Quotes of the Day for 4 March 2004 – Yawning
A reader, who claims she once yawned in front of one of her cats and caused him to yawn at least fifteen times as a result, requested quotes on yawning. I dismissed this as absurd, but had second thoughts and found to my surprise that I had plenty to work with. Here are the best of the lot.
A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow.
- Charles Hendrickson Brower, 1901 - 1984
A yawn is an honest opinion.
- George Bernard Shaw, 1856 - 1950
The only people for me are the mad ones. The ones who are mad to love, mad to talk, mad to be saved; the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.
- Jack Kerouac, 1922 - 1969
Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning can never be regained.
- Marie Henri Beyle (Stendhal), 1783 - 1842
'Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.
- William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616
Why doth one man's yawning make another yawn?
- Robert Burton, 1577 - 1640
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