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« Oh no you di'nt! | Main | Home Sh#t Home - Part Deux »

Top Five Quotes on THIS Day (I reserve the right to change my mind at any time, on any day.)

Plato_1_lg_5 Number 5

"Boys should abstain from all use of wine until after their eighteenth year, for it is wrong to add fire to fire." - Plato 

Number 4

"Should I buy more stuff or leave more money to the kids?  Ha!  I crack myself up!" - Shoebox greeting card received from my good pal Posh Deeva on my 42nd birthday.

Number 3

"It does not matter much whom we live with in this world, but it matters a great deal whom we dream of."  - Willa Cather, Youth and the Bright Medusa, "A Gold Slipper" (1920) 

Uewb_03_img0157_4 Number 2

"Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand — a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods — or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values."  - Willa Cather, "On the Art of Fiction" (1920)

AND...  Number 1

Blaise_pascal "Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte." - Blaise Pascal (BTW, that's French which I cannot read, speak or pronounce - Posh Deeva will be able to read it just fine.)

  • Literally: I made this [letter] very long, because I did not have the leisure to make it shorter.
  • Translation: I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.

This quote is a favorite of many writers (not that I'm a writer) and is actually one that is mistakenly credited to Mark Twain.  His version goes something like this, "I'm sorry this letter is so long, but I did not have time to make it shorter."  Chris and I frequently condense it to, "I didn't have time to make this short."

The end.  Bye.

Reader Comments (1)

I have always loved your #1 quote but I did understand it to be Twain...I'm glad you are around to keep me from making an arse out of myself when I quote an incorrect source. I'll find other ways to embarass myself though...rest assured.
July 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCorbie

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