Quote – Unquote


This is probably the ultimate example of writerly indolence, the blogging equivalent of high volume re-tweeting.  My excuse is that with all the sexist menus and military porn ring doing the rounds this week  my brain has turned to blancmange. Whilst my creative muse takes a brief sojourn, I’ve cobbled together a collection of shite that other people have said. Some of its high brow whilst some of its decidedly on the lower end of the spectrum.  Most of it I wish I’d said myself  and there’s one or two lines in here that I dearly wish had been said to me.

Take it away –

I’ve had relations with girls from many nations
I’ve made passes at women of all classes
And just because you’re gay I won’t turn you away
If you stick around I’m sure that we can find some common ground

Sexuality, 1991

Billy Bragg

You're a TWC if ever there were one William.

You’re a TWC if ever there were one William.

We could call order by the name of God, but it would be an impersonal God. There’s not much personal about the laws of physics.


People who brag about their IQs are losers.

Stephen Hawking

Ideology, politics and journalism which luxuriate in failure  are impotent in the face of hope and joy.


Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

PJ O’Rourke

PJ  - yet another TWC

PJ – yet another TWC

Burt Reynolds asked me out once. I was in his room.


Housework can’t kill you but why take a chance?

Phyllis Diller

Phyllis - another Mumabulous role model.

Phyllis – another Mumabulous role model.

“Who’s to say what’s a good voice, and what’s not a good voice? The Voice? Imagine Bob Dylan sitting there singing ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ in front of Christina Aguilera.”

Dave Grohl

Ace & Rachel - lookie here!

Ace & Rachel – lookie here!

Love me Brenda,

Love me sweet,
Never let me go.
You have made my life complete,
And I love you so.

Love me Brenda,
Love me true,
All my dreams fulfilled.
For my darlin I love you,
And I always will.

Tom Hiddleston

Luuuurve, exciting and new. Come aboard. We’re expecting you.

Brenda Mumabulous

“I guess it’s impossible to control all the media… unless of course you’re Rupert Murdoch. He’s one beautiful man”

Montgomery Burns

‘‘Rupert takes Viagra, but he doesn’t really need it’’.

Wendi Deng

“Pre-nup biatch!”

Rupert Murdoch

Separated at birth (from the Huffington Post UK)

Separated at birth (from the Huffington Post UK)

If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.


This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force

Dorothy Parker

How can you NOT like this woman?

How can you NOT like this woman?

This post is fast becoming a flimsy excuse to post crumpet.

This piece is fast becoming a flimsy excuse to post TWC

“One rarely falls in love without being as much attracted to what is interestingly wrong with someone as what is objectively healthy.”

Alain De Botton

TWC is what's happening here right?

TWC is what’s happening here right?

Does your mother know you weareth the drapes?

Iron Man to Thor

On second thoughtsTWC isn't necessarily what's happening here.

On second thoughts, TWC isn’t necessarily what’s happening here.

The reason you haven’t felt it is because it doesn’t exist. What you call love was invented by guys like me to sell nylons.

Don Draper

Surely no one objects to seeing Jon Hamm again on this blog.

Surely no one objects to seeing Jon Hamm again on this blog.

You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain
Too much love drives a man insane
Mumabs broke my will, oh what a thrill

Michael Fassbender

Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire !

Brenda Mumabulous

You underestimate the power of the Dark Side.

Darth Vader

Mumabs is certainly on the dark side.

Mumabs is certainly on the dark side.

Got any favorites you’d care to share with me?



8 thoughts on “Quote – Unquote

  1. I’m not sure what TWC stands for, but I need to speak up as a fellow Billy Bragg fan.
    I haven’t seen that Dorothy Parker “too flicking busy” quote before, but I love it, and will find a way to use it soon!
    I used to foll

    • Damn, hit the wrong button! Was going to that I used to follow Alain de Boton on Twitter but every post was a deep thought hoping someone would pick it up as a clever witticism. I don’t know, maybe that’s the way it’s done, but for me it has devalued his “sayings” a bit.

      • Sorry I should have specified – TWC is a Thinking Woman’s Crumpet – a man you can admire for his intellect, charisma and humor. The polar opposite of the TWC is the BDC – Big Dumb Crumpet who simply lets his abs do the talking.

  2. Monty Burns has all the best lines. Although TWC he is NOT!

  3. I love a fabulous quote! Here’s one I prepared earlier:
    “…it will not do Marti. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
    Colin Firth.
    “Aw! Go on then!”
    Me (to Colin Firth)

  4. As always, the lovely Grohly is dead right. Many years ago, the last time I watched a few minutes of one of those bloody awful talent shows, I remember thinking how many fantastic talents would never have made it past those wittering fools of judges. Dave Grohl, brains, talent AND beauty. He’s the whole package 🙂

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