Gleanings From The Past #17


Put Your Words Together

A judge, reprimanding a criminal, called him a scoundrel. The prisoner replied: “Sir, I am not as big a scoundrel as your Honor” — here the culprit stopped, but finally added — “takes me to be.” “Put your words closer together,” said the Judge.

Case and Comment, Vol. 22, 1915

Epitaph to a Dog

Near this spot
Are deposited the remains of one
Who possessed beauty without vanity,
Strength without insolence,
Courage without ferocity,
And all the virtues of man without his vices.
This praise, which would be unmeaning flattery
If inscribed over human ashes,
Is but a just tribute to the memory of
Boatswain, a dog,
Who was born at Newfoundland, May, 1803,
And died at Newstead Abbey, Nov. 18, 1808.

— George Gordon Byron’s inscription on the monument of his dog, quoted in The Edinburgh Annual Register, Vol. 14, 1823

A Great Art

“There is a great art,” says Mickey Dolan, “in knowing what not to know whin yez don’t want to know it.”

Journal of Education, Vol. 35, 1892

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 @EdmarkMLaw and Facebook. My email is
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11 Responses to Gleanings From The Past #17

  1. kutukamus says:

    A good scoundrel sure knows how to annoy a judge 🙂

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  2. Fluid Phrase says:

    Absolutely loved reading this. The thing about dogs is very, very true. There is something that transcends humanity. I had written a small poem too in their honor sometime back. I believe this one is true too. 😉

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  3. A nice mix of fun & moving words.

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  4. Thanks for following Oh, the Places We See. And one of the places we’d love to see is Hong Kong! Someday, maybe! Best wishes for great blogging!

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  5. Epitaph to a Dog ❤

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  6. foodzesty says:

    Hi thereee, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. 🙂 Congrats

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  7. Garfield Hug says:

    Lol!! I love the first one….an apt pregnant pause to make his point! Real scoundrel haha

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