Richard Cohen Quotes.

1. "The book is warm. The book is handy. The book is handsome to the eye. The book occupies the shelf of the owner and is a reflection of him or her or, actually, me. The book is always there, to be reached for, to be thumbed and, too often I admit, to wonder about: Why did I buy this?"
- Quote by Richard Cohen

2. "He [Edward Snowden] has been careful with his info, doling it out to responsible news organizations — The Post, the New York Times, the Guardian, etc. — and not tossing it up in the air, WikiLeaks style, and echoing the silly mantra Information wants to be free. (No. Information, like most of us, wants a home in the Hamptons.) – Richard Cohen, Washington Post (10/22/2013)"
- Quote by Richard Cohen

3. "As Bill Bryson wrote during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney: ‘A lot of people don’t like fencing because they don’t understand the rules and terminology, but in fact it’s quite simple. There are basically four thrusts, known as the cartilage, the chaise lounge, the aubergine, and the fromage anglais, and these in turn can be parried by four defensive feints – the pastiche, the penchant, the demi-tass...e, and the saumon en croute. Scoring is one point for a petit pois and two for a baguette. Points can equally be deducted for a foot fault or pied a terre, or for a type of illegal lunge known as a zut alors."
- Quote by Richard Cohen

4. "He either fears his fate too much / Or his deserts are small / That puts it not unto the touch / To win or lose it all."
- Richard Cohen, By the Sword: A History of Gladiators

5. "In 1830, the writer Charles Augustin Saint-Beuve (1804–69) fought one of the owners of Le Globe in heavy rain; Saint-Beuve held an umbrella throughout the duel, claiming that he did not mind dying but he would not get wet."
- Richard Cohen, By the Sword: A History of Gladiators

6. "Divinity students always fought in these peaked caps, as a scar would terminate their careers."
- Richard Cohen, By the Sword: A History of Gladiators

7. "The symbolism of the action has been replaced by the reality of the touch."
- Richard Cohen, By the Sword: A History of Gladiators

8. "Two poets, Nikolai Gumilyov and Maximilian Voloshin, fought a duel over a non-existent woman."
- Richard Cohen, By the Sword: A History of Gladiators

9. "when the American sabreur Peter Westbrook suffered his near-fatal neck injury, his Hungarian coach, Csaba Elthes, simply sat down, lit a cigarette, and muttered, Typical: I create champion; then I kill him."
- Richard Cohen, By the Sword: A History of Gladiators

10. "Agesilao had his rivals even in Italy, chief among them Eugenio Pini from Livorno, who could be just as short-tempered. When he fought Rue The Invincible, the French master who, hit twice in succession, failed to acknowledge being hit as etiquette dictated, Pini pulled the button from his foil and with his next attack ripped open Rue’s jacket. He then tore off his mask and shouted, I suppose that one didn’t arrive either?"
- Richard Cohen, By the Sword: A History of Gladiators

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