The Book of S i l v e r m o o r

The following is a list of "Pithy" sayings used/heard by/within House Silvermoor: Some of them are quotes, where we know it we've given attribution, otherwise we just listed the name of the one we heard say it. We've kept it many years, in the belief that it helps to explain our zeitgeist a bit, but a previous edition of this practice has been lost...Someday this collection may be found...someday all will appreciate the great artistry of our numbers...someday we all shall have what we deserve...

Oh Yeah! and Monkey's could fly out of my ass!!!...Judith Godley

I have the sword of justice in my side....Charric

Surly grammarians insist all words ending in -ly are adverbs.

"The Constitution admittedly has a few defects and blemishes,
but it still seems a hell of a lot better than the system we have now."

The following was a single message closer. This has to be the greatest set of teamwork tags I've ever seen on a group's self identification...Charric

NEVER parry with your head
Bette Noir
Benevolent Cap'n, Bad Ship BetNoirian

You there! Hoist something!
First Mate Midnight Rose

Don' MAKE me break dis lightsaber offn yo' ass
AFR Goddess of Pith and Vinegar
Blood Angel
One-fifth of Team Too Stupid To Quit
Proud Member #014, Assassins' Guild

Nihil Privatus
Wackus Concealeratus Traumatica of Sarcastica.
I'm not short...I'm concentrated!
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats-H.L. Mencken
To desire the end is to desire the means

They turned my whole ship over and I was left there holding my dingy.

In the final choice, a soldier's pack is
not so heavy as a prisoner's chains.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

"English doesn't borrow from other languages - English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over the head and goes through their pockets for loose grammar."  -Anonymous
              Contributed by: Jeanne AKA Leonor Alcon

"If I cannot bend Heaven, then I shall move Hell!"

 "The Statue of Liberty,
right there at the front door of the country,  
like a lawn jockey..."
 -Josiah Bartlet
Donated by Eleanora (Krissie)

Pain Heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever.
Keanu Reeves, in The Replacements

They that govern the most
make the least noise.
       -John Seldon, 1689


William Safire's Rules for Writers:
    Remember to never split an infinitive. The passive voice should never be used. Do not put statements in the negative form. Verbs have to agree with their subjects. Proofread carefully to see if you words out. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing. A writer must not shift your point of veiw. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction. [Remember, too, a preposition is a terrible word to end a sentence with.] Don't overuse exclamation marks!! Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing. Always pick on the correct idiom. The adverb always follows the verb. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; seek viable alternatives.

I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like...victory!
Robert Duvall, in Apocalypse Now

Perkin's Postulate: The bigger they are, the harder they hit.

 Death has proven to be 99 percent fatal in laboratory rats.

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small package.

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong,
but that's the way to bet.
-Robert Heinlein,
The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Never go to sea with two chronometers. Take one or three.

It is true that liberty is precious - so precious that it must be rationed.
Nikolai Lenin

Charric's Law of Equine Superfluity:
There are more horse's asses in the world
than there are either horses or asses.

A Technique is a Trick that works.
Gian-Carlo Rota

When you have shot and killed a man you have in some measure clarified your attitude toward him.
You have given a definite answer to a definite problem.
For better or worse you have acted decisively.
 In a way, the next move is up to him.
R. A. Lafferty
(Contributed by Charric)

I wouldn't shoot him if I were you. You'll just make him mad.
Lady Margarette

Must the hunger become anger and the anger fury
before anything will be done?
John Steinbeck
  Steer clear of incorrect forms of verbs that have snuck in the language.

Always remember that you are unique, just like everybody else.

The Ego has Landed...

Rattling the Cages to see what the reaction is can be fun and instructive!
Lady Margarette

Unless the reaction is to throw **** at us...
Sgt. Charric

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength;
loving someone deeply gives you courage.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.
Lady Margarette

Take half as much clothing and twice as much money...
From:  Packing Principles of Biff the Wonder Jew

Where there's a whip there's a way!
Lady Margarette

It is convenient to believe that my  fellow warriors  are heroes, and so I shall continue to believe it.
Charric Van der Vliet

Our swords shall play the orators for us.
Wild Bill Shake-a-spear

It is impossible to underestimate the power of fear.
Never try to teach a pig to sing.
 It wastes your time and annoys the pig.
Robert Heinlein

Unless it's a singing pig.
 In which case it's just annoyed for a different reason.
 ...Charric Van der Vliet
(per chevron, azure and argent, a boar rampant counterchanged)

Don't crush that Dwarf!  Hand me the pliers!
The village is in a bad way when the Doctor has the gout.

"A European is someone who thinks 100 miles is a long way.  
An American is someone who thinks 100 years is a long time."

Pronounce your damn pronouns!

Farnstahks Rule: If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished?
Work never begun.

An ounce of emotion is equal to a ton of facts.
John Junor

Some people cause happiness wherever they go.
Others whenever they go.

Not-really-trying is just as much effort as trying-really-hard.
The only difference...is that not-really-trying receives no reward.
A. N. Wilson, "Incline Our Hearts", 1989

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

Hear about the blind bungee jumper?
Scared the heck out of his dog...

Sgt. Charric's Advice On Fighting:
Do not learn the tricks of the trade.
Learn the trade.

"Sinne Clanna Gael.  Ní fiú cur inár gcoinne.  Comhshamhlófar sibh."
" We are the Irish.  Resistance is useless.  You will be assimilated."

By the yard, life is hard. By the inch, life's a cinch.

"Oh, bother," said Pooh, as Cthulu rose up from the abyss and devoured him.
-from an email of Sir Myles Blackheath

On the whole humans want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time.
George Orwell

Fighting Words

Say my love is easy had,
Say I'm bitten raw with pride,
Say I am too often sad --
Still behold me at your side.
Say I'm neither brave nor young,
Say I woo and coddle care,
Say the devil touched my tongue --
Still you have my heart to wear.
But say my verses do not scan,
And I get me another man!

Dorothy Parker

Avoid Criticism. Say, do, and be, nothing.

Be careful.
You may be the only book on chivalry some people ever read.


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