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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."


                • One of my favorite abra comments ever...

                  "None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act." — Hannah More​

                  June 1, 2013, 5:35 am
                  I'm too busy solving cryptograms.

                  April 3, 2016, 12:37 pm
                  I wonder if this was Hannah's pep talk to her servants.

                  January 25, 2017, 9:42 am
                  You, the little short one with the blanky, couldn't you be dusting or polishing something.

                  October 17, 2017, 5:05 am
                  ^I can't breathe I'm laughing too hard


                  • I always liked abra's snippets of autobiography.

                    "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." — Unattributed

                    February 24, 2019, 1:34 am
                    This one always stumps me. My mom never read us nursery rhymes or quoted them, like, ever, so it's not even sitting in my deep memory.

                    July 26, 2020, 10:46 pm
                    I had to learn this one as an adult. My did have a few she would recite. Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, There was a little girl, and Deedle Deedle Dumpling. Oh and now I'm thinking of more. I guess she recited a lot of them, but she didn't read them to us.

                    January 9, 2021, 2:13 am
                    *my mother did.

                    August 27, 2022, 9:24 pm
                    When I think about it, she must have had a nursery rhyme for every occasion. It surprises me a little, because my grandmother didn't seem like the nursery rhyme type. She lived near her grandmother and great-grandmother maybe one of them taught her.


                    • A rare occassion both Pootie and Abra in the same comment section. Both are missed. AND, of course, Bansai is in the top 20. May they all Rest in Peace.

                      "If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile."
                      — Lynda Barry

                      March 22, 2011, 11:37 am

                      Interesting analogy.
                      June 2, 2011, 2:42 pm

                      Wow, talk about applying new technology to an old concept.
                      November 13, 2011, 2:52 pm

                      What an awesome quote after what happened to me today.... wow, yep, if it's your time....
                      May 20, 2013, 5:32 am

                      No more little heart-shaped arrows.
                      July 31, 2013, 1:11 am

                      Nice thought.
                      July 5, 2015, 5:22 pm

                      I wonder how Aikon is doing.
                      July 17, 2016, 10:25 pm

                      just what i was wondering, llapp!
                      February 15, 2017, 3:46 am

                      February 28, 2018, 11:42 am

                      When I say I love you, you say you better.......You better bet your life. Kilroy 64
                      November 26, 2018, 4:14 pm

                      Tell us how it worked out, Aikon!
                      August 22, 2020, 8:46 pm

                      I am hoping that Aikon's comment meant that they'd just been mowed down by love. I hope so.


                      • "Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought." — Sir Arthur Helps

                        January 4, 2015, 8:16 pm
                        Another person whose name is a complete sentence! I wonder what his middle name was . . .

                        March 17, 2016, 12:58 pm
                        Aww, LLapp, I was coming here to mention that his name is a complete sentence. I do like that in a name.

                        April 26, 2016, 9:55 am
                        I was going to say, that his name is a complete sentence, but I guess we've been there and done that.

                        May 14, 2016, 6:47 pm
                        Sir Arthur CERTAINLY helps, or maybe Sir Arthur USUALLY Helps.

                        March 9, 2020, 4:36 am
                        his middle name was NEVER

                        August 23, 2021, 1:04 pm
                        Well, his middle name is *Arthur*. It says so right there! (He and I are close, though, and I always call him "Sir".)

                        February 12, 2024, 3:55 pm
                        On his gravestone it says "Sir Arthur Helped."


                        • "Always kiss your children goodnight - even if they're already asleep." — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

                          September 17, 2016, 6:59 pm
                          And when they've left the nest you keep them in your prayers, and if you don't pray, you keep them in your thoughts. They're your children.​


                          • "Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun." — Frederick Buechner

                            May 23, 2010, 11:54 pm
                            Dude, if you think that's more fun than lechery, you've got serious issues.

                            September 15, 2010, 5:12 pm
                            At least he said "possibly."

                            February 8, 2011, 2:37 pm
                            I would have guessed "Lust."

                            April 7, 2012, 11:33 pm
                            Maybe it's a Presbyterian minister thing.

                            February 21, 2014, 12:01 am
                            lust has to be more fun than rage

                            November 2, 2014, 6:23 am
                            I'm sticking with sloth and gluttony.

                            March 20, 2015, 11:29 am
                            And what I got from this quote is that "deadly" has the same pattern as "always".

                            June 25, 2015, 7:04 pm
                            Having been raised in a non-Christian culture I have never had to memorize sins, but I'm guessing that "Cryptograms" is not on this Deadly Sin list?

                            March 14, 2018, 10:50 pm
                            I too never knew what the seven deadly sins were So I just looked them up. This is the list I found - pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth. Is this a Catholic thing? - the list I mean, not the sins.

                            September 27, 2018, 2:16 pm
                            I think lust is the most fun, but sloth and gluttony are easier to come by.

                            December 31, 2019, 1:48 am
                            Wrath seems like the least fun, actually

                            May 8, 2020, 3:20 pm
                            Gluttony seems pretty fun to me.

                            February 7, 2021, 1:06 pm
                            could make an interesting parlor game

                            October 9, 2021, 9:55 pm
                            LLapp, I'm a Christian but I never learned the seven deadly sins in Church or Sunday School. They aren't Biblical. That's just speaking for myself. Others might have been taught them in a Church setting. I do know them though and I'm quite happy that cryptograms are not amongst them. I don't think any of them sound fun, but I do think it might be fun to throw dishes at a wall sometimes.

                            October 14, 2021, 9:56 am
                            I'm a Christian now, but I was raised by an agnostic and an atheist. Even so, I'm pretty sure a lot of us are gluttons for cryptograms

                            July 3, 2022, 4:26 pm
                            You guys make the seven deadly sins sound so much fun, there should be a monopoly game featuring these sins as goals or achievements.


                            • Bless you, abra.

                              "A food is not necessarily essential just because your child hates it." — Katharine Whitehorn

                              February 25, 2019, 1:59 am
                              I always picked out peaches and apricots for my son, and I learned they were his least favorite fruits. The kid loved broccoli, brussel sprouts and carrots. To this day he doesn't eat tomatoes. I never forced him to eat anything.​


                              • Rememberinb abra's good sense of humor:

                                "Art may make a suit of clothes but nature must produce a man."
                                — David Hume

                                Comments on this Puzzle:
                                February 7, 2014, 1:51 pm

                                Art who?
                                May 3, 2016, 7:00 pm