If the people believe there’s an imaginary river out there, you don’t tell them there’s no river there. You build an imaginary bridge over the imaginary river.
Nikita Khrushchev to Richard Nixon
quoted by Rick Perlstein in
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
“What ho!” I said.
What ho!” said Motty.
“What ho! What ho!”
“What ho! What ho! What ho!”
After that it seemed rather difficult to go on with the conversation.
Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest
Last summer I swam in a public place and a reservoir to boot
At the latter I was informal, at the former I wore my suit
I wore my swimming suit
Loudon Wainwright III
The Swimming Song
“Get at it, boys,” said Mr. Smith, “vote and keep on voting till they make you quit.”
The Candidacy of Mr. Smith
in Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
Canadians go to the polls today, from coast to coast to coast.
This is a limited offer: one vote per customer.
He resembled a minor prophet who has been hit behind the ear with a stuffed eel-skin.
Ukridge’s Dog College
See Lisa, instead of one big shot controlling all the media, now there’s a thousand freaks Xeroxing their worthless opinions.
The Simpsons, Season 15, Episode 22: Fraudcast News
(First aired 23 May 2004)
He was trapped in a haircut he no longer believed in.
King James Version
To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
In a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock,
Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock,
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!
Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Pish-Tush contemplate losing their heads.
From The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan.
People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
The New Yorker, April 7, 1956
The next time the man on the white horse comes in, he may not be so benign. He could be a real racial hater or a divider of people.
Jim Squires, one-time spokesperson for Ross Perot.
Squires made the comment after the 1992 U.S. election, which showed that millions of Americans were ready to go crazy for a thin-skinned, TV-adept billionaire who promised to shake things up in Washington, D.C.
Quoted in The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism,
by Steve Kornacki (p. 209)