Reflections on Quotations

“I hope you’ve lost your good looks, for while they last any fool can adore you, and the adoration of fools is bad for the soul. No, give me a ruined complexion and a lost figure and sixteen chins on a farmyard of crow’s feet and an obvious wig. Then you shall see me coming out strong.”

George Bernard Shaw to Mrs. Patrick Campbell

Didn’t she have a name of her own? That’s how she’s remembered to this day, other then the fact that Mr. Shaw wrote the role of Eliza Doolittle especially for her. Mrs. Patrick Campbell was a famous stage actress of her time, and from what I’ve read of her, she must have been a hell of a person to hang out with. To think, George Bernard Shaw respected her, probably even loved her…yup, she must have been a woman to beat all women.

There’s going to be some sort of “Words of wisdom” talkathon at TIP by the end of this month, so I’ve been looking through my brother’s quote book. Some are pretty interesting though whether they’re words of wisdom is another matter. This for example:

“We’re all hookers. What matters is dignity.” Mike Farren

When my internet returns I’ll look him up. He must have been an embarrassment to his grandmother.

According to mine, girls should believe in the stork theory until the day before their marriage. Then you let the bricks fall on their head. My mother gets quite upset when I talk about my wedding. It seems the topic is taboo. I wonder what I’d be like if I hadn’t taken O’level biology…probably looking through cabbage patches in hope of seeing a baby sprout out of the ground.

“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” Hubert Humphrey

“We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity—romantic love and gunpowder” André Maurois

Romantic love isn’t a Christian invention. According to Rizwanullah Khan, it was basically a Muslim concept. Chivalry or ‘javanmardi’ started with the Arabs as did the idea of love at first sight. Since Arab culture entails complete separation of men and women in their daily lives, people rarely fell in love with each other, rather they were in love with the idea of being in love. And of course, since it’s easier to sacrifice oneself for an ideal rather than an actual flesh and blood person who probably snorts when laughing or is obnoxious and thus romantic love, love at first sight, knights in white armor, preux chevaliers and that damned Valentine ’s Day were born.

type chivalry and you get pictures like this. type javanmardi and you get people’s adresses. Islam needs a publicist.

2 more days…i wonder if I’ll I get any flowers this year?

3 Responses to “Reflections on Quotations”
  1. Majaz says:

    Hira, you must post again.

    The world is in dire need of some sardonic lines of hope.

  2. shehryar says:

    “islam needs a publicist” …………..u need to write ur OWN quotation book! 😀


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