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  • "Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee." — Ernest Hemingway

    April 11, 2009, 1:47 pm
    I believe Hemingway took this from John Donne.

    September 28, 2013, 4:49 am
    I thought they had it wrong, but I guess this phrasing is properly attributed to Hemingway: Donne wrote, "Therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." Still almost seems unfair.

    January 25, 2015, 9:57 am
    I don't know if it's fair or not, or whether Hemingway gave credit to Donne, but whenever I hear the Donne quote, I think of Hemingway's book.

    April 15, 2018, 12:09 pm
    This quote (regardless of to whom it should ultimately be attributed) is so familiar, I knew what it was after the first 2 letters.

    October 23, 2020, 3:31 pm
    What’s this ringing in my ears?

    January 16, 2022, 7:22 pm
    ^ It's safer not to ask.


    • "All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual." — Honore de Balzac

      January 24, 2015, 3:12 pm
      I really dislike the word INEFFECTUAL. That's all. Carry on.

      May 13, 2017, 10:29 am
      that made me laugh, abra!

      December 2, 2018, 8:18 am
      I'm not too fond of it either, abra.


      • Abra had a lot of fun with this one. And Montyb's comment at the end is hilarious...

        "Desire nothing, chafe not at fate, nor at Nature's changeless laws. But struggle only with the personal, the transitory, the evanescent and the perishable."
        — Helena Blavatsky

        Comments on this Puzzle:
        July 12, 2011, 4:18 am

        I've never seen the word evanescent before, that I remember.
        February 21, 2013, 1:45 am

        The second time I've ever seen it.
        November 15, 2013, 6:28 am

        Thethird time, and still I don't remember it.
        February 4, 2014, 4:33 pm

        It was the last word I solved in this puzzle and only by trying the left-over letters in that second position.
        April 8, 2014, 7:50 am

        And I had to do the same thing again. Abra, you and I don't get this one very well.
        June 6, 2014, 3:16 pm

        It's another way to say: grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the thing I can change (my inner attitudes)
        July 14, 2014, 3:20 pm

        One more time. Same drill. At least this time I only tried "m" before the "v". That's the nice thing about senility - you are always having new experiences and meeting new people. In your own house.
        January 17, 2015, 11:52 am

        And for the fourth time...EMANESCENT.
        February 20, 2015, 7:00 pm

        Challenging vocabulary.
        August 18, 2015, 7:09 pm

        I remember evanescent as a vocabulary word in high school. Sounds like Perrier water.
        November 27, 2015, 10:50 am

        Well, I didn't remember it, guessed right on evanescent. I was Very Fast though, so I guess I'm catching on.
        March 25, 2016, 2:31 pm

        Back for at least the sixth time. I'm Very Fast again, but I first guessed efanescent. I didn't remember the quote and I thought it might be similar to effervescent.
        April 25, 2016, 10:45 am

        Does coming up with a different word when you meant "effervescent" count? I got it on the first try.
        April 25, 2016, 11:51 am

        I thought "evanescent" was the way Evan smelled.
        August 21, 2016, 7:45 am

        Wow, I must get this one a lot.
        October 17, 2016, 6:24 pm

        I was here AGAIN.
        June 7, 2017, 11:30 am

        Hm, abra's overdue for a visit.
        July 29, 2017, 1:08 am

        Evanescent gets me every time.
        August 7, 2017, 2:56 pm

        chafe got me :/
        April 23, 2018, 6:23 pm

        These comments add up to one long definition of "evanescent" -- which means "soon passing out of sight, memory or existence; quickly fading or disappearing."
        December 1, 2018, 6:39 pm

        I am back, took a long time and so I forgot about evanescent.
        April 24, 2019, 2:07 am

        Just stopped by to say ''hello''.
        August 29, 2019, 12:39 am

        I just got "evanescent" in back to back puzzles. What are the odds?
        September 17, 2019, 4:08 pm

        I propose that we formally name this puzzle "abra's evanescent conundrum"
        December 18, 2019, 6:02 pm

        There is a music group, "Evanescence," or I am still attempting to solve the puzz.e
        November 30, 2020, 8:09 pm

        evanescent, Evian with a twist of flavor.
        December 6, 2020, 5:10 am

        May 7, 2021, 7:29 am

        This must be Abra’s personal version of the Crypto Twilight Zone.


        • "If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love." — Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

          February 13, 2010, 6:41 pm
          I'd agree with "friendship rather than infatuation".

          August 17, 2012, 2:20 am
          I'd agree with both of you.

          February 8, 2014, 12:49 pm
          More like the vector product of friendship and infatuation! There needs to be some of both, I think.

          February 6, 2015, 5:41 am
          It should have equal parts of both I think.

          April 2, 2015, 4:34 pm
          Best buddies, each with an ever-renewed crush on the other.

          January 3, 2019, 1:29 am
          Does not friendship encompass love? Where does that rather come from?

          August 14, 2019, 2:18 am
          This is a translation, so the word for "love" might have been something closer to "lust."

          November 28, 2020, 2:47 am
          We were friends for such a long time. I don't think I was ever infatuated. He might have been, why not? We're happy and affectionate, joined at the hip. It resembles friendship but it's much more.

          February 7, 2021, 9:27 pm
          ^So lovely!


          • "Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place."
            — Abigail Van Buren

            January 24, 2022, 1:51 am
            I may have written this before. About a year ago, I needed some moisturizer. I didn't find what I wanted when we were shopping. A couple of days later my husband went to the commissary, and he brought some home. He told me he hopef that he bought the right thing. The first stuff he looked at said it was for wrinkles, and I didn't have wrinkle so he didn't buy it. I told him that was an early Valentines gift. ;o)​​


            • (It's always fun to hear about abra's fantasy dinner party.)

              "Physician -- One upon whom we set our hopes when ill and our dogs when well. " — Ambrose Bierce

              October 19, 2014, 4:33 am
              Do you get the feeling that every time someone had a conversation with Bierce, Bierce's responses always began with a single word followed by either a cynical definition or a witty one? Man 1 - "I'm a little worried about the weather today, Ambrose." Ambrose - "Weather - a condition of temperature, wind speed and direction, and humidity as determined by a talking mannequin on TV." Man 1 - "Honey, I'm going to get a drink. You stay and visit with Ambrose." Ambrose - "Drink - an alcoholic bevarage..."

              August 30, 2019, 7:07 pm
              Very funny, Barnabas. I'll put him across from Oscar at the dinner party. Sam, will be way down at the end of the table with people who have nothing to say.


              • Love it! "Ambrose, the house is on fire!" Ambrose, pensively: "Fire, an ancient discovery that made eating more enjoyable, and led to higher insurance premiums."