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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, , I Could Have Danced All Night, , , , , , , socialism   


    I could have….that is, if I were fifty years younger. But why bemoan it if Mother Nature no longer shores up the animal in me? Still, she’s no spring chicken herself, so you’d think she’d cut old geezers like me some slack.

    Moving on from my love life of fond memory: Wouldn’t it be loverly if I instead celebrated the 164th birthday of my near-contemporary George Bernard Shaw with a selection of songs from MY FAIR LADY (based on his play PYGMALION), followed by a bit of biography, a serving of Shaw quotes, and a nightcap of Shavian brew-haha.

    From “Wouldn’t It Be” to “I Could Have”….

    In this scene, Stanley Holloway is seen lifting his spirits on his last night of ‘freedom’:

    Next in line, the bit of bio:


    Now sink your teeth into the quotes:

    I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.

    Lack of money is the root of all evil.

    Beware of the man whose god is in the skies.

    The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.

    You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.

    There is only one sort of genuine Socialism, the democratic sort, by which I mean the organization of society for the benefit of the whole people.

    We should have had socialism already, but for the socialists.

    ….which leads us to the brew-haha / brouhaha between Shaw and fellow socialist H.G. Wells (click on the title below the cartoon caricature):

    ….which takes us at a social difference to


    • calmkate 3:43 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      those quotes have incredible insight, thanks for the share!

      Could play those songs as they ring in my head just hearing the name MFL … was traumatised by my parents torturing us with constant replays until we finally left home!

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      • mistermuse 7:53 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Obviously, your parents had better taste in music than you and your siblings, Kate! ūüėČ

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        • calmkate 4:35 pm on July 26, 2020 Permalink

          hey a few times would have been enjoyable but an overdose of anything = torture ūüėČ

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    • Rivergirl 7:47 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      We just watched My Fair Lady the other day. I believe it rained in Spain…

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    • magickmermaid 10:29 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My parents also played the My Fair Lady LP frequently so I knew many of the songs before I saw the film.
      I wonder what Shaw and Wells would think of the current world situations.

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      • mistermuse 11:19 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think both Shaw and Wells would be even more appalled than they were in their lifetimes. If socialism was a dirty word to conservatives then, it’s no less so now. As the old saying goes: The more things change, the more they remain the same.

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    • magickmermaid 11:50 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So true!

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    • arekhill1 1:20 pm on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m down with the socialist hellhole, Sr. Muse. Sign me up.

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    • masercot 9:04 am on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m more of a George Orwell socialist…

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      • mistermuse 2:47 pm on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m probably a ‘practical socialist,’ in that I want what Bernie Sanders wants, but not in a “my way or the highway” sense. I believe in take what you can get now and live to fight another day, rather than all or nothing at all. When the other side has the power and the votes, half a loaf is better than none (if that doesn’t work, then screw everything I just said).

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    • waywardsparkles 3:53 pm on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love all of the references to movies and their quotes. I’m making a list of movies I’ve never seen that you’ve showcased on your site so that when I have the time, I can look them up on Netflix and catch up. My Fair Lady is one. Finnigan’s Rainbow, another. ūüôā Mona

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      • mistermuse 11:05 pm on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mona. I expect that I’ll be adding more movies (especially musicals) to your list in upcoming posts. Enjoy!


    • Rosaliene Bacchus 7:37 pm on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My Fair Lady is one of my favorite musicals. Amazing the way the capitalists have demonized the word ‘socialism.’

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    • thewanderingempath 10:10 pm on July 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This was so much fun to read. It was like a meander through someone’s brain. Loved it. Thanks!

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      • mistermuse 11:24 pm on July 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I hope your comment which appreciates someone’s brainpower doesn’t go to my head….if, by “someone’s,” you mean mine. In any case, I thank you very much! ūüėČ

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    • Kally 1:10 pm on July 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh this is so fun for me to read. Cheer me up tremendously !

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    • Silver Screenings 10:02 pm on August 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Bahaha! Your “near contemporary” George Bernard Shaw!

      I’m not a huge fan of My Fair Lady, but I do love the music, and it was lovely to listen to these pieces again.

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      • mistermuse 8:24 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I especially enjoyed the rendition of I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT from Lincoln Center, which I’d not heard before. The vocalist has a lovely voice and put a lot of emotion into her performance without overdoing it.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , George Bernard Shaw, Harpo Marx, , Paul Simon, , , silence is golden, silent films, , The Sound of Silence,   


    You sure you can’t move? –what Harpo Marx “said” to the tied-up hero (Richard Dix) before punching him in the 1925 film TOO MANY KISSES (fortunately, the film survived)

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    Italicized above are the only words ever “spoken” (but not heard) on film by the man whose birthday we note today, HARPO MARX. The audience didn’t hear those five words because the film was a “silent” — “talkies” didn’t come on the scene until 1927, two years before the first of thirteen Marx Brothers movies (1929-49). Harpo spoke in none of them.

    But why, oh why-o, should I try-o to “bio” Harpo, when here-o you can click on the official thing from his offspring:


    Because Harpo associated with Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and other wits in the famed Algonquin Round Table repartee, I expected to turn up a number of witty Harpo Marx quotes for this piece. No such luck — I found only one I enjoyed enough to post here (both the “she” referred to in the quote, and who it is addressed to, are unknown):

    “She’s a lovely person. She deserves a good husband. Marry her before she finds one.”

    One quote being three quotes short of a gallon, I shall return to giving you “the silent treatment” with a quota of four quotes of silence said by forethoughtful others:

    “Listen to the sound of silence.” –Paul Simon, American singer, songwriter, and actor

    “Silence is golden unless you have kids, then it’s just plain suspicious.” –anonymous

    “If nobody ever said anything unless he knew what he was talking about, what a ghastly hush would descend upon the earth!” –A. P. Herbert, English humorist, writer, and politician

    “I believe in the discipline of silence and can talk for hours about it.” –George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic

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    Since I didn’t give Harpo the last word, I’ll let him give¬†his audience the last laugh….and though he doesn’t speak, you’ll hear captivating sounds escape his lips 2:42 into this clip:

    Bravo, Harpo!

    EPILOGUE: Listen — 90+ years after the “silents” ended*, you can still hear….

    *with the exception of two Charlie Chaplin masterpieces in the 1930s, CITY LIGHTS and MODERN TIMES

    • calmkate 4:24 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      wow Harpo is actually playing that harp! Love his whistle ūüôā
      SnG’s song is a real favourite … thanks for the memories!

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      • mistermuse 9:25 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome, Kate. I too love Harpo’s whistling in the Marx Brothers Musical clip, and I can’t imagine anyone not loving Simon & Garfunkel’s THE SOUND OF SILENCE (except Trump, who is incapable of appreciating the sound of silence if you paid him).

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        • calmkate 5:09 pm on November 23, 2019 Permalink

          doubt he even knows what ‘silence’ means … not much between his ears except fluffy hair!

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        • Don Ostertag 8:40 pm on November 23, 2019 Permalink

          When i am in a funk I watch a Marx Brothers movie or listen to a favorite song like Sound of Silence.

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    • masercot 7:47 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’m a HUGE Marx Brothers fan.

      Harpo adopted several children because he and his wife couldn’t have any of their own. His aim was, in his words, when he got home he’d have a child looking at him “from every window”…

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      • mistermuse 9:35 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise about the Marx Brothers. If they had made no other films than A NIGHT AT THE OPERA and DUCK SOUP, they would still be remembered forever (I hope).

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        • masercot 8:32 am on November 24, 2019 Permalink

          My favorite, not to be contrary, is A Day at the Races. Why? The great jazz number in the middle of the movie as well as the Tootsie-Frootsie Ice Cream Scene…

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      • mistermuse 10:01 am on November 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Although Races isn’t my fav Marx Bros. movie, I’m always up for a jazz number, though this one has a very brief “bug-eyed” shot or two that might be regarded as racist today:

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        • masercot 10:15 am on November 24, 2019 Permalink

          I agree with that but I’ll put up with a little light racism to see a wonderful performance by a jazz artist who died far too young…

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        • mistermuse 7:40 pm on November 24, 2019 Permalink

          I assume you’re referring to vocalist Ivie Anderson, whose gig in this film was one of her rare appearances apart from the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Her performance here (as well as on the many recording she made with the Duke) was indeed wonderful.


    • Rivergirl 8:46 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      My father loved the Marx brothers and I grew up on all the films. Thanks for the memories!

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      • mistermuse 9:41 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Rg. Now I know (at least part of) why you grew up to be who you are (that’s wholly a compliment, btw).

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    • Ashley 9:07 am on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing to see and hear Harpo playing the harp. Captivating! So much talent!

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    • D. Wallace Peach 9:19 pm on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      ‚ÄúSilence is golden unless you have kids, then it‚Äôs just plain suspicious.‚ÄĚ So true! Lol. Fun quotes and clips and a beautiful song from Paul Simon. ūüėÄ

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      • mistermuse 10:49 pm on November 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        “Fun quotes and clips and a beautiful song” — three for the price of one! Who says I don’t offer bargains? Thanks for the testimonial, Diana!

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    • magickmermaid 3:31 pm on November 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Another big Marx Brothers fan here! Classic laugh fest!

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    • tref 9:43 pm on December 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Harpo playing the song “Alone” in night at the opera the very height of cinema. I could never grow tired of watching it.

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      • mistermuse 11:25 pm on December 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        That is one of many great moments in the movie that I never tire of watching, such as the stateroom scene. The 1930s was truly the height of film making.

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    • barkinginthedark 3:57 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Priceless MM. Priceless. continue…


    • mistermuse 9:49 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. I’d give your comment a Like, but it doesn’t “take” when I click it.


  • mistermuse 4:29 pm on May 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: deceit, George Bernard Shaw, , , , , , Mildred Bailey, , , , ,   


    One of my readers, who is obviously a glutton for punishment, recently expressed disappointment that I haven’t¬†posted more¬†of my¬†poems lately. At the risk of triggering that old axiom BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR,¬†I thank her for¬†having¬†inspired me to¬†address the deficiency¬†thusly:


    As the twig is bent,
    so grows the tree.
    As the die is cast,
    so shall it be.

    If these be true,
    why is it wise:
    The Donald gets a pass
    when he tells those lies?

    Of course, I should also thank the President, without whose daily rants my inspiration for this poem would doubtless lie dormant. And now for a word from the truly wise about lies:

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

    A man comes to believe in the end the lies he tells about himself to himself. –George Bernard Shaw

    I admire liars, but surely not liars so clumsy they cannot fool even themselves. –H. L. Mencken

    Pretending that you believe a lie is also a lie. –Arthur Schnitzler

    If at first you’re not believed, lie, lie again. –Evan Esar

    Not sure why the video is black. Maybe because¬†the lies it laments aren’t white ones. But the¬†sound is¬†clear, and the voice shines through the darkness.




    • calmkate 4:31 am on May 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      ah a poem a post will suit me fine thanks … great quotes! GBSs describes some I know … lets speak the truth! Altho I doubt your president would know it if it bit him on the nose ūüė¶

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      • mistermuse 8:27 am on May 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Kate, for being the one who “inspired me” to write the poem. I should also mention (for those who don’t know) that the title of the post is based on LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE, a children’s taunt that goes back to the 1930s (some versions add NOSE AS LONG AS A TELEPHONE WIRE). There is also this song:

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    • dunelight 8:06 pm on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Goodnexx, look at Mrs. Howell boogie!

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    • Tidbits 6:01 am on June 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The risk was worth it … nice poem ! ūüôā

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    • Invisibly Me 12:56 am on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting quotes, I particularly like the George Bernard Shaw one. And a nice shout out of thanks to Trump, he’s certainly a source of inspiration for many a rant! ūüôā
      Caz x

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    • moorezart 4:21 pm on June 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 5:34 pm on June 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you truly, moorezart. I’m always glad to get more exposure (within limits, of course).


        • moorezart 7:16 pm on June 8, 2018 Permalink

          You’re welcome though know I try avoid the hottest hours between noon and say 2. ! Cheers!

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: African-American, , George Bernard Shaw, , John Kenneth Galbraith, , love affairs, , slavery,   


    ….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.

    • Garfield Hug 2:44 am on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      LMAO! Great quotes I must add and what a way to ponder over the long Easter weekend here! Happy Egg hunting MisterMuse ūüôā

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      • mistermuse 6:30 am on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Easter is also April Fools’ Day. Don’t be surprised if the Easter Bunny mixes in some rotten eggs with the good ones. ūüė¶

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    • mistermuse 8:44 am on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hmmm — what’s the dif between a rotten egg and a spoiled one? ūüôā

      BTW (re your first comment), I’m sure you didn’t LYAO at the Kevin S. Aldridge quote. That’s serious stuff….and, I hope, it’s how anyone who’s capable of putting themselves in a black man’s place would feel.

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    • Superduque777 3:25 pm on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

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    • Carmen 7:08 am on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The fact that Easter falls on April Fool‚Äôs Day is as it should be. . . ūüôā Great quotes, mistermuse!

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      • mistermuse 4:06 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        That was a pithy comment, Carmen, which I am deistic enough to appreciate (and which my atheistic readers doubtless appreciate even more). As for the quotes, I have seven favorites, but none I like more than Anatole France’s.


    • Don Frankel 11:24 am on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’m with George Bernard Shaw on this one. And so, a little music should suffice.

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      • mistermuse 4:21 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I know the song, but I didn’t know Sinatra sang it, because that album is not among my many Sinatra albums. BTW, sooner or later I need to start reducing the size of my record collection, so if there are any particular Sinatra albums you want, let me know and if I have them, you can have them for the cost of postage.


        • Don Frankel 2:04 pm on March 31, 2018 Permalink

          Thank you Muse but one thing I’ve got plenty of in addition to nuthin’ is Sinatra recordings, tapes, DVDs and even old LPs.


        • mistermuse 6:58 pm on March 31, 2018 Permalink

          You’re welcome, Don. Since you’ve got plenty of nuthin’ (including probably this one, which I have too), I’ll share it with the readers:


    • moorezart 3:58 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 9:21 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I thank you, and those I quoted thank you (if I may speak for the six guys who are dead, whom I presume don’t mind).

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    • The Coastal Crone 6:14 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Loved your wild quotes!

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    • mistermuse 9:32 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I enjoyed corralling those quotes. I’d have included a Trump quote, but that would’ve made me a lyin’ tamer. ūüė¶

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    • arekhill1 2:43 pm on April 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions everybody else already knows the answer to.” Why quote somebody else when you can quote yourself?

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    • Tarissa 3:49 pm on June 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love that you shared a Little Women quote… that’s one of my favorite books!

      I’m a collector of quotes myself (I keep a notebook full of the really good ones I come across). There’s a couple others here that you mentioned that I might need to scribble down. ūüôā

      So… I would like to invite you to my L. M. Alcott reading challenge this June! We’re talking about all things Alcott and everyone gets to choose a book(s) to read for the challenge — whatever you want it to be, concerning Miss Alcott (+ there‚Äôs a giveaway!) Details are on my blog…


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      • mistermuse 5:36 pm on June 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for the comment and invitation, Tarissa, but except for responding to comments from my readers, I’m ‘taking a vacation’ from blogging for several weeks (see my last post of June 1st)….and, to be honest, I haven’t read Alcott’s books for decades and don’t have time to re-acquaint myself with her work. I have way too many unread books on my shelves that I want to get to and won’t be able to read them all even if I took a few months off (not just a few weeks).

        Thanks again, and happy quote collecting. ūüôā

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  • mistermuse 12:02 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blarney, , , George Bernard Shaw, , , Irish wit, , , , , , St. Parick's Day   


    Here it is two days before March 17, and I’m resigning¬†myself to be¬†the Grinch who stole St. Patrick’s Day. Being a writer¬†of (part) Irish heritage — and thus feeling¬†obliged to¬†beget my readers¬†a post¬†to celebrate the occasion¬†— I’ve been roiling me brain to come up with something about¬†Ireland’s¬†fifth-century snake-chaser that isn’t the same old blarney,¬†but I’ve hit a stone wall stouter than those that¬†subdivide the Irish countryside:

    The Stone Walls of Ireland

    Enough already. If St. Patrick thinks I’m going to¬†waste another second of my busy day refraining from¬†raining on his parade, he’s got another think coming. There are plenty of other dead fish in the Irish Sea who merit¬†time in the sun, and though it may raise a stink, I am going to turn this post over to them and say “Bah! Humbug!” to St. Patrick.

    I¬†showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could. –George Bernard Shaw

    I¬†am allergic to all Irish wit, charm and humor not provided by myself. –Denis Brogan

    Good Lord, what a sight/After all their good Cheer/For people to fight/In the midst of their Beer. –Jonathan Swift (from THE DESCRIPTION¬†OF AN¬†IRISH-FEAST)

    The lanky hank of a she in the inn over there
    Nearly killed me for asking the loan of a glass of beer:
    May the devil grip the whey-faced slut by the hair,
    And beat bad manners out of her skin for a year.
    If I asked her master he’d give me a cask a day;
    But she, with the beer at hand, not a gill would arrange!
    May she marry a ghost and bear him a kitten, and may
    The High King of Glory permit her to get the mange.
    –James Stephens (from RIGHTEOUS ANGER)

    For the Great Gaels of Ireland/Are the men that God made mad,/For all their wars are merry/And all their songs are sad. –G. K. Chesterton

    Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis. –Oscar Wilde

    The actual Irish weather report is really a recording made in 1922, which no one has had occasion to change. –Wilfred Sheed

    I¬†saw a fleet of fishing boats…I flew down, almost touching the craft, and yelled at them, asking if I was on the right [course] to Ireland. They just stared. Maybe they didn’t hear me. Maybe I didn’t hear them. Or maybe they thought I was just a crazy¬†fool. An hour later I saw land. –Charles Lindbergh (2nd day of¬†first solo¬†transatlantic flight, 5/21/1927)


    • BroadBlogs 12:47 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Love St. Patty’s Day! (My grandpa’s birthday). Happy day to you.

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    • arekhill1 1:58 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      As an Irishman whose beloved is a Jew, I feel alarmed by Wilde’s observation, made here in your post.

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      • mistermuse 8:03 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Well, Ricardo, at least you have the right to drown your troubles in a brew or two (or more). I leave it to you how to relieve your beloved’s psychosis.


    • Don Frankel 6:50 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      They most probably thought Lindbergh was a Brit that’s why they didn’t answer him. But I remember not so long ago marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York. The sun was out and the temperature reached into the 60’s. It was a great day for the Irish and anyone else who happened to be about.

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    • mistermuse 8:21 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Don, back in 1927, those simple Irish fishermen may have never seen an airplane before. It’s a wonder that didn’t jump overboard at the sight and sound of Lindbergh and his big metal bird coming down at them from out of the blue.

      Happy snowy St. Patrick’s Day there in NYC (though I hear you didn’t get the foot of the white stuff yesterday that was expected).


    • Garfield Hug 8:44 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Happy St Patty’s Day. Smile Mistermuse ha haūüėä

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      • mistermuse 11:58 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise, me bonnie lassie….and watch out that your orange pet Garfield doesn’t celebrate by drinking too much green beer and maybe spilling it all over his fur — the colors might clash.

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    • Don Frankel 9:51 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse we got about 4 inches and they didn’t even try to tell us it was 12 inches. Lately snow fall accumulations reported by weathermen seem to be like guys talking abut there you know what’s. Not quite as advertised.

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    • Carmen 10:18 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Kudos to the Irish descendant
      Whose muses are comment dependent.
      His genius, you see, is apparent to me –
      And all other “Observation Post” attendants.

      Happy St. Patty’s Day MisterMuse!!

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    • mistermuse 12:20 pm on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What can I say —
      You made me day.
      No way did I know it —
      That you’re such a poet.
      With envy I’m green —
      Such talent I’ve not seen
      Since Dickenson and Browning
      And I’m not just clowning….
      Well, maybe a bit —
      But I must show I’m a (nit)wit.

      Have a Happy yourself, dear lady! ūüôā


    • linnetmoss 7:52 am on March 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You made me chuckle with your dead fish. And reminded me that it’s time to buy some Guinness. No green beer for me!

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    • mistermuse 9:07 am on March 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I think Guinness owes me a commission, but I won’t press the issue because they might pay me in dead fish. No matter — your chuckle is reward enough. ūüôā


    • In My Cluttered Attic 3:17 pm on March 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      And a happy St. Paddy’s Day to you mistermuse. :O)

      Liked by 1 person

    • RMW 7:31 pm on March 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I signed up for a photography tour of Ireland for this summer but it was canceled due to lack of interest. Whaaaaaat???? I am so bummed…..

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 8:40 pm on March 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I would be bummed too. The tour company must not have promoted the tour very well. I can’t imagine a lack of interest in such a tour if enough people knew about it!


  • mistermuse 12:00 am on September 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Balzac, , George Bernard Shaw, , , , , , , , , wedding anniversary,   


    Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution? –Groucho Marx

    • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    My wife and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary yesterday. You may think that, unlike the 50th,¬†a 48th¬†wedding anniversary¬†is¬†no¬†big deal — and I wouldn’t disagree. But, being¬†in need of an idea¬†for this¬†post, I wasn’t about to look a gift source in the mouth; thus, yesterday’s anniversary became¬†my inspiration¬†to write about….divorce.

    Ha ha — just kidding (my wife¬†might kill me if I were serious). This post will, of course,¬†be about MARRIAGE….a fate which, as fates go, beats being killed (almost) any day. Ha ha ha. Just kidding again!¬†Lest there be any doubt concerning¬†my true feelings about marriage:

    Yes, just as in the song,¬†ask the local gentry, and they will say it’s elementary. But why¬†stop with¬†the local gentry? I believe my¬†readers are nothing if not broad minded:

    Marriage is the most licentious of human institutions — that is the secret of its popularity. –George Bernard Shaw

    Getting married, like getting hanged, is a great deal less dreadful than it has been made out. –H. L. Mencken

    It’s no disgrace for a woman to make a mistake in marrying — every woman does it.¬†–Ed Howe

    A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. –Michel de Montaigne

    Marriage is like paying an endless visit in your worst clothes. –J. B. Priestley

    When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife. –Prince Philip

    Marriage is a feminine plot to add to a man’s responsibilities and subtract from his rights. –Evan Esar

    Before marriage, a man declares he would lay down his life to serve you; after marriage, he won’t even lay down his paper to talk to you. –Helen Rowland

    The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin. –Honore de Balzac

    I haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn’t want to interrupt her. –Rodney Dangerfield

    Ha ha ha ha….I mean, Yes, dear — I’m listening. Seriously.


    • painkills2 12:13 am on September 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      48 years is quite an accomplishment… for your wife. ūüėÄ

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    • Carmen 7:53 am on September 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats to both of you! ūüôā

      Liked by 1 person

    • linnetmoss 8:23 am on September 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations to you both! I have noticed that the Irish love mordant jokes about marriage:
      An Irishman surprised his wife and her lover in the act.
      He grabbed a pistol and pointed it at his head, which made his wife burst out laughing.
      “What do you think you’re laughing at,” he cried, “you’re next.”

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    • arekhill1 10:19 am on September 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Lucky you, Sr. Muse. If you added my years of marriage to yours, you’d be at 50 exactly.


      • mistermuse 1:03 pm on September 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Lucky indeed, Ricardo….apropos of which, here is an appropriate song (from the same film featured in my previous post):

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    • Mary Cathleen Clark 11:48 am on September 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations…48 years is quite an accomplishment.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Don Frankel 4:03 pm on September 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations to you and Mrs. Muse and as you just pointed out, you remembered it.


      • mistermuse 4:47 pm on September 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. At my age, it’s no small thing to remember small things (or, sometimes, even large ones).

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    • Cynthia Jobin 5:28 pm on September 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m never sure if a marriage is an accomplishment, but yours certainly has been long. Warmest wishes as you celebrate!

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    • mistermuse 6:17 pm on September 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Cynthia. Some say you have to work to make marriage work, so in that sense, I guess it is an accomplishment (though I don’t think of it as work!). ūüôā

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    • Jane 4:56 am on September 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations on surviving 48 years! ūüėČ There are some ripper quotes there and I’m looking forward to using them myself on occasion. Thanks for the laughs! ūüôā

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    • mistermuse 7:25 am on September 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Jane. One of my favorite tasks in writing posts such as this is doing the research and choosing about ten ‘killer’ quotes (those which, paradoxically, are the “surviving” finalists from the hundreds available). ūüôā

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    • Garfield Hug 9:13 am on September 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations mistermuse to you and yours!! Diamond anniversary is around the corner…so plan a big party and a great gift for Mrsūüėä

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    • mistermuse 11:08 am on September 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, first I’ve got to make it to our Golden (50th) Anniversary! ūüôā As for a great gift for the Mrs., I’m thinking what could be better than a furball Garfield? My bank account tells me a diamond wouldn’t be appropriate until our Diamond (60th) Anniversary….ha ha.


    • M√©l@nie 12:23 pm on September 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      admiration and respect, Sir… send you my very best: health, joy, love and long life together… sincerely, M√©lanie NB

      Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse 4:30 pm on September 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, M√©l@nie — my best to you as well.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Belle Papillon 24/7 8:55 am on September 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Some people are blessed to meet that one person who will complement them and are willing to work on the marriage no matter what. Congratulations to you both and I wish you the best.

      How I wish I was fortunate enough… but I have given up on that institution.
      I have accepted the fact that I’m a frog picker so I will shy away from that and say never again.


      ‚̧ BP

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    • mistermuse 1:14 pm on September 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The old saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” may be an iffy proposition when it comes to marriage, but as one who got it right the first time, who am I to judge? So I will shy away from “never again” as an absolute….but if that’s what it’s come to in your case, more power to you! ūüôā


  • mistermuse 8:51 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Clare Booth Luce, , , George Bernard Shaw, , , , phrase inversion, Samuel Johnson, ,   


    I’ll bet you don’t know what the above title is an example of….I mean, besides an example of a title.¬†¬†And far be it from me to¬†intend it as¬†an example of an¬†insult, or an insult of an example. It’s called chiasmus, which¬†is¬†defined as a rhetorical inversion of two¬†parallel phrases.¬†Friends, is this blog an education, or is this education a blog, or what?

    Truth be told, I likewise had never heard of the word until I bought a¬†book with the fascinating title NEVER LET A FOOL KISS YOU OR A KISS FOOL YOU, by Dr. Mardi Gras (my “made-in” name¬†for Dr. Mardy Grothe — sorry about that). Of course, I’d¬†read chiasmus¬†for years¬†not knowing what¬†they’re called. As Dr. Grothe points out, profound thinkers and¬†great wits have long been masters of the form: Shakespeare,¬†Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Ben Franklin, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker¬†and Anonymous, to name more than a few.

    No doubt you too are familiar with some of the following chiasmus, but with the¬†likes of¬†these, if familiarity breeds contempt,¬†you may¬†have contempt for the familiar….or, more likely,¬†I’m guilty of stretching a chiasmus¬†/ making much¬†ado about nothing. Or something.

    I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. -Shakespeare (King Richard II)

    The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man. –Germaine de Stael

    I find Peale appalling and Paul appealing. –Democratic Governor/Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson (comparing conservative Minister/author Norman Vincent Peale and the¬†Apostle Paul)

    In the bluegrass region / A paradox was born: / The corn was full of kernels / And the colonels were full of corn. -John Marshall

    I’d rather have a¬†bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. -Randy Hanzlick

    When you have nothing to say, say nothing. -Charles Caleb Colton

    Don’t worry that other people don’t know you; worry that you don’t know other people. -Confucius

    A fool often fails because he thinks what is difficult is easy, and a wise man because he thinks what is easy is difficult. -John Churton Collins

    Friendship is love minus sex plus reason. Love is friendship plus sex minus reason. -Mason Cooley

    No woman has ever so¬†comforted the distressed —¬†or so distressed the comfortable. -Clare Booth Luce, on Eleanor Roosevelt

    Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. -Dr. Samuel Johnson, to an aspiring writer

    Boy meets girl; girl gets boy into pickle; boy gets pickle into girl. -Jack Woodford, on typical plot of Hollywood movies 

    That’s all for the present. I thank all present, and recommend the book as a present to all.


    • Joseph Nebus 8:55 pm on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t know the name for that kind of sentence structure but am glad to know it.


    • mistermuse 10:33 pm on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’d be surprised if anyone but a few knew. Who knew? Maybe the new gnu in the zoo knew, as gnus travels fast there (they’re a kind of antelope, you know).


    • arekhill1 10:04 am on October 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It sounds vaguely like a disease name, so no wonder only the truly erudite such as yourself are bold enough to use it.


    • mistermuse 10:30 am on October 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Ricardo. A muse has to do what a muse has to do.


  • mistermuse 4:45 pm on July 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , George Bernard Shaw, , Socrates. Mike Royko,   


    The unexamined life is not worth living.¬† –Socrates

    I readily admit to being¬†somewhat¬†cynical — to what degree, I can’t be absolute¬†— and I readily¬†submit to being a realist. Really,¬†is it possible to¬†be a realist¬†without being¬†more or less¬†cynical?¬†Perhaps more significantly, is it possible to be a cynic without caring?¬†Let other cynics¬† speak for themselves; I wouldn’t be cynical if I didn’t care.

    Of course, I wasn’t born cynical. One only gets¬†that way out of an abundance of living in the real world, which usually happens — or begins to happen — soon enough. We were all believing¬†children once. I doubt if children are even capable of being cynical, although God knows, shamefully, that¬†many have reason enough to be.¬†¬†But¬†what of adult¬†true believers — those who have¬†stopped growing, stopped wanting to know why, even if the answer begs the question?

    Do a search for quotes about cynicism, and¬†you will¬†find many by¬†cynics, as well as¬†many by¬†scoffers¬†of cynics — and if you really¬†think about it, doesn’t that make scoffers cynics too? Here is the mix; you be the judge:

    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.¬† –George Bernard Shaw

    A cynic is just a man who found out when he was about ten that there wasn’t any Santa Claus, and he’s still upset.¬† –J. G. Cozzens

    Scratch any cynic and you will find a disappointed idealist.¬† –George Carlin

    A cynic sees little to admire in the world, while the world sees even less to admire in him.¬† –Evan Esar

    Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn’t the faintest idea what is really going on.¬† –Mike Royko

    I’m not ready to let the youthful part of myself go yet. If maturity means becoming a cynic, if you have to kill the part of yourself that is naive and romantic and idealistic to claim maturity, is it not better to die young but with your humanity intact?¬† –Kenneth Cain

    Every ounce of my cynicism is supported by historical precedent.¬† –Glen Cook





    • arekhill1 11:10 am on July 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I long ago gave up cynicism for smart-assism. Doesn’t make you more popular, but it is more fun.


    • mistermuse 1:46 pm on July 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I think you’re being too modest, Ricardo – you do both, and it’s probably a more effective combination than cynicism and appealing to our better angels, which I haven’t found to be particularly popular either.


    • Don Frankel 4:10 am on July 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The cynic is the guy who realizes he’s being lied to.


    • mistermuse 8:22 am on July 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, it’s tempting to think that’s why we’re so cynical about politicians, but what worries me more than lying is that too many politicians are “true believers” – they really believe what they say.


    • Don Frankel 5:16 pm on July 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Muse I believe you’re right. Sometimes they know they are lying but other times they do believe.


  • mistermuse 1:28 pm on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: agnostics, , Arianna Huffington, , , cynics, George Bernard Shaw, , , , , , skeptics, , ,   


    I¬†tend to be¬†drawn more to¬†the wisdom of¬†those who question¬†everything than to “accepted” wisdom, since¬†no one¬†knows everything¬†—¬†no one I know and trust, that is.¬†But what of God, who (I was taught) does know everything.¬†As¬†an American, how could I¬†not trust God?¬†The¬†proclamation¬†IN GOD WE TRUST is all-inclusively¬†bannered on¬†our country’s¬†legal tender¬†–which, if you stop to¬†think,¬†seems an¬†odd¬†bearer for it, given the admonishment¬†that money is the root of all evil¬†(1 Timothy 6:10).

    Be that as it may, the thing about God is like the thing about truth — exactly whose God, whose truth are we talking about?¬†To paraphrase the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, you’re entitled to your own God, your own truth — but not your own facts.¬†If you¬†take the discrepant¬†God of¬†divergent religions¬†for a fact,¬†how¬†can¬†a fact divided against itself stand?¬†¬†Aren’t we left with the¬†logic that no deity conceived by humans¬†has a basis¬†in¬†fact? But¬†you knew that …. right?

    I don’t believe in any¬†religion’s God (which isn’t the same as not believing in a Creator), but if I did,¬†why would I want to¬†take the life of,¬†or coerce,¬†a man¬†of a different¬†faith —¬†both¬†of our faiths¬†are, after all, only fallible¬†beliefs.¬†Better¬†to¬†take the measure of¬†human folly, as observed and¬†recorded¬†by those who have questioned everything:

    The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunk man is happier than a sober one.¬† –George Bernard Shaw

    If absolute power corrupts absolutely, where does that leave God?¬† –George Deacon

    I don’t pray because I don’t want to bore God.¬† –Orson Welles

    When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn’t work that way, so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.¬† —Emo Phillips

    Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.¬† –Ambrose Bierce (THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY)

    Many a long dispute among divines may be thus abridged: It is so. It is not so. It is so. It is not so.¬†¬†–Ben Franklin¬†

    Well, you could become a Southern Baptist. I mean, instead of having to obey the Pope, you could just obey your husband.¬† –Arianna Huffington

    The only thing that stops God from sending a second flood is that the first one was useless.¬† –Nicolas Chamfort

    When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, “Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don’t believe?”¬† –Quentin Crisp

    I too much respect the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world.¬† –Georges Duhamel



    • arekhill1 2:48 pm on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I think that it is obvious that if there is a God, He eats over the sink.


    • mistermuse 7:54 pm on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Or maybe over the john. Either way, it all ends up down the drain.


    • Don Frankel 3:38 am on March 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Reminds me of the time my cousin went to Ireland. She was in a Pub when she was asked if she was a Protestant or a Catholic. She said. “I’m Jewish.” To which she was asked was she a Jewish Protestant or a Jewish Catholic.

      “World without end. Amen.”.


    • mistermuse 6:27 am on March 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Love your “cousin” story, Don. It’s the perfect example of a one-track mind.


    • carmen 5:22 am on December 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I think it makes more sense to believe that man made god(s) rather than the other way ’round.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 pm on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Book of Kells, , George Bernard Shaw, , Importance of Being Earnest, , , , , , , , satiric masterpieces, St. Patrick, ,   


    I¬†contemplated¬†concluding this four-part series with¬†thoughts and¬†reminisences on¬†my tour of¬†the Emerald Isle some thirty years ago, but I have so many fond memories that I¬†lack the time, and perhaps¬†the words, to do them justice.¬†Besides, recounting personal vacation trips is a dubious proposition¬†of boring¬†potential¬†at best, so I’ll spare you (and me) the task, and go instead¬†with a¬†few swigs¬†of¬†St. Patrick’s Day¬†trivia and a wee bit of Irish Lit, writ¬†and wit.

    Let’s start with St. Patrick himself. One might assume that St. Patricks Day is celebrated on March 17 because that’s his birthday, but in fact,¬†his exact birth date is unknown. March 17 is¬†the day he died (in the year¬†461).

    The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in NYC on March 17, 1762. For¬†more on this and other things Irish, click on these short video clips:


    As for Irish Lit, one of the earliest surviving manuscripts is the painstakingly crafted and astonishingly beautiful Book of Kells (circa 800), which I had the pleasure of viewing at Dublin’s Trinity College Library. See for yourself at:


    Ireland, of course, has produced some of the greatest satirists and masterpieces of wit¬†in history, including Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels), Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest), George Bernard Shaw (Pygmalion, on which My Fair Lady is based), and John Millington Synge (The Playboy of the Western World). Excellent movies (and¬†some not-so-excellent re-makes)¬†have been¬†made of¬†all, and¬†I close with a quote or a clip from each:

    The tiny Lilliputians surmise that Gulliver’s watch may be his God, because it is that which, he admits, he seldom does anything without consulting.¬† –Gulliver’s Travels (1939)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eymdx4xomM¬† –The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EADz07k_wXU¬† –Pygmalion (1938)

    …if it’s a poor thing to be lonesome, it’s worse maybe to go mixing with the fools of earth.¬† –The Playboy of the Western World (1962)

    May this St. Patrick’s Day find you neither lonesome nor with the fools of earth.

    • arekhill1 1:45 pm on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Been years since I read the Playboy of the Western World. thanks for reminding me of it.


    • mistermuse 4:07 pm on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I own a two-record (33 1/3 rpm) box set of the play recorded by Cyril Cusack (who played the playboy) Productions of Dublin in 1955. The accompanying booklet relates how the play’s first performance in Dublin in 1907 caused a riot because, as the Irish Times wrote, “the majority of theatregoers are not accustomed to remoreless truth.” The 1911 American premiere caused “one of the noisiest rows ever seen in a New York theatre.”

      I find it extremely interesting that one of the play’s champions was none other than ex-President Teddy Roosevelt, who wrote that “The little crowd of denaturalized Irishmen who tried to prevent the performance of The Playboy of the Western World by the Irish players in New York City have succeeded in doing precisely what was needed to bring the play to public attention.”

      How much, and yet how little, people and times have changed since then.

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