great quotes

My most favourite quotation is this from Sir Humphrey, in Yes, Minister, written by Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, and accorded to Francis Bacon, though I think the authors coined it.

"Success is not the key to happiness—Happiness is the key to success."

Albert Schweitzer

"Hamba kahle, Sala kahle"
(Go gently and Walk in peace)

Zulu saying on departure


Collective noun for TenorsA Shortage of Tenors."

AJB 2008

“…nobody likes capers no matter what you do with them. Some people pretend to like capers, but the truth is that any dish that tastes good with capers in it, tastes even better with capers not in it.”

Nora Ephron, Heartburn, 1983

There is a story that during the Ashes ‘Bodyline’ Cricket Series of 1932–33, controversial England skipper Douglas Jardine went to the Australian dressing room after a day’s play to demand an apology from the player who called him aibastard on the pitch. The call went up…

“Which one of you bastards called this bastard a bastard!’

Unnamed Bodyline Wit, 1932–33

“To people who want to be rich and famous, I'd say,
‘Get rich first and see if that doesn't cover it.’”

Marshall Fine, Gannett Westchester Newspapers, July 1992

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
—maybe he was thinking of Main Frames

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."

Ken Olson, president, chairman
and founder of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977