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  • mistermuse 6:11 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Clarence Darrow, , Frank Lloyd Wright, half-truths, , , , , , , ,   


    lie, n. a false statement known to be false by the person who makes it.
    liev. to be in a horizontal or flat position; to exist; have its place.  –World Book Dictionary

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    So, where does the truth lie? Attempts to address that question, it seems to me, lie in the assumption that we know objectively what truth is. Should we settle for the negative defining of truth as being the opposite of “lie, n“? I don’t know that most of us want to — or need to — go deeper into the jungle of truth than that, but if you’re of a mind to take the path of beast resistance, you can start here:


    In our dystopian sub-culture of “fake news,” half-truths, whole-cloth fabrications and false narratives in which truth is what President Trump says it is and science is fiction, it isn’t always simple to disentangle truth from the deluge of prevarication and misrepresentations which is Trump’s stock in trade  — and he knows it. Who can fact check it all fast enough? The old saying remains relevant: “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”

    And speaking of quotes which remain relevant, try these on for wise:

    Carlyle said, “A lie cannot live.” It shows he did not know how to tell them. –Mark Twain

    If at first you’re not believed, lie, lie again.–Evan Esar (not Trump, believe it or not)

    The pursuit of truth shall set you free, even if you never catch up with it. –Clarence Darrow

    It is twice as hard to crush a half-truth as a whole lie. –Austin O’Malley

    Truth is more important than facts. –Frank Lloyd Wright

    All men are born truthful and die liars. –Marquis de Vauvenargues

    And so it goes. Would I lie to you?


    • calmkate 6:24 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      well I was hoping for a glimmer of truth but am sadly disappointed .. 😦

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      • mistermuse 6:37 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Well, you can always fall back on Trump — there may be “a glimmer of truth” somewhere in his deep, dark past.

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        • calmkate 6:38 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink

          somehow doubt that … hope his parents have passed, how humiliating to have given birth to that …

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        • mistermuse 6:49 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink

          His late father would be proud, not humiliated. ‘Like father, like son,’ by all accounts (including the new book by The Donald’s niece, Mary Trump).


    • obbverse 7:02 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The Trump Hound- mouth of a Rottweiler, brain of a Shi Tzu. Temperament? Whiney, disloyal lazy, comfortable to simply lay around the House and lie, lie lie and lie. Barking? Mad.

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    • magickmermaid 7:07 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If someone proves to be a liar in one instance, then I find it extremely difficult to believe anything else they may say. Resist the beast! 🙂

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    • obbverse 8:34 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Since he sticks in my craw can I spit out another?
      Bad mad dogs of his kind
      Growlingly protect their address,
      When evicted they sure do leave behind
      Nothing but a nasty mess.

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      • mistermuse 10:40 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        There’s no guarantee he’ll leave —
        He has many tricks up his sleeve.
        Who knows what deviltry he’ll try?
        We only know it’ll be a monstrous lie.

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    • Rebecca Wallick 10:16 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thirty-plus years in the legal profession taught me this truth: almost everyone lies, with a straight face, even after swearing an oath to tell the truth.

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      • mistermuse 12:25 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        According to Mark Twain (and others), there are three kinds of lies: LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND STATISTICS. I don’t know about the legal profession, but I think it’s safe to say the political profession encompasses all three. Oddly enough, no one mentioned the fourth (and saddest) kind of lie:


    • jilldennison 1:11 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Politically, there is a very simple way to separate fact from fiction, truth from lie. If Donald Trump or ANY of his hand-picked sycophants say it, it is a lie. I think that for tonight I shall have to pass on the path of beast resistance, for my mental acuity is about fried. Perhaps tomorrow!

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      • mistermuse 3:42 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You ain’t lyin’, Jill.
        And I don’t blame you for passing on the path of beast resistance if you’re mental acuity is fried, because it’s a lot to digest. 😉

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    • masercot 4:54 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The only acceptable lies are on the golf course.

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    • Rivergirl 7:33 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Though I constantly call him a moron, his one clever move was to undermine faith in the media, journalism and the news in general. Alternative truth has served him well.

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      • mistermuse 8:24 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        No doubt he has a certain amount of ‘street smarts,’ but no doubt the road to hell is jammed with big talkers.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 2:39 pm on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What a fun post. This one needs a late night and a few bottles of wine. Almost everything is subjective, right? So we each will have our own versions of truth even when we are committed to the concept. It seems to me, that humans are best served by getting as close to the truth as we can and peeling away the lies whenever possible. Just ask the poor souls who believed Trump’s lies about the virus.

      I’m not sure that Trump actually believes he’s lying. His narcissistic personality borders on psychosis and it’s impossible for him to not be perfect. The mere idea that he might have a flaw feels like annihilation, which is why he reacts so viciously or ridiculously lies. He’s learned over the years to manipulate others so he never has to be imperfect. I can’t wait until he’s gone.

      Great quotes too!

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      • mistermuse 3:19 pm on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana. I think you’ve ‘psychoanalyzed’ Trump perfectly. From what I hear of TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH, the new book about Trump by his niece Mary Trump (a professional psychologist), her diagnosis is much the same. The election can’t come soon enough.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 4:06 pm on July 23, 2020 Permalink

          No, it can’t. What he’s doing in Portland is outrageous. What I want to know is where are all the 2nd Amendment rights militias who are supposed to be saving us from our government’s oversteps??? (Not really, but isn’t this why they say they need their guns?)
          Gah! You can get me ranting for hours. Lol

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    • arekhill1 1:23 pm on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      A liar will be the first to accuse you of lying. My contribution to the literature of mendaciousness, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 3:27 pm on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’d recommend that Trump reflect on your comment, Ricardo, but the guy (who claims he knows more than anyone) wouldn’t know the meaning of mendaciousness


  • mistermuse 12:01 am on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Frank Lloyd Wright, humility, James M. Barrie, Muhammad Ali, Oscar Levant, Phyllis Diller, , Ted Turner,   


    It really matters that great poems get written, and it doesn’t matter a damn who writes them. –Ezra Pound

    I was going to write a great poem today, but Feb. 22 is BE HUMBLE DAY….so, since “it doesn’t matter a damn who writes them,” I’ll let someone else have the honor. It undoubtedly won’t be as great as the one I would’ve written, but don’t quote me on that — I wouldn’t want anyone to think I don’t take Be Humble Day seriously.

    Nonetheless, my faithful followers, all is not lost. Instead of a great poem, I will post some great HUMBLE DAY quotes for your enjoyment. They may not be my quotes, but think of them the same way as poems — if they’re great, it doesn’t matter a damn who said them. Besides, I’m sure that I would’ve said them if I had thought of them first, so let’s not quibble over technicalities.

    I feel coming on me a strange disease — humility. –Frank Lloyd Wright

    I feel very humble, but I think I have the strength of character to fight it. –Bob Hope

    When you’re as great as I am, it’s hard to be humble. –Muhammad Ali

    You know what keeps me humble? Mirrors! –Phyllis Diller

    What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left. -Oscar Levant

    A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him. –Edgar Watson Howe

    In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet. -Winston Churchill

    Life is a long lesson in humility. – James M. Barrie

    If only I had a little humility, I would be perfect. -Ted Turner

    Without humility there can be no humanity. – John Buchan


    • arekhill1 12:47 pm on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m proud to say that I have a great deal to be humble about myself, Sr. Muse

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    • mistermuse 1:56 pm on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ted Turner must have had the likes of us in mind, Ricardo, when he said he would be perfect if he only had a little humility. It’s humbling to know we have at least one thing he doesn’t have.

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    • Don Frankel 6:04 pm on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, anyone seeking humility should just try Civil Service for a while.


    • mistermuse 7:36 pm on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I’m sure that’s good experience-based advice, but my experience is that those who could use some humility are the least likely to be seeking it. A solution might be to draft narcissists and egotists into Civil Service the way they used to draft young men into military service, but that would severely deplete the ranks of the entertainment and “big shot” industries, among others.

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    • Don Frankel 3:28 pm on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Muse you’ve got a great point here but I’m sure these people would insist on hearing “Thank you for your service.” about five times a day. It might defeat the purpose. Or as we say in New York purrrpus.


  • mistermuse 7:36 pm on November 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , famous three-name people, fill in the blank, Frank Lloyd Wright, George Washington Carver, , James Earle Jones, John Jacob Astor, John Philip Sousa, Martin Luther King, middle names, odd middle names, , , William Carlos Williams   


    Have you ever stopped to think how many famous people might be much less famous if not for their middle names? This is particularly true of those with common first and last names, such as John (Paul) Jones and Daniel (Day) Lewis….as opposed to those with more distinctive last names, such as Louisa (May) Alcott, Joyce (Carol) Oates and Henry (David) Thoreau, whose middle names may be common, but which nonetheless add distinction to their identities. Then there are the triple-name famous whose middle names alone are distinctive, including James Fenimore Cooper, Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Greenleaf Whittier. Even the infamous are not without their triune-monikered members: John Wilkes Booth and James Earl Ray, for example.

    To further demonstrate the point, here is a list of famous persons with middle names omitted. Odds are (let’s say 3 to 1) that you can’t correctly fill in all the blanks without “cheating”:

    Frank _____ Wright
    James _____ Jones
    Arthur _____ Doyle
    George _____ Carver
    William _____ Williams

    John _____ Astor
    Martin _____ King
    John _____ Sousa
    Robert _____ Warren
    Robert _____ Stevenson

    Note that this missive includes no mrs.  whose “middle” name is her maiden name, such as Hillary Rodham Clinton. To do so would only encourage men to marry certain celebrities in order to gain surnames which would give them instant cheap fame. Take the following SWI writers, for example: David Black marries composer Lionel Bart (of “Oliver” fame) and becomes David Black Bart; Tony Elliott marries Eliot Ness and becomes Tony Elliott Ness; and most egregiously, Don Frankel marries Ben Stein and finds new life as Don Frankel Stein.

    And on that monstrous note, I end this middling post before I begin to think of more bad pun names.

    • arekhill1Ricardo 10:05 pm on November 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t even know Don and Ben were dating.


    • mistermuse 11:02 pm on November 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think Don knows it either….and after all the trouble I went to to “set him up.”
      HEY, DON! I’M OVER HERE NOW, REMEMBER!!! (Tried smiley face here, but it didn’t take – guess it wasn’t in the mood.)


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