Posts Tagged ‘Anthony Butler’

Be Revolutionary!

June 8, 2015

The theme of this year’s SLA (Special Libraries Association) Annual Conference in Boston: Be Revolutionary!  So, I thought I would consult my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone, to see how they defined “revolution” and “revolutionary.”  Here’s what I found out . . .

Revolution:
” A trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.”  (Tom Stoppard)

“An attempt to substitute misrule for bad government.”  (Anthony Butler)

Revolutionary:
“Someone who ends up either as an oppressor or a heretic.”  (Albert Camus)

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If Memory Serves Me Correctly . . . !

November 18, 2014

Having memories and being able to remember past events is a wonderful thing (most of the time).  The creation and retrieval of memories involves three stages: encoding (or registration), storage, and retrieval (or recall or recollection).  If something goes wrong during any of these stages, your memory(ies) will be affected.  In consulting The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone, I’ve discovered several humorous quotations on memory and forgetfulness.

Memory
“A crazy woman who hoards coloured rags and throws away food.”  (Austin O’Malley)

“The thing a man forgets with when he owes you money.”  (Anthony Butler)

“What is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.”  (Edward de Bono)

Forgetfulness
“The true token of greatness.”   (Elbert Hubbard)

“A gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.”  (Ambrose Bierce)