January 30, 2007

Quotes: Beer & Triple Mixed Metaphors

A bushel of hops, A barrel of malt, you stir it around with a stick,
the kind of lubrication to make your engine tick.
40 pints of wallop a day will keep away the quacks.
Its only eight and 1/8 a pint and one and six in tax.

-Recipe for beer, as invented by Charlie Mopps in the drinking song

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

-Proverbs 31:6-7, King James Version

Come ye, [say they], I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink;
and to morrow shall be as this day, [and] much more abundant.

-Isaiah 56:12

There is no strategy, this is a ping pong game with American lives. These young men and women that we put in Anbar Province, in Iraq, in Baghdad are not beans. They're real lives and we better be damn sure that we know what we're doing, all of us before we put 22,000 more Americans into that grinder.

-Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) on the “surge”.

Does this count as a triple mixed-metaphor?
(a ping-pong game with beans as balls & a grinder for a table?)

I would respectfully suggest to the President that he is not the sole decider. The decider is a joint and shared responsibility.

-Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania), as quoted in todays New York Times.

It's interesting that Mr Specter is being heralded as a great independent Republican, just because he's several times disagreed with the president. In the 90's, he fought for Clinton's impeachment, very much in obedience with the Gingrich party line. Maybe he sees it as more politically savvy to break with the herd against this president, or maybe he just likes to rassle with executive power.

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all that we will know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you and I sigh.

-William Butler Yeats

I think pregnancy used to be considered, you know, like a parasitic growth. I don't mean that people really thought of it that way, but their perception was, 'This is something on autopilot. And I am just holding onto it and then I am going to return it to the library.'

-Elizabeth M. Armstrong, Concieving Risk, Bearing Responsibility

I welcome any more triple mixed metaphors you come across!
The grand-daddy of them all, of course, is from Shakespeare’s most famous monologue:

...Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles...

-Hamlet, III.i

1 comment:

Isaiah said...

Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep. (56:10) . . . But the man who makes the Lord his refuge will inherit the land and possess God's holy mountain (57:13).