Thursday, August 10, 2017

Your famous quotes

"The course of true love never did run smooth." and "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." and "I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal." are all fine and well respected quotes by truly great authors; Shakespeare, Tolstoy, and Jane Austen. But it is my contention that we all, in our lives, dash off a few hundred thousand remarks, and if one were to choose out the very best from so magnificent a pile, surely each of us could be memorialized as being brilliantly clever and insightful.

Here, try this: When you die (hopefully a long, long time from now), first thing you do, ask what was was the most clever and insightful thing you said in the course of your (long) life.

When you hear it, I am quite certain you will say, amazed "I said that?"

And the angel will reply "Yes indeed you did. Many of us here have made it into cross stitch samplers and needlepoint pillows."

And you will say "Really?"

And the angel will say "No. But it was a really good quote."

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