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Observations by and for the vaguely disenchanted.
Risking the wrath of the whatever
from high atop the thing.
Published Monday-Thursday. Usually.
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A non-native English speaking friend of my was complaining about the behavior of relatives whose loyalty was questionable when situations threatened their perceived well-being.
"I can't trust them," he said. "They're playing both sides of the chicken."
My mind decoded the mixed metaphor as a combination of playing chicken and being on both sides of the fence. But I also started giggling, trying to imagine how one would play both sides of a chicken and, more precisely, why you would want to do so.
Giggling still, waiting for a chance to use that phrase during a conversation and see the reaction...
Each fall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, football fans
cheer for their favorite irrational number: "Cosine, secant, tangent,
sine, three point one four one five nine!"
Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change
color and fall from the trees.
Ah, the gap between expectation and achievement is filled with the
screams of good men, still falling.
All through history it's the nations that have given most to generals
and the least to the people that have been the first to fall.
-Harry S. Truman
Attempted assassinations are the accidents of kings, just as falling
chimneys are the accidents of masons. If we must weep, let us weep for
Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position
falls, your ego goes with it.
Be aware that a halo has to fall only a few inches to be a noose.
Character is made by what you stand for; reputation, by what you fall
I hate when my foot falls asleep during the day because it means it's
going to be up all night.
I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you
If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, is Bambi squashed
beneath it any less dead?
If I must fall, may it be from a high place.
If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will
fall by the hands of the clergy.
-General Marquisde Lafayette
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am
persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is a horizontal fall.
Man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens.
-Alphonse de Lamartine
Man never falls so low that he can see nothing higher than himself.
Many a man who falls in love with a dimple make the mistake of marrying
the whole girl.
Night is falling: at dusk, you must have good eyesight to be able to
tell the Good Lord from the Devil.
Old age is not an accomplishment; it is just something that happens to
you despite yourself, like falling downstairs.
-Robert A. Heinlein
On the fall of an oak every man gathers wood.
One of the main causes of the fall of the Roman Empire was that, lacking
zero, they had no way to indicate successful termination of their C
Only when a tree has fallen can you take a measure of it. It is the same
with a man.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
People who wrestle with their consciences usually go for two falls out
Politics is like a race horse. A good jockey must know how to fall with
the least possible damage.
Romance without finance is a nuisance. Few men value free merchandise.
Let the chippies fall where they may.
Running a ball club is like raising kids who fall out of trees.
The bigger they come, the harder they fall on you.
-John Alejandro King (The Covert Comic)
The hardest tumble one can take is to fall over his own bluff.
The highlight of my baseball career came in Philadelphia's Connie Mack
Stadium when I saw a fan fall out of the upper deck. When he got up and
walked away, the crowd booed.
The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight
The shah always falls in the end, Saddam always turns on you, and the
Saudis always betray you. If we support evil, the long-term price is
almost always too high.
-Ralph Peters, Lt. Col. (Ret)
The sooner you fall behind, the more time you will have to catch up.
(Sign in NASA Onboard Shuttle Software Group)
There is wonder and a certain wicked pleasure in these giddy ascents and
terrible falls, especially as they happen to other people.
-John Kenneth Galbraith
Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
We see men fall from high estate on account of the very faults through
which they attained it.
-Jean de la Bruyere
Whosoever shall not fall by the sword or by famine, shall fall by
pestilence; so why bother shaving?
You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.
You fall out of your mother's womb, you crawl across open country under
fire, and drop into your grave.
You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.