That looks a bit funny now, one side doesn’t match the other I’ll just even it up a bit, eh?
An excerpt from Chocolate Cake, a much-loved poem by British writer Michael Rosen. You can find it in its complete form here, where anyone who loves chocolate will identify with the child narrator. Barbra Streisand and Lora Brody would surely include themselves.
They were such a unique pair to be writing this show. Their view was from the inside out, not from the outside in. They knew the stories and the characters first-hand. I think The Wire really tore the cover off an American city and showed that, for so many people, the American dream was dead.
As said by actor John Doman, who played deputy commissioner William Rawls in the seminal drama The Wire (2002 – 2008). Set in Baltimore, each of the five series focused on a different part of the city, with the gritty show unafraid to show the complex struggles faced by the wide array of characters. You can find two examples of the show’s razor sharp dialogue here and here. You can buy the image shown above here, and read the full The Guardian article where I took the quote from, here.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? Think not of them, thou hast thy music too – While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day, And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue
From the last stanza of To Autumn by the beloved English romantic poet John Keats (1795 – 1821). Despite his hugely untimely death at aged 25, Keats is still considered one of the greatest ever poets. You can my other favourite lines from his Ode to a Nightingale poemhere.
The snowflake never needs to feel responsible for the avalanche.
Taken from the book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by British journalist Jon Ronson (2015). The non-fiction work features examples and analysis of mostly non-famous people experiencing the full impact of being shamed through the media, particularly online.
Darren Cross: All those years ago, you picked me. What did you see in me? Hank Pym: I saw myself. Darren Cross: Then why did you push me away? Hank Pym: Because I saw too much of myself.
Corey Stoll and Michael Douglas in the superhero action film Ant-Man (2015). Based on the comic book of the same name (with slight plot differences), it tells the story of a thief released from prison who becomes an unlikely superhero after struggling to hold down a job.