Gleanings From The Past #46

Some Definitions

Great Men — Little men who wear high heeled boots.

Political Greatness — Moral littleness and inconsistency.

The Olio, Vol. 3, 1829

On the Contrary

Luttrell telling of Sir F. Gould on some one saying to him, “I am told you eat three eggs every day at breakfast,” — “No,” answered Gould, “on the contrary.” Some of those present asked, “What was the contrary of eating three eggs?” “Laying three eggs, I suppose,” said Luttrell.

— Thomas Moore, Memoirs, Journal and Correspondence, 1857


There was an old witch of Malacca,
Who smoked such atrocious tobacca,
When tigers came near,
They trembled with fear,
And didn’t attempt to attacca.

— Walter Parke, Songs of Singularity, 1874


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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6 Responses to Gleanings From The Past #46

  1. anne leueen says:

    Political greatness….moral littleness and inconsistency. Hmmm….. this could be seen as a very topical comment on a current world leader. Oops…did I just type that?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. John says:

    Great words. I love limericks.😊

    Liked by 1 person

  3. masercot says:

    There once was a woman from Niger
    Who smiled as she rode on a tiger
    They returned from their ride
    with the lady inside
    and, the smile on the face of the tiger

    Liked by 2 people

  4. As a post of quotes, what l write next is fitting – l have just tagged you for the following 🙂


  5. Deb Whittam says:

    I like Prince’s quote – men look good in heels

    Liked by 1 person

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