Archive for the ‘Quotation’ Category

Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred Twenty-Three!

April 19, 2019

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “geography.”  Do you know . . . excluding cities in Alaska, which U.S. city is the largest in area?”

If you guessed Los Angeles (469.1 square miles, per the World Almanac and Book of Facts, 2009), you would have guessed wrong.  The largest non-Alaskan city is Jacksonville, Florida (757.7 square miles).

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

Travel Oxymoronica!

March 26, 2019

Here are a few gems that are “travel-related” oxymoronica.   Enjoy!

“We were at sea — there is no other adequate expression — on the plains of Nebraska.”  (Robert Louis Stevenson, Across the Plains)

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”  (Benjamin Disraeli)

“The average tourist wants to go places where there are no tourists.”  (Sam Ewing)

Source: oxymoronica by Dr. Mardy Grothe

Oxymoronica from World Literature!

January 26, 2019

Examples of oxymoronica in the category of “world literature” abound.  Here are a few of my favorites.

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”  (George Orwell, Animal Farm)

“The malicious have a dark happiness.”  (Victor Hugo, Les Miserables)

“And many men say there is written upon his tomb this verse: ‘Here lies Arthur, the once and future king.'”  (Sir Thomas Mallory, Le Morte d’Arthur)

Source: oxymoronica by Dr. Mardy Grothe

Polite vs. Rude!

November 14, 2018

Here is a quotation I like on politeness versus rudeness.

“It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter–an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.”   ― Arthur Schopenhauer


\ rood \, adjective;

  1. discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way.
  2. without culture, learning, or refinement.
  3. rough in manners or behavior; unmannerly; uncouth.

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of

Happy Father’s Day 2018!

June 17, 2018

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

“The greatest gift I ever had, came from God; I call him Dad!”  Unknown

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” (Jim Valvano)

“A father is someone you look up to, no matter how tall you grow.”  Unknown

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”  (Clarence Budington Kelland)


May 31, 2018

Virtue_largeHere is the next demotivator for your viewing pleasure . . . and speaking of virtue, it reminds me of a quotation that my father was fond of repeating: “Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can, seldom found in woman, never found in man.”  Attributed to Father Jonathan Morris, a Roman Catholic priest (born in Ohio, as was my father, but now living in New York).

A Well-Developed Conscience!

April 8, 2018

Having a conscience, the ability to judge the rightness or the wrongness of your behavior,  is something that develops over the course of time (as we mature).  It is usually taught to us by our parents about the behaviors that must be demonstrated to effectively operate within society.  Okay, that’s all well and good . . . but here are some additional “definitions” courtesy of The Cynic’s Dictionary.  Enjoy!

“What your mother told you before you were six years old.”  (Brock Chisolm)

“An anticipation of the opinions of others.”  (Henry Taylor)

“Ought-to suggestion.”  (H.L. Mencken)

“The thing that hurts when everything else feels good.”  (Hebert Prochnow)

“What makes cowards of us all.”  (William Shakespeare)

“What makes egotists of us all.”  (Oscar Wilde)

“The inner voice that warns us that someone may be looking.”  (H.L. Mencken)

“Something that doesn’t only make cowards of us all, but dyspeptics too.”  (Helen Simpson)

“What makes a boy tell his mother before his sister does.”  (Franklin P. Jones)

Source: The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone, p. 59-60.

Marriage and Loneliness!

March 24, 2018

I have been single my entire life (and I’m perfectly okay with this) and have dealt with the issue of loneliness from time to time.  And, while many people get married to “escape the pain of being single,” they invariable discover that marriage could be even more painful than solitude.  I found a few quotations about this in the book Oxymoronica.  Apparently some people have figured this out.

“If you are afraid of loneliness, don’t marry.”  (Anton Chekhov)

“Marriage is lonelier than solitude.”  (Adrienne Rich)

“The surest way to be alone is to get married”  (Gloria Steinem)

“Marriage is the only thing that affords a woman the pleasure of company and the perfect sensation of solitude at the same time.”  (Helen Rowland)

So what is the better choice?  Get married?  Or remain single?  Here are some more quotations . . .  enjoy!

“One was never married, and that’s his hell; another is and that’s his plague.”  (Robert Burton)

“Matrimony and bachelorhood are both of them at once equally wise and equally foolish.”  (Samuel Butler)

“It doesn’t matter whether you decide to marry or stay single; either way you’ll be sorry.”  (Socrates)

Source: Oxymoronica by Dr. Mardy Grothe

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixty-Seven!

March 16, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “quotations.”  Do you know who originally said “Anyone who hates children and dogs can’t be all bad?”

Contrary to popular belief, it was NOT W.C. Fields, but rather, the teacher, scholar and humorist, Leo Roston, who delivered this line at a tribute dinner to honor W.C. Fields.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

The Brain . . . !

March 8, 2018

. . . is definitely the most important organ in the body. It controls and coordinates everything.   But let’s take a look at some unconventional (and more humorous) definitions of the “brain,” shall we?

“Something that starts working the moment you’re born and doesn’t stop until you stand up to speak in public.”  (George Jessel)

“An apparatus with which we think we think.”  (Ambrose Bierce)

“An organ the starts working the moment you wake up, and doesn’t stop until you get to the office.”  (Robert Frost)

“An appendage of the genital glands.”  (Alexander King)

Source: The Cynics Dictionary, by Aubrey Dillon-Malone, p. 31-32.