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Sir Richard Attenborough (1923-2014) Tribute List

August 24, 2014
Sir Richard Attenborough died on August 24, 2014 at the age of 90. Although best known to modern audiences as the proprietor of Jurassic Park in two of those hugely successful films, Attenborough had an extensive career producing and directing films in addition to his time in front of the camera. His 1982 film "Gandhi" won the Oscar for Best Picture, and Attenborough himself took home the award for Best Director. Here are ten words drawn from quotes from Attenborough's films. With the exception of "Jurassic Park" and "The Great Escape," the quotes are all from films Attenborough directed. From sweeping epics to quiet love stories, Attenborough could really handle any kind of material, a talent quite rare these days.
devoid
You know the first attraction I ever built... It was a Flea Circus...Really quite wonderful. We had a wee trapeze, and a merry-go... carousel and a seesaw. They all moved, motorized of course, but people would say they could see the fleas. "Oh, I see the fleas, mummy! Can't you see the fleas?" ... But with this place, I wanted to show them something that wasn't an illusion. Something that was real. something that they could see and touch. An aim not devoid of merit.-Jurassic Park
deplorable
You'll have to get used to Dr. Malcolm, he suffers from a deplorable excess of personality, especially for a mathematician.- Jurassic Park
preserve
I own an island, off the coast of Costa Rica. I've leased it from the government and I've spent the last five years setting up a kind of biological preserve.-Jurassic Park
confound
What my personal feelings are is of no importance. You appointed me Big X. And it's my duty to harass, confound, and confuse the enemy to the best of my ability.- The Great Escape
obedience
They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me, then they will have my dead body. Not my obedience!-Gandhi
cavalry
Remember what the general said; we're the cavalry. It would be bad form to arrive in advance of schedule. In the nick of time would do nicely.- A Bridge Too Far
wretched
Now, I've selected you to lead us not only because of your extraordinary fighting ability, but also because in the unlikely event that the Germans ever get you, they will assume from your attire that they've captured a wretched peasant, and immediately send you on your way.- A Bridge Too Far
quaint
Back where I come from, there's this quaint old custom. When a guy makes up his mind to marry a girl, he asks her. It's called proposing. Did I miss it?- Shadowlands
invincible
Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always.- Gandhi
ascendancy
Whatever moral ascendancy the West once held was lost here today. India is free, for she has taken all that steel and cruelty can give and she has neither cringed nor retreated.- Gandhi

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Tuesday August 26th, 2:47 AM
Comment by: Binh L. (Viet Nam)
What is the difference between confused and confound?
Wednesday August 27th, 10:23 AM
Comment by: Adam C.Visual Thesaurus Moderator
Thank you for your question, Binh. I'd say "confound" is "confused" to a more serious degree. You may confuse one thing with another, but you still know what those two things are. When you are confounded, you may have no idea what you are even confused about- things are very unclear, so mixed up that it may even block the path to clear thought. I hope this clears this confusing issue up at least a little bit.
Thursday August 28th, 2:10 AM
Comment by: Binh L. (Viet Nam)
Thanks Adam. I got it now.
Thursday September 4th, 2:14 PM
Comment by: Olivera P. (Serbia, Republic of)
I just have to say I love the pun in Adam's last sentence.

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