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  • I'm really enjoying the silliness in the comments tonight....

    "Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation." Thomas Carlyle

    daris_moore
    May 26, 2012, 3:28 am
    The 'how' does not make sense.

    wvwoman
    June 14, 2013, 9:28 pm
    i agree, the "how" doesn't seem to belong there.

    Quizzical
    October 28, 2013, 3:33 am
    Sounds okay to me. It is just a sentence structure not regularly used today. It is the more complete form, i.e. we normally just leave out the "how".

    montyb
    January 19, 2015, 2:39 pm
    It sounds okay to me, also. But then again, I'm not a structure that is regularly used today either.

    abra
    December 30, 2015, 5:43 pm
    I thought it sounded ok. Maybe I go back far enough that the sentence structure doesn't bother me.

    darkyr
    August 11, 2017, 4:31 am
    How much farther back must you go for it not to be a bother?

    vintage38
    May 28, 2018, 8:09 am
    39 seconds

    marnita
    July 16, 2018, 12:12 pm
    I don't think that's far enough, vintage38.

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    • it should be "nor"

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      • That time when Unattributed was dead wrong.

        "A cemetery is the only place where people don't try to keep up with the Joneses. "
        Unattributed

        susanj512
        February 21, 2009, 7:13 pm
        weird!!!

        bansaisequoia
        April 12, 2010, 10:04 pm
        My monument's bigger than your monument.

        universalmom
        September 23, 2014, 2:33 pm
        compensation

        montyb
        January 3, 2015, 11:21 am
        Epitaph envy, Bansai?

        Quizzical
        January 5, 2015, 3:11 pm
        The Joneses are a lot easier to keep up with in there. I knew a lady that used to say of her deceased husband, "At least I know where he is every night now."

        skeeter
        March 25, 2017, 8:10 am
        They just keep up with the boneses.

        maradnu
        November 12, 2017, 2:22 pm
        Bet me. Look at those who have very fancy monuments.

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        • Related to Quizzical's quote above, I have a friend who had a no-goodnik (if ever there was one - an abusive drunk/drug addict often in trouble with the law and who cost her a lot more money than he ever contributed to their household) for a husband for a time when she was young - she had two kids with him before he left. A few years later- she'd divorced him using legal reasons of abandonment by then - she got a call from social security saying he'd been found dead (drowned in a puddle after a bar fight - I know, I know, it's like a melodramatic crime novel) and that she was entitled to social security for her kids. She always said that "being dead was the best job he'd ever had." Oh ... there is a happy ending - a few years after that, she met and fell in love with a very nice sane, responsible fellow and they've lived more-or-less happily ever after since ... though her two kids from that marriage (now young adults) didn't fare so well, I'm afraid.

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          • Originally posted by Fudi View Post
            Related to Quizzical's quote above, I have a friend who had a no-goodnik (if ever there was one - an abusive drunk/drug addict often in trouble with the law and who cost her a lot more money than he ever contributed to their household) for a husband for a time when she was young - she had two kids with him before he left. A few years later- she'd divorced him using legal reasons of abandonment by then - she got a call from social security saying he'd been found dead (drowned in a puddle after a bar fight - I know, I know, it's like a melodramatic crime novel) and that she was entitled to social security for her kids. She always said that "being dead was the best job he'd ever had." Oh ... there is a happy ending - a few years after that, she met and fell in love with a very nice sane, responsible fellow and they've lived more-or-less happily ever after since ... though her two kids from that marriage (now young adults) didn't fare so well, I'm afraid.
            Wow, what a strange turn of events, Fudi. I hope her kids are able to sort their lives out and not follow in their dad's footsteps.

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            • There once were two evil brothers. They were rich and used their money to keep their evil ways from the public eye. They attended the same temple, and to everyone else, they appeared to be perfect Jews.

              One day, their rabbi retired and a new one was hired. Not only could the new rabbi see right through the brothers' deceptions, but he also spoke well and true about it. Due to the rabbi's honesty and integrity, the temple's membership grew in numbers. Eventually, a fundraising campaign was started to build a much bigger temple.

              All of a sudden, one of the brothers died. The remaining brother sought out the new rabbi the day before the funeral and handed him a check for the amount needed to complete the new building. He held the check for the rabbi to see.

              "I have only one condition," he said. "At the funeral, you must say my brother was a mensch. You must say those exact words."

              After some thought, the rabbi gave his word and took the check. He cashed it immediately.

              At the funeral the next day, however, the rabbi did not hold back. "He was an evil man," he said about the dead brother. "He cheated on his wife and abused his family. Never once did he commit an unselfish act." He railed on and on about the deceased. After nearly a half hour of the evil truth, the rabbi paused and shrugged his shoulders. Finally, he said, "But compared to his brother, he was a mensch."

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              • I'd never heard Maradnu's version. In the story I heard back when I was in college, the brother who survived was shopping for a preacher who would call the deceased man a saint. After approaching every church in town, one pastor finally agreed to call the brother a saint for $10 thousand. The rest of the pastors in town were shocked and attended the funeral just to see for themselves how this pastor could be so dishonest. The pastor in his eulogy carried on for several minutes as to the evils and lies of the deceased brother. Looking straight at the survivor, he said "Jack Thompson was the most evil person I ever knew, but compared to his brother, he was a saint."

                Same joke, different religion. Not sure which version is funnier.

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                • "Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves."
                  Abbe Dimnet

                  Dynamite
                  March 1, 2009, 8:13 pm
                  Never a truer quote!
                  badfrog
                  April 14, 2009, 4:15 pm
                  The author is Ernest Dimnet
                  bansaisequoia
                  June 23, 2009, 1:18 pm
                  Abbe is a title for a French clergyman.
                  montyb
                  December 24, 2012, 6:33 pm
                  So if one writes to him for advice, one should write to "Dear Abbe"?
                  agatha
                  May 26, 2013, 12:59 am
                  That's truly funny, monty.
                  agatha
                  May 26, 2013, 1:05 am
                  or should I say Monte
                  abracadebra
                  February 23, 2015, 2:10 pm
                  I believe as long as the both sides are equally balanced then it is morally excepted behavioural learning therapy.
                  LLapp
                  February 25, 2015, 6:51 am
                  How did agatha do that?
                  wvwoman
                  July 25, 2015, 4:24 pm
                  she got the quote twice in one night, llapp.
                  marnita
                  March 4, 2016, 8:40 am
                  I think it is possible to leave two comments, one right after the other, as long as one has not left the page. Maybe I will try it.
                  marnita
                  October 31, 2016, 10:30 am
                  Well, I think it used to be possible, but I guess not any more.
                  darkyr
                  December 22, 2016, 4:42 am
                  I'll just leave the one comment and I think we will all feel better for it.
                  LLapp
                  February 28, 2017, 2:01 pm
                  Look! I made it back! Took a year and a half, but it worked.
                  LLapp
                  October 18, 2018, 5:46 pm
                  ^^?? Okay it was 2 years.

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                  • "Three things drive a man outdoors; smoke, a leaking roof and a scolding wife. "
                    Proverb


                    agatha
                    January 1, 2011, 3:54 pm
                    Oh, that man again!
                    montyb
                    October 20, 2012, 10:44 pm
                    That's it. I'm outta here!
                    chopstix
                    May 8, 2013, 6:24 pm
                    "The roof's leaking AGAIN 'cause ya didn't patch it good last time!" she exclaimed after lighting up.
                    montyb
                    July 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
                    It isn't "smoldering wife"? I have got to get new glasses.
                    LLapp
                    January 1, 2015, 9:03 pm
                    Not a scalding wife?
                    saipanwriter
                    February 9, 2015, 3:21 am
                    Because if the roof is leaking, it's going to be much better outdoors...
                    kb83
                    February 18, 2015, 4:47 am
                    great comments!
                    marnita
                    May 28, 2016, 7:52 am
                    He will probably have to go outdoors to fix the roof, especially if he wants to forestall the wife's scolding.
                    universalmom
                    May 28, 2016, 12:12 pm
                    Hahaha I had smoldering wife too, or I thought I did
                    abra
                    June 22, 2017, 6:47 pm
                    I thought I had smoldering wife, but when I looked it was actually "smolding". I would think maybe the smoldering wife would keep him indoors.

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                    • "Caution is a most valuable asset in fishing, especially if you are the fish. "
                      Unattributed

                      bansaisequoia
                      February 26, 2011, 12:19 pm
                      This applies to e-mail, too.
                      bazinga
                      October 24, 2012, 8:00 pm
                      and phishing
                      dovid1946
                      February 14, 2015, 9:21 am
                      catch any of those gefilte fish lately?
                      LLapp
                      July 1, 2016, 8:41 pm
                      Gefilte phishing is the worst kind.
                      ruxpin66
                      July 11, 2016, 7:58 am
                      I laugh every time I see your screen name, bazinga. Love it!
                      obsessedreader8
                      July 30, 2016, 2:31 am
                      49 seconds.
                      darkyr
                      August 16, 2017, 9:51 am
                      Though there is nothing like a red herring to keep you busy while you are reading.
                      skeeter
                      April 1, 2019, 3:27 pm
                      I'll mullet over and get back to you.

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                      • That time when all the comments were pure gold.

                        "Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect."
                        Chinese Proverb

                        judy100
                        March 18, 2015, 2:32 am
                        24K gold is pure.

                        darkyr
                        January 9, 2017, 3:02 am
                        Then it is in direct violation of Chinese Proverbs and must be stopped immediately.

                        writeon
                        May 25, 2017, 9:05 pm
                        So if gold is pure, then people are perfect, and I don't have to keep going to the gym.

                        Elephino
                        August 14, 2018, 4:56 pm
                        Right on, writeon!

                        MadDoctor
                        October 31, 2018, 8:00 pm
                        24K gold is 99.99% pure. Almost, but not quite.

                        montyb
                        December 1, 2018, 5:43 am
                        Writeon, You could go to Gold's Gym.

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                        • "When the water reaches the upper level, follow the rats." Claude Swanson

                          BrainCellKeeper
                          September 1, 2014, 7:43 am
                          That's what they did on the Titanic.

                          Hash
                          October 2, 2014, 12:28 am
                          Yeah, why go down alone?

                          susanith
                          July 8, 2017, 12:41 pm
                          Alas, I had trouble with upper. Did they really follow the rats on the Titanic?

                          Queethebean
                          June 9, 2018, 9:58 am
                          Only the first class rats.

                          DavidinKenai
                          August 3, 2018, 11:16 am
                          To the lobsters in the kitchen, the sinking of the Titanic was a miracle.

                          badbob
                          July 5, 2019, 3:01 pm
                          how do you think the unthinkable? with an ithberg

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                          • "Life is the hyphen between matter and spirit."
                            Augustus William Hare

                            fishbum
                            June 3, 2014, 6:25 pm
                            Usually the hyphen is a given character.
                            dovid1946
                            May 26, 2015, 3:39 am
                            The biography failed to mention that Mr. Hare was a distant cousin to Bugs Bunny, esq.
                            damsel22
                            June 28, 2015, 8:55 am
                            I think this is the first time I have ever seen the word "hyphen" in a quote.
                            tgreen517
                            November 13, 2015, 8:19 pm
                            I think life is more of an ! than a -
                            kb83
                            March 29, 2016, 3:57 am
                            If a German agreed with him, he/she would say, "Hear, hear, Herr Hare."
                            debzhaus
                            April 3, 2016, 6:09 am
                            hahaha, "hear hear, Herr Hare"
                            318WOZ
                            May 30, 2019, 12:53 am
                            I kind of like the quotation, but the comments are delightful.
                            LLapp
                            July 23, 2019, 10:32 pm
                            If a German liked his joke, he/she would say, "Hear, hear, Herr Hare, har har har."

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                            • "When a noble life has prepared old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality. "
                              Germaine de Stael

                              montyb
                              March 18, 2015, 12:43 pm
                              All right! Let's hear it for those days of immorality. Now where did I put my glasses?
                              dovid1946
                              May 6, 2015, 12:13 pm
                              I think I found your glasses, monty. You can see them the next time you solve a crypto from Carl Jung. He has them on his forehead.
                              oddcouple
                              May 9, 2015, 2:04 am
                              l right! I'm not gettnig old, just immortal
                              oddcouple
                              December 11, 2015, 3:10 pm
                              Wow! Can't believe my typos from last time. Must have been late at night.
                              Persephone59
                              May 4, 2019, 11:12 pm
                              No, oddcouple, you really are just getting closer to immortality.

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                              • "The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before." Gilbert Chesterton

                                kjmcaj
                                January 28, 2013, 5:27 pm
                                I accidentally do that very often- and it sucks !!

                                kb83
                                March 26, 2015, 9:20 am
                                Piet Hein: "'It ought to be plain how little you gain by getting excited and vexed. You'll always be late for the previous train, and always on time for the next.'

                                judy100
                                February 17, 2017, 10:34 pm
                                Learned from missing a flight

                                Eureka
                                February 26, 2019, 10:57 pm
                                I like it, kb83!

                                badbob
                                July 7, 2019, 7:48 am
                                i am so slow that i always come in first in the race behind me

                                badbob
                                July 24, 2019, 2:46 am
                                my ancestors came over on the Juneflower

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