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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Q IS FOR ... SAY THAT AGAIN?

"A wife is like an umbrella - sooner or later one takes a cab."
 - Sigmund Freud

{Freud/Jung on either side of the gentleman on the first row}

Freud was younger again ... about fifty, tapping his cane absently.

His eyebrow rose slowly. 

 "A more difficult letter this time, Roland.  What occurs to you upon hearing the letter Q?"

Mark Twain looked about to speak so I quickly answered, "Quotations."

Freud sighed, 

"Relying upon another's wisdom to appear wise yourself?"

I shook my head.  

"No.  Quotations help me look at the world through another's eyes and perhaps enlarge my own perspective."

Mark chuckled, 

"It is my belief that nearly any invented quotation, played with confidence, stands a good chance to deceive."

Freud frowned, "You would."

Trying to defuse this brewing storm, I said, "I almost said 'Dorothy Quick', one of your Angel Fish Girls."


Mark smiled warmly, 

"Sweet, gentle, lovely Dorothy.  She was one of my favorites." 

Freud was about to speak, but Mark raised a long forefinger.  "Not a word, Saw-Brains."

I lifted my own eyebrow at Freud, 

"Sometimes, sir, the wisest word is no word at all."

Mark smiled drily.  "You can quote him on that, Saw-Brains."

25 comments:

  1. I tend to use the same quotes, usually Einstein. I've never thought of it making me look any wiser though :) Great post again, Roland. I'm gonna miss these conversations when the alphabet is done.

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    1. Check in me after the challenge. I often play poker with famous ghosts who banter back and forth like this. :-)

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  2. I love using quotes when I can't think of anything wise to say, especially for the IWSG. You don't always want to complain, even when it's all you really feel. LOL I guess he's right. :)

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    1. As you can tell: I love using quotes, too. :-)

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  3. I collect quotes... I think I picked it up from my father (who was truly brilliant). He would tape quotes in various places around the house (behind kitchen cabinet doors, on bathroom mirrors...) for the rest of us to discover. After an appropriate time they would disappear and new ones would take their place.

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    1. Your father sounds like a fascinating man. :-)

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  4. I suspect that your two subjects, Twain and Freud, are among the most quoted people of all time.

    @Kathleen01930
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    1. Along with Oscar Wilde! Mark and he appear together in my two Egyptian alternate histories -- they were fun to write!

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  5. I'd agree. Your words should always be greater than the silence they fill. "Saw-brain?" Off to laugh a bit about that one.

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    1. Mark, if nothing else, is a rascal with words! :-)

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  6. Funny. I like the quote about note believing who actually said the quote.

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    1. If it is wise or funny, the impact of the quote is what is important -- not who said it. :-)

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  7. It'd be nice if I ever came up with words that others think worthy of quoting...

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    1. You might have -- and the person never told you they had quoted you -- or taken your words for their own!

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    2. Now that you mention it, things like that have happened before, but never (to my knowledge) from something I've written... just "routines" of mine.

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  8. Quotations seems to be a popular word today.

    Liz A. from
    Laws of Gravity

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  9. I love using quotes because they make me sound wise and witty, and in this regard I need all the help I can get.

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    1. I doubt you need help to sound witty and wise. :-) Marlena Dietrich loved quotes, too.

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  10. I like quotes if they express something that is important to me or if I like the sentiment. I can't always remember them and I'm not one to use them often.

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    1. I have volumes of quotations that I read at times when my mind is weary. They are short enough for my bruised concentration to enjoy and sometimes sparks reflection I would not have thought about any other way, :-)

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  11. Hi Roland - all I could think of was there's no 'Q' in "A wife is like an umbrella ..." - ah well ... quotes are always good to read and I remember them sometimes - then need to check that I'm vaguely right.

    Well it's Queen day here - Happy Birthday time to R for reigning monarch ... cheers Hilary

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    1. That particular quote will have more significance when W comes around. :-)

      And Happy 90th Birthday to your Queen! :-)

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