Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tiptoeing over the line

"After all, even in the description of peculiarities of our civilization we must not overstep the boundaries of courtesy."  — Rudolf Steiner

Dear Miss Manners:
    What do you consider a good conversation opener?

Gentle Reader:
    Almost anything except, "I've been on a wonderful journey of self-discovery lately, and I'd like to share it with you."

"Life is not easy for a girl like I." 
 — the opening line of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

"I'm not a girl — I'm a storm with skin"

Emily Dickinson, in a letter to her brother, describing their father's reaction to a recital by Jenny Lind in Northampton, Massachusetts:

'Father sat all the evening looking mad, and silly, and yet so much amused you would have died a laughing--when the performers bowed, he said "Good evening Sir"--and when they retired, "very well--that will do," it was'nt sarcasm exactly, nor it was'nt disdain, it was infinitely funnier than either of those virtues, as if old Abraham had come to see the show, and thought it was all very well, but a little excess of Monkey!'

Not that there's anything wrong with that...

Warning: Do Not Cross This Line

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