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  • #31
    "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.

    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.​


    • #32
      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

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

      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.


      • #33
        "Perhaps the strangest thing of all is the marvel that mathematics should be possible to a race akin to the apes."
        — Eric T. Bell​

        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.​


        • #34
          It's now in the midden. Joking aside, he's lucky he didn't wind up inside.


          • #35
            Originally posted by Eureka View Post
            "Hollywood is not suited for me, and I am not suited for it." — Dr. Seuss

            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.


            • #36
              Thanks, kb83, it did feel like channeling!


              • #37
                "Accent is the soul of language - it gives to it both feeling and truth."
                — Jean Jacques Rousseau​

                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.​


                • #38
                  "Success is a tale of obstacles overcome, and for every obstacle overcome, an excuse not used."
                  — Robert Brault​

                  February 9, 2018, 3:07 am
                  A babbling blogger named Brault, Was precious and trite to a fault. What he said was unneeded, And readers all pleaded, Won't you please bring this stuff to a hault?​

                  I love this one, LOL!!


                  • #39
                    "This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects, for it redoubles joys, and cuts griefs in half." — Aristotle

                    July 13, 2016, 3:29 am
                    When in need, talk to yourself. It will get you halfway there.

                    July 6, 2017, 4:10 am
                    It's called degriefing.

                    March 24, 2019, 9:17 pm
                    i ve been talking to myself for years with no end in sight

                    November 28, 2019, 9:44 pm
                    I think we are all self-talkers on this site. I post this comment knowing full well that nobody might read it for years, and that's fine.

                    December 19, 2021, 9:52 am
                    LLapp, I've only been posting for like 4 months, and apparently, you're right, I've only gotten one response, and that was from someone who didn't like what I said about a third party.

                    November 26, 2022, 9:02 pm
                    So nice to meet you, Gracefulghost, It's remiss of us to leave you troubled, By careful reading of what you post, May griefs be halved, and our joys doubled.


                    • #40
                      A string of fun comments, ending in a kb83 limerick:

                      "What is man's chief enemy? Each man is his own." — Anacharsis Cloots

                      May 2, 2013, 11:33 am
                      Which Anacharsis Cloots was this?

                      August 6, 2014, 7:02 pm
                      An 18th century Prussian nobleman, according to Wiki.

                      January 16, 2015, 4:50 pm
                      I'd rather be my own chef enemy.

                      September 1, 2016, 9:35 am
                      That's why I never win; I'm too evenly matched.

                      March 13, 2020, 3:35 pm
                      Sometimes it is one's name.

                      April 13, 2020, 12:03 am
                      I thought he was one of the kids from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

                      May 23, 2022, 1:21 pm
                      A young fellow named Anacharsis, Kept injuring his metatarsus, He found some new shoes, With shouts and "Woo- hoo"s (For him it was quite a catharsis.)


                      • #41
                        "Men, having often abandoned what was visible for the sake of what was uncertain, have not got what they expected, and have lost what they had." — Demetrius Phalereus​

                        December 18, 2023, 12:02 pm
                        An ancient Greek author Phalereus, Had wisdom for those who were serious, You should not aband- on a bird in the hand, To go for a vision delirious.​


                        • #42
                          (You are brilliantly funny, kb83. For easier reading, I have put the comment before the quote.)

                          July 25, 2017, 10:04 am
                          There must be a name for this meter. It sounds like the 3rd, 4th, and 5th line of a limerick. How about: He got a degree from Loyola, But wished he could own a Corolla,​

                          "If wishes and buts were clusters of nuts, we'd all have a bowl of granola." — Strangers with Candy


                          • #43
                            I love this one, added a carriage return for easier reading.

                            "Be thou the first true merit to befriend, his praise is lost who stays till all commend."
                            — Alexander Pope

                            August 19, 2020, 4:04 am
                            Through twisted syntax and rhymes forc’d we grope
                            And thus a poet true is Alex Pope​
                            Last edited by kb83; 04-07-2024, 06:16 PM.


                            • #44
                              More on Pope's syntax-twisting, with more carriage returns added for the poetry.

                              'Tis not enough your counsel still be true;
                              Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do.
                              — Alexander Pope

                              August 9, 2019, 3:05 pm
                              If there was one person's quotes I could remove from this site, it would be this guy. I'm not sure why. There are a lot of nonsensical quotes on here (I'm looking at you Brault and Beiber), but I cringe every time I see Pope's name.

                              May 3, 2020, 9:25 pm
                              Well, he is required to rhyme in iambic pentameter. Any kernels of wisdom are gravy.

                              August 10, 2020, 12:56 pm
                              Five metric feet start every verse of Pope.
                              That wisdom follow, one can only hope.

                              October 3, 2020, 6:45 am
                              What I dislike in most older quotes
                              Are archaic words...that gets my goat!

                              October 4, 2020, 1:14 am
                              What I dislike in most older quotes
                              Are archaic words...that gets my goat!

                              April 1, 2022, 4:01 pm
                              Write on,, writeon.

                              April 26, 2023, 12:45 pm
                              writeon, what is it you dislike about older quotes?

                              July 6, 2023, 1:21 pm
                              Five metric feet start every verse of Pope.
                              That wisdom follow, one can only hope.
                              His object bared, he closes with the verb,
                              Unwitting cryptogrammers to perturb.​


                              • #45

                                "The man is either mad, or he is making verses." -- Horace

                                March 7, 2016, 1:49 pm
                                My solve time was bad, and that makes me mad;
                                but what's even worse is, I'm still making verses.