Quotable #46: Prediction


Of all the horrid, hideous notes of woe,
Sadder than owl-songs or the midnight blast,
Is that portentous phrase, “I told you so,”
Utter’d by friends, those prophets of the past,
Who ‘stead of saying what you now should do,
Own they foresaw that you would fall at last;
And solace your slight lapse ‘gainst “bonos mores,
With a long memorandum of old stories.

— Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto XIV, 1824

How cold he hearkens to some bankrupt’s wo,
Nods his wise head, and cries — “I told you so.”

— Charles Sprague, Curiosity: A Poem, 1829


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 learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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12 Responses to Quotable #46: Prediction

  1. David Redpath says:

    Mothers of Law
    … take note !

    Liked by 1 person

  2. anne leueen says:

    As a parent I have learned NOT to say “I told you so” to my adult children. I keep my mouth shut. They know anyway and don’t need me to rub it in.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. lanelwilson says:

    “It is what it is,”


  4. lanelwilson says:

    Hmm, “it is what it is,”


  5. Abigail says:

    In addition to being “horrid, hideous notes of woe”, “I told you so’s” are also notoriously unhelpful. Sometimes, though, what else is there to say?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. mistermuse says:

    That reminds me of why the nun became a seamstress. Mother Superior told her, sew!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. It is quite common. Everyone says.😅

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Graci says:

    Very familiar line.. heard from someone many times and have said it a few times..

    Liked by 1 person

  9. ivor20 says:

    We’ve all had someone(probably mum) say to us, “I told you so”

    Liked by 3 people

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