Julie Burchill: Pretty faces


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It has been said that a pretty face is a passport. But it’s not, it’s a visa, and it runs out fast. –Julie Burchill, writer and journalist (b. 1959)


George Wharton James: Slaves to indoor life

What a pitiable thing it is that our civilization can do no better for us than to make us slaves to indoor life, so that we have to go and take artificial exercise in order to preserve our health. -George Wharton James, journalist, author, and speaker (1858-1923).

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr: Three characters

Every man possesses three characters: that which he exhibits, that which he really has, and that which he believes he has. -Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, novelist and journalist (1808-1890).

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Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr: 240 x 187 mm, Kollodium auf Glas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jacob A Rits: Stone-cutting

When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stone-cutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it would split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before together. -Jacob A. Riis, journalist and social reformer (1849-1914)

Irvin S. Cobb: Writers as businessmen

If writers were good businessmen, they’d have too much sense to be writers. –Irvin S. Cobb, author and journalist (1876-1944)

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English: Caricature of Irvin S. Cobb (1876-1944) by James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Norman Cousins: Transcendental obligations

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All men — whether they go by the name of Americans or Russians or Chinese or British or Malayans or Indians or Africans — have obligations to one another that transcend their obligations to their sovereign societies. –Norman Cousins, author, editor, journalist and professor (1915-1990)

Sydney J Harris: Patriotism

“Patriotism is proud of a country’s virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country’s virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, “the greatest”, but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is.” –Sydney J. Harris, journalist and author (1917-1986)