Gleanings From The Past #7


Talking About Ourselves

What hypocrites we seem to be whenever we talk of ourselves! Our words sound so humble, while our hearts are so proud.

– Augustus Hare, Guesses at Truth, 1871

Choice of Death

A Court buffoon having offended his sovereign, the monarch sentenced him to death. The culprit, in great terror, fell upon his knees, and cried for mercy. “I will extend no other mercy to you,” said the prince, “except permitting you to choose what kind of death you will die. Decide immediately, for I will be obeyed.” ” I adore your clemency,” said the crafty jester; ” I choose to die of old age.”

– The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 2, 1843


The rain it raineth every day
Upon the just and unjust fella;
But chiefly on the just, because
The unjust has the just’s umbrella.

Central Law Journal, 1908


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is
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13 Responses to Gleanings From The Past #7

  1. George says:

    This is why our choice of words are so important😊

    Liked by 1 person

  2. dontwait says:

    Loved the second one. So funny!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Nathi says:

    Oh I enjoyed reading it! Particularly, I liked the second one – choice of death. That’s a witty answer 😁

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Mr. Mel says:

    Very humorous! Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jenna says:

    I, too, love the rain one. The just one is so ironic. The first one is… Well, damn! It hit the mark, now didn’t it?
    Back to the humility post! Ha ha ha!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Garfield Hug says:

    Hahaha LOL!! I love the choice to die of old age! Brilliant!!👏👏*Claps loudly and wipes tears off eyes*

    Liked by 1 person

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