Quotation Challenge

There’s a quotation group on Moblog, and it’s a lot of fun. You choose a quotation, then illustrate it photographically. Some quotations can be a real challenge. I’d like to do that here, but with a bit of a twist. Leave quotations you’d like to see illustrated here, and anyone can choose one, and illustrate it any way you like, with a photo, drawing, or other art form, then send it to quesneaffinity@gmail.com.  Here’s an old one I did for the Moblog group, way back when, titled Perhaps:


Perhaps the most lasting pleasure in life is the pleasure of not going to church.” – William Inge


  1. AlexanderZ says

    “Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.” -- Orwell
    “The choice before human beings, is not, as a rule, between good and evil but between two evils.” -- Orwell
    “Either we all live in a decent world, or nobody does.” -- Orwell
    “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” -- Orwell
    “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” -- Orwell

    Orwell Orwell Orwell!

  2. says

    Wow. Okay. I’ll be working on these when I can, so they’ll show up whenever. Right now, I’d say I’d probably go for the 3rd one.

  3. chigau (違う) says

    Do I contradict myself?
    Very well then I contradict myself,
    (I am large, I contain multitudes.)
    -- Walt Whitman

  4. says

    Chigau @ 4:

    Oh, one of my long time favourites, that. No idea how to illustrate it. At least not now. Well, an idea or two, but it would take some time to execute.

  5. says

    With a reminder, this is open for everyone to do! Here are a few more.

    Ocean, who is the source of all. -- Homer

    Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever. -- Aristophanes

    Haven’t you sometimes seen a cloud that looked like a centaur? Or a leopard perhaps? Or a wolf? Or a bull? -- Aristophanes.

    If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a hyacinth. -- Proverb

  6. chigau (違う) says

    Caine #5
    I usually picture something picassocubist: three eyes, two noses, randomly distributed.
    It feels like that some mornings.

  7. says

    Chigau, I never even thought of cubism, but yes, that could work well. Picasso rarely comes to mind, I’m not much of a fan.

  8. Lofty says

    For what it’s worth, a Mark Twain quote I’ve adopted on another forum:

    “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”

  9. usagichan says

    Oscar Wilde tends to be my go-to for quotations… how about
    “I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”
    “Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.”
    “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

  10. says


    It may be self-serving, but I’d love to see what you might do with “Since the music plays so briefly, can you blame me if I dance?” (context here: http://freethoughtblogs.com/cuttlefish/2011/08/01/my-place-in-the-dance-of-the-universe/)

    Beautiful poem, that. We’re all a tiny cold flame in the heart of chaos. I shall see what I can do. It might take a while, so don’t hold your tentacles. I’ll let you know when I come up with something.

    My first thought was remembering a scene from B5, where Londo Mollari tells Vir something his father said, which he didn’t understand until now: My shoes are too tight and I have forgotten how to dance. So, dancing while we can? It’s important.