Wisdom from Polonius


Don't judge the quality of the gasoline by the filling station attendant.

William K Whiteford, Chairman, Gulf Corp

Smell that! Thatís gasoline you smell in there. You canít buy any perfume in the world that smells as sweet.

Philip Marlowe, in The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Iím a very smart guy. I havenít a feeling or a scruple in the world. All I have the itch for is money. I am so money greedy that for twenty-five bucks a day and expenses, mostly gasoline and whisky, I do my thinking myself, what there is of it; I risk my whole future, the hatred of the cops ... I dodge bullets and eat saps, and say thank you very much, if you have any more trouble, I hope youíll think of me, Iíll just leave one of my cards in case anything comes up.

Norman Mailer

Three miles long and two streets wide, the town curls around the bay ... a gaudy run with Mediterranean splashes of color, crowded steep-pitched roofs, fishing piers and fishing boats whose stench of mackerel and gasoline is as aphrodisiac to the sensuous nose as the clean bar-whisky smell of a nightclub where call girls congregate.

And finally, one that must have great appeal to the current administration:

Colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse Now by John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, and Michael Herr

I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had to hailbomb, for twelve hours, and when it was all over I walked up.... We didnít find one of ëem, not one stinking dink
body. That smell, you know, that gasoline smell. The whole hill. It smelled like ... victory.

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