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Narrow-mindedness

On fanaticism:

'Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.' George Santayana

If you're that narrow-minded you can't have any difficulty looking through a key-hole with both eyes at the same time.

During the planning of the invasion of Europe a very high ranking admiral took Churchill to task because in his opinion the Senior Service was not being used in accordance with its long history and tradition.

'Well, Admiral, have you ever stopped to ask yourself what the traditions of the navy are?' Churchill enquired. 'I will tell you in three words; rum, sodomy and the lash.'

He never strays from the straight and narrow-minded path.

On the films of Cecil B. de Mille:

'He made small-minded pictures on a big scale.' Pauline Kael

He's the sort of man who weighs up facts with his fingers on the scale.

To a heckler who repeated the same jeer time and time again:

'A man with your intelligence ought to have a voice to match.' Benjamin Disraeli

He's the sort of man whose statements broaden in direct proportion to the narrowing of his mind.

The nineteenth-century American theologian, Leonard Bacon, was once addressing a religious conference when he said something that was hotly disputed by one of the audience.

'Why I never heard of such a thing in all my life,' the man said outraged.

'Mr. Moderator,' said Bacon, 'I cannot allow my opponent's ignorance, however vast, to prejudice my knowledge, however small.'

The less she knows on any subject, the more stubbornly she knows it.

Complaining about the falling standards of the club to which he belonged, a conceited club bore told Sir Herbert BeerbohmTree:

'When I joined this club all the members were gentlemen.'

'Really,' said Tree, 'I wonder why they left.'

On the art-world in general:

'A true artist takes no notice whatever of the public.' Oscar Wilde

She likes to tell you that she's positive, but really she's just wrong at the top of her voice.

The film mogul, Louis B. Mayer sent a message to Greta Garbo via her agent.

'Tell her that in America men don't like fat women,' he said.

On love:

'Love is the most subtle form of self-interest.' Holbrook Jackson

 


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