“When you see an old man amiable, mild, equable, content and good-humoured, be sure that in his youth he has been just generous and forbearing. In his end he does not lament the past, nor dread the future he is like the evening of a fine day.”
14 November 1971
(Photo: my father 3rd from the left during his military service in Palestine ~1948)
“Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folk have lent me.”
(Anatole France, 1844 – 1924)
13 November 1971
True joy is nothing without pain before.
12 November 1971
Bring me men to match my mountains,
Bring me men to match my plains,
Men with empires in their purpose,
And new eras in their brains.
(Sam Walter Foss, 1858 – 1911)
11 November 1971
“….after scanning the front page, some readers turn straight to the highlight of their day – Cabbages.”
(Reference to the Cabbages and Kings column in the Rhodesia Herald newspaper)
10 November 1971
(Photo: my saving grace purchase just before the commencement of corona lockdown)
“If by the people you understand the multitude, the hoi polloi, ’tis no matter what they think; they are sometimes in the right, sometimes in the wrong; their judgement is a mere lottery.”
(John Dryden, 1631 – 1700)
9 November, 1971
(Photo: magazines are not an essential service during lockdown in South Africa)
A synonym is a word you use when you cant spell the other one.
8 November 1971
Most road accidents occur on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a great life if you don’t week-end.
7 November 1971
A woman should hold on to her youth, but not when he’s driving.
6 November 1971
“To rejoice at a success is not the same as taking credit for it. To deny oneself the first is to become a hypocrite and a denier of life; to permit oneself the second is a childish indulgence which will prevent one from ever growing up.”
(Dag Hammarskjöld, 1905 – 1961, Swedish economist and diplomat who served as the second Secretary-General of the United Nations)
5 November 1971
Would the makers of a very popular sliced bread contemplate an alternative pack of thicker slices so that we can enjoy a respectable piece of toast and fried bread?
4 November 1971
Patient: “Five dollars is an awful lot of money for pulling a tooth – two seconds work.”
Dentist: “Well, if you wish, I can pull it slowly.”
1 November 1971
A woman sent her son little boy to the store for two pounds pf plums. Finding that they weighed only 1½lbs she telephoned to complain.
“I’m sure my scales are correct,” insisted the storekeeper. “Have you weighed your son?”
3 November 1971
“Great men never feel great; small men never feel small.”
2 November 1971
“Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by others.”
(Charles Caleb Colton, 1777 – 1832, English cleric, writer and collector, well known for his eccentricities)
31 October 1971
(Photo: British Hotel, Simons Town, Western Cape, designed by my great grandfather John Parker)
“Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offences for which others are not even indicted.”
(Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 BC – 43 BC)
30 October 1971
(Photo: tobacco trading floor, Harare 2018)
A man who won’t lie to a woman has very little consideration for her feelings.
29 October 1971
(Photo: Carmina & Serena, NZ 2015)
People who have half an hour to spend usually spend it with someone who hasn’t.
28 October 1971
(Photo: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town)
A young man was asked by a widow to guess her age. “You must have some idea,” she said as he hesitated.
“I have several ideas,” he admitted with a smile. “The only trouble is that I hesitate whether to make you ten years younger on account of your looks, or ten years older on account of your brains.”
27 October 1971
“If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than it was because he was he and I was I.”
(Michel de Montaigne, 1533 – 1592, one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance)
26 October 1971
(Photo: Willoughby & Co., Cape Town, February 2020)