Bitch on the Blog

August 28, 2013


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Some of you labour under the misapprehension that I don’t like quotes. I do. What I don’t like is when people take the lazy way out. Instead of fashioning their own ideas into words taking the shortcut by using someone else’s.

So, Sweethearts, as not to be outdone by all you quoters today’s smorgasbord is (and where I do have the source I will give it):

“Anyone can get the goods, the hard part is getting away”. This roughly describes my life. Wouldn’t be surprised if one of the Great British Train Robbers said it. Or Jeremy Clarkson being stuck with May and The Hamster somewhere in Africa.

This is sad though we all have walked a beach (barefoot) “… my line in the sand”. Pass me a tissue.

A hit between the eyes: “Sooner or later we must give up all hope of a better yesterday.” How brilliant is that?

Even better: “I have skeletons in my cupboard but I don’t open the door.” David Suchet of Hercule Poirot fame, March 2012.

Pretty damning: “He is a follower not a leader”.

Most amusing, and I do not wish to discourage all those of you who aspire to become published writers: “… falls stillborn from the press”, Hume (18th century Scottish philosopher).

See? I can quote with the best of you. Not that I have quoted the BEST. Yet.

Hugs and kisses,




  1. I like quotations: My quotation of the day? “Let Freedom Ring” Dr Martin Luther King Jr on August 28th 1963…..

    Comment by magpie11 — August 28, 2013 @ 09:17 | Reply

    • Nothing to add there then.

      Knock, knock! “Who’s there?” ‘Freedom’. “Go away.”


      Comment by bitchontheblog — August 28, 2013 @ 09:26 | Reply

  2. “Sooner or later we must give up all hope of a better yesterday.” Yes Ursula, that is indeed brilliant. Certainly one I will add to my collection. One of the side benefits of quotes is they make me wonder who has spent more time “learning” the underlying wisdom – the author or the recipient for whom the message resonates?

    Comment by Phil — August 28, 2013 @ 12:28 | Reply

    • Interesting question, Phil. On balance both. Yet I’d say it’s the ‘recipient for whom the message resonates’ who makes what may just be a throw away remark into not only being ‘quotable’, but memorable. I do believe, and I know this from my own experience (yes, I am Oscar Wilde reincarnated), that you will say, in passing, something, as profound as it may be, not particularly noticed by you – its author – yet picked up by someone listening. Mind you, having said that: I am one of those truly awful people who appreciates her own wit. Conceit my middle name. Well, SOMEONE does have to amuse me. And whilst I don’t subscribe to the notion I do agree: If you want a job done well do it yourself.


      PS Having re-read the above I am amazed anyone is still talking to me. Not least myself.

      Comment by bitchontheblog — August 28, 2013 @ 17:57 | Reply

      • Ah! But is anyone listening to you?

        That said: Surely it is the fact that something resonates with other than the declaimer that makes a quotation just that, a quotation. Or am I just becoming even more confused in my old age?

        Comment by magpie11 — August 29, 2013 @ 09:21 | Reply

        • That’s the trouble, Magpie: Quite a few ARE listening. That’s where being responsible kicks in, and why one mustn’t spout nonsense. Or only spout nonsense to test WHETHER the other IS listening. One of the oldest tricks in the book. Other than my father always being able to tell when eyes glazed over. Naturally, one could have – as my sisters did – point out that a three hour monologue, lecture by another name, does test anyone’s endurance. Luckily – for me – I found him rather entertaining and am – according to my mother – the only one of their children who not only listened but actually came away with morsels, lovingly digested in my own time.

          As to your old age: I do not wish to presume.


          Comment by bitchontheblog — August 29, 2013 @ 09:50 | Reply

  3. There’s a crack in the bell anyway!

    Comment by Chuck McConvey — August 28, 2013 @ 12:53 | Reply

    • You are not The Hunchback of Notre Dame by any chance? It’s a long time ago since I first ‘met’ him but, by god, did that man make me cry over the human condition.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — August 28, 2013 @ 18:00 | Reply

      • Chuck, the crack in the bell was the point I was making when I posted a picture with that quotation early yesterday….. It’s interesting that it cracked when first rung and was then re-cast at least twice(IIRC) and each time it cracked…..

        Comment by magpie11 — August 29, 2013 @ 09:18 | Reply

  4. Stillborn from the press? Great image. And that’s why I love quotes. When someone puts words together in such a way that we are instantly hit with their combined power, it is like opera for the eyes and mind and must be shared.

    Comment by reneejohnsonwrites — August 29, 2013 @ 10:41 | Reply

  5. At risk of repeating pedantry it occured to me that a quote is what the plumber gives you, or the electrician. Yet , after lugging several kilograms of the Shorter Oxford Dictionary from the shelf, I find that my father was wrong and that in fact the word quote, as a noun, has several meanings, including at least one mathematical one. Ah well, pater was wrong yet again. I hope that my own sons do not set too much store by my own pedantry.

    Comment by magpie11 — September 1, 2013 @ 11:16 | Reply

    • I’ll let you off lightly this time, Magpie. Yes, you are a pedant. And then there is ‘quota’. Of which I have just about had my fare share. Actually, no. Make that: Not enough.

      You are right, of course: It’s ‘quotation’, and “quote” is a verb unless, as you say, it comes from a plumber, electrician or builder in which case you may double the amount due to unforeseen complications midway through the project. Unfortunately, and it is often VERY unfortunate, the English are given to making a noun a verb, a verb a noun. And, see quote, they love to abbreviate everything. I don’t care any longer. I never thought I’d see the day: “Whatever” has crept into my daily lingo at an alarming rate. It’s a sort of all encompassing shrug of my shoulders. In other words: Life is too short. Which reminds me: Wasn’t it you who recently reminded me that language is a fluid thing? Forever evolving?

      Don’t worry about your sons. The day will come they remember you fondly for your pedantry. My father was and is a pedant. Father-of-son too far more interested in form than content. Unfortunate, I have to say. Particularly as the two [content and grammar] can live happily side by side. By way of example: I nearly blew my top when my son, some years ago, sent his father an e-mail. Can’t remember now what it was about. Instead of actually saying something vaguely profound in response FOS pointed out that he’d left out an apostrophe. WTF? Whatever. Can’t say I was amused. There is a place and a time for everything. And sometimes an apostrophe has to join the queue and wait till more important things are seen to. And before you say anything: Keith Waterhouse did NOT father my son.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — September 1, 2013 @ 12:36 | Reply

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