“There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford.”

It is often claimed that the familiar expression of compassion “There, but for the grace of God, go I” is based on a quote by the 16th Century English Protestant clergyman John Bradford. According to tradition, Bradford was a prisoner in the Tower of London when he said it. He had previously been a prominent … Read more

“Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream…”

On August 8, 1966, Capitol Records released the Beatles album Revolver in the United States. (In the UK, the LP was released by Parlophone on August 5.) Revolver became an immediate chart-topper and is now widely considered to be one of the greatest albums in music history. It includes several especially famous and popular Beatle … Read more

“An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.”

There’s a famous quotation about atheists associated with the date December 14 that is widely attributed to Bishop Fulton J. Sheen:        “An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.”   The source that’s usually cited for this quote is the December 14, 1955 issue of LOOK magazine. Sheen did use … Read more

“To crush your enemies…”

For readers of this website who may not know about my other quotation site, QuoteCounterquote.com, here’s a post that will give you an idea of what you’ll find there. Basically, each post on QuoteCounterquote.com features background information on a famous quotation followed by a set of quotes that are interesting or humorous uses, variations and … Read more

The Original “12 Step Program”

Today, there are many organizations that use a “12-step program” to help people deal with some type of addiction or other problems. In addition to alcohol and drug-related groups, there are groups with 12-step programs for everything from food addicts and sex addicts to debtors, “underearners,” and workaholics.   Of course, all of the current organizations … Read more

“Never play cards with a man called Doc” — and other advice from Nelson Algren…

The copyright record for the novel A Walk on the Wild Side by Nelson Algren says it was copyrighted on May 18, 1956. Traditionally, the copyright date is also a book’s initial publication date. Algren’s novel might have been released sooner if not for a dispute he had with his publishing company, Doubleday. Doubleday had … Read more

The bridge between the living and the dead . . .

The Bridge of San Luis Rey is the second novel by the great American writer Thornton Wilder (1897- 1975). The first edition of the book was published by the Albert & Charles Boni company on November 3, 1927. It’s set in Peru in the year 1714. Early in the novel, on July 20, 1714, five … Read more

“Enjoy every sandwich.”

Warren Zevon’s sardonic views on life and death are apparent in many of the songs he wrote. An early example is “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” which first appeared on Zevon’s self-titled 1976 album. Those words were later used as the title of the posthumous biography written about him by his ex-wife Crystal Zevon and … Read more

OCTOBER 9 – The Greeks had a phrase for it: “Know thyself.”

On October 9th in the year 28 B.C., the Temple of Apollo at Delphi was dedicated. An inscription on the temple said: “Gnothi seauton.” In English, that’s the famous quotation “Know thyself.” The quote is generally attributed to “The Seven Sages of Greece,” a.k.a. the “Seven Wise Men,” though the words are sometimes attributed to … Read more