Subject: Communication

Alas: Early Victorian for, “Oh, Hell.”

Life is fraught with opportunities to keep your mouth shut.

(1874 – 1965) British prime minister, politician, statesman & orator

Television has raised writing to a new low.

(1879 – 1974) film producer

Barber: The town cutup.

With the birth of a child you lose two novels.

(1955 – ) Scottish writer

Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.

(1709 – 1784) English author, essayist, critic, editor & lexicographer

Patience: A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.

(1842 – 1914) author & satirist

When he was vice president and Reagan would be talking, it was so funny 'cause you could catch Bush sitting behind Reagan, looking at him like your dog looks at your answering machine when your voice is coming out.

(1955 – ) American actor, stand-up comedian & impressionist

She needs open-heart surgery, and they should go in through her feet.

(1935 – ) British actress, singer & author

The worst feature of a new baby is its mother’s singing.

(1868 – 1930) cartoonist, humorist & journalist

Invitation is the sincerest form of flattery.


Some people talk in their sleep; lecturers talk while other people sleep.

(1913 – 1960) French-Algerian author, philosopher & journalist

A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption.

(1894 – 1961) author, cartoonist & humorist

Let me ask you… would crack be so bad, and would people think so harshly of crack, if it were called 'crackle'?

(1968 – ) American actor & comedian

One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.

(1946 – ) 43rd U.S. president

Everything can be solved through civilized dialogue and implied agony.

online cartoonist

The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.

(1818 – 1885) humorist

I didn’t say that I didn’t say it, I said that I didn’t say that I said it; I want to make that very clear.

(1907 – 1995) U.S. governor (Michigan)

Abbreviation: Long word with, ironically, no obvious shorter alternative.

British writer, cartoonist, poet & performer

If I rescued a child from drowning, the press would no doubt headline the story: ‘Benn Grabs Child.’

(1925 – ) British politician & peace activist

I'm not much of a storyteller… interesting how that all started…

Canadian stand-up comedian, actor & writer
The Literacy Site