Monday 24 March 2008


new pearls can now be found in the posts section

The best way to make God laugh is to have a well-constructed plan (Myron Rolle)

The name, the ring, all that stuff - there was nothing wrong with any of it. It was the husband bit that was wrong

The best thing in the world is when the person you love loves you (Eddie, played by Timothy Spall, in Jimmy McGovern's wonderful T.V. Drama 'The Street')

Democracy has to be more than two wolves and a sheep discussing what they're going to have for dinner

"Do you know why an advertising man won't look out of the window in the morning?" Jeremy Clarkson
"No." James May
"Because he'd have nothing to do in the afternoon." Jeremy Clarkson
(Taken from Top Gear - such a deliciously un-politically-correct TV programme)

I am who I am (God)

"How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean" (Arthur C Clarke)

"Sometimes I think we're alone in this universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering" (Arthur C Clarke)

"The best stories achieve a balance between enlightenment and entertainment" (Arthur C Clarke)

There's always a loose link in the chain (Lester Freaman in The Wire)

Celebrity should be traded on the stock exchange - it's a very tangible thing (Wendell Pierce who plays The Bunk in The Wire)Life has its own way of finding tasks for you

It's difficult to make predictions, particularly about the future

If you can read and have the will, you can accomplish anything (Jenny Kingsley in Pen Pusher)

A culture is no better than its woods (W H Auden)

A hero is some-one who saves you and we all need a hero, whether we know it or not

If you spoil your children, you weaken their character

Better the difficult wrong than the easy right

It's better to be a small fish in a big pond than a big fish in a small pond and both are infinitely better than being a fish, either small or big, without a pond

An unexamined life is a life not worth living (Socrates)

Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principle one was that they escaped teething (Mark Twain)

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain that they are their own (Socrates)

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, and that's what parents were created for (Ogden Nash)

You can't reason with ignorance (I made this up and it's heartfelt!)

A genuine Christian is someone who aspires to perfection but accepts that it is only possible with the help of Jesus Christ (and that's only after you've died) (a profound pearl and one I made up myself and believe )

Happiness is not getting what you want - it's accepting what you've got (BBC1 Spooks)

Either every-one matters or no-one matters (BBC1 Spooks)

The cause of death is birth (appeals to my particular, some would say, warped sense of humour)

The pragmatist's epitaph: I did my bit as best I could and you can't say fairer than that

I'll say this for Greek men - they have good teeth

If you only got one shot, one opportunity, would you capture it ... or just let it slip away? (Eminem 2003)

There's always hope where there are good people around

"The job isn't about picking the story we life best." (Detective Bunk - The Wire)

"You cannot lose if you do not play." (Colonel Daniels - The Wire)

"If you play in dirt, you get dirty" (Police Officer McNulty - The Wire)

The truth is the truth and sometimes it's a bitter pill

The devil triumphs when good men do nothing

Teenagers are indeed God's punishment for having sex

Better to be mutton dressed as lamb than mutton dressed as mutton

"Early bird...dead worm" (Marlo (gangster/drug dealer - The Wire)

"I want all the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any." (Mahatma Gandhi)

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