Posts Tagged ‘Tom Stoppard’

Old Age?

September 23, 2015

I would hazard to guess that any definition of “old age” would have to take into consideration the definer’s age. So. I decided to consult my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary (by Aubrey Dillon-Malone) to see what whimsical definitions were contained therein.  Here’s are the definitions I found.

“A lot of crossed-off names in an address book.”  (Ronald Blythe)

“A very high price to pay for maturity.”  (Tom Stoppard)

“Always 15 years older than I what am.”  (Bernard Baruch) — I like this one a lot.

“Not so bad when you consider the alternative.”  (Maurice Chevalier)

“Life’s parody.”  (Simone de Beauvoir)

“When you try to straighten the wrinkles on your socks and discover you’re not wearing any.”  (Leonard Knott)

“The period in life in which we compensate for the vices that remain by reviling those we have no longer the vigour to commit.”  (Ambrose Bierce)

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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)