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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Quote of the Day: June 9th - Cole Porter, Patricia Cornwell and Aaron Sorkin


QUOTE OF THE DAY: June 9th 

Cole Porter, Patricia Cornwell and Aaron Sorkin


Today marks the birth days of three of my favourite wordsmiths - each from a different sphere of the writing world.

Lyricist Cole Porter (b. 1891) produced some of the greatest songs of the 1930s like I've Got You Under My Skin, Night And Day, Anything Goes and I Get A Kick Out of You.

"When the little blue clerk in the middle of his work starts a tune to the moon up above
It is nature that is all simply telling us to fall in love
And that's why birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it ... Let's do it, let's fall in love!"
Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)



Crime thriller novelist Patricia Cornwell (b. 1956) created the character of forensic examiner Kay Scarpetta in books such as Postmortem, Body of Evidence and All That Remains, although her Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed slightly blotted her record book.

"I do not outline my books; the characters direct the story as I write. They know better than I do."


Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (b. 1961) created TV shows The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Sports Night, as well as writing the movies A Few Good Men and Malice.

"There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old, telling stories about kings and their palaces, and that's really what I wanted to do."

"Any time you get two people in a room who disagree about anything, the time of day, there is a scene to be written. That's what I look for."

President Bartlet: "C.J., on your tombstone it's gonna read 'Post hoc ergo propter hoc.' "
C.J.: "Okay, but none of my visitors are going to be able to understand my tombstone."
Bartlet: "Twenty-seven lawyers in the room, anybody know 'post hoc, ergo propter hoc'? Josh?"
Josh: "Ah, post, after hoc, ergo, therefore ... After hoc, therefore something else hoc."
Bartlet: "Thank you. Next? Leo."
Leo: " 'After it, therefore because of it'."
Bartlet: " 'After it, therefore because of it'. It means one thing follows the other, therefore it was caused by the other. But it's not always true. In fact it's hardly ever true. We did not lose Texas because of the hat joke. Do you know when we lost Texas?"
C.J.: "When you learned to speak Latin?"
Bartlet: "Go figure."
The West Wing: Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc (1999)



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