SOWING MY WILD QUOTES

….young men must sow their wild oats, and women must not expect miracles. –from LITTLE WOMEN, by Louisa May Alcott

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Usually, when I do a post of quotations, they’re organized around one subject….but, for this post (having amassed a wide range of seedy — correction: seed-bearing — reflections), I’ll throw caution to the winds and, as the saying blows — scatter and sow my wild quotes:

What I have seen of the love affairs of other people has not led me to regret that deficiency in my experience. –George Bernard Shaw

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. –Anatole France

The latter part of a wise person’s life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier. –Jonathan Swift

Most African-Americans in this country will never know the true history of our ancestors. Our forefathers were densely packed into slave ships and transported across the Atlantic to be sold like common goods. Many died and their individuals histories with them. Those who survived had their ancestral names stripped from them and replaced with ones slave masters wanted them to have. Much of our African heritage has been irretrievably lost to the ravages of such as Gen. Lee, whose monuments pay tribute to individuals who took away and erased the history of thousands upon thousands of Africans through slavery, killing and destruction of black families by way of the auction block. Now some want to romanticize, revere and commemorate them as heroes. Well, excuse me if I’m not willing to buy that brand. Forgive me if I don’t shed a tear for your loss. All I can say is, welcome to the club. –Kevin S. Aldridge

Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups. –John Kenneth Galbraith

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking. –Thomas Edison

Enough is what would satisfy us — if the neighbors didn’t have more. –from “20,000 Quips & Quotes,” by Evan Esar

And with that, I think you’ve had enough. Evan, if you want more.

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OLD BUSINESS

Rufus T. Firefly: And now, members of the Cabinet — we’ll take up old business.
Mistermuse: I wish to discuss my previous post, GNOME DE PLUME.
Firefly: Sit down. That’s new business. No old business? Very well — then we’ll take up new business.
Mistermuse: Now, about GNOME DE PLUME.
Firefly: Too late. That’s old business already. Sit down.

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Old business or not, I owe it to my royal leaders — I mean my loyal readers — to give them the correct answers to the quiz in my last post, and I’m no longer going to leave them (my loyal readers) hanging, which is too good for ’em  anyway (my royal leaders, that is) . Besides, I have no new business to write about, so it’s either this or nothing (and no, you don’t get to choose). So sit back, have a nice bowl of hot Duck Soup, and enjoy seeing how many of the following noms de plume you didn’t get right, you ignorant Sylvanians!

ARTEMUS WARD / Charles Farrar Browne
GEORGE SAND / Aurore Dupin
GEORGE ELIOT / Mary Anne Evans
LEWIS CARROLL / Charles Dodgson
SYLVIA PLATH / Victoria Lucas

GEORGE ORWELL / Eric Blair
ISAK DINESEN / Karen Blixen
ANATOLE FRANCE / Jacques Anatole Thibault
SIDNEY SHELDON / Sidney Schechtel
O. HENRY / William Sydney Porter

ANNE RICE / Howard Allen Frances O’Brien
AYN RAND / Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum
C. S. FORESTER / Cecil Smith
VOLTAIRE / Francois Marie Arouet
DANIEL DEFOE / Daniel Foe

Hail, hail Fredonia!

GNOME DE PLUME

Mistermuse, having come up just a tad short of becoming a world-famous author himself, thought his real self and I would write a post about pen names of other reputed writers, including a quiz about how many real names of pseudonymous authors you can identify, such as the one everyone knows: Mark Twain / Samuel Clemens.

But in the course of doing a little research, we came across the Nom de Pun of a legendary wee person of English folklore, Tom Thumb, who (though not an author) is the subject of many an author’s works, starting with The History of Tom Thumb, first published in 1621. Two-plus centuries later, showman P. T. Barnum took advantage of that famous character’s name by featuring “General Tom Thumb” (dwarf Charles Sherwood Stratton) as his star attraction …. which led us further down the sidetrack of character names of famous dwarfs, such as “Tattoo” (Herve Villechaize) of Fantasy Island fame and “Mini-Me” (Verne Troyer) in The Spy Who Shagged Me.” But enough about Mini-Me (and Tattoo and Tom Thumb), and back to the business at hand: pen names of renowned writers.

Following the famous nom de plume of each author (in caps below) is the real name of another author on the list. How many of these mismatched names can you re-match correctly?

ARTEMUS WARD / Eric Blair
GEORGE SAND / Charles Dodgson
GEORGE ELIOT / Aurore Dupin
LEWIS CARROLL / Victoria Lucas
SYLVIA PLATH / Karen Blixen

GEORGE ORWELL / Cecil Smith
ISAK DINESEN / Mary Anne Evans
ANATOLE FRANCE / Francois Marie Arouet
SIDNEY SHELDON / Daniel Foe
O. HENRY / Charles Farrar Browne

ANNE RICE / Sidney Schechtel
AYN RAND / Howard Allen Frances O’Brien
C. S. FORESTER / William Sydney Porter
VOLTAIRE/ Jacque Anatole Thibault
DANIEL DEFOE / Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum

But what about the real name of mistermuse, you ask. Are you ready for the big announcement?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBzJGckMYO4

Sorry for the typo — I meant “pig announcement.”