Icebreaker: Got any favorite quotes?

I found a list called “The 25 most popular icebreaker questions based on four years of data“. So I’m gonna post a few, and see what happens.

Your mission: answer the question in the comments with a good story.

If you don’t have a good story, you are encouraged to make one up.

Got any favorite quotes?

Not wanting to incur a copyright suit by copy/pasting the entire Princess Bride script, I’ll go with “You’re gonna need a bigger boat“.

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  1. More quotes than this site can hold, that’s for sure. Anyway I do have a new quote that keeps sticking with me. It is from a Bloodhound gang song, at least how I first heard it.

    She’s hotter than the Sun, just not as bright.


  2. “There are few people whom I really love and still fewer of whom I think well.” – Jane Austen [Pride and Prejudice]

    ‘[N]ever give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in-nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” – Winston Churchill

    “I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)


  3. Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another. – H. L. Mencken

    I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled. – Bertie Wooster, in P. G. Wodehouse’s The Code of the Woosters

    If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life. – Henry David Thoreau, in Walden

    My advice to you is to start drinking heavily. – future US Senator John Blutarsky, in Animal House


    • Oh, now you’ve done it.

      “I don’t get your drift.” “I will continue snowing.” P.G. Wodehouse, Summer Lightning

      “. . . may a nephew’s curse blister every bulb in her garden.” P.G. Wodehouse, Without the Option

      “Then buzz off, and on your way home try if possible to get run over by a motor bus. And may I be there to hear you go pop.” P.G. Wodehouse, Jeeves and the Greasy Bird

      “A roll and butter and a small coffee seemed the only things on the list that hadn’t been specially prepared by the nastier-minded members of the Borgia family for people they had a particular grudge against, so I chose them.” P.G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Springtime

      “Like so many substantial citizens of America, he had married young and kept on marrying, springing from blonde to blonde like the chamois of the Alps leaping from crag to crag.” P.G. Wodehouse, Summer Moonshine

      “It was a nasty look. It made me feel as if I were something the dog had brought in and intended to bury later on, when he had time.” P.G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves

      ” . . . it was easy to see that his privations had tried him sorely. He was looking like a wolf on the steppes of Russia which has seen its peasant shin up a high tree.” P.G. Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves

      “One of the first lessons life teaches us is that on these occasions of back-chat between the delicately-nurtured a man should retire into the offing, curl up in a ball, and imitate the prudent tactics of the opossum, which, when danger is in the air, pretends to be dead, frequently going to the length of hanging out crêpe and instructing its friends to stand round and say what a pity it all is.” P.G. Wodehouse, Very Good, Jeeves

      “ . . . Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoi’s Russian peasants when, after putting in a heavy day’s work strangling his father, beating his wife, and dropping the baby into the city reservoir, he turns to the cupboard, only to find the vodka bottle empty.” P.G. Wodehouse, Jill the Reckless


      • “Odd’s boddikins, Jeeves,” I said, “I am in rare fettle this a.m. Talk about exulting in my youth! I feel up and doing, with a heart for any fate, as Tennyson says.”

        “Longfellow, sir.”

        “Or, if you prefer it, Longfellow. I am in no mood to split hairs. Well, what’s the news?”

        — Jeeves In the Morning


  4. “Dried out Christmas trees can be a fire hazard”

    -neighbor of a friend of mine who was writing a high school paper on fire hazards after lighting a Christmas tree on fire and asking for a quote from his neighbor.


  5. From The Third Man (a quote for all the Trump-haters who may be out there): “Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”



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