August 22, 2010

Laughter is inner jogging. ~Norman Cousins

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don’t have film.

A day without sunshine is like-uh-night.

Diplomacy is saying “nice doggy” until you find a rock.

I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

Honk if you love peace and quiet.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.

Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?

Oxymorons: act naturally, found missing, good grief, small crowd, legally drunk, taped live, definite maybe, Microsoft Works.

Funny Favorites

August 11, 2008

It’s time to lighten up! Too much sadness, illness, and seriousness lately. And just to shake things up further, today the commentary is the prelude to the quotations. Here are a few of my favorite humorists and a sampling of their witticisms I particularly like. Enjoy!

Oscar Wilde
* In the world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
* The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.

Dorothy Parker
* The cure for boredom is curiosity; there is no cure for curiosity.
* This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.

Mark Twain
* Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
* The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.

Groucho Marx
* I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.
* Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

Do you have funny favorites to share?

The Irrepressible Twain

January 18, 2008

All  you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.  ~Mark Twain

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it–and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again–and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.  ~Mark Twain

Sam and I often talk about how difficult Mark Twain is to quote from memory. Something about his language is convoluted–the first one above is relatively easy, but just try memorizing that second quote! But what a great idea that I have never heard expressed elsewhere.

 Of course, one of my favorite Twain quotes is “Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.” And then there’s “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” (I couldn’t agree more.) And another runner-up: “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.”

I am grateful for humorists. Just today I checked out a Dave Barry audiobook, and was talking to someone about my affinity for Steven Wright. The great thing about Mark Twain is how much wisdom was contained in his humor. I think of him as irrepressible, irascible, irreplaceable.

Who’s your favorite funny person?

Editors’ Choice

January 13, 2008

The worst thing about reading new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.  ~Joseph Joubert

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.  ~Kathleen Norris

I have spent nearly the whole afternoon getting the audio version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire into iTunes to put on my iPod–17 discs! (Thanks, Kay, for urging me to try Harry Potter.) I listen to a lot of audiobooks these days, what with my 72-mile commute 3 days a week and my frequent traveling around the state.

The Booklist Editors’ Choice was recently released for 2007. Here are the books I have chosen from the Adult Books list to add to my own reading list. See the Booklist site for the annotations.

Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson
Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo
The Gathering, by Anne Enright
The Maytrees, by Annie Dillard
On Chesil Beach, by Ian MacEwan
Strange as This Weather Has Been, by Ann Pancake
A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

Wait! There’s not too much really fun stuff here. How about Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America, by Jonathan Gould? Yes, that goes on my list, too!  Truth be told, there’s not much fun stuff on the editors’ choice list, either. I’m almost finished listening to Alan Alda’s Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. For a serious guy, he can be pretty funny! The book is basically a compilation of addresses he’s given at various graduations, memorial services, and other occasions. But I have to say it’s better than I expected, and now I want to read Never Have Your Dog Stuffed.

What funny books have you read lately?


January 12, 2008

You see, I don’t believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that’s been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians.  ~Monty Python 

Having just visited the delightful BookLust site, I am inspired and resolved to have more fun in my blog. Yes, I might actually give you (and myself) a break from my serious pondering, my search for enlightenment, and my “always do right” attitude! Won’t that be refreshing?

So here goes:
There once was a blogger who laughed,
(when she found a new blog that was daft)
“I can make this fun
and I will,” whereupon,
she created a whimsical draft.

Let’s get cracking!  What’s your favorite joke/riddle/pun/funny quotation/silly poem? I mentioned Cautionary Verses in an earlier post. While we’re on the subject of books, here’s a link to Sarah Byng, who could not read and was tossed into a thorny hedge by a bull. Enjoy!

P.S. You can see I just learned to embed links, so of course I had to show off and use 3 of them!  Isn’t learning fun, fun, fun?

Wright on Writing

August 25, 2007

I wrote a few children’s books… not on purpose.

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.

My girlfriend does her nails with white-out. When she’s asleep, I go over there and write misspelled words on them.
~Steven Wright

I just love Steven Wright’s sense of humor.  I find that I generally like other people who also like Steven Wright.  Do you have a favorite Steven Wright joke? One of the few I can always remember is “I bought some instant water, but I didn’t know what to add.”  😀