It is easier to buy books than to read them, and easier to read them than to absorb them. –William Osler

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Now that’s a quote I can relate to — of the near-50 books I bought at that November used book sale I wrote about recently, in 3 weeks I’ve managed to find time to read all of 2 1/2; that’s all of two books (plus half of one) traversed in 21 days, as the crow flies. At that rate, I’ll have bought 50 more books before I’ve read an iota of my quota from the last batch — and I’ve already bought ten more books since then. Nonetheless (actually all the more, both batches combined), rather than completely skip a post as I did December 5, I’ll at least try to save composing-time by posting (aka com-posting) the words of others.

Fittingly, I’ll quote the six Masters of Wit (from my previous post) to whom Groucho Marx dedicated his book GROUCHO AND ME. The last quote below cites another timesaver some people practice, but rarely admit….however, I’ll open with Robert Benchley, who undoubtedly said the following following A Night At The Opera with the Marx Brothers:

Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings.

I didn’t like the play, but then I saw it under adverse conditions  — the curtain was up.

An optimist is a girl who mistakes a bulge for a curve.

Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?

The fact is that all of us have only one personality, and we wring it out like a dishtowel. You are what you are.

Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.

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13 comments on “PARDON MY QUOTES

  1. Carmen says:

    I always thought I was an optimist and, after reading that quote, I know for sure. 🙂 Great quotes for sure!

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  2. mistermuse says:

    Carmen, your comment threw me a curve until I went back to the quotes, and then it hit me. No problem, though — how appropriate that the “bulge” quote was made by Ring LARDner! 🙂


  3. Don Frankel says:

    A book a week Muse that sounds about what I do. But this reminds me of a time I bought a book at Barnes and Noble and while I’m paying the woman at the counter she asks. “Would you like to join the Barnes and Noble club?” And, I explain that I buy books here and at other book stores and off of guys on the street corner and just about anywhere and I conclude that when it comes to books the term that applies to me is… and I guess you as well Muse, “promiscuous.”

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  4. mistermuse says:

    Actually, a book a week is quite a bit more than I usually manage, Don, but I hope to pick up the pace over the winter when I don’t have grass to mow, leaves to rake, and other work around the house. Now if I could only resist buying more books for the next five years!


  5. BroadBlogs says:

    You may not have gotten through all the books, but you’ve got some great quotes!

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  6. mistermuse says:

    I must modestly agree. I like them all so much, I can’t name a favorite.


  7. RMW says:

    Over the years I accumulated a large library of mostly unread books. I sold many of the books some years ago but lately I’ve been driving carloads over to the local library… makes me feel really good to donate them… but kind of sad when I think of the money that could have been better spent. I still have a good size library of art books and those are in my will! Now I only buy Kindle books and the deal is I have to finish one before I buy another… that plan almost works most of the time!! Hope you get to read all of yours….

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  8. mistermuse says:

    I don’t know what kind of unread books they were that make you sad to “think of the money that could have been better spent,” but my guess is that the money could also have been worse spent, so if you think of it that way, perhaps you would feel differently. In any case, I thank you for the comment and share your hope for my reading goal. 🙂


    • RMW says:

      At least the books have ended up in a good place at the library or a book sale to raise money for the library… so in that sense it isn’t sad… and yes, better than a gambling or drug addiction for sure! Happy reading!


  9. mistermuse says:

    Thanks, and Happy Holidays to you.


  10. “Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.”
    –E. B. WHITE
    Loved this one 🙂😀

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  11. mistermuse says:

    I agree….and thanks for commenting!


  12. Mary P says:

    Loved this one 🙂😀 I always thought I was an optimist and, after reading that quote, I know for sure.

    Liked by 1 person

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