Thursday, October 27, 2005

Quotations #074

"The same costume will be
Indecent...10 years before its time
Shameless...5 years before its time
Outré (daring)...1 year before its time
Dowdy...1 year after its time
Hideous...10 years after its time
Ridiculous...20 years after its time
Amusing...30 years after its time
Quaint...50 years after its time
Charming...70 years after its time
Romantic...100 years after its time
Beautiful...150 years after its time."
-- James Lauer, Taste and Fashion (1937)

"'Tis hard if all is false that I advance
A fool must now and then be right, by chance." -- William Cowper

"With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain." -- Friedrich von Schiller

"You can never plan the future by the past." -- Edmund Burke

"People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors." -- Edmund Burke


White Rabbit said...

The Edmund Burke quote is my favorite - 'tis the fallacy of many a misguided historian! (and politicians, as well)

Ahistoricality said...

It's the juxtaposition of Burke quotes in this set that I love: You can't plan for the future without the past, either.

Thanks for dropping in!