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

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13 thoughts on “Gleanings From The Past #7

  1. 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!

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