Saturday’s Piece

“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.”

(Arabic proverb)

John Lentell
14 November 1971

(Photo: my father 3rd from the left during his military service in Palestine ~1948)

 

Monday’s Piece

“….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)

John Lentell
10 November 1971

(Photo: my saving grace purchase just before the commencement of corona lockdown)

Sunday’s Piece

“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)

John Lentell
9 November, 1971

(Photo: magazines are not an essential service during lockdown in South Africa)

Friday’s Piece

“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)

John Lentell
5 November 1971

 

Friday’s Piece

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?”

John Lentell
3 November 1971

 

Tuesday’s Piece

“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)

John Lentell
31 October 1971

(Photo: British Hotel, Simons Town, Western Cape, designed by my great grandfather John Parker)

Monday’s Piece

“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)

John Lentell
30 October 1971

(Photo: tobacco trading floor, Harare 2018)

Monday’s Piece

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.”

John Lentell
27 October 1971

Sunday’s Piece

“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)

John Lentell
26 October 1971

(Photo: Willoughby & Co., Cape Town, February 2020)