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


Tuesday’s Piece

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?

John Lentell
4 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)

Saturday’s Piece

“Absolute morality is the regulation of conduct in such a way that pain shall not be inflicted.”

(Herbert Spencer, 1820 – 1903, English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and liberal political theorist of the Victorian era)

John Lentell
25 October 1971

(Photo: CarmEden 2019)

Friday’s Piece

“Nil mihi rescribas, tu tamen ipse veni!”
Write nothing back to me, and you yourself come!

(Ovid, 43 B.C. – A.D. 18, Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus)

John Lentell
24 October 1971


Thursday’s Piece

“Though her mien carries much more invitation than command, to behold her is an immediate check to loose behaviour; to love her is a liberal invitation.”

(Sir Richard Steele, 1672 – 1729, on Lady Elizabeth Hastings)

John Lentell
23 October 1971


Tuesday’s Piece

Into young minds we must instil
Good things and those of worth.
That they may build as was the Will
Of He that made this earth.

John Lentell
20 October 1971


Monday’s Piece

“Tell me, Comrade, what is Capitalism?”
“The exploitation of man by man.”
“And what is Communism?”
“The reverse.”

(Arthur Koestler, 1905 – 1983, Hungarian British author and journalist)

John Lentell
18 October 1971

(Photo – Eden & Ivan)