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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Words from wise women


Words from wise women

In light of the election, I offer some thoughts gleaned from folks wittier, wiser, & sometimes much snarkier than I.


“The vote is a power, a weapon of offense & defense, a prayer.”
-Carrie Chapman Catt

“An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, & the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.”
-George Eliot

“Though in paradise the lion will lay down with the lamb, in Paradise they will not have to submit their rival political views to general election.”
-Amelia E. Barr

“Money was the manure of politics.”
-Barbara Michaels

“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”
-Lily Tomlin

“I’ve seen public opinion shift like a wind & put out the very fire it lighted.”
-Rachel Field

“A Platform is something a candidate stands for & the voters fall for.”
-Gracie Allen

“Women are young at politics, but they are old at suffering; soon they will learn that through politics they can prevent some kinds of suffering.”
-Nancy Astor


May the election itself & the week following it both go more smoothly than you anticipate. And if you have comments about the quotes, please share them.


Big thanks to this week’s sources: Jon Winokur’s The Portable Curmudgeon & Rosalie Maggio’s The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women.

9 comments:

  1. Brilliant quotes. I especially like the one from Lily Tomlin. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Anne. Lily Tomlin's brilliant. And I'm of the mind that it's a shame the Barbara Michaels quote is in past tense.

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  2. Me, too. I'm with Anne about Lily's quote. I loved the Astor one, too. I wish I had a cheerful thought. I'm so sick of this election. But I loved the quotes you chose. Well, maybe I have one. It's from Hitchcock's "The Birds." One of the character actors, drunk and sitting in the bar, remarks when the birds attack Bodega Bay, "It's the end of the world." Sometimes this election feels that way to me but then I take heart and hope for the best. Great post, Charlie. Hugs your way P and B.

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    1. Hi Paul - I feel your pain (or your unease as the case may be). At this point my biggest concern is how different elements of our country will ever find a way to understand one another after all this acrimony.

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    2. Completely agree, Charlie. Much bigger problem.

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  3. Great quotes; my fave is George Eliot's, oldie goldie. Any idea WHY the Michaels quote is past tense?

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  4. Hey Esteban - I'm guessing the Michaels quote is in past tense because of its context, though I must admit, I don't know its context.

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  5. Thank you, Charlie. All wonderful quotes. Anxiously awaiting Wednesday. Sort of... sort of dreading it, too.

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    1. Hey Christine - I get it. Still, I'm thinking we need to be looking forward to somehow patching things up, healing this crazy nation after this even crazier presidential race.

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