Famous Quotes


The book Paul Clifford is the source of the phrase “It was a dark and stormy night”.  The full first opening line of the book is:

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.



Buckminster Fuller on verbs: “God, to me, it seems, is a verb, not a noun, proper or improper.”  (Courtesy of Constance Fuller in Vex, hex, Smash, smooch.)


John Keats: “‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”, from Ode on a Grecian Urn. The first portion was the motto of the Katherine Branson School (now the Branson School) in Marin County, the high school attended by Julia Child.

Gordon Family

“Would I put you on the wrong train?”  (Answer: yes, though not intentionally)

“dumbpoo, dumbpoo, dumbpoo” – muttered while shuffling along looking for small, offending pebbles to kick

“Cooookkiiee” – a loud statement which echoed through the emptying galleries of the Uffizi in Florence, Italy

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