I recently came across these harsh, but humorous, ways to inform someone that they’re wrong.
“I can explain it to the gentleman, but I cannot comprehend it for him.”
—Andrew Jacobs, Jr., American congressman, 1969
“I’ve been called worse things by better people.”
—Pierre Trudeau, Canadian prime minister
“Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.”
—Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinian writer
“I’m right, and you’re smart, and sooner or later you’ll see I’m right.”
— Charles Munger, American businessman
This woman is living the (Mr. Darcy) dream!
In any good home organization system, it’s important that you label your containers. Take this toy box, for example. You can easily identify the contents at a glance.
Here are some fun sayings and quotations about family:
Some family trees have beautiful leaves, and some just have a bunch of nuts.
It is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking.
Friends come and go, but relatives tend to accumulate.
He who has no fools, knaves, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.
—Old English proverb
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
—George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright
I don’t have to look up my family tree because I know that I’m the sap.
—Fred Allen, American comedian
Can a first cousin once removed be returned?
The American West:
Where we’re cool with your open carry firearm, but not with your aerosol spray sunscreen.
Here is a lovely example of visual irony that made me smile:
Further irony—Hanging below the “Simplify” sign, covered by the stack of paperwork, is a great quotation:
“Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior.”
—Dee Hock, American businessman
As the photo illustrates, sometimes one falls behind in the quest for simplicity. However, there is always hope:
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what’s a heaven for?”
—Robert Browning, English poet
“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
—Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia
In my own quest to simplify, clarify, and organize my mind and my life, I’ve found David Allen’s Getting Things Done model and method to be very helpful.
If you have not yet set your exercise goals for the new year, perhaps these signs will give you some inspiration!
My inner copyeditor was gleeful when it came across three fun real-life errors in one day!
A Perspective on the Prospective Employee
This paragraph is from a work email introducing an employee taking on a new position.
Prospective—an adjective meaning “likely to happen at a future date; concerned with or applying to the future.”
Perspective—a noun meaning “a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.”
In our regional dialect, many people likely pronounce “perspective” as “prospective.” I suppose we all know what is meant—even if we don’t know how to spell it or say it.
An Unusual Date
This is a flyer from our local ski resort:
The date is pronounced “twenty-thirth,” I imagine.
The Curious Case of the Canine Dog
This paragraph is from a news article about electronics-sniffing police dogs.
I can only imagine that the officer quoted in the article was referring to a “K-9 dog”—which we all know is a term for a police dog—and the reporter recorded this as “canine dog”—which just looks redundant and silly.
I came across this sign at the back entrance to an outdoor book store in Connecticut.
While I was out Christmas shopping, I came across quite a few fun and humorous decorative signs: