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 "Time shall unfold what pleated cunning hides."

    Cordelia, King Lear. 1606



Contrary to popular belief, English women do not wear tweed nightgowns. 

 Hermione Gingold. 1897-1987.


I spent a night with that woman, who said to me...You look like a little boy staring at a jam sandwich.

Edmond de Goncourt. 1822-1896 the morning began my hed to ake and be hevy more then of late, and had some wambling in my stomach. I had broken my fast with sugar sopps...

Dr John Dee. 1527-1609.


He just up and left one day with that box over his head and we haven’t heard from him since.

Kobo Abe. 1924-1993.


When smashing monuments, save the pedestals — they always come in handy.

Stanislaw Lec - Unkempt Thoughts, 1962.


My attitude to the world? I view it as a mess in which the clowns are paid more than they are worth, so I respectfully suggest that when we get going, we get our full share.

George Jean Nathan. 1882-1958


Ignoramus, n. A person unacquainted with certain kinds of knowledge familiar to yourself, and having certain other kinds that you know nothing about. 

Ambrose BierceThe Devil's Dictionary. 1911.


In the majority of cases, conscience is an elastic and very flexible article.

Charles Dickens - The Old Curiosity Shop.1841.


I shouldn't think even millionaires could eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.

Dodie Smith - I Capture The Castle. 1948.


I am still alive then. That may come in useful.

Samuel Beckett - Molloy. 1951.