Quotes: Poetry

Adam Ant
Da diddley qa qa da diddley qa qa
Da diddley qa qa da diddley qa qa

From 'Stand and Deliver'.

Energy forecasting was invented to make economic forecasting look good.

Quoted in 'Planetary Economics: Energy, climate change and the three domains of sustainable development', Michael Grubb, 2014.

Jill Archer:
Good Gracious! What has that woman got on her head?

Wedding at Lower Loxley - February 2011.

Rhona Cameron:
Sometimes I'm patronising. Sometimes I'm sarcastic. Sometimes he's (Nigel Benn) hot-headed. Sometimes Nell says nothing. Sometimes Uri dramatises little things like farts like he's an alien who's never seen one before. Sometimes Tony misses things because he's slightly slower. Sometimes Tara is like a child who's never been able to make a cup of tea. Sometimes, sometimes we are all like that, OK? That's life, that's personalities.

This was Rhona being magnificent in the TV program "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!" when tensions between the participants became unbearable for her.

Billy Bragg:
She said it was just a figment of speech.

From 'Walk Away Renee'

Ben Gordon-Smith: 19th Birthday Speech (full text)

Roughly translated, I believe this means "Do ambitious and interesting things".

Ben Gordon-Smith: On technology
Because of predictive text I never give a duck.

2 September 2018

Mary Gordon-Smith: On Philosophers
Their wives would've told them they were wrong, if they had 'em.

18 December 2005

Mary Gordon-Smith: On Artists
Delacroix did a lot of lions biting things.

August 2011

Mary Gordon-Smith: Commenting on the observation that since 1948, the word 'criteria' has been used in both the singular sense and in the plural
'Criterion' now is the name of a cinema.

March 2013

Mary Gordon-Smith: On a certain style of art writing
... all that spiritual airy fairy floating women stuff.

November 2012

Mary Gordon-Smith: On plants pushing through the gaps between paving stones in the garden
We’ve got a better class of weed this year.

June 2021

North Africa Campaign Veteran: In the market square in Sudbury, Suffolk. There was a group of young women in leotards doing energetic excercises. He said:-
We could have done with them in the Western Desert.

circa 1990

Rosie Gordon-Smith: Aged two, on seeing her baby brother Ben for the first time
He's got feet!

Previously it had seemed that all babies consisted of a head wrapped in a blanket.

Rosie Gordon-Smith: On the Christmas 2017 TV Schedule
They haven't really thought about this.
Rosie Gordon-Smith: On Joanna Lumley
If I met her I would curtsy or something.

March 2013

Wenchi Lucas: On buying clothes
Even if it’s new I wash them. Except for socks.

July 2012

Wenchi Lucas: On her current art project
I have painted a Nubian goat.

July 2014

Groucho Marx: On Clubs
I sent the club a wire stating,

Paul R. Halmos: On Set Theory
However important set theory may be now, when it began some scholars considered it a disease from which, it was to be hoped, mathematics would soon recover.

From "Naive Set Theory".

Joni Mitchell: On Love
I remember that time that you told me, you said
Love is touching souls.

From 'A Case of You'.

Viv Stanshall: As Sir Henry, in bulldog mood
Do you know what a palmist once said to me. She said:-

From 'Sir Henry at Rawlinson End'.

Mark Twain: On his father
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he'd learned in seven years.
Rhys Williams: On junk food
My body is a temple but its been taken over by a gang of students.

On first date with Fallon. November 2012