Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, the most inexhaustible form of magic we have, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it. (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”)
When you come to the fork in the road, take it.
A lot of people try to say Yogi-isms. I don’t even know I say them myself.
Self-expression is a hallmark of an artist, of art, to get something off one’s chest, to sing one’s song. So that element is present in all art. And comedy, although it is not one of the fine arts—it’s a vulgar art, it’s one of the people’s arts, it’s the spoken word, the writing that goes […]
I can remember a reporter asking me for a quote, and I didn’t know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink.
The gun that scatters too much does not bag the birds. The same principle applies to speech. The speaker that fires his force and emphasis at random into a sentence will not get results. Not every word is of special importance—therefore only certain words demand emphasis.
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.
The word “problematic” to me is problematic. I don’t like that word. I don’t like a lot of these weasel words. Problematic. That’s such a cheap way to be enlightened, to find something that’s problematic, probably because somebody did it years ago, when everybody was okay with it, and if you were around then you […]
A woman states, “Dr. Johnson, you smell!” Johnson replies, “No, Madam. You smell, I stink!”
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.