Literary Liaisons, Wily Wordplay

Wily Wordplay – From Philosophers

And now here are some wise words from people much smarter than myself. 1.“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates 2.“The brave man is he who overcomes not only his enemies but his pleasures” – Democritus 3.It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. ~Epictetus 4.The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. -Herbert Spencer 5.“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things” – René Descartes 6.“It is the mark of an…

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Wily Wordplay – Insults

Everybody loves a good insult. Here are some of my favorites. 1.“Thou art a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave; a lily-liver’d, action-taking, whoreson, glass-gazing, superserviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mungril bitch.” King Lear, William Shakespeare 2.“The simplicity of your character makes you exquisitely incomprehensible to me.” The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde 3.“If you will forgive me for being personal, I do not like your…

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Wily Wordplay- On War

With the specter of war hanging over the Korean Penninsula, it seemed appropriate to share some quotes that are pertinent to the decisions that will need to be made in the months to come. I do not agree with every sentiment expressed here but found these all worthy of discussion. 1.”The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” -Sun Tzu 2. “War does not determine who is right – only who is left.” -Bertrand Russell 3. “All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.” ― John Steinbeck 4. “I am tired and…

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Wily Wordplay- On Life

Life is Hard. Here are some quotes about it. 1.“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss 2.“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ― George Bernard Shaw 3.“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ― Mark Twain 4.“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”― Oscar Wilde 5.“You get what anybody gets – you get a lifetime.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes 6.“It is not the length of…

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Wily Wordplay- On Time

Time is both an immutable universal constant and a completely arbitrary human construct. To celebrate this paradox I thought I would share with you some of my favorite quotes about Time. 1.“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring 2.“Time is a game played beautifully by children.” ― Heraclitus, Fragments 3.“The…

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Wily Wordplay- On Nature

With everything going on in the world, I thought it might be the appropriate time to take a step back and reconnect with nature. And, since you and I both seemed to be attached to our computers at the moment, I’ve come up with my favorite ten quotes about nature to give us at least a minor respite. Enjoy! 1.“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson 2.“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”  ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden 3.Look…

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Wily Wordplay- Cheesy Pickup Lines

Hey everybody! With the world being such a serious place right now I thought it would be fun to take a break from the depressing and have a bit of a laugh. How you may ask? Why with cheesy pickup lines of course. So here is a list of some of my favorite one-liners to try out on that certain guy or gal who has caught your eye. (Disclaimer: None of these lines have been known to work. Ever.) I’m Mr. Right, someone said you were looking for me? I’m sorry, were you talking to me? [No] Well then, please…

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Wily Wordplay: Shakespeare Quotes

As many of you know my first novel The Seeker will be released this Friday, July 31st. As such I thought I would treat you all to some of my favorite quotes from the greatest author of all-time the Bard of Bards: Mr. William Shakespeare. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” ― As You Like It “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” ― Julius Caesar “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” ― Hamlet “Oft…

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Wily Wordplay- On Love

Greeting Readers!!! After a bit of a break I’m back and what better way to ease back into a routine than with another edition of Wily Wordplay. And considering last week’s landmark Supreme Court decision our topic for today seemed like a no-brainer. So here they are in no particular order my favorite ten quotes about Love: “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”                  ― Dr. Seuss “Where there is love there is life.” ― Mahatma Gandhi “It is best to…

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Wily Wordplay- Opening Lines

It’s Monday here at the Eclectic Eccentric and the start of the work week for most of you out in the world so I thought as a little bit of extra motivation for both you and for me I would share some of my favorite opening lines in all of literature in this month’s edition of Wily Wordplay. As always the quotes are in no particular order. Enjoy! “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”- Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I…

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