Classic Comments on the Quote
For years, the players at Cryptograms.org have been leaving comments on quote solution pages that are often more astute, creative, hilarious, or inspiring than the quotes themselves. Here is a thread where we can save some of our favorite comments and conversations from many years of quote-commenting.
1. Always start with the quote and attribution, for context, and then paste in the comments below the quote.
2. With each comment, include the commenter's name and date/time stamp.
3. Post whatever portion of the thread that you want to include here -- it can be just one comment, or several comments, or the entire thread.
4. Quote individual comments verbatim. Don't edit, change or shorten what people have written.
5. If you post a sequence of comments, it's okay to leave out in-between comments that aren't part of the classic moment. You know, like you can skip the "87 seconds" comment and other mundane or unrelated stuff. (Or go ahead and keep them in, if you feel they contribute to the magic of the thread.)
6. Remember, this is a place to save the wonderful stuff, not the other stuff.
To show you the format, I'll open in my next post with one of my favorite comments from Pootie (who passed away before I joined the site, but whose words delight me).
"If the television craze continues with the present level of programs, we are destined to have a nation of morons." — Daniel Marsh
puffybob on 2011-05-02 04:14:02
And he said that in 1950 . . .
pootie49 on 2011-06-03 17:43:12
"Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away."
— Sir Arthur Helps
puffybob on 2013-03-31 06:21:34
But Lord Egbert Hurts disagrees.
"No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why."
— Mignon McLaughlin
haverwench on 2013-01-26 19:51:00
Sorry, what was that?
wolf on 2015-09-05 22:48:17
I don't know, I wasn't listening.
"As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words." — William Shakespeare
bvwRedux on 2012-02-16 02:11:19
And yet it hath been done, that snow is melted and stripped by marvelous electrodes into fuel and air -- hydrogen the first, and oxygen the latter -- then kindled easily, so too is lust's sudden flame easily quenched with a blanket of careful words.
Something tells me we're going to see a lot of montyb comments. He's frequently hilarious
Like this one:
April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
— William Shakespeare
montyb on 2014-02-27 14:27:54
boy, would I like to meet this April lady.
Sure, said Barnabas. There was Achilles' Heels, a mile or so from the Parthenon.
Sorry, LLapp, I've managed to violate every stipulation in your opening post, save the last. Obviously, this is from memory; one never knows when a particular quotation will strike again: tomorrow, next week, next year.
Also I have a question. You write like an editor instructing an author in matters of style. Is that -- or was it -- your career? Your talent is evident.
munchlet - That's fine, I didn't mean for the format to be rigid, and I was afraid it might be. My intent was to provide a clear basic template so people could easily take part without having to figure out how to do it. And...at the same time, I wanted to encourage a few things -- like date/time stamps (because I love how some conversations take years), and not altering the individual comments (because nobody likes to be misquoted).
That said, what you just did was fine too. I'm not in charge. It's fine.
And yes, you guessed it, I am an editor. Most recently I worked as a book editor for a tiny publishing house, and working with authors was my favorite part of the job. I love encouraging authors to engage with their work.
"There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness."
— Han Suyin
montyb on 2013-06-12 11:39:38
Oh yeah? What about Bounty paper towels?
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