Ring for Jeeves

“It was a confusion of ideas between him and one of the lions he was hunting in Kenya that had caused A. B. Spottsworth to make the obituary column. He thought the lion was dead, and the lion thought it wasn’t.”

P.G. Wodehouse in Ring for Jeeves

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Tibetian Buddhism from the ground up

“‘Righteous hatred’ is in the same category as ‘righteous cancer’or ‘righteous tuberculosis’. All of them are absurd concepts.”

Allan Wallace in Tibetian Buddhism from the Ground up

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How to be a Brit

“If a continental youth wants to declare his love to a girl, he kneels down, tells her that she is the sweetest, the most charming and ravishing person in the world, that she has something in her, something peculiar and individual which only a few hundred thousand other women have and that he would be unable to live one more minute without her. Often, to give a little more emphasis to the statement, he shoots himself on the spot. This is a normal, week-day declaration of love in the more temperamental continental countries. In England the boy pats his adored one on the back and says softly: ‘I don’t object to you, you know.’ If he is quite mad with passion, he may add: ‘I rather fancy you, in fact.”

– George Mikes in How to be a Brit

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Dave Barry turns 40

“Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, has installed within each of us, a powerful biological instinct to reproduce; this is her way of assuring that that the human race, come what may, will never have any disposable income.”

– Dave Barry in Dave Barry Turns 40

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After a While

After a while you learn the subtle difference

Between holding a hand and chaining a soul

And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning

And company doesn’t mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts

And presents aren’t promises.

And you begin to accept your defeats

With your head up and your eyes open

With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build  all your roads on today.

Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans.

And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After awhile you learn

That even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,

Instead of waiting  for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure

That you really are strong,

And you really do have worth.

And you learn and learn…

With every goodbye you learn.

–  Veronica Shoftshall, 1971

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Transit of Venus

“The poor don’t want solidarity with their lot, they want it changed”

– Shirley Hazzard in Transit of Venus

PS: Brilliant narration

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“It is not every man’s fate to marry the woman who loves him best”

― Jane Austen in Emma

PS: Emma seems to have a lot of such interesting quotes.

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“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”

― Jane Austen in Emma

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The perks of being a wallflower

“Sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”

― Stephen Chbosky in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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David Copperfield

“Never,” said my aunt, “be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices, Trot, and I can always be hopeful of you.”

– Charles Dickens in David Copperfield

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