Past Impromptu Quotations
Recently Rediscovered Super Old Quotations, from the Inaugural Gaston Day Tournament
A leopard does not change his spots, or change his feeling that spots are rather a credit.
- Ivy Compton-Burnett
The cat was created when the lion sneezed
- Arabian Proverb
I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.
- George Bernard Shaw
I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
I *do* believe in spooks, I *do* believe in spooks. I do, I do, I do, I *do* believe in spooks, I *do* believe in spooks, I do, I do, I do, I *do*!
- Cowardly Lion
I'm afraid there's no denyin' / I'm just a dandy-lion / A fate I don't deserve / I'm sure I could show my prowess / Be a lion, not a mouse / If I only had the nerve.
- Cowardly Lion
Where there are no tigers, a wildcat is very self-important
- Korean Proverb
An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
In waking a tiger, use a long stick.
- Mao Tse-Tung
If you don't enter the tiger's den, how can you catch the tiger's cub?
- Ban Chao
There is never a need to outrun anything you can outwit.
― Jim Davis, Garfield Swallows His Pride
After dark all cats are leopards.
- Native American Proverb
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in.
- Will Rogers
Quotations from Round 1 - Shepherd University
What is past and cannot be prevented should not be grieved for.
– American Indian Proverb
It is one thing to learn about the past; it is another thing to wallow in it.
– Kenneth Auchincloss
The past should be a springboard, not a hammock.
– Ivern Ball
If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present.
– Les Brown
To look back at antiquity is one thing, to back to it is another.
– Charles Caleb Colton
The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.
– Cyril Connolly
The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to an idealized past.
– Robertson Davies
To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice.
– Marcus Valerius Martial
The past always looks better than it was because it isn’t here.
– Finley Peter Dunne
It is not the literal past, the facts of history, that shape us, but the images of the past embodied in language.
– Brian Friel
Modern men are afraid of the past. It is a record of human achievement, but its other face is human defeat.
– Walter Lippman
Nostalgia is a seductive liar.
– George W. Ball
quotations from Round 1 - College of Charleston
It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
One swallow does not make a summer.
How helpless are we, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire.
– Belva Plain
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
– Chinese Proverb
I hope you love birds, too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.
– Emily Dickinson
The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
– Eric Berne
Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
– Henry Van Dyke
Gove loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.
– Jacques Deval
I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
– Joseph Addison
There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before. – Robert Lynd
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?
– Rose Kennedy
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
– William Blake
Quotations from Round 1: Shippensburg University
Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.
– Adelle Davis
Eating is always a decision, nobody forces your hand to pick up food and put it into your mouth.
– Albert Ellis, Michael Abrams & Lidia Dengelegi
Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.
– Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you’ve conquered human nature.
– Charles Dickens
Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast.
Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you and be silent.
Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
– G. K. Chesterton
Good food ends with good talk.
– Geoffrey Neighor
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
– George Bernard Shaw
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
- J. R. R. Tolkien
It’s the company, not the cooking, that makes a meal.
– Kirby Larson
Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.
– M. F. K. Fisher
What is food to me, is to others bitter poison.
At a dinner party, one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
- W. Somerset Maugham
Quotations from Round 1: Morgan State University
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
– Abraham Lincoln
The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it.
– Al Batt
Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
– Albert Schweitzer
The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.
– Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it.
– C. P. Snow
Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.
– Christopher Morley
A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
– George Bernard Shaw
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
– George Burns
Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Very little is needed to make a happy life.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but the manner of traveling.
– Margaret Lee Runbeck
Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember.
– Oscar Levant
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
– Robert Frost
True happiness is born of self-reliance.
– The Laws of Manu
Impromptu Quotes from Gaston Day, 2015
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
-Henry David Thoreau
The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.
Don't be a fish; be a frog. Swim in the water and jump when you hit ground.
Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.
A great lie is like a great fish on dry land; it may fret and fling and make a frightful bother, but it cannot hurt you. You have only to keep still, and it will die of itself.
The big fish run the show. I'm a middle fish, but there are small fish that are poisonous.
The fast fish, not the big fish, eats the small fish.
I'd rather be a big fish in a specialized pond than a little, little fish in a more generalized big pond.