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  • Deanna48
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    "Accent is the soul of language - it gives to it both feeling and truth."
    — Jean Jacques Rousseau​

    kb83
    April 1, 2022, 9:38 am
    A philosopher named Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Never just guessed, he just knew so, That with his accent They knew what he meant, And so he urged others to do so.​

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  • LLapp
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    Thanks, kb83, it did feel like channeling!

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  • kb83
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    Originally posted by Eureka View Post
    "Hollywood is not suited for me, and I am not suited for it." — Dr. Seuss


    LLapp
    September 18, 2019, 5:48 pm
    I will not write for Hollywood, I would not live there if I could. I do not care for movie backlots, dog-eat-dog, or mega-jackpots.
    Nice, LLapp, you channeled him-- that's what he should have said.

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  • hrossa
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    It's now in the midden. Joking aside, he's lucky he didn't wind up inside.

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  • Deanna48
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    "Perhaps the strangest thing of all is the marvel that mathematics should be possible to a race akin to the apes."
    — Eric T. Bell​

    kb83
    April 9, 2018, 10:29 am
    A brilliant chimpanzee named Walaji Knew well algebraic topology He made a fine model Of a plant-based Klein bottle Then ate it without an apology.​

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  • kb83
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    Originally posted by LLapp View Post
    "All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves." — Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

    kb83
    January 2, 2019, 8:19 am
    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr Went for a drive in a shiny white car, ...

    letfreedomring
    September 16, 2019, 3:03 pm
    to get to the neighborhood deli. She didn't go in, and continued her spin, going home with her still empty belly.
    Okay, how about (with letfreedomring's permission):

    Amelia drove to the deli
    But outside she found it too smelly,
    She didn't go in,
    But continued her spin,
    Going home with her still empty belly.

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  • LLapp
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    "You can get along very well in this world by simply coming up with a quantity of reasonably valid statements." — B. F. Skinner (March 20, 1904 – August 18, 1990), an American psychologist, author, inventor, social philosopher, and poet.

    kb83
    January 7, 2022, 1:41 pm
    A rat owned by one B. F. Skinner, Had to type poems for his dinner. But he had a hard time, Finding rat words that rhyme, And so he got thinner and thinner.​

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  • LLapp
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    "Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech." — Martin Tupper
    Martin Farquhar Tupper (July 17, 1810 in London - November 1889 in Albury, Surrey) was an English writer, and poet, and the author of Proverbial Philosophy.

    dovid1946
    January 29, 2015, 10:24 am
    He also was a peddler, going door to door selling his wares.

    kb83
    March 31, 2023, 12:07 pm
    An itinerant salesman named Tupper, Oft asked if he could stay for supper, And then before partin', He'd fill up his carton, And snap shut its lower and upper.

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  • LLapp
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    (My comment is a quote from a book of children's poems. Skeeter's response is her own.)

    "If you have no enemies you are apt to be in the same predicament in regard to friends." — Elbert Hubbard

    LLapp
    July 14, 2016, 9:07 pm
    "I'm partial to the manatee, which emanates no vanity. It swims amidst anemones, and hasn't any enemies." - Jack Prelutsky

    skeeter
    October 22, 2017, 1:15 pm
    "I'm partial to the cryptoquotes, which offer little anecdotes. They get some yes and some no votes. Their addicts find no antidotes." -- Me.

    badbob
    November 5, 2018, 4:10 am
    nice skeeter. have you ever been to Nantucket?

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  • Eureka
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    (The winner of the challenge to change a quote into a rhyming couplet is.... kb83! )

    "When you deplore the conditions in the world, ask yourself, am I part of the problem or part of the solution? " — Unattributed

    kb83
    May 30, 2023, 2:26 pm
    Conditions in the world which you deplore, Ask if you help or are the reason for.​

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  • Eureka
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    "We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God's." — Henry Ward Beecher

    DrCryptell
    November 25, 2021, 9:34 pm
    God can take tomorrow; I'll cede God yesterday. I want to keep the present, And frolic in today.

    hrossa
    December 27, 2022, 11:49 pm
    It the poem yours, DrCryptell? If so, nice going!

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  • LLapp
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    "All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves." — Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

    kb83
    January 2, 2019, 8:19 am
    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr Went for a drive in a shiny white car, ...

    letfreedomring
    September 16, 2019, 3:03 pm
    to get to the neighborhood deli. She didn't go in, and continued her spin, going home with her still empty belly.

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  • Eureka
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    (A two-author poem is particularly charming when one player finishes a poem that another player inadvertently starts.)

    "Forgiveness is the scent that the rose leaves on the heel that crushes it " — Unattributed

    wobray2
    January 18, 2016, 12:57 am
    The first time I saw this quote, it was "violets" (though there have been several variations per (link)

    LLapp
    April 8, 2017, 10:20 am
    wobray2, the main difference is that roses are red and violets are blue.

    darkyr
    July 17, 2017, 8:02 am
    Your heel smells of flowers, what did you do?

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  • Eureka
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    "Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers. " — George Orwell

    bansaisequoia
    February 3, 2010, 7:34 pm
    This ode is not for shirkers,But earthly common workers, What bliss it is to be on, The level of a peon.

    universalmom
    January 14, 2013, 10:34 pm
    Hahaha...that's awesome

    LLapp
    December 11, 2014, 7:10 pm
    Bansais, did you write that? It's excellent.

    skeeter
    August 15, 2015, 9:52 am
    I wish my pup would be on / The papers meant to peon.

    universalmom
    January 22, 2016, 1:55 pm
    Even better, skeeter!!

    abra
    June 28, 2016, 2:32 pm
    Such poets!! LOL, Skeeter.

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  • LLapp
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    "It takes two to speak truth - One to speak, and another to hear." — Henry David Thoreau

    kb83
    May 18, 2017, 2:56 am
    A one-legged monsieur from France
    Asked Carmen Miranda to dance.
    Said she 'neath her mango,
    "It takes two to tango,
    I can back up but you can't advance."

    LLapp
    January 2, 2019, 3:43 pm
    kb83 -- Original, right? Wonderful.

    kb83
    August 5, 2022, 11:42 am
    Yes, LLapp, this was one of my best efforts. I am particularly proud of the implied double meaning "two legs", which is a twist on the usual meaning of the phrase "it takes two".

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