Before he became the 26th Secretary of Defense, James Mattis was a general in the U.S. Marines Corps. He earned his nickname of "Mad Dog" with his characteristic bluntness and determination. He famously advised fellow Marines, "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."
The father of Marxism did not think highly of the concept of final words. His final words, in fact, were, "Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!”
J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were inseperable friends, but despite that, Tolkien felt the need to put his friend on notice prior to reading one of his newest works: "I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge."
Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was a master of words and knew how to use them to make a point. As a critic, poet, and essayist, everything and everyone was fair game for her brilliant and ruthless prose. She once observed, "The first thing I do in the morning is... Continue Reading →
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”—Groucho Marx
From the pens of critics who are not afraid to speak freely: "This is not a novel to be tossed lightly aside. It should be thrown with great force." --- Dorothy Parker "I am sitting in the smallest room in my house. I have your review in front of me. Soon it will be behind... Continue Reading →
The Duchess de la Rochefoucauld was overheard commenting on the prominent facial features of an unfortunate girl, "God forgives. The world forgets, but the nose remains."
Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) had an impatience for bureaucracy and a wonderful sense of humor. Sometimes these two qualities came together with memorable results. When asked how many people work at the Vatican, the pontiff famously replied, "About half of them."
If anyone knew what it meant to overcome adversity and achieve greatness despite obstacles, it was the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. When he was paralyzed by polio at the age of 39, most experts concluded that his promising political career had come to a screeching halt. Undeterred, Roosevelt defied the... Continue Reading →
"It's easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't." -- President Martin Van Buren
In the movie Chariots of Fire, Rev. J.D. Liddell advised his son, future 1924 Olympic gold medalist and missionary to China, "You can praise God by peeling a spud if you peel it to perfection. Don't compromise. Compromise is a language of the devil. Run in God's name and let the world stand back and... Continue Reading →
One of the most famous bearded men of his time was George Bernard Shaw. A razor company sought his endorsement by offering their product to him at no cost if he would consent to shave his famous beard. Shaw responded to the offer as follows: Gentlemen: I shall never shave, for the same reason... Continue Reading →
"Three things ruin a man: power, money, and women. I never wanted power. I never had any money, and the only woman in my life is up at the house right now." -- President Harry S Truman
And to think that Will Rogers said this over 80 years ago!