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  • mistermuse 1:05 am on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , knowledge, , Peter Pan, , , , ,   

    YOU ASKED FOR IT! YOU GOT IT! 

    My last post featured poetry which one of you commented that you wanted more of. So, it is by popular demand (who am I to deny my adoring readers?) that my Fats friend and I are bound to reply:

    The initials of that reader are mm. No, mistermuse isn’t the mm who asked for more. If you must know, it was magicmermaid, who I assume is a real person (not that mistermuse isn’t real — as real, at least, as magicmermaid….or as you, for that matter). You are real, aren’t you? — if not, just pretend you are, because mistermuse can use the reassurance.

    THE FAUX PAS OF POSITIVE THINKING

    “Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one.” –Voltaire

    I can live with
    Uncertainty and doubt —
    It’s know-it-alls
    I have my doubts about.

    THE PETER PRINCIPLE

    “I am not young enough to know everything.” –Sir James M. Barrie (author of the play subtitled The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up)

    Sorry that things didn’t quite Pan out
    (except in Neverland….or thereabout).

    HOW TO BETTER CULTIVATE KNOWLEDGE

    “Scholars esteem knowledge not for its use in attaining other values, but as a value in itself.” –Max Eastman

    Know,
    Weigh,

    Hoe
    Say.

    KNOW PROBLEM

    “If reality wants to get in touch, it knows where I am.” –Phil Proctor

    But if reality says,
    “Hello there, it’s me” —
    How would you know
    Absent a show of real ID?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    • Notes To Ponder 2:14 am on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Most excellent. 🙂

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    • obbverse 3:03 am on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed the wordplay muchly. May I add an offering on Peter Pan?
      See Ya Late-
      Pity poor pre-adolescent Peter Pan,
      Never fated to become a full grown man-
      Sadly remembered as a smart-mouthed juvenile,
      NOW he’d say ‘kids, don’t ever bait the crocodile.”

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    • Rivergirl 7:15 am on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “I’m not young enough to know everything” is a wonderful quote!

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    • magickmermaid 10:34 am on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, MisterMuse! I wish everyone would follow my suggestions so readily. 😀
      Yet another reason why I don’t have a webcam. All and sundry would have seen me hopping around the livingroom to the Fats Waller tune! If he can’t make you dance, no one will!

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:13 pm on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love them all, MisterMuse, especially “The Faux Pas of Positive Thinking” 🙂

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      • mistermuse 3:36 pm on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise, Rosaliene. I was kind of partial to “Know Weigh Hose Say”….but when José say “No way!”, I changed my mind.

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    • annieasksyou 11:11 pm on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      When magickmermaid, the Siren
      Called mistermuse to play
      The result was a fun environ
      So, “yes way,” I say.

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      • mistermuse 12:47 am on September 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I didn’t know you’re a poet —
        Or should I say, a poetess.,,,
        But any way you weigh it,
        You’re no damsel in distress.

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    • calmkate 2:14 am on September 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      very clever … I’m sure I’ve asked for more overtime … guess I dont have the magic touch!

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    • Elizabeth 4:56 pm on September 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I am not sure if I like the first one best or not. Better not be sure!

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    • mistermuse 6:09 pm on September 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not sure how to respond to that, Elizabeth — but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. 😉

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    • masercot 8:45 am on September 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The outcome is most obscure
      unless I’m sure

      When my confidence is at its height
      I probably haven’t done anything right…

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    • mistermuse 11:42 am on September 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Compared to Trump,
      you’re ahead of the game —
      he NEVER does anything right
      and he’s never ever to blame.

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    • arekhill1 10:32 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If there ever was a year that reality got in touch, it’s this one, Sr. Muse.

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    • mistermuse 3:49 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I fear the worst of the year is yet to come after Nov. 3, no matter the election results.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on September 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: black cat, , , , knowledge, , ,   

    CONFUCIUS SAY HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW 

    Today is birthday of Chinese philosopher Confucius, born September 28, 551 BC (not to be Confucius-ed with Chinese philosopher who long Ago Too Young die like fool, choking on egg). Confucius, of course, left us even more wise old sayings than the inscrutable Charlie Chan, which was pen name of writer called None the Wiser (not to be Confucius-ed with his agent — a gent named Ah So).

    In any case, in the interest of being fair and balanced and sly as a Fox, we herewith present selection of Confucius sayings to go along with those in CHARLIE CHAN post of Sept. 15. No matter which you prefer, may you benefit from their wisdom, and may all your male children be wise guys.

    I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

    The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.

    Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.

    Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

    He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.

    The funniest people are the saddest ones.

    Sad to say, my work here is dumb….make that done. On second thought, maybe right first time.

     

     
    • Garfield Hug 12:56 am on September 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Mistermuse you have outdone yourself in the humor category….I laughed so loudly!!😂😂

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    • Richard Cahill 9:33 am on September 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      In the spirit of your previous blog, I’ll be sure to raise a stein to the memory of Confucius this weekend, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 9:55 am on September 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        And in spirit of comment to previous blog post, Sr. Muse happily return Salud to you, Ricardo.

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    • Forestwoodfolk 7:25 pm on September 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great minds think alike. Thanks for visiting me and commenting on my blog post about quotes and their meanings. Funny that we should do Confucius at the same time
      And it was his birthday!!

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      • mistermuse 8:25 pm on September 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I used to visit your blog fairly often but somehow got off track, which was my loss. Now that I’ve come across your blog again, I’ll try to keep up more regularly.

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    • Don Frankel 4:21 pm on September 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nice Muse but I’m beginning to think that Confucius might be like Yogi in that he might not have said all the things he said.

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      • mistermuse 4:37 pm on September 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I got the same feeling when I read the “black cat” quote, Don. That one in particular seems suspect, in my opinion.

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    • markscheel1 4:56 pm on September 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      My favorite is “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” But it left me with the question, how do we tell the difference?

      Mark

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      • mistermuse 7:56 pm on September 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Good question, Mark. I’d say the answer is BY COMPARISON: Confucius with Trump, for example (though Trump does seem to have made some “cosmetic” changes over the years).

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  • mistermuse 12:43 am on September 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , knowledge, , , proverb,   

    ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD 

    Man is learning all his life and yet he dies in ignorance. –Yugoslav proverb

    Most of us never get it.
    It’s not as if we run out of time.
    Had Methuselah lived a thousand nine hundred sixty nine years,
    could he have handled more than he feared not to believe?
    If what you want to see is what you “get” — if you don’t
    know what you don’t know — what is there to be learned?
    The answer, my friend, is growin’ in the womb….
    the surreal promise of perpetuity born in real time.

     

     
    • arekhill1 10:31 am on September 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      All I’ve learned for sure in my years, Sr. Muse, is that anything that ever happened to anybody else can happen to you. If that’s not it, I admit I don’t get it.

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    • BroadBlogs 12:57 pm on September 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Each generation does seem to get better!

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    • mistermuse 1:01 pm on September 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Let’s just say that the poem is my take on the Yugoslav proverb which preceded it….but sometimes things get lost in translation. In a certain sense, my philosophical/observations-on-life poems are like my humor/jokes: if they have to be explained, they leave one scratching one’s head (not unlike the effect on me of the ways of thinking/believing that I observe and write about).

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    • Osyth 1:07 pm on September 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not scratching my head … I love this. Wisdom, wit and cynisism combine to make a wholly truthful poem 🙂

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    • mistermuse 1:07 pm on September 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well BroadBlogs, I’d just say that if that’s true, a substantial portion of each succeeding generation hasn’t gotten the word!

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    • mistermuse 1:11 pm on September 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Osyth. I cheerfully admit to being a cynic, and will take your word for the wisdom and wit parts.

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      • Osyth 1:18 pm on September 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Wit and wisdom are purely in the eyes and ears of the receiver. Those that believe they are wise are generally deluded 😉

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    • Don Frankel 3:54 am on September 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      We think we learn so much. We even build great structures to show how much but in the end it really isn’t much at all.

      Perhaps we’re at our best when questioning or as Shakespeare put “in apprehension how like a God.”

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    • mistermuse 6:58 am on September 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You got that right, Don. We ARE at our best when questioning. Unfortunately, many politicians seem to think they’re at their best when absolutely certain, when steam-rolling anyone and anything that gets in their way, and when shooting down reasonable questioning of their uncompromising assertions instead of working to find solutions.

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    • natuurfreak 3:51 pm on September 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for visiting my blog.I find here wise words to think over.

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    • mistermuse 4:12 pm on September 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You are very welcome….and thank you in return for your comment.

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  • mistermuse 10:29 am on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , knowledge, scholars, values   

    WAYS OF CULTIVATING KNOWLEDGE 

    Scholars esteem knowledge not for its use in attaining other values, but as a value in itself. —Max Eastman, author & poet

    Know.
    Weigh.
    Hoe.
    Say.

     

     
    • Michaeline Montezinos 11:03 am on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      mistermuse, are you trying to speak a bit of the language known as Spanish? I thought your poem read as “No way, Jose!.”You are inscrutable at times which makes you an interesting person. I wonder how you manage to do that bit of “magic.”

      Could you do me a favor, please? My silly computer or that demon Facebook somehow deleted your e mail address. I searched but could not find it any where. I just wanted to let you know my medical issue is being resolved and all looks good. I am waiting for the DNA results now. Hopefully, I will feel better soon and can pick up on writing my short stories.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 11:08 am on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Now I am curious about Max Eastman. Going to look him up in my book titled PHILOSOPHY FOR DUMMIES. I bought it at the Barnes and Noble store near the Tri County Mall years ago when we lived in Ohio. Too bad so many book stores closed down in that area. However, one can see those people in nice dresses and suits on a hot day clutching their bibles. No lack of those books, my friend.

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        • mistermuse 3:15 pm on June 15, 2015 Permalink

          As you know, Michaeline, there has been a whole series of FOR DUMMIES books published. I don’t have PHILOSOPHY FOR DUMMIES, but I do own INSCRUTABILITY FOR DUMMIES, which should satisfy the wonder expressed in the first paragraph of your first comment.

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        • Michaeline Montezinos 3:14 pm on June 16, 2015 Permalink

          I meant no harm in referring to the work of the Jehovah Witnesses I admire their ability to go from door to door and simply asking if I had heard of their desire to spread the Good News. I would not give up my weekends getting ready to march in my Sunday best (meaning a dress.) I can’t picture any of our men neighbors wearing a suit and a tie while body pressing about 20 pounds of Bibles and literature., got to give them credit for their dedication and commitment. 8^ }

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    • Don Frankel 11:11 am on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yes way Jose.

      This one is priceless.

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      • mistermuse 3:36 pm on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        You’re right, Don – that’s why I didn’t bother to put a price on it. The last time I got paid for something I wrote, I died from shock and now write posthumorously.

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    • arekhill1 1:53 pm on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe Jose doesn’t want to be weighed.

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    • mistermuse 3:53 pm on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Do you know the way to weigh sans Jose? You don’t need to if he doesn’t want to (be weighed).

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    • mistermuse 8:36 pm on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      P. S. to Michaeline: I forgot to mention that, as requested, I sent you my email address. When you email me, don’t forget to put an e-stamp on it, or it may vanish into cyberspace.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 9:20 pm on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I thank you again for the email address. I am going to have to buy a new notebook to keep my important email addresses in so I can find them without resorting to asking my buddies on this site. Dionne Warwick, I wonder how she is doing now. Last I heard she was on the boob tube trying to sell “psychic information” provided by those silly women who attempt to tell us our “fortuna.” Oops! I apologize for slipping that fish into my comment. Just fishin’ around trying to organize my desk and all my writing and research done in the past 20 years. I will certainly stamp your mail as I do not want my words flying around the edges of Cyberspace.
        I am thinking of writIng short stories for a book titled THE MISADVENTURES OF MICHAELINE. Do you and every one else here think that is a good title???

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    • mistermuse 6:48 am on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      THE MISADVENTURES OF MICHAELINE has the sound of a good title (especially if the intended audience is girls of a certain age). If you’re writing for an adult market, it might still be a good title, depending on the nature and style of the writing. In any case, it’s a good working title to start with, in my opinion.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 6:55 am on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, mistermuse. You are the second person who thought that the title was good. She is my Friend and used to write for a local newspaper. Until she found out that although she was being paid, her copy was rewritten by an associate editor. He bent the truth to serve the local politicians.

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    • BroadBlogs 2:08 pm on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I Know. the Weigh. to San Hoe. Say.

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    • mistermuse 3:31 pm on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      For those too young to know, here’s what you missed:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiB02XWTwI4

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