Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blasts on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us. Forward!
Walt Kelly, The Pogo Papers
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
The Princess Bride, 1987
It is not necessarily a mischievous question to ask whether sugar damaged English cooking, or whether English cooking in the seventeenth century had more need of sugar than French.
Sidney W. Mintz, Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History
And if California slides into the ocean
Like the mystics and statistics say it will
I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill
Warren Zevon, “Desperados Under the Eaves”
Yesterday the devil came here. Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today.
Hugo Chavez, speaking after George W. Bush at the United Nations in 2006
All the “animosity” between Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela and the United States didn’t stop them from selling oil to us, or us from buying it.
I do not care if some professor in some rabbit warren of a concrete university office building calls my thinking inexact and sentimental. Sentiment— call it love— for the wild is ultimately why Will and I became rangers. Sentiment is why any of us bother to raise children, who sometimes don’t appreciate what we do; why we care tenderly for elderly parents after age has deprived them of the memory of our names. It is why we try to salvage the juvenile delinquent, the alcoholic, the drug addict. Without it we are not human.
Jordan Fisher Smith, Nature Noir
I played with grim determination, Jim.
Warren Zevon, Piano Fighter
Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
See how our slaves live!
I don’t know karate, but I know ka-razy!
James Brown, “The Big Payback”
Mocha! Polka! Patriotic tapioca…
Dat’s what is my Iaccoca!
Berke Breathed, Bloom County
He ate them roasted, grilled, and frito! Oh what a horror was Pepito!
Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline and the Bad Hat
As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.
James Madison, The Federalist No. 10