Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son.
Love is said to be blind, but I know a lot of fellows in love who can see twice as much in their sweethearts as I can.
… Josh Billings
A Lady’s Wit
A young man, in a large company, descanting very flippantly on a subject, his knowledge of which was evidently very superficial, a lady present asked his name. “‘Tis Scarlet,” replied a gentleman who stood by. “Indeed,” said the lady, “then I am sure he belies his name, for I am sure he is not deep read.”
History is something that never happened, written by a man who wasn’t there.
In regard to the massacre of a whole race, we have a modern example in Turkish history. In 1770, the grand seignior, in full council, decreed that the whole Greek race should be exterminated; but Hassan Pasha interfered, and obtained for them a general amnesty.
… M. de Peysonnel, Voyages au Levant
Honoring God’s Saints
The following tale is told of Rudolf I, kaiser and king of Germany. One day a poor priest, taking the holy elements to a dying man, was stopped by a brook, greatly swollen by recent rains. Rudolf, then a simple knight, happened to be riding by at the time, and seeing the difficulty, instantly dismounted, and placed his horse at the disposal of the priest. When the man of God had crossed the stream, and was about to return the steed to its owner, Rudolf begged him to accept it as a gift. “Take it, father,” said he: “I am not worthy to use it now, seeing it has been consecrated to the service of God.”
What’s in a Name?
Varoujanian: Armenian in derivation, identified as an ornithological term, varoujan is defined as a male dove.