„Circus, n. A place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women and children acting the fool.“

—  Ambrose Bierce, könyv The Devil's Dictionary

The Devil's Dictionary (1911)

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Ambrose Bierce fénykép
Ambrose Bierce18
1842 - 1914

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John F. Kennedy fénykép

„We have all seen these circus elephants complete with tusks, ivory in their head and thick skins, who move around the circus ring and grab the tail of the elephant ahead of them.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963

Comments on members of the Republican party, in Remarks at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California (2 November 1960) http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/Ready-Reference/JFK-Quotations.aspx; Box 914, Senate Speech Files, John F. Kennedy Papers, Pre-Presidential Papers, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Navjot Singh Sidhu fénykép

„It is better to ride a pony than a horse which throws you.“

—  Navjot Singh Sidhu Indian cricketer and politician 1963

Referring to Dinesh Mongia, who was like a reliable pony than Sachin Tendulkar who at that time, was more like an unreliable horse, on a television broadcast (11 July 2002), during a one day match with Sri Lanka in England.

Robert A. Heinlein fénykép
Ramakrishna fénykép

„Four blind men went to see an elephant.“

—  Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886

Saying 6; this is a variant of widely used teaching anecdotes of India involving blind men and an elephant.
Râmakrishna : His Life and Sayings (1898)
Kontextus: Four blind men went to see an elephant. One touched the leg of the elephant, and said, "The elephant is like a pillar." The second touched the trunk, and said, "The elephant is like a thick stick or club." The third touched the belly, and said, "The elephant is like a big jar." The fourth touched the ears, and said, "The elephant is like a winnowing basket." Thus they began to dispute amongst themselves as to the figure of the elephant. A passer-by seeing them thus quarrelling, said, "What is it that you are disputing about?" They told him everything, and asked him to arbitrate. That man said, "None of you has seen the elephant. The elephant is not like a pillar, its legs are like pillars. It is not like a big water-vessel, its belly is like a water-vessel. It is not like a winnowing basket, its ears are like winnowing baskets. It is not like a thick stick or club, but its proboscis is like that. The elephant is the combination of all these." In the same manner those quarrel who have seen one aspect only of the Deity.... Different creeds are but different paths to reach the Almighty.

Margaret Mead fénykép

„A city must be a place where groups of women and men are seeking and developing the highest things they know.“

—  Margaret Mead American anthropologist 1901 - 1978

Forrás: 1970s, Margaret Mead: Some Personal Views (1979), p. 118

William Penn fénykép

„Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.“

—  William Penn English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania 1644 - 1718

Fruits of Solitude (1682), Part I

Rick Riordan fénykép
Robert A. Heinlein fénykép

„Men are expendable; women and children are not.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein American science fiction author 1907 - 1988

The Pragmatics of Patriotism (1973)
Kontextus: Men are expendable; women and children are not. A tribe or a nation can lose a high percentage of its men and still pick up the pieces and go on... as long as the women and children are saved. But if you fail to save the women and children, you've had it, you're done, you're through! You join Tyrannosaurus Rex, one more breed that bilged its final test.

Garrison Keillor fénykép

„That's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.“

—  Garrison Keillor American radio host and writer 1942

See also the Wikipedia article on the Lake Wobegon effect.
A Prairie Home Companion, News from Lake Wobegon

John Ruskin fénykép
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Anthony Burgess fénykép

„(Singapore) is not even a place where a white man is permitted to go to pieces….“

—  Anthony Burgess English writer 1917 - 1993

"Tanah Melayu".
Non-Fiction, Homage to QWERT YUIOP: Selected Journalism 1978-1985 (1986)

Dorothy Parker fénykép

„Women and elephants never forget.“

—  Dorothy Parker American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist 1893 - 1967

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor fénykép

„I speak in Latin to God, Italian to Women, French to Men, and German to my Horse.“

—  Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor Holy Roman Emperor 1500 - 1558

Charles V may have said something in this general format, but not with this specific wording. Variants have been quoted for centuries, and the earliest known citation, itself a secondary source dating from 40 years after his death, gives two versions that both differ from the modern one. Girolamo Fabrizi d'Acquapendente's 1601 De Locutione gives:

Unde solebat, ut audio, Carolus V Imperator dicere, Germanorum linguam esse militarem: Hispanorum amatoriam: Italorum oratoriam: Gallorum nobilem ("When Emperor Charles V used to say, as I hear, that the language of the Germans was military; that of the Spaniards pertained to love; that of the Italians to prayer; that of the French was noble").

Alius vero, qui Germanus erat, retulit, eundem Carolum Quintum dicere aliquando solitum esse; Si loqui cum Deo oporteret, se Hispanice locuturum, quod lingua Hispanorum gravitatem maiestatemque prae se ferat; si cum amicis, Italice, quod Italorum dialectus familiaris sit; si cui blandiendum esset, Gallice, quod illorum lingua nihil blandius; si cui minandum aut asperius loquendum, Germanice, quod tota eorum lingua minax, aspera sit ac vehemens (Indeed another, who was German, related that the same Charles V sometimes used to say: if it was necessary to talk with God, that he would talk in Spanish, which language suggests itself for the graveness and majesty of the Spaniards; if with friends, in Italian, for the dialect of the Italians was one of familiarity; if to caress someone, in French, for no language is tenderer than theirs; if to threaten someone or to speak harshly to them, in German, for their entire language is threatening, rough and vehement").

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Saki fénykép

„Women and elephants never forget an injury.“

—  Saki British writer 1870 - 1916

"Reginald on Besetting Sins"
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