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


    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


      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. 🙂


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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


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

      Thank you!

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arnold Schwarzenegger, , Gottfried Leibniz, , Paris Hilton, , , , , Yogi Berra   


    If you cannot read these directions and warnings, do not use this product. –WARNING ON DRAIN CLEANER LABEL

    What’s Walmart? Do like they sell wall stuff? –Paris Hilton

    I believe I’ve been reincarnated because every time I eat chicken, I eat with my hands….like they did in the olden days. –Lee Ryan, English singer/actor

    I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman. –Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Just remember the words of Patrick Henry: “Kill me or let me live.” –Bill Peterson, football coach

    I don’t think anybody should write his autobiography until after he’s dead. –Samuel Goldwyn

    It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it. –George W. Bush

    [Who was President during the Civil War?] Ummm…. Winston Churchill? I wasn’t around then, so who cares? –Tommy Lee, rocker

    Predictions are difficult, especially about the future. –Yogi Berra

    I guess I’m gonna fade into Bolivian. –Mike Tyson, boxer (after losing his last big fight)

    I make Jessica Simpson look like a rock scientist. –Tara Reid, actress (suggesting Jessica was stoned?)

    [This world is] the best of all possible worlds. –Gottfried Leibniz, German philosopher

    REALLY? That makes a world of sense to me….if our soul competition is the worst of all possible worlds. –mistermuse

    • Garfield Hug 2:09 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great collection of (NON)SENSE😂👍

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      • mistermuse 7:32 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        The first one (WARNING ON DRAIN CLEANER LABEL) sounds like one I might have ‘unwittingly’ stolen from your blog. If not, you’re welcome to add it to your ‘collection.’ 🙂


    • Edmark M. Law 5:39 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It’s deja vu all over again. I just read some of these earlier 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:39 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      To paraphrase an old proverb, you can never get too much of a laughable thing (until it’s no longer laughable). 😦


    • Richard A Cahill 10:24 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I love warning labels, Sr. Muse. My favorite was on the manual for a cultivator I rented. It quite clearly stated YOU WILL BE KILLED if the directions weren’t followed.

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      • mistermuse 11:15 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        That sounds a bit harsh, Ricardo. I would choose a cultivator that promises no worse than a lost arm or leg.


    • MC Clark 4:32 pm on August 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the laughs. 😁

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    • Don Frankel 7:27 pm on August 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m late to the game here. I’m on a Jury. Of course I can’t tell anyone about the case but everyone is free to use their imagination and their common sense.

      But back to this article could we say that if it wasn’t for nonsense some people would have no sense at all?

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      • mistermuse 9:18 pm on August 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Don, when it comes to the kind of nonsense that isn’t funny, I don’t have a prayer of being as magnanimous as Robert Frost: “Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.”

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    • Mark Scheel 10:39 pm on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse–don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Reminds me of Leno’s Jay-Walking episodes. Heaven help us–that’s all the hope left.


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      • mistermuse 4:27 pm on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe I should’ve subtitled this post ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE (compliments of Dante’s DIVINE COMEDY).


    • Mél@nie 3:40 pm on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      EXCELLENT post, comme d’habitude… 🙂

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      @”It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.”(George W. Bush) – oh, yeah, I do recall his “high” intelligence… we used to say about him – free translation:”he hasn’t invented hot water or the butter knife!” 😀

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      • mistermuse 4:40 pm on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Mél@nie, I don’t know about your country, but most Americans who had a low opinion of President Bush think he looks pretty good now, compared to The Donald. Many of us with a nostalgic bent even look back on that time as “the good old days.” 😦


    • loshame 12:56 pm on August 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I like it 😊

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Christopher Marlowe, , , , , Patrick Henry, , , , , , , , Yogi Berra   


    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, British author

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    Fellow and female Americans: In case you’re not old enough — as I am — to remember the Father of our Country, George Birthington’s washday was February 22nd. OK, I admit that after all these years, I may have a hard time recalling names and certain words correctly, but what does it matter? As Christopher Shakespeare (or was it William Marlowe) famously wrote, a ruse by any other name would smell anyway.

    Anyway, my point is that quotes may frequently get mis-attributed, but Miss Attributed couldn’t care less, so why should we? Well, I’ll tell you why — because we’re righters, that’s why, and we righters deserve credit where credit is dubious. Therefore, with the aid of my busty — I mean, trusty — aide, Miss Quotes, the objective here was to do an extensive investigation into the subjective and dig up our quota of misquotes (our quota being whenever we decided to quit) . You are now about to be the beneficiary of our research, which we bent over backwards to have ready for this post (just to make it a bit more fun, I’ll throw in a few correctly-attributed quotes; can you pick them out of the pack?):

    1. “I cannot tell a lie.” –George Washington
    2. “Give me liberty, or give me death.”  –Patrick Henry  
    3. “The British are brave people. They can face anything except reality.” –George Mikes
    4. “Anybody who hates dogs and children can’t be all bad.” –W.C. Fields
    5. “Our comedies are not to be laughed at.” –Samuel Goldwyn
    6. “I never said most of the things I said.” –Yogi Berra
    7. “Let them eat cake.” –Marie-Antoinette
    8. “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.” –Mark Twain
    9. “Elementary, my dear Watson.” –Sherlock Holmes (in the stories of A. Conan Doyle)
    10. “I am the greatest!” –The Donald

    Here are the misattributions:

    1. The quote itself is a lie. An Anglican minister, Mason Locke, ascribed it to our first President in his pietistic biography of Washington as part of the made-up ‘Who chopped down the cherry tree’ story: “I can’t tell a lie, Pa; I did cut it with my hatchet.”
    2. Possibly another biographical fiction, though not as clear-cut as the cherry tree story. Biographer Wm. Wirt based his attribution on the memory of two Henry contemporaries. The phrase resembles a passage from CATO, a 1713 play written by Joseph Addison.
    4. Actually said by humor writer Leo Rosten in introducing Fields at a dinner.
    5. An old Hollywood gag, not said (at least originally) by Goldwyn.
    7. By all accounts, Marie-Antoinette never uttered those words. Several years before she supposedly said them, they appeared in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s THE CONFESSIONS.
    8. Although Twain used this quote in his autobiography, he credited it to Benjamin Disraeli.
    9. Doyle never put those words in the great detective’s mouth in any of his four novels and 56 short stories about Holmes between 1887-1927.  It was actor Basil Rathbone, playing Holmes in the late 1930s-1940s, who spoke those words and made them famous.
    10. Donald Trump may think it, but it was Muhammad Ali who said it.

    As a bonus, I leave you with this quote:




    • mistermuse 12:04 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      NOTE: By virtue of February having less than 30 days (even in this year of the leap), my post-every-fifth-day schedule is doomed to run into “the best laid plans of mice and men” by the end of the month. Thus, my last Feb. post will be on the 29th, and I’ve opted to move this post up to Feb. 24.

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      • Joseph Nebus 1:37 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Coincidentally, the old Roman calendar treated the 24th as the leap day. That is, in a leap year, they had two days that were both what we’d call the 24th of February. This sounds confusing, but it’s honestly better than what they had before, which was to in some years stick a whole extra month in between the 24th and 25th of February.

        Anyway, point being, having a post on the 24th so that you have a post timed for Leap Day works nicely. Somehow.

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      • pendantry 6:36 pm on March 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I implemented a rule at work some years ago that made the last day of every month the 28th to make life simpler (since every month has 28 days, and it eliminated the need to remember and recite the “30 days hath September… etc” thingy every. single. time. you had to figure out what the last day of a month was. It worked well for years; now we don’t have to bother with it because The Machine automagically works it out for us now.

        Incidentally, according to timeanddate.com there were at least two occasions on which February 30th was an actual date. It’s hard to make this shit up.

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    • Don Frankel 8:56 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I knew that was Ali at the end there as I’m not only old enough to remember but I know Trump said. “It’s huge.” Which is now being pronounced as Yyyyuge. But it might get miss quoted or I might be miss quoting as Bernie Sanders also says Yyyuge as does Larry David and well most of us here in New York City.

      My favorite miss quote is General Sherman’s. “War is all hell.” He didn’t say it but when he found out he said it, he kept saying it, till he said it.

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    • arekhill1 10:44 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.” That’s my favorite quote. Google can’t really tell us its origin, although some people attribute it to the neo-Nazi science fiction author Robert Heinlein.

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    • mistermuse 11:25 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don, when Trump said “It’s huge,” I thought he was referring to his ego (or the unbelievable gullibility of his followers).
      Good comment about Sherman. He certainly turned Atlanta into hell when he burned it.

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    • mistermuse 11:33 am on February 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I like the quote, Ricardo….though I must admit I haven’t heard it before and don’t know who said it. It couldn’t have been The Donald, because he’s never in doubt about anything (& wouldn’t admit it if he was).

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    • Mél@nie 11:08 am on February 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      over here, in “old Europe”, we just can’t imagine the fair-wigged ignorant racist as the POTUS!!! same for ted cruz(doesn’t deserve capitals!!!)

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      oh, it seems that Marie-Antoinette never stated that sentence… it’s been invented, as the French people didn’t like “the snobbish Austrian waster”… 🙂

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    • tomorrowdefinitely 1:51 pm on March 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Nice one! I especially like the quote at the top 🙂

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    • Mark Scheel 12:40 am on June 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Now that was educational. I knew only a few for certain. Makes you wonder if anybody ever really says anything! Ha.


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    • mistermuse 7:20 am on June 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, all my posts are educational — even those expose that, unlike quote #10, I’m not the greatest (just the 3rd greatest, behind The Donald and Muhammad Ali). 😦 😦 🙂

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    • dbmoviesblog 12:16 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thought-provoking post. The number nine made me smile because most people will swear they read it in the novel haha. I kinda always hoped that people know that the quote “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics” belongs to Disraeli, and I also know that there are so many things that Marie-Antoinette allegedly said which are not just not true. The whole French Revolution seems to have a bunch of slogans and quotes which were simply made up afterwards to heighten the effect.

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      • mistermuse 12:58 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Speaking of heightening the effect, how about this follow-up to The Donald (#10):

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        • pendantry 6:39 pm on March 27, 2021 Permalink

          Dang. That video is ‘not available in my country’ 😦


        • mistermuse 10:53 pm on March 27, 2021 Permalink

          Apparently it has been taken down, as I now also get “Video unavailable”….and, since I no longer remember what it was, I can only repeat how my post ended: “That’s all Folks.”


  • mistermuse 9:54 am on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Africa, David Livingstone, , Dr. Livingstone, Henry Stanley, , , , Stanley and Livingstone, , Yogi Berra   

    “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” 

    The above title is one of the most famous, fascinating quotes in history. It was, of course, uttered by Sir Henry Stanley upon finding Dr. David Livingstone near Africa’s Lake Tanganyika in November, 1871, after an arduous 8 month search. If you’re not familiar with the details, here’s a refresher:


    I bring this up because today is Livingstone’s birthday (March 19, 1813), and one can hardly imagine a more droll, understated salutation than Stanley’s under the circumstances at the time. Stanley had been sent by the New York Herald to find Livingstone, the explorer who for several years had been out of contact with the outside world and was feared lost. To say it was an adventure which captured the world’s imagination would itself be an understatement. Almost 70 years later, in 1939 (a year of epic movies, such as GUNGA DIN and GONE WITH THE WIND), the story was still powerful enough to inspire an on-location biopic titled STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE, starring Spencer Tracy.

    As a lover of dry wit, it made me wonder what other droll quotes and witticisms are out there waiting to be discovered….so I set out in search thereof. You may presume I found the following to be the most telling (even though I don’t know who told some of them):

    I have not yet begun to procrastinate.

    You can observe a lot by just watching. -Yogi Berra

    I’m sorry, but I never apologize.

    Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. -Yogi Berra

    A photon checks into a hotel and is asked if he needs help with his luggage. He says, “No, I’m traveling light.”

    The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep. -W. C. Fields

    Being able to predict the future is nothing like I thought it would be.

    You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap. -Dolly Parton

    I used to think I was indecisive, but I’m not so sure now.

    Nonetheless, I think this is THE END.


    • arekhill1 10:12 am on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      In addition to “The End,” how about a link to a video of a fat lady singing, to further honor Yogi?


      • mistermuse 12:17 pm on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the suggestion, Ricardo, but though Yogi said “It ain’t over till it’s over,” I don’t think he said “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings” – at least, it ain’t on this clip of Yogi-isms:


        Maybe I can squeeze the fat lady into a future post.


    • ladysighs 10:56 am on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t think of any but I am reminded of some warnings on appliances etc. Something like: Do not use this chainsaw while sleeping or in the bathtub or performing some other activity.


    • mistermuse 12:23 pm on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve come across a number of numbskull warnings like that from time to time, ladysighs. That’s another possibility for a future post.


    • Life in the moment 11:38 pm on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love it 😊


    • mistermuse 8:10 am on March 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Not just for the moment, I hope! 🙂


    • Joseph Nebus 9:45 pm on March 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I had always wondered about the search for Dr Livingstone, and how Stanley went about it. My best guess was he just poked into Africa and started asking, “Hi, see any other white guys around?” And then I found out from someone who read Stanley’s memoirs that this is, in fact, more or less what he did.

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    • mistermuse 11:17 pm on March 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Kinda makes one wonder if Stanley would’ve found him faster if he had asked, “Hi, see any Living stones around?” Probably not. More than likely, the natives would’ve led him to a gathering of turtles.


  • mistermuse 11:33 am on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Elysian fields, , Horace Greeley, Knute Rockne, , Newt Gingrich, , , Sam Goldwyn, , , , , West Virginia, Yes Virginia, Yogi Berra   

    SAYS WHO? 

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

    Maybe he didn’t….but Yogi did say that he didn’t say everything he said — and it should go without saying that some say he is not the only one who didn’t say everything he said. Sad to say, no way can one say who said what was said in all cases, and always saying who said what one said is way easier said than done. Or so they say.

    That said, the following is a selection of famous quotes not said (or at least not said originally) by those to whom they are attributed, along with some quotes which are correctly attributed (or so they say). Some mis-atributed quotes happened inadvertently, others deliberately; some have persisted despite attempts to set the record straight.  Can you separate the suspect ones from the correct ones?

    1. Go west, young man, go west.  –Horace Greeley
    2. Go West, Virginia, yes, Virginia: there is a  —Santa Claus
    3. Win one for the Gipper.  –Knute Rockne
    4. Win one for the Gingger.  –Newt Gingrich
    5. A woman drove me to drink and I didn’t even have the decency to thank her.  –W. C. Fields
    6. Forget your troubles, come on, get happy.  –Elysian Fields
    7. Our comedies are not to be laughed at.  –Samuel Goldwyn
    8. Our cold meds are not to be sneezed at.  –Dr. Don
    9. Elementary, my dear Watson.  –Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
    10. Excelente, my dear Sr. Muse.  –Ricardo Cahill (after bribe payment) 

    Of the above, the following are attributed incorrectly (supposedly):

    1. Greeley did write this in an 1865 editorial, but denied originating it, crediting it to John Soule’s authorship in a Terre Haute (Indiana) newspaper in 1851. Nonetheless, the Greeley attribution persists.
    3. Actually, this was said by Ronald Reagan in the 1940 film “Knute Rockne – All American.”
    6. Forget Ely Fields – this is the opening lyric of “Get Happy” by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGk3tY4yP7k
    7. Like many “Goldwynisms,” origin is suspect. Reported to be an old Hollywood quip pre-dating its attribution to Goldwyn.
    9. Never said by Holmes in Doyle’s novels and short stories. Made famous by actor Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes in movies.

    How many did you get right?
    You got all of them?
    Says who?

    • Don Frankel 6:41 pm on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Just one more Muse. It is said that General Sherman did not say. “War is all hell.” However upon hearing that he had said it, he made sure he kept saying it, until he said it.

      My favorite Yogism is. “Some guys don’t like to swing on an 3 – 0 count because they swing.” I know he said it because I heard him say it.


    • mistermuse 8:48 pm on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, if Yogi said even half of what he said, it would still be twice as funny as all of the other half….speaking of which, since my Yogi and Goldwyn quotes post was un-posted on SWI, maybe I’ll do another one here sometime if I can come up with a fresh angle or approach. “It ain’t over till it’s over.”


      • Don Frankel 5:55 am on January 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Why not post this one on SWI so a few other people like Minnette, Michael, Richard, Kaye and even itsTV or is it VD? guy can get a laugh?


    • mistermuse 10:19 am on January 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I love ya like my brother (I was tempted to say like my MOTHER, who would keep after me to do something because it was for my own good), but as far as posting again on SWI, you can forgeddaboutit – I can forgive, but I can’t forget Bob Grant’s destruction of 200 of my posts, while not deleting even one of Minnette’s 800+. I know SWI is his site & he can do as he pleases, but if my hard work didn’t warrant more respect (& a more even-handed take) than that, nothing short of an abject apology will change my mind.

      As for the people you mention, Richard reads & comments frequently on my posts here; I don’t think Minnette ever was as much of an “appreciater” of my posts as I am of hers; and I’d love to have Michael and Kaye connect with me here, but they know where to find me if they wish (it’s not as if I haven’t pointed out how easy it is on SWI a number of times).

      Finally, it would be remiss of me not to thank you and Ricardo (or Richard, for you gringos out there) for continuing to follow my “humble” offerings here. Your continued patronage is warmly appreciated.


      • Don Frankel 12:16 pm on January 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Forgive me for being a nudge. My social psychological profile is like an Alpha in a Grey Wolf pack. So my instinct is to keep the Pack together. You are an integral part of SWI. The way I see it Bob may own and run the site but like everything else in life, SWI belongs to its ownself. It is what we make of it.

        I think you give Bob too much credit or say or sway or importance. One time some woman, I forget who but she didn’t write there much, but she said in a comment that I was trying to make her behave. After I stopped laughing and stopped myself from writing back. Do you want me to make you behave? I just chalked it up to everybody has a right to say whatever or “everybody has to love somebody sometime.”

        Sorry about that last one but Dean Martin was singing on my cable TV. I’d close by saying I won’t nag you anymore but I can’t promise that..


    • mistermuse 1:19 pm on January 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      No problem, Don – I don’t have a brother to love you like I said anyway (though I do have a sister, if you don’t mind the gender adjustment). And you can rely on me, if you do “nag” me again, not to say what that woman said in her comment to you; my reply will simply be a youtube clip of Cole Porter’s “Why Can’t You Behave?” from KISS ME KAYE – I mean KATE.


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