One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it.
The oldest, shortest words—“yes” and “no”—are those which require the most thought.
So They Say
A man accused of illegally selling alcohol during the Prohibition era had to be acquitted after the jury drank the evidence.
A pessimist is a fellow who lives with an optimist.
Mordure, son of the emperor of Germany, was guilty of illicit love with the mother of Sir Bevis of Southampton, who murdered her husband and then married Sir Mordure. Sir Bevis, when a mere lad, reproved his mother for the murder of his father, and she employed Saber to kill him; but the murder was not committed, and young Bevis was brought up as a shepherd. One day, entering the hall where Mordure sat with his bride, Bevis struck at him with his axe. Mordure slipped aside, and the chair was “split to shivers.” Bevis was then sold to an Armenian, and was presented to the king, who knighted him and gave him his daughter Josian in marriage.
… Drayton; Polyolbion (1612)
Silly Question, Sillier Answer
Edo: Where are happiness and contentment always to be found?
Bedo: I’ll bite. Where?
Edo: In the dictionary.
What’s in a Name?
Katibian: Turkish in derivation, identified as a trade or calling, katib is defined as clerk, secretary.