It's very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren't by any means always welcome, but at least one can't be mistaken as to who or what they are.Penelope Fitzgerald
- Her reasoning is full of tricks
And butterfly suggestions,
I know no point to which she sticks;
She begs the simplest questions,
And, when her premises are strong
She always draws her inference wrong.
- Upon Lebia Arguing, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- I once admitted—to my shame—
That football was a brutal game.
Because She hates it.
- To Anthea, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).