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Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.
One good anecdote is worth a volume of
Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to
the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place
A collections of anecdotes and maxims is
the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to
intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the
latter on proper occasions.
Beautiful credit! The foundation of modern
society. Who shall say that this is not the golden age of mutual trust, of
unlimited reliance upon human promises? That is a peculiar condition of
society which enables a whole nation to instantly recognize point and
meaning in the familiar newspaper anecdote, which puts into the mouth of a
distinguished speculator in lands and mines this remark: -- ''I wasn't worth
a cent two years ago, and now I owe two millions of dollars.''
Many people feel empty, a world that
seemed so strong just collapsed. Forty years have been wasted on stupid
strife for the sake of an unsuccessful experiment. The values gathered
together have vanished, the strategies for survival have become ridiculous.
And so forty years of our lives have become a story, a bad anecdote. But it
may be possible to remember these adventures with a kind of irony.
Overheard this on a London bus: First
Woman: "I don't know what to get Fred for his birthday."
At the fish hatchery where I work, we have a small display that describes the now-extinct Michigan Grayling (a kind of fish). This summer, I had the following conversation with a tourist:
Tourist: "Is the Grayling still extinct?"
I was checking out at the local Foodland
with just a few items, and the lady behind me put her things on the belt
close to mine. I picked up one of those dividers that they keep by the cash
register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed. After
the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the divider and looked
all over it for the bar code so she could scan it. Not finding the bar code
she said to me, "Do you know how much this is?"
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