Stiff Upper Lip Quotes

Quotes tagged as "stiff-upper-lip" (showing 1-9 of 9)
George MacDonald Fraser
“It was part of war; men died, more would die, that was past, and what mattered now was the business in hand; those who lived would get on with it. Whatever sorrow was felt, there was no point in talking or brooding about it, much less in making, for form’s sake, a parade of it. Better and healthier to forget it, and look to tomorrow.
The celebrated British stiff upper lip, the resolve to conceal emotion which is not only embarrassing and useless, but harmful, is just plain commons sense”
George MacDonald Fraser, Quartered Safe Out There: A Harrowing Tale of World War II

“27. So often, we go through our battles in private. As it was with me and with many of the women in my generation. We were taught and reared and molded to keep that stiff upper lip and to never explain in public how deeply some people have hurt us. I cannot get away from that mold. I am comfortable in it. I derive my sanity from it.”
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Paul Bowles
“After all, the English are really too much. One can't live in that constipated fashion forever.”
Paul Bowles, The Spider's House

“Now, clear your minds. It knows what scares you. It has from the very beginning. Don't give it any help, it knows too much already.”
Poltergeist the movie

G.S. Denning
“The smell nearly distracted me from my task, but no-I remained steadfast. Stiff upper lip, Watson! Action! Answers!

THEN bacon.”
G.S. Denning, The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles

“If he was paralyzed, we'd have to put in ramps and have things altered for wheelchair access; you can get kitchens refitted; bathrooms altered ... I'd get him a really fast wheelchair. It'd be OK. If he couldn't talk, I'd get him a great computer. Anything can be dealt with, everything can be overcome. Just be alive. Just, please God, I beg you, please, please keep him alive for me.”
Mindy Hammond, On the Edge

Amanda Craig
“You know the only rule you need to know to get on in this country? ‘Never complain, never explain.”
Amanda Craig, Hearts and Minds

“Human societies train people to "keep a stiff upper lip" and to "be strong" by which they mean the person should endure negative emotions. This is bad advice. Several branches of science have been studying human thriving. The results, when compiled, point to the fact that people thrive when they feel emotionally good and suffer when they do not.”
Jeanine Joy, Ph.D.

Alice Childress
“dear little baby of the folks I work for, I got a present for you .. my whole damn life! I'm handin' it over to you & your ma & pa. if you got no money to pay, I wanna stay anyhow, my pleasure is to wait on you forever. to hell with my children & hooray for you!.. you stayin' up all night fixin' up Character Parts for me! givin' 'em what you call dignity! dignity! you know what your dignity is? a black straw hat with a flower stickin' up in front, hands folded cross my stomach, sayin' the same damn fool things .. only nice & easy & proper!" --trouble in mind (1955)”
Alice Childress