Eleanor's Famous Quotations and Sayings

He had a right not to do that.

You buttered your bread Ė now lie in it.

Sports writers have to be the best writers on the newspaper, because they have nothing to write about.

ďIíd like to thank you for ÖĒ
 
When someone said or wrote this, her response: "So, do it."

There can never be too much garlic/onions/tomatoes.

You canít call home in a war.
 Eleanor said this to Peter over the phone when he was in Sarajevo, about to go to Kosovo in March í98. Turned out she was right. But he had to find out through direct experience.

All is allusion.
 Language is nothing without allusions. And families have their own language.

This is me, packing.  (Or preparing to leave. Or anything, except napping.)
 Echoes the earlier practice of writing on the back of photographs.  This is me at the beach, or, This is me and the dog. 

Whadaya want, willya?
 Eleanor's
comment: That came from your grandfather.

Shortcuts are important, in case someone has to leave quickly to go eat some garlic or chocolate.  

Or at least thatís what you tell your mother.  
 A good follow-up to any report on how well her sons were doing and how safely they drive.

The wedding wasn't Jewish. You know, no food.

Forwarded but not read.
Based on a letter from Victor Victoroff:  Filed but not read  

But Mom, all the other 70 year-olds get to go out at night!
 She thought she might have left something in the car, but her mother said, "Donít go out there. Itís night!"

You can't say that isn't pretty.

I'm sorry.  
 Precedes: There's nothing wrong with this day. Or any such statement.

You know that, don't you?  (From her Aunt Helen)

Never cross a picket line.

"There are two kinds of people in the world: Chocolates and Veals ... Chocolates love chocolate and rare roast beef; they either love or hate cats. Veals like veal. Veals make lists. Even lists of lists. Chocolates don't make lists. When they make them, they forget to take them to the store. When they remember to take them to the store, they forget to use them."
Eleanor:
Very good. But remember, a real chocolate needs an entourage of at least 5 veals to stay alive.

Anything worth doing is worth doing fairly well.
We got something from the Shoreline School District about "excellence in
education." She said we're not for excellence, we're for doing things pretty well.

In Italy, they have a law against Ugly.

A-Archeo Archeo-Bart Bart-Book Book-Cac Cac...  Well, we can explain. When Eleanor was young, she used to lie upside down over the back of the couch and memorize the encyclopedia volume titles. Here she recites them, at age 88 (November 2008). She did this upon request until at least age 98.


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