Commonplace Book

Commonplace Book

A commonplace book is scrapbook of ideas, thoughts, quotations and other things of interest to the collector. This one shall be used mainly for the collection of quotations and poetry.

"Marriage principly teaches the tougher virtues—such as humility, restraint, order, and forethought."
 - Rudyard Kipling

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried."
- Chesterton

[on being asked why she married me]
"Because you asked - you fool."
- Mrs Kinch

"Each flea's a lover,
not a friend,
and fleas like lovers must offend,
but to a flea each lover's a tasty meal.
Don't lovers get a lousy deal!"
- Guilliame Appolinaire (unpublished translation by Peter Denman)

"Extraordinary how potent cheap music is."
- Noel Coward

"There is no sound more like a soul in torment then the scream of a mother that has lost her child."
Garda Pat Harty

"Children always put manners on you because they are never perfect."
Garda Pat Harty

"Opportunity doesn't grow on trees, it lives down holes."
- Capability Savage

The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stewart Mill 1806 -1873

"No politics without dirty hands."
- Sartre

"Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours."
- Saint Teresa of Avila

"I am not fighting a hopeless fight. People who have fought in real fights don't, as a rule."
- Chesterton

"The great thing about a yard stick is that it is only three feet tall, so most of us measure up."
- Capability Savage

"Character trumps intelligence nine times out of ten."
- Unknown

"Those who abjure violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf."
-George Orwell

"Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood."
- Oscar Wilde


  1. Age and Treachery will always overcome Youth and Skill

  2. "If you find you don't get on with someone, walk a mile in their shoes. Then they will be a mile away, and you will have there shoes."
    - my Mum.

  3. "I've never wished death on anyone; but I have read the obituaries with approval."
    -Mark Twain