“From my cold, dead hands” – Charlton Heston’s most famous and infamous non-movie quote

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The recent deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, not long after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, reminded me of the context of Charlton Heston’s first notable use of his famous/infamous quote “From my cold, dead hands.” It was in a speech at an NRA meeting held a few months after … Read more

“Your eyes are full of hate, Forty-one.” … In Ben-Hur, that's good.

Screenwriter, playwright and novelist Gore Vidal is linked to two famous quotations about whipping. One is a funny quip about the old form of corporal punishment called “birching” (whipping someone with a bundle of birch tree rods):        “I’m all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults.” This quote appears in many … Read more