Weekend Words: Lame

Leonardo da Vinci, "Cavern with ducks" (1482-85). Pen and ink on paper, 220 x 158 mm. Royal Library, Windsor. (Image via Web Gallery of Art)
Leonardo da Vinci, “Cavern with ducks” (1482-85), pen and ink on paper, 220 x 158 mm. Royal Library, Windsor. (image via Web Gallery of Art)

It’s the second weekend of November, and President Obama is officially a lame duck.

“A joke, even if it be a lame one, is nowhere so keenly relished or quickly applauded as in a murder trial.”

—Mark Twain

“Rush Limbaugh is a lame professional swine, and he makes a good living at it. He is like a hired geek in some traveling backwoods carnival — the freaks who bite the heads off chickens — but Limbaugh is a modernized geek who thinks he can bite the heads off of people.”

—Hunter S. Thompson

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

—Albert Einstein, Science, Philosophy and Religion

“You don’t see sick animals in the wild. You don’t see lame animals in the wild, and its all because of the predator: the lion, the tiger, the leopard, all the cats.”

—Tippi Hedren

“I think that’s just part of how it is with making art. Sometimes you’re just flooded with ideas, and then other times you’re questioning all the ideas you ever had before, and everything is just… lame.”

—Dana Schutz

“Yes, I received your letter yesterday
(About the time the doorknob broke)
When you asked how I was doing
Was that some kind of joke?
All these people that you mention
Yes, I know them, they’re quite lame
I had to rearrange their faces
And give them all another name.”

—Bob Dylan, “Desolation Row”

“See the blind and the lame at play,
There on the summer lawn—
She with her graceless eyes of clay,
Quick as a frightened fawn,
Running and tripping into his way
Whose legs are gone.”

—Wallace Stevens, “Outside the Hospital”

“He is the richest man who enriches his country most; in whom the people feel richest and proudest; who gives himself with his money; who opens the doors of opportunity widest to those about him; who is ears to the deaf; eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. Such a man makes every acre of land in his community worth more, and makes richer every man who lives near him.”

—Orison Swett Marden

“My grandfather was lame. Once they asked him to tell a story about his teacher. And he related how the holy Baal Shem used to hop and dance while he prayed. My grandfather rose as he spoke, and he was so swept away by the story that he himself began to hop and dance to show how the Master had done. From that hour he was cured of his lameness.”

—Martin Buber, The Tales: The Early Masters

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