anecdotes

A Quote by Valentine Blacker on anecdotes, certainty, enemies, fanaticism, god, mind, trust, and words

Put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry. note: There is a well-authenticated anecdote of Cromwell. On a certain occasion, when his troops were about crossing a river to attack the enemy, he concluded an address, couched in the usual fanatic terms in use among them, with these words: "Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry!"

Valentine Blacker (1778 - 1823)

Source: Edward Hayes, Ballads of Ireland,1856, Oliver’s Advice

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A Quote by unknown on anecdotes, biography, and worth

One personal anecdote of a man is worth a volume of biography.

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A Quote by Sylvia Townsend Warner on anecdotes, fortune, leadership, mathematics, and theology

Theology, Mr. Fortune found, is a more accommodating subject than mathematics; its technique of exposition allows greater latitude. For instance when you are gravelled for matter there is always the moral to fall back upon. Comparisons too may be drawn, leading cases cited, types and antetypes analysed and anecdotes introduced. Except for Archimedes mathematics is singularly naked of anecdotes.

Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893 - 1978)

Source: Mr. Fortune's Maggot.

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A Quote by Robert Fulghum on anecdotes, hope, ideas, justice, life, progress, words, work, and writing

If you notice phrases, ideas, and anecdotes that closely resemble those that appear elsewhere in my writing, it's not a matter of sloppy editing. I'm repeating myself. I'm reshuffling words in the hope that just once I might say something exactly right. And I'm still wrestling with dilemmas that are not easily resolved or easily dismissed. I run at them again and again because I am not finished with them. Any may never be. Work-in- progress on a life-in-progress is what my writing is about. And some progress in the work is enough to keep it going on.

Robert Fulghum (1937 -)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on anecdotes, hope, learning, men, poetry, spontaneity, thought, traditions, virtue, and wit

Men grind and grind in the mill of a truism, and nothing comes out but what was put in. But the moment they desert the tradition for a spontaneous thought, then poetry, wit, hope, virtue, learning, anecdote, and all flock to their aid.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Literary Ethics. 1838.

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A Quote by Josiah Quincy on ability, anecdotes, approval, argument, cities, conversation, day, determination, fame, good, journeys, justice, laws, lawyers, libraries, money, preparation, presidency, time, and work

Josiah Quincy, one-time mayor of Boston and president of Harvard University, recalled: "I will repeat an anecdote which I think Daniel Webster gave at a dinner, though, as I made no note of it, it is just possible that he told it in my presence at some later date. The conversation was running upon the importance of doing small things thoroughly and with the full measure of one's ability. This Webster illustrated by an account of some petty insurance case that was brought to him when a young lawyer in Portsmouth. Only a small amount was involved, and a twenty-dollar fee was all that was promised. "He saw that, to do his clients full justice, a journey to Boston, to consult the law library, would be desirable. He would be out of pocket by such an expedition, and for his time he would receive no adequate compensation. After a little hesitation he determined to do his very best, cost cost what it might. He accordingly went to Boston looked up the authorities, and gained the case. "Years after this, Webster, then famous, was passing through New York City. An important insurance case was to be tried the day after his arrival, and one of the counsel had been suddenly taken ill. Money was no object, and Webster was begged to name his terms and conduct the case. " 'I told them,' Mr. Webster, 'that it was preposterous to prepare a legal argument at a few hours' notice. They insisted, however, that I should look at the papers; and this after some demur, I consented to do. Well, it was my old twenty-dollar case over again, and as I never forget anything, I had all the authorities at my fingers' ends. The Court knew that I had no time to prepare, and was astonished at the range of my acquirements. So, you see, I was handsomely paid both in fame and money for that journey to Boston; and the moral is that good work is rewarded in the end, though, to be sure, one's self-approval should be enough.'"

Josiah Quincy (1744 - 1775)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on anecdotes, conversation, maxims, and world

Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place in conversation.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Gilbert Burnet on anecdotes, men, people, and religion

An anecdote is related of Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper (1621-1683), who, in speaking of religion, said, "People differ in their discourse and profession about these matters, but men of sense are really but of one religion." To the inquiry of "What religion?" the Earl said, "Men of sense never tell it."

Gilbert Burnet (1643 - 1715)

Source: History of my own Times, vol. i. p. 175, note (edition 1833).

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A Quote by Edward Morgan "E. M." Forster on anecdotes, good, and logic

Riposte of "that old lady in the anecdote who was accused by her nieces of being illogical," Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish! How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?

E.M. Forster (1879 - 1970)

Source: Aspects of the Novel, ch. 5, "The Plot," 1927.

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A Quote by Anita Brookner on anecdotes, biography, men, simplicity, thought, and women

Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.

Anita Brookner (1938 -)

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