Monday, May 28, 2007

Women talk sense – often
Aside.

Not that I’m sexist or anything but I do believe women - on the whole - are blessed with common sense. Here are a few of my favourite examples and as it’s a gloomy Bank Holiday see if you can match the saying with the author.

A Imagination is the highest kite you can fly.

B You must do things you think you cannot do.

C You will do foolish things but do them with enthusiasm

rmal D Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich

E One is not born a woman, one becomes one.

F Look twice before you leap.

G Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation?

H Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace.

I Reality is something you rise above.

J I don’t need a man to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we’ll ever have is the one with ourselves.

K Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognise and protect and comfort each other.

L One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.

M Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.

N Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese

O When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I haven’t tried before.

P In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on woman.

Q A little of what you fancy does you good.

Now here are the authors but who wrote what?

1. Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actress

2. Anne Sullivan (1866-1936) American educator

3. Margaret Mead(1901-1978) American anthropologist

4. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) American stateswoman

5. Colette (1873-1954) French writer

6. Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) French writer and philosopher

7. Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

8. Jane Austen (1755-1817)

9. Amelia Earhart (1898-1937) American aviator

10. Lisa Minnelli b.1946 American actress

11. Billie Burke (1886-1970) American actress

12. Mae West (1892-1980) American actress

13. Nancy Astor (1879-1964) British politician

14. Shirley Maclaine b.1934 American actress and writer

15. Han Suyin b.1917 Chinese writer and physicisn

16. Marie Lloyd (1870-1922) English entertainer

17. Lauren Bacall b.1924 American actress.

That was fun! Do you have any favourite maxims?

Normal service will be resumed DV on Wednesday with ‘ A Bit of Boating’ Part 2

22 comments:

sablonneuse said...

The only one I know is Marie Lloyd and 'A little of what you fancy does you good.' but the quotes certainly give one something to think about.
Thank you.

PI said...

Sablonneuse: well done! I notice seven out of the seventeen are actresses. Now if only I could do percentages. Eight and a half would be 50^ so say 40% approx. Those Thespians knew a thing or two!

PI said...

That should be 50%!

Z said...

O - "When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I haven’t tried before" - is Mae West.

What great quotations. A good many I haven't heard before.

PI said...

Z you're absolutely right. Glad you like them.

apprentice said...

A man would say why not use only letters or only numbers, but that's just cos men read maps!;)


I love that car shot, and look at those heels. Fabulous.

PI said...

Ouch Anna! You've spotted my un- deliberate mistake.

amy said...

quite a few of those make me go ooh! ooh! i know that one!... but i have a memory like a goldfish, especially for names, so i can't match most of them up.
but One is not born a woman, one becomes one. -- that's de Beauvoir, i'm certain of it. why i'm so certain, i can't say, as i've never actually read her... cultural osmosis, maybe?

i've just found out, in the course of trying to hunt down a reference to attach to it, that one of my favourite ever quotes -- if I can't dance, I don't want to be in your revolution -- was never actually said by Emma Goldman.
it's just a 70s sound-bite paraphrase of a sentiment she expressed.
which is a bit sad.

but there's always Virginia Woolf -- If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

quote-hunting really is a lot of fun -- so thankyou for starting the ball rolling!
i'm really looking forward to seeing what your other readers turn up... and to finding out who said what (i could just google, but where's the suspense in that?).

PI said...

Quite right Amy. Three down fourteen to go.

john.g. said...

'One is not born a woman, one becomes one'.

I chuffing hope not!!!!!! Otherwise I'm in deep sh*t!

Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

Oooh! I love these! I have to get the girls breakfasted but I'll be back in a bit to have a shot.

PI said...

John g: I really needed that chortle! But you are wicked!

Sam: don't be long!

Sim said...

"Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognise and protect and comfort each other." Han Suyin - almost had emblazened across the wedding nupituals.

"I don’t need a man to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we’ll ever have is the one with ourselves." is Shirley Maclaine?? and Girlpants says that "Reality is something you rise above" is Liza Minelli. He's her number one fan since he saw her in Caberet! :)

PI said...

Sim: you are brilliant and so is Girlpants. Congratulations!

Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

Right, well I've spent blimmin ages on this and conclude that I have no idea. 'Twas fun though. Off to look them up.

Nea said...

"Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation?"

By a process of elimination I guessed this was Jane Austen, but I am such a coward, I had to check it first. Or, to put it another way, I am not quite as impulsive as Emma.

Does it still count?

PI said...

Well done Sam for not cheating. Some of them are really difficult.

PI said...

Well done Nea! Of course it counts. We're slowly whittling them down. Only ten more to go and it should be easier now.

Marty: said...

Thanks for the suggestion of Jonny B. I'd never been to that site and I like it. Yours is one of my regular stops!

PI said...

Hi Marty: you're very welcome. Everybody needs a JonnyB to brighten the day.

FOUR DINNERS said...

They're also better drivers than men (apart from indian women in nissan micra's)

PI said...

4d: hope I don't let you down in my forthcoming refresher lessons (driving)