Not that I mind, but you had to ask, didn’t you?

Well, I’m in the process of reading (as attested by bookmarkers sticking out between pages of various of my volumes), but rare are the books I’ve actually completed lately, despite skipping a post after each of the two used book sale hauls I wrote about on Nov. 30 and Feb. 5.

Nonetheless, I’ve at least gotten the books out of boxes, sorted by category, and onto newly created shelves or rearranged space on old shelves. I’m tempted to call this accomplishment half the battle, but until I carve out more reading time,  the war will not be won, and the next irresistible book sale could drive me back up the wall (possibly to make more shelves). So, taking advantage of there not being a day 30 in February, I’ll not be posting again until March 5.

Meanwhile, I suppose there are more important goings on going on in the world than my problems, but that’s not my problem (and, in any case, nothing that Trump can’t fix). But I’ll let others have the last word(s):

All the problems in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian. –Pat Paulsen

What a pity human beings can’t exchange problems. Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other fellow’s. –Olin Miller

The world is full of problem children, and most of them are over 21 years old. –Evan Esar

It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem. –G.K. Chesterton

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt. –Bertrand Russell

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. –George Washington

Men have more problems than women; for one thing, they have to put up with women. –Françoise Sagan

NOTE: This is being posted a day ahead of schedule due to predicted severe weather in the area tonight with possible outages.



  1. Carmen says:

    I’ll assume you put that last quote in there tongue in cheek. 🙂 Good ones, though!

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  2. mistermuse says:

    Carmen, let’s just say I had my tongue in cheek as much as the author of that last quote — a woman! Does that get me off the hook? 🙂

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  3. arekhill1 says:

    Did Russell steal that line from Yeats, or did Yeats crib it from Russell? Or did they both snatch it from some poor, uncredited philosopher? Something to contemplate while you’re weathering the weather.

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    • mistermuse says:

      I’ve never seen that line attributed to Yeats, and I don’t think his Butler did it. On the other hand, Russell seldom wrote anything without his Bertrand, but that doesn’t prove anything either. That leaves “some poor, uncredited philosopher” — which sounds like me, which I deny,unless there’s a reward (I might settle for an Award).


  4. Enjoy a bit of time away, hunker down with one of your bazillion good books, and stay away from books stores and libraries. Reading books would no doubt be at least as satisfying as building shelves for them – and a lot less actual WORK!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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  5. scifihammy says:

    It’s sad when there isn’t enough reading time in a day! I do like to finish books, even if it takes a while. Good Luck catching up on your reading – or building more book shelves! 🙂

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  6. Don Frankel says:

    Muse, at least you’re not like one of these athlete’s whose written more books than they’ve read. One of whom had this priceless little gem the other day while speaking to some young kids he was supposed to inspire. “Girls need to be silent and boys need to be strong.”

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  7. linnetmoss says:

    The Russell quote being my favorite, I looked it up and the straight dope is here:
    But Yeats said something similar in his poem “The Second Coming.”

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  8. mistermuse says:

    Thank you for “the straight dope.” So the (William) Butler (Yeats) did it, or something similar, after all!


  9. Great quotes. Except you snuck that Sagan one in there. Hey?! The Paulsen one is the best. Thanks for the laugh. Happy Reading 🙂

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  10. mistermuse says:

    Thanks, Diana. BTW, I tried to ‘make up’ for the Sagan quote with the Joseph Conrad quote in one of my Feb. 24 comments to Carmen, but apparently it wasn’t enough ‘make up’ to be noticed. 🙂


    • Carmen says:

      * she laughs * She was also sure she had responded to that response. . . Turnabout is fair play, isn’t it? 🙂

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      • mistermuse says:

        Carmen, if you’re referring to Diana’s comment, I’m not sure what you mean (and if you’re NOT referring to Diana’s comment. I’m STILL not sure what you mean!). Nonetheless, I agree that Turnabout is fair play (or something close to it):



  11. Carmen says:

    You’ll notice I said FAIR play. ..ahem . .


  12. BroadBlogs says:

    Those are some great quotes. Especially like this: “The world is full of problem children, and most of them are over 21 years old.” –Evan Esar

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  13. inesephoto says:

    Love Andrea Marsh version. On a serious note, Chesterton is right, and I see it every day in the media. Sometimes it is simply ridiculous how people have no clue but have an opinion and solution. On a lighter note, I love the last one. It is why we girls put up with you guys. We appreciate your hard life 😉

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    • mistermuse says:

      I appreciate that you took time to listen to both clips of “Trouble In Paradise,” and that the Andrea Marsh version amply rewarded your persistence. I think it’s a great song, but one that falls on unappreciative ears of most middle age-and-younger music fans. And I also thank you for appreciating what a hard life we men have in relating with women! 🙂

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  14. Mél@nie says:

    ah, merci for the brilliant Françoise Sagan… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Yes RCA Victrola and so post depression and pre WWII. We usa had a big depression 2007/2008. Hmmm (my imagination) an irony of life today, i.e. usa. Thanks for sharing!


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