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  • mistermuse 12:11 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Book Reviews, , , quotes   

    SHORT AND (NOT SO) SWEET 

    Lately I’ve been (and remain) a bit under the weather, so rather than strain my brain trying to write something original, this post will quote from three book reviews which have something pertinent to say about the likes of our favorite President, either directly or by extension (book titles in caps):

    KILL IT TO SAVE IT by Corey Dolgon

    “Dolgon’s astute look at the conservative turn in US politics … offers a fascinating look at the phenomenon that made Donald J. Trump the preferred choice of many voters. The long-term fallout of this turn has many of us thinking far less critically than we should be–exactly as intended–and how and why we’ve learned to tolerate the intolerable.” –Eleanor J. Bader (reviewer)

    UNDER THE COVER OF CHAOS by Lawrence Grossberg

    “In damning detail, Grossberg here lays bare the deep roots of Trumpism. Rather than a break from some imagined pure, nuanced conservatism, Grossberg shows Trump’s manic nonsense is actually a continuation, the result of a long struggle between the new right and the reactionary right. Everyone should read this book if they want to understand the rise of authoritarianism in the United States.” –Henry Giroux (reviewer)

    THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE FREE by Milton Mayer

    An account of the rise of fascism in Germany from 1933-45. As such, “A timely reminder of how otherwise unremarkable and in many ways reasonable people can be seduced by demagogues and populists.” –Richard J. Evans (reviewer)

    Upon further review, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

     

     
    • Paul Sunstone 12:23 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to hear you’re under the weather. Trump will either be defeated or be the ruin of us. There’s no third way.

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 8:08 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hope you feel better soon, mistermuse, though I can’t hope any of us can feel better about our president or the state of our country. I don’t want us to. We can’t quit until this ends, one way or another…

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      • mistermuse 8:54 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Lisa. You couldn’t be more right — this must end, one way or another.

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    • masercot 8:24 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Read Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here”…

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    • scifihammy 10:20 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Good book choices!
      And I hope you start to feel better soon. 🙂

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    • Garfield Hug 10:58 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Feel better Mistermuse. Garfield hugs! I hope sonething gets done to solve Trump’s mentality and improved government style

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    • mistermuse 6:22 pm on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, ladies, for the good wishes. Saw my doctor today and he said I’m healthy as an ox (an ox who’s seen better days). Luckily, I’m a night person. 🙂

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    • dunnasead.co 11:44 am on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      1. Hope you feel better soon. 2. Thank you so much for writing. Twice even. 3. I don’t ever comment on politics- personal beliefs, but I do like your blog in general very much. 4 the reason you can’t reach me, is that my blog has been turned off so many times, by my psychotic troll, or, in two cases, by me since the comments were so vile I didn”t want anyone looking at them and this was the only way. (I have done music therapy with the very ill- I’m no shrinking violet. These are very very sick people.) 5. Please don’t take the problems personally. They basically locked off all the people who can think or have a heart. But many are now back. And I’m a-workin on it.

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      • mistermuse 12:09 pm on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, dunnasead. I can relate to your feelings, and I appreciate your taking time to express them. 🙂

        And speaking of heart….

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    • markscheel1 5:59 pm on September 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hoping the “weather” improves soon, Muse!

      Mark

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      • mistermuse 10:35 pm on September 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mark. I saw my doc on 9/12. The bad news is that he couldn’t determine what’s ailing me. The good news is that I’m starting to feel better anyway. I could’ve stayed home and been just as well off!

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    • Carol A. Hand 10:32 am on September 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Sending hugs and best wishes, Mister Muse. ❤

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Henry James, , old song, quotes, ,   

    A QUOTER OF NINE 

    One must never miss an opportunity of quoting things by others which are always more interesting than those one thinks up oneself. –Marcel Proust

    The idea for this post was born of the mating of the above quote (which came from a book I’m reading about Marcel Proust) with a play on words from the title of this old song:

    The next step was to come up with nine quotes based on the above premise. Almost by default, I chose quotes about quotes. I hope the result isn’t born stillborn — if so, de fault is yours (or mine, if you want to be petty about it). Let’s begin and see how it works out:

    Those who never quote, in return are never quoted. –Isaac D’Israeli

    Pretty things that are well said — it’s nice to have them in your head. –Robert Frost

    I have made it a rule that whenever I say something stupid, I immediately attribute it to Dr. Johnson, Marcus Aurelius or Dorothy Parker. –George Mikes

    Asked to describe his most recent play, a playwright (who Dorothy Parker felt had been copying her) said, “It’s hard to say — except that it’s a play against all isms.” She replied, “Except plagiarism.

    I always have a quotation for everything — it saves original thinking. –Dorothy L. Sayers

    To be amused at what you read — that is the great spring of quotation. –Charles Edward Montague

    While reading writers of great formulatory power — Henry James, Santayana, Proust — I find I can scarcely get through a page without having to stop to record some lapidary sentence. Reading Henry James, for example, I have muttered to myself, “C’mon, Henry, turn down the brilliance a notch, so I can get some reading done.” –Joseph Epstein

    If you want to be quoted, say something you shouldn’t say. –Evan Esar

    I really didn’t say everything I said. –Yogi Berra

    So that makes me a quoter of nine, unless one counts the opening Marcel Proust quote, which doesn’t count as ten unless you’re keeping count, in which case, count it instead as a bonus which would only count if you don’t count Yogi, who said he didn’t say what he said if he didn’t say it (but don’t quote me on that).

     

     

     
    • K. A. Bryce 12:07 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice, though I was disappointed you didn’t have something by Wilde. Nothing comes to mind offhand and my own book of quotes is in no way organized, but I would have guessed he’d be one of your first. I’m sure he said something scathing about quotes, or at least one would hope so. Smiles>KB

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      • mistermuse 1:08 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I own a book titled THE WIT AND HUMOR OF OSCAR WILDE which contains many Wilde quotes, but nothing “scathing about quotes.” However, Paul Sunstone came up with a Wilde quotation quote in his comment which follows….and then there’s this from my book, which isn’t too far off course: “I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time and prevents arguments.”

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    • Paul Sunstone 12:14 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” — Oscar Wilde

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    • Richard A Cahill 1:31 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Any post that mentions the immortal Ms. Parker twice gets a star on my refrigerator, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 8:25 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        One of my favorite wits as well, Ricardo. When I’m at wit’s end, I can always count on her to restore my faith in humility (as in ‘humiliating putdowns’).

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    • masercot 6:20 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “Quote, unquote and quote”

      “How many quotes is that, Jameson?”

      “Three, sir”

      “Three? Add another quote and make it a gallon”

      Groucho Marx – Animal Crackers

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      • mistermuse 8:39 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Groucho was such a wise cracker that one would think he would be the Marx Brother at the famous Algonquin Round Table (where Dorothy Parker was ‘queen’), but instead it was Harpo.

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        • masercot 8:45 am on September 5, 2018 Permalink

          I’ve heard that Harpo could be pretty funny. Actually, I heard the same thing about Zeppo. Some biographer talked about how ungodly slow Zeppo Marx drove and the author of the book just got lulled and FELL OUT OF THE CAR. It was probably going about twenty miles an hour at the time…

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    • calmkate 6:30 pm on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      lol gave me a smile, nice to see a post other than about him … 🙂

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    • restlessjo 3:22 am on September 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love it! I even remember the song 🙂 🙂 Original thinking is pretty hard, and I may have to spend the rest of my life quoting George Mikes.

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      • mistermuse 9:34 am on September 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Jo. That song was actually made popular by Al Jolson several decades before the Bobby Darin rendition, but I chose the Darin clip because he was one of my favorite singers. As you may know, he died tragically young, otherwise he may have given Sinatra a run for his money.

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    • Silver Screenings 3:15 pm on September 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Fabulous quotes, and am very glad to see Dorothy Parker honoured here.

      Also: Bobby Darin was the ultimate in Cool.

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      • mistermuse 6:06 pm on September 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Did you know that Dorothy Parker was also a song writer? If you’ll click on “Dorothy Parker” under “Tags” (right hand column near the top) and scroll down to my June 7 post EXCUSE MY DUST, you’ll come to a clip of I WISHED ON THE MOON, to which she wrote the lyrics.

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    • markscheel1 3:37 pm on September 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      Dare I disclose the following? A story of mine, I’ve just been informed, is a finalist in a Dorothy Parker writing contest where entrants are required to take the first line and last line of her “A Telephone Call” story and write their own story seamlessly in between. Furthermore, a little bird landed on my window recently and tweeted that you (and yours) are due for congratulations–and you know what for. So, by golly, congrats!!!!! And many more. 🙂

      Mark

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      • mistermuse 6:14 pm on September 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Congrats on being a Dorothy Parker writing contest finalist, Mark — here’s hoping that your story wins (and, if so, that you post it). Also, thanks for the “you know what” congrats; I’m glad the tweet came from a little bird, not from you know who. 🙂

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    • rivergirl1211 4:59 pm on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Well said, or quoted as the case may be.

      “I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.”
      George Bernard Shaw

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    • barkinginthedark 6:20 pm on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      tonite, the stars’ll twinkle and shine, this evening…about a quoter of nine. continue…

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    • barkinginthedark 6:22 pm on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      actually i wrote that before i even knew what the Darin clip was. great minds. continue…

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      • mistermuse 7:54 pm on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        In a way, that’s similar to Trump — he writes tweets before he knows what he’s talking about.

        (Just kidding — that comparison was a terrible one to make!)

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    • smbabbitt 10:53 pm on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Just ran across this (from LOVE’S LABOURS LOST) in an old advertisement for a new book of quotations:
      Moth. [Aside to COSTARD.] They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.
      Costard. O! they have lived long on the almsbasket of words. I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word; for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier swallowed than a flap-dragon.

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    • smbabbitt 10:56 pm on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, should have been LABOUR’S

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    • mistermuse 11:45 pm on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you!

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    KISS HER IN THE KISSER AND MAKE UP 

    My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. –Cary Grant

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    August 25 is KISS AND MAKE UP DAY. In the Cary Grant spirit of occupying myself as best I can, I thought I’d present an assemblage of good old-fashioned “kiss and make up” goodies (the idea being, if you don’t love my premise, you can kiss my assortment). Let’s start with Cary’s take on make-up, which (as you can see) I’m not making up:

    Well, apparently Cary never did make up with that gal, because here he is two years later, singing another love song to another gal:

    It seems that Cary would rather play the field than kiss and make up. Let us therefore pick a dilly of a ditty less playboy-like in character:

    So much for the guys. I give the last word to the gals (they usually have it anyway):

    Kiss and make up — but too much makeup has ruined many a kiss. –Mae West

    Kiss & make up. Maybe making out for a few minutes would help us figure things out. –Katie Anderson

    In trying to get our own way, we should remember that kisses are sweeter than whine. –Ann Nonymous

     
    • masercot 1:45 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wake up (Wake up)
      Grab a brush and put a little makeup
      Hide your scars to fade away the shakeup

      Serj Tankian

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      • mistermuse 2:11 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Serj is a little after (not BEFORE) my time, musically speaking….but I appreciate a lyric that most of my non-geezer readers may be familiar with, and that even I can dig.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:13 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed that 🙂 My ex didn’t like me wearing makeup, but eyed-up* all the women with makeup.
      *Caribbean expression

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    • chattykerry 5:45 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t help thinking that Cary Grant seemed to enjoy kissing boys as much or more than girls…

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    • Richard A Cahill 7:32 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.

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      • mistermuse 8:21 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I had to look that one up, Ricardo, and it turns out that you’re just blowin’ smoke (not that I disapprove). 🙂

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    • Paul Sunstone 11:51 pm on August 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “Ann Nonymous” That cracked me up.

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      • mistermuse 12:28 am on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I said I’d give the last word to the gals, so on my post, Ann Nonymous is a gal, whether (s)he likes it or not.

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        • Paul Sunstone 2:27 am on August 28, 2018 Permalink

          I’ve always said, “A man of his word is an admirable man” even if he has to lie to be a man of his word.

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    • mistermuse 9:11 am on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Paul, I think you may be giving me more credit than I’m due, because (not knowing if Ann Nonymous is guy or gal), I may not be lying….though the quote sounds more likely to have been said by a gal. Nonetheless, I would like to be thought of as at least a half-admirable man, so I’ll concede a 50-50 chance that Ann is a man. 🙂

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    • calmkate 5:39 pm on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      lol Cary didn’t even like the girls, it was all just the camera … love this one but the last wins a gold star!

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  • mistermuse 12:05 am on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE 

    When misfortune comes, take it like a man–blame it on your wife. –Evan Esar

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    Many of us suffer an unanticipated misfortune at some point in our lives. It could be the missed fortune of being left out of the will of a rich cousin you loved like a brother (until the ungrateful s.o.b. left every cent he had to his actual brother)….or it could be distress under duress, like your mistress taking egress, leaving you in a mess, no less, with your wife. Or, if you are a wife, perhaps you got wind of, not only the mistress on the side, but the ‘steady at the ready’ and the ‘wench on the bench’ (otherwise known as having too many loins in the fire). Yes, friends, misfortune is an ill wind which blows no good…

    Now, far be it from mistermuse to blame his misfortunes on his wife. As a matter of tact, if it weren’t for my wife, I don’t know what I would do (or is it, wouldn’t do?). Yes, friends, mistermuse has been a sappily married man for 49 years, 10 months, and 13 days now, and I can honestly say it doesn’t seem like a day over 49 years, 10 months, and 12 days.

    That said, game on. Let’s see what other men have had to say on the subject:

    Wives are people who feel that they don’t dance enough. –Groucho Marx

    How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who treats her as if she were a perfectly natural being? –Oscar Wilde

    If Presidents can’t do it to their wives, they do it to their countries. –Mel Brooks

    No matter how happily married a woman may be, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes she were not. –H. L. Mencken

    My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher. –Socrates

    Some wives are like fishermen: they think the best ones got away. –Evan Esar

    I’ve had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me and the second one didn’t. –Patrick Murray

    A man placed an ad in the classifieds: “Wife wanted.” Next day he received over a hundred replies: “You can have mine.” –Anonymous

    NOTE: The last quote is absolutely NOT mine!

     
    • Paul Sunstone 3:16 am on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      So far a I know there are at least three or four major religions that each claim their own god created the institution of marriage — and everyone of them say they did it to protect the women, which I find hilarious.

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    • calmkate 4:31 am on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      lol hilarious .. big 50 celebration coming up, well done both of you!

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    • masercot 5:33 am on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Women are the major cause of mental illness in men…

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 8:36 am on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats on making it work!! That is quite an accomplishment for both of you…

      I laughed at almost all of these, being an ex-wife, except one, which I simply didn’t understand. Goes to show that humor targets certain audiences (probably based on common experiences…?).

      What the heck was Oscar Wilde trying to say here, and where is the “funny”? Lol!

      “How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who treats her as if she were a perfectly natural being?” –Oscar Wilde

      P.S. No need to actually explain; it only makes things worse. If a joke needs lengthy rationale, then it already failed. But since I’m not the intended audience, no harm done. Just thought I’d share my ignorance, as it might make it funnier to others. 😀

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      • mistermuse 9:28 am on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        No problem, Lisa–I’ve found from long experience that explanations only get me into longer no-win situations. That’s why “Yes, dear” is almost always the better part of valor….and, as you can tell, I’ve become very well trained in almost 50 years. 🙂

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    • Carmen 8:48 am on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s the one I like, and which was stuck on our fridge for years –
      “The best thing a father can do for his children is love their mother”.

      Almost 50 years! Wow! We’re 9 years behind you, mister muse, which reminds me of another statement I read when I first got married – and it has stuck in my head because of its truth (well, in our case anyway!) –
      “Marriage is a contest of wills.” 🙂

      Congratulations and in my opinion, you brought the very best trait to the union – a kick-ass sense of humour!

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      • mistermuse 9:32 am on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Carmen. Unfortunately, the ass I’d most like to kick is out of reach (not my wife–Donald Trump)! 🙂

        P.S. I like your “statements.”

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    • Carmen 10:17 am on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A friend of ours once told a young fellow who was getting married that there were only two responses he needed to know – “Yes, dear” and “That outfit looks lovely on you!” 🙂

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    • arekhill1 1:26 pm on July 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats to you and Senora Muse on your upcoming 50th.

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    • inesephoto 1:52 pm on July 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Eternal source of jokes 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 2:13 pm on July 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s some advice on the subject that I didn’t take. But I was happy anyway.

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      • mistermuse 7:17 pm on July 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Good song, Don. I like toe-tappers which don’t lead to my wife putting her foot down.

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    • floatinggold 10:40 pm on July 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Almost 50 years? That’s impressive. How do people manage to put up with ANYONE for so long?

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      • mistermuse 11:50 pm on July 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        First, you have to live long enough. Second, so does your wife. Third, it helps to have a sense of humor. Fourth, if your wife has a strong arm throwing pots, pans and dishes, it helps to have good reflexes. Fifth, when all else fails, either pray for a miracle that she’ll see things your way, or say “Yes, dear.” Or both.

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    • MikeTX 10:49 am on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats on the half a century of marital bliss Muse.

      I guess you have no wench on the bench; a fact which also keeps a foot from being put down…on your throat. Good luck on your next half-century!

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      • mistermuse 8:07 pm on August 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mike. Sorry about the delayed reply — I just noticed that your comment was awaiting approval.

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    • America On Coffee 1:43 pm on August 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Love this!!

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , ghosts of the past, Jean Negulesco, knowing yourself, memoir, , , , , quotes, The Way We Were   

    THE WAY WE WEREN’T 

    The trouble with turning memories into memoirs is that when one is finished, a sneaky feeling comes along: “Things never were that way, anyway.” –Jean Negulesco (1900-93), Academy Award-winning movie director

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    I’ve just finished reading Jean Negulesco’s memoir (coincidentally, he died 25 years ago today) titled THINGS I DID AND THINGS I THINK I DID. The above quote is from that book–as is his reflection on having raised, with his wife, two adopted daughters from war-torn, post-WWII Germany:

    And so it starts, and so it ends. And we see ourselves in them. There is no sense in telling them, “When I was your age….” We never were their age. 

    “We never were their age.” And so it is with us. We’ve never been ‘inside’ them–even our own children. When all is said and done, we’re lucky if we know ourselves–now, then or in-between–which is not to say that, along the way, we were not open to wanting whatever knowledge romance promised….

    They say “You can’t go home again”–even if your old haunts still exist, your past and its ghosts stay with you, not with where you were….not so? So, where do we go?

    Now, I’m as nostalgic as the next old geezer, but as my past recedes further into the past, I look at old photos, see the images of faces and places I knew, and there’s no avoiding the sense that the road between THINGS I DID AND THINGS I WISH I DID leads to a place where the sun sets before we get there.

    Sooner or later, it’s all over but the doubting. It’s the place where (to paraphrase a phrase) OLD GHOSTS NEVER DIE, they….just….fade….a w a y

    Still….

     
    • Lisa R. Palmer 1:05 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Profound thoughts and deep reflection – a wellspring for the humor that is your trademark here at WordPress. For it is only that level of understanding and the wisdom that grows from it that can fuel a true sense of irony laced with compassion…

      Oh, and I’m taking this quote with me, as it moves me to ponder my own deep thoughts: “and there’s no avoiding the sense that the road between THINGS I DID AND THINGS I WISH I DID leads to a place where the sun sets before we get there.”

      Great stuff here, mistermuse!

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      • mistermuse 1:33 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Lisa, for taking time to comment in such a thoughtful way. I wrote this post not expecting it to appeal to all tastes, but a man does not live by humor alone–if I did, my wife would kill me (just kidding–I brought home enough bacon before I retired to keep her fat and happily recumbent most of the time).

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        • Lisa R. Palmer 2:45 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink

          The “happy” part is the only one that truly matters, so whatever you did, or do, to achieve and maintain that state is goodness in itself. Lol!

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    • calmkate 3:51 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Agree with Lisa’s comment but fortunately I have few regrets, I tended to do what I wanted when I wanted 🙂

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    • Carmen 6:06 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      That Annabelle – what a charmer! And only ten! Wow! Can definitely detect a great personality. Apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree, eh? 😉

      Speaking of such things, my husband was at a gathering one time to discuss the passing of a friend. Some comment was made about this guy having ‘climbed the ladder to a better place’. . . Or some such thing. Hubby said, “I figure where I’m going, the only thing I’ll need is a hand sled!” Ha, ha!

      Wherever it is, I’ll worry about it after I get there (although I don’t think there’ll be any ‘think’ left). 🙂

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      • mistermuse 9:42 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Well, Carmen, at least your hubby thinks he’s going SOMEPLACE! 🙂

        As for me: I think–therefore I don’t know what to think. 😦

        As for Annabelle, talent like that needs and deserves to soar. Destination Broadway (I hope)….speaking of which, The Unsinkable Molly Brown was a Broadway show which was made into a movie starring Debbie Reynolds. Here is her “I Ain’t Down Yet” from the film:

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    • Don Frankel 8:13 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “The past is always with us.” Or as I like to say we are the things we did. No getting around it.

      But I do think we experience life in the past, the present and with a slight anticipation of the future. It’s just the way our minds work.

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      • mistermuse 5:09 pm on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Perhaps that’s generally true, Don–but I think with politicians, there’s more than a slight anticipation of the future. No sooner is one election over than they start calculating for the next one, even if it’s as much as six years away (in the case of U.S. senators).

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        • Don Frankel 7:11 am on July 19, 2018 Permalink

          Muse, at the end of the rainbow is a pot of gold.

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        • mistermuse 8:36 am on July 19, 2018 Permalink

          Don, I’ve already got the pot, and even if I get the gold at the end of the rainbow, I can’t take it with me where I’m going.

          On second thought, I’d better mend my ways so I can go to the other place — who wants to spend eternity roasting with the boasting Orange Man?

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    • America On Coffee 8:18 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Always there are two sides to every story. Sometimes there is no glory!! You shared it so well!!

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    • scifihammy 11:05 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A very thoughtful post – thank you. 🙂
      It doesn’t bother me if I’m not remembering something ‘correctly’ because the memory is what I have now. And I never go back to old places, preferring my memory of them as they were. 🙂

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    • arekhill1 12:00 pm on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I always thought Hardy’s words meant your home has changed from the way you remember it, so it is never the home you left, but your interpretation works as well, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 12:51 pm on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I take “You can’t go home again” to mean that, though your old home may still be there, what you left of yourself there is gone forever….and one goes “home again” hoping in some amorphous way to recapture a piece of it. That may be ‘a bit much,’ but I prefer to think (without knowing) that it’s close(r) to what Hardy had in mind. In any case, I’m at home with your interpretation as well, Ricardo.

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    • restlessjo 3:40 am on July 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I like that quote too., and I like you being thoughtful. Often when I write posts such as yesterdays I wonder if I’m being really truthful, if I’m giving the ‘right’ impression, and if indeed, I know what the ‘right’ impression is. This can go on and on, can’t it? I’ve often thought of writing Dad’s story but reporting it accurately worries me. And no, we can’t go back but I loved that film… 🙂 🙂
      Mam was a wise old bird and she used to say ‘can’t put an old head on young shoulders’.

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      • mistermuse 9:42 am on July 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Jo, your post yesterday rang true to me and, I’m sure, to everyone who read it. I hope anyone who reads this will go to it and see for themselves.

        Thanks for quoting your mam’s wise words. It’s been a long time since I heard that quote, and it was good to hear it again.

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    • katsobservations 1:54 pm on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Very powerful post. For me though, nostalgia represents not appreciating the past instead of wishing I did something differently. I guess nostalgia has a different meaning for each person.

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      • mistermuse 7:11 pm on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Well put, Kat. Perhaps one reason for a ‘different take’ on the past by another person would be if that person had one or more bitter experiences as a child that would make revisiting his or her childhood haunts a return to mixed memories. As you say, different meanings for different persons.

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    • Rachel McAlpine 5:58 pm on July 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      When those moments arise the best I can do is to tell myself I did the best I could with the me I was at the time. And don’t worry, your memoirs will be “corrected” by those who disagree. My friends write their own memoirs in revenge,

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      • mistermuse 12:35 am on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Rachel, there is much wisdom in your first sentence. No one is the same person they were when they were young–or if they are the same, they haven’t matured–and therefore, you have to let go of the regret you feel that you would do something differently if you had it to do over again.

        Regarding memoirs, I don’t plan on writing any, so there won’t be any to correct….and as for my friends, I plan on outliving them. Good luck with that, right? 🙂

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    • moorezart 1:26 pm on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 5:14 pm on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Once again I am in your debt, sir. I shall REMEMBER you in my prayers (in lieu of in my will). 😦

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        • moorezart 5:17 pm on July 24, 2018 Permalink

          Wonderful post sir, consider all debts cancelled in payment for being gifted by your lofty thoughts.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:11 am on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      That girl, from the video you posted, is a true entertainer!

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      • mistermuse 11:42 am on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I just watched the video again, and she’s just as good as the last time I watched her! 🙂
        But seriously, that is one talented girl, and I hope she grows up to reach her full potential.

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    • etiliyle 11:31 am on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      💞❤💞

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

    LIAR, LIAR, RANTS ON FIRE 

    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:

    DECEIT DON’T STAND

    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 😦

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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 ! 🙂

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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! 🙂
      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).

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        • 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 May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , John Glenn, , , , , quotes, Truman Capote,   

    MAY IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH (and don’t you forget it!) 

    May is OLDER AMERICANS MONTH. I’m pretty sure I qualify as an older American because, as George Washington told me, “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves”….or maybe I’m thinkin’ of Lincoln (incidental details, like who said what, can get a bit hazy at my age). No matter — either way, it proves I’ve been around long enough to establish my bona feces.

    As long as I’m quoting bigwigs I have known or could have known (as the case may be), no doubt you will be interested in other memorable quotes that I remember, most of which admittedly weren’t said to me directly, but which I either overheard, or were whiskered to me in confidence by the quotees under their goatees (or beards, as the face may be):

    Old age is no place for sissies. –Bette Davis (whose facial hair at the time was confined to a mustache, as I recall)

    Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. –Truman Capote

    Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened. –Jennifer Yane

    If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. — variously attributed to  Eubie Blake, Adolph Zukor and Mae West, among others

    There is no cure for the common birthday. —John Glenn

    You’re only as old as the girl that you feel. –Groucho Marx

    Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. –Chili Davis

    Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician. –Anonymous

    Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. –Anonymous

    So there you have the story of my anonymous existence: just when I’m on a roll, I run flush out of time. C’est la vie. Take it on out, Pops (Louis) and Schnoz (Jimmy):

     

     

     

     

     

     
    • Carmen 1:26 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of toilet paper – I don’t know about you mistermuse, but I’m looking forward to forgetting all the stupid sh*t I’ve done. . . 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:29 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t mean to spoil your hopes, Carmen, but may you have a long time to wait. 🙂

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    • scifihammy 7:19 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      haha I like the quotes – and the fact that you knew George Washington! 😀

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      • mistermuse 8:45 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I not only knew him — we were so close, he admitted to me that he didn’t chop down the cherry tree — it was a SLIPPERY ELM (which is why it took him so long to get a handle on it….not to mention that the handle was missing a blade).

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    • GP Cox 8:15 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Forget what? (just kidding – I think). It’s about time us old folks got an honorable mention around Blogsville!

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    • Don Frankel 12:27 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      They give us a whole month? Some of us might not use all of it. But when it comes to time sometimes its the same…

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      • mistermuse 3:40 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Don, this is for those who “might not use all of it”:

        Note: Billie is backed this time by (among others) jazz legends Lester Young on tenor sax, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, and Teddy Wilson on piano.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 8:08 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Oh goodness. I’m among this crowd. At least the sense of humor remains intact! The quote from Chili Davis is my favorite because it’s 100% true! Keep up the laughter. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 10:43 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana. I almost didn’t use the Chili Davis quote because initially, I couldn’t decide between it and a similar one by Ogden Nash (“You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.”). I finally chose the Davis quote because I couldn’t stay undecided indefinitely. 🙂

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    • eths 10:44 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love the quotes!

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      • mistermuse 11:00 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I especially liked the Capote, Yane, Glenn and ‘t.p.’ quotes because they were new to me, whereas the others were familiar.

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    • Silver Screenings 9:37 am on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never seen this clip with Louis Armstrong and Jimmy Durante. The both of them have SO MUCH CHARISMA!

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      • mistermuse 12:16 pm on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Louis was long past his trumpet-playing prime by the time of that clip, and Jimmy was even older (by 7 years), but they both still had ‘it,’ charisma-wise. Interestingly, Jimmy also started out as a jazzman, playing piano and (in 1916) organizing the Original New Orleans Jazz Band (in New York!).

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    • restlessjo 12:58 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      All of them true, alas 🙂 🙂 But I won’t let it spoil my weekend.

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      • mistermuse 3:06 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Do you know the definition of “weekend?” It’s the shortest distance between Friday and Monday — so enjoy it before it’s over! 🙂

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    • RMW 12:47 pm on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A little late commenting but my excuse is I was in Brighton, England (my birthplace) celebrating my birthday on this very day. So, as it was a big number birthday this post was very appropriate. Although I’m getting older, life is getting better. I’ve been saving the best for last. However, I do agree with the toilet paper analogy.

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  • mistermuse 2:05 am on May 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Iago, , , , quotes, , Taming of the Shrew   

    THE BARD ON THE DONALD 

    My April 22 post (MARK TWAIN ON DONALD TRUMP) was so well received that I’ve decided to give that theme (of holding up a mirror to The Tempest of Trumpian self-glorification) another go….this time, with the reflections of an even greater giant of literature: the Bard of Avon taking aim at the target of Twain and giving us his measure of the Tweeter of Twaddle. So, in case you haven’t given The Bard a second thought of late: straight from TAMING OF THE SHREW (filmed as KISS ME KATE), what say you….

    and we’ll all know how….the Bard’s words speak to the Iago of Mar-a-Lago:

    Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides. Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.

    False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

    Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.

    God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

    It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

    When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.

     

     

     

     
    • arekhill1 8:37 pm on May 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown,” Sr. Muse. Also, “Woe to the land that’s governed by a child. It’s bad news when a country is ruled by a child.”

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    • mistermuse 9:45 pm on May 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know how uneasy the head is, Ricardo, but it certainly lies….and lies….and lies.

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    • calmkate 9:35 am on May 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      that an insane idiot is in charge is unbearable …
      But hey the Bard, or sing and dance like that and you might be in with a chance 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:22 am on May 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        KISS ME KATE (the movie, not a personal request) is one of my fav musicals, with great songs….and why wouldn’t they be great? They’re by Cole Porter! 🙂

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        • calmkate 5:40 pm on May 6, 2018 Permalink

          Those two were just magical together, so joyful! Must try and watch the movie sometime … 🙂

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    • literaryeyes 11:31 pm on May 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Ha ha, this is good: Iago of Mar-a-Lago!

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      • mistermuse 1:24 am on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mary. It’s a good thing I brushed up my Shakespeare before writing this post!

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Francis Bacon, , , quotes, self-knowledge   

    DO YOU KNOW YOU? 

    I think self-knowledge is the rarest trait in a human being. –Elizabeth Edwards

    Do you know you? Hard though it be to imagine, that is the one question I wish I could force Donald Trump to answer from deep within, even though I doubt he’s capable of giving it a second thought (much less, capable of understanding why anyone would want to). Seriously. Self-knowledge may well be “the rarest trait in a human being,” but I think most people his age might at least pay it lip service, even if it’s never been ‘their thing.’

    Well, far be it from me to disturb The Donald’s absence of self-knowledge, so I’ll settle for posing some quotes on the subject to Trump’s better angels, who haven’t been seen since they were fired….but who, being better angels, haven’t given up hope of getting to him:

    It is a sad fate for a man to die well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself. –Francis Bacon

    Some people really ought to know themselves; they never think about anything else. –Evan Esar

    It’s not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient. –Josh Billings

    I was a typical specimen: the mental contortionist, able to rise to almost every challenge placed before him, except the challenge of real self-knowledge. –Walter Kirn

    What are you afraid of? Your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them. –Marilyn Ferguson

    I’m afraid I’ve run out of good quotes. I’d explore for more, but a guy can only take so much self-knowledge before falling asleep.

     

     

     

     

     

     
    • pendantry 6:15 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.

      Sun Tzu

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    • Edmark M. Law 10:03 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasure of illusion.” — Aldous Huxley

      Also, there’s an anecdote about Thales (I’m not sure if it’s true and I can’t remember wherein I read it) where someone asked him what is the most difficult thing to learn about. He replied, “To know oneself.”

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      • Edmark M. Law 10:04 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I switched where and wherein…

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        • mistermuse 10:27 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink

          Correction noted. Regarding the Huxley quote, it pretty much seems of a piece with the Billings and Kirn quotes, though each of course is truth well expressed and stands on its own. Thanks for the comment(s).

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      • dunelight 8:14 pm on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Self knowledge is painful. No one wants to do the work…or accept the revelations.

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    • arekhill1 11:39 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Francis Bacon, pronouncing Trump’s inevitable fate 400 years ago. Nostradamus, eat your heart out.

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      • mistermuse 12:35 pm on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        You got that right, Ricardo. A sad case, Trump….and even sadder that his many sycophants apparently suffer from the same self-knowledge deficiency.

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    • calmkate 9:39 am on May 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes which aptly express my life quest 🙂

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    • Silver Screenings 9:42 am on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the introduction to the Boswell Sisters – they’re fab!

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 9:31 am on May 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Love the Evan Esar quote. It seems particularly fitting. Lol!

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    • dunelight 8:17 pm on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Some of us know him too well. That was a brilliant insight, yours. I’d never thought on it in that manner. I came close once when in my mind I named him the Slap Emperor of Dunning-Kruger, but it’s not the same thing really.

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      • mistermuse 9:50 pm on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        “The unexamined life is not worth living” (attributed to Socrates) may go a bit further than ‘absolutely’ warranted, but it goes a long way toward explaining why many Trump voters still support him. “Unexamined” = lack of self-knowledge = shallow thinking = accepting or excusing Trump’s repugnant MEANs as secondary to the single-minded ends they espouse.

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

    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.

     
    • 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 🙂

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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. 😦

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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? 🙂

      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’s Day is as it should be. . . 🙂 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.

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    • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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:

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    • 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. 😦

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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. 🙂

      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’s a giveaway!) Details are on my blog…

      Tarissa
      http://inthebookcase.blogspot.com

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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. 🙂

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