Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fun Quotations for Spelling Dictation

, Comprehension Exercises, Fluency Practice Readings, a Basis for discussion as to the “correctness” of the attitude displayed, or just plain fun

ability Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space. — Rebecca West

abstract Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered. — Al Capp

advertising Advertising is legalized lying. — H. G. Wells

advertising Advertising is the rattling of stick inside a swill bucket. — George Orwell

advice Advice to persons about to marry. Don't. — Punch

advice I give advice. All you do is criticize. — R.J.

afraid It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens. — Woody Allen

animal Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile. — Albert Schweitzer

aversion My only aversion to vice is the price. —Victor Buono

badly If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly. — G. K. Chesterton

bank A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain. — Robert Frost

Bible It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me; it's the parts that I do understand. — Mark Twain

bore Bore, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen. — Ambrose Bierce

brothers That all men should be brothers is the dream of people who have no brothers. — Charles Chincholles

children I love children especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away. — Nancy Mitford

Christian Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than going to the garage makes you a car. — Laurence J. Peter

conclusion If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion. — George Bernard Shaw

conscience Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends. — H. L. Mencken

country The country has charms only for those not obliged to stay there. — Edouard Manet

country Diplomacy is the patriotic art of lying for one's country. — Ambrose Bierce

courage Courage is the fear of being thought a coward. — Horace Smith

criminal It could probably by shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress. — Mark Twain

cynic A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. — H. L. Mencken

cynic A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. — Oscar Wilde

decide A jury is a set of twelve people chosen to decide who has the better lawyer. — Robert Frost.

democracy Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. — H. L. Mencken

difference There is one difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist—the taxidermist leaves the hide. — Mortimer Caplin

doctor God heals, and the doctor takes the fee. — Benjamin Franklin

enemies Even paranoids have real enemies. — Delmore Schwartz

enemies One should forgive one's enemies, but not before they are hanged. — Heinrich Heine

enemies Always forgive enemies—nothing annoys them so much. — Oscar Wilde

Equality Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact. — Honoré de Balzac

equality The equality in law forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. — Anatole France

Exercise Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don't need it; if you are sick, you shouldn't take it. — Henry Ford

experience We learn from experience that men never learn from experience. — George Bernard Shaw

experience We all learn from experience but some of us have to go to summer school. — Peter De Vries

fight The way to fight a woman is with your hat. Grab it and run. — John Barrymore

freedom Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one. — A. J. Liebling

government A government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top. — James Reston

government Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed. — I. F. Stone

habit Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. — Jules Renard.

hanging Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns. He should be drawn and quoted. — Fred Allen

happiness Happiness is not something you experience; it's something you remember. -- Oscar Levant

headache If the headache would only come before the drinking, drinking would be a virtue. -- Samuel Butler

health Health food makes me sick. — Calvin Trilling

history History is a set of lies agreed upon. — Napoleon Bonaparte

history History repeats itself; that' one of the things wrong with history. — Clarence Darrow

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