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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby reohn2 » 9 Nov 2017, 9:32am

Bikewaser
Thanks,that makes it clearer.
As for the doping,IMO it's just become much more subtle and cleverer......
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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby iandriver » 9 Nov 2017, 10:01am

I like my tea the colour of David Dickinson. Anon.
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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby reohn2 » 9 Nov 2017, 10:54am

iandriver wrote:I like my tea the colour of David Dickinson. Anon.

I had to google him to find out who he was :?
I'm now committed to a life where I'll never drink tea with milk in it,which isn't so bad as I dont take milk in my tea anyway.
But I do feel sorry for anyone who does take milk in their tea after reading that quotation :mrgreen:
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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby bikerwaser » 9 Nov 2017, 11:01am

On arriving in the UK Gandhi was asked by a reporter : "what do you think of western civilisation ?"

His reply was : " I think it would be a good idea !"

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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby brynpoeth » 10 Nov 2017, 11:56am

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I can spend hours watching it

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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby djnotts » 10 Nov 2017, 12:22pm

"It's them that dies'll be the lucky ones."

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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby [XAP]Bob » 10 Nov 2017, 12:33pm

If you can keep your head whilst all about you are losing theirs.... then you haven't fully understood the seriousness of the situation.
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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby brynpoeth » 10 Nov 2017, 7:41pm

You can take the boy out of New York [Wales, Scotland...]
But you can't take New York [...] out of the boy
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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby ferrit worrier » 10 Nov 2017, 7:59pm

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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby profpointy » 10 Nov 2017, 8:02pm

I like the Spartan King's reply to a threat from Philip of Macedon "if I enter your city I will raze it"
Reply was short "if"

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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby djnotts » 10 Nov 2017, 8:03pm

Tangled Metal wrote:A long one here!
"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones."
Donald Rumsfeld.



I could never understand the ridicule heaped upon this - it may be inelegant but a simple statement of fact. The mistake is of course the use of "latter" when there are 3 categories!

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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby thirdcrank » 10 Nov 2017, 8:35pm

djnotts wrote: ... I could never understand the ridicule heaped upon this - it may be inelegant but a simple statement of fact. The mistake is of course the use of "latter" when there are 3 categories!


Wasn't it because he was saying it to dodge the question? ie about the stuff that he knew but would rather suppress? The knowns which he wanted to remain as unknown as possible.

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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby Vorpal » 11 Nov 2017, 9:19am

djnotts wrote:
Tangled Metal wrote:A long one here!
"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones."
Donald Rumsfeld.



I could never understand the ridicule heaped upon this - it may be inelegant but a simple statement of fact. The mistake is of course the use of "latter" when there are 3 categories!

It's quite common in American usage for 'latter' to denote that last item of a list. I don't know if it is considered grammatically correct.
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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby Audax67 » 11 Nov 2017, 1:04pm

Chambers cleaves to latter meaning the second of two alternatives, but admits that it does occur in speech as meaning the final item of a list; although it calls such usage "loose".
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Re: Favourite quotations

Postby brynpoeth » 12 Nov 2017, 5:55pm

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