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

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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Saturday’s Piece

Nothing is easier than fault-finding; no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character are required to set up in the grumbling business.
(Robert West)

John Lentell
5th January 1971

Monday’s Piece

All violent feelings….produce in us a falseness in all our impressions of external things, which I would generally characterise as the ‘Pathetic Fallacy’.
(John Ruskin, 1819 – 1900)

John Lentell
24th December, 1970


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