Quote of the day

December 12, 2017

Stupidity is something unshakable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant. –  Gustave Flaubert who was born on this day in 1821.


Quote of the day

December 11, 2017

La gente de distintas partes del mundo podrá tener diferentes costumbres, idiomas extraños. Pero hay algo más hondo en común: la afinidad que nos da saber que todos somos miembros de la familia humana. Todos somos hermano. Carlos Gardel who was born on this day in 189o.

(People from different parts of the world may have different customs, strange languages. But there is something deeper in common: the affinity that gives us to know that we are all members of the human family. We are all brothers. ) 

Quote of the Year?

December 8, 2017

Voting has opened for Massey University’s Quote of the Year.

The finalists are:

“It’s deeply disappointing, but it’s not gay.”– Actor Jatinder Singh after Nigel calls a dropped pie “gay” in Rainbow Youth’s advertisement. 

“Excuse me for laughing, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been ravaged by a toothless sheep.”– Winston Peters on Gareth Morgan. 

“This is my generation’s nuclear free moment.”– Jacinda Ardern on climate change. 

“I’m embracing my new feather duster status.”– Paula Bennett, ending her tenure as Deputy Prime Minister. 

“First ladyman? Who knows? …Aiming for Michelle Obama, probably gonna be a little bit closer to Prince Philip.”– Clarke Gayford. 

“I am a different shade of brown.”– Student Jai Selkirk of the Dilworth School team winning “Word – The Front Line Poetry Slam” competition. 

“Please tell me that’s not your penis.”– Shortland Street’s Dr Chris Warner (actor Michael Galvin) confronting his son about a photo. 

“If humour is common sense dancing, John Clarke was Nureyev.”– Don McGlashan on the death of John Clarke. 

“…in NZ elections, we all vote then take the ballots—chuck them out—and ask a man called Winston Peters who won.”– Ali Ikram. 

“I’ve not seen the data about the risk factor of death by falling fatty; I’d imagine it’s similar to the risk factor of death by Sharknado.”

– Fat activist and scholar Dr Cat Pause, when asked if fat people are a hazard because they could fall on you.

I’m not sure what the criteria was but for brevity, conviction and passion I would have added Bill English’s line from an eleciton debate – I got up again.


Quote of the day

December 8, 2017

You cannot prepare enough for anything. James Galway who celebrates his 78th birthday today.

Quote of the day

December 7, 2017

When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them. When it has left a place where we have always found it, it is like shipwreck; we drop from security into something malevolent and bottomless.Willa Cather who was born on this day in 1873.

Quote of the day

December 6, 2017

You look at any giant corporation, and I mean the biggies, and they all started with a guy with an idea, doing it well. – Irv Robbins who was born on this day in 1917.

Quote of the day

December 5, 2017

What are heavy? sea-sand and sorrow. What are brief? today and tomorrow. What are frail? spring blossoms and youth. What are deep? the ocean and truth. – Christina Rossetti  who was born on this day in 1830.

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