Monday’s Piece

One secretary to another:
“If I can’t spell the words in the first place how does he expect me to find them in a dictionary?”

John Lentell
14th January, 1971

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Sunday’s Piece

A statistician is a man who draws a mathematically precise line from an unwarranted assumption to a foregone conclusion.
(Anon)

John Lentell
13th January, 1971

Saturday’s Piece

The only means of strengthening ones intellect is to make up one’s mind about nothing – to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party.
(John Keats, 1795 – 1821)

John Lentell
12th January, 1971

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Thursday’s Piece

I live in a constant endeavour to fence against the infirmities of ill health, and other evils of life, by mirth; being firmly persuaded that every time a man smiles —but much more so, when he laughs, that it adds something to this Fragment of Life.
(Laurence Sterne, 1713 – 1768)

John Lentell
10th January, 1971
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Thursday’s Piece

Here lies my wife: here let her lie!
Now she’s at rest, and so am I.
(Epitaph intended for John Dryden‘s wife)

John Lentell
3rd January, 1971

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John Dryden by John Michael Wright, 1668 (detail)
National Portrait Gallery, London

Wednesday’s Piece

If you your lips would keep from slips
Five things observe with care;
To whom you speak, of whom you speak,
And how, and when, and where.
(William Edward Norris, 1847 – 1925)

John Lentell
27th December, 1970

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Sunday’s Piece

At a banquet of firemen the chief proposed this toast:
“The Ladies! Their eyes kindle the only flame which we cannot extinguish, and against which there is no insurance.”
(Anonymous Toast quote)

John Lentell
23rd December, 1970