August 2017

Winston Churchill: “Some Chicken. Some Neck.” Quote or No Quote?

By | August 30th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

In the aftermath of the Dunkirk evacuation and the fall of France in June 1940, things looked pretty bleak for the Allies, and indeed they were. The Battle of Britain followed [...]

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Martin Luther King, Jr. “I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” Quote or No Quote?

By | August 17th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

I like this week's "quote," Buzzkillers, because it's history is full of all the things we've been talking about on this show -- phrases and sentiments that "sound" like they were said by a [...]

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Zhou Enlai on the Effects of the French Revolution: “Too Early to Say.” Quote or No Quote?

By | August 7th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

In 1972, Chinese premier Zhou Enlai was asked about the impact of the French Revolution. "Too early to say," he replied. Given that the French Revolution of 1789 had occurred nearly 200 years before, [...]

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July 2017

Teddy Roosevelt: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick – Quote or No Quote?

By | July 29th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

Finally a quote that's actually true! Yes, Teddy Roosevelt did say that the best advice he'd ever heard about dealing with foreign affairs and potentially hostile foreign powers is to, "speak softly and carry [...]

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June 2017

Oscar Wilde: Be Yourself. Everyone Else is Already Taken.

By | June 26th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

Ah, Buzzkillers, good old Oscar Wilde, the author of so many excellent plays, novels, and poems. Dripping with epigrams, Oscar entertained literary circles in London, Paris and Dublin with his wit, often pairing philosophical [...]

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Eleanor Roosevelt: “It’s Better to Light a Candle than to Curse the Darkness.” Quote or No Quote?

By | June 19th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

I try, every day, to live up to my name -- Professor Buzzkill. Some days are easier than others, and this is certainly one of those. People often take the quotation "It's better to [...]

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Churchill: “Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all other possibilities.” Quote or No Quote?

By | June 12th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

The exact wording of the "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all other possibilities" quote varies a little bit from time to time, but it [...]

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May 2017

Albert Einstein: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

By | May 29th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

Albert Einstein was one of the most significant scientific geniuses of the 20th century. His theories helped scientists break through some of the barriers to our understanding the physical world and [...]