Quotations About / On: TODAY

  • 11.
    Today's comedian has a cross to bear that he built himself. A comedian of the older generation did an "act" and he told the audience, "This is my act." Today's comic is not doing an act. The audience assumes he's telling the truth. What is truth today may be a damn lie next week.
    (Lenny Bruce (1925-1966), U.S. satirical comedian. "Performing and the Art of Comedy," The Essential Lenny Bruce, ed. John Cohen (1967).)
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  • 12.
    Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art—or almost the only stuff.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Oct. 9, 1916. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 2, eds. George J. Zytaruk and James T. Boulton (1981). See Lawrence on censorship.)
  • 13.
    The ancients, sir, are the ancients, and we are the people of today.
    (Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Angélique, in The Imaginary Invalid (Le Malade Imaginaire), act 2, sc. 6 (1673). Angélique responds to a citation of ancient authority.)
  • 14.
    In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.
    (Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, "A Biologist's Thoughts," ch. 10 (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).)
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  • 15.
    White males are the most responsible for the destruction of human life and environment on the planet today.
    (Robin Morgan (b. 1941), U.S. author, feminist, and child actor. Goodbye to All That (January 1970).)
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  • 16.
    The trouble with the young people today is that it is they who are young.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 17.
    The greatest block today in the way of woman's emancipation is the church, the canon law, the Bible and the priesthood.
    (Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), U.S. suffragist, social reformer, and author. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 1, by Ida Husted Harper (1922). From a paper sent to the thirty-third annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association and read aloud on May 30, 1901, by her longtime colleague and closest friend, Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906). At this point, Anthony and Stanton, both in their eighties, were "Honorary Presidents" of the Association. Anthony had opposed Stanton's submitting this paper, urging her instead to send one of her usual rousing arguments on behalf of suffrage. Stanton refused, saying that such statements were passe; creator of a controversial Woman's Bible (1895-1898), she had become very interested in the roles played by theology and the church in suppressing women's rights.)
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  • 18.
    The meaning of today will not be clear until tomorrow.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 19.
    If we did not have such a thing as an airplane today, we would probably create something the size of N.A.S.A. to make one.
    (H. Ross Perot (b. 1930), U.S. business executive, presidential candidate 1992. quoted in Newsweek (New York, Dec. 1, 1986).)
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  • 20.
    Never burn bridges. Today's junior prick, tomorrow's senior partner.
    (Kevin Wade, U.S. screenwriter, and Mike Nichols. Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), in Working Girl (film) (1988).)
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