Quotes of the weekend

Sometimes your weekend contains more than one bloggable quote.

This was one of those weekends.

There was this one from the Tall Accountant on his changing dietary habits in middle age:

I’m hovering at the apex point of chips.

For the record, fast food burgers have already gone over the edge, but a decent thin crust pizza is still well within the safety zone.

And then from Friday evening, while descending the back of Table Mountain on a Cub sunset hike, a little voice (7 or 8 years old) piped up from just behind us:

My Dad’s nickname for my Mum is ‘Sparklepuss’.

Ok then. Out of the mouths of babes, eh?

Slackbladder’s best lines

Incoming via email this weekend, this 2013 Daily Telegraph article claims to have assembled (although we’ve fallen foul of these list things before) the Top 30 lines ever uttered by any of the Blackadder clan.

Some appropriate for January:

I’m as poor as a church mouse, that’s just had an enormous tax bill on the very day his wife ran off with another mouse, taking all the cheese.

Some useful for insulting people of social media:

You ride a horse rather less well than another horse would. Your brain would make a grain of sand look large and ungainly and the part of you that can’t be mentioned, I am reliably informed by women around the Court, wouldn’t be worth mentioning even if it could be.

And plenty – plenty – about his sidekick’s infamous best ideas:

Baldrick, you wouldn’t recognise a subtle plan if it painted itself purple and danced naked on a harpsichord singing ‘subtle plans are here again’.

Lots more to see here.

QOTD No.549

Here’s one that I saw recently. It’s from Blaise Pascal, 16th Century French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian:

All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.

It’s a rather simplistic outlook on life, but I am kinda inclined to agree. Although I’m wondering if there’s a TV in the room (and wi-fi?) because there’s more to life than just not deriving misery.
It does seem like I’m advocating a monastic lifestyle, which I’m not, but you rarely see a crying monk, do you?

Just saying.

Blaise Pascal also gave us some equally salient, but far more important quotes, pertinent to the present day, like:

Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.

and the chilling observation that:

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.

Blaise Pascal knew his stuff.