Thursday, November 29, 2018

Back and forth …

… Dwight Garner’s favourite quotations, in conversation with each other. (Hat tip, Dave  Lull.)

One of these quotes proves that Martin Amis doesn't know squat about American politics, except perhaps what he's heard others say.


  1. I doubt the attribution of the Larkin and the Parker quotations. The Larkin goes back to the turn of the 20th Century (About Shaw? About Churchill?), and the Parker I have seen quoted as an Irish folk saying.

  2. Dorothy Parker did write in her short story “The Little Hours”:

    “If you would learn what God thinks about money, you have only to look at those to whom He has given it."

    See The collected stories of Dorothy Parker, with a foreword by Franklin P. Adams (New York: The Modern Library, ©1942), page 211.

    1. The context is that a person is trying to fall asleep by recalling proverbs, maxims, aphorisms, etc.

      “How do people go to sleep? I’m afraid I’ve lost the knack. I might try busting myself smartly over the temple with the night-light. I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if I can remember any of the damn things.That might do it.” (Page 209)